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Monday, November 14, 2005

CarbSmart Book Signing Was A Blast

I just got back to Spartanburg, SC from my trip to Huntington Beach, CA over the weekend for a book signing at CarbSmart. Whew, Christine and I are just plumb tarrrrrd (that's Southern speak for "tired!"), but we were so happy to travel to the West Coast on the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" book tour. A special THANK YOU to Andrew DiMino from CarbSmart for granting us more hospitality and generosity than I am even accustomed to being from the South! :)



WOW, what a time it was meeting all the wonderful folks who were kind enough to come out on Saturday to say hello and meet me in the Southern California area. It was an awesome time meeting so many people who I have only previously known through the Internet because of my blog. A special thanks to Jason from LO-CARB U FOODS, Rosanna from VIVA LOW-CARB, and Steve from LOCARB LIFE for coming out in support of Andrew for his book signing with me and Jan McCracken.



Speaking of, I was so thrilled to be sitting next to Jan McCracken who is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing people you will ever meet. An author of 40 (yep, that's FORTY!) books, mostly self-published cookbooks in just the past 10 years, Jan is a very funny lady who you just have to meet in person to appreciate what a special creation of God she really is.

Her new book Healthy Carb Cookbook for Dummies is an absolutely wonderful and easy to follow book for anyone who dibble dabbles in low-carb cooking. YOU'LL LOVE IT!!! Plus, Jan has agreed to do an exclusive interview for my blog soon. Stay tuned!



Something pretty neat happened during the book signing on Saturday. A lady walked in and looked like a woman on a mission. She headed straight towards the Atkins 14-Day Starter Kit section and picked it up and started looking around with a bit of a puzzled look on her face wondering what she was going to get next. I walked up to her and asked her if she was starting the Atkins diet and she said she would be starting the next morning.

I congratulated her on her decision to start livin' la vida low-carb and told her about my success story. She was so excited to meet someone who lost weight with the Atkins diet and asked me what I would recommend she get to help her lose 15 pounds by Christmas. I told her she first needed to pick up Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution book to help get her started off the right way. She purchased many of the low-carb products that will get her started right and I am confident she will reach that goal of 15 pounds lost over the next six weeks.

What was really funny is she said she found the store after reading Low-Carb Energy magazine listed the Low-Carb Freedom blog in their latest issue as a top low-carb blog in 2005 and saw a link about the book signing. Of course, that's the same issue that named my blog among the top three as well. She then said she had visited my blog as well and was quite surprised to meet me in California. Small world, eh?



I was so happy to have my wife Christine with me on this trip. Neither one of us had ever been to California, so it was a really good time for us both.



Christine and I were amazed by the low-carb offerings at CarbSmart and were like kids in a candy store looking at the wide selection of foods available.



Oh my goodness, I was blown away walking through the store. There were low-carb snacks...



Low-carb (actually ZERO carb!) breads...



Scary, I know. But this stuff is GOOD! And my absolutely favorite item in the store was the Flax Snax...



If you have never tried this stuff before, then you need to click RIGHT HERE and order some right away in cinnamon, cherry, or cranberry. They're THAT good!

We got a few minutes to visit the Pacific Ocean for a few minutes to watch the surfers in the 62 degree water.



Huntington Beach was beautiful. But we found a creature that could stand to start livin' la vida low-carb...



The obesity rates among seals is at an all-time high. They really should consider the low-carb lifestyle. Isn't fish low-carb? LOL!

Again, let me publicly say THANK YOU to Andrew and everyone who visited his CarbSmart store for the book signing this weekend. I'm still getting used to all the attention, but I am proud to wave the low-carb banner high to the sky. People ARE being successful losing weight and keeping it off with low-carb. No matter how hard the media and so-called health experts may try, they will never be able to take my success away from me.



I brag on her quite a bit in my book, but I also want to give a quick shout out for the love of my life, Christine. She puts up with me by granting me time to spend promoting my book, writing at my blog and just about every other activity that keeps me away from her. She is and will always be the best thing that happened to me. THANK YOU, baby! You da best!

By the way, I signed a few extra copies of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" for CarbSmart, so be sure to get your autographed copy by clicking here.

I'm off now for another book signing in Spartanburg tonight at Pic-A-Book and on Tuesday night at the YMCA in Duncan, SC. Hope to see you out on the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" book tour soon! SEE YA!

6 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Hi,
I am the woman that you mentioned in your article.
I started my diet yesterday and feel great so far!!!
You and the whole staff at the store were great!
Thanks again,
Chris

11/14/2005 7:17 PM  
Blogger Melting Mama said...

Great pix!!

11/14/2005 8:32 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey Chris,

Hang in there, girl! YOU CAN DO IT! I believe in you and so do all of the readers at this blog. You will reach that 15-pound weight loss by Christmas and we trust you will keep us updated on your progress. E-mail me anytime and let me know WHEN you reach your goal. We will have to celebrate!!! WOO HOO! Your day is coming soon!

Melting Mama -- thanks for checking in! Glad you like the pictures. They turned out GREAT!

11/14/2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hamlin said...

Jimmy those were great pictures!

Next time you go out to the west coast, where I also used to live before moving to Kentucky, stop by the nearest In N' Out burger joint and be sure to tell them you want your burger "protein style". Check out http://www.tiburon-belvedere.com/cgi/home.cgi?c=In_N_Out for more! I didn't discover this until AFTER I moved, but oh well. Soon enough, right? =D

11/15/2005 1:31 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

As the former editor in chief of LowCarb Energy magazine, I was responsible for naming "La Vida" in that short list of must-see blogs -- with good reason! Imagine how many people like Chris you've helped by taking the time to share your story (and let's face it, writing such a great blog takes a LOT of time!). I'm so glad you had the opportunity to meet one of them in person. I'm sure that, in six weeks, when she's feeling healthy, energetic and beautiful (yes, Chris, I said "when," not "if" ::wink::), she'll be thinking of you.

I'm so glad you're getting the recognition you so deserve. I hope your book flies off the shelves!

Best, Vanessa

11/15/2005 8:23 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS, Vanessa! I know LCE is going to miss you greatly, but you have left behind an incredible legacy that will continue on for many years to come.

I am honored to have you among my regular readers at my blog. Please feel free to comment anytime.

Take care, Vanessa and THANKS AGAIN for all you have done to help spread the message of livin' la vida low-carb to the masses. God bless you!

11/15/2005 8:52 PM  

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