Papa’s World – Boardwalk – Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We decided to take a little side trip on our way to Costco!

Since neither one of ever remembered going to the Boardwalk

on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach –

We thought we would take our time

and follow the beach road from North Myrtle Beach

all the way down to the Boardwalk!

It had been almost 25 years since we vacationed in North Myrtle Beach

and – we were not disappointed!

We parked half way in between the two piers.

And then we walked toward the Northern Pier!

We entered the doors and went out to the open pier

where the fishermen were and the other tourist.

We had walked by numerous shops – places to eat –

a large volleyball complex with multiple courts

and a sand volleyball game going on –

two on two!

The boardwalk continued beyond that pier

but – we decided to return from our starting point

and then walk South to the other pier

about a mile distance between the two.

The southern pier in the distance

The walk back to where we parked the car

was on the boardwalk

but it changed to a paved walk – wide – and lined on both sides

with bushes – plam trees and shade and flowers.

It was not straight but wound from side to side

with benches in the shade.

Places to see and observe the beach
The beach of white soft sand

We decided once we got to the second pier

we would look for a place to grab a late lunch

before we continued on our way to Costco.

We found that place by the pier itself –

actually looked like it was part of the pier

called “WICKED TUNA”

where we made our way to the top and had a great view of the pier

and the beach in both directions!

We had a great lunch sharing some appetizers.

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Sherry and I sitting at the WICKED TUNA

We continued onto Costco – and vowed that when we have to make that trip again – we would include the Boardwalk and this place to sit and have lunch!

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Papa’s World – looking out to the lake from inside the condo – Lanai!

When I first saw this Condo by accident on the internet –

I was drawn to the view!

I said to Sherry – “How would you like to look at this everyday”?

That is the moment we decided to make our home for five months

in North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We had never had a thought to come here!

Every morning as I sit and work on my blog –

as it gets lighter outside –

I glance to my left and see this!

The early morning sunrise right outside the two sliding doors

off the living room.

And – in the master bedroom – through the sliding door

she also has this same view as the Lanai is screened in

and we are the top condo in a four story building

with two elevators twenty feet from our front door!

We can sit out on the Lanai or from the couches in the living room!

This lake is 1/2 mile long and is full of water fowl!

My office for my blog!

I can sit and watch it all unfold before my very eyes!

We have extended our stay – from the two months to five months.

And – maybe even longer!

As of now – we are looking at places to rent or buy or build!

We love living here – but there are two major drawbacks.

One – we need more storage if we were to move here.

Two – we need a garage for our car –

the hot sun down here can do a number on it!

Everyday we walk by this – still inside the gated community!

There are six different pools here and we can use them all.

There are work out areas with weighted machines

and exercise equipment for our use.

And in 6/10’s of a mile- we are on the beach!

Our beach access point

We walk to the beach almost every day

and then we walk on the beach

to get our three plus miles in!

We can hear the surf – from our Lanai!

We have searched this area –

but very little compares to this!

We are just going to enjoy what time we have left here in Ocean Keyes

North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

Looking to the outside from the inside of our Condo!

Walking from the condo to the beach

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Papa’s World – One final beach walk with friends!

Dottie Sherry Jim

They were leaving mid morning for their trip back to Va. Beach

where they have lived for a number of years.

Our other friends – who live 50 miles away

had gone home the night before

as appointments awaited them in the morning.

We have been getting together for the past 25 years

when we all moved away

having been friends prior to that for at least 10 years.

The beach – as it always has – called us to walk one final time!

Jimmy

For years and years we took beach vacations together

raising our families

Jim and I played softball together back in the late 70’s!

Now the little ones are all grown up

and have little ones and big ones of their own

Grand children – the years have passed

but the love of the sand and surf remains!

Beach life – Boggie Boards – Wave riding with tubes – Sipping a favorite brew

all things we loved to do – but I no longer ride the waves –

I still sip a brew – and I still walk the surf!

One last walk on the beach – just as we have done countless times before.

Life has been good to all of us

we still get along and get together

friendships last and last!

Papa Jimmy Sherry Dottie

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One final beach walk with friends!

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Papa’s World – Living a dream – Ocean Keyes – South Carolina!

The back ocean side entrance to Ocean Keyes!

It was by accident that I found this place while searching for a place to live after selling our house!

I came across a picture of the view from the Lanai and we fell in love with it!

This is situated in North Myrtle Beach and we had no thought of coming here!

The plan was to find a home to buy or a lease –

planning on only being here for five months!

But – after searching and searching and visiting numerous homes – condo’s

And the housing market going up every day- it became apparent to us –

that maybe the best way was to find a model and build it our way!

Where we are staying is the building at the very beginning of the small lake – top floor – four stories -middle!

We found that we could build for almost the same price that we would buy –

and not have to do any renovations!

So – we extended our stay here until the end of June!

And hope that our build out of four to six months

would allow us time to enjoy what we have here!

From our condo – is 6/10 of a mile and we are standing on the beach!
There are six pools here – a tennis – pickle ball court – a work out gym and a community center!

We walk the road every day past the pool straight to the beach entrance.

Cross two roads and are in the parking lot of Avenue six beach entrance!

Standing on the beach after a 12 minute walk!
Early morning view from our Lanai – with views from both the master bedroom and the living room!

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A view of Ocean Keyes and North Myrtle Beach!

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Papa’s World – COVID TEST – before we go back home! NEGATIVE!

Social distance – being careful – getting ready to go home for Christmas – keeping the faith we are doing this right!

We have been walking – staying away from groups of people –

social distancing – knowing that we wanted to spend Christmas with the family!

We went on line – Sherry is the tech one –

and through CVS – set up our information –

scheduling a test time!

It was not that hard – and the CVS was maybe 3 miles away!

We drove to the CVS test site – we were the only ones their at our scheduled time!

We pulled up to the window much as you would for a bank –

The lady spoke through the window and asked for our insurance – medicare and ID.

We passed them through and she typed in all the information

and in the window drawer – she gave us back each a brown paper bag

with our cards inside plus the material we needed to swab our own nose!

In case we did not understand the written instructions and pictures on what to do –

She explained step by step as we went through the procedure!

It was not difficult at all and we did our own samples.

Just put the swab up as far as you can go and rotate for fifthteen seconds

as she counts off in each nostril!

No fuss – no mess – easy – a cave man could do it!

After we were done – the swab went into a sealed vial with liquid it it.

And put back into a sealed plastic bag with our information in there.

I then got out and deposited the two bags into a medical box –

wiped down the box with a sanitizing wipe they provided and drove off!

It was that easy and covered by our insurance.

We were each provided with our own personal site – to see the results!

Our tests came back in just two days and were on our own personal web address!

This was a relief as now we could journey home –

see our family for the holidays

knowing that we were Covid19 free!

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Papa’s World – Conway S.C. – Old Churches and a walk through history!

Sherry walking the historic section of Conway S.C.

We like to explore and I love old towns and history of the area!

We had completed the River Walk and then headed onto main street.

This being Sunday – there were no stores open!

Which surprised me as there were lots of people on the River Walk.

A cool little garden and fountain just off main street!
I assume this mural has a part of the history of this town!

Walking – taking in the sites – and then we both noticed just how many old

historic churches were here!

Maybe that is the reason for stores being closed on Sunday?

This church was too big to get in one photo – and had been built in the 1800’s!
The first view you get of this church walking up to it – the previous picture was the center of the church!
The right side of the church – this church took up almost the entire block!

We also looked at the first church that was built here

Thinking that the people had outgrown it!

The first church built in the early 1800’s!

A beautiful stain glassed window!

Thsi was a very solid built building

but I think it ended up being too small

So they constructed the second church!

I want to go back and spend more time reading the grave stones!

We also walked by one other large church that sat on the river-

and had drive up docks for boats

and signs for people who came to church using the River!

This was also as large as the big one here.

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we will go back someday and explore more

and will make sure the stores are open!

I love these large old Oak trees!

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Papa’s World – after scrubbing down the Lanai – we treated ourselves – 3 hours on the beach!

Our little escape for three hours!

We did a job that Sherry has been wanting to do – wash the walls of the Lanai down by hand!

The Lanai is screened in and has a vinyl siding – which with storms – gets dirty.

So – with soap and water and some cloths – we cleaned it all down

Took us about two hours –

and then we treated ourselves to BEACH TIME!

A few people were out – being this was the middle of the week. It was in the low to mid 70’s!
Looking South on North Myrtle Beach – we decided to walk North – toward the pier two miles away!

This day – we did not spend all the time sitting – but walking for most of it!

We walked to the pier two miles away!

We try to walk three miles a day – and as much of that we can on the beach!

Sherry – while walking – will do her network marketing business with her phone!

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This has always been a dream of mine – walking in the sand and surf every day!

Always a view in the sky – dark clouds contrasting with white – and then blue skies – and sunshine!

We had never walked all the way to Cherry Grove – point pier –

And – along the way we collected shells for a church group back home!

Beyond the tall buildings – just visible – is the pier – so you can see just how far we walked!
Tidal pools forming behind me as I walked through the surf. The water felt warm – and some pools we had to walk around as they were above our knees!

This day – just to walk was relaxing – cleaning the Lanai –

A day in the sun – living life to the plus!

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Sherry – walking – no shoes – no worries!

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Papa’s World – Thanksgiving day – testing the water – walking the beach!

Thanksgiving day – we stayed home – cooked some small turkey breast – mashed potato’s – stuffing – and went for a walk on the beach!

In my 71 years – I have never spent Thanksgiving near the beach –

let alone – on that day – go for a walk – in short sleeves and shorts!

I was surprised at just how many people were on the beach – both ways we looked and this is what we saw!

While everything was baking in the oven – we had bought all the trimmings at Costco!

We decided to just walk down in the sunshine – it was mid 70’s –

And see if the water was warm – thinking there would not be a whole lot of people there!

WRONG – a lot of people were down there!

I guess a lot of people come here for this week at reduced rates!

So – we started our walk – and sure enough – I was drawn to the water –

I took my sandals off –

as I could see a lot of people in the surf and swimming beyond the surf!

To my surprise – it was not that cold –

And I do not like cold water!

I walked in and after the initial feeling of the water

I started walking the surf!

I never thought I would be doing this let alone on Thanksgiving Day!

Now that we have decided to build instead of buying

We will be within a four mile drive to several beaches.

So I am beginning to think of tradition!

Walking the beach On Thanksgiving Day!

And – who is to say – if it is nice the day after –

Walking the beach the day after Thanksgiving!

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And on our walk home – white ducks in the lake!

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Papa’s World – late afternoon walk on the beach – daily routine!

The sunrise gives out the desire to begin walking outside – however – a cold snap – so walking the beach in the afternoon!

The warm rays from the sun – sand beneath my feet – casting a shadow – living our dreams!

Sherry walking – we have come to always head to the beach –

and as Sherry says ” SEE OUR OCEAN”!

But – as soon as we start the one half mile walk

we can actually hear the surf.

When there is a storm somewhere OUT THERE –

the waves get large as well as the sound.

Listening – as we walk closer –

and then – breaking the plain of the dunes

we see the waters – cresting – wave after wave

Warn sunshine – large waves –

making the music we love

OUR OCEAN – so we have come to call it!

Footprints in the sand – a hazy sky – luring us on – walking – walking!

Much too soon – it is back to the parking lot and straight up the street

to our gate back onto the gated community!

Where in the late afternoon sun – the ducks and geese – come together – to rest for the night!

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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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