May 13th, 2016 Journal: Day 11-12 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.

 – RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES

Greetings Family & Friends,

TGIF! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday. It was a tough day at work today and yesterday but I survived. Hard to get by with a few people off work but you still have to persevere through it.  It has been a tough week getting my workouts done.  I missed Monday and I missed yesterday also.  Was very close to missing today’s 10 km run but luckily a member of my Challenge Group motivated me to get off my arse!  Thank you, Rob!

The wife was off yesterday so we went out and bought a few things.  Ended up getting exhausted from the little trip.  Took a little nap again that ended up being waking up for work.  I did ended up getting my daily 10,000+ steps in but a 30 min workout gets you that much closer to becoming more better each day. I’m just happy that I was able to do my 10 KM run today.  I missed Wednesday’s 10 KM run but did my Lower Fix workout to compensate.  Today, I was close to beating my record.  I was ahead for 3/4 of my run.  I just fell apart on the final 2.4 km of my run.  Ended up finishing 1:00:50.  It was a real struggle and I was light headed from it.  When you miss workouts, you lose momentum.

I’m glad it didn’t ended up being 2 days of inactivity.  A challenge group is the way to go to stay on track.  If you don’t have a buddy or a group to workout with it makes it so much harder to see it through till the end.  I was very close to missing today but my challenge group member, Rob.  Got through me with his post and I laced it up and hit the pavement.  Find someone that wants to workout with you or someone that is already working out.  Following someone that is committed helps build that positive habit that will change your lifestyle and most importantly your health.  Challenge groups have helped me a lot so find one that makes sense to you.

God bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family!

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 11th, 2016 Journal: Day 10 of 21 Day Fix Challenge

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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.

– BRIAN TRACY

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday!  Had an interesting start to the day.  Woke up with a flipped over dump truck near my house here at Queensborough bridge.  That must have been 6 – 7 hours before they got that thing removed.  Hope the truck driver is okay.  It was the second time that has happened.  Almost on the same exact spot but this wasn’t as bad as the first one because the first one the cabin fell on the barricade.  Though the restructured the flow of traffic, people tend to underestimate the end curve before the bridge and maintain there speed throughout the circle.

I forgot to wear my Garmin Forerunner 230 this morning in the charger.  I try to motivate myself everyday and try to complete 10,000+ steps everyday.  There is a Garmin Steps Challenge group and I just like to compete and push myself.  I dropped from 2nd to 4th so I really need to step it up tomorrow.  I wasn’t able to do my 10 KM run either to compensate for the loss.  Still battling myself to step up to the plate.  It is just now that I completed my 30 min Lower body workout before I write my post.  My energy isn’t as high as I would like it.  Looks like I’m starting near scratch when I first started this journey.  At least, I’m not as sore and dying like I use to… lol.

I’m also missing my favorite Meetup group tonight.  Wife is working and my brother has an appointment so he can’t watch my two boys tonight.  It’s a very important topic on is my current situation on getting my fiances in order so I can invest in real estate.  Just wasn’t to be for me today but I will step up tomorrow.  That’s is all I can really do.  I can waste my time and complain or cry about it but that won’t really help.  I will move forward and just be better than I was yesterday.  We all have hiccups and off days but we shouldn’t linger on it too much and let it derail us from our purpose and dreams.  Keep moving forward!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family,

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 10th, 2016 Journal: Day 8-9 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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Patience , persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

NAPOLEON HILL

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday. I had a great day today. Just finished my workout and ran a bit before I picked up my son from school.  Still a little sore here and there but I’m pushing through.  Feel some soreness on my hips and pain on the bottom of my right foot.  Still not near to where I would like to be but I’m pushing through each day.

Yesterday, was completely crash day.  I did manage to walk for 4-5 km with my wife and youngest son before we picked up the eldest from school.  It was just one of those rare days when the body just shuts down on me and passes out for 8-12 hours. Yesterday was roughly 10 hrs of straight sleep.  I hadn’t had those for a long time.  Working graveyards I usually get 2-5 hrs sleep Monday to Thursday.  Just how it is for now.

Tomorrow will be my 1st 10 km for the week.  Hopefully, I can make some good time but my body doesn’t feel at its best.  Hopefully, I can make some progress and get myself back to game shape.  I think I will pass on the ‘Color Me Radd’ 5 km run this coming Saturday and just focus on getting my training up to a full hour each day.  It has been tough but I know where I can improve on and that is planning ahead of time.  Hope I can get there soon again.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 8th, 2016 Journal: Day 7 of 21 Day Fix Challenge

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To move the world we must first move ourselves.

SOCRATES

Greetings Family & Friends,

Happy Mothers’ Day!  A beautiful sunny day to celebrate all special moms around the world.  They are the strength & foundation to a happy home & a happy family.  Happy Mothers’ Day to my moms and my beautiful wife.  They are extremely wonderful and their hard work and sacrifices everyday is why we enjoy love and peace at home.  Thank you so much for everything.

We enjoyed lunch this afternoon at Yanni Greek Restuarant for Mothers’ Day.  A lot of family friendly restaurants were busy with line-ups for parking and tables.  That is the love for all moms around the world. A truly special day and appreciation for what they do for their children.  And because of that my wife is working this evening and my own mother too.  That is dedication right there.

I did manage to get my 10 KM run in today after lunch.  It was really tough to do but with young kids you try to get things done with the limited time given.  I wasn’t feeling to good about this run from the start.  I was on pace for the first 15 mins of my run but fell 10 seconds behind on the 30 mins mark. Especially, heading back I had to run against wind.  With Mother’s Day it was very busy on the docks where I run. Needed to maneuver around people and pets. But to my surprise I was able to push hard for the 2nd half of the run.  I had to pray over and over again in my head to keep going. It hurt but I clocked in at 1:00:25.  5 seconds over my best time but I made it happen with obstacles in my way.

I may not be at my best yet but I did with what I have to work with.  I may not be perfect and I don’t tend to be perfect.  I just need to believe in something and believe in myself to battle myself sometimes to keep going.  That is all we can do in life is keep going regardless of the situation and outcome.  Time will always move forward so should we.  Just strive to be better everyday and if you have hiccups on the way then just accept them and get right back on it.  Keep moving because life will move on regardless if  you lay there.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 7th, 2016 Journal: Day 6 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a Super Saturday!  It was a beautiful and sunny day here in Vancouver.  My sister was in town with my nephew so I took the family out together to Capilano Suspension Bridge.  We also had to more kids that join us on this little adventure.  It was a great workout since I had to carry my youngest majority of the trip. Great workout for your stabilizers since I had to have both hands carrying him and keeping my balance on a rocking bridge.

It was quite an experience and reminded me of my adventures last year on a few mountain tops and wilderness.  It’s was fun this time to bring the family.  My eldest was very brave and wasn’t scared of heights.  He went along the treetops and also walked the pathway along the side of a cliff.  They really have changed that place since the last time I’ve been there and it looks like we will be going there a few more times this year and next.  We received annual passes that will last us for a year.

We also had picnic at the park near my home.  There was playgrounds, a small water park & a petting zoo.  Too bad the kids didn’t experience the last two since they didn’t have clothes to change in and the petting zoo was close.  Overall, it was a fun day with family.  I still managed to finish my workout this evening.  Though the day felt like a workout it is still recommended you set aside at least 30 mins dedicated to serious workout.  We are trying to build a positive habit to your health.  Anyways, it’s getting really late and I’m hoping to catch a morning run with The Running Room.  Wish me luck!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 6th, 2016 Journal: Day 5 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.

NIDO QUBEIN

Greetings Family & Friends!

TGIF!  Hope everyone had an amazing day!  One of my favorite days of the week.  Besides, not having to wake up early for the regular routine of life you are now blessed with time to do what you like to do right after work, school or add time to what you enjoy doing.  For me, some Spring Cleaning in and around the house.  We were able to get rid of some old appliances and recycle some material at the Recycling Depot near our home.  Had time to have a family dinner outside after that.

Though the dinner wasn’t part of the eating plan, I was able to do my 10 KM today and beat it for almost 1 minute.  Did my very best to keep pace and tried to push myself to finish strong.  I need to work harder to improve my cardio and every other aspect that needs improving.  Once I hit under 1 hr for my route then I’ll move no to another challenging running route.  Come close today with a time of 1:00:21 from my last record of 1:01:10,  Tried my best to power up those ramps and sprint to the finish line but no cigar.  I’ll just have to try again for the next training.

I was able to squeeze in a 30 min Pilates workout 30 mins ago.  Even, though I was on the ground for this workout it wasn’t easy at all.  The legs must still be sore from the my 10 KM 5 hours ago and I felt muscles ache from my first week of the 21 Day fix.  It all came rushing back with pains to muscles I never noticed before.  I manage to get through it and blog right now. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do more workouts tomorrow since we will be having Mothers’ Day get together tomorrow with my mother, wife & sister.  It should be really fun since we will be hitting the mountains.  But for now, I need to take a shower for the early rise tomorrow.  All the best that life has to offer and enjoy your weekend!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 5th, 2016 Journal: Day 4 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose.

CATHERINE PULSIFER

Greetings Family & Friends,

I hope everyone had a thankful Thursday.  Thankful that we hanged in there and survived majority of the week.  I’ve been exercising and ran these 4 days of the challenge.  These use to be easy workouts for me but I am being put in my place and reminded why stopping/quitting doesn’t get you anywhere.  If you have to scale down or take a light exercise than take it but don’t stop.

Today is an off day for running but I’m itching to run tomorrow and do my regular route with my new Saucony Hurricane ISO shoes (3rd use) and have an accurate read with my Garmin Forerunner 230 tracker.  I’ll probably add the Queensborough bridge on Sunday morning or Saturday evening. The wife is back to work and working her day shift on Sunday so if I can wake up at 530 am then that will be great.  Overall, my fastest time on my route is 1:01:10 and with my tracker I can finally solve the mystery of how long my route actual is.

It’s not easy transitioning to something that you don’t regularly do or brought up to doing.  It is easy for wishful thinking and to wish for stuff or where we want to be but all things come through a passion or determination to achieve it.  Exercise was never something I did even when I was young.  I’m not saying I was naturally athletic but I was know for running in elementary through high school and early 20s for my church track & field & transition to a passion of basketball.  My high school was more academically focused than in sports so we never had track & field course.  If we did then I probably would have more respect in preparation and improving yourself for the next race or challenge.

What I can do today is workout for a minimum of 30 mins a day through the 21 Day Fix program with my Shakeology to suppress my cravings.  Running on Wed, Fri & Sun are bonus exercises and with the step counter on my Forerunner I’m walking more at work.  Too bad I haven’t figured out adding my workouts on my watch so I’ll be 1000 steps short from my 10,000+ daily step goal today.  All the little things you do on a daily basis all add up to a more healthy and stronger you.  Life should be fun but you should still invest in yourself to appreciate life more.  Just have to be stronger than you were yesterday!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 4th, 2016 Journal: Day 3 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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Don’t think, just do.

HORACE

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday.  Started the day with being 2 hrs late to work from some noise in the middle of my sleep.  So I started the day, rushing to meet deadlines at work.  Overall, I had a good today with a nice trip to the Running Room and purchasing my first tracker: Garmin Forerunner 230.  Cost more than I budget for but it was way better than what I was using and does more than just running.  It will be extra motivation for me to challenge myself with the Garmin Community.

With the new purchase, I also joined my first group run with Running Room.  I really didn’t know what to expect and thought there won’t be a lot of people but the was more the 20 and that was a bad day they said.  I joined the 10 KM group and it was a good pace.  I’m a maverick so I’m usually guns blazing from the start and dying near the end but I was able to stay with the main group throughout.  We lost half our group so it’s recommended you can keep up with the 10 Kers.  There are also other groups for 5 Kers and 8 Kers with various fitness levels so its great for everyone.  I was one of the new people so I can introduced a bit with my purchase of the  Garmin Watch.

I enjoyed the run a lot.  Always amazed learning new routes areas that I didn’t know about.  Talked with other people who also did the BMO Half Marathon and what races they want to do also.  The people are down to earth and we talked about anything so it was wonderful information to know in the future.  I didn’t even know we had Running Room pacers during the race to know where you are.  They wear bunny ears so you can know what mark you are or what time you want to consistently stay at.  So I really enjoy the information given.  I would do it again when my wife has a day off.  They do group runs every Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  My next run will be Sunday the 15th with them since Jo is working those time.  Each Running Room location varies in times.  Better go in and find out what time they run.  The Burnaby one at Market Crossing starts at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays.

If there is a certain activity you enjoy doing then specialize in it.  If I wanted cycling, I will join a cycling group and learn stuff I didn’t know.  I’ve always been a runner in my youth and enjoy getting back into it again.  I have the fitness workouts through Beachbody to get me that edge and variety to push myself to the next level but running has always been my core strength and something I excel at.  Running Rooms specializes with this type of activity and I’m hoping to learning new stuff to prepare myself for every step of my training, preparation, race, cool downs & getting to the next level.  Search and follow what makes sense to you and keeps you doing that activity longer.  That will make the big difference in reaching your personal health and fitness goals.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 3rd, 2016 Journal: Day 2 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.

JOHN C. MAXWELL

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday.  Just completed my leg day workout.  Boy was that tough.  It’s hard to imagine what my time would be if I was more consistent with my workouts.  I more likely be under the 2 hr mark for the BMO Marathon.  Well, that is now in the past and I need to be prepared for the next race.  I’m not sure what will that be but I know for sure that I will be doing the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon on June 26th.

Tomorrow will be run day for me.  I will be stopping by the Running Room in Burnaby and inquire about their Wednesday Evenings & Sunday Mornings run.  More likely ask about the Half Marathon Training program that they offer.  I will also pick up a Garmin Forerunner 15 watch to track my progress.  It was sad that I wasn’t able to take pictures during Sunday’s run and highlight our beautiful city to the world.  It was really amazing to see and experience.

Keep striving to be better than you were yesterday.  Results won’t happen over night and we should all expect that.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t working at all.  You are just slowly chipping away at your former self and introducing a life where you are in control of your health and what you really want to do with a more stronger & confident you. Do your very best each day!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

May 1, 2016 Journal: Day 1 of 21 Day Fix Challenge.

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All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.

WALT DISNEY

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a great start to May.  It’s hard to believe that I did the BMO Half Marathon yesterday.  It feels like a week ago already but it was an epic experience for me. Besides the grueling experience of the last few KMs, I am missing the experience.  You get to experience and appreciate Vancouver when it isn’t busy with the vehicles & people rushing to work or school.  Having the roads closed just for running is surreal.  Looking forward to another run again.

Enjoy a little accolades and motivation from friends, family & co-workers today.  I even wore my BMO shirt and medal… lol.  It made me feel good but I hope it motivated others to get healthy and strong heading into Summer.  I was thinking of taking it easy today because of the bad left knee and sore feet but it I just decided to push on with my another round of 21 Day Fix.  It’s about creating good and positive habits and if I missed Day 1 then it will lead to missing Day 2 or every other day.  Since the wife has already started the containers today, I might as well follow through with the 21 Day Fix Challenge.  I almost forgot how hard these 30 min workouts are as I struggled through this.  After doing a 21.1 KM marathon, you think you would be in great shape or think this will be a breeze but it wasn’t.  You forget the other muscles that you don’t use for running.

I’ve also plan on joining the Running Room Program this week.  My running buddy gave in and joined their program so I will be joining her.  I will be adding their Wednesday evening & Sunday morning run days to my schedule plus my route that I will be running every Friday.  I haven’t decided what race to run next before the Scotiabank Half Marathon but I’m committed to improving myself and get stronger for the next race.  I don’t want to go through that feeling again on the last KMs of the BMO Marathon.  I was very close to giving up and just walking the rest but that would just be listening to that voice that doesn’t believe in me.  I will not let that happen because I know who I do it for and those who believe in me.  Just gotta be better than yesterday.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com