What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas

June 5, 2010 No Comments

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“You don’t quit playing  because you get old, you get old because you quit playing ” - Doyle Brunson

365 Days to a Balanced Life – Days 5-12

Here I am on the verge of going to Las Vegas for 7 days to play some World Series of Poker events and so I thought “hmmm, I know, let’s start the blog 4 days before I go to Vegas.  That won’t be too stressful!”

I have a history of overloading myself with commitments, projects, work etc. If I am going to get organized I am going to do it all at once – the house, garage, my health, appointments, repairs and so on. This is one of my idiosyncrasies I want to change this year (and believe me there are many).

I also tend to sabotage most new endeavors.  Like starting a new fitness regime right before  my birthday, Easter, Christmas (or the World Series of Poker??).

Rather than stress about writing 7 blogs before my Saturday, 8am flight, I have decided it will have to be good enough for me to put into practice the four daily habits covered in this week’s blog.  Plus today’s daily habit – be present in the moment. That means being at the WSOP without worrying about posting blogs every day.  I will just enjoy my moments there doing something I love, playing poker, and then I will look forward to coming back home to something else I love doing (exposing all my flaws to you apparently).

Just so you know, I have been implementing all but one of the daily habits.  I am drinking my lemon water, walking 30 minutes a day, drinking 100 ounces of water a day (BTW that is NOT half my weight in ounces, I added more for good measure ).

I have to admit though I haven’t meditated.  I told you I had not fully embraced that concept yet.  However, first thing Sunday morning prior to playing I will start my meditation practice.  It is probably a good time to test the results being that I will be having long days that require focus and calm.

The WSOP can be stressful and exhausting but I wouldn’t miss it for the world!  What better place to implement these first few basic strategies for staying healthy. I am playing two back to back three day events.  We usually play 11-12 hours a day with only a few breaks so that is a lot of sitting.  In order to play my best it is essential that I eat as clean as possible, exercise daily and get a proper amount of rest.

I usually find that I drink several bottles of water during the day and try to limit myself to 2-3 coffees.  Since I do not drink soft drinks (I’ll be covering the evils of soft drinks in a future blog) and I don’t drink alcohol while playing, I should remain well hydrated!  Personally,  I think it will be my meditating like a Zen Monk that will be my secret weapon this year.

Wish me luck and see you next week!


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