Another Year Older, Still None The Wiser…

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

Yesterday saw another personal milestone come and go, I turned 50.

OMG!

I thought things would be so much more different than they are.

Things never really turn out the way we expect of plan. As the old saying goes “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans….”

Never a truer word may be spoken because my life has tripped along for the past 50 years with only very minor parts of it happening as planned and the rest just resulting from day to day decisions.

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If You Don’t Ask, The Answer Is Always No

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

I was listening to the radio yesterday morning whilst eating my breakfast before setting off to work, yes a Saturday and I yes I was once again working……. and todays title came up as a quote from a comedian who co presents on one of my favourite weekend radio shows Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio  . The comedian in question was a guy by the name of Alun Cochrane, where he is usually noted for his dry wit and quick observations I was surprised to hear such sage words on such a comedy driven show and it got me thinking……

After completing the first week of Fit Camp I can honestly say that I am tired and I ache but I am very happy about it because I have realised that I asked myself this very type question and I am pleased to say I was able to answer it with a certain  amount of pride.

The question I asked myself was could I get up at 5am each week day, go to the gym to work out, go on to do a days work where I am not only thinking on my feet but literally am on them doing a sometimes very physical job and then continue this for the whole week?

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Ear Worms

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet!

And by Jupiter its an EARLY morning and no mistake.

Last night I went to bed knowing that I was to get up early. Now this isn’t usually a problem for me but on occasion my sleep behaviour gets weird and as soon as it realises I have to wake up early for something specific then it doesn’t let me sleep. Especially when I go to bed and all that is twisting around my head is a worm of darkest depths of memory and/or most peculiar origins:

One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other…..

Go figure!

I have zero idea where that came from but boy it sure was annoying!

Eventually I suppose I must have fallen asleep (albeit fitful) after shutting down for the night at about 9.30 or so having exchanged a few text messages with different people whilst trying to read some pages of my new book, Uncommon People and drink some water to insure I didn’t get too thirsty during the night – oh such are the follies of us young middle aged folk 😉

However, a broken sleep is not what I was looking for and certainly not one that led me to be wide awake at 3.45am with yet another ear worm going round and round and round.

That said, an ear worm can be okay, but I always think it’s nice to know more than two lines of the ear worm song and of those two lines maybe be even nicer to be able to get them both right?

Oh no, not me.

The song that brought me to rise from my slumber at such an ungodly hour (two hours early I hasten to add) was one Jack in the Box by The Moments where the first verse should be this….

Jack comes out of the box. The bears came home and caught Goldilocks. That horn belongs to Little Boy Blue; And it’s a fact, girl, yes it’s a fact, pure natural fact, that I belong to you.

However.

All I kept singing was:

Jack fell out of a hat, Little boy Blue kicked a cat…

Continually.

Over and over.

In fact I am still doing it now.

Arrrggghhh!

Stop already!

So anyway. Maybe I should explain why I have decided to get up at such an ungodly hour. No, not the 3.45am but the 5.45am that I should have woken at.

Well as you guys already know I have been a gym member on and off for many years and in the summer I joined a new local gym called The Fitness Space which I have been attending off and on since joining back in May of last year.

I admit I could have used my membership a little more frequently but I have had other things occupying my mind and time, the main one being my new business and building it into my own little empire. So although I must accept this still takes up some time, I now realise that it can no longer encroach upon all of my hours and realising early mornings are free I now find myself at the point of using the said time wisely.

So here I am at 5am, writing my blog, filling in time before I head off to Boot Camp err no, sorry, Fit Camp. I have no idea why it feels like it might be a bit boot campish if you now what I mean, it just does and the thought of a Sergeant Major type hoofing around shouting in my ear, telling me to get up and then get back down (and I don’t mean dancing) to give him or her 50 more press ups etc etc… doesn’t fill me with joy :-/

Anyway, today is the first day of a four week course. Each morning Monday to Friday 06.05 to 07.05.

What the hell have I let myself in for?

OMG!

At least I will be doing it with my friend but that means I must turn up EVERY day as I have to collect her on the way to the gym.

Oh well.

My fate is sealed.

To be honest, I am looking forward to it all very much indeed (apart from the going out into the cold bit) as for the past week I have really been watching my food intake after getting the results of my DNA test.

Each morning I have eaten my Cruciferous smoothie (and I can confirm its very nice, NOT bacon sandwich nice but nice enough) and either a couple of poached eggs or some porridge, followed by a salad of some description for lunch and a vegetable based meal (usually stir fry) for my evening meal. I have never eaten so much greenery. But I haven’t even lost a pound in weight yet!

Whats that all about?

Surely after six days of my diet I should be at least several stones lighter? 🙂

So maybe it is simply that I require some organised exercise to change things up a little so this morning I kick start the sedentary Magnet up the backside and get him going again. I shall continue eating properly keeping lots of greens in the diet and I will give my very best to Boot Fit Camp and remain positive even if it finds me sitting in front of my computer at some ungodly early hour, with a throw around my shoulders as I wait for the house to warm up…….

So guys, as Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are A-Changin’ here we go for the next phase in the life of the the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet

Oh no, not another bloody ear worm….

‘Till next time,

Stay out of the fridge.

WBFM

 

 

 

DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID

Okay, first things first.

Happy New Year everybody.

Here’s hoping that this year will finally bring us all the success that we have been hankering after, whether it be in diet, activity, love, dreams or anything else your heart may have been secretly desiring these past years whilst you have been busy getting on with life.

Lets just say that we all know that most of these things only happen with effort on our behalf but with the new year comes a chance to wipe the slate clean and a chance to start all over again and it is this I wish most for you all.

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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.

Reflections Of A Life Restarted

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

It’s Friday!!

The end of the week is nigh!

The start of my mammoth week is fast approaching.

The end of this blog is almost here.

In some ways I am sad, in some ways I am happy because it means that I have got to where I wanted to be.

And lets face it personal landmarks are always for the betterment of our own souls that for others.

🙂

‘Till tomorrow,

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.

What Direction Do I Take Now…

Mixed Emotions I feel.

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

It’s weird to think that this is one of the last times I shall ever write these words….

What way do I go next?

What direction does life hold for me?

I would like to say that everything will be plain sailing but I doubt very much that it will because lets face it nothing ever is.

However.

Over the past 18months of blogging and self assessment, peeling the layers away one by one, I have learned that I can now cope when things don’t go my way .

I don’t have to eat my own body weight in chocolate buttons or drink my own blood levels in full fat coke or alcohol.

No.

I am able to cope with these things simply because I have been given a tool that allows me to eat less and I have been given a second chance at living an ordinary life where I eat vegetables, prepare EVERY meal from scratch and no longer eat chocolate and sweets or  drink alcohol and soda pop in anyway near the amounts that I used to.

Life is really good and that is because I have taken it back.

Everything that I have done, you can do to.

Don’t forget I was a lost and lonely mid forties single man with no prospects ahead of him apart from ending up with Diabetes, Heart Conditions, High Blood Pressure and possibly ending up in a wheelchair. I had nothing to live for apart from existing. I had nothing to hope for, apart from one day I might get that miracle cure for being fat.

And do you know what?

I found that!

Yes! That cure does exist.

That cure is real.

But not in the shape of a pill.

No.

It exists in the shape of commitment, desire, hard work and looking at the long game.

It exists in YOU!

So as I have said so many time before, if I can do it then you can do it too….!

So where do I go to now?

Well I think that after the walk, I take some time to myself to write the final instalment of the blog then I take some more time to get some more inspiration and direction. Take some time for me and getting MY world in order.

Yes, I think that is the direction I shall take.

I have such a lot to look forward to so wish me luck as I wave you goodbye….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page…..