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.

Re-Writing The Program

On Thursday of this last week I took my first step into the world of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and have to say I was almost quite surprised by some of the things I learnt about myself.

After viewing my food diaries (thats the ones I made prior to deciding to share with you guys) it was apparent that I was struggling with certain aspects of my food intake and still making bad choices or at least having bad food thoughts. Dreaming of burgers and fries might sound okay to the lay person because it’s only just dreaming of them. This however is not the case, dreaming of bad foods can lead to acting on those impulses with other foods. So instead of having the Double Bacon Burger and Fries I might decide that a high carb substitute is okay. I may eat a little ice cream, I may have a small piece of chocolate or a sweetie but whatever I decide, it is all linked.

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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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