February 26, 2016 Challenge

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Greetings Family & Friends,

TGIF!!! It’s been an eventful morning today. Luckily, with past experience my team at work pulled through with ease and less stress.  It was fluid so I’m very grateful for their efforts today.

Not much to say today but had lunch with my friend.  It was long overdue so it was great to just talk about anything and everything.  When you can just be free and really enjoy great company is always priceless.

The wife is working today so I’ll be spending the night with my two boys.  It is always fun to be around family and just be fueled with why I need to work hard towards my dreams everyday.  Without dreams, there isn’t a passion to brave any storm that comes along the way.  Knowing that the sun will always shine after the chaos helps me push through each and every time.

God Bless & have a wonderful weekend!

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

Gratitude: February 25, 2016

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Today Lord, I am grateful for:

  1. For hitting a new weight goal of 168.8 lbs
  2. Having a lunch with my son, Trevor, after his school. Though he got an allergic reaction to the sushi. It’s a tradition that me and my dad use to do when I was young.
  3. Helped my two challengers on their new journey to healthy living.

Thank you Father for the experience and the continuous blessings!

Your humble servant,

Ryan Jarata

February 25, 2016 Challenge: A New Low!

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Smile, breathe and go slowly.

THICH NHAT HANH

Greetings Family & Friends,

I hope you all had a thankful Thursday.  I, for one, am very thankful for surviving the last 3 days.  The 3 Day Refresh Program isn’t an easy program for beginners but it is a great start to your journey.  I am also thankful to my other 2 challengers that joined me on this program.  I know they both had a rough time but the managed to fight for it.  It’s only 3 Days so it’s a start in the right direction.  I was able to achieve a new weight low since April 2015 so I’m glad to present my stats after the 3-Day Refresh:

Starting: ——— Today:

Chest: 39.5 in -> 39 in

Left Arm: 15 in -> 14.5 in

Right Arm: 15 in -> 15 in

Waist: 39.5 in -> 37.5 in

Hips: 40.5 in -> 39.5 in

Left Thigh: 22.5 in -> 23 in

Right Thigh: 22.5 in -> 23.5

Weight: 173.9 lbs -> 168.8 lbs

My weight of 169.1 lbs yesterday was enough to help me pass the ‘Healthy Heart Program’ and I’m glad that I was able to still loss a little bit of weight after the program.  The journey isn’t over for me as I am currently doing my 21 Day Fix Program.  I will be running another 21 Day Fix Round on March 7th. Everyone is welcome to join me but you will have to buy your own gear.

Next challenge will be the Vancouver Sun Run this April 17th, 2016. Followed by the BMO Full Marathon on May 1st.  Those won’t be easy tasks at all but I’m willing to take on the experience. Time isn’t a factor but crossing the finish line is the most important goal for both races.  The Vancouver Sun Run will be a time challenge for me though since I completed it last year at 1 hour and 7 seconds.  I’m hoping to get under that this year especially with the weight I’ve lost heading into it.  The BMO will be a inaugural experience for me but hopefully it won’t defeat me to try it again for 2017.

Don’t settle for what you know you can do. Challenge yourself towards what you can do next!  As long as you are able to, keep going on your journey.  We are only Sojourners here so make the most and make a mark on those around you.  There will be haters but there will be those that will need that spark to change their way of thinking.  That is all you need to do is create yourself so that people will take it upon themselves to create their well-being.  And when you are ready and when they are ready, you both can take on the challenge together. It only takes two people to begin a Movement.  Stay committed!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family!

www.ryanjarata.com

February 24, 2016 Challenge: Last Day Refresh & My HHP Check-Up

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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

ANNIE DILLARD

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday. I’m glad it is almost over and I can up my calorie count a few hundredths.  The 3 Day Refresh isn’t a easy to go through but it works.  Always have to have a bigger goal than just losing weight.  It is the lifestyle you want to achieve after the weight loss.  For me, it is myself ready for the Vancouver Sun Run & the BMO Full Marathon coming this April & May.  Plus, all the exciting hiking and obstacle courses I did last year.

Today, was also my 6 month check-up to the ‘Healthy Heart Program’ at St Paul’s Hospital.  I was hoping that my weight loss will be good enough to get the seal of approval from my Doctor.  My blood work was already completed back on February 10th and the results came up clean and better than last August of 2015.  I am excited to say that I no longer need another 6 month follow-up!

I PASSED!

It has been a 2 year journey through the program starting at:

206 lbs on February 2014

195 lbs on August 2014

179 lbs on February 2015

178 lbs on August 2015

and lastly,

169 lbs as of today (February 2016)

My journey isn’t over still and I’m homing to reach my goal of 150 lbs by the end of this Summer.  With all the training and activities that will be coming, I will be chipping away at weight and those stubborn fat deposits.  Hopefully, I can finally be comfortable with my physical results.

I am very thankful for all the support I’ve received online and offline.  It has kept me accountable and humbled as well.  I haven’t been perfect but I was real to you and most importantly to myself.  I was my worst enemy but I had wonderful support that kept an open hand to lift me back up.  There is so much to life to experience and I no longer have to be on the sidelines to experience it.  A lot has happen to start out 2016 on the right foot but it also mean I shouldn’t be complacent.  I will also be chipping away at myself to improve.  This will never be a set goal or challenge to achieve.  Improving yourself isn’t a program or project.  Constantly self improving yourself is a lifetime dedication.  The world will constantly change and so should you.  You owe it to yourself to grow so challenge yourself everyday!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

February 23, 2016 Challenge: Day 2 of 3 Day Refresh

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

CONFUCIUS

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday. Had to take the day off today because Trevor had a high fever last night.  He is doing well today but had to miss school.  He’s a little warm but has more energy than yesterday.  Wife is off today and tomorrow so she can closely monitor him.

The other good thing about missing work today is that I missed pot luck.  It would be very difficult to avoid the food and the constant teasing from my co-workers to eat their delicious dishes.  With that sacrifice, I finished Day 1 at 170 lbs flat.  That is almost a 4 lbs loss in one day.  It was tough because I have a longer day with my graveyard shift but today will be easier with a shorter day because of missing work.

It also helped me attend another session of Toastmaster, a public speaking training program.  Usually, I try to leave work early so I can attend it but it is getting tougher to do so.  This week session was a little different because it was a contest so it was nice to see a different side to it.  The story from the guest speaker was amazing again so I’m looking forward to achieving that goal in the future.  I just want to better connect with other people and share my passion for fitness and also my other passion for investing in real estate.

Tomorrow, will be a big day for me with my appointment at the Healthy Heart Program.  My last appointment back in August of 2015 left me at 179 lbs.  I had a total of two off months which would have made this week or this month a lot easier but it is what it is.  You go through challenges but as long as you have goals and dreams to achieve you will not be derailed for too long.  They are placed on your path to strengthen you and see that all other challenges begin to pale in comparison to what you went through.  I am looking forward to finish today strong and hopefully hit a new low in my entire journey.  I’m one pound away from reaching my lowest weight of 169 lbs back in April of 2015.  Hopefully, this will be a new ceiling for me.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

February 22, 2016 Challenge: Day 1 Refresh

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Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a marvelous start to their Monday.  First day back are never easy but it’s part of the journey.  Today, I’m doing my 3rd round of 3 Day Refresh.  I’m shedding those pounds to look good on the scale for my appointment to the ‘Healthy Heart Program’.  I’m hoping that this will be my last visit here so I can move on to bigger goals.  My last appointment back in August of 2015 left me at 178 lbs. A lot has happened between that time.  Life is full of challenges and I went through some lengthy ones.

Especially, now is the first time I exercised since the 9th of this month.  Spent a majority of that time stomach sick from some bad food that the family ate.  It hit me so fast that it took me 5 days to recover from that.  The other part of the delay in my exercise was that I stretched myself with activities and appointments that I stopped doing the daily tasks/routines that got me my great start to 2016.  I scaled back on a few of my activities and have a few more commitments I will need to turn down.

We will all go through challenges at one point in our life.  They aren’t there to hinder us or derail us unless you let it.  Everything is strategically placed on your journey for you to learn from and grow from.  What I went through helped me realize what was important to me and if all these activities align with what I’m trying to achieve for myself and my family’s future.  I thank my mentor for pointing that out to me.  It is wonderful to have someone that has went through the experience and went through the fire to guide you on your own journey.

Some challenges we can avoid through the experience of a mentor and/or leader but some challenges you must go through in order for you to overcome it and gain the experience if such a situation comes up again.  Though experiences are more valuable than the results that comes from it.  Results are just bonuses but the journey is the true treasure.  I started the morning at 173.9 lbs and I hope I can get to 165 lbs before my appointment this Wednesday.  Hope I can make it.  I’m also doing my round of 21 Day Fix so it won’t be easy but there is only 2.5 days left. Just gotta focus on one day at a time!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

February 11, 2016 Challenge: Happy Birthday, Trevor!

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Replace the word ‘Problem’ with the word ‘Opportunity‘ in all your thoughts.

MATTHEW KEITH GROVES

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope you all had a terrific Thursday.  Today is my son’s, Trevor Jaiden, 6th birthday.  Happy 6th Birthday, Trevor!  We love you so much and you mean the world to us.  All he wanted to do today was stay home, have cheese pizza from Pizza Hut & watch ‘The Lego Movie via Netflix: Priceless.

I’ll keep this really short.  I’m feeling light headed and sick.  I think all that junk food is being rejected out of my body.  I have to take breaks to collect my thoughts.

Gratitude: February 11, 2016

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Today Lord, I am grateful for:

  1. Happy 6th Birthday my son, Trevor Jaiden!  We love you!
  2. Helped my wife & my room mate with healing via meditation
  3. Trevor just wanted pizza & The Lego Movie today: Priceless

Thank you Father for the experience and the continuous blessings!

Your humble servant,

Ryan Jarata

February 10, 2016 Challenge

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Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

GUATAMA BUDDHA

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed their Wednesday.  I’m going to keep this really short tonight since I just got back from a wonderful night of networking at my Real Estate Meetup group.  So wonderful to talk to like-minded people who want to grow and succeed in real estate.

The main reason I will be posting to night is that I finally got my results from my blood work that I did earlier this morning.

I PASSED!

I am so happy to be cleared again.  My next step is to get my weight down to at least 165 lbs before the 24th appointment to the Healthy Heart Program @ St Paul’s Hospital.  If I can achieve that then I feel that I no longer need the program anymore.  I just wanna focus on my health & fitness with what I’ve learned so far and move on to bigger challenges.  It’s just been a superb journey so far this year.  God has been very good to me & my family.  Tomorrow will be Trevor’s 6th birthday so I’m looking forward to some time with him.  But for now I really need to hit the bed and wake up in 2 hours! 😀

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

Gratitude: February 10, 2016

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Today Lord, I am grateful for:

  1. I passed my lab tests for my blood work. So happy to go to my Healthy Heart Program appointment with positive results
  2. Enjoyed networking today at my Real Estate Meetup group again. Expanded my network with wonderful like minded people
  3. Discuss more on my spiritual growth with a friend that got me started on the road of meditation.

Thank you Father for the experience and the continuous blessings!

Your humble servant,

Ryan Jarata