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As we approach the festive season once more my thoughts are with shopping and family time. Like many of us, I am a hostage to the season- too many presents, too little thought and kindness.
This morning I was on my way to the MIL (Mother in Law) house with my family when we passed a local playing field where a young man was throwing a ball for his dog. The difference here was that the man in question was in a wheelchair. I have seen this particular young man on many occasions around the town, more recently with his new dog - a lovely Labrador puppy! This time was different for me, I felt a strange humbling feeling come over me. Here I am a disabled man myself working hard to make a better life for myself and my family yet I still find things to moan about. I should always remember everything in my life that is positive, and most of it is! I think the reason for my deep and meaningful thinking is because I have my next operation looming ever closer and I am apprehensive to say the least. I have always insisted on local anaesthetic or epidural anaesthetic as I have a strange fear of being given a general anaesthetic. However, this operation will be different as I have to be put under due to the state of my bloods (DVT). Since loosing the weight I have become a new person, gone is the lethargic, negative and obese individual who found a reason in everything to give up or put off. Now, I have found my potential and my drive to work towards my goals and allow myself the experience of mistakes. I love my life now, my family and my work and I am looking forward to Christmas this year more than ever before. Not because of gifts or any of the selfish stuff that Christmas brings, moreso the challenge of a new year and the hope of a very bright and successful 2011!
My theory on this apparent u-turn is slightly two sided. On the one hand I was starting to get very despondent about my tweets, I was feeling like I was wasting my (and my followers) time with pointless and irrelevant updates. What is content if irrelevant and uninteresting? Secondly, I have been going through a huge transformation with the Cambridge Weight Plan over the past 5 - 6 months that I have not felt the 'need' to tweet much if at all! It would of been an ideal time to tell the world of my weight loss journey, but Twitter just didn't do it for me. It's almost like I had made a schoolboy pact with myself "you weren't interested in me when I wanted you so you can get lost now I am popular!" :-) Crazy, I know. The weight loss (4 stone) has mad a massive difference to my life, both on a physical level and emotional. It has allowed me to experience the potential that has always been within but has been diluted with self pity and pain killers for years. So like a reliant relationship that has grown apart, maybe it is time to go our separate ways? But, maybe we should stay friends!!Sent from my iPad