And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!


Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

Back Camera

With My Mum!

Is no longer anything like this person….


If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.

Don’t Believe The Hype…..

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

Today I have decided to write a post answering an inquiry I had from a chap by the name of Jay from Arizona.

It went like this…..

“Hello from Arizona!
I started reading your blog and found it when I was searching for posts about life after a gastric sleeve.
I am intent on having the surgery done myself, and was glad to find your post below where you talk about your new portion size prior to having the surgery.

Will I Be Wise With My Portion Size

This is one of my concerns as many of the thoughts you wrote about are some concerns I have myself – such as taking to large of bites and causing pain, having to learn to slowly chew my food rather than bite, chew and swallow…..not being able to gulp down large amounts of water when very thirsty, etc…

Now I suppose you wrote that post based on everything you read, and others you spoke to about their experiences. But what I am curious is if you could share if your actual experiences were different from what you were expecting? In addition how is it in comparison to eating now many months after surgery?
I suppose allot of things change and your able to get acclimated to your new stomach and your habits, and with so new experiences are occurring daily when you eat.

Hoping you can take a moment to share this experience with me, I would be thankful as I am planning my own journey”

What an excellent question!

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A Label For Everything…

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

It’s hump day and things are a bit slow in the house of Magnet.

A headache and a sore throat are once again my two closest friends so I am hoping that it is a simple midweek malaise that has caused it (although as you know, because my time fleets so quickly, I do not generally buy into ANY day of the week being a less enjoyable one than any other) and not the start of the cold that has come and gone and come and gone and come and gone again….

Anyway, that is enough of my problems, today we have bigger fish to fry in the fight against obesity….

Here in the U.K I have read that it has now been announced we are to have yet another label because some people still do not understand calorie counting.

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One Lump Or Two?

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today sees me on day two of the Bank Holiday weekend and travelling to IKEA as I write this whilst sat on a motorway in the back of a friends car which in the UK is where we spend most Bank Holidays attempting travel on gridlocked roads trying to get to destinations we deem nicer than where we live (IKEA not withstanding) so we might enjoy ourselves more than sitting at home watching the rain fall endlessly from grey skies.

Yes my friends that is a Bank Holiday.

At least here in this country it is….

But then there was always a saving grace about wet cold weekends. They allowed me to indulge in one of the few guilty pleasures I have left in my relatively tame new life.

A triple shot medium Latte.

That was until this morning.

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Diabesity…. What?

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Ordinarily this would just be another day farther into the week but because of Easter I am pleased to tell you that today is just like a Friday because tomorrow we rest!

Woo Hoo!!!

So today, seeing as it is the last day of serious time for a few days, has got me thinking about something I heard said the other week on the radio and because Thursday is this weeks Friday (and Friday is the day I get most traffic through the site) I figured I had better post a thought provoking missive that might keep you sustained until the week begins back next Tuesday…..

Yes Tuesday….

So what have I got my knickers in a knot about?

A word is all.


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Better The Gym Than The Insulin….

Good morning word and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope today finds you well and ready for the long weekend as we continue to count down the days to Good Friday and the Bank Holiday!!!!

Today I bring you a post that is taken directly from the BBC website having been written by their Health Correspondent Nick Triggle. It discusses the possibility of giving us mere mortals 13 sessions of gym exercise and healthy living training in a bid to save some of the millions spent each year on Diabetes Medication.

“People in England at risk of type-2 diabetes are to be offered healthy-lifestyle support by the NHS to help them prevent the condition developing.

The new national programme will be launched this spring, with the aim of helping 20,000 people this year.

Patients will be offered 13 sessions focusing on exercise, education and lifestyle changes.

GPs are being asked to identify the people who would benefit the most from the programme.

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On It Like Sonic

Good morning to you all and welcome to yet another hump day here on Planet Magnet! Now many of you know that I don’t see Wednesdays as a bad day, as a day that appears to go slower than the others or as a day that requires special nerve or courage to get myself through.
No. I see it as a precursor to the weekend and a day that means I can get more done before said weekend is upon us allowing me to possibly put my feet up for a day or two and get some well deserved down time.

So, that’s that. I have welcomed you to my blog, I have explained that I actually like a Wednesday Hump Day and that I like to get lots done.

And that is the crux of today’s post.

I like to get lot’s done.

I really do not like to wait around and start “sometime in the future”. If I say I need to get the stuff for a new project, I get the stuff for a new project, I don’t let things (well maybe an occasional lack of money) stope me from putting stuff off. If we are talking about doing something I will say “Okay, let’s just go and do it” If I am thinking about a walk, I will not look out the window and procrastinate, I will agree that we are going for a walk and we will get our boots on and get out into the fresh air.

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Well It Really Works Doesn’t It!

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another here on the wonderful world of Planet Magnet where all is right with the world.

It is so nice to be able to say that after spending years and years not actually managing to really raise a smile some days that I honestly feel like a different person.

I have more energy, more desire, feel brighter, more alert and most of all, just feel generally better all over.

My mental health is a great deal better, my energy levels are, on the whole, vastly improved, my outlook brighter and my own personal well being is in a completely different place to where it has been for many years.

As I approach my 1 year “surgiversary” I am amazed at quite how much much my life has changed beyond all recognition. I know I have written about this before but I simply cannot stress enough the changes to my entire life that have occurred since I have started to “live right”

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Well I For One Shall Be Glad Of The Rest…

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

What a crazy several days that has been.

I haven’t known if I was coming or going.

I have been that busy that I have forgotten the most simplest of things like friends names or the correct words to use when I have been writing my posts (no change there then I hear you say…!) It is like I have been faced with a complete blank and have not know how to overcome it.

To that end I am determined that this shall not happen again and that I shall be better organised and not take on too much at one go. I shall endeavour to rest properly and recharge my batteries satisfactorily each night that I might at least be able to spell ver words wot I righted dahn…

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