Because of the amazing experience I've had with my Under Armour girls during the What's Beautiful challenge, I decided to start a ftiness challenge to the poker community. I know lots of you want to become healthier and get in shape, but haven't had the motivation to get started. STOP WAITING! Let's all do it together!
First off, I want you to set a goal for June. It can be anything that will ultimately make you healthier and happier. I want you to set your bar high, but also make sure your goal is realistic and achievable. Your goal can be to eat clean everyday, to work out 5 days a week, to run a certain number of miles over the course of the month, WHATEVER YOU WANT.
Set it, commit, and make a plan. How are you going to achieve your goal? Perhaps set some smaller progress goals that will allow you to achieve your month’s goal. Then tell me about it! email@example.com
I posted a calendar for extra challenges and so that you can keep track of your progress and stay motivated along the way.
Here’s an explanation:
Max Out Monday – I want you do as many pushups/burpees as you can muster. Write down the number. See if you can’t do more each week.
New Stretch – Every Tuesday, I’ll show you a new stretch. I hope you’ll need it because your ass will be sore as hell ☺
Get your ass moving Wednesday – Doesn’t sound as catchy as Max-Out Monday but you get the point. Get moving! Go run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, row, bike, ANYTHING! Just get your heart rate up!
New Exercise – Every Thursday, I’ll show you a new exercise to add to your repertoire.
Flex Friday – Show off!
Saturday – I’m going to give away prizes to a couple people each week who are really working hard. I admit the prizes will be small such as a copy of a poker book, a t-shirt, or poster, but I wanted to try to help motivate you guys!
Take pictures/videos of yourself completing the challenges and path to your goal and post them! Make sure you tag me so I can see them! Twitter- @kristyarnett or Instagram: @snaptress and HASHTAG #kristyfitnesschallenge so everyone can see each other’s progress!
I’m also going to put you all on an email list to send you motivational stuff every now and then! You can obv opt out of that at any time!
Online is back!
Well, sort of. A couple weeks ago, Ultimate Poker opened to players who are physically within Nevada state lines. Players who live anywhere in the world can register and play when they are in the state. After more than two years without online poker, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to mash some buttons. Here is the video blog I made about playing on the site for the first time!
There problem with Verizon phones is now fixed, which should really help the numbers. Whooo hooo! Hopefully they will make software available for downloads on Macs. I ain't putting Windows on my Apple!
I haven't been able to play since make this video because I've been traveling. I'm here in Monaco for the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final! This place is amazing but expensive as hell! I'm trying not to go broke and also keep up with my fitness stuff.
I've been doing Yoga all over the place The next pose was one that I thought was IMPOSSIBLE before. It feels so good to conquer the peacock!
Hope you all are doing well! I'm going to propose a fitness challenge! Stay tuned
My friends at UA sent me a pair of the Spine Venoms to try out, so I pulled all the stops for this video!! Soccer flip, t-rex, harlem shake, you name it! Let me know what you think
credit my twitter follower @go_tothe_c for the title of this blog
I just got back from a trip of a lifetime to Seoul, South Korea and to Tokyo, Japan. I plan on writing a long blog about the trip, but for now, it's all about POKER!
I played my first APPT Main Event while in Seoul. It didn't go too well, but I discussed my experience in an episode of Strategy with Kristy.
My latest guest on the podcast was Reid Young. He's been on multiple times before and is always a huge pleasure.
On the podcast, we discussed topics from two of his strategy videos on his Transform Poker YouTube channel. Here they are so you can follow along.
Hope you guys are well! <3
Once upon a time, there was this video:
It started getting a lot of hits, and then other people did their own versions:
I thought it would be funny if Sarah Grant and I did our own version just for a little extra jizz at the end of our PokerNews Weekly video. Then, we figured we might as well put it up as its own video on YouTube.
Then, THE HARLEM SHAKE BLEW THE F*** UP!
And someone made a compilation video using our version at the very beginning of the video.
That video has 1.3 million views. That many people has seen Sarah and I act like IDIOTS in what we thought was just going to be an off the cuff throw-in for another video. LOL. Face palm. OMG. SMH.
Just checking in. How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Do I need to kick your ass?
As you guys saw from my last blog update, my main resolution is to complete 30-Day Challenges every month (among other goals). This month was to do Yoga everyday. So far, so good
When I started doing Yoga a couple of months ago, I felt defeated at first. I thought the poses that really inspired me were going to be impossible. Like this:
This girl is someone who I came to know while doing the Under Armour Women contest. Her name is Kacey, she won the competition, and it's obvious to see why. (She's @kaceyac on Instagram)
One of the biggest reasons why people fail at meeting their goals is because it's hard to see the end. You have to celebrate your small success along the way to keep you motivated. See every improvement as yourself getting closer to achieving the ultimate payoff.
I decided to take a few pictures to see if I've made any progress in my flexibility. At first, I was disappointed because of course, I wanted to see a GIANT step. But, as I said, I have to be proud of the subtle improvements I've made. I am closer to this particular goal than I was a month ago, right?
Well, you have to start somewhere! Here's a new one too:
Which I want to eventually look like this:
I'm going to end with the following picture, because this pose is the one that really got me into yoga. It requires an incredible amount of flexibility and STRENGTH! (Currently, I can't even begin to try this one or get off the ground)
Happy New Year! I'm ready to make 2013 my B****! How about you?
Now that the hangover from NYE celebrations has subsided, I'm as ready as ever to accomplish some big goals. My main New Year's Resolution is to do a 30-Day Challenge every single month of 2013. The concept is incredibly simple, but I think the results can be life changing.
For January, I'm doing Yoga everyday. Each month I'll pick something new that either I've always wanted to try or that will help achieve some of my bigger goals. Some of my smaller goals include:
--finishing National Novel Writing Month (write 50,000 words in November). I've wanted to do this for the past 6 years and have never been able to get myself to commit
-- be a pescetarian for a month
-- call a friend or relative everyday for a month
-- 10-day juice fast
-- play poker for a minimum of 40 hours a month
-- Study writing
-- Study nutrition
-- Run a marathon/complete a half ironman
-- Become more confident/assertive
A few months ago, I tweeted the following video that begs the question, "If money were no object, how would you really enjoy spending your life?" Do you know?
I'm still in the process of really figuring that out, but I do know a few things. I know that I love to write, I love living a healthy lifestyle, and that making others laugh or feel inspired is incredibly rewarding. So, with that, here are my big goals for 2013:
Write a book
Compete in Fitness America (November)
Win Pro Card (Fitness Competition) <-- First competition date marked is an NPC event on April 13.
In addition to these goals, I also want to make sure my close relationships remain my top priority. Ambition is great, but not if it's blinding. You don't want to reach the top of mountain with no around. Well, at least I don't. I want lots of people there, slapping my ass saying, "Great climb, champ!" Make sense?
I'm going to keep track of my goals and progress very closely via my blog, some on twitter, but lots on instagram (so don't follow me if you don't like food pics). I want to do this so I keep myself accountable because I have given up so many times. These are going to be my two mottos this year:
Get after what you want! It may seem impossible, but you'll never know unless you actually try. And if you don't try then you'll regret it. And then you die. So ya, GET YOUR ASS MOVING!
And listen, you're going to meet obstacles. Some of the obstacles might even be your so called friends. People love to hate or bring down others because they'll see something in you that they wish they could do. Don't stop!!! Arnold didn't!!
I have to admit that I've scoffed a few times at the idea of doing yoga, but I've recently decided to give it a try for a few reasons:
1) some poses look cool as balls
This broad is amazing! She's @laurasykora on instagram
2) my body is starting to feel old as fug
3) I need to become more flexible to reach my next fitness goal of competing in Fitness America.
This is an example of a Fitness America routine. For the record, I'm SOOO far from this goal it's ridiculous, but I'm determined.
I've been stretching everyday for the past couple of weeks, and it feels sooooo good. Here's where I'm at right now:
Especially for you poker players out there, I can't tell you how much stretching will help your body. For me, it also calms my mind. You don't have to do yoga per say, but just do a few stretches in the morning and at night. Try it! What's the worst the could happen? Let me know how it goes
So last time I posted, I talked about "Grinding Balls" which, if you didn't read it, means playing lots of poker! In that blog and In my most recent episode of Strategy with Kristy, I talked about how the past two-and-a-half months has been going. Basically, I'm running and playing pretty dang well.
After I went to EPT Barcelona, I finally had the urge to play poker again. So, when I got back home, I played some in September, but spent a couple weeks in Europe during the rest of the month for WPT Paris and WPT Malta. Since then I've really tried to put in hours both on and off the table.
My main game is $2-$5 NLH with a $1,000 max at Aria. As promised in the previous blog and on the podcast, I'm posting my graph. [side note: I have a ton of reservations about posting this. At this point it is such a small sample size it doesn't really mean much anyway. However, I know that I'm going to continue posting when I go through downswings too. Besides, I overshare everything on the internet and social media, so why not this too?
This is over 118 hours. Again, like I said, it's a very, very small sample size and I'm running REALLY good
Even though I've been winning it hasn't always been easy. It's hard difficult to find and plug leaks, balance poker with the rest of your life when you have full time job, and I know this is going to sound silly, but running well can mess with your head just as running bad can. You start to feel invincible, so when a crack in the armor is exposed, you can feel unprepared for it. At this point, my hourly for the past 2.5 months is super high, so I'm "waiting" for variance to come in and bring it down. I'll be playing in a big pot and my irrational mind will say to me "Ok, here's where you're probably going to lose a huge one because it has to happen sooner or later." Or, "Well it's time for me to be on the opposite side of a cooler." It's stupid, I know, but at least I recognize it's happening. I have to inject logic, as Jared Tendler would say, and just try to make the best decisions in each moment.
I'm going to continue to put in hours and make it a priority. I'm having a ton of fun playing and part of that is because I can feel and see myself improving.
I am so glad you've enjoyed the Live Grinder Series on the Strategy with Kristy Podcast. I can't believe how much positive feedback I've gotten from it. Makes me feel so good
If you haven't had a chance to hear it, here they are:
And one more thing! I've entered myself into a competition to be the next BodyBuilding.com Spokesperson! If you have a second, please go vote for me! Click THIS LINK, click the "View Women Tab" and scroll down or hit CTR F to search for me under KRISTYARNETT I'm going to write more about this in my next blog. Thank you so much!
The term "grinding ball" is one that my friends and I use when referring to putting in a lot of hours at the poker table. It might have been subconsciously born from the actual act of spending hours rubbing their ball sack on uncomfortable poker room chairs, but hey, what do I know? I have a biscuit (that's a Honey Boo Boo reference. I love you if you got that).
ANYWAY, enough balls talk. I've been putting in major hours playing poker these past few weeks. In the past year, actually since Black Friday, I've been lazy. I would put in sporadic sessions here in Vegas when I wasn't traveling, but the long periods of time between playing was really detrimental. I think that the ability to focus at a table for long periods of time is a skill that needs to be honed, exercised, and up kept. So, after EPT Barcelona, WPT Paris, WPT Malta and four weeks in Europe, I was SOOO ready to get back to the felt.
I decided to make it a priority along with work and working out (I'm training for another fitness competition). So, here's what I did: First, I fixed my sleep schedule. I started going to bed between midnight to 1 a.m. and waking up at 8 a.m. Once that was under control, I starting playing in the mornings. I would wake up, eat breakfast, work for an hour or two and head to Aria. I'd play as long as I could (which wasn't that long at first). Then, I'd go work more or work out, depending on what I needed to get done. At night, is when I do almost all of work (writing, strategy podcasts, articles, interviews etc). [Sidenote: Working from home at my own desk when I'm not traveling is one of the best parts of jobs. So lucky] After that, if there's time and I'm up for it, I'll go put in another poker session, but NEVER play past 1 a.m. Having a set sleep schedule makes the rest of my life easier and more efficient. I cannot stress enough the importance of this. I have learned that it is much better to give up some game EV for life EV. Take care of your mind and body and I promise, it will pay dividends more valuable than whatever you might make in that one session you decided through your sleeping time.
Like, I said, I have put in tons of hours, for me that is. Sixty hours so far this month to be exact in 20 sessions. This has been incredibly difficult because I'm also pushing my body to the max with my training, but it's been so rewarding because I'm seeing results. My game is making huge improvements, I'm making less and less mental mistakes, and trusting my instinct. That said, I know I have a ways to go. I tweeted a couple times during my sessions and I noticed that whenever I do, I'm always asked what I play, where, and what advice I can give them. It dawned on my that many of my Strategy with Kristy Podcast listeners are people just like me. They want to crush live, low-to-mid stakes. I thought about what has helped me the most, and really, it's been my friends!
I decided to begin an ongoing, multi-part series about live grinding (balls if you will). When I tweeted a request for questions to pose for live pros, I couldn't believe how many responses I got. I'm so excited for this because 1) this is obv what you guys want and 2) this is what I know! On top of that, I have the best sources ever for interviews. I know who the best and biggest winners are and luckily for me, they are my friends and willing to be interviewed.
Here is the first installment:
At the end of the month, I'll post my results as well. For now, if you have any questions or comments, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. I came across the reel for Johnny Chan's new show, Full House. I play with a lot of the grinders featured on the show here in Vegas. Maybe that's why I feel awkward after watching this, but it could be a fun show. What do you guys think?