Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet has been one of poker's most successful online players. After the WSOP in 2009, however, his game took a nosedive. He was interviewed in the Dec. 29 issue of Card Player magazine (see scan above), and here's what he said.
It had gotten so bad I was nearly broke. Even worse, ... I was pushing 300 pounds. I told myself that I could be fat or broke, but not both. Since poker wasn't going very well, I decided to focus on what I could change, which was my lifestyle.
I started eating right and going to the gym, and, coincidentally, poker started to go well, too. It's amazing how the two go hand in hand.
Within six month I had lost 80 pounds and was on a $300,000 upswing. Poker is fun again and I have that desire to compete.