You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

Today is a good day, it always has been. It has always been a good day and will continue for many years to be so. I expect in time that Google will have artwork on their homepage celebrating the fact that today March 3rd is a good date.

Who would have thought in 1968 that weight loss could evolve into a surgical procedure and that in 10 days time I would be headed to meet Bruno Sgromo at the Churchill hospital to undergo Bariatric surgery. I mean 47 years ago man hadn’t even landed on the moon and the Vietnam war was in its 13th year with another 7 still to go.

I’ll bet you also didn’t know:

  • In March of 1968 production started on the first generation of the Toyota Hilux
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered.
  • Racing driver Jim Clarke was sadly killed at Hockenheim race track in Germany
  • Manchester City won the old first division FA Championship and Manchester United won the European Cup final
  • Swaziland became independent
  • Led Zeppelin played their first concert at Surrey University
  • The ’68 Comeback Special marks the concert return of Elvis Presley


  • The Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet was born.

You see, if you haven’t already guessed by now, today is my birthday so happy birthday to me!

I would say let’s have a party, but…

No cake

No chocolates

No alcohol

No point!

Still I am sure I will find something to do. Maybe I shall be extra special careful with my diet and try even harder than yesterday. That would be a first for me, denial as opposed to over indulgence. It doesn’t particularly sound like fun until we realise that I have been treating everyday like it was my birthday and allowing the over indulgence to continue over the years. These actions have led to me being in this spot, Clinically Morbidly Obese on my 47th birthday. Now that is a bit crap. Good news however is that I have certainly lost a nice little chunk of weight whilst being on my diet and am on my way to never being able to again perform Chunk’s Truffle Shuffle.

The pre-op diet is certainly difficult to stick to but it makes you lose weight so I am enjoying it a lot more than I thought. It’s weird to think that I have not had a can of coke for several weeks now and certainly won’t do again for a very long time. I haven’t drunk alcohol since the 8th of February and have no idea when my next alcoholic drink will be. Worst of all I haven’t had one of mine and the British publics favourite staples, fish and chips, for a very long time. I had planned to have a blow out in the week leading up to my cleanse diet but time was not available and I am not sure if I am happy or sad about it.

Last night I watched some TV for the first time in ages. One of the shows I was watching had 4 people sat around table discussing some topic or other as they ate their lunch of hamburgers in rolls with fries. As they were wearing suits it looked a very proper thing to be eating. How weird is that? Even weirder was me watching them eat the fries only to feel a massive yearning for them, so bad in fact I could feel myself becoming almost jealous of the characters eating on the screen. That was a first and also a very strange one indeed. However, I didn’t crumble, I simply ignored it all and made a cup of tea. I’m sure I won’t have to be careful with what I watch but it was a bit of an eye opener and a strange one for someone of my advanced years that should really know better!

So anyway, back to today, what shall I do?

I think maybe I will have a day off of imagineering foodstuffs and simply pull myself up each time I start to wobble. I might go to the cinema and watch a movie with some plain popcorn and then for dinner I think I may challenge myself to eat something tasty that I have not had before but with fewer calories than normal and make it more filling to boot. This will be a tricky one for sure but I reckon I’m worth the effort. A friend bought me a “diet” recipe book called The Healthier Recipe Collection and there are quite a few good-looking recipes in it to choose from. Maybe I will go with a simple low-fat turkey bolognese, some chicken schnitzel with sweet potato wedges or maybe a chicken chorizo and chickpea casserole. My mouth is already watering at the thought of it!

So then, lets see what the day brings. I’m hoping for some good news to go with the good Karma I have been sowing recently so maybe it’s about time some landed my way because as they say, if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all… 😉

‘Till tomorrow.

Stay out of the fridge.

4 thoughts on “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

  1. Bad touch Bear says:

    I stopped reading half way because I have the attention span of a toddler lately and I saw no cake, cookies or calorie laden enjoyment of any kind then Space Odyssey and birthday.

    > A<;;
    I hope you get to eat something enjoyable today, Happy birthday!
    I have some catch up reading to do but my toddler instincts tell me its time to do something else.


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