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.

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.

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…..

Saturday, Saturday, Sat, Sat, Saturday…!

Good Morning world and thank you as ever for tuning in to the wonderful world of the Planet Magnet!

Today finds me in a simply wonderful mood and extremely happy with all that is going on in my world!

Yes certain things could be better but if we think back to Thursday’s post “It never rains but it’s been biblical” I spent time writing about trying to find the positive in things and not being overwhelmed by all that is happening in our own little worlds on a day to day basis.

For this reason at least I am determined to spend the next two weeks in a state of “uptempo fiasco” 😉

Not really but I think I should size the day and enjoy all that life has to offer me at this moment because people, we only get the one crack at it and I don’t want to end up with my whip only half cracked when it times to shuffle off of this mortal coil – something I do not plan to do for at least another 50 years minimum 😉

So why so happy? Well no particular reason but lets look at things shall we?

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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….!

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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!

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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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Well We Are Still Waiting…

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

Today sees the British weather back to it’s usual tricks with the sun a long forgotten memory as it has rained continually for the past three days. Still, nothing that we aren’t used to and if it does all of it’s raining this month then at least there will be no more raining next month when I am walking……

Yes that’s right.

You heard me correctly.

Although I am STILL waiting my appointments with both the Blood people and my G.P, I have decided that there will be a walk starting on June the 17th from Ivinghoe Beacon and I would love as many people to come along as can possibly manage it. It would be great if you walked a little way with me but I will understand fully if you simply want to wave me off whilst muttering “good riddance and glad to see the back of him” under your breath… 😉

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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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And So Back To Reality I Must Come

Happy Friday everyone! (just stole a little bit from a UK Radio D.J just there – not saying who though 😉 )

So what does the end of the week hold for you?

For me it is the chance to reflect and count my blessings. To consider how grateful I am that things are going so well and possibly to have a look in the mirror and pat myself on the back a little. I am due to come back to reality anytime now but thinking about that can wait because this gorgeous little chap has come to stay for a couple of weeks.

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