Has Anyone Seen the Fitness Fairy?

Yesterday afternoon I worked on reformatting the story to my children’s book “Donald and the New Baby.”  It had to be re-submitted to the editor in a format that they can manipulate to strategically design the lay-out and the final number of pages that the book will contain.  

They sent me a link to their special web-page, which helped take me through the entire reformatting process.  It wasn’t bad at all.  Of course, I don’t want to think about it having to be done with 500-plus pages of “Unforgettable (Trudy’s Story)” when it gets that far.

I enclosed a small dedication and I am waiting to see if a photo of Sharon Rose and me (circa 1970 – as Donald and the New Baby) may be able to grace the back cover.  I thought it might be fun for kids to see the real-life characters.  Of course while going through the photos, I hadn’t realized that I was the original Justin Bieber decades before the “pop fenom” ever emerged.  LOL… What can I say?  It was the 70’s and I was young.

I think the bigger issue I have on my hands is, how to rid myself of 40 extra (and very unwanted) pounds before a book tour in the spring?

Don’t hate me, but I’ve never had to lose weight before.  Until recent illness has left me unable to exercise or exert myself, I was one of those people who could eat anything and everything without gaining an ounce.  In my entire adult life, standing at 6’1” I’ve never been more than 177 pounds (and that was my “heavy” weight) usually weighing in at 170.  Now I am topping the scale at 210!  Yikes… how did it get away from me so easily?

So I guess what I really want to know is… Shy of getting liposuction or gastric bypass, does anyone out there know the secret to losing 30-35 pounds in six months?  Oh yeah, one more thing; I’d like it to be done without dieting too!  What can I say?  I still want to believe in magic, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and… the Fitness Fairy.  Just tell me that she exists and if you’re a good little boy (or old man) she will wave her magic wand over you as you sleep, so you can wake up in the morning, slim, trim and fit.  Oh what the heck, as long as we’re dreaming; why not also 20 years younger with a full head of hair?

I know, I know… the fact of the matter is, although my nerve damage and bone density may cause me pain, I suppose I can still do low impact activities like bike riding.   After all when I think about it, I’m going to hurt even if I were to lie in bed, so why not hurt while getting my circulation pumping and my weight down?

{{{SIGH}}}  Life was so much easier back in the “Donald and the New Baby” days.

Possible back-cover photo option. What do you think?


Until next time,



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10 responses to “Has Anyone Seen the Fitness Fairy?

  1. Exercise bike! You can remain stationary and still work it 🙂 Give that one a try for a week or two and see if you see results!

  2. Laurie

    How about just taking daily walks don? you can increase the speed as you get stronger? I did that a few years back, walking 3 x a week, i lost tons of weight, and that was without dieting,.. of course i was a few years younger back then.. 😦 somehow i cant imagine you with 40 xtra pounds! Your cuz, Laurie

  3. Debbie Foley

    I love the picture. That’s how I remember you back in the day. I just finished reading the six-week cure for the middle-aged middle. I am going to give it a try. Like you I never had a weight problem until 3 years ago when I hit menopause. Tough getting old. P.S. I don’t think menopause is your problem, but the book might help. Your oldddddd friend Debbie

    • Hahaha… Yes Deb, I remember both you and I were tall skinny kids. Menopause? How can you have hit menopuase at 35?!! LOL
      Debbie, can you believe that we haven’t seen each other in 38 years???
      I just had a lovely conversation with Robin tonight. It was like no time had passed between us at all. But there was a lot to catch up on. It will take more than one call! Hahah

  4. Theresa

    That picture for the cover is MUST !! Its my favorite.

    • Either this shot or the black & white photo of us where Sha is sitting on the dining room table (that I had posted in the “Donald and the New Baby… The Countdown Begins” blog). Maybe kids today would relate more to the color shot.

  5. I like this one better than the other one but do you think they want a pic of me as more of a baby baby?

  6. Joanne

    I have to say in this picture you look just like Uncle Tony Massetti back in the day when he wore his hair exactly like that!!!
    Love your blogs, I enjoy reading them.
    Love, Joanne

    • Joanne, I know. Tony had given me a photo of himself (from back in the day) and the resemblance was uncanny! I was surprised when I finally met him, at just how similar we STILL look. I look like I could be HIS son!
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the Blog. I guess you’re certainly learning a lot about me…. maybe more than you bargained for. LOL!

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