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!

Bundesstraße_499_number.svg

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….

IMG_4015

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.

Reflections Of A Life Restarted

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

It’s Friday!!

The end of the week is nigh!

The start of my mammoth week is fast approaching.

The end of this blog is almost here.

In some ways I am sad, in some ways I am happy because it means that I have got to where I wanted to be.

And lets face it personal landmarks are always for the betterment of our own souls that for others.

🙂

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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

 

Tasty Tuesday – The Last Supper

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

Today I give you the last recipe for this blog’s Tasty Tuesday section.

Yes I know it’s Thursday…..

So anyway, why change a habit that we have all gotten used to….

I hope you have enjoyed the previous recipes as much as I have but today I give you recipe number 58.

Blimey? That doesn’t sound like many recipes but it sure does feel like an awful lot to have made….

To be honest, I am surprised I have 58 things I can actually cook but the proof of that is in the fact that this is as I said, recipe number 58!

So anyway, what do I have for you on this farewell Tasty Tuesday Thursday?

Well how does Salmon Kebab Skewers sound?

Pretty good I’ll wager.

Easy to make AND damned healthy too….!

So here’s how you make them (and don’t forget the skewers – that’s why I was two days late in publishing the recipe :-/ )

Ingredients:

  1. Two Salmon Fillets.
  2. 150gms Raw King Prawns.
  3. 1 Large Red Pepper – roughly chopped.
  4. 1 Large Red Onion – roughly chopped.
  5. 1 Large Courgette – sliced.
  6. 1 Punnet Chestnut Mushrooms – chopped.
  7. 1 Lemon- to be squeezed.
  8. Olive Oil.
  9. Balsamic Glaze.
  10. Wholegrain Basmati Rice.
  11. 1 Chili – finely chopped.
  12. 2 Small Romano Peppers – finely chopped.

IMG_4064.JPG

Slice the veggies….

IMG_4072IMG_4073IMG_4074IMG_4075

Slice the Salmon….

IMG_4076

Put on the Skewer’s with the Prawns..

IMG_4077

Drizzle with Olive Oil and put in the oven on a grill pan.

IMG_4079

Chop the Chilli and the Romano Pepper into small pieces and add to the cooked Brown Basmati Rice.

IMG_4080

Serve with a quarter of Lemon.

IMG_4081

Eh Voila!

Anything easier or healthier please let me know….. 😉

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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

Looking Back Over My Shoulder Pt10 – The Final Instalment…..

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I trust today’s hump day see’s you as excited and apprehensive as it does me 🙂

I am these things because I have fast approaching, one of the biggest challenges ever set to me in my entire life and I hope that you guys are well and truly behind me and are no longer putting off any sponsorship or donations and are quite happy helping out in whatever way you can.

Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page. You will be pleased to note that I have reduced the target down to £2500 as the entire walk has been scaled back to what I had originally started off with, just me and Archie and a very long walk…..! Yes there will be parts that I hope to speak to the media and yes there will be parts that I hope to walk with others but I think in all reality it it has now dawned on me that I am not the most important person on the planet (I know, hard to believe right?) and that I am trying to raise this money off of my own back so certain adjustments were felt necessary in order to feel more comfortable with my efforts I have also decided to travel each day so I shall be taken to my route in the morning and collected in the evening. The next morning I shall be taken back to the previous evenings collection point so NO shortcuts will be taken AT ALL!!!

Anyway, a short update for you there….

Back to me and the final instalment of my story.

Last time I left you with the words Breakdown at Land Rover. This was in April 2008 and I don’t mean a mechanical vehicle breakdown, I mean my own mental health deterioration.

Not the happiest time of my life for sure.

I know I have talked about bullying at work before so I shall not go into that now but suffice to say that at this point there was some of that and what made it so amazing is that usually I would never have stood for it and would have stood my ground and dealt with it.

This time I didn’t.

I crawled into my shell and became a hermit.

Unable to leave it because of anxiety and panic attacks.

And as I ignored my friends, food became my friend.

Not good food though.

Takeaway Indians, Chinese, Pizza, Fizzy Drinks etc etc.

Not a good part of my story for sure.

But it still happened.

During this time I had several small business’s of my own, including iPhone and iPod repair, Home Audio Visual Installation and a very lightweight version of my new Handy Man business.

This was all up until I broke my leg.

And that brings us to the start of my blog so if you are really interested in learning my then simply go to the home page and you will get my entire story there, celebrity and all…. 😉

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

What Direction Do I Take Now…

Mixed Emotions I feel.

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

It’s weird to think that this is one of the last times I shall ever write these words….

What way do I go next?

What direction does life hold for me?

I would like to say that everything will be plain sailing but I doubt very much that it will because lets face it nothing ever is.

However.

Over the past 18months of blogging and self assessment, peeling the layers away one by one, I have learned that I can now cope when things don’t go my way .

I don’t have to eat my own body weight in chocolate buttons or drink my own blood levels in full fat coke or alcohol.

No.

I am able to cope with these things simply because I have been given a tool that allows me to eat less and I have been given a second chance at living an ordinary life where I eat vegetables, prepare EVERY meal from scratch and no longer eat chocolate and sweets or  drink alcohol and soda pop in anyway near the amounts that I used to.

Life is really good and that is because I have taken it back.

Everything that I have done, you can do to.

Don’t forget I was a lost and lonely mid forties single man with no prospects ahead of him apart from ending up with Diabetes, Heart Conditions, High Blood Pressure and possibly ending up in a wheelchair. I had nothing to live for apart from existing. I had nothing to hope for, apart from one day I might get that miracle cure for being fat.

And do you know what?

I found that!

Yes! That cure does exist.

That cure is real.

But not in the shape of a pill.

No.

It exists in the shape of commitment, desire, hard work and looking at the long game.

It exists in YOU!

So as I have said so many time before, if I can do it then you can do it too….!

So where do I go to now?

Well I think that after the walk, I take some time to myself to write the final instalment of the blog then I take some more time to get some more inspiration and direction. Take some time for me and getting MY world in order.

Yes, I think that is the direction I shall take.

I have such a lot to look forward to so wish me luck as I wave you goodbye….

‘Till tomorrow,

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…..

Looking Back Over My Shoulder Pt8

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today we find ourselves at the much awaited day of Friday.

Yippee! It’s Friday!!!

Okay, Okay, Calm Down Dear….!

Right, so as it’s Friday I suppose we must press on with my Looking Back series where I tell you guys a little about myself and last time I think I left you with the fact I had just fallen asleep after a mammoth 57 hrs of being awake…..

So the next morning, I awoke cold and a little disoriented for sure. I had been expecting to sleep the sleep of the dead but I recall I ended up rising as the others in the house stirred and so was fortunate to witness what was to become a morning ritual.

The removal of the ice from the INSIDE of the patio window. The window of the room I slept in!!

No wonder it was a bit parky….!

Continue reading

Looking Back Over My Shoulder Pt7

My Longest Day…..

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

Today we continue with the life story of The Fridge Magnet as I travel on from Auckland N.Z to Maryland U.S.A…..

So I left you last time (apologies for taking so long to get back here) as I was leaving Auckland, New Zealand.

I recall saying my goodbyes to Jean, John and the children at around mid afternoon when I went through to the departure lounge to catch the first leg of my flight across to Maryland. I think it must have been around 8pm when I took off because it is a 9 hour flight and when I landed in Honolulu it was about 7am of the previous day. Yes, that’s right. The previous day!

All because I went through the international dateline and was able to experience how lonely February 14th can be when you have to see it twice….. 😉

So I arrived in Honolulu and was amazed to find that it was effectively 7 hours before I actually took off from Auckland.

Continue reading

Itinerary and Invitations!!

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

Today we are once again nearing the end of the week and so as we start to wind down for the Bank Holiday (here in the UK at least…) I have decided it is the right time to be telling you guys where I will be on each day of my walk and how to join me should you wish and I sincerely do hop you do wish to join me because I would love as many people along for the ride as possible so please please please do try your best to join me on at least one or two of the days….. 🙂

Okay!
The Itinerary has landed.
This coming June the 12th I shall be starting to walk the Ridgeway over the following week. If you would like to join me at ANY point of this walk then please just get in touch but for now I have a list of where I will be walking each day.
Sunday June 12th – Walk starts at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring.
This day I will be walking to Wendover.
This is an 11 mile walk and so is possibly the best day for most people to come and enjoy the expected good weather and not feel like they are having to walk too far.
I shall be leaving Ivinghoe Beacon at approximately 9:30 to 10am and expect to arrive in Wendover at approximately 14.30 to 15.00.
I recommend that anyone coming arranges lifts with friends and you maybe attempt to leave one car at Wendover and another at Ivinghoe so you can get back once the walk is finished….. 😉
Please bring your own water and food for the walk as I will be unable to provide these two very important elements.
Alternatively please simply come to wave me off and say Good Bye, Bon Voyage and Farewell!!
Monday June 13th – Wendover to Watlington. This is 17.5 mile day and I expect to be leaving Wendover at 9am and arriving in Watlington at approximately 17:00
Tuesday June 14th – Watlington to Goring and Streatley. This is a 15 mile day. Again I shall be leaving at approximately 9am and expecting to arrive at Goring and Streatley by about 16:00
Wednesday June 15th – Goring and Streatley to Sparsholt Firs. This is a 17.5 mile day and I expect to be leaving Goring and Streatley again at approximately 9am and arriving in Sparsholt at around 17:00 once again.
Thursday June 16th – Sparsholt Firs to Ogbourne St George. This is a 15.5 mile day. Again I hope to start at around 9am and expect to finish at around 16:00 in Ogbourne St George.
Friday June 17th – Ogbourne St George to Overton Hill. This is a very short day of 9miles and to be honest I had planned on walking this section with Archie the Dog and no one else, but if you feel you would like to help me cross the finish line instead of see me over the finish line then you are more than welcome to join me. I expect again to be leaving at about 9am and hope to be crossing the finish line at about 13.30pm.
For exact locations of the starting and stopping points please read on.
Start – Ivinghoe Beacon
600_286736172
The meeting point will be Ivinghoe Beacon National Trust Car Park HP4 1NF (nearest postcode)
The end point will be be Wendover itself as the Ridgeway actually cuts through the town.
Day Two – Wendover
P1080996
There is a car par local to this and there are plenty of sign posts on how to get to the Ridgeway from the town so you cannot go wrong….
The end point will be Watlington. Again there will be signs up to the Ridgeway from the the centre of the town.
Day Three – Watlington
Watlington
Again park in Watlington and make your way up to the Ridgeway. Again plenty of signposts so very little chance of going wrong!
The end point will be Goring and Streatley as you will start to follow the River Thames (strangely enough, another walk known as the Thames Path is on the other side of the river!) We plan to end this day at The Swan in Streatley just before the bridge into Goring.
2008-02-16-095640
Day Four – Streatley.
Chilterns-The-Swan-at-Streatley-Low-Res-credit-Chris-Smith-
Again we shall meet at the Swan Inn in Streatley and head off toward Sparsholt Firs. Sparsholt Firs can be found on the B4001 out of Wantage.
Day Five – Sparsholt Firs
3402751_44b2f9bd
Meeting and parking at Sparsholt Firs is quite easy to do so with plenty of room. We finish this day at Foxhill which is easily found off of Callas Hill out of Wanborough. There is a car park there so plenty of parking and easy to collect – Grid Ref SU 233 815
Day Six – Foxhill

IM000830.JPG

Meeting at Foxhill for the final day shall bring the walk to a close at Overton Hill. This is the end of the Ridgeway and can be found just off of the A4 near West Kennet.

682103_0f043877

This brings the walk to a close and I hope as many of you can join me as is humanly possible. Please do come and walk, whether it be an hour, a day or more, I would love to have you with me 🙂

And don’t forget, if you haven’t already donated, please do so by going to http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cameron-mcculloch

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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!

Continue reading