Well this time I didn’t take two months to add a new post to my blog 🙂 . I was invited to join a group of kayakers send off Jayson D. Ambrose yesterday. Jayson will be kayaking Americas great loop his 15 month adventure started yesterday at the Five Rivers Delta Center in Spanish Fort, Al.
you can follow Jayson’s progress and possibly meet up with him to sign his kayak here: https://ocjthegreatloop.wordpress.com/
Jayson being interviewed by one of the local TV stations
The great loop follows along the gulf coast of the US, up the east coast then cuts across the Great lakes to the Mississippi river and back down to the gulf once again. It’s about 600 Nautical Miles in total.
You can start anywhere you want along the route as long as you start and finish at the same area you can consider it a completion. Jayson chose to start right here in Mobile. I, along with a large group of kayakers, started with Jayson and paddled along with him for several mile of his adventure.
I did a total of six miles in the yak yesterday with the group.
Even the local wildlife came out to see him off
I’m actually not sure if this little guy was looking for a ride or some food but he swam right up to me.
This was only my second outing this year in the yak but felt overall great and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The launch at Five-Rivers is first rate, I will be launching there much more in the near future.
I can’t believe it’s been two months since my last post. We’ve been really busy with Voni’s chemo and all that that brings on. Typically she is very sick for the week right after the treatment and on the weekends I try and get her out of the house for at least one day just to mix it up a bit. With all that’s been going on and work this site has really slipped away from me. I’ll try and be a bit more responsive in the future.
I have begun looking into the possibility of starting another business again. But then thought better of it. So no in my extreme spare time I’ve begun learning to program, actually write the code for computers. Voni was the one who gave me a nudge in this direction. While I’m finding it challenging I’m also finding it a bit natural feeling. Hopefully once I get through the training I’ll be able to find a job in this field. I’ll keep you all posted.
Well that’s it for now I will make a stronger effort to keep the blog updated. And also I need to come up with some content for my YouTube channel.
First some house keeping. With my work schedule it’s very difficult to post on Mondays so seeing as my company has cut my hours and I now have Wednesdays off for the foreseeable future I will now be updating the blog on Wednesdays.
Still having issues getting up to go run so that hasn’t happened. Luckily I haven’t gained any weight either so I have that going for me.
This past weekend Yvonne and I headed into Pensacola to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. The museum is located on NAS (Naval Air Station) Pensacola and takes about an hour and half for us to get there. The last time I went was in 2008 and things have changed a lot since then. There was an F-14 Tomcat on display out front on a pedestal. The Tomcat is the bird my cameras flew on.
Of course there’s always the front view.
The museum has birds going all the way back to the beginning of Naval Aviation all located in a small area. I’m attaching several pictures here of the planes. NAS Pensacola is also the base the Blue Angels fly out of. During the week if your lucky you can catch them practicing for their shows. Yvonne really enjoyed the museum, which I didn’t really think she would. Next on our list is a tour of the U.S.S. Alabama, a WWII Battleship that’s here in Mobile. It really brings back a lot of memories for me to visit these old planes. Several of which I had the good fortune to see flying when I was on active duty.
A little late in the day BUT still on Monday my self imposed day to update the blog. :)Things were a little hectic this week, my Stepmother and Step-Sister came down for a visit. Yvonne was having a great week so we were able to take our guests down to the beach on Saturday, after all you can’t come down here and not visit the beach at least once. Other than that not much happening this last week. I’m still trying to figure out how I got so badly burned on my back and chest though. I had on SPF 30 sunscreen that I reapplied twice while we were there. I was under an umbrella when I wasn’t in the water. When I was in the water I was neck deep which should have offered some additional protection. So why did I get so burned? Which is all itching now by the way LOL. Anyway here’s a picture of my dates at the beach;
I forgot to do my weigh in this morning, only exercised once last week, not including hauling all the stuff across the soft sand on Saturday, for a total of 1.46 miles walked for the week.
Ultimately I want this blog to become one where I document my boat purchase, any work that needs to be done on it and our adventures. But right now I’m not in a position physically or financially to purchase a boat so for the time being the blog will be about our journey back to physical and financial fitness.
This morning my official weight was 276.9 pounds. That puts me a little over 100 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated high school. My goal is to get back to under 200 pounds and in decent cardio shape so I can enjoy my time afloat.
As far as financially, when we left the Chicago area for Myrtle Beach we were debt free, (except for our house). When we headed to Houston and when I started my year as a real estate agent we were also debt free. After a year trying to make it as an agent I had burned through all of our savings and had us over $20,000 in debt which we are now slowly working to pay off. So currently the debt load spread over three credit cards is $23,715.57, last month we paid off $388.92 of our debt load. At that rate we will be debt free in five years. Of course we are planning on doing that much faster. I’m following the advice of Dave Ramsey and his Financial Peace University program as well as the book The Richest Man In Babylon.
The current plan is for a weekly blog update where I’ll highlight my weigh loss efforts for the previous week, last week I didn’t do anything. Monthly I’ll update our efforts to pay off our debt. Along the way I’ll also be including in my weekly updates anything I run across as far as the boat stuff goes when they come up.
Well there we go, let the journey begin….
George and Yvonne
Welcome to our blog. My name is George Miller my wife is Yvonne. As of today , 04 Jun 2016 we’ve been married a little over 31 years. In that time we’ve raised two daughters and basically gotten out of shape, unhealthy and in debt. I’ve started this blog to document our struggles and successes as we get back into shape together, get out of debt and buy a sailboat to kick around on for a few years after we retire. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting once a week, every two weeks or monthly just yet but I won’t be hiding anything. You’ll see our debts, my weight and our fitness accomplishments. So strap in and come along as we begin our journey back.