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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With My Mum!

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.

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…..

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.

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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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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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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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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Now If There’s A Smile On My Face

It’s only there trying to fool the public….*

Good morning world and a Happy Friday to you all!

How are you feeling on the end of a glorious week? Probably a little better than me I should imagine. You see yesterday I had the unenviable misfortune of having an anxiety attack. The first one in probably a year and to say it rather blindsided me would be an understatement. It took my legs away and with one fell swoop I was levelled, unable to move and completely ill at ease with myself.

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