Papa’s World – In his own words – Jim Martin – how I lost almost 100 lbs.

Jim Martin at 350 lbs.

I first met Jim some years back – his wife Claudia is a close friend of my wife Sherry!

Jim is a very large man – standing 6’5 ” of taller!

He loves to cook and always was making BBQ for his employees!

Claudia was interested in what Sherry was doing for her health.

Then – Jim became interested.

He sent me this email – I had no idea he was writing it.

It is such a story of health and a journey for a individual

who one day said enough is enough!

IN HIS OWN WORDS – JIM MARTIN!

 My name is Jim Martin, and I am 65 years old. I live in Reston, Virginia, I still maintain a full-time job.

Heaviest Weight: 350 pounds

Current Weight: 260 pounds

 I struggled with my weight my entire adult life. It led to binge eating and weight gain. Before trying Juice Plus, I had done yo-yo diets my whole life. My weight has gone up and down 50 to 80 pounds over the years, but nothing ever stuck. 

Before Juice Plus, a typical day consisted of a lack of sleeping of no more that 4 to 5 hours a night and grabbing either a breakfast burrito with an apple juice or a chicken biscuit from a drive thru. I would go to work at my incredibly stressful sales job from 7:30-4:30 and get little to no movement at work. I would always eat out for lunch and pick very unhealthy options—sometimes I would even get dessert (cookies) with lunch!  After work I would come home and eat dinner around 6:30 pm and sit on the couch until it was time for bed. Before bed, I would usually have ice cream or another dessert. Sometimes I would wake up and get a “midnight snack.” I was literally eating around the clock.   

The first time I heard about Juice Plus was almost a year ago. I was not into fitness at the time, but back then I thought Juice Plus would help me lose weight and promote a good immune system. However, after years of putting on weight, I started learning more about it and decided I wanted to give it a try and joined the “Shred Your Way” Facebook group.

My turning point came on January 6, 2020 with the “Shred Your Way” Sugar Shred Challenge, No sugar for 10 days.  As a result of completing this challenge, I have completely removed sugar from my diet for the past 11 months. I have no sugar cravings or desire to eat sweets as I did in the past. This all happened two months prior to the COVID lockdown and I was stress eating like crazy. It was a Monday morning and I stepped on the scale that I had been avoiding for months. After I read it, I just said, “That’s enough.” Something had to change.

My goal when I started this journey was to be in better shape than I was when I was 45. Back then, I was 260 pounds and less than 20% bodyfat. From the start of this journey to get healthy, I told myself that I wanted to be in better shape in the next year than I was in the last. 

I found that adding Fasting, Healthy eating and Walking to my journey

I loved it so much, I added the Fasting (Zero Fast), Food Monitoring (MyFitnessPal) and Walking (Fitbit) apps to help me stay on track. It has been a huge help in my journey. Tracking the fast, steps, and foods It helps me to see trends, and with that I can make adjustments.  I love being able to look back and see how I have done. The Shred Your Way Facebook group has also been a great source of motivation.

I currently follow a 16:8 fasting schedule, walking 8 to 10 miles a day, and eating about 1500 to 1800 calories a day, while trying to keep it flexible. Most days I end up following 17:7 Fasting, 25,000 steps and 1600 calories. I change my fasting times to suit my lifestyle. If I want to go out and have a big dinner with my wife, I will just do a longer fast leading up to it, so I stay in a deficit. And some days when I am hungry, I will break my fast at 13-14 hours (minimum of 13 hours to be considered fasting). I listen to my body and hunger signals. That is what I love about intermittent fasting—it is all about flexibility. 

The first few mornings I started fasting I was so hungry, but honestly by the second week my body had adapted well. That is part of the reason I have been able to do this so long (coming up on 7 months). It is not a struggle for me to follow the plan.

Aside from the weight loss, fasting gives me freedom from food, walking gives me the movement I need and Juice Plus give me a healthy immune system. I no longer feel like food is my source of comfort. I can focus my thoughts and feelings more. I also did change my overall diet. I discovered tons of extremely healthy choices. However, that is another writing exercise.

Here is what I typically eat in a day:

Breakfast: Black coffee, breakfast cereal (Ezekiel or Sola brands, no/exceptionally low sugar) blueberries, raspberries, almond milk, and chia seeds.

Lunch: Arnold whole wheat bread or a Mission brand low carb whole wheat wrap, turkey or ham, mustard, lettuce., tomato and Kettle Brand avocado and Himalaya salt potato chips.

Dinner: Taco Bowl (steak, brown rice, pinto beans, salsa, cheese,) Kevin Brand Chicken entrees with steam veggies.

Snacks: Mixed nuts or, protein shake (1G or less sugar) or apple or protein bar (2G or less sugar)

Dessert: 1oz70% Dark Chocolate

I feel completely different now that I added fasting and walking to my Juice Plus daily routine.  I no longer have a need to eat wasteful and harmful foods like sugar. Before, I would always eat a huge lunch and then be worthless for hours afterwards. Now, I experience the mental clarity that comes from eating the right foods, fasting, and walking. I am tracking all my calories in MyFitnessPal because I wanted to stay in a deficit, which was key for weight loss. I aim to eat 1,800 calories each day. I walk 7 days a week. It has been great.

These three changes contributed the most to my weight loss success.

Change 1: I gave myself more than a year to reach my goal.

By taking a longer-view approach, I do not get discouraged by little missteps. I still have plenty of time to reach my goal. When you set a short timeframe to reach your goal, you can get discouraged if it does not happen “fast” enough.

Change 2: I focused on healthy eating at first.
I’ve done diets before, and when you change everything in the first week, you drain yourself of willpower and end up falling off the wagon.  I just focused on finding healthy food choices that minimize or eliminate SUGAR. SUGAR is the killer of any plan that includes weight loss or a good immune system.

Change 3: I do not get discourage… focus on the big picture

Life happens, and if I get down on myself for being human, that is not going to help me in the future. So instead, I give myself grace and understand this will happen. I acknowledge it and move on instead of making myself feel like a failure.   I could barely walk a mile without resting, now I can complete a 10K in less that two hours. It takes one step at a time.

I hope my successful journey can help other archive the life changing experience this has been for me.   I think the most rewarding part about making this change has been the mental clarity and focus that comes in the last few hours before breaking a fast. I do not feel mentally drained. But the weight loss has made the biggest difference. It is going to allow me to live an active life well into old age. If I had continued putting on weight, I would have been in extremely poor health within the next five years. But now I feel strong, and I do not feel deprived.

The new Jim Martin – at 260 lbs.

As a side note – Claudia Martin has literally folllowed in Jim’s footsteps.

She now walks with him and has lost 55 lbs. !

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Papa’s World – When Swans come for a visit!

I saw a child in a stroller – sitting and gazing

Her mother had stopped

and they were watching the White Swans

as we drove our car through the gate

of the beach side entrance.

You can see the Swans – Mallards and in the top right corner – the wheel of the stroller

We talked to the mother as that child gazed entranced

sitting motionless

watching the graceful three Swans

Suddenly a big Mallard came too close to one of the females

The Big male Swan rose up and beat its wings as its

head and neck came quickly forward toward the Mallard.

The baby never flinched – just watched in awe as the Mallard

turned and swan away.

The big male watching over the other two

The mother somehow knew how the Swans just appeared overnight!

She said the state runs a wildlife management program

Where Swans are placed into a enviroment

conducive to their lives.

This is what happened here

They were placed and now they cruise from one end to the other

One half mile in one direction.

Here they are just outside our top floor Lanai

Our condo sits in the opposite direction of where we saw the mother.

I have seen them going back and forth all day long.

People are watching them paddle about –

some are feeding them bread

Sherry looked it up and it said this was okay

it was better if it were a bit soggy

also lettuce leaves

They graze the pond bottoms near the shore lines.

I have watched them swim toward this fountain

and all of a sudden they start flapping their huge wings

and a very loud noise erupts as they tread water

and take off in flight

never going much higher than 10 or 15 feet

above the water – to gracefully cruise into the

bay where we saw the mother and child.

For now they are here

I hope they remain

I hope they mate and hatch little ones

just as the little child gazed at their graceful

floating in the water.

I can imagine a line of little ones following these three.

WHEN SWANS COME FOR A VISIT!

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Papa’s World – making DREAMS into reality!

We all have thoughts of success

Buying a house

Owning a new car

A second vacation home

And then you realize – the years have passed you by

and you still are dreaming

AND YOU ASK YOURSELF WHY?

FIRST : Write that dream down with a DATE!

We tend to overthink and then think some more

but writing it down with a DATE

It then becomes

A GOAL!

SECOND: Take that GOAL

and break it down into STEPS!

Now you have before you a road to follow!

A road to follow has become a PLAN!

You are no longer just thinking about it or talking about it –

You are following what you yourself have set out before you.

Once you start following your own PLAN

You have devised a ACTION!

One – you did yourself.

You are the one to depend upon

You are the one who set a goal

You are the one to take the steps

You are the one to form the plan

You are the one who is taking action.

YOU HAVE TURNED THIS DREAM INTO REALITY!

And CHARACTER – will draw like people to your purpose.

WE HAD A DREAM AND HAS NOW BECOME A REALITY

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Contact

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Papa’s World – give the gift for Christmas – Health comes in Bundles!

Christmas is nearing – we are in a Pandemic – COVID19 is rampant!

What better gift to a loved one than a way to combat this illness

than to build the IMMUNE SYSTEM!

The research is proven from 25 years of testing!

There now are 41 published papers of research done!

And – clinical after clinical trail has shown that Juice Plus

Enhances your IMMUNE SYSTEM!

My wife and I have taken this Whole Food Supplement

For the past 15 years!

And neither one of us has had the FLU SHOT in that time frame!

Growing up – we were introduced to this – and for four decades – put this into our bodies!
Today – after 15 years – we are gathers – living on Whole Food!

The transition is not easy – breaking bad habits – but with this supplement

we are repairing the damage on a cellular level –

every 90 to 120 days – regenerating those cells –

repairing damage and aging healthy!

We do this with whole food – picked at the right time – everything used – no pesticides – tested five times – juiced – liquid extracting – nutrients left – dried slowly – and then all that nutrition put into capsule or gummy form!

It is said that to fight COVID19 – you must have a strong immune system

You must be at your peak of good health.

We believe in the science – the research – all published in medical journals.

Chewable gummy’s – fruits and vegetables – for those who have a hard time taking capsules!

Children’s research – with one adult order – one child order FREE!

Between ages 4 and 19 for up to FOUR YEARS!

A college student – 19 to 23 – free with one adult order.

Sending your child away to college? Have them prepared – build that immune system – gift them with nutrition – insurance to help them fight the pandemic.
Gummy berries to help the blood flow.
A on the go way to supplement a meal with COMPLETE SHAKES – Dutch Chocolate or French Vanilla! Just add water or any other liquid of your choice – add fruit if you like – it is chock full of healthy foods! And tastes good – great for that snack you are craving!
PLANT that seed into your children – eating healthy and supplementing what you can not eat.
Need another quick healthy snack? Try the complete bars!
DARK CHOCOLATE & TART CHERRY!

Handy on the go – traveling in the car – not stopping – keeping clear of people during these times.

Taking that edge off of hunger!

The OMEGAS – not from fish oil – but from what fish eat to produce Omega’s!

Algae – and grown under farmed conditions for no Mercury!

A blend of different Omega’s to help your brain.

Memory – a way to add insurance for memory loss.

Christmas is nearing – giving health as a present –

or just giving health because you care!

For yourself or a loved one.

Each adult with a order – can give the gift to a child –

age 4 to 19 or a college student 19 to 23 – FREE

with the purchase for themselves.

Light that candle for someone you love!

And now you can BUNDLE the gifts of health!

Wholefood in a capsule or gummy – a shake or a bar.

You can combine – and give to whoever you want as a present.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO THE BUNDLE – go to http://www.sf.juiceplus.com Sherry – certified health coach and a SSC in the juice plus company – for 15 years helping families get the nutrition of wholefood into their bodies!

Yes – Sherry is a Partner in the Juice Plus Business –

helping families – individuals – a parent and child – nieces – nephews –

children – grand children –

The gift of health – as a present – a way to make a difference in a life.

Juice Plus Company has been in business for 50 years!

Juice Plus has been sold for 25 years in over 21 countries!

Become as she did a business partner – to help pay for the product.

It has made a difference for us both in our retirement – ( business)

currently living in North Myrtle Beach where we walk the beach everyday

and in our health as we both want to age gracefully ( 71 years old)

Reach out – http://www.sf.juiceplus.com

or email ssherrylynn49@aol.com

Let her help – bundle those gifts –

and live into retirement!

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Papa’s World – saying so long but not goodbye – THE TEAM

She went to Bear Chase Brewery –

Team Generations leaders were there to honor her.

“MAMA BIRD” as she is called affectionately!

Sherry – Mama Bird

They all could not be there because they are spread out

up and down the EAST COAST!

That is what she has done as the leader of TEAM GENERATIONS!

Debby ( QMND) Julie ( QSC) Mandy ( QMND)

They came because in less than two weeks – we leave the area

To start a new journey – they did not say goodbye –

but in this NETWORK BUSINESS

They said “SO LONG UNTIL WE MEET UP AGAIN”!

Lori ( SSC_

Who lives in the Outer Banks –

somewhat close to where we are going

The beauty of TEAM GENERATIONS SMILES!

They ZOOM often – these team leaders

they lead by example – healthy living.

Linda (QSC) Debby ( QMND) Shawna ( QSC)
Shawna – (QSC)

The leaders of TEAM GENERATIONS – because 15 years ago –

Sherry ( Mama Bird) said yes to the health and the Business.

Changing all these lives and their families.

Julie ( QSC) who has sold and installed over 100 Tower Gardens to schools
Julie and Carly

These ladies have promoted healthy eating and growing

ZOOM calls are now a major part of the internet business.

Stepping up to and beyond to bring health to families

and a way to supplement the income of their families

All from home – over the internet and phone.

That is why a GOODBYE is not needed

Just a SO LONG until next time.

Mandy ( QNMD)

Leading by example –

family – friends and healthy nutrition

The HOW – product – health in bottles. 30 fruits and vegetables.
Debby and her mother – forever grateful – bonded – over health and nutrition
Fifth teen years ago – saying “YES” to these has lead to below.
The leaders in TEAM GENERATIONS

A simple YES led to this and beyond

leading and showing the way

Not saying GOODBYE

But ” UNTIL WE MEET UP AGAIN”
TEAM GENERATIONS ( MAMA BIRD)
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN – A MEMORY FROM THE TEAM FOR ” MAMA BIRD “!

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Papa’s World – Mother and Daughters – changing families – for better health

Debby and Sherry

It all started 15 years ago

Sherry found a better way to get nutrition & nutrients

from fruits and vegetables with research to back it up!

Three generations

They started by naming their mother – daughters team

“TEAM GENERATIONS”

From GIGI ( grandmother )

– to Sherry ( mother) to daughters

Tammy and Debby and their children.

Four generations – all on the road to better health.

Ella and Sarah
Bode Taylor Cassidy

The fourth generation – and when they have children – the fifth generation

All because Sherry said “YES” at NBC for your health

at the Washington DC convention center!

The TEAM GENERATIONS TEAM

It continues to grow – families seeking nutrition

better health

feeling great and less doctor visits

More energy

It has spread across the country

and now they communicate with ZOOM calls

and those that live near each other – gather in exercising

There are monthly exercise programs – group fastings

Challenges – and social group gatherings.

Mother and daughter bonding

It has become a FAMILY trip to health.

The oldest in college – practicing health

sending her care packages of healthy foods!

Trips to conferences on the East Coast and West Coast and Middle America twice a year
Team generations continues to grow one family at a time
Leadership in numbers
Before the pandemic – social gatherings
Making life fun with health
Team Generations began with a mother and daughters
Today it has grown into this – leaders from across the country

What started out as a way to eat healthy

and have our kids and grand kids eating better

has turned into a group of dedicated individuals

who share their experience of health and nutrition.

The OLD WAY HAS BEEN REPLACED
To a whole new life style
Debby Papa Sherry on the way to THE ELTON’S a celebration of recognizing individuals

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Mother and Daughters –

changing families for better health

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Papa’s World – a little place to eat on the river!

MERROIR

Not sure just how you say this name –

I think it is French!

And it sits on what I think is still the Rappahannock River

or one of the many inland bays of the Chesapeake Bay.

My son in law had eaten here before.

But – where ever it is – I want to go back

As I had the best AHI TUNA I have ever eaten!

AHI TUNA

It must of been the seasoning – and it was done just right!

We had gone off the resort of The Tides –

because the day we arrived – their dining room was closed.

And Marcus and Tammy had been here before.

Not many people at all – we almost had the whole outside to ourselves!

And you could not sit inside.

SHRIMP & LOBSTER ROLL!

The little ones all had the shrimp and lobster roll along with Sherry.

She said it was very good!

Tammy and Marcus had the oysters as a appetizer

Now – I have never had a feeling to eat oysters

and I think that goes way back to my father

every Friday night – he had oyster soup!

And it just did not look good to me!

Bode almost made it

Bode wanted to try one –

but at the last moment gave it up to Taylor

and she ate it and gave it a THUMBS UP!

The view from our table

I think there were three other people there

but they also were doing a good take out business.

You could walk over and look into the kitchen from three sides.

And two ladies were busy cooking in there!

I recommend this place!

Sherry taking the three little ones to look into the bay where they saw a dolphin up close!
On the other side was a marina with tons of docked boats
Bode Taylor Cassidy

I would imagine this being a very busy place

if it were not for the pandemic

Marcus and Tammy said when they were there last year

it was packed.

I hope it stays – I most likely will never get back there

BUT MERRIOR on the bay – remember that

and if you have a chance – stop in –

The pan seared AHI TUNA was out of this world!

And the sunsets weren’t bad either!

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Papa’s World – when birthdays come in THREE’S

Taylor Cassidy Tammy ( mommy)

Ten years ago – they were born – early –

Taylor was growing and Cassidy was not

So I think just around 32 or 33 weeks

The doctor decided now was the time

and they were so tiny – 3 lbs. something each

and Taylor bigger – so it has been for ten years!

Tammy

Tammy – she struggled at first –

and – to be sure the twins were all right

she got to come home first

then – the smallest – Cassidy came home!

Then three days later – Taylor.

There was nothing wrong with either one

they just had to make sure since they were so tiny

that they would eat and be okay.

Today Taylor – who I think is going to be as tall or taller than Sherry!
Cassidy – she loves her MorMor ( Sherry) and asks almost everyday when we are leaving.
Taylor and Cassidy

So the same but oh so different

day and night

Taylor laid back

Cassidy always busy

The birthdays were not planned

it was all in the hands of the doctor

and so now we have THREE BIRTHDAYS!

Celebrating three in one day
Birthday celebration comes in THREE!
Taylor “BEAR”
Cassidy – the little dynamo
The twins
When birthdays come in THREES!

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Papa’s World – The life of a grand parent!

Times have changed – today it is IPAD – SMART PHONE

and they can do it better than I can!

In this picture there is Sherry and all six grandkids.

Soon – in a little over three weeks – we will be leaving.

Going South – for FIVE MONTHS

trying to think out our possibilities

Do we rent – buy – house – apartment – condo!

And WHERE?

Until then – next week – the three little ones start virtual classes.

Now – I can show them how to butter bread –

cut a piece of pie or cake

even use this as a screwdriver or the other end as a hammer

but – I know nothing when it comes to being a techie!

They all know more than I do!

It will be hard for them in not going to school.

Having interaction with other kids

and with the teacher face to face.

Not to mention – the parents who work.

Where this all ends – I do not know.

We are going to help them get all set up at home.

We will be here for the start up.

Being grandparents can be hard in this new age.

And now – the new norm for the time being.

In a little over three weeks – our new adventure begins

we have already rented and paid for five months.

Watching them last night when they came home

rushing down the stairs to see us

all three talking at the same time

It will be hard on them also

Life as a grandparent can be hard

life as a grandchild can be harder

life now as we know it –

well – we shall live that life one day at a time

For that we are grateful –

that is why I write – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

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Going to miss them all.

Papa’s World – Things in my life – memories

I wonder where these people think they are right!

There are so many inconsiderate people out there driving.

They pass you on the right in turn lanes –

They pass you on the left and then cut in front of you

to take the exit!

They tail gate – they constantly blow their horns at other people

This scares you if you do not know what is going on!

Just a pet peeve with me!

Let food be your medicine – let medicine be your food!

Finally – after almost 40 years –

I started eating healthy!

My wife – Sherry – started me on the road to health.

She and I had gone to NBC for your health –

at the Washington DC convention center.

There she found what was to become our staple

Juice Plus – over 30 fruits – vegetables and berries JUICED!

All the nutrients after drying in a patented formula

put into capsules or gummy’s.

The next best thing to real food

and you take them every day!

Being nice – being friendly – being polite – being helpful!

I post every day on social media and I write a blog everyday.

Three things I post everyday.

Good thoughts – smiles and laughter – positive thoughts!

I try to not post political – really hard not too!

My thought on that is my VOTE!

Making changes that way and peaceful protest –

writing letters and postcards.

But – my motto so to speak is above –

IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE NICE!

I LOVE MY WIFE – ALL THE DIFFERENT PERSONALITY’S!

At the falls!

Just a few of the things in my life – memories!

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