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I Now Fast For 15-Hours A Day, EVERY DAY, Without Trying & With Ease — It Is A Piece Of Cake.

by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access the original article. Google “16:8” for more, many more.

This 15-hour fasting was NOT an intentional part of my new diet — the one that I have been on for the last 11-months following my major knee surgery (to repair a busted quadricep tendon).

What I did was CUT OUT all snacking, cold turkey and with ruthless determination. I have 2.25 meals a day. A HUGE dinner around 8:30pm. A LARGE lunch just before 2pm and a miniscule breakfast around noon. That is it for solid food. NOTHING in between.

Though I was on a fairly strict low-carb diet prior to this snacking on raisins, nuts and cheese was my downfall.

I have totally (and I mean utterly & totally) given up nuts & raisins (and I (being a nut myself) am very partial to nuts).

I love cheese. I can live on cheese. But, now I restrict myself to a little amount of cheese every 4th day.

It has kind of worked. I have lost some weight — like 30 pounds (13.6 kilos, 2.1 stone). Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg).

I had never heard of the 16:8 diet until last week. It amused I. I don’t think 1-hour makes much difference.

I am NO stranger to fasting! I used to, in my prime, fast 3-days a week! Yes, 3-days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Then for about 15-years I fasted 30-hours once a month.

I don’t fast anymore! I do NOT consider my 15-hour break from solid food fasting. Just part of my routine.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you were considering a 15:9 diet. Piece of cake. Requires NO effort.

Oh, I go for a 90-minute walk/run in the morning which helps. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Fairly Decent Article On ‘PAIN’ In The January 2020 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. January 2020 issue.

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The 2 most salient points made in the article.

I have covered this same ground in my book.

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Just two relevant pages from my book.

This article is worth it JUST for this one CRITICAL message — said twice:

“Pain — in such cases — becomes the disease.”

“Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.

That malfunctioning of the nervous system is ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) — the topic of my book.

So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.

The other key message in this article is that pain is felt (i.e., perceived), tolerated and handled by each person in a different way.

Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.

This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.

As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.

The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!

The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.

But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.

Happy Holidays.

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by Anura Guruge


I Now Wear FOUR Knee Braces (Plus Studded Shoes) When I Go Out In The Snow/Ice!

by Anura Guruge

IF you want to be ultra pedantic
2 of the braces are ‘compression sleeves’.

But, this is my new regime for snow/ice.

These go on first for muscle/tendon support.

Then, these on top of those.

The lockable brace, LOCKED at 0° on my left injured knee,
the other on my right, so far uninjured knee.

Studded shoes.
But, have to be careful. You can slip/slide on them.

Walking stick with crampon to top it all off!

Living in New Hampshire I can’t escape snow and ice. Though we now have a monster 3-stage snowblower, with tracs, I still need to be out in the snow/ice — and I still do some shovelling. PLUS, I have to get in my 6 — 7 miles of walking.

After my slip-and-fall 10-months ago when I busted my quad tendon, I am rather anxious not to damage my knees again. Hence the precautions.

Since my injury (even prior to surgery) I started wearing a knee brace.

I now wear knee braces, on both knees, ALL DAY. I don’t need to, but they help and I have, honestly, become addicted to them! As my surgeon has said, it will not do any har. Might even do some good.

But, I know that it is the sudden ‘twisting’/extension of the knee/leg tendon/muscles that lead to injury. Hence, the locked brace and the semi-locked one. Hoping that if I do fall, and that seems odds-on, they might help keep the knee straight. That is the theory.

Just sharing with you, just in case.

All the braces are from Amazon. The compression sleeves are cheap; i.e., under $7/each.

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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by Anura Guruge

I Was Blatantly Racially Profiled By ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord)’ Today!

by Anura Guruge

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I could NOT believe it. At registration, at the front, the receptionist asked me, point-blank: “Are you a U.S. citizen?”


I had presented her my valid N.H. driver’s license WITH REAL ID (which states that I have been fully vetted) & my Humana Advantage card that showed that I was on MediCare. Moreover, I had been a registered patient there of 12-years! I was just there to get a pneumonia shot — by appointment, after having got my flu shot a few weeks ago.

They have never previously asked whether I was a U.S. citizen.

What does citizenship have to do with Dartmouth ‘bloody’ Hitchcock?

I asked her that. She just shrugged her shoulder.

This is NOT right.

I am NOT going to let this one pass.

This was the final straw with the bunch of clowns at Dartmouth ‘bloody’ Hitchcock — Concord.

They have screwed me by overcharging $1,600 (out-of-pocket) for a colonoscopy.

Click to access my post from 10-years ago.

They nearly KILLED me by not giving me the treatment I needed.

Click to access my post from 6-years ago.

They treated my daughter since she was born BUT thought she was a BOY when her gender was never in question.

Click to access another post from 6-years ago.

That is it. I am DONE.

I have already reported them to the ACLU and Senator Maggie Hassan. And I have just started.

They can’t be allowed to carry on.

Bloody Dartmouth Bloody Hitchcock.

And they are NOT even ASSOCIATED with Dartmouth Hitchcock in Hanover. They have JUST bought the rights to use the name. You didn’t know that did you?

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by Anura Guruge

‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Still Offering Some Of Their Insane ‘Cyber Monday’ Deals; E.G., ‘Fitbit Versa 2’ For $129.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the HOT holiday deals at HRM USA.

Click to access this post and read what I have said about the FitBit Versa 2.

Some good deals here — the ‘Versa 2‘ for $129 chief among them. Best Fitbit ever and it was selling at $199 just 3-weeks ago!

They also have the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 at $299.99. That is quite the deal. I hate to think what I paid for my Fenix 5 — albeit nearly 2-years ago.

Still 8-days left before Christmas. HRM USA will get it to you within 2-days. So, you have time.

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by Anura Guruge

’29’, My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6 — 37-Years Below Actual.

by Anura Guruge

But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.

I have a daughter who is 30 and a son who will be 28 next year.

So, this is NOT bad for an old codger,
especially since my 19-year old daughter is going around saying “before he dies”.
She MUST know something that I don’t know.


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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.

My fitness age has gone down 10-years in the last 3-months.

Yes, I am working at it.

This was September 16, 2019.

Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 8-months, having had knee-surgery 10-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi-fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk. I end up walking 6 – 8 miles a day and climb the equivalent of at least 60 floors/day.



Busting my knee was the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

Wake-up call.

I was NOT as FIT as I had thought. So, had to rectify that.

I am also 30 lbs lighter.

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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by Anura Guruge

‘Fitbit Versa 2’, Best ‘FitBit’ Ever, $129 For ‘Cyber Monday’ @ ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ — That Is INSANE.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access ‘HRM USA’ page with this offer.

Click to access this post and read what I have said about the FitBit Versa 2.

That is INSANE. $129 for a FitBit ‘Versa 2’ which was $199 a week ago. A 35% markdown on what is still a new watch and the TOP of Fitbit’s line.

Get IT. Get it. If you are in the market for a smartwatch get this. You will NOT regret it.

I am a Garmin man BUT my wife has been wearing a Versa 2 for 2-months+ and loves it — and she used to wear a Garmin too.

If you are in the U.S., just go to HRM USA. Only place to get Garmin, Fitbit or Polar. 45-day returns, UPGRADE plans and AMAZING service & support.

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by Anura Guruge

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