I Passed!

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Greetings Friends & Family!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Just as the title says, my lab results are clean and in normal ranges.  Slightly higher than my February results but what can I say, “Summer is Awesome!”  Gotta enjoy it while the sun is still out.  Too bad the morning showers cancelled our hike today but still made the most of it with a breakfast date with my beautiful wife and getting some errands & workouts completed.  I will be looking forward to seeing my Doctor, from the Healthy Heart Program at St Paul’s Hospital, this coming 19th of August.

Looking forward to getting back on my regular routine that helped me get to my best shape this coming week.  I’m awaiting for my package to arrive so I can get to my healthy morning shakes and also a New Cookbook for my wife to enhance her healthy meals knowledge with the 3 week program.  My next challenge before my appointment on the 19th is to get my weight below 170. I was 179 lbs on my February visit to the HHP and getting it back to 169 lbs for a 10 lbs loss will be a wonderful victory for me.  I’m currently round 173 lbs so I really looking forward to this week and get back to my winning ways with focus and energy.

Next Saturday is the Rugged Maniac challenge! We are in a team of 5 and will begin our 5 km challenge at 1215.  I’m not looking at a time challenge for this but finishing together and supporting each other as a team. There will be obstacles that will challenge us physically & mentally. “Why am I doing this?”  To have the chance to say, “I DID IT!”  A task reserved to the 1000s of winners that registered to enjoy life more and discover something new about themselves.  To crawl in the trenches and maybe bleed with the brothers & sisters shoulder to shoulder.  You can do it alone but it is more empowering with your team.  A perfect example, “I stayed alive because a dying man kept fighting!” “I kept going because my team kept fighting!” That one time experience will be stories that will carry on for the rest of your life.  To reflect what you guys did & continue doing in other challenges.  Awesomeness! Haha!

Once I get back to my regular routine when my packages come in will help me a lot.  It will suppress my cravings, fill my body with the dense nutrients it needs and help me recovery a lot faster to tackle on more workouts and more challenges.  Summer is almost over but being a better you everyday and exploring what you can do will be an unending journey. Last night, while lying in bed doing planks and leg raises, yes- I work out before I sleep, I felt strong and just out of the blue wanted to do a head stand. With the assistance of the wall, I was upside down with my head & elbows on the edge of the bed and my feet in the air. Trevor was looking at me and laughing. Maybe one day I can do that any time but it’s the beginning when you can commit 10 – 30 mins a day in being active and slowly changing what you consume each day. You will have a new body in a few years that you molded into what you want it to be! All the best in your journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle!

Your Humble Servant,

Ryan Jarata

Getting Closer Everyday!

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Greetings Friends!

Just like the shirt that I wear says, I am getting closer to where I was with my 5 workouts or 2 hr worth of workouts per day. It has been over a month now but I am really missing my shake.  My body isn’t recovering fast enough from the workouts or after a long day at work.  Instead of tackling my workouts and projects right away, I tend to take a little breather first.  That breather tends to become a long nap… lol.  Gotta make the most of each day given! Carpe Diem!

This weekend though I feel a whole lot better. Did my hike on Saturday and challenged myself to 7 workouts on Sunday.  I just finished a 60 min combat workout today. That was crazy. My arms feel like jelly from all those jabs, hooks & uppercuts.  I don’t mind those over the squats and lunges.  I think I really need to invest in a bicycle to get my legs back when to my early 20s… lol.  I was always a runner in high school & most importantly my endurance was the key to my success. My brother always had the long legs and speed on his side but the 800 & 1600 meters was my thing.  All thanks to biking when I was still in elementary school. From my old house on Victoria & 41st to Fraser & King Edward. I would ride to the family grocery store everyday after school. I challenge hills and always push myself to be faster and better everyday.

I got my weight down to 173.5 lbs on Friday.  My last Healthy Heart Program appointment on February was at 179 lbs so it would be a challenge to keep it near there during the weekend.  I worked an extra shift today so my weight was 174.2 lbs so not too bad.  My lost weight was 169.4 lbs back in April.  After the Vancouver Sun Run, I failed to make short term goals to keep the momentum going.  My next goal was June, and that was attempting the Grouse Grind.  It’s been a real struggle to get back on pace but for the first time since April, I’m feeling that I’m getting closer to my Vancouver Sun Run performance.  I’m still unsure how I will do with my lab test coming this week.  I’ve been away from my cleanse and filling my body with dense nutrients from my shake.  I’m hoping that my exercise will continue to burn the waste from my body.

Summer time is the best time to test what your body can do for you. Like my friend said, “Gotta make the most of it while there is Sun!”  You can have the best of both worlds. Exercising outdoors or away from your home or gym.  Challenge mountains and challenge distances.  Do things that you have never done before or beat your records.  Feel alive and be grateful for each day given and live in the moment.  I didn’t take a lot of photos on my last hike because I was challenging myself since I haven’t hiked for 3 weeks. I did more Go Pro videos than picture taking so I’m going to try video editing. Trying things that I’m new too. That is the spice of life.  You can assume and never try it or you can try it and experience it first hand.  I’d rather see it and do it than give up by looking at it.  I see it everyday. People tend to give up to the challenges then attempting it and learning from it.  How will you know if you don’t try it at least.  You will be surprise or you can back up your belief. The goal is taking action. Take action everyday and get a step closer to a better you!

Your humble servant,

Ryan Jarata

Feeling Strong!

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Greeting Friends!

I’m enjoying my day with a workout. My new workout involves combat and it has been a painful week. But you know what they say, “No Pain! No Gain!” And it is true, only at the beginning or if you keep pushing yourself more than you did yesterday. This has been the first time I’ve put 5 straight day in a row of working out. I’m still a long way from when I did 63 days straight and doing 5 workouts or 2 hrs of workout per day.  But like a fellow workout buddy has told me, “Gotta mix it up! Muscle Confusion!” Thank you, Kathleen!

I was too use to my 3 week program that I stopped scaling up and challenging myself further. People like results or start to make that change when someone has dramatic results.  I guess that is what I have to do first before I can help anyone with their health & fitness goals.  It has always been one of the top & toughest lesson to learn. Changing our self instead of changing someone else. We truly are the architect of our world & our self. If we let others control your happiness then you aren’t living. At the same time, you have no right to control someone. Just make suggestions & let them make the ultimate decision. There is still a matter of give & take and working with others. There needs to be a balance.

I’m feeling great so far and still feeling the soreness in my shoulders, back and legs from the punches & kicks I’ve been doing all week. But it is fun when you have music behind it and have fun & motivational trainers to follow.  One day, that will be what I want to do in life.  Get & Stay Fit! Help others with their health & Fitness lifestyles. And make a career out of it. That is truly how to make changes to yourself, you have to make it a lifestyle and not just a fad.  It doesn’t have to be full submission to a program but it can be the start & then you add and subtract that helps you stay on track and enjoy it at the same time. I wish you all the best on your journey!

Your Humble Servant!

Ryan Jarata

Live in the Moment

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Greetings fellow Supporters,

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog. Did a few more hikes since my last post and hopefully doing another hike this coming Saturday. Actually, will be doing two events coming this August and another lab test for my visit to the Healthy Heart Program.  I must be honest that Summer is trickier than my challenges in December. While the cold weather of December tends to keep you indoor more often or at Christmas parties, Summer is even more challenging.  Though it is still a matter of choice and will power to control what you eat but also living in the moment.

I spent some time just enjoying myself and enjoying my time with friends and family this summer. Stayed away from blogging, posting online and most importantly away from the computer. Though I strayed from my routine and keeping myself accountable. I got the chance to meet more people and learn from others’ point of view.  I just had more fun these last 4 weeks. A friend mentioned to me, and since living in Vancouver, “Enjoy while the Sun is still out.!”

It’s been a financial struggle to keep an active lifestyle going but being healthy doesn’t have to be. I know where my priorities are and that is to my health. Will limit myself from eating out to only Saturdays or when we have hiking days. Limit the spending of doodads & put that into what has helped me loss the weight and stay healthy.  I owe it to myself and most importantly to my family to be healthy and be there for them every step of the way.  Life is truly short & it isn’t about accumulating stuff but adding content to your life that changes lives for everyone around you.

Aug 1st will be a 5 Km Run and the 15th will be a team obstacle course. The most important date for me is the 19th and that is when I will go in for another 6 month review with the Healthy Heart Program. I have 3 weeks to clean my blood work and 4 weeks to shed some pounds. I’m still aiming at 150 lbs or when I loose the body fat then bulk up some muscles.  I just want to be the best shape of my life when Trevor starts Kindergarten so I can set the tone to stay healthy & fit while also keeping the grades up.  That will be awesome!

Your Humble Servant,

Ryan Jarata