True Stories!!!
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-13-2009 11:58 AM


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Off topic but I'm originally from Michigan so I know what "fudgies" are, LOL. I'm from the Detroit area but I've been up north many times in my life and it's beautiful up there. We don't get any scenery like that here in Texas.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-13-2009 04:52 PM


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Well, ladies, I haven't a clue what "fudgie traffic" is. Please let me know!

Skoe: we inherited this gym exactly as you see it. The floor is made up of about 6'wide rolls, but was installed long before I ever went in.

Linda: I'm learning that there are two kinds of gyms. Gold's and similar are for hardcore weightlifters. Lots of guys lifting heavy weights, grunting loudly, strutting their stuff. Presumably lots of babes both looking and being looked at. Never been in one myself.

Our gym is a "local" gym, members are just average joes (although a few are pretty fit), people are there to work out and maybe chat with acquaintances, but not to show off. You would be perfectly comfortable in a place like this.

Jim

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-13-2009 07:36 PM


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Petoskey isn't too far from Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. Both places are known for selling fudge to tourists so the tourists are called Fudgies.

This is the main street on Mackinac Island. Just about every other shop along that street sells fudge.



This is me and my friend, Lorraine, in front of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in 2006:


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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-13-2009 07:53 PM


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skcoe, is Petoskey named after the stone or is the stone named after the town? This is an example of a petoskey stone:



You can find them along the beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-14-2009 01:36 PM


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Wow, that's really beautiful! I never saw anything like that on Lake Michigan. I'll have to look harder next time. ;-)

Del
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-14-2009 03:39 PM


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Wow, that's really beautiful! I never saw anything like that on Lake Michigan. I'll have to look harder next time. ;-)

Del
I remember finding small petoskey stones there when I was a kid but nothing as nice as the one in the picture. I found that online. That reminds me of something. I used to collect rocks when I was in sixth grade, especially fossils. What was cool is that my sixth grade teacher was also a rock collector and he took us to a fabulous museum once to see the rock collection there. The teacher told me that I had a pretty nice collection for just finding them on the beach and just around where we lived.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 10:55 AM


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WOW Linda!!! You really are one tiny lady!! Your avatar pic doesn't do you justice.

It's nice to see some long time LC'ers achieve and maintain *thin*. This is not to diminish all of the great success stories here, but as someone who plateaued at a weight still considered "obese", it is inspiring to see that you CAN get to be truly ideal weight doing LC.

If you don't mind my asking, how much weight did you lose? (Or is there a before pic somewhere?)
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 12:22 PM


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I lost a total of 50 pounds, give or take a pound. The lowest weight that I'd maintained for a while was 117 but I have gotten as low as 116 which is what I weighed at the time the Mackinac Island photo was taken. I'm not sure what I weighed in my Before photo (didn't have a scale) but my official starting weight was 167. I weigh a little more than 117 now. I currently weigh 122.5 which seems to be where my body wants to be at this age (52). By the way, I'm 5'7" tall so I'm not really all that tiny. I've been maintaining my weight loss since May of 2003 with a few ups and downs now and then but I've never weighed more than about 10-11 pounds above my original goal weight since then. I've tried to stick with what Dr. Atkins said about not allowing your weight to go more than 5 pounds over your goal weight, which I've done quite well most of the time, but sometimes vacations happen, LOL. I've never, ever gone a whole day totally off plan since starting in 2002, it was always the high carb indulgences that I occasionally ate along with my low carb food that caused me any gains that I've had since then.


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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 01:39 PM


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Thank you so much for sharing. You are tiny if not short! We had some (much) younger former colleagues of my hubby's over last weekend. One woman in her early 20's was 5'10 and weighs 135 -- very nice slender figure. You look great
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 01:54 PM


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You can find them along the beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan.
I think the stones were named after the town since a lot of them are found in the Petoskey area! Next time you are coming up to our area, drop me a note! Did you make it over the bridge to God's country? The U.P. makes northern lower Michigan look dull!
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 02:00 PM


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>>WOW Linda!!! You really are one tiny lady!! Your avatar pic doesn't do you justice. <<

I agree, you look like you are in fantastick shape, do you also exercise with lowcarb?
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 02:31 PM


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>>This is the main street on Mackinac Island. Just about every other shop along that street sells fudge.<<

So, did you make it out of our area without sampling some fudge, or were you snared? It's been tradition with our family for years to visit the fudge shops while on vacation. Alices carmel corn and fudge shop has the best fudge/candy/carmel corn in the north. They still use the same old fashioned recipes with real butter, all the others use hydrogenated fats. My days of fudge are long gone since an attack of pancreatitis in the from overeating.....fudge! Among other assorted junk! It's been at least 12 years since I went on vacation to eat! They do have sugarless fudge at all the shops, but we all know the disasterous/punishing effects maltitol can have. Being on vacation and running to the bathroom isn't too much fun.
RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 04:18 PM


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Thanks!

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 04:25 PM


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On that particular trip we drove across the bridge to the UP just so my friend from England could say that she'd been there. We got out at the look-out point for a little while then drove back. She lived in Michigan for most of her childhood but had never been to the UP. I've been up there many times in my life. My husband and I went to Tahquamenon Falls for our honeymoon. We stayed in a little town up there called Paradise. It was October and it snowed while we were there. A couple of my favorite places when growing up were the Porcupine Mountains and Fayette. I think that's where the Big Spring (Kitchitikipi) is or it's near there. Fayette has a really interesting "ghost town".

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 04:30 PM


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I don't exercise now, and haven't for a couple of years due to vertigo and some back problems, but I was at the time that Mackinac Island photo was taken. I was doing an hour of Callanetics three times a week and sometimes an hour of Pilates on the days in between. I did no exercise at all during my weight loss. It was only well after reaching goal that I decided to give it a try. The Callanetics really helped to tone up my muscles and helped make my flabby, lose skin look a little better. I enjoyed my workouts but they're no fun when your head is spinning while doing them.

By the way, we rented bikes and rode all the way around the island and that was great fun. Because I was in such great shape, it was a breeze. I had to keep stopping and backing up every few minutes so that my friend and my cousin could catch up to me, LOL.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 07-17-2009 04:35 PM


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So, did you make it out of our area without sampling some fudge, or were you snared?
I don't think that I ate any fudge on that trip. I'm not that crazy about store bought fudge. I prefer homemade because I like my fudge sugary rather than creamy (not that I eat even homemade fudge anymore, LOL). I do remember that I ate a hot fudge sundae from one of the fudge shops though. Come to think of it, I think I did taste some of the free samples of some of the exotic fudge flavors. I wanted to buy some to take home to my husband and wanted to see which flavors were worth buying.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 02-22-2010 11:01 PM


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Update on our gym situation.

It has now been eight months since this gym disaster (see first post of thread) struck my wife and me. It has been eight months of h*ll.

During the first few months we lost money, but had hope we could turn it around. From roughly August through mid December the company I own that is my "real" job was in the process of being sold to a Swedish company. That fell through on 17 December, but the process was very stressful and consumed me for four months.

In September we canceled a long-planned 5-day bicycle tour through North Carolina, because the then-General Manager at the gym resigned two weeks before the trip.

In October the accountant I had hired quit to start skiing for the season, so my wife (a CPA) had to take over the bookkeeping for the gym. Every month we lost money, lots in December (a slow month for gyms), and she was working 12 - 15 hours a week on top of a demanding full-time job.

In November and December we spent about $5k on direct mail -- no response at all to 10,000 well-designed mailers.

January is normally a big month for gyms, but in January a large, new gym (26,000 sq ft - five times the size our ours), a very beautiful facility opened up about two miles away, in a nicer strip mall (Sandy, Utah, 9400 S 700 E). Their flyers claim they spent $1,000,000 on equipment, and I believe it (I went and got a tour). All interior decorated very nicely, no "muscle head" feel, bathrooms have slate floors and showers, even the toilet surrounds are wood! A cardio room that is a theater -- 20' wide big screen, three levels of cardio equipment, on and on and on.

And our January was barely better than December.

So we are shutting the place down. No one will buy a place that is losing money, has 15-year old equipment, and has a very impressive competitor open up down the street.

I talked to Jay about a week ago to see if he would help by signing over his share of the LLC. He basically said "no" and blamed my wife and me for "stealing his dream," and for forcing him to spend money on a lawyer (his dad got the lawyers involved, not me). Now I am taking more time off my real job, dealing with selling equipment, handling the surety bond through the Utah Dept. of Consumer Protection, cleaning out the building, and all that fun stuff.

On the whole, this disaster has cost us almost all our savings (well into six figures), drained our energy and drive for eight months, helped us both gain some weight (about 25 lbs for me), and we are fighting the cynicism about ever helping someone else start or buy a business.

I try to find the silver lining: we'll get a nice tax refund for 2009 due to the business loss, we met some fine people, many of whom offered to help move equipment, handle opening up at 5:30 a.m., etc. FWIW we know a heck of a lot more about the gym business now than we did eight months ago . . . just in case we go bonkers and buy another gym!

Overall, however, it is a year we both want to forget.

We have talked about bailing out on the Low-Carb Cruise. We both feel fat and just plain exhausted and ornery. However, we ARE going and we ARE going to enjoy it!!! For those of you we will meet on the Low-Carb Cruise, you'll find Diane and me pudgier than we expected to be, more tired than we expected to be, but hopefully on the road to a better year.

Jim

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RE: True Stories!!! , 02-23-2010 02:29 AM


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Wow.... you guys have been through so much. I'm so sorry to hear things are ending the way they are, but I applaud you for making a tough decision - knowing when enough is enough. As for your weight gain, we have all been there. I would have gained a heck of a lot more than 25 lbs, so you did good! LOL I'm am so glad you guys are still coming on the cruise and I'll finally get to meet you! I'm pudgier than I'd like to be too, so if you won't point out my fat, I won't point out yours. Deal?

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RE: True Stories!!! , 02-23-2010 11:36 AM


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Jim, I'm sorry to hear about all your troubles with the gym. I'm sure that it will be a relief for you both once you're out from under that burden. I didn't know that you were going on the cruise. It would be nice to meet you and everyone else who's going. Maybe one day when my husband is well again and we have the money I'll be able to go.

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RE: True Stories!!! , 02-23-2010 12:28 PM


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Wow Jim....sorry to hear all this was going on...and in my neck of the woods!
I live in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake and we have seen several gyms come and go along 2100 South....in fact the building I work in has a gym on the first floor...and I have lost track of how many times that place has changed hands/management.

Keep trying to remain positive....it will probably be difficult....but being positive is the better option.

God Bless you Jim!

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