Nation on the March

Nation on the March
Nation on the March

Jul 9, 2010

I am quite in a shape. Round is the shape! Eating is my passion and pastime!

I don't exercise at all.
If God had wanted me to touch my toes
He would have put them up higher on my body.

One of life's mysteries is how a two-pound box of candy can make a woman gain five pounds.

Here is a beautiful poem 

The Lazy Man's Guide to Exercise

by FatMan911*
borrowed with thanks from 

"For most of us exercise is a 4 letter word, and not one of those nice ones, but with a little creativity and imagination it’s easy to get a full week of exercise and not really do anything different. It’s all a mater of perception Enjoy the lazy man’s exercise routine
Wade through paperwork.. 
Run around in circles.
Open a can of worms
Start the ball rolling..
Beat around the bush
Push my luck. 
Make mountains out of mole hills. 
Hit the nail on the head.
Bend over backwards. 
Jump on the band wagon. 
Drag my heels.
Jump to conclusions
Toot my own horn. 
Climb the ladder of success. 
Pull out the stops. 
Add fuel to the fire.
Go over the edge.
Put my foot in my mouth. 
Balance the books.
Climb the walls.
Now that we’ve had a full week of exercise it’s time to grab a brew and watch a little Television" 
No poetry for Sunday? Yes. After six hectic days, just relax on Sunday!
or take the doggie out on the street for a jog. It is good for him.

*By the way, FatMan911 is a really wonderful person.

Read it in his own words:

Hi my names Jerry
I’m an obese man who weights close to 500 lbs, (though I’m not sure because there isn’t a scale large enough to weigh me), I’m 54 years old, and I was just laid off in August, for the first time in my life I’m on unemployment. I’m scared, worried, depressed, angry, frustrated, and I don’t know what’s going to happen.
In this economy, in this culture, I think I’m screwed.
On November 27, 2009 I started what I would estimate to be a 2 to 3 year journey toward greater health, weight loss, and a better me, starting with a 90 day fast
And so this blog is about the difficulties in my life, the struggle with weight loss and unemployment, the frustrations with being an obese man in a thin culture, My pain, my sorrows, my life.
And maybe some of my joys
If you walk with me along my journey I thank you for your company
If you berate me I will defend myself
For the value of a man should not determined by the size of his girth, but the strength of his character, and the kindness of his heart.

I'm asking people to write to the Dr. Phil Show on my behalf, Just send a quick email to
(I've been told that this address doesn't work any more so you might have to go through his website at )

below is a sample letter if you would like to just cut and paste something

Dear Dr. Phil
I met Jerry Bacik through Hubpages where he writes a daily blog (under the title FatMan911) about his experiences as a 500lbs man trying to loose his weight and get back into shape. He is a wonderful and spiritual person, whom I find courageous in his attempt to deal with his situation. I’m a little concerned because he’s unemployed and has no health insurance so he is unable to see a doctor to monitor his progress and to check his health. You can read about his progress and his situation on “Hubpages” at ( ) as well as your own website at ( ) Please consider helping him see a Doctor and assisting him with his weight loss.
Thank You and May God bless you

In case you want to have a glimpse of his other writings, in case you feel you are obliged and duty bound to eat thrice a day at nearly fixed times, say half an hour here or there.

Things to Do Instead of Eating part I 68


Day 56 of my fast, Day one of the rest of my life.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post )  I fully believe that we eat for a variety of reasons, and the least amount being hunger, we eat because we are frustrated, or angry, we eat because we are conditioned over years to eat at a certain time, or we eat because we are simply bored and don’t have anything better to do. And so I thought that I would come up with a few suggestions of things to do instead of eating. Over the course of the next few days I will present around 50 activities which I hope will give you some ideas of your own, so enjoy, try some out, and have some fun.
Go on a virtual trip
I know money is tight for everyone so why not go on a virtual trip, plan your itinerary, figure out which airport you are going to take off of, which one you will land, what hotel your going to stay at, what sights you are going to see, if you are going to see museums, cathedrals, palaces etc. then go on line and find pictures and video’s for each and every step, remember that the more precise that you are the more it will feel like your taking a trip. So look up hotel rooms, Google maps street views, see what a taxi looks like, watch tacky tourist videos, and snap shots, listen to local music, immerse yourself into the culture and sights and sounds of your tourist destination, this can take days, and is a fun and cheep way to go traveling.
Act like a tourist in your own home town
Pretend you are a traveler who’s seeing your own hometown for the first time. So often there are a lot of “Hole in the wall” museums that you might not even know about, many are free or cost very little, see if there are any animal sanctuaries, botanical gardens, manufacturing plants, wineries, become a tourist, and explore your own back yard, sometimes you might be surprised what’s been right around the corner.
Buy a jig saw puzzle and put it together
I can’t tell you the last time I actually put together a jig saw puzzle, it takes concentration, it’s time consuming, and when you’ve completed it you have a sense of accomplishment. If you don’t want to spend to much money go to your neighborhood thrift store, more then likely you can pick one up for like a buck, then just play around, be a kid again, and have fun.
Paint a picture
I know I’m an artists so I have to say this, but you don’t have to be an artist, get some cheap watercolors, or a kids art set, then plan out you picture, figure what you want it to look like, make a light sketch and then color it in, have fun, get messy, and if you get frustrated, throw paint at it, become an abstract artist.
Write a letter, email, or make a phone call to an old friend
In our busy, fast passed world, so often we forget to keep in contact with other people, so I’m sure there has to be someone out there you just haven’t written or talked to for a long time. Well do it now.
Send a letter off to your Congressman or the President.
No matter what your politics are, I’m sure you have an opinion on the state of the world. So instead of just yelling at your TV set, write a letter, or send an email, to your Congressman, or to the President. Let your voice be heard. Even if you think everything is going great tell your representatives, I’m sure they don’t get to many positive letters either.
Learn a new dance
Haven’t you always wanted to learn to dance a salsa or a tango, or just learn the fox trot? Well; go on line, and find out how, get the music, learn the steps, practice in the safety of your own room, enlist your kids, or your wife, or husband, or a giant big teddy bear, and have fun.
Keep your mind active, your body engaged, and your spirit invigorated, and trust me you wont be thinking about food or eating, so try some of these suggestions and I will be back tomorrow with more.
Until then Peace
FM "
Thanks- Jerry  Bacik alias FatMan911 & best wishes

Trouser Malfunction-5: Story of one great Indian woman's struggle & glory

We are in Leicester for one last time in this 5th post after the trouser malfunction happened here.


If Mr Colin Hall is 552nd Lord Mayor, the story of a determined 550th Lord Mayor is not only  a highly inspirational story but has Indian link too.


This town has many many immigrants and we talk about one determined, brave lady who landed in this place 40 years ago on one cold  day as a bride, from Jullandhur in Punjab.


Her husband had arrived six years before to work. She came here at a time when the tolerance level for immigrants was very low. Idi Amin had ousted thousands of people from Uganda and they were looking for a living everywhere they can.


The city council those days was so much against receiving the immigrants that it placed and advertisement in the Uganda Argus, the govt. owned news  paper that housing and schooling was already under stress and strain and, therefore, “In your own interests and those of your family you should not come to Leicester.”


What a welcome scenario to land up in distant land  to settle down!


The lady was a post graduate and was soon fed up in Leicester. She and her husband – who worked hard  could not afford heating in severe winter. She called up her grandfather one day, unable to bear it & in deep frustration,  to say that she wants to come back to India.


The grand old man knew his daughter well. He said, I have given you education and you should use it now. This is your new home. And he almost hung up.


She tried to teach in primary school and even developed new curriculum for highly diverse &  multi-cultural student groups. In return , she was snubbed by the school principal rather than encouraging her. Her husband’s short and sweet advice was that she should enter politics.


One day when she was feeling very low, having tough time to fight racism, and standing before the statue of Virgin Mary in the local church to seek solace and strength, she heard an inner voice telling her : why are you defeating the woman in you?


She never ever gave up and achieved everything .


Paul Sood  died suddenly in 1996 and did not live long enough to see happily Manjula Sood attain the unique honour of being on 15th May 2008, ,   the first Asian woman to have ascended the chair of  the Lord Mayor of Leicester, or for that matter, for any other city in the UK.


She was awarded prestigious MBE by the Queen. She was also awarded honorary doctorate in 1998 by the University of Leicester.


Needless to mention, she is very prosperous, popular and very active even today.

What great words from the grandfather, from the hubby and what great determination to fight the odds to make the woman within her a winner!