Sweating it Out in the Hot Seat

First of all, thanks to Erin for suggesting this bit of fun. Thanks to all of you for your interesting questions! I only wish I had interesting answers. :)

(And I apologize in advance if these links don’t work properly! I copy/pasted from the original post.)

Ready Maid:
What ways have you learned to reward yourself other than with food?

Since I live by myself, rewards like bubble baths and time to curl up with a good book are everyday life for me, so most of my non-food rewards are purchased. I treated myself to having my eyebrows “done” a few weeks ago. I bought the legendary iPhone. I have a bicycle on my “to be ordered” list. Things like that. I’m pondering a way to use iTunes purchases as a reward for mini-goals. When the weather warms up, I’ll be able to have some non-food/non-financial rewards like zoo trips and long walks just for fun.

Trisha asked…
What kind of hobbies do you have? (Other than getting skinny!)Do you collect anything?

I love to write! Not just blogging, but fiction as well. I’m not good enough to be published (yet), but I enjoy the experience. And I love to read–mostly mysteries. As far as collecting, I’m trying really hard not to since one of my goals is a simpler, less cluttered, life. My mother, however, likes collecting and can’t stand the thought of me not having a collection of something, so she collects Boyd’s Bears on my behalf. :) (They are really cute!)

Andrew is getting fit said…
How old are you?

You had to go and remind me! I am clinging to 49 by the tips of my fingernails. On August 17th, I’ll be 50 healthy years old!

Pattie said…
If you could spend an hour with one person, dead or alive, who would it be — and why?

My e-friend, Paula, who died five years ago of breast cancer. I never met Paula in person, but her generosity and kindness in reading and commenting on my first attempts at writing changed my life forever. Even when she was undergoing the ravages of chemo and radiation, she still made a point of sending me thoughtful and encouraging notes. I would love to be able to give her a hug and tell her how grateful I am. But I think she knows. :)

Erin said…
What one thing are you looking forward to doing/buying when you reach your goal weight? Do you want to go bungee jumping or buy a great pair of leather pants…lol

I want to ride a Seadoo and also to go to San Francisco and ride bikes (uphill only) with my friend Morgan.

Dottie said…
do you have a job you enjoy? I feel like I’m going through a midlife crisis or something and it seems its affecting a lot… got any tips.

Oh, Dottie, my sister in restlessness! :) I’m kind of struggling with my job right now, too. Unfortuantely without that job, I’d be struggling with my mortgage. LOL I’m a financial systems manager and I also manage internal communications for my company’s corporate finance department. It’s not the most exciting job in the world, but I *adore* many of the people I work with, which certainly helps! The only tip I have is to look at it as a means to an end, nothing more, nothing less. Life begins after work. Good luck with your own struggles. I hope you’ll find a happy place.

Rose said…
What’s the craziest diet scheme that you tried?andIn the words of Oprah… What was you AHA! moment, where you realized that you needed to lose weight and that it would be different?

The craziest thing I ever did was to go to some “diet doctor” and take the multitude of various pills he prescribed, not bothering to understand what they were. I still don’t know, but I think that’s the one diet wagon I’m glad I fell off of! As for my AHA moment, I think it was realizing that I should be eating to be healthy and exercising to be strong, instead of trying to chase some Madison Ave./Hollywood ideal of what the female body should look like. My friend, Morgan, who lost a lot of weight years ago and has kept it off, helped me see that. She was the first woman I ever met who “dieted” to be healthy, not thin. She looks great and she’s so incredibly fit and strong (inside and out); I want *that* version of the female body, not the one that walks on runways in ugly dresses.

Twix said…
What’s your favorite flower?
I love roses, all colors, all varieties. My grandmother (Memaw) has always been a rose gardener, and they remind me of her! In my first house, I had a few rose bushes, but since moving to my current home five years ago, I haven’t planted any. Maybe this year, I will!

Takeonestripperpole said…
If you could go to any location in the world … with no financial limitations whatsoever … where would you go? What would you do? And who would you bring?

Provence, or anywhere in the Mediterranean region, really. I would walk a lot and eat fruit, bread and cheese. Drink good wine. And write. I would ask George Clooney to go with me, but I suspect he would say no. So I would ask one or more of my friends to go with me.

Plumptious said…
What makes you, or when do you feel, completely happy, without a care in the world?

This is kind of embarrassing, but my answer is ‘never’. I’m a worrier and a fretter by nature. I try not to let it consume me, so I’m also able to be joyful a good bit of the time. But I can’t say I ever really feel carefree. There’s always something niggling me just below the surface. Probably the closest I’ve come lately is when I’m on the elliptical machine and a really great song comes on my shuffle (last night it was “These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs). I can just escape into the music and the rest of the world doesn’t exist anymore. And then I get a muscle cramp. :)

40 by 40 said… How are you doing on the diet soda cutbacks? What has changed since you have cut back? I know–not too juicy..but as a diet soda addict myself..I am curious. :)

I absolutely rock on weekdays. Weekends? Not so much. Last weekend I had an extra Diet Coke on both Saturday and Sunday. I have decided to continue the effort, but to not beat myself up over it. If, in the end, a couple of Diet Cokes too many are my worst vice, I’ll count myself successful and lucky!

That was fun! Thanks again to all of you for the wide variety of questions! If I missed anyone, let me know–please!–and I’ll fill in the gap.

For now, it’s Erin’s turn in the Hot Seat, so head on over to her place and make her sweat! LOL