Weight Loss Confessions of a Circus Fat Man

If you have ever tried to loose that last few pounds of fat from your body, you already know how hard it can be to lose that weight. Weight is not only hard on your body but it puts stress on your arms, legs, heart and lungs.

I was over weight. I was qualified to be a Circus Fat Man. That is true, I was once approached by a circus and asked if I, Lazy Larry would like to work as the ‘Circus Fat Man.” I might have taken that offer if it was not for my mother.

Now before you think I am trying to blame her, let me take a few seconds and tell you the real reason I brought her up and laid the blame on my dear ole’ Mom. See, I was so heavy that I could not get off the couch in my apartment. My mother was already going through a ton of health issues and doctors had told her that she was going to die. In fact, the doctor told her to “go home and prepare to die.”

My mother told the doctor that she did not like his point of view and that she was going to opt out of the surgery he had offered and see a specialist. My ‘dying’ mother spent the next two years of her life going to doctors and taking notes and in the process she learned the keys to weight loss. Without surgery she lived for two more years. The things she taught me about weight loss have taken me from ‘You are the fatman’ to “Oh, wow, you were that man?” which is always followed by How Much Did You Weight?

Okay, let me get back to my short story, The Circus asked me to be their Fat Man and I needed an income, the money my father had left me was almost gone. I thought about taking this job and touring with the Circus and I told my mother about my plans. Her reply was not one that I had seen coming. She said, “Larry, you can’t even get off the couch to go to the bathroom with easy, how do you plan of touring with the Circus?”

I had not given that any thought. It was clearly one of those cases when Mamma knows best. My mother was concerned, she was not upset about me going and trying to work. It was just clear to her I needed to lose weight.

Mother came over the next day and said,: “Larry, do you want to lose weight?” I answered: “Yes, but Mom, diets don’t work for me. I have failed every diet I have ever been on.” My mother said, “Larry, I know and it’s not your fault. No one has taught you how to lose weight. Let’s start over.”

Mom read me some notes from her numerous notebooks and I agreed to try to put a few things into action. I have to tell you, I lost weight almost right away. How? Because my mother had taken accurate notes on weight loss and taught me how to apply these ideas. These ideas are simple and easy – anyone can do them. I lost my weight and I encourage you to lose yours too.

Choosing Nottinghamshire Care Homes – Care Homes in Nottingham

Nottingham is probably best-known as the setting for the legend of Robin Hood, an outlaw who, according to medieval ballads, lived in Sherwood Forest. However, Nottingham’s real-life famous residents have included ice skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, satirist John Bird and author Alan Sillitoe.

Nottingham is an excellent place to live. The city’s shopping centres such as The Victoria Centre, an indoor complex which has more than 120 shops, and Broadmarsh, which has more than 80 stores, attract millions of visitors each year. Nottingham has many restaurants and cafes, together with famous sporting venues such as Trent Bridge, home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, the National Ice Centre and Nottingham Racecourse.

Nottingham Care Homes

There is a wide range of residential care homes in Nottingham, so you should be able to find one that suits you. Seely Hirst House (62/68 Mapperley Road, Mapperley Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire), for example, is a 38-bedded residential care home in the city’s Mapperley Park suburb, which lies to the north of Nottingham city centre. The home provides care for older people and can accommodate up to 12 people with dementia. It is operated by the Trustees of Seely Hirst House.

Communal rooms at Seely Hirst House include a lounge, quiet room and a dining room, and residents can also enjoy the home’s enclosed garden areas. There is an excellent programme of activities and residents are able to give input about the different activities offered as well as having their say about other aspects of the day to day running of the home. There are regular residents meetings and the care home produces a newsletter. Seely Hirst House organises day trips and residents can attend religious services if they wish to.

There are also a number of nursing homes in and around Nottingham, including West Lodge Nursing Home (238 Hucknall Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire). West Lodge Nursing Home is a 27-bedded care home with nursing and is located in the popular Sherwood district in the north-east of Nottingham. Sherwood is only two miles from Nottingham city centre and has many shops and restaurants, as well as a library, park and two community centres.

West Lodge Nursing Home has both single and double bedrooms, some of which have en-suite facilities, and residents can bring their own possessions into the home in order to personalise their rooms. The home provides nursing and personal care for older people and there are four places available for people with physical disabilities. A range of activities is on offer in the home and friends and family members can visit at any reasonable time.

Specialist care homes in Nottingham include:
· Springfield Lodge Care Home (45 Watcombe Circus, Carrington, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) – a 15-bedded care home for people aged between 18 and 65 who have mental health issues.
· Watcombe Circus Care Home (2 – 4 Watcombe Circus, Carrington, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) – a 14-bedded care home for people aged 18 – 65 who have learning disabilities. The home is operated by Nottingham Community Housing Association.

Why Oxford Circus Is the Number 1 Tourist Destination

Oxford Circus is the meeting point of two of London’s busiest shopping streets, Oxford Street and Regent Street. Located in the middle of Theatreland, there is always something to see and do. Its popularity is well earned.

The area is great for pedestrians, having large amounts of money spend on its pedestrianisation, but also on the development of the area as a centre of entertainment within the city centre. If you decide to visit London on holiday, then we recommend staying in one of the Oxford Circus hotels, London as they are ideally situated in the middle of the hustle and bustle, and within easy reach of many of London’s leading tourist attractions.

Here are some of the exciting things that you can do in this area of the city:


  • The London Palladium: with more than a hundred years of history, the London Palladium is home to some of the world’s most famous theatre productions, including the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the Wizard of Oz.
  • The Queen’s Theatre: home of one of the longest running stage shows, Les Miserable’s, you will recognise many of the songs you hear.

Night Life

  • Metro: for those of you who love alternative club nights, the Metro is the perfect destination. Depending on which nights you visit, you can experience the deep base of the indie dance scene, or the heavy base of the rock scene, and contemporary pop music.
  • Virgin and HMV stores: this may sound a little off the wall, but each of these shops frequently hosts music sets from the latest bands. Notable people playing at these stores include Razorlight and Lily Allen. They also have comic events, which have include key members of ‘The Mighty Boosh’.


  • Oxford Street: home of high street fashion in the UK, Oxford Street is where you will find many of your favourite shops, including Primark and Selfridges. You can spend hours (as well as a fair amount of money) visiting this street and you will certainly find fashion to suit even the boldest of tastes.
  • Regent’s Street: this is definitely the place to bring Kids. You will find Hamleys toy store, the largest toy store in the UK, spread over seven stories: a fantastic day out in itself. There are also a number of high-end fashion shops, including Burberry.
  • Bond Street: certainly more upmarket than Oxford Street, here you will find all the leading designer shops: Asprey, Alexander McQueen, Champer, Dior, D&G, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Joseph, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent…to name but a few! It is also home to Tiffany & Co.as well as Buccellati, so certainly the place in London to come to find jewellery.


  • Le Gavroche: fine cuisine in a Michelin starred restaurant, definitely the place to come for a treat and a taste of luxury.
  • The Scandinavian Kitchen: a restaurant with a twist, in England, they serve only Scandinavian food. Come here to try something a little different.


  • The Marble Arch: a luxurious Oxford Circus hotel London, replete with spa and a fine dining experience.