Hi! I finally have some things to post about that I've actually done, rather than just things I hope I do. I'm down about 20 lbs from my fat point earlier in the year, I'm on my way from being in the clear of my worst poker downswing (-$6k), I've got myself down to a +3 handicap, and I'm moving in with my girlfriend in the fall.
Losing weight has been very tricky and complicated. I've had to eat less, and eat healthier food. I've also noticed that I've had to move more. I've always been aware of this advanced concept, but it's hard to resist a couch, 15 beers, and 4 pizzas.
The bad poker stretch was a bit surprising since I was on top of my discipline and focus level, and was happy with it. I anticipated having stretches where I lost about $6k at the beginning of the year, so really it was nothing to be surprised about. I moved down and things have gone a lot better. I'm sure I'm running way above expectation as of late, but there's a lot to be said for sacrificing a bit of hourly for life EV. Random example, but on paper it seems quite easy to choose the game that you can expect to earn $120/hr, except for the fact you should maybe choose the $90/hr option because unless you are one of the rare nutjobs like Jorj and Spacegravy, extended downswings and breakeven stretches can be just brutal.
My girlfriend and I are moving to Victoria, BC, right across the road from Royal Colwood Golf Club. I lived in Victoria for 6 years, and it feels like home to me. I can't wait to be living with her and be back in Victoria. It's a more central location than where I'm at now, and I have a lot more friends in the area. If @poopkisser gets posted there my life will be complete.
On the golf end, in 2 months I've gone from a 0 to a +3, which I kind of had hoped I would on paper but I never seem to accomplish these things. Looking back on it, I've just been working hard on my game for at least a couple hours a day for 90%~ of the days in the past 5 months, the longest real stretch I've committed to golf in my 20s, and surprise surprise I'm playing better than I ever had.
As exciting as that is for me, I think I need to be about a +7 handicap before I am playing on the PGA Tour, and even once I get to +7 which is probably 2-3 years out, I have to go through the process of actually getting on the PGA Tour. I had to bang my head against the wall quite a lot in the last 5 months, and it's only gonna get worse from here. I have a good tracking program that assesses every aspect of my game, so day in day out I know what I need to be working on.
Because poker hasn't gone as well as I'd hoped, and I didn't put in enough hours, moving to Phoenix to play pro golf for the winter isn't going to happen. I was crushed for about a day, but then felt good with all the positives it created.
I'm playing in the Vancouver Open at the end of this month which will be nice preparation for Canadian Tour Q-School which I'm playing in the Fall. I'm 3+ shots better per round than I was when I played a few events in June, so I feel a lot better about my overall game.