Dotti Dotti Dotti's
April 25, 2007    
Issue #022


Hi everyone!  Can you believe we are almost into May?  Here in Vancouver, WA the flowers are blooming and we've had some beautiful sunshiny days. 

It's time to head to your comfy chair with your tall glass of water and your beautiful SMILE

Vegetarian ~ Is It For Me?

Over the years Al and I have been slowly adding more and more vegetarian meals to our menu.  Al was raised a vegetarian so it's been quite easy for him.  I, on the other hand, grew up on meat and potatoes, so the 'meatless' route was very different for me.  Have any of you thought of going vegetarian? 

Let's say you decided to go vegetarian, now what do you eat?  Below is the Total Plant-food Guide to help you plan appropriately for a well-balanced vegetarian diet.

Group 1 - Whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, and rice group. 6-11 servings, eat liberally.

Group 2 - Fruit group. 2-3 servings, eat liberally.

Group 3 - Vegetable group. 3-5 servings, eat generously.

Group 4 - Low-fat or nonfat milk, yogurt, fresh cheese, and fortified alternative group. 2-3 servings, eat moderately.

Group 5 - Legumes, nuts, seeds, and meat alternative group. 2-3 servings, eat moderately.

Group 6 - Vegetable fats and oils, sweets, and salt. Eat sparingly.

Next, how do we change to a vegetarian diet?  I personally have gone slow and easy.  I have slowly introduced some vegetarian replacements for my "meat". I was very surprised at how good they tasted and they were relatively low-calorie, high fiber foods. Below are some of my favorites ~

♦ Meatless Crumbles (Boca Brand), 1/2 cup [70 cal/.5 g fat/3 g fiber/6 carbs)
♦ Original Burger (Boca Brand), 1 burger [120 cal/0 g fat/6 g fiber/11 carbs]
♦ California Veggie Burgers (Dr. Praeger's), 1 burger [100 cal/3.3 g fat/4 g fiber/9.5 g carbs]
♦ Black Bean Burger (Gardenburger), 1 burger [80 cal/2 g fat/4 g fiber/11 g carbs]
♦ Tomato & Basil Pizza Burger (Morningstar Farm), 1 burger [130 cal/6 g fat/3 g fiber/7 g carbs]
♦ Veggie Corndog (Morningstar Farm), 1 corndog [150 cal/4 g fat/3 g fiber/22 g carbs]
♦ Garlic-Portabella Burgers (Veggie Patch), 1 burger [120 cal/6 g fat/5 g fiber/7 carbs]
♦ Meatballs with Penne Marinara (Gardenburger), 1 meal, frozen [300 cal/4.5 g fat/12 g fiber/31 g carbs]
♦ Meatless Lasagna (Boca Brand) [270 cal/5 g fat/5 g fiber/41 g carbs]

Good Medicine suggest you start your day with a hearty breakfast made up of fruits, grains and vegetables which in turn will make you less hungry during the day. If you stick with beans, green vegetables, unprocessed grains and fruits instead of sugar foods or white bread during the transition you will less likely want meat. 

What are the health benefits of "eating green"? There are many health benefits to eating greens, especially in their raw form. Green vegetables are nature's natural detoxifier. They strengthen the immune system and assists in detoxifying heavy metals and pesticides while helping with healthful bowel function. Eating greens also helps stop the growth of fungi in the digestive tract and bacterial growth in wounds. Dark green vegetables, especially raw, such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, green beans, spinach, parsley and green peas contain chlorophyll which works wonders throughout your body.  Don't forget to add fresh or dried dark-green herbs such as basil, cilantro, mint, and oregano to your foods. Oregano and other herbs rank even higher in antioxidants then most vegetables and fruits. The deeper the color, the more phytochemically active the fruit and vegetable.

Complex Carbohydrates ~ These foods are a must for a balanced, high-nutrient diet.  Baked or boiled red potatoes, brown rice, and whole-grain breads provide B vitamins, insoluble fiber, and important minerals. I've just recently made the switch to whole wheat pasta.  I was leery at first but now this is the only pasta I eat at home.

Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Linguini (Ronzoni), 2 oz dry [180 cal/1 g fat/6 g fiber/42 g carbs] 
Whole Wheat Pasta, Penne Rigate (Heartland), 3/4 cup dry [190 cal/1 g fat/5 g fiber/39 g carbs]

"I love eating beans but they don't love me."  How many of you have said that after enjoying some wonderful legumes?  I know I have. You can alleviate the "gas factor" from beans by soaking them overnight and then discarding the water.  Add more water and bring to a boil.  Discard that water, add more and begin cooking the beans.  You keep all the flavor but without the "gas factor".  According to the Journal of Medicine, researchers have discovered that legumes contain "resistant starch". What is "resistant starch"?  Resistant starch is not like the starch in most grains.  It doesn't break down until it reaches the colon and there, when bacteria attack it, it produces a short-chained fatty acid that may help prevent cancer. Legumes also contain beneficial phytochemicals and fiber.

Are you having trouble keeping your "bad" LDL numbers low? Research from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests that the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the lower your blood level of low-density lipoproteins ("bad" LDLs).  Their Family Heart Study compared dietary intake to LDL levels in 4,466 men and women of all ages. The more fruits and vegetables eaten produced lower levels of LDL.

Cereals - what can we do to help make them the healthiest for us?  If you are having a hot cereal make sure you check the nutritional labels for high fiber and low sugar content. Flavored and instant hot cereal are usually high in sodium so don't forget to check the sodium content.  Plain would be the best choice. Use skim or soymilk instead of water to add nutrition and create a creamier texture. Cinnamon, allspice, or nutmeg are good choices to help spice up your plain hot cereal.  I like to add some sugar-free Davinci's, especially caramel to my oatmeal and other hot cereals. A couple of good hot cereals I like are:

Country Choice Oven Toasted Oats, Old Fashioned, 1/2 cup dry [150 cal/3 g fat/4 g fiber/27 g carbs]
Zoom, 100% Whole Wheat, Quick Hot Cereal (Krusteaz), 1/3 cup dry [120 cal/0.5 g fat/6 g fiber/23 g carbs]
Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal (Country Choice), 1/4 cup dry [150 cal/3 g fat/4 g fiber/27 g carbs]

Raisins, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, bananas and other fruit are great addins and add nutrition to your already nutritious cereal. To add some vitamin E and omega-3 fats to your cereal try topping off with chopped walnuts or ground flaxseeds. Some great, nutritious cold cereals I like include:

Fiber One Honey Clusters (General Mills), 1 cup [160 cal/1 g fat/14 g fiber/44 g carbs]
Heart Healthy Blend with Fiber One Bran Cereal (General Mills), 1 cup [180 cal/2.5 g fat/7 g fiber/42 g carbs]
Kashi Vive Probiotic Digestive Wellness Cereal, Toasted Graham & Vanilla, 1 1/4 cup [170cal/2.5 g fat/12 g fiber/43 g carbs] 
Soy & Flax Clusters (Trader Joes), Flaxseed Clusters, Flakes & Soy Nuts, 1 cup [190 cal/3 g fat/6 g fiber/38 g carbs]

How can we add some soy protein to our diet? Research has shown that incorporating soy protein into the diet adds a powerful punch of health benefits.  Below are a few tasty ways to add soy protein into your diet.

Drink soymilk instead of cow's milk.  Soymilk is great in smoothies, cooking and on your cereal. Some of my favorites are ~
          Silk Soymilk Vanilla Plus Fiber, 1 cup [100 cal/3.5 g fat/5 g fiber/14 g carbs]
          8th Continent Light Vanilla Soymilk, 1 cup [60 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/5 g carbs]
Use meat alternatives. Soy-based substitutes have come a long way.  I was surprised at just how tasty the Boco Brand, Worthington, and Kashi products were.
Try tofu and tempeh.  I have not tried tempeh yet but I have tried tofu in a great tofu burger recipe I like (see below). Tofu has no taste but is a great base for foods that do.  Tempeh has a nutty, chewy flavor.  Both these foods work well in stir-fries, fajitas, salads, and chili.
Snack on soy. Edamame is a soybean snack imported from Asia.  The pods are boiled and salted and delicious! I like to take them on our hikes for a "pick-me-up" snack. Edamame, Dry Roasted (1/4 cup) [140 cal/6 g fat/4 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Incorporate flour power. Soy flour comes in full-fat and defatted varieties.  It'll add moistness and a nutty flavor to your bread and other baked products.

Is a vegetarian diet healthier than a meat diet?  Many scientific studies have shown that vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have disease-reduction properties that help vegetarians to be less obese with less cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, colon cancer, renal disease, dementia, diverticular disease, gallstones and Rheumatoid arthritis.

If I go vegetarian, can I get a balanced diet?  The American Dietetic Association and the Dietitians of Canada agree that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritious and can meet all the recommended dietary intakes and guidelines of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board.

How many of you would be willing to try a vegetarian substitute for your meat? I have not made the complete switch to a vegetarian diet but I have introduced a lot of vegetarian substitutes into my diet.  I, like you will be, was most surprised at how good the foods tasted and also, how they fit right into my lifestyle and Weight Watcher plan.

Good luck to you all on your Journey to a healthier, happier, thinner and more confident YOU.  You all have it within yourselves to be the best you can be.  It's up to you.  I'm rooting for you all. 

Best wishes,
     Hugs! Dotti 

-Journal of Nutrition
-Environmental Nutrition, Denise Webb, Ph D., R.D.
-American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
-Vibrant Life,
-Good Medicine Magazine

Motivating Quotes

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending...." ~~The Muppets

"It's HARD to be overweight. It's HARD to lose weight. It's HARD to maintain weight loss. You just have to pick your hard!"

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."
~~James Gordon, M.D.

”Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures.”

Come Join the Fun!   Online Friendships are real friendships 

Do you want some extra support during your Journey? Would you like to have a place you can call "home," where you can be yourself? Our Message Board is just the place.  It's home to all our Zonie friends who share their Journey experiences and are always willing and ready to offer support, laughs, friendship and Hugs! ~ 24/7.  Our DWLZ Message Board is at:  Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.  

My Journey Back to Goal 

A little about my Journey back to Goal... my Journey is continuing.

I'm holding my own and working the Program day by day, sometimes hour by hour. 

Al and I went up to Spokane, WA last week. My best friends Mom was not doing well and Al and I really wanted to see her in case things turned worse.  She is improving slowly and she is eating now so that is a good thing.  Tammy and I used the week to catch up with each other and even got some de-stressing in with a pedicure and girls day out. We both needed it. I also got to spend some time with my son, LeRoy, who lives there.

I must admit I did not really pay too much attention to Program but still made some good food choices. I did get in some exercise but not as much as I would have liked. Water was a stranger to me.  I had bought some diet soda and well, you know how I am with that; if it's available I'll drink that instead of water.  Not good.

While I was out and about in Spokane I did find a wonderful pair of shoes. I bought them at The Walking Company - Authentic Comfort.  I was looking for a great sandal type shoe for the summer and this shoe was so right as soon as I put it on. For those of you interested here is the info...

Kisumu by  MBT

Wearing MBT® is like walking in sand. Unlike most conventional training shoes that only support and cushion your feet, the inherent instability and the unique rolling action of the MBT® sole challenges the feet and postural muscles to be more active. This reactive, more supportive muscle action creates good posture and increases shock absorption for all the joints, significantly reducing musculo-skeletal compression. Walking more upright not only looks good, it makes us healthier and stronger, and we feel younger. The back and joints are strengthened, circulation is increased and breathing is more efficient. MBT® lengthens and strengthens the whole body while standing, walking and in gentle running.

  • High quality leather uppers.
  • Velcro straps for a secure fit.
  • Rubber sole for flexibility and durability.
  • We recommend that you perform the MBT warm-up exercises to help get you acclimated to the MBT way of life.

There is a picture of it online at:

My plantar fasciitis acts up now and then but mostly when I've been on my feet for very long periods of time. 

My Weight Watcher program, Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs, and all my friends on our Lifelong Journey keep me keeping on. These three things continue to be an integral part of my continued success on Program. 

If you are interested in learning about Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs you can read our review at They really are an invaluable tool on my Journey which I continue to use often.

The Hypnosis Network is still offering a special on the Enjoying Weight Loss CDs. The Enjoying Weight Loss CDs are only $97, a savings of $22 off the regular price. They are also including the Mental Toughness CD.

Click Here to go directly to their site and find out more about the Hypnosis Network, and how you can order your CDs.

Thank you for being there for me.  Thank you for caring. 

Always remember, "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."

Hugs! Dotti   

Our Alaska Cruise

Have you ever thought about taking a cruise? Or have you already been on one or more of them? We have something special for you in case you have!

Al has worked hard on creating a way to share our memories from the Alaska Cruise that we took with our best friends in September, 2006, to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

I am sure that you will be surprised by the level of detail that you will find there; I know that I was! And we hope that you are going to enjoy sharing our experience with us!

We have pictures, and maps, all accompanied by Al's happy description of each day of our cruise. Take the Ship's Tour where Al walks you through every deck, showing you the sights. See the Ship's Art, and the spectacular Staircases and Elevators.

If you have ever wondered what a cruise is like, or if you would like to relive what it was like when you took your cruise, we think you are going to love our Alaska Cruise Page!

There is really nothing quite like it anywhere else on the Internet.

Come and see: Click Here.

Penny's Low Fat Desserts

A Note Note from Penny

Penny's has been getting great feedback on muffins and cookies from members looking for healthy desserts that have no transfats, no artificial sweeteners and come in "deliciously satisfying portions" for a low point sweet treat!  Please give them a try.  Now is a good time while on special! 

Penny's is offering a 10% discount on select single flavor boxes.  When you go to our website,  just click on "specials" to see the products on sale!   The special code to enter when in the cart is:  OLSTEN

To order, please go to: 

The 3 raffle winners from our last newsletter special are:  Mary Sue K. of Michigan, Kim M. of Wisconsin, and Teresa M. of Washington!  Congratulations because each of you has won a dessert box of your choice. 

Check out Penny's newsletter for announcements on specials and new offerings: 

If you want to see what others are saying about Penny's desserts:

Message Penny directly:  or call (866) 221-5109

Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance

Al has written many in depth essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance and they are now available on the website!   

Al has also added links on his Essays Page to his other article on DWLZ, so you can find all of them easier.

"You are worth whatever it takes to make your success a reality.
Always believe that because it is the truth!"

You can find Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance at:

Comic Relief 

You know you're a WW member when:

* You accidentally swallow toothpaste and wonder how many POINTS it had in it.

* You stand in the aisles at the grocery store with your WW PointsFinder figuring POINTS before you buy.

* You feel your collar bone/ribs/hip bones and think you need to call 911 because something must be broken.

* Everyone at your lunch table is asking you to figure the POINTS on their lunch.

* You threaten to put your cat on WW.

* You figure the POINTS on cough syrup.

* Your child says there are too many POINTS in something s/he doesn't want to eat!

* You don't want to share ANY of your food with anyone because you've measured it and know exactly how many POINTS are in it.

* You know where every public restroom is wherever you go . . . you need it after drinking all that water!

* You realize "gram" is a four letter word.

* You weigh yourself before and after the bathroom just to see how much of a difference it makes.

* You don't mind "seeing stars."

* You ask your WW leader to bring in a curtain so you can weigh-in naked.

* Your child gets an "A" in English for turning your journal in as a book report.

* You convince the grocery store owner to organize the food aisles according to POINTS values.

* You hang your 5 pound book markers from your car antenna.

* You replace your college diploma with your 50 lb. magnet (now which one is actually tougher to achieve?)

What's For Lunch ~ Black Bean Salad

This is a great salad served inside a whole wheat pita with lettuce, salsa and a wedge of avocado.

Makes 7 1/2 cup servings

          4 tbsp lime or lemon juice
          1 tbsp olive oil
          1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste
          1 large clove garlic, minced
          1/2 tsp oregano
          1/2 tsp cumin
          1/8 tsp salt
          1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
          1 15-oz can corn, drained
          1/2 cup each, diced green and red pepper
          1/4 cup diced purple onion

Mix the first seven ingredients.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill for one hour before serving.

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Per serving: 106 Calories, 3 g Total Fat, 5 g Dietary Fiber, 18 g carbs, 5 g protein, 400 mg sodium

~~~Recipe Adapted from Vibrant Life

Software You Can Use!

The Weight Commander is an awesome program for your Journey.  I highly recommend it to everyone who is 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 be successful on your Journey.  

Keeping Your Veggies Fresh

Fresh vegetables are always the best choice. When the Farmer's Markets are closed and you cannot get fresh vegetables then buy frozen vegetables.  Frozen vegetables are usually "flash-frozen" right after picking so they are usually more nutritious than the "fresh" items waiting in the produce section. Why? The minute the fresh vegetables leave the farm they begin to lose their nutrients. Canned produce is the worst choice because most of the vitamin content disappears during processing. Below are some suggestions for keeping your veggies fresh:

Go Seasonal ~ Check out your local farmstands and look for hardy vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, cabbage and a good selection of some that will continue to ripen at home.
Bag Your Veggies ~ Place your fresh vegetables in sealed plastic bags and place them immediately in your refrigerator's crisper when you get home.
Always eat your perishable foods first.
Wait to cut or peel your vegetables right before eating.

~~~Consumer Reports on Health

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. The recipes are easy to make and don't use hard-to-find items. They are together in one PDF file, viewable in your free Acrobat Reader (Version 5 and higher). These make wonderful gifts.

Just For Today

Just For Today - I will live through the next 12 hours and not try to tackle all of life's problems at once.

Just For Today - I will improve my mind. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just For Today - I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well-modulated voice, be courteous and considerate.

Just For Today - I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.

Just For Today - I will have a program.  I might not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two enemies, hurry and indecision.

Just For Today - I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out, it won't count.

Just For Today - I will do two things I don't want to do, just for the exercise.

Just For Today - I will believe in myself. I will give my best to the world and feel confident that the world will give its best to me.

100 Calorie or Less Snacks

          Mango, 1/2 medium [68 calories]
          Mulberries, 1 cup [61 calories]
           Papya, 1/2 medium [58 calories]
          Mandarin Oranges, canned, 1/2 cup [76 calories]
           Fruit Roll [73 calories]
          Fig, 2 medium [74 calories] 

Receive a 1 day shopping pass to Sam’s Club  

Now that the sun is shining and the weather is warming up it's a great time to stock up on some great tasting Philly Swirl's Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Swirl Pops!  They are delicious and only 10 calories.

Don't forget to get your FREE 1 day pass to Sam's Club from Philly Swirl.  All you have to do is go to to get your Free 1 day pass to Sam’s Club. Shop as if you were a member all day and don't forget to stock up on

Philly Swirl’s Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Swirl Pops
[10 cal/0 g fat/1 g fiber/4 g carbs]

Keep your freezer stocked with these great 10 calorie pops which can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about the Philly Swirl products please visit them at and drop them a line. They would love to hear from you. Psst...don’t forget to pass the word! We want to see these awesome Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Swirl Pops remain available to all of us on our Journey. Let's take the power we have to make a difference by passing the word about these awesome pops and keeping them available to us in the future.  

Tofu Burgers

These tofu burgers are delicious enough to eat without the bun and fixings.

Makes 8 servings

          1 lb. firm tofu, mashed
          1/2 cup oatmeal
          1/2 cup wheat germ
          2 tbsp onion powder
          1 1/2 tbsp parsley, chopped
          1 tsp salt
          1 tsp poultry seasoning or 1/2 tsp basil & 1/2 tsp oregano
          1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all the ingredients together and shape into 8 burgers. Brown in 2 tbsp oil (I use Pam Vegetable Spray). 
Serve on bun with all the fixings that you would a hamburger.

Serving: 1 burger

Per serving (without bun & fixings): 118 Calories, 4 g Total Fat, 5 g Dietary Fiber

Recipe for Fitness

1 ounce of courage
2 cup of desire
1 long term goal
6-7 short term goals
20 tsp of stamina
1 heaping tbsp of qualified guidance
Unlimited water

Mix these ingredients together with a little perspiration.  Now, turn up the heat for an on-track fitness program leading to better health.  Servings good for a lifetime of active living.  See your fitness club or community center for details today.  Recommended for 3-6 helpings per week for all age groups.

Pizza Fit'n Free 

Here's a note from Steve Neid at Pizza Fit'n Free:

Attention Customers!!!


Yep!...that's right, YOU, the best customers on-line, have made Pizza Fit'n Free the #1 mail-shipped pizza in the US!!


The new pricing takes effect immediately and gives you, the customer, the same high-quality fat-free/sugar-free pizza that has become the darling of the Internet for even less!  

3 years ago I made a promise to my loyal customers to always keep improving our product and now because we are ordering in increasing volume, we can pass the savings on to you.

From the bottom of our pizza-loving hearts, we thank you and hope you will tell your friends.  It's good to know that we have grown every year due to people's satisfaction with our pizza, it's also nice to hear all of the great success stories we receive daily from customers who lost weight while still enjoying their favorite food.

Yours in health,

Steve Neid
Pizza Free Inc.

Please visit: PIZZAFREE.COM

Food Finds

Dannon Light & Fit, Crave Control with Protein Fiber Plus, Reduced Sugar Nonfat, Vanilla & Cereal Yogurt, 1 container
[70 cal/0 g fat/3 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Dannon Light & Fit, Crave Control with Protein Fiber Plus, Reduced Sugar Nonfat, Peach & Cereal Yogurt, 1 container
[70 cal/0 g fat/3 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Dannon Light & Fit, Crave Control with Protein Fiber Plus, Reduced Sugar Nonfat, Strawberry & Cereal Yogurt, 1 container
[70 cal/0 g fat/3 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Nabisco 100 Calorie Pack Oreo Chewy Granola Bars, 1 bar [100 cal/2 g fat/2 g fiber/21 g carbs] 
Tootsie Pops Tropical Stormz, 1 pop [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/15 g carbs] 

Did you know...

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

The Statue of Liberty was designed and built in France as a gift to the United States. When it arrived here, unassembled, it was in 350 pieces packed inside of 214 shipping crates.

The shortest border between two countries is less than one mile in length - 0.7 miles to be exact. It's the frontier between Gibraltar and Spain. [Note: the entire territory of Gibraltar, including its famous rock, covers only 2.53 square miles!]

As of the latest TV season, a single hour of prime-time broadcasting includes more than 16 minutes of advertisements.

It's "Just One Little Bite"

How much damage can you do from a few snacks?  Check out the calories below...

          1/2 of your son's peanut butter and jelly sandwich [240 calories]
          16 Hershey's Kisses from bowl on coworker's desk [420 calories]
          1 large pina colada at after-work TGIF get-together [524 calories]
          3 French sourdough rolls eaten while waiting for main course to arrive [300 calories]
          2 handfuls of barbecue-flavored chips plus 2 glasses of Coke during your favorite soap [500 calories]
          Crusts left over from your kid's pizza [360 calories]
          1 slice of strawberry cheesecake at office gathering [320 calories]
          1 cup nut mix while standing around at party [876 calories]
          Numerous tastes while stirring homemade butterscotch pudding [286 calories]
          6 coffees with sugar and half and half to get you through the day [420 calories]
          1/3 of your husband's Supersize McDonald's fries [203 calories]

Total Calories ~ 4,449 ~ Those "bites" sure add up, don't they?

~~~Redbook, Sept 2001

PurFoods Fitness 

Fresh, Healthy Food Delivered To You

How would you like a personal chef and nutritionist to do all your food shopping and cooking? You would never again worry about eating healthy and you’ll save so much time. PurFoods Fitness makes it happen.

With PurFoods Fitness, you design your own personalized meal program from hundreds of delicious meals tailored to your tastes and healthy eating goals. PurFoods Fitness’ award-winning chefs prepare your meals and ship them fresh – never frozen – right to your door. Each week, a box of healthy, great-tasting meals and snacks arrives. No more shopping, cooking, or worrying about portion sizes and fat content. Eating healthy has never been this convenient.

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


Hugs are not only nice they are needed... Hugs can relieve pain and depression... make the healthier happier, and the most secure even more so... Hugging feels good and overcomes fear... It provides stretching exercise to short people and stooping exercise to tall people... Hugging does not upset the environment... It saves heat and energy... requires no special equipment... Hugging makes happy days happier and impossible days possible.  Hugs!

~~~Author Unknown

DWLZ Website Updates

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"Pay attention to the words and thoughts you say to yourself. Make sure this self-talk is positive."

(See The Enemy Within for more on this topic.)


Another visit has come to a close ~ how fast the time goes when you are having a great time. Until our next visit, always keep in mind you are never alone on this Journey.  We are all here with you, right beside you, rooting you on. 

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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