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.

A Final Video Blog Farewell.

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

Today we start the week with just 6 more posts (including this one) remaining until I leave for my epic walk where I shall record the final chapter of this blog by telling you all about my journey along the Ridgeway.

However, today I shall simply be talking about the blog and how I would never have dreamed I would ever reach the stage that I have today including all other sundry items along the way….

So carry on and watch, see what you can see and let me know what you think in the comments….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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

It Never Rains But It’s Been Biblical…..

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I trust this hump day finds you, like me, simply getting on with life and doing your best amidst all of the things that are sent to try us on a daily basis.

One thing I have found since my weight loss journey (I hate that term but it does sum up the past couple of years very well!) began is that everyday we are constantly being tried and tested no matter how lovely our lives may appear to be. People I know whom have (what can only be considered as) everything are having their (very threadbare) patience tried and tested as much as those who consider themselves to have nothing.
Personally, I am tried on a regular basis with food choices and although am on the whole so much better and healthier than I was, I can still make mistakes and eat too many Jaffa Cakes, have too much chocolate or want Fish and Chips over and above all the healthy options that are out there.

I know we all suffer from this kind of problem and so for that reason I let things go. I know I have made a mistake BUT I simply get on with it and know I will do better next time.

But it is not always about food is it? For years I would wallow in my own woe and be depressed about things not going exactly right. I would be annoyed about silly things I thought I could not change such as my football team, my diet, my work ethic, my creativity, my lack of money, my living conditions, the fact my TV wasn’t HD etc etc…

The list went on and on.

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Here Comes Another Winter, Waiting For Eutopia.

Waiting For Hell To Freeze Over*

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here in Planet Magnet. I trust all is well in your world and that the week is barrelling along nicely for you. Here in the U.K, the rain is back (what else!) after five days of sunshine, so having had our summer I figure we start preparing for the winter to come… 😉

Only joking on that font guys, however, Heartland by The, The seemed like the perfect lyric to use given that when yesterday I spoke to a friend of mine (The Chimp from The Lonely Author) he suggested I write what my Eutopia might look like given that I am now over a year past my surgery date and the fact my life has changed so dramatically in that short period of time. That I have become such a different man over the past several years of trials and tribulations. That I am still scared and excited in equal measure of what is to come in my life. That I am surrounded by more love in my life than I have experienced for a long time, yet I feel lonely on a daily basis.

Now I should put a warning here, because if any of you are not in the mood for my truth then I suggest you stop reading now, plus it is nearly 2000 words long so you might struggle a little looking for a quick read….

I am always honest with this blog yet I do confess that am still selective about what I write and today I write exactly how I feel and make no apologies for it.

So where was I? Oh yes, my own Eutopia. Or put quite simply, where would my ideal life be at this moment in time?

I know it might sound fatuous to do such a thing but it is in our dreams that we create our future (or some semblance of it) and it is only by daring to dream do we ever achieve our ability to move on.

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Tasty Tuesday Breakfast Omelette

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today the weather is not so good and the sun has not got his hat on but I am in good spirits and am trying to remain so as I look out of my office window at the grey clouds whilst dreaming of going to the shops and buying some shorts.

Yes that is right. I have NO shorts that fit me!

Obvious really when you think about it but not to me. I hadn’t even considered the fact that I would be a completely different size year on year and with the being the first year then this has to be the biggest change of all!

Anyway, enough of shorts and summer weather.

I must very quickly apologise for going AWOL yesterday and having nothing for you guys to come over and read . Pretty poor considering the weekend was also light on content.

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Everything, Will Be Better In The Morning…

Good afternoon folks and thanks for tuning in!

Yes, I know, that’s right, I said good AFTERNOON!

And do you know what, I really don’t mind one bit!

Yesterday was my last day on the writing course in Oxford and as ever by the time the day was over my head was so full I was almost in a catatonic daze. In a way I am glad that it is over but also a bit gutted that it has finished. The lecturer, Julie Hearn was an absolute star. Very knowledgeable, sharp as a tack and as smart as they come. She really does know her craft and if I can have taken anything away from the course then I am hoping it is to be a trifle more fluid in what I write – You see it turns out that just because I know what is going on in my descriptions, it doesn’t necessarily mean the reader does!! And also that I need to be a little more intense in personalising someones experience, making the reader feel what the subject is feeling.

Pretty good things to learn I think.

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I Must Be More Cameron And Less Chimp

Hello for only the second time this week to the readers of the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet Blog.

Once again apologies for having been delinquent in my duties but when I say I have been poorly, I really have been poorly!

I have had this in the past for sure but never quite so virulent that it kept me in bed for three days, up and moving gingerly on the fourth; and now on the fifth day I am only just starting to feel semi-human.

I now know I overdid my relaxation time on Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and therefore my immune system was completely shot away with alcohol. This would have definitely helped the little bug take a firm old of me and get the free accommodation it wanted in my gut for a few days.

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Oh To Rest My Weary Bones

Morning folks and welcome to the weekend.

Very quick post today as not much to report but also its the best day of the weekend and I want to get on and enjoy it just like you guys!

So yesterday as some of you may know was an absolute bust in terms of health and fitness, well not so much the health part but certainly the fitness for sure. Instead of hitting the gym for a workout, doing a Body Balance class and walking the dog all by lunchtime, I was completely pooped so spent the day laying on the sofa!

What a waste….

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Tasty Tuesday – Still Rocking After All These Posts….

Goodness me, I am sorry once again for my tardiness! This is becoming a habit that needs to be cut out right away!

Hello world and thanks for tuning in.

Welcome once again to Tasty Tuesday guys. My weekly attempt at Cordon Bleu for health.

Today We have a very special, easy to make and easy on the pocket dish for you and best of all, it is healthy, healthy, healthy!

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A Little Bit Of A Moan

Morning everybody!

Hope you had a great start to the weekend and are looking forward to relaxing and putting the old feet up.

Now I know I shouldn’t moan and it has only been a few months and I need to be honest with you as I always am, but my word I am sick of clothes becoming too big so quickly!

It’s driving me nuts AND broke!

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