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.

Just Popped In For My Quarterly MOT

Morning everyone, hope life is treating you well.

Yesterday I went to the Oxford Bariatric Clinic for my three month check up.

As you guys probably know, I have been feeling decidedly left over for about two weeks now so I was determined to get some answers even if I really didn’t feel like travelling to the hospital which is only about 20 miles from my home.

When I woke in the morning I had my feeling crappy head on and although it eventually passed I still didn’t feel great. I even dressed in my gym kit in a vain hope that I could get a rush of blood to the head and start to feel well enough to do a little activity, alas it was not meant to be 😦

Anyway. There was some good news yesterday. The consultant gave me the all clear for the six month check up and after listening to my symptoms, concurred with my GP’s diagnosis from last night that it was simply a hangover from the flu jab and should pass. I was told I was right to be concerned but considering the type of procedure I had, there should not be too much in the way problems that occur from it and certainly none that would make me more susceptible to any virus or not.

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Six Months Ago Today…..

So let me take you back exactly six months in time with this little video…..

That my friends was early on the morning of Friday March the 13th 2015.

The day when the life of the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet changed forever.

The six month Anniversary of my life changing Bariatric surgery is TODAY!!


Celebrate good times… Come On!!

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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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The Governmental Obesity Treatments Paper (Pt 1)

Sorry for the EXTREMELY boring sounding title but I promise it is the only boring part of this post, because if what is written below doesn’t open your eyes up to how ignorant some people (specifically politicians) are of the facts surrounding obesity, then I don’t believe anything will!

Last week I was fortunate enough to come into passion of the Governments latest Obesity Treatments Paper. This is a paper by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has been written as a study into the benefits of Obesity Treatment. When I say written as a study, they have basically just collated facts similar to the ones I have been writing about since I started this blog in January and written them in a manner in which a Member of Parliament could understand.

Now when I say “written so a Member of Parliament could understand” I really should say “written so that a small child could understand”

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A Trip To The Doctor’s

No, not those kind of Doctors, the time lords of Gallifrey, but the ones that opened me up a few weeks back and took away most of my stomach….

Morning everyone, today see’s me taking a trip to the Churchill hospital for the first time since my operation over four weeks ago now. It is incredible to think that it has already been four weeks but also I have to keep reminding myself that it has only been four weeks since I underwent major surgery and as such it should be no surprise to me that I spend all my days fluctuating between feeling great and feeling pretty sub par!

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A Simple History Of The World And Everything

Ooh get me!

Actually that title is WAY above my meagre pay grade and brain power so today I thought I would let you in something I was interested to find out myself the other day.

The History of Bariatric Surgery – it may surprise, well it did me anyway… 😉

Before that though, I feel I must address a small issue of what is what in the world of Bariatrics. I still get surprised looks from people when they hear exactly what I have had done even though I am sure I have gone over my procedure several times already! The following is a list of available regular procedures, a quick description then a link to what exactly each one is and does. Do follow the links because they really are very interesting.

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A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He has been cited in many quotations, the above being just one of them, but never a truer word spoken. I could have also used the famous Benjamin Franklin quote as shown in the picture, but I think you guys are getting the picture the same way I did. Getting this picture however, really got me thinking about what I should be doing with this idea for spreading the word on Bariatric Surgery and also it got me thinking about my own commercial writing and how I need to plan so much more than I do.

So, after Saturdays comments I have decided I will need to be pro active in this if I want to move the whole thing forward.

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I Don’t Want To Sound Like A Broken Record

I am sure that we all have a limited tolerance when it comes to things being regurgitated over a short period of time; and I really DO NOT want to sound like a broken record but it is simply something we have to get across to the world.

Bariatric Surgery Saves Lives.

It’s simple.

So why is that many people who believe this to be true, also feel like they are wasting their breath by continuing to sound the rallying cry.

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So Then Fatty Boom Boom, How Do You Feel Today?

Morning folks, apologies for the late post today, I am still a little all over the shop so am trying to get my routine back along with my blogging mojo. I know this may sound like yet another cliche to use but it really does feel like it was an age ago that I was sat here and writing, but I suppose that would be an easy thing to say because so much has happened since last I sat here.

I am truly glad to be home though and looking forward to some peace and quiet with everything on my own terms.

You see whilst I was in hospital there was a guy in the next bed who was so very very ill, he needed constant attention. This meant a continual stream of people into his bedside and his monitoring machines, when not beeping were wailing to inform the nurse that there was an issue.

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