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Five dinner guests

The challenge? Thirty health-related posts in 30 days, using prompts prepared by the folks at WEGO Health.

Day Nineteen: Five Dinner Guests. Who are 5 people you’d love to have dinner with (living or deceased) and why?

Only five? Whew — my guest list’ll be hard to pare down. For this post, I’ll stick to lifestyle-related guests. Don’t be surprised to find a similar post over on my writing blog, featuring writer-types with whom I’d love to break bread (figuratively, of course. No bread for me!)

To make it easier, I’ll break my guest list into multiple categories: Bloggers, celebrities and experts. I’ll list multiple guests in each and then pare my list down to five.

From the blog world

There are so many bloggers I’d like to meet, starting with Roni Noone. Roni’s Weigh is the first blog I started reading, so I’d love to thank her for all the insight and inspiration she’s provided over the years.

Mizfit, Carla Birnberg, writes posts and tweets that are so full of life and fun that I bet she’d be a blast to hang out with. Plus, we’re about the same age and had horribly unhealthy college experiences, so we’d have plenty to talk about.

Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers would also be fun to have dinner with, especially if she brought Sadie, too. Anyone who’s that devoted to her dog is OK in my book. And she’s a writer and a reader (Wait — does that make her better qualified for inclusion on my other blog’s guest list?). Someday, I plan to weigh in on one of her book club selections.

Tina Reale from Best Body Fitness is also on the list. Her posts are honest, helpful and occasionally hilarious. Besides, I credit her Best Body Bootcamp for rekindling my desire to exercise. I’d like to thank her for that.

Last but certainly not least is David Garcia from Keep It Up, David. I love his blog, too. He’s an inspiration with a fantastic sense of humor. (Sensing a theme here? I apparently want to dine with a lot of funny men and women.)


Oprah. Her struggles with weight are legend, and I bet she has plenty of advice to dispense.

Ashley Judd. She’s been in the news lately for fighting back against the folks who criticized her puffy face/weight gain. Her Daily Beast essay on the subject is fascinating — and just might be the start of a conversation we should all be having. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all dieted/exercised solely to get healthy, not because we feel pressure to look a certain way?

Jeffrey Donovan. Yeah, I know. The man who plays Michael Westin on “Burn Notice” doesn’t bring much to the table in regards to diet/exercise. But I’d still like to meet him. Why not at this dinner?


Richard Simmons. I remember exercising along with Richard’s TV show back in the 80s — and I’ve sweated to more oldies than I care to admit. His bubbly enthusiasm would be  a great addition to my little dinner party. I’d just have to seat him far away from David, since they already know each other. (Wouldn’t want them to start talking amongst themselves while ignoring the rest of us, now would I?)

Dr. Atkins. For obvious reasons, I’d love a chance to chat with the man who created the only diet I’ve ever been able to stick to.  I’d also like to hear his thoughts on the “New Atkins” plan that’s working for me, but on a much slower timeline.

Sigmund Freud. Again, he doesn’t have much to do with diet/exercise … but I bet he’d be fascinating to have at the dinner table. I’d love to hear his take on this banana candle from the 1970s cookbook “Be Bold with Bananas.” (Find the banana candle photo at the end of the post — the picture is worth at least two thousand words.)

That’s it. Adding anyone else to the list would just make it harder to pare down to the final five.

I wish I could invite everyone I included on my list, but that’d violate the spirit of the prompt … so here goes. I hope there are no hard feelings from those of you who didn’t make the cut. (Yeah, I know — regret has ol’ Sigmund spinning in his grave.)

My ultimate guest list:

  1. Roni
  2. Dr. Atkins
  3. Oprah
  4. Richard
  5. Tina

2 comments on “Five dinner guests

  1. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
    April 19, 2012

    This was such a fun post to read! Thanks so much for including me, Arlene. I’d gladly attend your dinner party! And bring Sadie (though she’s a begger at the table, I must warn you)!

    • Arlene Hittle
      April 19, 2012

      I know all about begging dogs. My roommate’s dog, Blizzard, would sit and stare at you every time you had food. Somehow, she translated “Are you begging?” into a command to lie down. (But it did get her farther away from the plate.)

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