Sunday 11 December 2011

Christmas here we come ....


I am still here in and around Blogland and 3 months between my posts seems about right for me now .... As with most after the first year of being banded there is not that really much to say about the experience .... I am still interested in your blogs I do still read them regularly ...... Honest .....

Over the last 3 months  I have lost around a kilo and more importantly or sadly only 3 kgs in the last year -  I suppose I should be happy its still going down  - right ?

February the 7th is my second year bandiversary and I really need and more importantly want to get my Mojo back - back into the weight loss frame of mind - I still have a good 15 to 20 Kgs to lose.

I have had what seems to be a constant cold (we get them in the desert as well) for the last 6 weeks and this has caused me a few problems with unusual tightness and waking up in the night "slimming"... Yuck - I had a really bad week recently when I was just so tired with the lack of real sleep due to the constant waking up  "drowning" - I even went through a period when I  thought the band had slipped ... Its all good at the moment.

I'm 22 months into this journey and I'm still getting stuck way too often - some days are better than others , I know what I should and shouldn't eat but still try to get stuff down thats wrong even when I know I shouldn't - so no one to blame but me .

Anyway at least the exercise is good, lots and lots of walking -  Im still golfing and I am feeling good in general    :-)

Its also good to see so many of you doing well and the band is still one of the best decisions I have made in recent years.

As always a few photos to finish.........

With an Old friend at the dubai Rugby 7's

Hi jacking two Rugby World Cup Winners - Jason Robinson and George Griegan - England and Australia

My Birthday Brunch

A little sun burnt on the F1 weekend

Wishing you all seasons Greetings 


Tuesday 13 September 2011

Happy Birthday


Sorry but its been some time (why do we always open with an apology?)

I'm just posting a quick note to say I'm still here and reading the progress of each of you from time to time...

It my birthday tomorrow and I feel so content even if I am getting a little too close to 50 than I want... I haven't lost any real weight for around 6 months now but I don't really care at the moment, the weight I have lost has changed my life so much .... I know I will get the mind set back some time in the near future...

Anyway I promise to start making a few comments and getting back into the blogging way


Monday 20 June 2011


Hello One and All

a quick post to prove that I'm still alive and kicking.. not much to report - losing very very slowly...... I know why its slowly... same problem as always... and its not due to my eating... HIC

However as long as its still down -  no matter how slow, its still good , exercise is also good at the moment and I feel great ..... I am not that unhappy at the rate of loss.

I had a fill last month, the first for more than 8 months and it has helped a little ... I am now at the stage where the band will not do the work for me :-(    

Any losses from here in I think will have to be down to me, either exercise or dieting.. I know what is needed I just need to do it (Nike right ?)

Any way as I like to do a few photos to close - this time from my wife's big birthday party we had last month.

I'm a good dancer , just look at those moves......

With the Birthday Girl

With a couple of friends

And finally , it got a little messy - in the pool just before sun rise ........ don't ask about the next day....

Till next time


Friday 6 May 2011

Reporting In

At LAST I seem to have broken the Plateau .... Yahoo ... today is a new low and a pre surgery mile stone ... its all very slow now but since The New Year I have lost 5 Kgs  and another 6 or 7 by the next new year would put me in the serious weight loss range.

I do love the photo blogs and so I'm going to add a few photos from last weekend at a wedding in Beirut I attended with Wifey ....

Dressed up ready for the church

At the Church

Two pictures at the most amazing reception

                                                                              Lunch the following day

Good times .... being smaller is so much better ...............


Thursday 14 April 2011


I'm still here .......

I can't believe it has  been more than a month since my last blog.... I have been reading even if not commenting...

Life has been hectic the last few months , I have had trips to ROME , MUSCAT (Oman), Doha (Qatar) and Sri Lanka in last 8 weeks ...

Some business and some pleasure ... I am actually blogging from Sri Lanka now... I love technology

I really don't have much to say..  still losing and its still slow ... but I'm cool with that ...

I love picture blogs......

So now the pictures......

My first time in ROME and although it was a flying visit I still managed to get around 9 hours walking in .... Its a very special place... A big thumbs up for the collisium

 In Sri Lanka with the Mrs and charlie


Charlie... What a great picture , the background looks so dramatic.......

One of the many great sunsets ... sitting on the beach at sunset with a beer, this really is the time that you appreciate how good life can be (even if it is only for only a week).    

 My Youngest and I on a river Safari ... Monitor Lizards, Monkeys , King Fishers , Mongoose , Prawns , Jelly fish and Crocs...... WOW

The Mrs, Myself and the Youngest...Shoeless ... what else is there to say :-)


I will get around to the year post eventually


Sunday 13 March 2011

Checking In .....

Dear all still not got around to the 1 year Blog.. I will get around to it honest.... Generally I  do not have too much to say any more...

So I think I will let the photos say how I am feeling about life at the moment

Look carefully Its MAGIC ......

What's so Funny ?

The Clan

Enjoying the day

A great Friday brunch out ...things are really so much better after losing only some of the excess weight.. If only I had done it earlier

Keep losing


Monday 21 February 2011

A to Z a little bit of Fun......

My bandiversary has come and gone and I still need to post about the last year that was ... but not tonight ...instead I have seen the A to Z post that is going around.....

I have seen so many of these over the past year but have never had a go , so tonight I'm revealing myself to you all A to Z 

Here goes ......

(A) Age: 43 - 18 in my head and sometimes the way I act.

(B) Bed Size:

(C) Chore You Hate:
All of them

(D) Dogs?
Nope - I am a CAT man.

(E) Essential Start Your Day Item:
Coffee - Nespresso - Double shot - Black.

(F) Favorite Color:
British Racing Green.

(G) Gold or Silver?
Silver but it used to be gold.

(H) Height:
6' 5".

(I) Instruments You Play:
The Spoons.

(J) Job Title:
Operations Director.

(K) Kids:
one of each.

(L) Live:
Abu Dhabi.

(M) Mom's Name:

(N) Nicknames:
Harveylah, Frank ,Le Harve , Franko Unchennie ... Don't ask.

(O) Overnight Hospital Stays?
Only for the WLS and once when I was smacked over the head with a car jack in Malaysia... Once again don't ask.

(P) Pet Peeve:

(Q) Quote from a Movie: so many ... ZEE Germans ...... Your only supposed to blow the bloody doors off .... I'll find ya ........ I love the smell of napalm in the morning ...... Yo Adrian ....... go on say WHAT one more time .....

(R) Right or Left Handed?

(S) Siblings:
a baby brother

(T) Time You Wake Up?
6 am but 5.30 if I can squeeze 9 holes of golf in before work.

(U) Underwear:

(V) Vegetable You Dislike:
cooked carrots.

(W) What Makes You Run Late:
TOO Much wine the night before.

(X) X-Rays You've Had Done:

(Y) Yummy Food You Make:
I only do breakfasts ...So Breakfast especially my eggs ... The kids love them.

(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: 


Friday 21 January 2011

Famous Sportsmen

I have been enjoying special treatment as a guest of the sponsor of this years Abu Dhabi Golf Championship ........

This is Gavin Hastings.. A Scottish Rugby Player

TIGER Tim Henman...The Ex British Number 1 Tennis player

Just before the Golf started.....

The first Golfer.... Graham McDowell...Worlds number 9 and Ryder Cup Winning point scorer....

The Boy Wonder Rory McRoy......

Ross Fisher.... English and Ryder Cup Player.. about 15 in the world....

And Finally....ITS Phil Michelson....The American ... And world Number 3....

What a great day out and so many people at the event from last year passing comment on my loss.....

Sunday 16 January 2011

Nearly a year in......

Hello All.......

I am posting today because I have just noticed that I am approaching a year into my Journey...I was banded what seems like an eon ago on the 9th of February 2010...I also know that a lot of other bandito's were banded around this time as well as me .... and  I must say finally 1 year in, I think I have  realized what it is all about... I have down loaded a calorie tracker app on my Iphone... and it has made me understand where the real high calories and weight loss killers are and by monitoring my intake daily and therefore being a little more careful I have managed to lose 2 kgs in the last week..... Whoop Whoop  .....    " IT'S EASY"....

Any way in preparation for my 1 year in post... I am now posting FATTY pictures... my before's ..... so that I can post the much better and more handsome looking current piccies in FEB.... on the bandiversary date....... I have also realized that all thought I have lost 35 Kgs since the surgery.... which is a very nice and respectable 5.5 stone (77 lbs).... I have actually lost a whooping 45 Kgs (99 lbs lets say 100lbs) from my highest weight.....

Enough said ....... onto the horrible pictures .... Any Star Trek Fans in the House??? 

How many chins can you count ?????

Thailand... That's my littlest on the Horse Elephant

A dhow cruise

Beam me up Scottie........ 

My 40th Birthday Party... I know, I know I don't look old enough.........

The better pictures are to follow...Honest


Sunday 2 January 2011

Comparison Photographs.

Comparison Photos .... Summer 2009 and Christmas 2010.......... 11 months in and half way there.....