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#MatchKit – A Valentine’s Day Giveaway

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As I mentioned earlier today, I’m going to be doing some fun things with .com. The first of these is a special Valentine’s Day giveaway. The prize is something they’re calling the Match.com Love Kit which is designed specifically for the single guy/girl in pursuit of love this Valentine’s Day season.

  • chocolates
  • Manicure Kit/Shaving Kit (depending on winner’s gender)
  • a coupon for a Match.com membership discount
  • Lip Balm
  • relationship Whitney Casey’s book “The Man Plan” (for the ladies)
  • a free 1-month online movie rental subscription
  • and more surprise goodies

Mmmm chocolates.

In a recent online poll, Match.com found that 64% of singles would rather find love than lose weight in 2010. I shook my head when I first read this question/answer because it assumes that a) all singles want to find love and b) all singles want to lose weight. But the truth is, those are pretty safe assumptions 95% of the time.

To be eligible to win, you must answer the following question:  If you had to choose one over the other (love vs. weight loss), which would you prefer and WHY? Sincerity is not a requirement for your answer to be valid. Creativity is strongly encouraged.

In order to enter the contest you must leave a comment, here on this post, and with it a valid email address in the proper field. You cannot win if I cannot get in contact with you. I will select the winner (based on who amuses me the most, what do you think this is, a democracy?) on February 11th.

I look forward to reading your entries.


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  1. Terry says:

    Now that is an interesting question – since my business is as a weight loss surgeon, have written books about weight loss, have a website that talks about weight loss, have myself shown that weight loss can occur and have lost weight and kept it off, and well — you get the point. Love or weight loss – and for this you are giving chocolate?

    So- do I be serious about my answer- or do I be me?

    Weight loss is never easy- it is something that many struggle with, and if there was magic to get rid of a few pounds- I’ll sign up for it right now.

    Love- well that can be downright messy – and I wasn’t trying to be me when I said that, but I’ll take the pun. Love means that my Valentine’s Day dinner will be shared with someone– probably means I’ll cook it (I like to cook so that isn’t the issue – unless it is love with someone who has weird food allergies or some food aversion). Love means I’ll have to say I’m sorry– I am a guy, after all, so I do not hesitate to make mistakes, missteps, and say the wrong thing at the wrong time for maximal effect. Love means I will be spending a fortune on airfare (because God forbid I should find someone in my city). Love means my weekly golf game will be replaced with Sunday morning brunch. Love means I have to worry about someone besides myself- and that is just a pain. Love means I might have to put up with someone’s cat (and I’ll be thinking about how to BBQ it). Love means I’ll have to learn a new set of neurosis and accommodate them (which I will, alas). Love means that my easy-going side will be challenged. Love means I have to rescue her from spiders, bugs, things that go bump in the night. Love means that my blog will have to change- and I will write about how wonderful it is- and then people will say — “Oh, Terry, you have changed.” Love means that I’ll have to crack open the expensive wines- just because I like celebrating with her almost any event. Love means I will be making two cups of coffee in the morning – and the mornings I don’t then love will mean I will wish she was there. Love means I will have more text messages, more tweets (but not the usual twitter account- the other one). Love means I’ll have to read the books she finds interesting, books I would have never read and will enjoy them. Love means I will have to expand my movie selection and find movies I would have never watched. Love means that my soft side will come out in the operating room – and all the staff will smile at me. Love means taking her out to great places to eat (and there goes weight loss). Love means sex- a lot of sex – .

    Yea, weight loss is a lot easier. I’ll take weight loss and the box of chocolates

  2. AC says:

    Well, here’s the thing. I don’t go out looking for love. Men, sure, but I always figured that falling in love just happens. Maybe find is the appropriate word here, but, though I have the metabolism of a teenager, I can tell you that you don’t just lose weight. You have to work your as off (quite literally!) and, well, I’m more inclined to choose a bottle of wine or a cheeseburger over working out. Hell, I just ate a small tub of Ben and Jerry’s (I also admitted to eating one yesterday on my blog, too. Maybe I’m sharing too much). What was my point? Right. Though ‘find’ may be the right word for love, I’d like to lose weight in the same, effortless fashion. So if we’re talking oops-I-just-lost-my-keys kind of losing, as in “Shit, where did those ten pounds go?!” then I’m inclined to choose the latter. So, 2010 Genie, I choose option number two because love, it just happens, and I think dating (the good, bad and the ugly), combined with the nerves, lust, and ultimately, the finding of love is kind of fun, and is definitely something I’m okay looking for on my own.

  3. Hmm…I’m a single, chubby girl. This is definitely the million dollar question. How about you hand over some of the chocolate now and I’ll think about it? Oh wait, that means I’m not choosing to lose weight. Dammit. I guess I’ll say find love. Because THEN if i find it, they won’t care if I’m a bit chubby and I get the chocolate AND a darling man who will love me for me. How awesome would that be?

  4. SecretSquirrel says:

    Oh, I am going shallow and petty. I would soooooo lose the weight cuz even if I can’t find love, I could maybe find an interesting and creative lover while rockin’ the skinnier me!

  5. Starangel82 says:

    Love. Hands down. Being skinny or fat doesn’t mean you’ll find love.

    On top of that, weight loss is something I’ve always found that I do better with in a partnership. So I guess I’ll fall in love with another guy who needs to get in shape. We’ll spend v-day eating the chocolates then whip it into shape.

    Ha ha. Seriously though. Love.

  6. Trin says:

    I would go with the weight loss.
    I’m happy just being “comfortable” with
    someone. Love is like the wind.

  7. Nicole says:

    I would choose finding love, because even if I lost the 5 pounds of “comfort padding” on my frame if there was no one there to love the gaps between my rib cage, it really wouldn’t matter….

  8. Heather S says:

    I saw that you wrote that one doesn’t have to be sincere, but I have a hard time not being.
    Since I’m genetically tall and thin, and for other more personal reasons, I would always choose love over weight loss hands downs. Unless of course I was at a weight that was seriously threatening my health.

  9. Carol says:

    I would choose love with a fat man. That solves both issues.

  10. shaimaa says:

    Well , Iam skinny short I, All i need is love a real love to take me out of my darkness and lonlyness .One true thing in my life dreaming about it some one care ,always asking about me even if we fight .
    A warm chest that could hold me , eye full of love .
    Love is the way for complete healthy life :)
    Hope to win

  11. Simone Grant says:

    Wow, it’s gonna be hard picking a winner!

  12. Darcy B says:

    Love!!! Love is a many splendored thing, love, lifts us up where we
    belong, all you need is love. A life without love is a life not worth living.
    I’m a firm believer in LOVE—don’t wait until you lose 20 lbs to start looking–you may never lose 20 lbs and even if you do think of the fun you missed out on while trying to lose the weight!! Everything is better with love.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

  13. pups4me says:

    Being a statistics gal myself, I’m having a difficult time trying to understand the poll…were people asked to select their goals for 2010 from a list, with losing weight and finding love just a few of the choices? Or was it a direct question of choosing either losing weight or finding love? Regardless, I think it’s kind of dumb, as these are not mutually exclusive options.
    Anyway, I digress, because I know that you, Simone, are asking the direct question.
    Since I do not need to lose weight, I choose love.
    Even if I did need to lose weight, I would choose love.
    Losing weight takes a lot of hard work, but ultimately, it is something you and you alone can accomplish.
    Love is a whole different ball of wax.
    No matter how hard you try and how much work you might put into it, it’s all wasted if someone doesn’t return the love.
    I think finding love requires a bit of luck, and luck is something you can’t make happen on your own.
    So while I know losing weight is not easy, it is within each person’s power to control it.
    I haven’t been able to control finding love…and even though it’s frustrating as hell sometimes, I don’t think I would want to control it.
    I still believe in a little bit of luck…and that’s what makes love, and life, exciting and unpredictable.
    I can’t believe I’m so optimistic when it’s 11 days away from my 43rd Valentine’s day, and I’ll be spending it alone.

  14. Acacia says:

    I would choose losing weight under the condition that it would never come back, as this is the thing I hope for every time I work out. But the thing about weight loss is that I feel like wanting to lose it is what bonds me and friends and family. What do naturally skinny people complain about? What would I do with my sisters if we didn’t have gym time to catch up about our lives? If I was suddenly 25 pounds lighter, then my friends may not feel comfortable complaining about their body issues (because of the unwritten girl rule that you can only complain to girls within a weight range similar to your own). So I may have talked myself out of really wanting to lose weight. Ever. Interesting.
    Except I know that I really want to. Especially when talking to a new guy. Which brings me to wanting to be in love. This is a slippery slope indeed. I’ve never been in love, so this decision should be super easy. But losing weight is super hard. And although I’m rather pessimistic, I am pretty sure I’m going to have a good, loving relationship one of these days. I am open to it and all. I was even open to going on Tough Love and they had to go and make the next one for couples (!) … Bastards.
    Anyway.. since I can talk myself into and out of just about anything, I’m gonna go ahead and lock in… I choose weight loss. Even if it could be gained back, losing weight without any effort (or side effects or pain) is too hard to pass up.
    Although I have heard some good things about love…

  15. i’d say love. but that’s only because even at my worst, i’d like to lose 5lbs. personally, i don’t like the super skinny look. however, if it was between love and some magical power that made everyone think i was pretty–i might have to change my mind and rethink that one. only because i’m quite ambitious in life…i know the value of pretty in society. in love and ugly wouldn’t be any fun at all.

  16. Wise Diva says:

    LOVE! When it’s true love, I lose my appetite and will shed pounds anyway. Well that and all the calories burned during sex, but definitely love.

  17. Kimmy says:

    I choose LOVE .

    Why?

    You can go on a diet for weight loss… but there is no strict plan like that for guaranteeing love. I’m sure if there was, we’d all be happier!

  18. Good question, because with both you gain and lose.
    Hmm, so if I had to choose, I would choose love. I know I’m a sucker for love. Love makes the world goes round. Love is like a drug; can’t ever get enough of it. If I love me, I’ll lose weight. If I love me, I won’t settle for less in a relationship. If I love me, I’ll wait for the right man and still enjoy life in the meantime. Yes, give me love.

  19. Simone Grant says:

    Thanks to everyone for playing. I’m going to be announcing the winner later today.


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