This puts me in a tough spot, I equate the reading on poker to the training and practice it requires to be good at any sport. The game is when I am on the tables and playing poker. If I lose the mental ability by not reading as much I know my reads will be worse, and I will not develop as a poker player. I really believe in reading how others describe their hands that they play and the reason behind their actions, even if I wouldn't play a hand like them I know what my opponents are thinking when I am in a hand with them. I think this is the one thing that gives me a competitive advantage on my competition, I've read enough of the average players hands to know how "they" would play a hand. I'm not saying i'm above average by any means but with this added knowledge stored way back in my head I can make reads and lay downs based on my aimless poker website readings and blogs. I think this helps me more than logging a ton of hours at the table, which I am in no position to do because of work and other responsibilities.
I didn't know how this post was going to turn out but I think I've answered my questions about giving up reading about poker. I will try not to do it as much when the the girlfriend is around but I can't stop training for the big game either. Girlfriends really are the rake! Just joking, she hasn't even asked me to withdraw anything, but I think I will take her on vacation if I win one of the top 2 PSO league prizes.
Any suggestions about what I should do in this situation?