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!

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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…

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Is no longer anything like this person….

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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.

Can WBFM Become A Brand?

Good morning to all of my lovely readers and welcome back once again to another Monday here on Planet Magnet!

I must say that I did enjoy my blogging break for a couple of days but if I am honest, I am now glad to be back at it and looking forward to the week ahead…. 😉

One bit of bad news however, I think I may have hurt my knee after kneeling on it for a couple of hours last night as I did a little D.I.Y. I don’t recall it being sore as I was working and it certainly wasn’t sore until I rose this morning and was walking along the hallway. What is more weird is the fact that it was swinging and sending a sharp pain through my knee as I walked or twisted (yes I know the second one is a given….) but I was able to RUN up the stairs to my apartment with no ill effects.

How weird is that!

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A Sincere And Genuine Request To All – Please Continue To Read

Morning world and thanks for tuning in. Today is a bit of a different blog and something I have never done before and am probably very unlikely to do again. As you know I blog each day about different things and I simply as people to read what I write. I ask for no other action or interaction. I love it when you leave messages and engage with me, I like to get your feedback and what you think and how your feel about anything I may have said.

It is what the WordPress community is all about, we look after each other and we help each other. Well today I am unashamedly going to try to take advantage of that very fact and ask you guys to help me out with something most unusual.

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A Return To Being The Media Tart

Good morning everyone and I hope this latest post finds you well and happy with everything that life is currently offering. I know I for one am still in a good place, facing my challenges as they are presented and dealing with them to the best of my abilities.

One such challenge is being interviewed on the TV and even though I have done it before, I must confess that I felt a little nervous this time. I can only assume the nervousness came from the fact that people are going to see what I am now looking like as opposed to what I did look like and although I still have a long way to go, it is still a “semi reveal” for me so I suppose it adds to the whole sense of occasion.

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Branching Out To The You Tube

That’s right folks, my bid for World Media Domination continues!

To be honest, what I actually mean is I have finally gotten all of my stuff together to start a weekly You Tube channel, so world domination is going to be a good way off yet!

And when I say I have gotten all of my stuff together, what I really mean is I have a Sony HD camera, a new tripod and have re arranged the front room of the apartment to accommodate a suitable plain background to film against. I just need to download a decent movie editor that’s easy to use and then learn some editing skills. I also need to get some idea of how to launch a front page so I might make the whole thing a touch more professional than some fat bloke just cocking about with video camera. For this I would ask if their is anyone out there with any good ideas of what I could possibly use to accomplish these tasks

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Obsession

As you know I spend most of my day sat in front of this computer writing either this blog or any one of my number of current projects (although the novel is taking a bit of a precedent at the moment…!) and therefore am exposed to an immense amount of dross pushed down my internet feed, the bulk of which appears to be aimed at the worlds obsession with celebrity and what they look like or how much they weigh.

It is all so very depressing to think that someone could possibly get amusement from reading about how a celebrity (most of whom I have never heard of by the way) has had a botched piece of plastic surgery, a terrible tattoo or has piled on the pounds – or equally has lost them. But that is unfortunately the world we live in.

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Taking It To The Next Level

Or at least I would like to think so….

If only it were that easy.

Us morbidly obese people are by the very nature of our size, a little slower than the rest of the “normal sized” population. We don’t move around as freely, we don’t stand and sit as easily and most of all, carrying around twice ones recommended bodyweight can really take it out of you I can tell you from experience.

I am however, one of the lucky ones. I have now had my operation and the weight is beginning to come off at a steady rate. Add this to the initial pre procedure weight loss and I am moving a good deal better than I was this time last year. The most amazing thing being my arms now lay closer by my sides once more instead of out at such an angle, I looked like I was inflated. This I can only assume is because they are now a good deal smaller along with my waist thus both are now allowed to hang, pass and swing feely as I walk (attempt to march) around the locale with my little pal Archie and anyone else who might happen to be free to join me.

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The Whole World In My Hands

Since starting this blog on a notion all the way back in January I am amazed at how much it has spread around the world. It was only started as a compromise because at the time I didn’t want to film myself each day as recommended by a reporter who had interviewed me about Bariatric Surgery.

Since then I have I posted each day without fail (an achievement? I would certainly say yes but I would prefer we leave that particular milestone  until January next year and only mention it if I have actually kept up that impetuous and continued a daily blogging schedule) and I hope to continue for as long as you guys will have me write it because there is little point writing if no one is reading any longer.

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