Saturday, March 17, 2007

Have I Got a Deal for You

Guess it's been more than a year since the TV game show "Deal or No Deal" got America buzzing. I watched a few episodes and couldn't figure out what the big "deal" was.

I thought "Deal or No Deal's" host seemed hot - until I realized he was Howie Mandel! Ew! It's like having a crush on someone then finding out they're a relative.

Maybe I don't like the suspense with synchronized commercial breaks. Or, maybe it's because I know I wouldn't make it as a contestant - I just don't get that excited over a suitcase with a dollar in it. I don't show my emotions (which is a trait I'm sure I inherited from my father, the always calm football coach) and even if I won a million dollars, I probably wouldn't jump up and down and scream on national TV (I'd need some good acting classes).

For those who don't make it onto the set of"Deal or No Deal," my sponsor introduced me to a Web site called where you can play (for FREE!) all sorts of games, including "Deal or No Deal." is a search engine, kind of like Google. Each time you use to search, you have an opportunity to win a groovy prize, like an Amazon gift certificate, iPod Shuffle and the ever popular CASH. Registration is free, too.'s "Deal or No Deal" game is free to play, which means you don't actually win money. But just think of it as a training ground to play on the TV version of "Deal or No Deal."

Like the TV version, you select a suitcase (hoping it's the winner), then pick other suitcases. The banker eventually calls to make a deal. Blah, blah, blah. If you're reading this post, you already know how the TV version works. The sound effects are hip and reminiscent of the days when Ponch and John cruised the California Highway ("ChiPs" - anyone remember?).

Now get your butt over to to play "Deal or No Deal." Warning: the game is addictive, even for this non-fan.

Frustration at the Gym

After two weeks at the gym, burning 500+ calories every other day on the elliptical machine (3 - 4 miles), on the circuit of weight training during the off days, eating only whole foods (nothing processed) and watching my caloric and carb intake, I gained a FREAKIN POUND!!!

How can that happen??? I realize muscle weighs more than fat, but I have totally changed my eating habits. There were three afternoons of cake and four mornings of donuts in the office over the past two weeks and I walked away from ALL of them. I was sick for a couple of days and hardly ate anything (but still managed to make it to the gym). I've avoided the vending machine, cut soda out of my diet and have been drinking at least a gallon of water a day (while peeing like a race horse). Somehow I manage to gain a FREAKIN POUND!

On the upside, clothes feel better and I can sleep better. But it's still frustrating. Grrrr! No more scale for me!