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.

Time For A Change?

I think we know that the answer is a definite yes.

Yesterday I spoke of needing to shake things up a little with my lifestyle and training. One change certain to achieve some results is stopping any alcoholic drinks. As you may know I have already decided not to drink until I have reached a target weight of 95 -100kgs but even then when the target time comes, I don’t think I shall be treating it as a license to get blasted everyday. I may not even bother with the booze at all. Lets just see what happens when I get there. Lets just take it nice and easy.

I have also made a change to my workout schedule and I do not appear to be finding it as laborious as I had imagined it might be. You see, I am not now and never have been a fan of cardio vascular exercise in the form of the gym. I have always preferred to get that kind of exercise being out on a bike ride or playing football (soccer 😉 – when I was MUCH younger) and obviously the chance of the latter happening again is very slim so I shall maybe just stick to the bicycling. Having said that, I shall make a determined effort to continue with the static bike in the gym and use it as the means to the end that it actually is until I get myself a new bike for the the summer of next year.

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Shaking Things Up A Little

Good Morning my friends in cyber land, and welcome to another day here on planet earth.

Things are going pretty well here in the land of the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet, I am getting things done, I am living a much healthier lifestyle and most of all I am enjoying my life so much more than I have done for so many many years. Yes some days I still need the stick to get about but that is only to be expected with someone who has suffered from chronic and debilitating back pain for the past 15 years but you know, even with this pain, I can’t remember feeling this good in so long.

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