So. I've managed to get in 30 solid hours of poker so far this month. This seems to be a downgrade on the previous 18h/week I had been averaging prior to this. I've been playing mostly 200nl with a little bit of 400nl mixed in. I actually think the 400nl is softer. Well, it's not softer, but I just feel more comfortable playing against better players because I have certain assumptions in place, and those assumptions just work better and more often against players who aren't so nitty and understand when they are supposed to fold and what not. I guess this is going to seem like kind of a weak response to why I'm not doing particularly well in the 200nl games, but it's just how I feel. Oh and I'm also 4k under EV over the course of 23k hands. This would put me at +$800... Clearly not setting the world on fire. If I'm supposed to be up 5k though then I guess I can't really claim to be playing that badly.
I've been doing so poorly as far as putting in hours at the tables because I've just been really busy with basketball and some other goals I've recently set. I've actually been to the gym the last 13 days in a row for between 20 minutes to 1 hour per visit. I've never really done any kind of consistent work out in my life until just now. I never really had to before because I always seemed to stay in decent shape without needing to do it. I've just crossed the line and am now up there at ~210 pounds. I've never weighed this much and it just kinda hurts my self-esteem if I'm being honest about it. I hate going on those machines though, I call the ski-er machine I use the rat-mobile because I feel like a mouse running on a wheel when I'm doing it.
I've really been trying to cut down on my drinking too, but having such an addictive personality, it's pretty much impossible to quit one addiction and not pick another up to supplant it. In any case, at least I'm not drinking more than a beer a day.
My basketball team has it's first game this Thursday. I'm not expecting things to go well at all. Our team is pretty lousy and about 7 of the 11 kids on our team have never played organized basketball before in their lives. We have one kid who is an all star and has already been recruited to UAB to play basketball there, but he will only be here with us until December 20th then he ships out to Austin. After he leaves, we have a significant drop off in talent from him to our next best player. I actually won't be surprised if he scores 30 points a game for us. It's likely going to be a long and rough season, but at least I feel like I have something going on in my life for the first time in about 5 years. I guess that's a positive.