First Time in a Long Time

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Every choice made adds up to the bigger picture. Are you keeping track?

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted. With that said, there is no point on describing everything that has happened to me because there is too many to list.

The most important thing is that I’m alive and well and back on track. It has been a see-saw battle with my weight and health during the last time I’ve posted. Do I regret it? Maybe. But I also have to remember all the memories I’ve created and all the friendships that I’ve forged during those times.

I’m currently 157 lbs from being 193 lbs back in July of 2018. I’ve changed the way I eat with Keto or removing Carbs from my diet. It has changed the way I feel and how I perform and recover from my runs and workout. All my friends and family have seen my transformation… again. And have decided to make those changes for themselves for the New Year.

What I’m currently training for is the BMO Vancouver Marathon for a 3rd time. I do have a challenge coming up that we dubbed, “The Triple Crown” or what I like to also call, “The Grand Slam”. Myself and 3 others will be undergoing 3 Half Marathons in 3 weeks. I will be attempting 4 in 4 weeks. Crazy? Yes! But who knows if we will do this again. Might as well do it now cause the future may change.

All my life, I never planned on going on a Cruise, staying at a cottage for a few days and other things we did but it happened and it was very rewarding and fun for my family. I’m all about creating content on my journey and creating a positive environment with the community around me.

I will try my best to blog more often this year but with work, family, training and running a part-time eBay business my time is very limited. Even sleep has gone down to 4-5 hrs a day which is not great for my health and recovery. But I’ve made a promise to make the most of each breath I get and each grain of sand I get of time. Make these choices now for tomorrow maybe a different story.

God Bless!

Ryan Jarata

December 16 Fitness Challenge: Have a Plan and Just Focus on Your Growth

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Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” – Aldous Huxley

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!  Enjoying my day 3 of my vacation.  Really tackled in with my development physically and mentally.  Tackled a lot of errands off my ‘To Do’ list that has been collecting dust the last few months.  Chat with a few specialists to have direction with my finances and growth.  I can say it has been a very productive day today.  Even had time to work on my playlists for Spotify.  I’m really enjoying this App.  Has a majority of the music I want to listen to and offers an array of songs I may like.  Also good to see what my family & friends listen to.

After Week#1 of 21 Day Fix:

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Took some photos after my 1st week completion of the 21 Day Fix program.  My top abs is starting to form that V shape so I’m happy to seeing that the 60+ mins I’m doing everyday is paying off.  Really stuck to the meal plan today so hopefully it will make a difference.  Started the morning out with 177.4 lbs and just came off the scale at 177.8 lbs.  I pushed hard today with my workouts of 21 Day Fix: Lower & T25: Total Body Cardio.  I expect that my body will retain some fluids to repair some of my muscles.  I’m looking at purchasing the Beachbody’s Recovery Drink, ActiVit & 3 Day Refresh to get my 2016 started out right.  I push hard each night with my workout so I need to recover quickly.  Feeling the muscle soreness when I do the ground exercises on my back.

Tomorrow will be my son’s Christmas Recital at his school.  There will also be a bake sale for fund raising for the school that me & my wife will participate in so I might not be around but it’s all about planning and scheduling your day.  I’m not at the best at it but doing it everyday to create good habits for the rest of my life.  Every change, struggle, trial, challenge & plateau we reach or face may feel like the ceiling but once we overcome them they become the new floor for us to grow from.  I use to stress and cry at times because of our financial situation but I didn’t let it take over and accept defeat.  I went out and look for answers.  I didn’t let working more hours be my solution though that is what I did still when it was available.  I sat down and fixed ourselves first & went out and talked to specialist.  Opened my eyes on what was important to me and reduced what was just a waste of time and money.  Do what you need to do for your growth and don’t settle for the moment.  It is your test to overcome. Now, we are positioned for growth and I’m able to enjoy looking after my health and my growth in real estate investing.  I still have a financial plan to look after my debt while I just focus my mind and time towards my growth and time with my family.  I don’t need to rely on the over time work anymore.  I actually lost $150-$300 per month but I’m still okay. We are okay and that all that matters when you invest in yourself!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata

Day 6 of 21: What a Rush!

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had a wonderful day.  I don’t know where to begin with my day because it was a rush of information but it was a positive one.  I just got home from a real estate workshop that lasted 9 hrs long.  I will be doing the same thing tomorrow so trying to absorb what I’ve heard today.  Luckily, I did my workout first thing in the morning just in case I ended up staying a little longer to socialize and hopefully get some street smart advice.  I’m back to my Thursday’s weight of 177 lbs.  I was able to refuse the free food that was prepared at the venue.  That consisted with mostly deserts but I didn’t really look because I took a different exit away from the buffet table.  We planned ahead and I had some healthy snacks that my wife prepared for me.  As my current weigh shows that made the big difference.  I was a little sick also so that might have made a difference also. Plus the fact that I can’t find my debit card so I couldn’t drive out for easy food.  I guess it was just how the universe aligns to get you to your target goal.

Today was all about strategic investing in real estate and tomorrow will go more into creating an action plan for yourself.  I’m hoping to do my first transaction into investing into real estate in the near future.  Besides being healthy and enjoying life from the benefits of it, I always had a passion for real estate investing.  Networking or multi-level marketing has opened my mind and the doors towards the idea of passive income and creating that time for yourself.  It is from this group/team that I’ve learned other forms of passive income and also different gurus that specialize in different types of passive income.  When it came to opening the mind from climbing the corporate ladder to investing in your growth for passive income, I started my journey with ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki.  It was from this book that I saw a different prospective to what I was doing and what my parents where doing and what my supervisors were doing.  The best teacher is life itself.

We spend too much time analyzing for the perfect plan, deal and no risk/high returns that we end up not doing anything at all.  A good example from a crowd speaker was a game that we played on connecting people with money with people with deals.  The people that didn’t do anything got the question, “How much interest did you earn from that?”  Obviously, ‘Zero!’  Some will argue though that they didn’t lose either.  But when it comes to money they we are already losing when we do nothing.  With cost of living going up, how much value that money will be after a year, after 5 or 10 years?  Anyways, taking action in yourself opens doors and opportunities.  When you focus on your health and win your goal you take that energy and will to other aspects of your life.  There will always be unknowns when it comes to getting results.  You can only minimize it by learning & working hard to get near your results.  But there is the known when you do nothing.  The results are clear and if you are okay with a side ward trend in your life then that is fine also.  If you aren’t happy with your current situation then you must make a decision what you want to do.  Just make that choice while you are still young.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata

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Hiking and Running and Exercise….. Oh Myyy!

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Greetings Fellow Fit-natics!

It’s been quite awhile again since I last posted but I am doing very well. Went hiking again last Saturday up to Garibaldi Lake.  It wasn’t as steep as the Grouse Grind, two Saturdays ago, but more of a distance hike.  It was very fun and the beautiful scenery of Beautiful British Columbia makes me inspired to do more hiking. Actually, we are planning another hike this coming Saturday with a picnic for those that do not hike.  Just get everyone involve and bring awareness to keeping fit daily gets you to beautiful experiences.

There is a 20 KM half marathon happening on the 28th. Still debating if I want to do it because I am no where near the fitness and endurance level I was for the Vancouver Sun Run. That run was only 10 km and I’m not sure I can do the double version of it… lol. There is a 5 km run but that one is sold out. But I must admit though that life is beautiful when you sacrifice a little towards your health. 14 years of working, eating, sleeping & repeating, I never imagined I will be hiking and doing more outdoor activities.  I guess having kids brings out the best of you.  I thought supporting them financial by working hard by putting more hours in was enough but being fit and doing more activities with them is more rewarding.  I’m so humbled and happy to be on this new life journey.

You really need something outside the norm of daily life & routine.  It is insane to do the same thing over and over again and still feel fulfilled.  Only a handful achieve and enjoy what they do for a living and that is perfect alignment with every aspect of your life. But for the rest of us that need to make our bread from not the dream job we’ve imagined, we need to make sure that the other aspects align or complement what we do. We don’t want to get into things that only makes us happen for a short period of time. That is just a waste of time.  It needs to be something that we know we can do for the rest of our lives. I’ve wasn’t exercising regularly after the Vancouver Sun Run and that has costed me more than I imagined. Besides throwing away 5 months worth of exercise away in a single month of May.  I’ve robbed myself from future experiences like doing more hikes and challenging more runs. Never again!

I’m getting back to my routine of exercising 5 times or at least 2 hrs a day. 30 – 1 hr is good enough to maintain the fitness level you are happy with accompanied by eating right & responsibly. For me, I want to challenge myself and experience life that I haven’t experience in my 20’s and early 30’s. I was focused on working hard and climbing the corporate ladder that I stopped focusing on me and more importantly my interaction with my family. You do it for your love ones so you really need to enjoy it with your love ones. Setting an example of fitness and enjoying life becomes their habit. We, parents, are their first role models so be the best you can be and LIVE by example!

Your Humble Servant,

Ryan Jarata

Grouse Grind Challenge # 1 – June 6, 2015

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Hello fitness fans,

Wow… it has been almost a month since I posted a blog but I am back! I’ve been busy with outdoor activities that I didn’t have time to do the workouts or the online fitness that help me get to this point. I’ve been busy organizing outdoor activities every Saturday since the weather started getting warmer and the sun became more constant. But I am back for good! After doing the ‘Grouse Grind’ this morning for the first time in my 35 year existence, I do not wanna feel that tired and exhausted again. I also gained 7 lbs during this time so I need really need to get back to form and start loading up my calendar with events and goals. After the Vancouver Sun Run, I didn’t set out a goal or a specific date because I didn’t know when the Grouse Grind will begin. I put June but I should have made an event for May to keep me on pace.

Good things have happen and will continue to happen as long as I make this commitment to myself. It is very important to me to be fit and healthy since my father passed away 5 years ago on June 2nd. He has been battling with heart problems and also his long battle with diabetes. I wanna live an amazing life and I wanna life it with my family and friends that will join me on my journey. I was and still a shy introvert to the core but with the support from family, friends and many that have messaged me on Facebook I know that this is a way for me to make a difference for someone else. I am able to help someone indirectly by just posting and blogging. The events and connecting with old classmates and friends from the past is extra special.

Everyone has given me an extra gear to make the most of my life. My love for my family was the start of my journey and the empowerment of everyone that touched my life and that I have touched are the content to this amazing story that I am creating with my life. I wanna thank everyone so far in their own way to pass on something special to strengthen me and encourage me to live life and enjoy each minute and each second given to me. Special thanks today to: Shalyn, her husband Samuel, their 15 month son-Tristan, Vlad, Allan, Xydus, and Ninong Tats for doing the Grouse Grind with me today. I am really motivated and to see the smiles of victory on their faces after scaling the face of Grouse Mountain has really charged me. I am your humble servant I will do my best to enrich your lives and everyone that joins us to be healthy and fit. God bless!

Your humble Servant,

Ryan Jarata

Making that Final Push!

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It’s Sunday already and will be back to the Monday grind. For me though, Monday is result day so I actually look forward to Mondays… lol. They call me weird! Monday is also a day off from intense workouts so that is also why I like Mondays. I just do a 30 min Yoga workout to stretch it all out and get my body totally relaxed and heal up again for the next 6 days of challenging myself towards my goals. I’ve already have my 6 day workout schedule planned and ready to go. Like meal planning, having a balance workout is very important. If you ready my previous entries, I made the mistake of having two legs days workout on the same day.  I had a hard time walking, climbing stairs, and standing from sitting position. That lasted for a few days so it ended up ruining my other workouts.

Planning is key to everything in life. Though planning isn’t always perfect, nothing really is, it gives you a big picture of what you need to do and make adjustments as they come. As the saying goes, “No one plans to fail but they fail to plan.”  Risks occur when people don’t invest the time to plan ahead and it doesn’t take too much time once you do it again for a second, third or more times around.  It’s about creating a system for yourself and making adjustments when situations arise. Putting a plan together is one part but observing it as well is just as important. I see people who makes plans on assumptions and not experiencing how it will work in actuality. It creates problems and that is where tension and loss of productivity occurs.  You need both to create progress.

I really pushed myself this weekend and lost 5 inches from last week. I lost a total of 13.5 inches overall. I can feel the difference and soon I will be able to see the difference. Summer is so going to be sweet! The stuff I held myself on doing for years is going to empower me and hopefully others to make that commitment in themselves. People are not willing to take the journey unless they see significant results. That is totally fine with me. I’m willing to lead by example and share my experience that I still need to accumulate! These things have a way on making that full circle.  I just need to do my part and the rest will follow!

Ryan Jarata