If You Don’t Ask, The Answer Is Always No

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

I was listening to the radio yesterday morning whilst eating my breakfast before setting off to work, yes a Saturday and I yes I was once again working……. and todays title came up as a quote from a comedian who co presents on one of my favourite weekend radio shows Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio  . The comedian in question was a guy by the name of Alun Cochrane, where he is usually noted for his dry wit and quick observations I was surprised to hear such sage words on such a comedy driven show and it got me thinking……

After completing the first week of Fit Camp I can honestly say that I am tired and I ache but I am very happy about it because I have realised that I asked myself this very type question and I am pleased to say I was able to answer it with a certain  amount of pride.

The question I asked myself was could I get up at 5am each week day, go to the gym to work out, go on to do a days work where I am not only thinking on my feet but literally am on them doing a sometimes very physical job and then continue this for the whole week?

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Ear Worms

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet!

And by Jupiter its an EARLY morning and no mistake.

Last night I went to bed knowing that I was to get up early. Now this isn’t usually a problem for me but on occasion my sleep behaviour gets weird and as soon as it realises I have to wake up early for something specific then it doesn’t let me sleep. Especially when I go to bed and all that is twisting around my head is a worm of darkest depths of memory and/or most peculiar origins:

One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other…..

Go figure!

I have zero idea where that came from but boy it sure was annoying!

Eventually I suppose I must have fallen asleep (albeit fitful) after shutting down for the night at about 9.30 or so having exchanged a few text messages with different people whilst trying to read some pages of my new book, Uncommon People and drink some water to insure I didn’t get too thirsty during the night – oh such are the follies of us young middle aged folk 😉

However, a broken sleep is not what I was looking for and certainly not one that led me to be wide awake at 3.45am with yet another ear worm going round and round and round.

That said, an ear worm can be okay, but I always think it’s nice to know more than two lines of the ear worm song and of those two lines maybe be even nicer to be able to get them both right?

Oh no, not me.

The song that brought me to rise from my slumber at such an ungodly hour (two hours early I hasten to add) was one Jack in the Box by The Moments where the first verse should be this….

Jack comes out of the box. The bears came home and caught Goldilocks. That horn belongs to Little Boy Blue; And it’s a fact, girl, yes it’s a fact, pure natural fact, that I belong to you.


All I kept singing was:

Jack fell out of a hat, Little boy Blue kicked a cat…


Over and over.

In fact I am still doing it now.


Stop already!

So anyway. Maybe I should explain why I have decided to get up at such an ungodly hour. No, not the 3.45am but the 5.45am that I should have woken at.

Well as you guys already know I have been a gym member on and off for many years and in the summer I joined a new local gym called The Fitness Space which I have been attending off and on since joining back in May of last year.

I admit I could have used my membership a little more frequently but I have had other things occupying my mind and time, the main one being my new business and building it into my own little empire. So although I must accept this still takes up some time, I now realise that it can no longer encroach upon all of my hours and realising early mornings are free I now find myself at the point of using the said time wisely.

So here I am at 5am, writing my blog, filling in time before I head off to Boot Camp err no, sorry, Fit Camp. I have no idea why it feels like it might be a bit boot campish if you now what I mean, it just does and the thought of a Sergeant Major type hoofing around shouting in my ear, telling me to get up and then get back down (and I don’t mean dancing) to give him or her 50 more press ups etc etc… doesn’t fill me with joy :-/

Anyway, today is the first day of a four week course. Each morning Monday to Friday 06.05 to 07.05.

What the hell have I let myself in for?


At least I will be doing it with my friend but that means I must turn up EVERY day as I have to collect her on the way to the gym.

Oh well.

My fate is sealed.

To be honest, I am looking forward to it all very much indeed (apart from the going out into the cold bit) as for the past week I have really been watching my food intake after getting the results of my DNA test.

Each morning I have eaten my Cruciferous smoothie (and I can confirm its very nice, NOT bacon sandwich nice but nice enough) and either a couple of poached eggs or some porridge, followed by a salad of some description for lunch and a vegetable based meal (usually stir fry) for my evening meal. I have never eaten so much greenery. But I haven’t even lost a pound in weight yet!

Whats that all about?

Surely after six days of my diet I should be at least several stones lighter? 🙂

So maybe it is simply that I require some organised exercise to change things up a little so this morning I kick start the sedentary Magnet up the backside and get him going again. I shall continue eating properly keeping lots of greens in the diet and I will give my very best to Boot Fit Camp and remain positive even if it finds me sitting in front of my computer at some ungodly early hour, with a throw around my shoulders as I wait for the house to warm up…….

So guys, as Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are A-Changin’ here we go for the next phase in the life of the the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet

Oh no, not another bloody ear worm….

‘Till next time,

Stay out of the fridge.






Okay, first things first.

Happy New Year everybody.

Here’s hoping that this year will finally bring us all the success that we have been hankering after, whether it be in diet, activity, love, dreams or anything else your heart may have been secretly desiring these past years whilst you have been busy getting on with life.

Lets just say that we all know that most of these things only happen with effort on our behalf but with the new year comes a chance to wipe the slate clean and a chance to start all over again and it is this I wish most for you all.

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