Six Months Ago Today…..

So let me take you back exactly six months in time with this little video…..

That my friends was early on the morning of Friday March the 13th 2015.

The day when the life of the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet changed forever.

The six month Anniversary of my life changing Bariatric surgery is TODAY!!


Celebrate good times… Come On!!

And how shall I be spending it? Well Archie the dog and myself are planning a monster walk so a far cry from how I would have celebrated any kind of achievement in the past for sure 😉 But in this day and age and after my last weekends debacle well there is only one way forward and that is Fit, Fit, Fit!

Amazing when you consider that looking back to the start when at my heaviest I was 159Kg (25 stone/350lbs) when on the day of my operation I was about 145Kg (22 stone 11lbs/319lbs) and am now 111Kg (17 stone 6lbs/244lbs).
So a massive total loss of 48Kg (7 stone 7lbs/105lbs) or a loss of 34Kg (5 stone 5lbs/75lbs) since this big day’s anniversary.

Very happy man here.

Not it’s not all been plain sailing that’s for sure and certain. There has been a great deal of hard graft in there along the way as well. The gym routine doesn’t do itself and the power walks with the dog only happen if I am there.

I wil state at this point however, I think the reason for my success so far has been the support and help from all of my friends and family (you all know who you are 😉 ) who have offered words of encouragement whether by mouth or message and for that I cannot thank you enough 🙂
I would also have to say the support I receive from The TFD Gym in Grove, Wantage has been totally amazing so a huge thanks goes out to them as well.

What is also amazing is that from Friday next week I shall be adding running into my regime (as long as my new shoes come in time…!) and this was something I never thought I would ever see me doing again. Okay, so it will only be ten minutes of 30 second intervals at probably only 7.5kph, but it’s a start and everyone has to start somewhere. This will mean that by next spring I shall be well versed enough in the art of heavy breathing that I may be able to start to train with the novice runners and manage a 10k race……

Watch this space

Anyway, we were talking about my operation. I still remember it as though it were yesterday and all of the tiredness that came with it. I hadn’t slept for about three days prior to the big day because I was simply a mass of nerves and excitement. The first two days didn’t really matter because I could lay in bed for longer should I have needed to but on the night prior to the operation I recall not sleeping until very late and having to be up at 5.30am to shower in the special gunk once again so I didn’t take any super bugs or the like into the hospital with me. If you look at the video taken that morning you will see how tired I am but inside I felt like a coiled spring and so glad the day was finally here.
I think that possibly the worst bit was arriving in the hospital’s surgery department and having to wait for about 4 hours as the nerves and tension grew and grew inside and then feeling the total and utter sweet relief when they said it was time to go down for the anaesthesia to be readied for my procedure.
I recall speaking to the anaesthetist whilst being wired to the B.P and Pulse rate monitors and they remarked how incredibly calm I was about it all. I would have disagreed but for the fact my B.P was normal and my Pulse was as low as it had been in long many a year. About this time I also remember looking at a clock which read 11.30 and that was about it, good night Vienna….

I woke as most people do in the recovery ward a few hours later, confused and unable to focus or get myself out of my sedation. I remember asking what my liver had looked like (bizarre the thoughts that go through your head!) and to this day have no idea what the reply was! I recall being asked was I ready to go up to the ward and kept replying that I wasn’t I just wanted to stay where I was. Obviously in hindsight it was easy to see that the anaesthetic absolutely knocked me for six and was refusing to let me wake up properly so it wasn’t until a very “in-charge” nurse came down from the ward I was expected on at about 6.30pm and insisted that I finally go up to my ward because I had people waiting there for me. I told her she must be mistaken because I had categorically told my family not to bother but she was insistent and I finally relented.

Well you should have seen the smile on my face when I arrived up on the ward to see my mother and brother both waiting patiently for me. They allowed me to be settled then came to the ward and listened to me talk nonsense for a while before realising they wouldn’t get much sense out of me that night and left me too it.

After that, the rest is history really because in the past six months, I have written and built this blog whilst concentrating solely on getting myself back to fitness and a sensible life.

Looking at the pictures below, I think you could say the hard work is beginning to pay off…..


But for the answer to such a question, I will let you decide 😉

FOOD DIARY: Friday 11th September 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast 1  400mls  Phd Recovery Drink  290  23.04  46.1  0.96
Lunch  1  Medium  Sausage Roll  271  10.2  19.7  16.5
Dinner  1  100gms  Wholegrain Rice  141  3.1  24.5  3
 1  50gms  Curry Sauce  60  0.9  6.2  9.8
 1  330mls  Diet Coke  1  0  0  0
 2  400mls  Tea  11.8  0  0.8  0
Totals  774.8  37.24  97.3  30.26
Water  4 500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

Not a great choice for lunch but I was out on the road and became hungry when I didn’t think I would which led to me feeling nauseous and when I got in the shop, trust me when I say that the sausage roll looked like the lesser of all of the evils! Evening meal was still very small and the reason I went for the curry sauce was I wanted the flavours more than I wanted anything else so not the greatest choice but something my tastebuds needed for sure.

As I have already said, today Archie and I will be going for a walk and I will report on that in the morning but for now I offer my Jawbone Up2 reading of 14,407 steps for yesterdays activities….well, I need to give you something to be impressed with…!


Still no exercise on the menu but I have to be honest I am feeling more alive as each day progresses so by the middle of the week I am sure I shall be inundating you with my exercises and screenshots so watch this space… 😉

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

21 thoughts on “Six Months Ago Today…..

  1. New Journey says:

    Not sure you can hear the oooh la la all the way across the pond….but wow Cam, you look marvelous…again in the Billy Crystal voice…LOL what a transformation, you look like a much younger version of yourself….not that your a bad looking chap standing by the car, you just look healthier, happier, and much slimmer…..good for you and I am jealous you are going to start to run….I loved to jog and did it for many years…I took track in school and enjoyed all of it, adrenaline rush from it was great….then I twisted my ankle to the point of being in a cast at 23 yrs old and my ankle was never the same…I tried to jog but it just kept swelling…so that was that…and then I gained wait and blah blah blah….but wow happy 6 month anniversary, think of how healthy and fit you will be at 1 year….and it will all be so much easier….the monkey on your back will have run away and joined another circus… are my inspiration….XXkat

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thank you Kat, you are very kind. Being an inspiration is what this blog is about even if that does sound a bit up myself… 😉
      To be honest I really struggle to recognise that big guy in the pictures as I really am that slimmer guy in the bottom picture but when I do something like see my own shadow, I think someone else is behind me!
      Don’t be jealous of my running yet Kat, I am only going to be doing intervals OR attempting to be doing intervals I should say….. 😉 That means run for 30 seconds then rest for a minute, run, rest, run rest…. you get the idea for a total of 10 minutes if I can. Slow running as well to start….. PLUS I won’t be going anywhere until my running shoes arrive that is for sure and certain because I don’t want to be doing myself an injury especially after have gait analysis…!
      I too hope that the monkey finally buggers off to another circus because as I said, my lifestyle doesn’t need that negativity any longer. I cannot even comprehend being slimmer again at 12 months which is totally wild but I will for sure. Fingers crossed I will not look too much like a bag of skin on a skeleton by then….!


      • New Journey says:

        No, its a good jealousy…I can no longer run due to my arthritic knee…I am doing everything in my power to keep from have it replaced….when I started training for running that is exactly how I did it…really builds up the stamina…after while your body will enjoy the endorphin high it gets from tumming…I used to really like as I could get into my own head, solve personal problems and just enjoy the solace is bright….I enjoy being alone sometimes and it brought me peace…good start new running shoes…most important part of the outfit….remember to warm your shins up…you don’t want shin splints…not a happy thing…and remember ice is your best friend…so glad your back at it….full bore!!! I need to go dig out my gym shoes and shorts….LOL can’t wait to get started on the machines…kathy

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  2. Julie says:

    Happy 6 month anniversary. Congratulations and well done. I haven’t got my surgery date yet but reading your blog (home) and others from across the pond (away) gives me such inspiration and admiration for all down the road of this journey.

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  3. Alistair says:

    Hey Cam, can’t believe it has only been 6 months since the op. Doesn’t sound like it has always been easy but seems your dedication is really paying off. Looks like you are feeling good!

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      I am very much so Al. A completely different person and then some. Not only physically but mentally as well. I still have the odd slip up but on the whole I am miles away from where I started 6 months ago and that is a time that has gone so quickly it amazes me!


    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Many thanks for that!
      I know I have done well and am a different person for sure. I just want to be sure that the old person stays away for good now because the person I have become is to my mind a much better and much more sorted individual than I have ever been before.
      Here’s looking forward!

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