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!


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….


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…..

Well The Working Week Is Over.

Morning world and welcome to the weekend.

Saturday is here and we can all do what we want. I choose today to go to my second Tai Chi lesson and learn.

Unfortunately most of my working week was taken up with illness and building furniture so not much in the way of writing was accomplished even though I had promised myself that I would get cracking on the outstanding projects. They will now wait until Monday to come around again because it appears that I am fairly worn out after a week that when I was well enough to be busy, found my time was consumed in some shape or form by furniture…!

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Taking It To The Next Level (Or The Story Of The Incredible Shrinking Man Continues)

Time to be inspired folks… 😉

So then readers, it’s about that time again so today is the day we show you some pictures of my weight loss.

As you can probably work out yourselves, it is just a few days past the 3 calendar month anniversary of my operation and as such we need to be getting the camera out and starting snapping.

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A Steady Sunday Stroll

Seeing it was a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, I decided to take things a little slower although still keep myself cracking the whip on the fitness front. To that end, as yesterday was a Sunday, we decided it must been time for a decent stroll with the dog known as Archie The Thinker. A good stroll where we exercise and enjoy and most of all, take pictures for you guys to drool over how nice it is in my part of the world 😉 So we packed up our things and headed out to a whole new walk and adventure. New scenery for me and a riot of new smells for Archie.

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I Must Not Fear, Fear Is The Mind-killer

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear, I will permit it to pass over me and through me; and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.*

Welcome to the weekend folks, it’s Saturday and for some of us it is time to put our feet up. I for one have every intention of doing just that after a good night out last night at a local quiz night, which was weirdly enough staged in a primary school (ages 4 to 11). But regardless of venue was great fun and I believe all involved enjoyed themselves, even if the furniture was a little on the small side 😉

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We Fall So We Can Learn To Pick Ourselves Back Up

Tell me no secrets…

So I am now sharing my daily diet with you along with my gym activity and my Jawbone records.

Pretty bloody transparent I would say.

Although I still struggle daily with my food cravings, I generally master them on the whole. However, when Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth asks a young Bruce Wayne “Why do we fall? We fall so we can learn to pick ourselves back up”, you would generally think that it is relating to a much more significant issue rather than having a bag of crisps or eating too many biscuits. This is not the case though. The fall can be anything that has a grip on you and I kind of didn’t realise the extent of the grip that some foods had on me and now wonder in some way, if my actions over the past 15 years of weight gain have led to me suffering some kind of related issue along the lines of food addiction.

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Jawbone UP24 – A Review

My first Health and Fitness review is of the Jawbone UP24 Wearable Fitness Tracker

I purchased mine last week on line from Boots and had it delivered to my local branch where I collected it from last Sunday. It took a goodly amount of searching to get an Onyx Black Jawbone in size large but after some hours of searching and some help from a friend, I was lucky enough to find one.

Yes, I do mean lucky because it really is a great piece of kit.

The Jawbone is a great little device to help keep you on track to meet your fitness goals. If you’re OK with not having a screen, Jawbone’s app, helpful reminders and compatibility with other fitness apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun, makes it a solid choice.

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A Good Night Out

On Saturday evening I decided to join a friend for a drink at my local pub. I had not seen this friend for quite a while and expected to be catching up and heading off quickly as the thought of another night on orange juice was not an appealing one! Anyway, I had not planned to imbibe so was just as shocked as you are now to find myself ordering a glass of wine instead of the orange juice.

With much trepidation I put it to my lips and tasted, swallowed and waited for it all to go wrong.

But it didn’t.

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