February 29, 2016 Challenge

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It is never too late to be who you might have been.

GEORGE ELIOT

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a great start this Monday. I was looking forward to a program than my financial planner, Patrick Louie, has set up for me.  He is one of six planners that are licensed to do this program in the Greater Vancouver Area.  With what I was doing before the plan, I was pegged to get out of debt in 63 months with $15,500 going to interests.  With this plan, I am now pegged to get out of debt in 46 months and only $7700 going to interests.  That also includes my 2015 Odyssey that I didn’t add to my original plan.  That is the power of getting professional help.  Thank you, Patrick & Wynne!

I am equally glad that my wife, Josephine, sat through the the discussion also.  It is very important that our goals and dreams are aligned to get out of debt sooner and building towards prosperity.  I’m glad that I continue to do things and network that others don’t want to do.  It’s these little things that make the big difference in your personal growth and your outcome in the future.  It will be a challenge to switching from debit to cash but like my fitness goals, it’s about developing good habits for the future.

I’m putting a March 2016 Challenge Group together.  With the new App for both Android and iphone announced today, I can create challenge groups a lot easier and everyone can track their progress from beginning to end.  It’s just these added tools that add an extra bonus to make things a lot easier so we can just focus on our fitness and health than spending time tracking what everyone else is doing.  All in one place for the group to help, support & motivate each other to go further in their personal goals.

Tomorrow, will be the March REIN BC Workshop.  I found these training and information beneficial to my growth.  With a plan in place to take care of the family debt, I can now focus my attention towards prosperity.  I am still committed to the ‘Rent to Own’ service I can give to my community.  It maybe a lot more work than other strategies but having the ability to help someone put a plan in place to reach home ownership a lot sooner than having no plan.  I know that the results for prosperity aren’t currently visible but I have confidence that it is getting even closer everyday.  Keep investing in yourself and keeping seeking answers to your questions!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

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

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.

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

February 9, 2016 Challenge:

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Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required. –WINSTON CHURCHILL

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed the 3 days off work.  Now it’s back to business and working towards your ‘Whys’.  The quote from Winston Churchill is perfect for the experience I had at my 2nd visit to Toast Master in New Westminster. Toast Master helps people in public speaking and I definitely need it in order to really connect with people to be better mentally & physically. To focus less on the distractions of life and towards growth & prosperity.  Our time here on Earth is already limited, why waste it on stuff that won’t serve you towards happiness.  I was caught off guard and simple froze on my 1st time to discuss a 2 min discussion on the question, “If I had the chance to bring something back from the past, what would it be?”

I was too busy with my role as time keeper. I guess there were few members today to fill out the different rolls so I was tasked to make sure speakers were mindful of their time.  I ended up not paying attention to the speaker giving out questions and had no clue what the topic was all about.  Luckily, a member suggested television and I started talking about cartoons I enjoyed in the 80s.  How they had more of a story line and a human connection compared to shows nowadays.  It was nerve racking and those 2 mins felt forever but I got through it.  It is a process as my mentor has mentioned to me so each day I practice, I will develop to a better person to serve my community.

Tonight will be the only time I will be attending the Meditation Center in Surrey.  I was able to focus for 45 mins and had healing done to my right arm and on my chakra points. I’m very thankful to the two lovely ladies that helped me out.  Hopefully, my arms won’t be too numb every time I sleep on my sides.  I was also able to help out one of our members, Rose.  She suffers from a car accident that has limited her mobility but there was 5 of us passing on energy to help her recover. I’m looking forward to seeing her walk again hopefully at the end of this year.  If you see her it seems that it will take years to recover but I have faith that God will utilize us to help in her recovery.

It is 10 pm now and it will be my last meal of the day.  I will need to fast for at least 10 hours with water only for my blood work tomorrow morning.  This is for my visit to the ‘Healthy Heart Program’ at St Paul’s Hospital.  I am hoping I have cleaner results from my last visit on August 2015.  I know that my levels went up a little from my February 2015 visit with little change to my weight but I have lost up to 10 lbs so far.  My visit is on the 24th of this month so I really need to push myself to get under 170 lbs for the first time since April 2015.  I’m really tired going back and forth between 170 to 180 lbs.  I must strengthen my ‘Whys’ in order to surpass my mind to procrastinate.  I know I’ve made changes as of late but we always need to re-invent to keep progressing to the next level.  I don’t want to make it a year just to hit the next level.  It must be now and hopefully after this blood work I can permanently work between 160 to 170 lbs range.  My end goal is to be around 150 and that might be possible with the activities lined up this Spring & Summer.  But it won’t happen if I don’t focus on today.  Find a way to win by just showing up everyday and working on you.  Life will be different when you reflect back 5 years from now.  You will thank yourself for doing that so just keep moving forward!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com

February 8, 2016 Challenge: Family Day in BC & Happy Chinese New Year!

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I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life. -GEORGE BURNS

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone in BC enjoyed ‘Family Day’ today. Also, Happy Chinese New Year to all.  It is the year of the Monkey. Mine was last year and we all know what happen last year. Fun times! 🙂  Extremely blessed to have the family together on this special day.

I was able to start the day off with a jog this morning. Really pushed myself today and feeling the burn tonight.  A little meditation will help relieve that bad energy out.  I was even able to practice my healing meditation with my roommate after my run.  Hopefully, it helps a little with his back pain.  I’m a low level so I need more practice to flow more energy to my hands.  Really enjoy how 2016 is starting out and we are just in the 2nd month.

Tomorrow will be very busy for me.  With only BC having family day it will be a very busy day at work so I will keep this post short so I can rest soon.  After that I have a meetup at noon and it with Toastmasters, a company specializing in public speaking.  I’m extremely terrified with it but I need this to build confidence in myself and effectively spread the world on health and fitness.  Plus, my new journey to help people in real estate.  While I am there, Tristan has an appointment at BC Children’s for a check-up. Busy! Busy! Busy!  Going to end tomorrow night at the Meditation Center practicing what I’ve learned and also healing myself through meditation.

Love how things are aligning with my path.  I just need to learn how to manage my time and practice sticking to it on a daily basis.  There will be nights I won’t blog or miss something from my Coach.me list but I know I’m not taking it easy.  I’m busy with lots of things but I’m not regretting it also.  I’ve even added Tai Chi & Wing Shun to my list of activities… lol.  This is only on Fridays and it is at the same center.  Let’s see how it turns out.  Gotta push the envelop on my health & fitness and overall peace with my mind and body.

God Bless!

Ryan Jarata & Family

www.ryanjarata.com