Poker and Health Don’t Mix

June 19, 2008 · 10 comments

I’m leaving for a few days of poker in Vegas tomorrow morning. It’s been hard to get full-bore back into my health plan knowing this trip was coming up. It isn’t that I go wild in Vegas, in fact I pretty much just sit at the tables and drink water, but I do know that sitting at a table for 20 hours with minimal breaks just isn’t good for me and I really didn’t want to start something I could not maintain. Of course, that is the complete backwards way of looking at it - I know I should be thinking I should start now and force myself to be better in Vegas, but I’m just having a hard time thinking that way. I have been thinking about the buffets, however, and how I will try my best to stay away from them. I’m not bringing my computer so no updates until middle of next week. Be good!

As a side note I had to share a weird story. I went to lunch at Timberlodge (they sent me a $10 off birthday coupon) this week and I was the first customer in the door when they opened at 11:00am. I had a newspaper with me and after I was seated by the hostess a waitress (not my waitress though) came up to me and said, “I’d like to look at that paper after you are done.” OK, so that was sort of weird to be accosted by a waitress before my drink order was even taken, but I just mumbled, “ok.” Then she said, “yeah, I think my friend’s obituary is in there.”

Welcome to Timberlodge. Enjoy your lunch (which was a salad, by the way).

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Andrew is getting fit June 20, 2008 at 2:09 am

Good luck with the poker.

goodbyetoallfat June 20, 2008 at 7:29 am

How about NOT spending 20 hours straight at the poker tables and going for a 15 - 20 minute jog round the outside of the casino in between games?

Oh yeah I know it’s *sooooooo* easy to dish out advice and not always so easy to fit things in in real life, but just an idea.

Best wishes,

That does make sense, and yet I don’t think I want to do that on vacation!

Johnny June 20, 2008 at 10:33 am

A trip to Vegas is always fun (my wife’s family lives nearby so I’m almost homesick thinking about it). Call me crazy, but I actually think Vegas might be a great place to get a workout…especially with all of those elevated walkways and stairs…up and down, up and down. Granted, there’s a million people to dodge and it’ll probably be over 100 degrees during the day, but that factor, plus the sheer size of all the hotel/casinos and the distance you have to make up just from your table to your room will make you work up a sweat! You’ll find a way to work it into your schedule, I’m sure…hope you win big!

I saw a lot of people out for early morning jogs. I could see doing that before it got too hot, and even then there is something to be said for getting a good sweat, even if you do have to dodge the drunks.

Michaela June 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

I must say that story did make me giggle! What an odd thing to say to a customer.

Enjoy Vegas! You only live once and even though i am on a weight loss journey myself I feel that holidays are for doing the things you enjoy the most and if playing poker for 20 hours is what turns you on then go for it!

In regards to buffetts I have always asked the staff for a side plate, that way you can’t have as huge a portion. You can still pile it high but on a smaller scale. Not a massive healthy tip but at least your saving a few calories!

Michaela x

I don’t think that strategy would work for me because it is too easy to just get another plate, and then another. But in general it is true that using smaller plates is better.

metroknow - June 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

Someone oughta invent a pedal-powered roulette wheel. . .

Lose weight for life June 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I know its hard but you should try and squeeze a half hour or hour walk in to break up your day at Vegas. Is such a crazy town is worth the walk anyway just to see everything going on around you.

I didn’t do this formally, but the fact is when in Vegas you do a lot of walking, particularly if you are walking around Caesar’s Palace like I was most of the time. That place is huge!

MizFit June 22, 2008 at 11:48 am

Im so jealous about the vegas.

pretoddler I spent a lot of time in LV (work) and actually stayed really healthy!
there is NEVER a wait for any kind of workout machine in the hotel gym (shocking I know :) )

if you want me to email you an article I wrote about staying healthy when on the road —-let me know.

nothing too too AH HA moment in there but might be worth a skim?


Send me a link, I’ll take a look. I do travel for business where I could use it.

Laura Eilers June 23, 2008 at 11:43 am

I hope you’re having fun in Vegas! I admit I am jealous. If I were you I would concentrate on having fun and not worry about dieting/exercising … but that’s just me.

Great idea - that’s what I did!

Weight Loss June 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Try and get some exercise in even if its just some light resistence training in the hotel room. When i’m away i usually get a lot of walking in as i want to see the town i am visiting, so a little resistence training does the trick. Its great when the hotel has a gym and pool.

sexy_pahteee July 2, 2008 at 9:02 am

eziest thing to do is to just “air skip” with an invisible jump rope for cardio

pushups, sit-ups, yoga/stretching, air-martial arts for strenght

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