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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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by Anura Guruge

1-Year After Getting Off Crutches (After Knee Surgery) I Have Walked 2,250 MILES.

by Anura Guruge


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Still on track.
So, averaging 2,100-miles right now
… with SUMMER to come.


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Had never thought about MY STEPS in MILES until I happened to see it on Garmin Connect.

Neat.

When you do the sums it comes out quite mundane.

JUST 6.2-miles a day. Not much.

These days I do around 7-miles a day.

So, I assume that 2,100 — 2,200 miles a year will be my new standard.



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 Had My Knee Surgery, Which Was Miraculous, A Year Ago.

by Anura Guruge


These pictures from a year ago & the screenshot below,
from today,
tell you all that needs to be told.



The picture above is a testament to my recovery. I never realized that I had walked that far. Nearly 2,000 miles.

Knee feels great. I feel great.

Dr. Charles Blitzer who performed my surgery was NOT a surgeon. He was MAGICIAN.

I sent him an e-mail today and thanked him, profusely. He responded and thanked me for my kind words.

IF you ever need knee surgery (and I hope you never do), make sure it turns out like mine.

Best thing that happened to me in YEARS!


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.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


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by Anura Guruge

I Busted My Knee, Severely, A Year Ago Today; Since Then I Have Walked 1,947-Miles & Lost Exactly 30 Lbs.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ earlier today.


Click to access this post from EXACTLY a year ago.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


Thursday, February 28, 2019. I slipped on ice, in the morning, while shoveling snow after a snowstorm. Heard an almighty crack. Left knee was in pain and pretty useless. Did not know what had happened. Eventually got myself to the ER. I had totally busted my Quadricep Tendon. Never heard of it. Didn’t know I had one.

They were all set to operate on me the next day. I was not keen. I had a vacation booked in the Cape and, moreover, wanted some time to get my head around surgery. ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE. With a brace, I could walk and the pain wasn’t too bad.

Pain was never too bad, prior to or post surgery. Never took any of the 60 opioid pills that I was given! Most I needed was TWO Aleve.

I walked, sometimes a mile or more, in the week prior to surgery.

Was on crutches for 6-weeks. I walked with the crutches and my Garmin Fenix 5 NEVER COUNTED those steps. So, I really walked MORE MILES! Smile.

I had my major knee surgery on March 7, 2019.

The busted knee was a wakeup call. Though I ran most days I had let my weight creep up to 176 lbs. Not good. My blood glucose had also gone up to 103. That was it. I was going to get myself fit. I went on a much stricter low-carb diet (than I had been for the last 6-years) the morning after surgery. Lost 30 lbs. Down to 146. Trying had to get to 142. That would be my lowest adult weight. But, stuck at 146 lbs. Help.

I used to ‘run’ 3.5 miles a day. Now I walk/run 7 miles a day and do 23-minutes on an exercise bike.


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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Search ‘knee‘.


by Anura Guruge

Per Fitbit I Walked 7.7 Miles On My Crutches, Second-Week Post Knee Surgery.

by Anura Guruge


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


Click to access related post.



I knew I was doing around 2,500-steps a day, as of Day #2 post surgery. I, of course, track — and of late even log — my steps. Yes, per Fitbit 2,500 is about 1-mile. Wow. I had NOT thought about it as such.

I have NO IDEA whether this is good, bad or indifferent when it comes to crutches. First time on crutches — ever.

It is still COLD in New Hampshire. Temperature did not go much above 38°F all day. So, not easy to go out and hobble about — though I did do that a couple of days. Getting bundleed up while on crutches is just complicated.

I am happy. I think this is not bad for a 35-year old cripple.

Just for comparison, this was March 2018.


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by Anura Guruge

Devanee As A Part Of The Alton Central School (ACS) Team Takes Part In Her First Cross Country Meet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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This was Devanee’s very first sporting event at Alton (not counting the skiing).

She had been avoiding sports but this year, now that she is back at ACS, I insisted that she did something. Though I have tried she refuses to run with me. So she is still getting into the swing of things with this running. IF she can build up her endurance she should do quite well because she has the build for long distance running.

Yesterday was brutally hot.

The meet was at the Laconia Middle School which is right by Opechee Park — and some of the run (which was twice around the same 1 mile course) was on the banks of the lake. That was pretty nice. To my amazement none of the kids, despite the heat, hit the water. I would have, on the second lap.

A lot of teams participated: Laconia, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, Belmont, Plymouth, Barnstead, Gilford etc. The total field counting both the boys and the girls had to have been close to 200. It was impressive. It was well organized.

They walked the course to begin with — which I gather is the norm for all meets. So in that heat, 80F, they first had to walk 1 mile before running it twice.

Though I was dressed to go out to dinner, with Laconia mayoral hopeful Ed Engler, I walked the course — because I can’t stand around doing nothing. I had run 2.25 miles earlier in the day, so I would end up covering the same distance as the kids (though I ran up Prospect Mountain Road, with the elevation).

Devanee, given that she has only been running for less than 2 weeks, didn’t do that great. But she finished. That alone was good.

One of the Alton girls, an 8th grader, whose name I do not know, came in 2nd. She was impressive. She even led the field (for the girls) at one point. She has a good action. She will do well. IF she got some personal, scientific coaching she could win some of these events.

The Alton coach, Alan Barrett, who is a marathon runner (and ran in this years famous Boston Marathon), is very good and committed. He is not a teacher at the school. He comes in just to do cross-country. I have talked to him a few times now. Very nice person. I am glad. Very supportive of the kids.

They have track meets every week now. It is unlikely that it will ever be as hot as it was yesterday. I assume it will be more or less these same teams every week. Will be interesting to see how the kids progress.

Stay tuned. Next week is in Gilford. 

FitBit Ultra Wireless: I Tossed Mine. Doesn’t Work. Piece Of Junk As Far As I Am Concerned.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
1/ FitBit Ultra Wireless — I Am NOT That Impressed! — October 5, 2012.
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2/ We Are Now A ‘FitBit Ultra’ Couple – NOT! — Sept. 6, 2012.

Per my October 5 post (above) you could see that I was getting increasingly disenchanted, aggravated and unimpressed.

I went to recharge and re-synch my FitBit Ultra very, very early Saturday morning, i.e., October 6. I typically work till mid-night. Then I save my work, online, and start closing down my work PC. I knew we were going to Sandwich Fair first thing Saturday morning. So, before going to bed, I decided to power up my XP machine, charge up the FitBit and get it to Synch.

So to see if it would make a difference, I slotted in the FitBit into the cradle, adjusted it a few times to make sure that it was properly seated, before I powered up the PC. Started up the FitBit Dashboard. Annoying message: ‘You haven’t synched your FitBit lately‘. But, they are so stupid that they don’t provide a button (or a link) next to the message to force a damn sync. Bloody FitBit.

It said it was last synched on Oct. 3. So, I then went through the usual inane dance. Press the damn button. Press it again. Nothing. Nothing. Take it off the cradle. Put it back. Refresh the stupid Dashboard. Go back and forth on the days hoping that that would force a resynch. This time around I didn’t bother to shutdown and restart the FitBit service. Unplugged the USB cable, Plugged it in. Jiggled the idiotic Dashboard. Still nothing. By now I had spent 15 minutes doing NOTHING else but trying to get this piece of junk to resynch. It was 12:20 am. I had enough. I was not going to spend another second with this poorly designed, cheaply made gizmo.

It was a birthday present from Deanna and she loves her unit. So, I wasn’t going to toss it out of the window. I am noted for that; tossing things that aggravate me irrespective of the cost. So I took the FitBit and the cradle and left it on Deanna’s laptop. I do not want it. I will not use it again. We are through. As far as I am concerned FitBit is junk.

I also don’t need a FitBit. I have proven that I am nowhere close to as sedentary as Deanna as Deanna tried to make me out. I don’t walk 10,000 steps a day, but I appear never to walk less that 7,500. Per the FitBit I also climb, daily, without exception, at least 50 flights of stairs. That confirmed my assertion that I go up and down the 3 flights of stairs we have in this house MORE than anybody else. Plus, I run my 2.5 miles, with 5 pounds of weights, up a steep hill 6 times day — in general. 3 days on, 1 day off, 3 days on — UNLESS I am really ill, the temp is BELOW 5F (yes, 5 Fahrenheit, not Celsius … meaning we are talking 27 degrees BELOW freezing) or like toady, I am going to end up walking for over 3 miles (in this case going door-to-door in Gilford, NH for Obama). So, I have a routine. I don’t need motivation. Self-motivation is built in. I am more active than most and definitely cover more elevation in a day than most cover in 3 days. So screw the FitBit. I don’t want it, I don’t need one.

I have told Deanna to give it to Devanee.

We Are Now A ‘FitBit Ultra’ Couple — NOT!

The exact ‘blue’ and ‘pink’ FitBits we have.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


No, no, to every ones amazement, especially Deanna’s sister who was adamant we would not last a year, we are still together, BUT I ditched my FitBit Ultra 33 days after Deanna gave it to me. It just won’t Synch and that drives me nuts. So here is one post of my frustrations with FitBit on October 5, 2012. I will write another post as to how and why I finally dumped it. Thanks.


It was my 59th birthday on Tuesday (which was the excuse for the whale watch and Dim Sum). In addition to a British style garden gnome (given that I got very nostalgic when we watched ‘Gnomeo and Juliet‘) which was very cute and 100% accurate (though made in China), I, to my surprise, also got a ‘blueFitBit Ultra. Wow.

Click ….

Last year, because she found a free 12 month offer, I was getting ‘Maxium‘. It was never a magazine I was ever partial to. To me it is a compromise magazine for nerds in glasses who are petrified of girls. But, I was delighted to find that it actually had some decent articles and reviews — especially on high-tech nerdy gizmos. That is how I found the FitBit.

After her back surgery Deanna was back to exercising and the FitBit looked neat. It is basically a fancy, electronic, USB-equipped [i.e., plugs into a PC] pedometer — on steroids. I looked it up; it was available from Amazon and I got it for her for Christmas 2011. She loves it. Over the Summer she has been uttering phrases along the lines that it is her most treasured possession! It never leaves her side. She even sleeps with it — because it monitors sleep patterns (another rationale for getting one for her). She lost it earlier in the Summer. She was beside herself. We looked everywhere. I told her to get another one. Three or four days later she found it among her clothes. We still have a few scares, especially after we have been to the beach — the kids very used to the cry: ‘have you seen my FitBit’.

Though I run around 2 miles, up a steep hill (Prospect Mountain Road) wearing weights, 5 to 6 days a week and swam nearly every day during the Summer (including this Monday, though the water is now noticeably cold), not to mention going up and down the 3 flights of staircases we have in this 4 story house more than most because my ‘office’ is on the 4th floor, Deanna loves to accuse me of being sedentary! So getting me a FitBit was a way for her to see how physically idle I really am. So yesterday was the first day I wore it. I don’t know how it gets calibrated because there is no calibration process, e.g., measuring your average stride. So, just like a computer mouse it must have a few small accelerometers that measure movement. Yesterday evening we both took two short. controlled walks to see if our 2 FitBits measured the same number of steps. They seem to. Going out we kind of walked independently, though we were supposed to walk the same. Per the FitBits we were 10 steps out, I taking more. Coming back Deanna made sure she matched me step-for-step. FitBits matched!

So all the data is available to see on the FitBit by pressing the one and only button it has. But, you can also have it uploaded into your account at FitBit.com. I am having problems getting my FitBit to synch. Could be the USB connection. Since I am loath to install ANY non-mission critical software on my work PC, I installed the FitBit software on one of my backup computers — this one running Windows XP so I can use FrontPage 2003 for my Web updates. So, this is what it has for me for yesterday, September 5, 2012:


I am not 100% sure, as yet, about the veracity of the figures. I am not sure I really traveled, using my feet, 4.15 miles. Yes, I ran ~2.25 miles. Floors climbed is a calculated height based on angle of elevation and something like 10′ rise. Running up the hill fudges that number. Climbing up to the top of the Seattle Space Needle doesn’t impress me. I used to regularly climb to the 2nd observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. 2,304 calories burned is average for an old guy like me. It would appear that I would have burned about that anyway.Devanee cracked me up. She is the master of the FitBit having studied the mother’s for so long. But, she didn’t know what the FLAME symbol stood for. She called it ‘Heartburn’! So, she goes you had 2,000 heartburns.

So … that is it. We are the FitBit couple now.

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