Day 395 – Two years

I’ve managed to achieve the heady goal of doing at least 10,000 steps (or more) (very often very much more) every single day for over two years now. Since the day after this day, in fact.

And yes, that’s even allowing for last year’s extra February day.

Much like publishing a blog post every day, I generally have no issue with completing more than 10,000 steps. Only occasionally will you find me wandering around the house or garden in the late evening dragging the count from the mid 9000s to the holy grail of five figures. There have been times when it was a bit of a struggle, though.

Meh. Might not be much to anyone else, but it’s made sure that I keep myself vaguely active since 2019 (and before).
Here’s to the next two years. (No guarantees.)

Day 282 – Garmin watch not finding GPS – solved!

Yes. Garmin watch not finding GPS, or: “Wait for GPS” takes forever.


I had this issue recently and I pulled in information from all over the web to get it sorted. The problem was a pain, and having to look all over the internet for the solution was also a pain.

So I’m putting the answer that worked for me here in an effort to help others out and in case I should go through all that nonsense again and not recall how I fixed it.

Which was like this:

Download the Garmin Express app on your computer.
Login with your Garmin account details.
Attach your watch via the USB cable.
Open File Explorer and find the Garmin device folder.
Locate the RemoteSW folder.
Delete the RemoteSW folder.
Disconnect the watch from the computer (use the eject icon on the watch screen).
Reattach the watch via the USB cable.
Sync your device via the Garmin Express app.
You are done. Bob is your metaphorical uncle.

As far as I understand it (and remember that you don’t need to understand it to fix it), what you have done is to update the EPO data on your device. And that EPO data is basically the positions of all the satellites circling around the earth, allowing your watch to triangulate its position relative to those satellites it can “see”.

If this doesn’t work for you, sorry, I can’t help you any further.
But I really hope you get it mended soon and have a great day.

Day 124 – Garmin news

A story in pictures.

Last Thursday:


But why? Ah:



People aren’t happy…




No news is no news:




A New Hope:


Don’t worry:


Now all I need is a functioning Connect screenshot to tie this post – and this whole unhappy incident* – up.

Sadly, I don’t have one of those just yet.




* Unless you’re a member of Evil Corp, obviously. 


Day 27 – Just done it!

This doesn’t seem to be a big deal for many people, but it’s quite a big deal for me.
Yesterday marked 366 (because 2020 is a leap year) consecutive days of doing over 10,000 steps each day.

I’d be past 500 days if it wasn’t for a pesky virus (not that one) that I got 367 days ago. I managed 12 steps that day.

I know that there is some discussion about whether the 10,000 steps thing is useful (I even discussed that myself here), but for me, it’s been very helpful to have something to aim for each day.

And while on some days it’s been very straightforward to get my goal, there have been (plenty of) others when I have really had to push myself. Which has been a huge positive. It’s helped me make some better decisions (exercise-wise, at least): I will walk to the shops instead of drive; if I need to get up out of my chair and move, I will; and if it takes n laps of the house to get to 10,000 before bed – I’m on it.

It’s been especially hard during lockdown, so I have had to push myself again to get out and about. This has almost killed me on one occasion, but also kept me sane on others.

Day 367 is actually going to be quite tough. I’m achy and tired and I really don’t feel like exercising. But that’s very much the point I’m trying to make: I will raise my game to get my steps today instead of moping around.

And that’s a good thing.

100 days of walking

If all goes well (and I have no reason to believe that it won’t), today will mark the 100th consecutive day that I have recorded at least 10,000 steps on my step-recording smartwatch.

You may recall about 55 days ago when I got to 45 consecutive days.
Well now I’ve done more than twice that. Consecutively.

I’m not looking for praise or celebration. Nor even really for any sort of recognition. All I’m really saying is that I’ve done at least 10,000 steps each day for the last 100 days and it’s just nice to have been active and to have hit this milestone.

Bring on 200*.


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