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Yet Again I Defy A Snow Storm & Walk For 2-Hours To Achieve My 500,000+ Steps/Month Goal.

by Anura Guruge


In December. That was a bigger storm — but I took this picture EARLIER in the walk.

Today’s picture was at the end, with 2-hours of snow in ‘my hair’. SMILE.


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They got it wrong again. We weren’t supposed to get any snow till noon. Well, it started snowing, pretty steadily, around 9:30am. Well, I had to go for my 2-hour walk. I did.

At long last I have FINALLY learnt to dress warm for winter. So, this was what I looked like when I got back.


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Commitment To Walk 500,000+ Steps/Month Means You Have To BRAVE Storms — Even TORRENTIAL Rain.

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WOW. It bucketed down today — till mid-afternoon. Torrential rain & gusty winds. WHAT TO DO?

I could have tried waiting until it stopped — BUT then it might be getting dark, & I PREFER to limit my ‘night walks‘ to 2-miles or below. Plus, I wasn’t sure whether the dog wanted to go out. He did NOT. He was NOT having anything to do with this weather.

I, as I had done a month ago, wore TWO layers of outerwear. It kind of works. Outer latey gets soaked.

Snow is ALWAY much better than rain! Trust me. I know. Rain is wet. Snow not as much. When the ground is FROZEN (as it was today) they are BOTH slippery. That was an issue.

I wear the yellow glasses to keep the rain from my eyes. Pretty simple. Logical.

Well, I did 10,589 steps in this rain. SMILE. Felt good. I was SOAKED. But, I think I will live.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

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Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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I Walked 2,800 Miles (4,480 Km) In 2020, 1,000 Miles More Than I Did In 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Busting my knee on February 28, 2019, when I slipped on ice, & the amazingly successful surgery a week later, proved to be an EYE OPENER, a turning-point in my life. I had been walking/running prior to that, BUT my busted knee (& pre-diabetic blood glucose levels) told me that I had to UP my game.

I did.

It has now become second nature. I just put in the steps.

So, it can be done.

IF I can do it, then anyone can.


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Exercise May Slow The Spread Of Grey Hair — Per BBC Report Christmas Day.

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Heard it last night, on the 11pm BBC World News, during my postprandial walk.

45-minutes of exercise, 3-times a week has shown to SLOW down the spread of grey hair.

THIS STRUCK A CHORD!

Why. Within the last month my 14-year old had commented that THE AMOUNT of grey hair I have has not changed much in 5-years. That it has been the same as long as she can remember. I told her that it must be my genes.

But, appears NOT to be the case. They now reckon that genetics only play a 30% role in grey hair.

Well, I exercise, WITHOUT FAIL, 150-minutes a DAY, 7 days a week. That is over 7x (7 times) the recommended level.

Could that be it?


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How Many Miles Did YOU Walk On Christmas Day To Justify Your Indulgence?

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I walked just under 6-miles as you can see from my Garmin read-out above.

It was raining. Not hard. But, persistent. I wore TWO rain jackets, one of top of the other to keep me dry. It worked.

It was WARM. Warmest Christmas I can remember — in 35-years in New Hampshire. In the 50s F. Definitely ‘F’. SMILE. 50s. Snow was melting like crazy.

I only managed to walk 12,000 steps on Christmas Eve since I had to go pick up a car, in Vermont, with my daughter. So, I needed to compensate.

Plus, I knew I would be cooking a 8lbs ham — & that I would eat a 1/4 of that myself. SMILE.

So, it worked out. I think I expended just about enough calories for all that I consumed later in the evening.


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HUGE Snowstorm Is NOT Going To Stop My Walking … 17,000+ Steps/Day, 500,000+ Steps/Month.

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It was a LOT of snow, at least 20″ (0.5 meter). But, that was NOT going to dent my walking streak. I have walked more than 10K steps, a DAY, without a single break, since April 17. 244-days & during that time I had two cataract surgeries. Still got my steps in even on those days. Doctor knew it. He was all for it.

So …

Then, with the help of my two daughters (14 & 20, we cleared the drive. SMILE.


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The Downside Of Being A Habitual Overachiever — At Least When It Comes To Walking!

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I honestly have never set out to be an overachiever. I actually find it an unattractive trait! I relate much better with underachievers — because in my mind & heart that is what I am.

But, when it comes to walking, I can’t help myself. SORRY.

It is my MORTAL dread of being sick. I don’t like the inconvenience of being sick.

SO, if I can minimize my chances of becoming sick — DIABETES & obesity (which go jowel-in-cheek) my main & eternal fear — I will put in the steps that I can.

So …

2,020 miles for the year. Yeah, IF I basically give UP walking.

SMILE. Don’t hate me. My life is already hard.


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“Liar’s Girl”, By ‘Catherine Ryan Howard’, Brilliantly Clever & Creative Tale.

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Wow. What a story. Brilliant. As far as I know it is all fiction. Not sure how & where she got the idea. But, it is very, very clever & creative.

A very pleasant  surprise. It was available for free from Amazon Audible & I got it on a whim because I wanted something different. Lighter than some of my prior Audible books. This sure met the bill.

I can fully appreciate how it would win a mystery/crime award.

Very talented young lady. Writes beautifully. She has already gone far, but she will go further. Cracks me up that her bio says she is “currently studying English at Trinity College Dublin“. She should be TEACHING the course. Nothing she has to learn. Highly recommended.


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‘Grant’, By ‘Ron Chernow’, Narrated By ‘Mark Bramhall’, As An ‘Audible’ Audiobook Is A 48-Hour Tour de Force.

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Click to ENLARGE. Visit: audible.com & LISTEN to a BIT of it for FREE.


Beyond brilliant. Beyond enchantment. This was 48-hours of sheer joy!

Loved it. My 2nd AUDIBLE — as part of my initial FREE, 2-month membership.

Yes, I am a U.S. Grant BUFF, so much so that I named one of my Goldens after him. And yes, I have made a pilgrimage to his tomb in New York.

The writing was divine. I just lapped it up. The narration was exquisite. I can’t even imagine how somebody can do it so superbly.

You have to listen to it.

I am NOT sure whether I would have enjoyed this book as much IF I read it! That, coming from I, is quite an admission.

I listened to it during my 5-mile (10,000 step) morning walk. That walk, the first part delayed in that I walk 2-dogs, takes me close to 2-hours. So, I have spent the last MONTH listening to this book. It was well worth it. SUPERB.

Just loved it. This book has me hooked on Audible! Smile.

Well, I think you can see that I am very favorably impressed with this book & Amazon’s Audible. SMILE.


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