Another Year Older, Still None The Wiser…

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

Yesterday saw another personal milestone come and go, I turned 50.


I thought things would be so much more different than they are.

Things never really turn out the way we expect of plan. As the old saying goes “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans….”

Never a truer word may be spoken because my life has tripped along for the past 50 years with only very minor parts of it happening as planned and the rest just resulting from day to day decisions.

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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.

Thursday’s Video. Watch With Magnet.

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. A place where the sun is shining (finally) and the temperature is starting to rise (please rise, please….)

Thursday has come around once again and it is time for yet another video because if I am to follow my plans as laid out in last weeks video then I have Tasty Tuesday (on a Tuesday….) a video blog day on a Thursday and a memory of a life gone by on a Friday.

So without further ado (and without further plagiarizing of Listen With Mother 😉 ) here is today’s offering…

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What On Earth Is Going On!!

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to the end of the week here on Planet Magnet!

Woo Hoo!!

It is finally Friday!!

I for one am going to enjoy my weekend and it is pretty well planned out so far, starting with a trip to the theatre this evening to see Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap – the longest running show/stage play ever written (or at least I am pretty sure it is…)
Tomorrow is a morning devoted to sorting the different tradesmen at my friends house with an afternoon offering a good old fashioned potter about doing some chores followed by an invite to a Birthday Party in the evening.
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Wear Gratitude Like A Cloak

And it will feed every corner of your life – Rumi.

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today is Sunday and as ever, for most it is a time to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, to be a little more thoughtful and to consider the life you already have as being one that is maybe not so bad after all when we compare it to the terrible things we bare witness to on a daily basis as CNN, Sky News and the BBC like to share with us in a bid to keep up the ratings. Whether is be , war, refugee’s or inclement weather we see it plastered across our screens and it shows us that things are hard, times are tough and because of this we frown, we worry and we turn in toward ourselves hiding away from what we already have in our own lives that can make us happy.

–The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Oprah Winfrey was noted to say “Be thankful for what you have, you will end up having more, if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

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To B12 Or Not B12? That Is The Question…..

Good morning everyone and thanks for tuning in to Planet Magnet once again for your daily dose of rambling half sense and poignant thoughts.

Yesterday was B12 time again.

The three months since that last injection has passed so quickly, it is quite remarkable to even I doubt if you will actually remember but three months ago, I got my B12 Shot AND my Flu Jab and I reckon they counteracted each other and produced a super slow virus that made me feel rubbish but able to keep going…. Not that I’m a scientist or nothing…. 😉
So hopefully this months injection will turn me into the Bionic Man and I will feel completely amazing and be able to whizz through all of the tasks I have left to achieve before the big day comes next week.

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Gastroenteritis Really Does Suck

Well I was hoping to be back to form today and blogging freely with ideas and thoughts aplenty.

Unfortunately I woke yesterday with the most dreadful stomach upset and was forced to remain in bed all day.

I could get neither hot or cold, take on fluids without being sick or even manage to be away from the smallest room in the house for more than a few minutes.

It is actually in these few minutes that I am writing to let you know that I shall be back but I think it will be a slow burn so please let me apologise.

The worst thing about the G.E is that fact that as soon as I was taking on any liquid for hydration, it was coming straight back up. I did manage to deal with this until about 6pm when a call to the doctor was placed due to the seriousness of the sickness becoming a worry for my recent surgery.

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3-2-1 You’re Back In The Room


Good Morning everyone!

I am finally back and once again feeling human enough to write and tell you about my past few days (I shall leave the gory details out though so no need to get nervous 😉 )

There was very little activity during the past few days and to be honest I feel all the better for it. I stayed at home and built some new furniture I had bought so was kept busy but not flat out so I was still allowing myself time to recover.

My eating yesterday was almost back to normal so to that end I shall restart the food diary again tomorrow as it will refer to yesterdays nutrition.

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The Governmental Obesity Treatments Paper (Pt 2)

Part 2.

The paper continues….

According to the UK national Bariatric Surgery Registry in 2013/2014, the NHS performed 5,756 surgical procedures for weight-loss. This figure may sound a high one but is in reality less than 1% of the patients who qualify for surgery (qualification is dictated by BMI of over 40) I am sure you must agree that this is a pretty poor show when you consider that these are LIFE saving procedures…

By comparison, Sweden which has much lower levels of Obesity than here in the UK, performed six times as many operations (admittedly per 100,000 people) which is a shockingly poor statistic for the UK, yet still a randomised controlled trial to assess the clinical outcomes and cost – effectiveness of these procedures is still ongoing which is utterly unacceptable when you consider the only alternative in some cases is death.

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