About

So, before you start reading my daily blogs, I feel it only right to give you some idea of who I am, where I came from, where I was and now how I got to be here at this moment in time.

Hopefully the three stories below will do just that so please click on any of the pictures for the full story or read the introduction and if you are still interested, please click the highlighted letters to be taken to the part of the site where these pages are hosted.

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I can’t speak about myself in the third person, I have enough issues without starting that malarky. With that in mind I shall refer to myself as I. As in I did this and I did that, I said this and then I said that.

You getting the picture people…..

Well, here we are. Finally, it’s all about me.

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Pretty much the first thing most people notice about me is my smooth mellifluous voice floating my witty observations, speaking confidently and with knowledge.

Well, that’s what they notice if we are talking on the phone… Read more in About The Author

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong

In The Beginning was the light! Kind of like a flash or maybe a bit more like a bolt, or a jolt but whatever you call it, I’m sure you are getting the picture by now. Unfortunately it was soon followed by a curse word (or ten) and a frozen form groaning in pain as he rolled on his side and held his back.

It had been just another usual day, home from work, straight to the Gym with my training partner T.C and then get to grips with business of getting the body beautiful…..

Actually, hold that thought for a while, let us go back many, many years into the past.

I was not a fat child… Read more in Adonis To Arbuckle

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Dressed For A Day At The Salon Prive Motor Show

So maybe after nearly eight months of blogging, you might want a little update. Yes I appreciate that you will most probably read each day and will be up together on where my story is but a one stop shop for the journey may be a nice thing to have for ease of the “catch up” when you guys just want to “dip in and out” of my progress but still remain up to date.

So what has happened over the past eight months? Well I think it is fair to say that a monumental change has occurred and my most exciting ever challenge has been started.

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Fashionista at my fingertips…

I had always intended that my life would change once I had undergone surgery, but I had no idea by quite how much EVERYTHING could change!… Read more in My Road To Success

70 thoughts on “About

  1. Amanda says:

    I love love love your blog! From a new sleever – THANK YOU! You are an inspirational writer and advocate of this process of taking back your life. I am now a rabid fan and follower of your journey.

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Wow, well what can I say to that!
      Thank you for reading.
      I have just read your post for today and have to question when you actually had your operation to the fact you are already eating solid food?
      The food that you should have eaten over the past 4 weeks is protein shakes and yogurts.
      At present you should be getting ready for soft food like mashed vegetables and soups etc. You can change this up to pureed foods in another couple of weeks to a month and then in another months time you can maybe look at having a SMALL amount of Macaroni or a SMALL Cottage Pie anything soft. You should not be trying any sausages, chicken, whole veggies or the like until you are at 12 weeks.
      All of this is imperative because you can damage the sleeve, you also have no idea what the signals are coming from your stomach so things are weird for a while.
      As for drinking, NEVER slug water again, sip it and do it slowly. Yes you may be able to manage more than you thought but you need to protect your new pouch.
      Please do not think I am preaching, I just want you to be aware of the pitfalls of our surgery if we do not manage the aftercare properly.
      The stomach should be made to a standard size by using a social tool which standardises the procedure. The stomach is only the size of a banana. Maybe you could figure something that hold as much as a banana and then mash up the food you ate and see if it fits in the banana?
      Also, don’t forget that the stomach will empty into the small intestine quicker as there is less storage space. When this happens you are likely to suffer dumping and that is NOT something you want.
      Just a few thoughts and I hope you still read this blog after all I have said!

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      • Amanda says:

        Your comments and advice are welcomed any time-don’t worry :). I had the sleeve surgery not the bypass. I’ve noticed that there are SO many differences in surgeon’s plans for post-op in the blogo-sphere. One of the ones I follow, she was on mushy foods week 2! I am 5 1/2 weeks post-op and my surgeon had me on clear liquids week 1, full week 2, mushy week 3, and foods as tolerated >4. I followed that to the letter. I find I cannot eat more than 2oz of solid food right now, so I know I’m not doing any stretching with my intake. I have only had one issue where my pouch was NOT happy and that was with the ricotta bake that’s so popular. I still tend to stay on the soft side, with fish and protein shakes and the like. I have sworn off flour and sugar forevermore. I will take your advice about the water though-I can still slug so I will work on sipping only. Thank you for reading my newbie blog and I hope we become fast friends!

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  2. Heather says:

    Hey, thanks for the follow. It’s a pleasure to “meet” you. I see your comments on Kat’s blog (Time No Matter) all the time. I see you have been on quite the journey yourself. Warm wishes to you and I look forward to reading more about you 🙂

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  3. milliethom says:

    This sounds like a really interesting blog, Cameron. I admire the way you’re approaching the whole health and dieting issue. I’ve folloewed the link from Lynn’s blog, and am glad I did. I gather from the mention of Oxford and the John Radcliffe, you live in that area. We lived in Wantage for a number of years – it’s lovely down there, and we go back often for visits. Now we live near Lincoln. I wish you every success in your pursuit of a healthy and maintainable lifestyle. Happy New year to you! Millie

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thank you for saying such a nice thing about the blog. It has honestly been more luck than judgement that I have simply “fallen in” to the right groove, with the right tone and been mentored by the right people. I have been very lucky with what I have achieved and to be honest, have out weighed my expectations already…!
      You are correct, I am local to the Radcliffe although the Weight Loss Surgery took place at the Churchill Hospital but what is more amazing is that I live in Wantage too… Born and bred.47 years there with little trips out for good behaviour!
      What a small world it is….!

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      • milliethom says:

        Wow, fancy meeting someone from Wantage! We loved it there for six years, and only moved back north in order to be closer to family. We both taught at Icknield School – which is part of King Alfred’s now. There were still three separate comprehensive when we were there in the 70s. Nice to meet you, Andy. 😀

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      • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

        Nice to meet you too Andy!
        It certainly is all one school now. I believe I was the last year to go through as a separate school before they all became King Alfred’s. I started at the proper King Alfred’s in 1979 and left the same school in 1984 just before the changes came about.
        Now it is separated by 1&2 in Ickneild, 3&4 in Segsbury and year 5 at Kind Alfred’s main site following on into the sixth form (or at least that is how I think it is!) I am often there as I live so locally and often walk the dog past the school where it reminds me of what used to be. It has all been developed now and Icknield is due to be demolished soon and developed for housing. So you were there until 1976? What ages are your children and what school did they go to? I am 47 and went to Church School first. I have a brother who is 51 and he did like wise, moving to Kind Alfred’s in 1975 (I think…!)
        Cameron

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      • milliethom says:

        I’m not Andy, but I think this comment is meant for me (Millie) as we were talking about teaching in Wantage. We left Icknield in 1976, but in 2010, we were invited to a reunion of a great year group we’d both taught. Most of them were 50 that year, so you can imagine how old that made us feel! We were in our early 20s when we first met that bunch. We lived in Grove, which wasn’t a part of Wantage then. So sad to hear of Icknield’s fate. We both loved that place, and I had some very happy swims in that outdoor pool! We still hear from two of the ‘girls’ we taught – now both 56! They are twins and their names were Penny and Mandy Prior. Neither live in Wantage now. Jenny Steadman is still there and Stephen Humphreys, Andrew Povey and Ricky Denley. You may know some of those. It was such a long time ago, but we have such fond memories of them all.

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      • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

        That is weird, your sign off said “Nice to meet you, Andy”!!! Okay then Millie it is!!
        I am afraid I do not recall any of those names but I recognise the name Steve Humphreys. Maybe I met him in later life as I did get around a bit in my later years….!
        I was actually at Ickneild a few months ago. You can read about it in my blog as I was a a Fayre for Autumn foods. Its the place where I met a Snake…!
        That is remarkable that you have kept in touch with two of the girls from so very long ago… Very touching.
        I shall check out your blog in the morning but must retire to bed now as I have been on the go all day and am ready to drop…!
        Good night!!

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      • milliethom says:

        Hace a great Sunday. I see you’re on Twitter. I’ve just ‘joined up’ – only because one of my daughters decided I should! I’m useless at social media, but I’m following bloggers I like – just to let you know that I’m about to follow you.

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      • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

        I am on the Twitter, the Facebook and I write this blog. If I am honest I am not keen on social media but it serves a purpose and I have gotten to meet many wonderful people over the past year so it has been kind to me for sure.
        Good luck going the 21st century, I’m a dinosaur when it comes to this stuff and I have kind of made it work so there is hope for all!!

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      • milliethom says:

        Well, you’re a lot younger dinosaur than I am, so I imagine you know tons more about social media than I do. I love my blog, though, because I love to write. But the rest, I simply need to feel my way round for a while.

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      • milliethom says:

        I’ve just realised- did I call you, Andy? If I did, I apologise. I was talking to an Andy earlier. I do know your’re Cameron! I think trying to write on this Kindle is making me go.loopy.

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      • milliethom says:

        I forgot to answer part of your question last night (when I was on my perishing Kindle!) Our own children weren’t old enough for school when we were in Wantage. We were married in 1970 and moved to Wantage soon after. Our first two children were born in Wantage hospital in 73 and 74, and the third, not long after we left in 76. Our other three were born in the area we are in now. We have four sons and two daughters – our eldest will be 43 in June. So primary schooling wasn’t on our agenda in those days.

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  4. lynne hoareau says:

    Hi, Happy 2016, and congratulations on all your achievements. We have mutual friend Lynn (Lynz Real Cooking) and she speaks highly of you, so I just had to pop over and say hi, and it’s lovely to meet you. Your story is inspiring and I love what I have seen so far. I look forward to reading more. 🙂 Have a great day.

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