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.

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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Being Put Through My Paces

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in.

Yesterday as you know was Tasty Tuesday and another opportunity for me to share a new recipe with you. Because of this, I am writing todays blog but referencing Mondays activity in the gym.

I will try not to make it too confusing.

So to Monday’s activity… After an early walk with my friend and the dogs whilst maintaining a decent pace, it was soon time to attend the gym for my first instructed routine on the TRX equipment, the Kettle Bells and the Mat Work (for my abominable abdominals)

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The Start Of Something New…..Again!

Good morning world and thanks for tuning to another day here on planet Magnet.

A bit later than usual but don’t worry I shall not make a habit of it. Todays post is relatively short affair today as I am afraid I don’t really have much to talk about this morning. I know you might wonder how that might be true because sometimes it is nearly impossible to stop my lips from flapping. However, today I am in more of a reflective mood and as such am feeling a trifle withdrawn and much more quiet than usual.

Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong, I am just simply in a mood where I feel I should look at where I have been and where I am going to.

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Red Light Spells Danger

Can’t hold out, much longer.
Red Light, means warning,
Can’t hold out, I’m burning.*

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in. An odd way to start the blog for sure, quoting a Billy Ocean song warning of red lights and danger but it was neither of those bits that piqued my interest in the lyric. No, it was the part about burning.

I know exactly how he feels because yesterday in my new gym routine, nay, practise for my gym routine my legs, Gluteus Maximus (bottom) and hamstrings were all burning and begging for mercy so much, you would have thought that I had never been in a gym before in my life let alone simply taken a few weeks off from the daily grind of training. During this time did I not achieve some pretty impressive mileage in my walking? Did I not manage to cover some great distances and report on the to you guys in my Sunday stroll sections? Well I think the answer is a definite yes on that account, however, my legs and bottom would beg to differ because the furore that they made in yesterdays gym session would have you thinking they had been laid on a bed for the past several weeks, immobile and unused.

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A Move Toward A Return To Form

So as most of you will know by now, I returned to the gym on Monday and worked out a new gym routine which incorporated me learning some new exercises.

Yes it turns out that even old hands like me can learn new things 😉

The last time I was at the gym was only about seven weeks ago yet it really does feel like a lifetime. Way back then I was under the influence of my own standardised gym routine. Working out like any other average Joe I covered the usual intensity of work out, starting with Cardio Vascular exercises where I could get the heart working and the blood pumping. This is obviously an important part of any routine and serves as both warm up and a general fitness improving tool.

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