Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stick's Quest for Fitness: End Month 10

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
02/20/10 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1 BMI, 20.6% BF
03/20/10 = 223 lbs. (+1) 28.3 BMI, 21.0% BF
04/21/10 = 223 lbs. (-0) 28.3 BMI, 20.2% BF
05/20/10 = 220 lbs. (-3) 27.8 BMI, 20.2% BF

YAY! After 6 months of hovering between 222 & 223 pounds, I finally lost some noticeable weight. I did get down to 218, but we went barhopping (and food eating) in Folsom the next day. So I know what I'm capable of. The only thing I can think of that I've changed this month is eating less in the evening. Have a big lunch and cool it around dinner time. Although I think I may have been retaining more water than usual and this month I seemed to sweat more while working out immediately after tanning sessions. But I think that is OK since I'm pretty sure belly fat is mostly water. I think. :)

Knowing what I know now, I think I can lose another 3-5 pounds this month. It would be nice to hit Vegas at 215 & tanned up. I've been hitting the treadmill and it should help when I walk the strip. The good stuff can be spread out and it's also pretty hot in Las Vegas in late June. Still can't wait!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stick's Random Update 5/13/10

Been wrapped up in Facebook, Twitter, playing poker, working out, tanning, and planning for the Las Vegas trip. Getting the wardrobe and the bod in shape. Even getting new sunglasses.

The 1st 2 weeks of this month have been up and down for me. Had some steady SNG cashes at first, but then hit a bad 0-20 run that kinda even things out. Still have plenty of time to improve the month, though.

Had a few tilt-related losses for the first time in a while. Not sure the cause, but the conditions seems to be temporary (so far). Otherwise, I feel like I've been playing well and riding some variance.

In non-poker areas, I started indoor tanning sessions and I'm lovin' it. Kinda does something for the ego like my new workout muscles do. When I was young, I was a skinny bike racer built like a wire coat hanger. Easy to bend but hard to break. Then I got older and gained the weight I wished I could when I was younger, but lost my fitness due to laziness. Now I'm just beginning to feel like I'm approaching the best shape of my life. Got a ways to go, but it's just now starting to show.

Prior to Vegas in late June, I'm trying to lose as much weight and gain as much fitness as I can because I know I won't always be able to eat right and exercise in Vegas. The hotel I'm staying in wants $10 a day to use their gym and I only pay $15 a month for the one I go to now. I'm damned sure I'm not going to pay the equivalent of $300 a month, so it looks like I'll be getting very acquainted with their stairwell. :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stick's April 2010 Poker Results

Nice month profit-wise at +$189. Had just a small bonus and played just 108 hands of 25NLHE cash, so the majority of my profit was from STT/MTT winnings. Pretty proud of that. I could eventually become a cash gamer someday, but tourneys are suiting me just fine right now. Confidence is up and results are too.

Had a really nice day on 4/30 by taking down a $5 45-player SNG for $85.50 on Full Tilt. I think I'll start playing more of those and more 27-player ones.

I think I'm gaining better sense on my player reads and situational play. Like knowing when to fold AK PF and when to call raises with 98s in relation to stack sizes, blinds, and post-flop position. My patience is fitting right in, also. Always thinking ahead. Sure, I still make some mistakes. But it's much better for me to realize what they are right away and feel satisfied in that. I haven't had that feeling much in cash games.