Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Stick's Quest for Fitness: End Month 6

07/20/09 = 243 lbs(start) 30.8 BMI
08/20/09 = 235 lbs. (-8) 29.8 BMI
09/20/09 = 231 lbs. (-4) 29.3
10/20/09 = 223 lbs. (-8) 28.2
11/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-1) 28.1
12/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1
01/20/10 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1 BMI, 20.3% Body Fat

No weight lost, but none gained either. So I guess you could say I survived the holidays without any damage. Though it would have been nice to have lost a little weight, I'm fine with this result. I felt like I plowed pretty hard during the holiday feasts, but I guess I managed better than I thought. Yay.

You'll notice 2 new stats in the tallies at top. BMI (Body Mass Index) and % Body Fat. After seeing a commenter's recommendation, I found a cool Body Fat Monitor on Amazon for $25 and it shows BMI, also. BMI is just a way to gauge weight in relation to what is considered "normal" by the World Health Org. and others, based on age, gender, and height. The WHO actually says that my "normal" BMI should be under 25, which is about 194 pounds and less. But if I just hit 199, I'd be ecstatic. I still have a ways to go, no matter how it's measured.

Now my Body Fat Percentage is another way to gauge how I'm doing. If my weight doesn't change much but my BF% does, then I know I'm still doing something correctly. Since muscle weighs more than fat, this other measurement helps. My "normal" recommended body fat % range is 15-18 and "lean" is 10-15. The "20.3%" reading above is with my monitor set to "athlete" since I'm up to working out 5-6 days a week (1 hr per day). It would be nice to get down to about 15. That would mean I'd be getting some more muscle in there.

I also discovered my pre- and post-workout meals have been backward. As I've been picking up the pace, I've been feeling worn out after my workouts. I did some research and discovered I may have been having low blood sugar issues. Found out I should pack more carbs before and a few more after. We'll see how it goes.

But I feel like I'm still progressing well with my strength and fitness. I'm pushing more weights and lengthening my cardio. Hard to precisely document that stuff, but I can definitely feel it. Still fun to workout.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stick's 2009 Year End Poker Results

I'll just get to the point like usual: My year sucked poker-wise. I ended up -$489.28. If it weren't for some bonuses I obtained, it would have been a lot worse. It was the last 3 months that did me in. I was -$816 during that stretch.

Here's my 2009 cash games graph & stats. You can see where I would have been without tourneys and bonuses.

"So Stick, what do you think was the problem?" Well, I think I'm still searching for a playing style that works for me. When I tried being aggressive, I overdid the stealing & two/three barreling and would get committed to the river too often. But when I backed off and tried being a bit more passive, I'd see too many flops and get caught drawing, etc. In 2010, I really need to find the balance between the 2 and lock into a comfortable playing style that I can win with. I guess that can be my New Year's resolution since I've been losing weight since July. :)

Here are my tourney stats. It looks like I played more SNG's than I thought.

That ROI is pitiful, but I still came out ahead. I think I should be playing less SNG's in 2010, but still a few to keep the rust off.

So to summarize: Still searching for a comfortable style. Still learning. Need to play more hands, specifically cash games. Need to win more... duh.

Friday, January 8, 2010

December 2009 Results

Again, putting more time on Twitter and Facebook than the blog. But I think that'll change. I was briefly considering ditching the blog, but then I saw poker coaches who are on FB, Twitter, a blog, plus make videos, coach, and play personal sessions nearly every day. I think it just boils down to time management, at which I am terrible. I'll work on it. There's always somethin', huh?

As for December, it sucked. Started off OK, but then had a week-long downswing in the middle that I never recovered from. Ended -$206 overall. Here's the damage:

Same story. Bad showdowns. Struggling to find a balance between aggression and passivity. Pots lost are bigger than pots won. I did get stacked off to a few evil suckouts, but not enough to blame for the entire month. $25NLHE is no longer for "tuning up" for me. It is now my home until I feel I can consistently beat it, regardless of my bankroll. I don't mind, though. Been playing for 4 years and I feel I still have lots to learn.

Up Next: 2009 Year End Results/Summary.