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Fad diets don't work. Life changes do!

Todays mainstream has created an instant gratification mentality in us as it relates to Dieting.  The headlines and banner ads on the internet read “Lose 10 pounds in one week” and “Have a Beach Body in less than a month.”  These “crash” diets as I will call them are unrealistic, unhealthy, and need to be debunked.  First, losing that much weight in such a short time can be mostly attributed to water weight, some lean muscle, and not necessarily fat weight.  Losing fat weight is the ultimate goal and cannot be achieved in just one week.   

 

For simplicity in this brief article, the human body’s weight can simply be divided into two categories:  Lean muscle mass and fat.  If the average female weighs 135 pounds and has 30% body fat, then she has 40.5 pounds of fat (135 lb x .30 = 40.5 lb).  Your doctor, nutritionist, or skin caliper can help you understand your body’s percentage of fat.

 

Water weight can fluctuate day to day in pounds, which is one of the hidden reasons people get so easily frustrated with their diet plans from day to day when they don’t see immediate results (so STOP stepping on the scale every single day!).  We know that water is vitally important to sustain life and digestion, so depletion is not healthy.  

 

Some fad diets are proponents of “no carbs” which leaves us with protein and fat sources and water has to be present to aid in digestion.  High protein diets absolutely  must contain equal amounts of water.  How much water?  Above .5 ounce per pound of body weight, so a woman weighing 135 pounds will need 60 to 70 ounces of water per day.  Really no matter what diet you choose, this water formula is a good daily keystone.

 

Another problem with crash diets is that they often reduce lean body mass before they reduce body fat.  If a woman weighing 135 lbs. (with 30% body fat) hypothetically loses 20 pounds in a month with the new fad diet that does not include resistance or cardio training, then she more than likely sacrificed lean body mass as a greater percentage of fat loss.  Now she weighs 115 pounds with body fat of 27%.  This translates to a net loss of 3% in body fat (approximately 3.75 pounds of body fat weight) and a 16.25 pound loss in lean muscle mass.  The crash diet’s trade-off was not beneficial.

 

In his book, “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” Tom Venuto states that the word “Diet” implies something you are planning on starting and stopping, once you achieve the desired result.  But Tom goes further to explain that you have to establish a different mentality and create permanent life habits, versus jumping from fad diet to fad diet to achieve results.  Changing your eating habits coupled with an active lifestyle is truly the answer to a healthy life.

 

Furthermore, a transformation in your body isn’t going to be solved with a diet, it’s only going to be achieved with a transformation in your mind.  Fitness gurus, local trainers, infomercials, and food planning companies have developed great fitness and weight-loss systems that have been proven to work, but if you can’t change your mental and physical habits, then those systems are simply no good.  So let me restate the title of the article, “Fad Diets Don’t Work. Life Changes Do!” and you are worth it!!  

 

Daytrip to Charming Wilmington

What's better than relaxing at the beach?.....a daytrip adventure!

Just less than an hour from Mytrle Beach is the charming town of Wilmington, NC.  Surrounded by two beaches and the beautiful Cape Fear River, Wilmington hosts a quaint downtown historic riverfront full of waterside dining, shopping, and entertainment.  Downtown RiverWalk offers historic tours, Hollywood East tours revealing actual movie and TV locations both past and present, and relaxing horse drawn carriage tours. 

For the artist at heart, Wilmington has many galleries and eclectic shops that showcase their very own local artist,the late Ivy Hayes and many, many more!  Downtown galleries include ACES Gallery, Acme Art Studio, Art Factory, Bottega Bar and Gallery, Crescent Moon, River to Sea Gallory, Uran Revival and several more.  For a tour guide and more info check out www.artscouncilofwilmington.orgFor the Gardener at heart, you can't miss the Azalea award winning Airlie Gardens, "A Century of Gardens by the Sea".

Stroll down the beautiful Riverwalk and into Old Wilmington City Market at 119 S. Water Street.  Inside this cobblestone walk treasure you find specialty furniture, home decor, and gift stores like Carolina Country Mercantile Store, Barouke, Coastal Vibe, and Suite 10 Eclectic Everything.

My personal favorite is to begin an afternoon with a cup of tea and a lot of southern hospitality at The Wilmington Tea Room. There's always time for shopping beginning there in Chandler's Wharf - and Filthy Rich of Wilmington is a MUST see.  You can continue your shopping adventure downtown on Front Street and end in the many boutique shops inside the Cotton Exchange.  Oh!  Did I forget to mention Downtown Wilmington is very canine friendly!  If you pass over the infamous Port City Java coffee house on front street, you can bring your four-legged friends down to Java Dog Coffee House to hang out with Meme for a cup of Joe and a sweet treat.

End your evening watching the beautiful, breezy sunsets on the River and the Historic Battleship North Carolina in the backdrop.  You'll find everything from Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Elijah's, Riverboat Landing, and my personal favorite Le Catalan French Cafe and Wine Bar.  Their quiche is amazing! 

Wilmington has much to offer!  Drive up for the day of fun and adventure and return to your enticing home-away-from-home at Retreat Myrtle Beach!

Summer Music on the Beach

Summer is here and full of sunshine and music!Live Summer Concerts

Music on Main has officially kicked off with live bands, beach chairs, lots of friends and great food. Every Thursday evening you can head down to Main Street and enjoy free music from some of the best live bands in the area. Check out Main Street restaurants before the show starts, then grab your beach chairs and head to the sand to enjoy music and dancing.  For a schedule of bands, check here.

The third Friday of each month our new NMB Park and Sports Complex hosts the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Bring a blanket or beach chair and stroll down to the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater located in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow. DOGS WELCOME!!  

Hot Summer Nights all summer long on the Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach. Fireworks, live music, Skywheel and fun for all ages! Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night come out for the live concert series from some of the "hottest acts in the area"!  Amazing fireworks displays every Wednesday night and the strolling Dixieland Band on Fridays.  Monday evenings brings tons of fun for the young and young at heart with Kids Carnival Night. For more info check out Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Facebook page.

SOS fans remember Ducks Beach Club has exciting night life this summer with four dance floors, three bars, and an awesome grill!

And as always, don't forget to stop by Retreat Myrtle Beach office on Main Street to check out what's new!

Happy Summer!!

Have you seen our new Park and Sports Complex?



One of the most exciting recent additions to the Myrtle Beach area is the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. From several well-manicured baseball and softball fields to miles of beautiful nature trails, this 162 acre state-of-the-art complex has something to offer every resident and visitor in our area.  

Even Fido gets to play at this great park!  The complex houses "Waggin Tails Dog Parks".  One park for large dogs and the other for the smaller guys.  For the young at heart, there are three playgrounds, six picnic shelters and a 2,000 seat amphitheater.  There is a 10 acre meadow that holds a 25 acre stocked lake for fishing/water related activities and at least 3 miles of walking/biking trails.



The sports complex can easily impress the biggest sports fans in the area.  It offers 8 regulation soccer/lacrosse fields/football fields, 4 regulation youth baseball/collegiate softball fields, 2 regulation highschool/collegiate baseball fields all complete with misting fans in each dugout, umpire/official rooms, 8 batting tunnels, and 6 picnic shelters-each big enough for the whole team!

Personally, my favorite was the walking trails. My American Eskimo, Teddy Bear and I enjoyed at least 2 miles of the peaceful nature trails and the meadow.  However, my wide-eyed, 12 year old son was in awe of the perfect green grass and clay diamond baseball fields.  And of course, he couldn't leave without trying out the batting cages!  He rated two thumbs up!!

For a 2014 North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex Event Schedule, click here.

To schedule a tournament, event or learn more about the sports complex click here.

So whether you're visiting or a local, take a day to check out this awesome new complex!  I promise you, it's worth the trip!

If you're coming to watch a travel ball tournament or other event, don't forget Retreat Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of options to suite your stay.  Come see us at the beach!

SOS Weekend - Are you coming?

It's finally here!  SOS Kickoff Weekend 2014 at NMB!










What better way to forget this cold, wet winter than kicking off your shoes and dancing in the sand! Whether you're a Pro shagger or a beginner, there's opportunity and fun waiting right here.
This year's Early Birds can get warmed up as early as Wednesday evening right here at Fat Harold's.  Don't worry about supper, hot dogs start at 6 pm.  DJ, Jimmy Buffkin kicks off the music and dance at 7 pm til close.

Here's the rest of the weekend schedule:

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Event Title: Fat Harold's - DJs and Events
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Front / 5-9 Milton White / 9-close Gene Sistare / Back /9-close David Harris

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - DJs
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM EST
7- close SOS Kick Off Party with Tootie Brown

Event Title: 2001 Nightclub - Bands- Tim Clark Band
Where: 920 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Free admission for SOS cardholders, Locals and 2001 VIP members. J D Cash will be spinning the tunes in Next Level. Doors open at 8pm. Ladies Free till 9:30pm. Tonight - Tim Clark Band
Friday, April 4, 2014

Event Title: Judy Duke Workshop - Fat Harold's
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Judy Duke Member of Shaggers Hall of Fame & Living Legends, Master & Pro dancer. Workshops at 10am. $10 per person - Intermediate/Advanced Partners not necessary!

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - Shag Workshops
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST
11-noon - Jeff Hargett & Autumn Jones

Event Title: Shag Workshops - Sam and Lisa West - OD Resort
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST
All workshops held at the OD Resort Ballroom - $ 10 per person. "Boogie Woogie Breakfast" with Sam and Lisa. Enjoy a Pancake Buffet and take your choice of Sam and Lisa's workshops that day- breakfast, music and dancing in the OD Ballroom from 10-11am all for $15. 8 mornings - Saturday - Saturday. 11 am Beginner - Basic Female and male Turns / 12 noon Beginner II - Pivots / 1 pm - Intermediates - Lead and Follow Combination with Tips and Techniques/

Event Title: Fat Harold's - DJs and Events
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Front / noon -5 Milton White / 5-9 Eddie Baker / 9- close Jimmy Buffkin / Back / 5-9 Jerry Munson / 9-close Ray Scott

Event Title: OD Beach Club - DJs
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
12- 5 Gene Sistare / 5-9 Rodney Still / 9- until Betty Brown

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - DJs
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM EST
1-5 Tootie Brown / 5-9 Danny Navey / 9- close Ken McGee

Event Title: Spanish Galleon - Bands
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM EST
7- until John Hoffnagle / 8-12 Jim Quick & Coastline

Event Title: OD Cafe - DJs
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Doors open at 7pm DJ 7-12 / John Cottingham

Event Title: 2001 Nightclub - Bands - The Entertainers
Where: 920 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Free admission for SOS cardholders, Locals and 2001 VIP members. J D Cash will be spinning the tunes in Next Level. Doors open at 8pm. Ladies Free till 9:30pm. Tonight - The Entertainers

Event Title: Judy Duke Workshop - Fat Harold's
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Judy Duke Member of Shaggers Hall of Fame & Living Legends, Master & Pro dancer. Workshops at 10am. $10 per person - Intermediate/Advanced Partners not necessary!

Event Title: Shag Workshops - Charlie & Jackie - Ducks
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM EST
9- 10 Time Overall National Shag Champions - Members of the Shaggers and Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Workshops $10 - All Classes will be held at Ducks 10 am - 10:50 - Ladies Only - Jackie / 11- 12 Noon - Hestitations & Footwork

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - Shag Workshops
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST
11- noon - Alan Stokes & Nikki Kontoulos

Event Title: Shag Workshops - Sam and Lisa West - OD Resort
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST
All workshops held at the OD Resort Ballroom - $ 10 per person. "Boogie Woogie Breakfast" with Sam and Lisa. Enjoy a Pancake Buffet and take your choice of Sam and Lisa's workshops that day- breakfast, music and dancing in the OD Ballroom from 10-11am all for $15. 8 mornings - Saturday - Saturday/ 11 am - Beginner - Basic Start, Half Turn / 12 noon - Beginner II - Front Prep to Sugarfoot / 1 pm - Intermediate - Together Step

Event Title: Fat Harold's - DJs and Events
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Front / Noon- 5 Eddie Baker / 1-5 Sea Cruz/ 5-9 Jimmy Buffkin / 9- 2 Gary Bass / Back / noon - 5 Gerry Scott / 1-4 Florence Shag Club party/ 5-9 Milton White / 5-9 Twisters' Shag Club Party / 9- 2 John Hall

Event Title: OD Beach Club - DJs
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
12-5 David Sessoms / 5-9 Betty Brown / 9- until Jenny Farmer

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - DJs
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM EST
1-5 Danny Navey / 5-9 Ken McGee / 9- close Betty Brown

Event Title: Spanish Galleon - Bands
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM EST
7- until John Hoffnagle / 8-12 Steve Owens & Summertime

Event Title: OD Cafe - DJs
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Doors open at 7pm DJ 7-12 / Chigger Woods

Event Title: 2001 Nightclub - Bands- Johnny Barker Band
Where: 920 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Free admission for SOS cardholders, Locals and 2001 VIP members. J D Cash will be spinning the tunes in Next Level. Doors open at 8pm. Ladies Free till 9:30pm. Tonight - the Johnny Barker Band
Sunday, April 6, 2014

Event Title: Shag Workshops - Charlie & Jackie - Ducks
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM EST
9- 10 Time Overall National Shag Champions - Members of the Shaggers and Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Workshops $10 - All Classes will be held at Ducks/ 10 am - 10:50 - Men Only - Charlie / 11- 12 Noon - Smooth & Easy

Event Title: Pirate's Cove - DJs
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM ES
11 am Gospel Hour and Shrimp n Grits with DJs Clyde Waller & Tootie Brown / 3-8 Danny Navey / 8-close Robbie Leggett

Event Title: Shag Workshops - Sam and Lisa West - OD Resort
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM EST
All workshops held at the OD Resort Ballroom - $ 10 per person. "Boogie Woogie Breakfast" with Sam and Lisa. Enjoy a Pancake Buffet and take your choice of Sam and Lisa's workshops that day- breakfast, music and dancing in the OD Ballroom from 10-11am all for $15. 8 mornings - Saturday - Saturday/ 11 am - Beginner - Basic, Side by Side with Tuck Out/ 12 noon - Beginner II - Duck Walk / 1 pm - Intermediate - Male Lead and Female Steps / 4-6 pm Sam and Lisa's Happy Hour - Free Drink - Fun Workshop - Music and Dancing - Join us for a simple, easy shag step taught in a fun environment 45 min workshop, Pay just $10 and receive a FREE DRINK TICKET. After the workshop stick around for an hour of social dancing and maybe an exhibition or two. DJs Sam West and Butch Adeimy

Event Title: Fat Harold's - DJs and Events
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Front / Noon -5 Camp Kemo Fundraiser 1-5 / 5-9 Milton White / 9- close John Hall / Back / Noon - 5pm Tiny & Ron's Shooter Party / 5-9 Larry Edwards / 9- close Betty Brown

Event Title: OD Beach Club - DJs
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
12-5 Roy Childress / 5-9 Rodney Still / 9- until Gene Sistare

Event Title: Spanish Galleon - Bands
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM EST
6pm Johnny B / 6:45 Summerdaze / 8-12 Band of Oz



25 Years of Helping North Myrtle Beach Visitors find their Home Away from Home

Announcing our new website!


We, at Retreat Myrtle Beach, are celebrating a major milestone! For 25 years we have been renting out our vacation homes and helping people relax and truly get away. We are a small company that is family owned and since we first started in 1989, we have been committed to upholding the standards of true southern hospitality.

Our quaint, beach cottage office and the majority of our properties are located within 2.5 miles from the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Aside from being the “original” pet friendly rental company in North Myrtle Beach, the arrangement of our properties is what makes us so distinct from other companies, and able to provide homes for large groups. We serve sports teamschurch retreatsfamily reunions, and many other groups of all sizes. As with most coastal locales, beach weddings are very popular and we would love to help you find the right property for your special day.

Our closely grouped vacation homes at Sandtrap can accommodate over 100 guests in one location. With amenities like a swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, and barbecue grills, our renters find everything they need for the ultimate North Myrtle Beach vacation. Our properties are located a short walk from the beach and Main Street, making it possible to enjoy all that the Grand Strand has to offer. If you want to be right on the water, we also have an oceanfront building named Seahouse Villas with six separate units that accommodate up to ten people in each unit.

All of our vacation properties - from oceanfront luxury condos, to private homes, to cozy beach bungalows - have been hand-picked, tastefully decorated with designer touches, quality furnishings and all the comforts of home. We will take the time to get to know you and help you find the place that will meet your needs.

Grab your friends, family, and pets, and come see what Retreat Myrtle Beach can do for you! 



Get more for your vacation this year!


Earlier this week I was discussing Christmas with a co-worker and he informed me that every year he and his wife have to get a loan from the local Credit Union to pay for Christmas for their four kids.  He made this comment while taking a drag off a cigarette.  Flashing through my mind at that moment was a comment that I dare not share, “if you took the money you pay for cigarettes and saved that money all year, then you could probably afford Christmas.”  

Later, still reflecting on the conversation, I remembered that he eats out nearly everyday for lunch, versus packing his lunch, which I of course do.  So then, in all my grandeur, I began  calculating the math of $5 per pack of cigarettes and $5 per lunch, multiplied by 21 working days per month and there was his Christmas money!


At that moment conviction hit me.  Remember the saying from the Bible about trying to remove the splinter from your friends eye while you have a plank stuck in your own eye?  My own hypocrisy had gotten the best of me because we finance a portion or sometimes up to half our annual beach vacation on credit cards, which is at a higher Annual Percentage Rate (APR) than what the Credit Union extends to my coworker.  

The culmination of this one conversational event incurred me to step back and think about all the places I too waste money. I could in fact, pay for vacation in full, instead of financing it for the next two months paying unnecessary interest charges.  I’m not a smoker and I pack my lunch for work at least four days out of five.  So where do I splurge my discretionary income?  Starbuck’s coffee or a regular Friday night out, maybe?

I think we would all be surprised to take this challenge and look at our money spending habits.  Putting things on paper has an amazing way of turning the light bulb on for many of us!  As for me, my entire family is part of this challenge.  It’s turned into quite the fun game as we look at every spending trip to see if we really “need” this treat or would that $1, $2, or $5 be better spent in our vacation jar?  In just a few weeks, we've found almost $200.  I think we’re going to stay an extra week this year at our favorite vacation spot.......Retreat Myrtle Beach!!


What secrets do you have for getting more from your vacation this year?


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