Dotti Dotti Dotti's
October 20, 2006    
Issue #010


Fall is in the air ~ can you feel it? I truly miss living in the Northeast during this time of year. The leaves are gorgeously showing us all their beautiful colors before they leave for the winter. It is truly a site to behold.

It is certainly getting a little cooler in the evenings as my heater has been kicking in now and then.  Time to drag out the warm slippers!

While I prepare our visit why don't you grab some water and find a comfy chair to sit back in and relax.  Don't forget that wonderful SMILE of yours!

Success ~ How do you define success?

I'd like to start our discussion by reading a post my Al made on our Message Board in the Challenge Forum. It is called, "A Challenging Thought" by Al.

Marian Paroo:
No, please, not tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

Harold Hill: Oh, my dear little librarian. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.
—from the Music Man  

Repetitive action of any sort will accumulate results. You can have a lot of empty yesterdays, or you can have a large collection of vibrant memories. Just like with pearls, you can string a wonderful collection of successes, one at a time.

The challenge is always for this day; this moment. Whatever we choose for this moment is added to the string of yesterdays that we are creating. Will it be a string of “empty yesterdays,” or a string of pearl-like accomplishments?

I think it is important to realize that our successes do not have to be earth shattering each day in order to build a stupendous structure. What is a single brick? But look what can be built with bricks, each laid down, one at a time!

This minute of success is added to the last, and one minute at a time, one success at a time, a tremendous result is built. You turn around, and look back at what seems to be an endless string of accomplishment. How could you possibly have done so much? Only by laying down one little success at a time.

You can do this! This moment is the key. It is not later today, or tomorrow, because we are not going to build empty yesterdays. Starting today, this very moment, we are going to build our cathedral of success, one simple brick at a time.

After reading that awesome message from Al I think you can see what we will be talking about today ~ your success and how adding up all your successful moments will lead to your reaching your goal that you have set for yourself on this Journey. 
What do all of the following have in common? 

           You stepped on the scale and it says you maintained.
          You successfully walk by the candy bowl at work without stopping to have some.
          A co-worker brings in donuts and you refrain from having one.
         You go to dinner with a good friend and have a house salad instead of an appetizer.
          You use the stairs instead of the elevator.
         You take a filled water bottle with you while out and about.
          You leave food on the plate when you are done eating.
          You walk a little bit further than the last time you walked.
         You share a dessert instead of having it all to yourself.
          You tried water aerobics for the first time.
          You went to the movies and didn't have the popcorn, smothered in butter.

Have you been thinking about what all of the above say to you, a person who is on a healthy Lifetime Journey? I'll tell you what they say to me - SUCCESS - some small, some big, but SUCCESS none-the-less.  As Al stated in his message above, all of your successes, big or small, will bring you to your goal on this Journey.  To me success is measured by what I have done to ensure that I am incorporating a healthy lifestyle into my life. When  I go to the movies and don't have the popcorn smothered in butter, it's a huge success to me because I absolutely love that popcorn.  Of course, that is until the butter settles in my stomach a couple hours later... you get the picture.  So for me to not have the movie popcorn is a healthy choice and one that should be included in my healthy lifestyle.

Do me a favor, read those successes again.  While you were reading them what was going through your mind? I'm guessing a lot of "...that's not a success, it just happened" or "...big deal, so I didn't have the donut" or "...a maintain is not a success".  Sound familiar?  Boy, do they ever! So, the question is, how can we change our way of thinking about these "bricks" to help us build our success?

One way is to work on positives to say to yourself ~

           Look at that, I walked further than the last time.
          Wow, it feels awesome to be in control of the food instead of the food being in control of me.
          I shared a dessert and it was delicious.
         Walking up the stairs felt great.
          I didn't lose but I didn't gain either - a success in my book!
          I love water aerobics, why didn't I try it earlier?
         Water aerobics wasn't my cup of tea but I'm proud of myself for trying it.
          Having my water with me sure helped with the cravings until I got home.
          Woo! Hoo! I was stronger than that darned "donut".

These are just a few positives to help you understand that all your successes are just that - successes!  It does not matter if they are big or small - they are still successes. They are successes that will add up to your final success of reaching your goal.  They are bricks of success which will help you create new healthy habits for your new healthy lifestyle.  They are bricks of success that will make you feel good along the way.  They are bricks of success that will give you the confidence that you can do this Journey; that you yourself are a success. 

As you learn new ways to live your healthy lifestyle you must tout all your successes, big or small.  If you walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator tell everyone who will listen about how great it felt to get some exercise in.  You never know, maybe a coworker will step up and offer to walk the stairs with you! When you have a maintain on the scale for the week make sure you tell everyone how successful you were this week because, my dear, you were successful! What? You tried a new water aerobic class?  Why haven't I heard all about it! Wasn't it great to try something new? See you can have fun and exercise too.  

When you look at all these successes as a series of small wins towards your goal you are steering clear of the all-or-nothing attitude which is much like perfectionism - something most of us have in common.  Remember, all of your successes add up to developing healthy habits for your new healthy lifestyle.

If you are having a hard time seeing these successes as bricks of success try keeping a separate journal to record your day.  I'll bet when you start writing down all the things you did on a given day you will see that you certainly were in control of your Journey and where you least expected to be!  As you are having that salad instead of an appetizer you may think it's "nothing" at the time but when you see it written down you may say, "look at that!  I was in control and it came naturally."  Well, of course it did, because everytime you have these successes (yes, you will have the same one many times - still a success) it gets easier to incorporate them into your healthy lifestyle.  Doesn't it feel great?

Some of my bricks of success may differ from yours.  That's okay.  We are on the same Journey, but it's different too.  That is what makes us unique. These are some of mine:

           I drank all my water today.
          I did a 5 mile walk.
          I shared a dessert with Al.
         I stayed within my points today.
          I left food on my plate.
          I connected with one of my weightloss buddies.
         I journaled all my food today.
          I did not stop at McDonalds on the way home.
          I had lowfat instead of premium ice cream.

What are some of yours?  Write them down in a special notebook so you can look back and read how successful you have been on this Journey.  Next to every brick of success, no matter how small, write a positive response to it.  This will help you see that brick of success in a positive way which will remind you next time how great that success was!

So after talking with you today how many of you feel you are building a wonderful cathedral of success? How many bricks of success do you have?  How many of you are going to look at all your successes, big or small, in a different way now?  I hope you all will.  Now go out there and build your cathedral with those bricks of success.

I guess my time here has come to a close, so until next time... I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Halloween with lots of laughter and wonderful times. 

Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

"Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient of success." ~~Anonymous

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable." ~~Og Mandino

"We can't afford to waste tears on might-have-beens. We need to turn the tears into sweat that can take us to what can be." ~~Anonymous

Come Join the Fun!

  If you haven't already visited our Message Board, please take the time to visit. Our Zonies are the greatest and they are always willing and ready to offer support, Hugs! and friendship ~ 24/7

On a separate note, our Message Board has moved to another server.  We have purchased a license from vBulletin and set up our own board on our own dedicated server. The Administrators and Moderators have worked very hard getting the new board up and running.  You can now stop by and join us at our new home on the net.  Our new DWLZ Message Board is at:

Please note: Everyone has to register at the new board in order to use it (yes, me too )—remember that if you had an account at our old ezboard message board, you will NOT be able to just sign in using your old ezboard username and password, unless of course you first register at our new board using them—once you have registered, you will then be able to post and be a part of our supportive community.  I think you are going to like all the wonderful new features. 

My Journey Back to Goal

A little about my Journey back to Goal... With this week's weigh-in I am officially half way back to my personal goal of 145 pounds, from my high of 223 after quitting smoking!

I've been home from our cruise now for a couple of weeks.  It's been a very busy couple of weeks getting the new Message Board up and running on our new dedicated server. Last week Al and I took a break from working just about 24/7 and headed to Canon Beach, OR for 3 days.  It was great, relaxing and just what the doctor ordered.  I had my laptop with me in case I was needed on the boards or website but that is the only time I used it. Here are a couple of photos from the coast that I thought I would share with you.  One is in front of Haystock Rock and the other is me checking out a beautiful new flower I discovered.

Since getting back from our cruise I have lost a pound and continue to enjoy my Journey.  Al and I have been getting in some walking this month, usually a 5 mile walk.  We need to work harder on being more regular with this but it's a start.

I haven't had any food issues of late which I'm grateful for.  I've been eating at home which makes it so much easier eating on Program.  I'm struggling a bit with my water off and on but I'm sure that will correct itself in no time.  I've discovered Propel packets to put in your bottled water and I love them!  Propel is one of my favorite drinks.  They help me get in some of my water.

As I said in the last newsletter, new clothes are a great incentive to keep to Program. I love wearing the new clothes I had bought for the cruise.  Just wearing nice, new clothes give you a great feeling. 

At Cannon Beach it was wonderfully relaxing. We did a LOT of walking the whole 3 days we were there and food was not an issue most of the time.  I had one really nice dinner out indulging in Steak and Lobster with some rice pilaf, salad and bread.  I didn't eat the bread, used very little of the melted butter on the yummy lobster and enjoyed every bit of my steak. I also had a few glasses of wine which I enjoyed. The only thing I should not of had was the dessert.  I was already full but had it anyway and of course it was delicious. Sometimes our body says one thing and our head says another.  All in all, a great evening with Al and great food.

Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs have kept me focused on the different aspects of my Journey.  She is my rock, never failing with her positive words and strong encouragement for me.  I always feel like she is talking to me alone during my time with her. When I'm done with a session I am confident that I can continue on this Lifelong Journey. I have found myself listening to the different tracks at least once or twice a week. These hypnosis cds are giving me that reinforcement, encouragement and positive attitude that I need on this Journey. 

My motto is One Day at a Time, No Guilt and Move On.  This works for me.  I no longer worry about yesterday or wonder about tomorrow. I cannot relive yesterday and tomorrow isn't here yet, so I will just deal with today

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 just received this email from Cam Marcus, Co-Founder of The Hypnosis Network where I ordered my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs and I'd like to share it with you all.

Hi Dotti – I just got off the phone with a very nice woman who bought our Enjoying Weight Loss program because of you (she had read about it on your web site). She was SO excited about the fact that she was at a party, and was able to have just a very small piece of cake (when before she would have had two or more)….She went on to tell me how surprised she was to finally find it so easy stay On Program.

I just wanted to let you know that we regularly get phone calls and email from customers who have heard about us through you and your web site.  The news of your success in losing over 38 pounds is evidently spreading!

As a way to thank you and all of your visitors for the growing success of our program, we are offering a  10% discount for our Enjoying Weight Loss program (or  anything  else on our site). At checkout, just ask  them to use the discount: dwlz  - To make things simple, if they click this link, Hypnosis Network they will be taken to the Enjoying Weight Loss page, and the discount will be added automatically at checkout.

Once again, congratulations to you on your continued success, and MANY thanks…..and Happy (belated) Birthday!

Cam Marcus,
Co-Founder, The Hypnosis Network

Cam Marcus and the rest of the staff at the Hypnosis Network are a joy to work with and they always treat everyone with respect and a caring attitude. They always put you, the customer, first.

Comic Relief

Grand Opening

It was the Grand Opening of a new supermarket where I was employed as a cashier. Despite lots of planning, many products were not scanning correctly at the register. Instead, a loud beep would sound for about 15 seconds, annoying my customers.

Near the end of the day, a woman came through with a big load of fruits and vegetables, followed by two small bags of chips. All her food registered perfectly until I pulled the chips over the scanner, and the beeping began. I was about to apologize when she leaned over and asked, "Is this one of those Weight Watchers stores?"

From Readers Digest

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

           Kiwi Fruit, 1 medium [46 calories] 
          Grapes, 1 cup [58 calories]
          Gelatin, 1/2 cup [80 calories]
          Pistachio Nuts, 20 [85 calories]
          Licorice, red, 6 bite-sized [75 calories]
          Biscotti, 1 Pepperidge Farm [90 calories]

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

DWLZ Cookbooks One and Two

Have you ordered your DWLZ Cookbooks yet? 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. One of the recipes I love is the Pumpkin Pudding, especially during this time of year.  The recipes are easy to make and don't use hard-to-find items. These make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Food Finds

While away at the coast last week I discoverd the Nature Valley's Chewy Trail Mix Bars.  They were very filling and tasted delicious.  Good for a quick pick-me-up and something I would carry in my purse for an "emergency" food while out and about.

          Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Mixed Berry, 1 bar (Nature Valley)
             [140 cal/3.5 g fat/1 g fiber/26 g carbs]
          Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Apple Cinnamon, 1 bar (Nature Valley)
             [140 cal/4 g fat/1 g fiber/25 g carbs]
          Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Fruit & Nut, 1 bar (Nature Valley)
             [140 cal/4 g fat/2 g fiber/25 g carbs]
          Wheat Thins, Reduced Fat, 16 crackers (Nabisco)
             [130 cal/4 g fat/1 g fiber/21 g carbs]
          Cream Cheese, Light, 2 tbsp (Philadelphia)
             [60 cal/4.5 g fat/0 g fiber/2 g carbs]
          Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded Reduced Fat 2 % milk, 1/4 cup (Kraft)
             [70 cal/4 g fat/0 g fiber/1 g carbs]

Whatís For Breakfast?

Since it's getting a bit chilly in the morning I am wanting something warm in my tummy and oatmeal, any variety, seems to fill that need.  I love cottage cheese and fruit and the fruit cups make it convenient.

          Cottage Cheese, Lowfat (Wilcox), 1/2 cup
[90 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/4 g carbs]
          Fruit Cup, Peaches (Del Monte), 1 cup
             [70 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs]
          ♦ Instant Oatmeal, Apples & Cinnamon (Mom's Best), 1 packet
             [130 cal/1.5 g fat/3 g fiber/27 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...

"Cinderella" has been made into a movie more times than any other story.

The paper used to make money is composed of linen and several types of cotton, including denim - which gives it its unique fabriclike feel and durability.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

On the average, we forget 80 percent of what we learn on any given day.  [I just knew I was normal ]

A New Recipe to Try

This recipe sounds great to take to those get-togethers that will be coming up in the next couple of months.  I got the recipe off of the Nabisco Wheat Thins, Reduced Fat, box.  Sounds yummy!  I haven't tried it yet but I like all the ingredients   If you try it let me know how you like it.

     Easy Layered Tomato Dip

          1 tub (8 oz) Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese Spread
          2 cloves garlic, minced
          ♦ 2 small tomatoes, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
          1/3 cup sliced green onions
          1/4 cup Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
          Wheat Thins, Reduced Fat Baked Snack Crackers

          Mix cream cheese spread and garlic until well blended.
          Spread onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch pie plate or onto serving plate; top with tomatoes, onions and cheese.
          Cover and refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
          Serve as a dip with the crackers.

          Makes 3 cups dip or 24 servings, 2 tbsp dip and 16 crackers each.

          160 cal, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugars,
          4 g protein

Ways to Cut 100 Calories

          Eat a 3/4 cup serving of pudding made with skim milk rather than one cup of whole-milk pudding.
          Have 3/4 cup of split pea soup instead of one cup of chunky bean and ham soup.
          Quench your thirst with water with lemon instead of a can of light beer.
          Have a serving of vegetarian lasagna instead of lasagna with meat. 

PurFoods Fitness

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Their food is absolutely delicious! I loved how it was delivered fresh to my door, ready to eat for whenever I wanted.

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.

A Serving Size - what an eye-opener!

According to the USDA, one serving equals:
  • 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta
  • 1 slice of whole-grain bread
  • 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes
  • 3-4 small crackers
  • 1 small pancake or waffle
  • 2 medium-sized cookies
  • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup (4 leaves) lettuce
  • 1 small baked potato
  • 3/4 cup vegetable juice
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1/2 grapefruit or mango
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1 cup yogurt or milk
  • 1 1/2 ounces of cheddar cheese
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 medium pork chop
  • 1/4 pound hamburger patty

Amazing, isn't it? I am always shocked to realize that in my past life I was eating 2-4 servings of food.

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:
New U.S. Restaurants
Big Town Hero
Buck's Pizza
Casa Dolce
Casa Mia Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant
Daddio's Italian & Mexican Take 'n' Bake
Dixie Chili & Deli
Dooley's Bagels & Deli
El Toro Mexican Restaurant
Elliano's Coffee Company
Flat Top Grill
Great Wraps
Jack Astor's
Lollicup Coffee & Tea
Manchu Wok
Mr. Smoothie
Pier 49 Pizza
Shake's Frozen Custard
Simple Simon's Pizza
Submarina California Subs
Tasty Thai
TLC's Polish Water Ice

New Canadian Restaurants
Capt. Sub the Toast Masters
Country Style
Greco Pizza
Jack Astor's
Manchu Wok
Pickle Barrel

Updated U.S. Restaurants
Bruster's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Yogurt
Famous Dave's
Jack's Family Restaurants
Max & Erma's
Naked Juice
New York Fries
Old Spaghetti Factory
Olga's Kitchen
Pat & Oscar's
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Rubio's Baja Grill
Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation
Zoe's Kitchen

Updated Canadian Restaurants
New York Fries
Pizza Pizza

Removed Restaurants due to closure:

I hope everyone is enjoying our new Message Board. I want to thank our Administrators and Moderators for a job well done in getting us moved in with as little stress as possible! You're the BEST!  Thank you! Thank you!

I would like to thank Michele/Akasha and Vikki aka Purplenorsemen for all their help on updating the restaurants.

"Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition."
          ~ Anonymous


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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