How many more pounds should I lose

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Honey I Shrunk My Waist!


8 months have passed since my surgery and I have exceeded my wildest expectations. Sure, I knew (hoped) I would hit my initial target goal of 100 pounds lost by the end of six months, but I am still losing about a pound a week now without really trying. I am down to 209 (from 319) and have set a final goal of 200.  I should be there by Passover/Easter.


I bought new clothes for a trip to Hawaii in early January. Shopping at a "normal" store for the first time since...let's see now... Reagan was president, I was pleased to learn that my waist is now 38 (from 55) and my jacket size is 44 regular (from 58 extra, extra husky). Along with my new measurements, I need to get my ring re-sized as well as my watch. Furthermore I itched the top of my shoulder recently and rediscovered my clavicle (collarbone). 

As most of you know, I shaved off my beard and I am chagrined to have to do that shaving thing every day. However, I am sort of glad because I get to see the new me in the mirror all the time. 


I am almost finished with my book, "I'm Michael and I WAS Fat." If anyone knows of a literary agent who would be interested in representing me, please contact me at A complete book proposal is available upon request.

DVD: (YES, I said DVD!)

I gave a copy of my book proposal to a dear friend and producer, Carrol Mendelson, who subsequently forwarded it to her partner and also to a production studio in Boston. One conversation led to another and then to meetings and conference calls after which Carrol came back to me a few weeks later. "Mick, Woody [he's the owner of the production studio], Danna [Carrol's partner and creative contributor]and I have an idea. We think that what you are doing is timely, cutting edge and you have a lot to offer on a personal level with your approach to your weight loss surgery. We want to take your book and convert it into a DVD. Woody says he can get a national release through a large distributor and ultimately bundle the book and the DVD. Danna has read through the proposal and thinks she can get a dynamite script for you and we have a publicist who can get you the right exposure to make it all happen. What do you think?"

Showing my remarkable grasp of the English language, I answered, "Uh-huh."

Carrol: "Seriously, Mick, We all think this could be big. Did I tell you I am going to reach out to Joe Bologna as a potential narrator?"

Me: "Huh!"

Carrol: "Well, think about it and get back to me."

A few days later I called Carrol back and told her to run with it. I'd do whatever it takes to be successful.

Carrol: "Great! So, are you done with the book so we can start working on it?"

Me: "Uh...uh..." 

Carrol: "Well, we really need that so get to work."

Me: "Ok."

And that's where we stand on the DVD project: Me, working on the book and Carrol lining up the talent and other moving parts to be ready to go when I can finish it. 

Oh yes, one other thing:
We are still taking investors for the project. We are limited to the number we intend to accept so if you are interested you should contact me soon at for information