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A Million Small Steps In 98-Days Thanks To A Garmin Vivoactive HR Activity/Heart-Rate Tracker.

by Anura Guruge


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My Garmin Vivoactive HR informed me yesterday (September 20, 2017) that I just completed a MILLION steps per its tracking. I was kind of expecting it, so it wasn’t a total surprise.

I was happy. I had to go back and do some sums. I had started wearing the Garmin on June 14, 2017. So, I had completed the MILLION-mark step in 98 days. 10,200 steps a day (which is not too bad for somebody who is said to spend all his day seated at a computer).

But, this average of 10,000 a DAY is ALL thanks to the Garmin. The Garmin, as I had hoped, is REALLY pushing me. I had got it HOPING that it would help me lose some much needed weight. ALAS, and alack, it has NOT done that. If anything I am 2lbs heavier and at my last physical on August 8, 2017, my doctor did tell me that I was going to die!

Prior to getting the Garmin Vivoactive HR my ‘daily’ runs (5-6 times/week) were 2.4 miles, at best. But, thanks to the Garmin I am now running 3.2 miles. 33% increase.

And rather than just wearing 6lbs of wrist weights I am now carrying a total of 11lbs of weights — 5 additional pounds hanging from a belt. And here is the KICKER. I am running the longer distance, with more weights, in LESS TIME — because the continual pace measurement on the Garmin spurs me on. So you would think I would have lost SOME bloody weight. Plus, it says that on average I climb 26 flights of steps a day (which is basically measuring elevation gain). 26 flights a day. I thought I did more.

The other good news, for I, despite the fact that I am dying per my doctor, is that my resting heart rate is BELOW 50. That amuses me. The other reason I got the e Garmin Vivoactive HR was that when I tried Shane’s Fitbit it said that my heart rate was 80. I nearly had a heart attack. Since my 30s, when I lost a lot of weight, and used to run 7 miles a ‘day’, do a ton of exercise and fast 3-days a week, my heart rate dropped to 60 and stayed there. That it is now below 50 is all due to Toprol XL, which I have taken, daily, for 20 years. Last night my heart rate dropped to 38! No wonder my doctor is convinced that I am dying.

Anywho …

Very happy with the Garmin. I might have to treat myself to a newer model around Christmas. {Smile}

A MILLION steps and I have checked its count. If anything it is slightly on the low side. From my measurements 30 steps that I take (while counting) register as 22.


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by Anura Guruge

Secrets For Keeping A Garmin Vivoactive HR Connected To An Android 7.x Device.

by Anura Guruge


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The new “Garmin Connect” BETA dashboard.


I have now had a Garmin Vivoactive HR (bought from Best Buy) as of June 14, 2017 — i.e., 2 months, 3 weeks: 85 days.

I love it. I have NOT taken it off my wrist and prior to this I thought I would be unable to sleep with anything on my wrist. It really has made me much more aware of my ‘health’ and I am running 37% longer because it spurs me!

As some of you I am NOT a fan of mobile phones and I do NOT carry one. But, I do have multiple 10″ Android Tablets running Android 7.x, the main one at present being an ASUS ZenPad 10.1″. So, that is my PRIMARY device for syncing with ‘Garmin Connect‘ (though I will also sync, occasionally, on my PC, using the USB connection and ‘Garmin Express‘).

I lose the Bluetooth connection between the Vivoactive HR (running v. 4.0 software) and my ASUS Tablet MORE OFTEN that I would like.

So, over the last few weeks I have figured out these ‘tricks’. I am sharing them in case you are also in my boat — though I realize that I may be the last adult left on Earth who does not carry a smartphone 100% of the time.


The TIPS.

>> PROXIMITY is the key! It loses the connection (by and large) when the Vivoactive and the Android are far apart for long periods.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect sometimes without you having to do anything — once you have the two within a reasonably close distance.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect OVERNIGHT (i.e., 6 hours+) if you have them with 3′ while you sleep. I just leave my ASUS tablet on the nightstand when I go to sleep.

>> You can try and force a sync from the Vivoactive by going to ‘SETTING’ >>> ‘BLUETOOTH’ >>> ‘SYNC’ — provided the Vivoactive is displaying ‘SYNC’ in addition to ‘PAIR MOBILE DEVICE’. Tap the ‘SYNC’. You should see the Bluetooth download/upload arrows on your Android flashing.

>> I used to go through ‘PAIR DEVICE’ routines to establish connection and that used to work. For the last 4-days I am using the new “Garmin Connect” BETA and the pairing has gone to hell. I told them about it last night. I now let it reconnect overnight.

>> Since I do also need to charge the battery I do sync it, sometimes, using “Garmin Express”.


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by Anura Guruge

MMG Insurance, Based In Maine & V. Helpful, Has This Handy Tips For Ice Dam and Snow Load Dangers.

by Anura Guruge


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I have been very impressed with MMG Insurance — as I made very clear in this post.

I think this is my 3rd year with them.

Got an e-mail this morning with this link. Good post. I knew most of it but it was fun to read it all.

Wanted to SHARE it with YOU, if you too live in an area that gets a LOT of snow.


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by Anura Guruge

Olympus Cameras Provides Good Tips On Photographing Your Christmas Tree.

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by Anura Guruge


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Since I do like Olympus cameras, and since Deanna does have an Olympus point-and-shoot (the SZ-16) which she loves dearly, I do subscribe to e-mail posts from Olympus.

I received the above this morning about trying to get good pictures of decorated and lit Christmas trees. Though it is for Olympus camera owners the tips in general, the aperture setting, ISO, ‘hand-held mode‘ etc., should be applicable to most other cameras. So I thought I would share them with you. Taking decent pictures of Christmas trees can be a challenge. One KEY item that Jamie MacDonald, the author of the Olympus post, does not discuss is White Balance (WB). I have found that getting the right WB (of course) can make a huge difference.

We have, as has been the case for the last 8 years, two decorated Christmas trees. I haven’t really spent any time trying to take any serious shots of them. Maybe, inspired by this post, I will do that tonight.


A few random shots of the 2 Christmas trees I have snapped, with my trusty Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, over the last few days. I really didn’t spend anytime messing with the settings. Picture where you can see a paper butterfly … that is a REFLECTION of the tree in a window, the butterfly stuck to the window.


Very Good Tips On How To Improve Your Manners & Social Graces.

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I got an e-mail shortly after I posted my “Where Have All The Good Manners Gone” plea with a link to this article.

It was decent and definitely worth passing on.

Most of this stuff should be motherhood and apple-pie stuff but OBVIOUSLY people have either never learnt or have decided that it is cool just to ignore them.


Here is the link to the original “Tower of Power” article.

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This is from my October 2015 POST.

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