Dotti Dotti Dotti's
October 5, 2006    
Issue #009


Hi everyone! How was September? It sure did fly by didn't it?  I cannot believe it is October already.  Why is it the older you get the faster time goes by? 

On a personal note I have to tell you guys, our Alaskan Cruise was absolutely everything I had hoped for and more.  I was pampered and truly felt "special" the whole time. Our ship, Holland America msWesterdam, was heading to the Caribbean after dropping us off in Seattle and I really wanted to stay on for that cruise and fly back from Florida.  Of course, it was time to get back to reality so that was not an option but it's sure nice to dream, isn't it?

Okay everyone, it's time to go grab your water and find a comfy chair.  Don't forget to SMILE and remember that this is YOUR time for YOU.


With not even a month to go before Halloween arrives, the stores are bombarding us with costumes, decorations and of course, the treats.  It seems you cannot even get out of the store without seeing the treats offered. 

How many of us have walked by the treats and said, "I'll get them now so I don't have to get them at the last minute"?  Now, honestly answer this question, "How many of us did buy the treats early and have already gotten into them?"  I know that I've done that in the past but no more. I've learned that there will be plenty available Halloween day and most times, on sale! 

So, what can we do to have a fun Halloween and keep our weight loss goals front and center?  Here are a few suggestions that I've learned through my 8 years on this wonderful Journey.

           Keep yourself busy getting your house ready for the trick or treaters; they
             will love it and you'll have fun doing it plus you are 'moving.'
          Make sure you get your sleep and keep your stress level low; exhaustion
             and being stressed are sure ways to overeat.
          If you are going to be giving out candy, buy it on Halloween day if possible.
         Keep a bowl of popcorn and platter of veggies within reach when handing
             out candy.
          Buy Halloween candy that you don't like.
          Take leftover candy to a shelter.
          Drink lots of water; in fact, always have water close by.
          Eat before your Halloween party; that puts you in control of your food.
          Volunteer at the party to greet guests and make them feel welcome; keeps
             you busy so eating is not your #1 priority.
          Take a veggie plate so you'll have some healthy munchies.
          Don't be afraid to say 'no' when offered treats; grab your water and
             remember how good it feels to be in control.
          Make your own costume if you are going to a costume party. As you can
             see below my costume was not made for 'eating' but I sure did have
             fun wearing it - lots of laughs & good times with little chance of blowing my
             program! BTW ~ I've won first place more than once with this fun costume.

Dotti's Bodiless Costume

The most important thing to remember is that Halloween is just another day.  The candy you would eat on Halloween is candy you can get on any day so why do you have to eat it on Halloween? It's because it's what we do on Halloween.  Guess what?  You can change what you do on Halloween.  No one is putting that candy or those treats in your mouth.  You have the strength to say no—each and every one of you.

Do you honestly think that you are having less of a good time because you don't indulge in the treats?  Of course not, so why indulge?  If you go to your Halloween celebration already satisfied from your 'controlled' meal at home you will have more time to focus on your friends and family.  You will not be focused on the 'treats'.  Having your water with you at all times reminds you that you are in control. It also keeps you satisfied and gives you a full feeling helping you to overcome the need for a 'treat'.

This year Al and I will be home for Halloween night. Instead of buying Halloween candy this early we have been shopping for ways to dress up the house and walkway in anticipation of our trick or treaters. It's been so much fun and the 'treat' side of it hasn't even come into question at this time.  We are more excited about the pumpkins, skeletons, ghoulish sounding doorbell and how our visitors will like it. 

I will most likely be buying Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, Big Hunk Bars and Look Bars as they are not a redlight food for me and one I enjoy now and then.  At 50 calories each they are an On Program snack that I can freeze and enjoy whenever I wish. On the other hand, if these were redlight foods they would NOT come into my house.  Do yourself a favor ~ do not bring any candy into your house that would be a problem for you. Sooner or later you will get into the candy and you will be so disappointed in yourself.  I have found that by removing the temptations it is easier to stay in control.  After all, we are all human and being human we all stumble and fall. 

This Halloween let's try to do everything in our power to stay in control and to remove any 'problems' that might get in the way of our Journey. Let's stay focused on the event called Halloween and not the 'treats' of Halloween.  Laughter, good friends, lots of wonderful costumes and having a wonderful time is Halloween; the 'treats' are secondary.

I've listed a few of the Halloween candy that will be floating around from now until Halloween so you will know just how much damage these little 'treats' can do. 

Halloween Candy ~ Snack Size

3 Musketeers, (2 bars) [140 cal/4.5 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs]
1000 Grand, (2 bars) [190 cal/8 g fat/<1 g fiber/30 g carbs]
ABC Fruit Chomps, (7 pieces) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/32 g carbs]
America’s Original Bubble Gum, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, (1 bar) [50 cal/1 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini Big Hunk Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/0.5 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini Look Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Atomic Fireballs, (1 piece) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Blow Pops, (1 piece) [70 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs]
Dum Dum Lollipops, (3 pops) [59 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber]
Jolly Rancher Mini Stix, (1 stick) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Kit Kat, (one 2-piece bar) [80 cal/4 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]
Life Saver Five Flavor Candy, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs]
Life Saver Gummi Savers, (2 rolls) [110 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/27 g carbs]
Life Saver Pops, (1 pop) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses, (6 pieces) [150 cal/3 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Milk Duds, (4 boxes) [160 cal/6 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs]
Necco Wafers, (1 roll) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/13 g carbs]
Nerds, (1 box) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Nestle Crunch Fun Size, (4 bars) [200 cal/10 g fat/<1 g fiber/26 g carbs]
Now & Later, (3 mini bars) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs]
Peter Pan Peanut Butter Cups, (4 pieces) [230 cal/15 g fat/1 g fiber/21 g carbs]
Reese's Peanut Butter Bites, (3 pkgs) [230 cal/13 g fat/1 g fiber/24 g carbs]
Skittles, (3 pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs]
Spree Twist, (2 rolls) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/14 g carbs]
Starburst, (3 funsize pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs]
Starburst Fruit Chews, (8 chews) [160 cal/3.5 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Sugar Babies, (2 pouches) [210 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/47 g carbs]
Sugar Daddy Pops, (3 pops) [160 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs]
Sweet Tarts, (2 rolls) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/12 g carbs]
Tootsie Hot Chocolate Pops, (1 Pop) [70 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs]
Tootsie Roll Midgees, (6 pieces) [160 cal/3 g fat/<1 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Twix, Regular Size, (1 2-pack) [280 cal/14 g fat/1 g fiber/37 g carbs]
Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Cherry Candy, (3 pieces) [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/28 g carbs] Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 4 twists [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/29 g carbs]
Wonka Nerds Gumballs, (1 piece) [45 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Wonka Shock Tarts Gumball, (1 piece) [30 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/8 g carbs]
Wrigley's Chewing Gum, (5 pieces) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Halloween with lots of laughter and wonderful times. 

Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

"Ability is what you're capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~~Lou Holtz

"Our only limitations are those which we set up in our minds or permit others to establish for us." ~~Og Mandino

"A positive attitude is a state of mind which is maintained each day through optimism, enthusiasm, and a belief in oneself and in one's true potential." ~~Anonymous

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We did make the move to:

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My Journey Back to Goal

A little about my Journey back to Goal... As you all know I just got back from a wonderful 30th Anniversary Alaskan Cruise (1st time ever cruising) with Al and our best friends, Jim & Tammy, who were also celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

Dot and Al going ashore in Juneau, AK        Dot and Al dressed for formal shipboard dinner

I was very conscientious about what I ate. Our evening meals in the dining room were awesome and I have to tell you the serving sizes were just that - a serving size!  Imagine that!  I was amazed at how good the food was and how truly On Program most of it was. Okay, not the desserts but they were so good and not the desserts I'm used to so I did indulge.  Al fell in love with the Baked Alaska. We walked almost the whole time on the cruise, either up and down stairs (very seldom did we take the elevators) or in port. 

When I got home on Sunday, Sept 24th, I decided not to weigh until Friday to give myself time to 'defluff'.  I managed to get back to the weight I was BEFORE the cruise so I consider cruise week a success on Program.

I've done a couple of great walks since I've been home, a 5 miler and a 6 miler.  Al and I did not want to stop the exercise we were getting on the ship.  We are contemplating a 10 mile walk in the near future. 

New clothes are also a great incentive to keep to Program.  I loved dressing up for the formal evenings and I felt so good and in control.  I forgot how good it makes you feel wearing new, nice clothes, even if it's not the size you want to be in.  Don't wait till you are at goal to buy a few new things; do it now and you'll be amazed how it makes you feel good about yourself.

I listened to a few tracks of my Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs before going on the cruise.  I also took my iPod with me in case I needed some reinforcement.  Dr. Roberta always seems to keep me focused on my Journey. She never fails to let me know I'm a winner and that I can do this Journey.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs you can read our review at They truly are an invaluable tool on my Journey.

I continue to take my Journey One Day at a Time, with No Guilt and I Move On when I'm struggling.  It's a Journey worth taking and I'm so glad I'm on the road to a healthier, new me and that you are all with me.  Side by side we can do anything.  Supporting each other is the best way to continued success on our Journey. 

The people at the Hypnosis Network are extending a special 10% discount to all their visitors from DWLZ, and from Dotti's Newsletter. Since the CDs have been so helpful for me, I want to share them with you, and I hope this discount will make it easier to do just that. If you have any questions just check out our review page. I am at least 38 pounds lighter today than I would have been without the CDs, and that is what I want for everyone.

Comic Relief

In the spirit of Halloween...

Top 10 Signs You're a Trick or Treating Weight Watcher

10. You know how many door knocks it takes to earn an activity point.
9. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a pedometer and a
Points finder.
8. You ask each house if they mind if you step on their scale -- just to compare.
7. You ask to trade candy corn for the real stuff.
6. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you yell out the # of POINTS!
5. Your costume has a handy water bottle holder so you can meet your
water requirements for the day.
4. You ask to use the bathroom every 3rd house because of #5.
3. At the end of the night, you sort your candy by POINT value.
2. You ask for high fiber candy only.
1. Your goodie bag has a half filled out journal taped to it.

The was originally posted by one of our members, Crazytrkr - Thank you Cynthia

Software You Can Use!

A Note Weight Commander

The Weight Commander is an awesome program for your Journey. I highly recommend it to all those who are on a Journey of their own. It is a wonderful program to track your progress on any weight loss program you are using. You can read My Review of the Weight Commander or go straight to the source and check out this great software by following this link to Weight Commander. He has many tips and ideas throughout his program which will help you to be successful on your Journey.

100 Calorie or Less Snacks

based on averages of the brands available. Don’t forget to always check your nutritional label.

           Peach, 1 medium [37 calories]
          Oyster Crackers, 10 count [33 calories]
          Mints, 1/4 cup [100 calories]
          Marshmallow, 4 regular [92 calories]
          Fruit Cocktail, water-packed, 1/2 cup [40 calories]
          Fig Bar, 1 [53 calories]

DWLZ Cookbooks One and Two

Do you have your electronic copy of the DWLZ Cookbooks? These cookbooks are filled with recipes that are Zonies' favorites, dishes that are delicious but on program, with nutritional information listed. This is two books in one package: DWLZ Cookbooks Volumes One and Two. I think you are going to like them.

Food Finds

Now that we are finally getting some fall weather a warm cup of soup is so delicious. Below are a few low calorie options which are delicious and nutritious.

          Traditional, Beef & Mushroom Soup, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [90 cal/1 g fat/1 g fiber/13 g carbs]
          Traditional, 99% FF White Cheddar Potato, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [100 cal/1.5 g fat/2 g fiber/20 g carbs]
          Traditional, Beef & Baked Potato Soup, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [100 cal/1.5 g fat/1 g fiber/15 g carbs]
          Traditional, Homestyle Chicken Soup, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [100 cal/2 g fat/1 g fiber/14 g carbs]
          Traditional, Roasted Chicken Italiano Soup, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [80 cal/1.5 g fat/1 g fiber/10 g carbs]
          Healthy Classics, Minestrone Soup, 1 cup (Progresso)
             [123 cal/3 g fat/1 g fiber/20 g carbs]

Whatís For Breakfast?

Breakfast is usually the one meal I make myself eat. For some reason I am not hungry when I first wake up and so I have to just DO IT, if you know what I mean. I love a bowl of my favorite cereal, Trader Joes Soy & Flax Clusters and a cup of my Butterfinger Hot Chocolate.

          Trader Joes Soy & Flax Clusters (Trader Joes), 1 cup ~ sweet and crunchy
             blend of Flaxseed Clusters, Flakes & Soy Nuts
[[190 cal/3 g fat/6 g fiber/38 g carbs]
          Butterfinger Hot Chocolate (Yoplait), 1 packet
             [120 cal/3 g fat/0 g fiber/23 g carbs]

Who Knew...

 Excerpts from "Who Knew?" by David Hoffman

Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things...

The Hershey's Kiss got its name from the puckering sound made by the manufacturing equipment as chocolate was dropped onto the conveyor belt during the production process.

Life Savers got their signature shape by accident, when the machine employed to press out a standard circular mint malfunctioned, inadvertently punching a hole in each.

Some fast-food chains spray sugar on their potatoes, which caramelizes during cooking and gives the fries a golden color.

One hundred shares of McDonald's stock purchased for $2,250 when first offered in 1965 was worth more than $1.4 million in 1995.

Whatís For Dinner?

I've had a very busy week so sometimes our dinner meal is take-out. Our favorite fast food is Taco Bell. Some good choices at Taco Bell are:

             ♦ Taco [170 cal/10 g fat/0 g fiber/13 g carbs]
             Bean Burrito [370 cal/10 g fat/8 g fiber/55 g carbs]
Tostada [250 cal/10 g fat/7 g fiber/29 g carbs]
             Pintos 'n Cheese [180 cal/7 g fat/6 g fiber/20 g carbs]
             Mexican Rice [210 cal/10 g fat/3 g fiber/23 g carbs]
             Cinnamon Twists [160 cal/5 g fat/0 g fiber/28 g carbs] ~ can't forget

Ways to Cut 100 Calories

          Prepare 1/2 cup of steamed peas and cauliflower instead of one serving of
             frozen peas and cauliflower in cream sauce.
          Make a strawberry smoothie with 2/3 cup lowfat milk, half a banana and
            1/2 cup of strawberries instead of having a strawberry milkshake.
          Have two meatballs instead of four with your spaghetti.
          Instead of 1 cup of regular cottage cheese have 1 cup of fat-free cottage

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Click Here to read our review of PurFoods Fitness ~ we have tried these meals and they are absolutely delicious!

If you prefer you can Click Here to go directly to the PurFoods Fitness website to find out more about this wonderful program.

Portion Size Tips

More ways to look at portion sizes ~
          1 tablespoon fudge is about the size of ~ a pair of dice
          4 oz Champagne is about the size of ~ a cupcake wrapper
          Hot and cold beverages, 8 fl ozs ~ clenched fist
          Chopped, raw vegetables or fruit, 1 cup ~ size of baseball

Website Updates

All my updates can be found on the Message Board in the DWLZ Website News & Updates forum at:

US restaurant updates can be found at our Restaurants
TOC page at:
Canadian restaurant updates can be found at our Canadian Restaurants
TOC page at:
I have still more restaurants to update which will be done soon. For now, getting our new Message Board up and running has been keeping me very busy.
I would like to thank Michele/Akasha and Vikki aka Purplenorsemen for all their
help on updating the restaurants.


Now it's time to say good-bye until we meet again. Have an awesome couple of weeks and keep smiling, no matter. Those smiles will keep your mood light and help those around you be cheerful. Remember you always have someone in Vancouver, WA rooting for you. You are never alone on this Journey.

Take care until next time...

Hugs! Dotti

"I cannot relive yesterday and tomorrow isnít here yet, so I will just deal with today." ~ Dotti

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