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.

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.

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Slice the veggies….

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Slice the Salmon….

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Put on the Skewer’s with the Prawns..

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

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

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Serve with a quarter of Lemon.

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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…..

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…..

 

Looking Back Over My Shoulder Pt9

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope today finds you suitably relaxed or at least relaxing a little, after all, it is Sunday and we must all be aware that Sunday is the time when we take stock of the week and sit back and congratulate ourselves on jobs well done.

Unless you are me.

No, if you are me, you continue on at breakneck speed and attempt to complete all the things you want to achieve. Because let’s face it, I have had the past several years sitting around doing as little as possible and now that I don’t have to, I really don’t want to….

So anyway, where were we?

Oh yes, I had just got back from America and had already tucked into a Bacon Sandwich, a pint of milk and a bar of Cadburys Chocolate…

Yum….

So now I needed to find myself a job.

Where to start….

I think it was only a matter of a few days and I had gotten work as a food delivery driver around the south coast of England. If I recall correctly the firm was called Glendower Foods and the only good thing about them wast that they were based in a village about 2 miles up the road so I was able to cycle there each day….!

Still, work was work and it gave me time to contemplate my naval as I drove around the streets, delivering posh food whilst thinking about where life would take me next after my long break off of work, travelling the globe…

Eventually I saw an opportunity to get back into sales and became a Sales Rep for a motor parts company, it was terrible pay and a terrible car but it was fun and I was learning a trade. Eventually I was asked to move a little further away from home and run a branch in the city of Reading. Not the most inspiring of places but it was again good experience whilst I searched for something a little more in my line of work.
Eventually that day came and I joined a Plastic Vacuum Forming company and became the most bored I had been in years.

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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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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.

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Follow The Walk!

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

As you know, we are getting ever closer to the time when I don my walking boots and set off on a trip along the Ridgeway.

As I walk I shall take pictures and make mental (and probably actual notes) of and about all I see and experience HOWEVER, these will be used in the final blog – No 500 – so I won’t really want to dilute them down in anyway by posting them each day.

To that end I have decided that I shall post on Facebook and Twitter each day of the walk and then once finished, I shall have a break whilst I create the story of the walk in words and pictures then I shall post that as No 500 on here.

I trust that makes sense for you all and you will all understand the need for updates and not being required to post during the walk.

Good.

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Thursday Vlogger Blogs

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet and what a lovely day it is looking. As you will see in the video, the sun is shining a little and I am ready to take on the world – well sort of….

So anyway, without further ado….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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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