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One FULL-YEAR Of Walking At Least 12,000 Steps A Day — Without A Single Exception.

by Anura Guruge


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Prior to April 17, 2020, I had this notion of a ‘Day Off’. One day of reduced exercise to give my muscles a chance to rest. It was 3-days on (i.e., of exercise), 1-day off. That meant I exercised 6-days out of 7. I had been doing that for decades — BUT that was when I used to run/jog.

But, after I busted my quadricep tendon, which required major knee surgery, & as I approached 65, I transitioned to WALKING. Yes, there is a difference in the effort & energy expended.

So, I decided that the ‘Day Off’ shouldn’t mean I did less than 10,000-steps, actually 12,000 steps.

Once I dropped this ‘Day Off’ I noticed I was getting close to 500,000 steps a months. COOL.

A NEW GOAL: 500,000-steps a month.

Yes., 500,000 steps a month is easier in months with 31-days.

I was REAL concerned about February; 28 days & COLD. But, I prevailed.

During this year I had three (3) cataract surgeries — they had to operate on my right eye TWICE. Well, I still managed to get in my at least 12,000 steps a day even on those days. The surgeon knew of my desire to walk & as such added some EXTRA STITCHES to keep the lens in place. He took them out, with teezers, when I went in for my check-in.

So, that was last year.

I feel good. I feel great. You should try it.


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Samsung ‘Watch 3’ A Tantalizing Display, BUT Not Ready For Primetime & NO Match For Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


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Samsung Watch 3 on its own.


Samsung Watch 3 (on right) next to Garmin Fenix 6
— both titanium.


The display on the Samsung ‘Watch 3’ is absolutely BRILLIANT — in every way, & the much-vaunted rotating bezel is just great. But, beyond that the Watch 3 disappoints.

Yes, I am comparing it to a Garmin Fenix 6 — which is a more expensive watch. I appreciate & acknowledge that. But, I discovered today, to my cost & chagrin, that you can’t move from a Garmin Fenix 6 to the Watch 3. Just doesn’t cut it.

Here are the MAIN things I found beyond trying:

  1. That beautiful display becomes UNREADABLE when outside, in Sun, because Samsung has a stupid “Outdoor Mode” which dims the screen — BUT there is NO WAY you can turn this off or adjust the brightness. That started to drive me crazy.
  2. Yes, plenty of gorgeous watch faces but many do NOT offer any customization — & those that do still limit your flexibility. Look at the watch face (ActiFace) I have on my Fenix 6. I could not get all that info on a Samsung face. I really missed sunrise/sunset (which is only available on SOME faces).
  3. Even with ‘Always On’ watch face goes dark!
    ….
  4. ECG functionality ONLY available with a Samsung phone & I don’t have one. That was a killer.
    ….
  5. Getting navigational APPs was difficult.

Bottom line was that the Watch 3 is 75% — ‘pretty display’, BUT even that is muddied by the stupid “Outdoor Mode” & erratic “Aways On”.

Yes, it would have been very different IF I wasn’t coming from a Fenix 6. If it is to be your first smartwatch you will probably LOVE it. SMILE.


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Samsung ‘Watch 3’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’ — Both Titanium.

by Anura Guruge


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Garmin (bigger, less bright) on LEFT.


I had to try it, viz., the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. And if I was going to try it, it had to be Titanium.  I am a sucker for BOTH AMOLED displays & Titanium. Well, Samsung indulges I, but alas Garmin only gives me Titanium.

I do like the display on the Samsung. To I that is the MAIN reason to get it. Very different watches. The Garmin, of course more expensive, is feature & function rich. But, now the irony. At 67 what I do MAINLY is walk/hike & clock up elevation (i.e., ‘floors’). The Samsung can handle that, plus Heart Rate & blood oxygen saturation. Supposedly it can do VO2 MAX but I haven’t found it. Plus, it has watch faces galore.

Yes, battery life, especially with the ‘Always On Display’ I INSIST on, ON, is appalling! I keep on charging it when I am seated — typing!

Well, lets see how it works out. Not my first Samsung Smartwatch. I treated myself at Christmas 2017 to a Samsung ‘Frontier S3’. But, I hardly worse it & eventually sold it, for a good price, on eBay. So, who knows. I will keep you posted.


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I Have Walked Over 2,500-Miles In The Last Year. That Is (& Was) Sobering. Checking Where I Could Have Gone ….

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, Yes, yes. I know. I always take things to the ‘extreme’. I SURE am NOT hurting/harming anyone or myself. My time. My most precious resource. MY TIME. Well, I do not squander it. New thing is listening to educational AUDIBLES while I do the bulk of my walking. SMILE. I am learning. I am learning. Yes, yes, yes.

500,000 steps a month is now becoming the new norm. 4-months of that. SMILE.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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My Cholesterol HDL Count, At 84, Is Rather High; Doctor Attributes It To …

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So, I had my dreaded annual physical this Tuesday, August 4, 2020 — with a new doctor (in that I finally ditched ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord)’. As always I got my blood work done before the physical.

This part of the physical, as he was looking through my results, went like this:

Wow. HDL of 84. That is HIGH. I don’t think I have seen a count that high. Definitely higher than mine, and I thought mine was good.

Hhhmmmm ….

I guess that is what walking 8-miles a day must do for your HDL. Keep it up.

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Well, I don’t take any of this TOO seriously. I know that life is extremely unpredictable & that these numbers, in the end, could mean diddly.

It is, however, interesting that my HDL was 54 two-years ago when I was not doing anything like the number of steps I do now. My highest prior to this, going back 7-years, was 62. So, I guess it must be related to all those miles I clock each day — these days. Yes, I average around 8-miles a day. SMILE.


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Another Half A MILLION Step Month — 1.53 Million Steps In The Last 3-Months.

by Anura Guruge


1,527,523 steps
in 92-days
(16,603 steps/day)


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Best month so far. 524,416-steps in July. Prior best, May 2020, was 505,552. So, I am chuffed. Yes, I set out to make sure that this will be a 500,000-step month. It having 31-days helps, though this month, unlike May, I did the 500K steps by the 30th. The 31st was just a bonus. SMILE.

What can I say. It is ONE of the things I do. I WALK.



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The Road Named After I — Alton (N.H.) — & I Do Walk It At Least 3 Times A Week.

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I, the WALKER.

That is what I do. But, luckily, NOT EXCLUSIVELY. SMILE.

No. Nah. Just walking wouldn’t cut it. SMILE.

But, this is GOOD. I am PLEASED.


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1,000,000 (MILLION) Steps Walked In Two Months — May & June, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


1,003,107 steps
in 61-days
(16,443 steps/day)

480.2 miles
(7.9 miles/day.)


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I KNOW that there are those that walk more than this, BUT, I am HAPPY.

Yes, I could easily walk more, the problem is that of TIME — my eternal nemesis. I now spend around 2.25 hours a day walking. That is a BIG chunk of time for I. SMILE.

I did NOT set out to walk ~500,000 steps a day.

I just changed ONE metric in my life. For 30-years I had followed this ‘3-days ON, 1-day OFF‘ paradigm. One day of rest, after each 3 days of exercise to let muscles recover. BUT, that was when I used to run — as opposed to walk. I don’t stress my muscles & body as much now. I still run — but not daily, and never too far. Yes, I am still ‘babying’ my knee after my quad tendon surgery last year. SMILE.

On my days off I walked less than 10K steps — INTENTIONALLY.

Then on April 17, 2020, I stopped doing that. I decided to TRY & hit 10K every day — though aiming for less than 16K steps on my days off.

And this is the result. I am happy.

Am I fit. I think I am OK for somebody who will be 67 in 2-months.

My VO2 Max is 42 & per Garmin my fitness age … Well, this picture says it all.



Am I happy & content. Hhhhhm.

I would like to lose another 10 pounds & get my VO2 Max. up. But, beggars can’t be choosers.

I do NOT DELUDE myself. All of this means NOTHING. I can have a stroke or a heart-attack TODAY. SMILE. I am not totally stupid — just partially. SMILE.

But, I like walking. I take pictures while I walk. I, quite literally, smell the roses. I think. I am happy.

Thanks. Cheers. SMILE.


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The Town (Finally) Puts Up A Sign In My Honor!

by Anura Guruge


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I, the WALKER.

It has to be for I. As you can see it is in the STICKS. Nobody walks in the sticks like I do. That is my domain.

Plus, I am SURE, nobody, in this town, walks as much as I do. SMILE.

Thank YOU. I am suitably honored.


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I Walked Close To A MILLION-Steps (964,878) In The Last 60-Days (16K/Day).

by Anura Guruge



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Yes, each to their own.

So, this is how I spent SOME of my COVID-19 2-months — walking more than I ever have.

BIG change is that I tried NOT to drop below 10K — even once.

Prior to that I was happy to drop below 10K one-day every 4-days or so. I tried to stop that. Keep 10K as a minimum.

So, you can now see what I will next be shooting for. 1 MILLION miles in 2-months. SMILE.

Well, I am HAPPY. Very happy. Yes, exercise keeps you happy.


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