Dotti Dotti Dotti's
November 26, 2007    
Issue #036


Well it's time for another visit and to check in with all of you. Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Al and I had an awesome time in Spokane with our son, LeRoy, bestest friends - Jim & Tammy, our grandson, Hunter James and the rest of their family. What a great time we had with Hunter who just celebrated his second birthday on Nov 21st. Great memories.

Let's pull up that comfy chair with your tall glass of refreshing water, and get started with our visit. Don't forget your beautiful SMILE.

A Present to Yourself
    By Dotti

As we enter the Christmas season with all the lights, decorations and celebrations, how many of you know that during this season you'll get tired, hungry, and stressed? How many of you are aware that you can eliminate the "tired, hungry and stressed" from your holiday season very easily? Today we are going to talk a little about how we can take care of ourselves so that we don't get too hungry and overeat; so that we don't get too tired and overeat; and so that we don't get too stressed and overeat.

Let's first talk about how we take care of everyone on our Christmas list, making sure they get just the right gift. Isn't it fun taking the time and care to find the perfect gift that you know they will love? For me, the enjoyment comes from watching my loved one open their special gift from me. I love shopping for other people.

How many of us put ourselves last on the Christmas list? How many of us don't even include ourselves on that Christmas list? I know I usually don't. I'll bet most of you don't. Why would we? Isn't it all about our loved ones? Well, of course it is BUT it's also about YOU.

What would be a great present to give ourselves during this holiday season? How about the gift of taking care of ourselves? By taking care of ourselves we are:
  • More able to stay On Program.
  • Less stressed.
  • Less hungry all the time.
  • Less tired throughout the day.
  • Prepared for any obstacle put in our path.
  • Relaxed.
  • Taking care of all our loved ones.
Can any of you think of a few things we could do that would help reduce our stress during the holiday season? How about a few things that would help us to stay On Program during the holiday season? Let's see what we can come up withÖ

Get 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps you lose weight and keeps you from being tired during the day.
Take 15 minutes out of your day to relax with a tall glass of sparkling water. Water helps fill you up and relaxing helps with your stress level.
Plan your meals. Planning your meals helps you stay in control of your eating.
Take a packed cooler bag with On Program food with you for the day. You will always have OP food within your reach, helping you stay On Program.
Keep a filled water bottle with you at all times. Water is great for you and keeps you with a full feeling. Try to drink 8-10 glasses a day.
Wear snug-fitting clothes. They will continually remind you not to overeat. Really, it works!
Keep veggies cut up in the fridge. Easy to grab OP food that is good for you!
Pamper yourself with a bubble bath and a good book. A nice relaxing bath will help reduce your stress level.
Plan some "me time" each day. This will help your stress level and validate that YOU are important.
Take a nice walk. Walking is relaxing and helps reduce stress. It also burns calories.
Do not skip meals. This will make you too hungry and will cause you to overeat. You want to keep your stomach in the "satisfied" state.
Eat breakfast every day. Starting your day with a good hearty breakfast means you are off to a great start for a great OP day!
Learn to say NO. Don't be afraid to say NO when offered food that you don't wish to eat. If they are offended it is their 'issue', not yours.
Use the 3-bite rule. When many delicious food choices are tempting you, try the 3-bite rule, which means ONLY 3 bites of your favorite foods. After all, the first 3 bites are when the food tastes the best!
No beating yourself up over a slip-up; one day at a time, no guilt and move on. Remember, this is a Lifetime Journey and none of us is perfect.
Have fun! Fun times reduce stress and bring lots of smiles which in turn makes you feel good. How much better can it get?

These are just a few ideas. Each of us has our own way of relaxing and reducing stress. What would help reduce stress and keep you at your best during the holidays?

I guarantee that if you get enough sleep, drink your water, get in some exercise/activity, take at least 15 minutes to relax, eat your breakfast and do not skip meals EVERY DAY you will be much happier, relaxed, and in-control of all aspects of your life—including your Journey. Your stress level will be reduced. You will smile more. You will make wise food choices. Doesn't that sound wonderful? It sure does to me!

Let's all make a list of what we are going to do to ensure continued success on our Journey during the holidays. This year we are going to be on that Christmas list - right at the top - 1st one. Remember, by taking care of ourselves we are taking care of our loved ones. It really is the best present to give them, along with yourself.

Have an awesome couple of weeks everyone, and remember to SMILE ? that beautiful smile of yours all the time. You will cheer up all those you come in contact with, leaving you with a good feeling. It doesn't get any better than that.

Hugs! Dotti

Come Join the Fun!    Online Friendships are real friendships

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An Update on my Journey

Al and I have been in Spokane having a wonderful Thanksgiving with our son, LeRoy and our bestest friends, Jim & Tammy and their family and of course, our grandbaby, Hunter James. We celebrated Hunter's 2nd birthday Birthday Cake! on Nov 21st. What a great time we had with Hunter and many new memories were made to hold us over until we visit again.

I lostGood Scale! 2.8 lbs at my 11/14 weigh-in and another 1.4 lbs on my last weigh-in in Spokane on 11/21. I made sure I made it to a gym several times during my visit in Spokane because I knew that was going to be the key to my continued success while enjoying the holidays.Walking!I was able to do my Elliptical and circuit weights. I attended my weekly meeting in Spokane and the leader was wonderful.

I've been feeling wonderful about Program, working out and just living the lifestyle. There were some food challenges during Thanksgiving but I had made up my mind to enjoy Hunter and the family instead of focusing on the delicious food. I had my plate of dinner which included a little of everything I wanted, including some pumpkin cheesecake.

While in Spokane, Tammy & I met Eileen (Ret WW Ldr) at Starbucks for a nice visit. It was great catching up with Eileen! I could not believe that we all wore red! No, we did not send out a memo either.

Click Here to see some photos of our time in Spokane.

I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite sayings, I cannot relive yesterday and tomorrow isn't here yet, so I will just deal with today.

Until next time, take care and remember to SMILE

Hugs!   Dotti

Think Positive

Beginning Today...

look in a mirror
and notice
that the person
who greets you
is beautiful,
inside and out.
say to yourself that
you know nothing is
Remind yourself that
every one of your dreams
is within reach.
think about all of
the people who love you,
who see the beauty in you,
and begin to look at yourself
in the same way.
~~~ by Lise Schlosser

"Enjoying Weight Loss"

As many of you know, I use Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs as one of my "tools" on my lifelong Journey to a healthier me. They continue to be an irreplaceable part of my Journey back to goal.

I am happy to see that the Hypnosis Network is continuing to offer Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs for $97. For anyone who is "hypnosis-friendly" (about 90% of the human population can derive some benefit from hypnosis) the money could not be better spent. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs you can read our review at I would not recommend them if they hadn't of worked for me.

Here is what the Hypnosis Network says:

Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss was tested and recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club.

In the National Health & Wellness Club's Product Test Program, club members conduct their own independent tests of health and wellness products. The fifty independent testers who tried Enjoying Weight Loss gave the program a 92% approval rating.

The Hypnosis Network is still offering a special on the Enjoying Weight Loss CDs—they are only $97, and you can now cover that with—3 easy payments—if you prefer.

Click Here to go directly to their site and find out more about the Hypnosis Network, and how you can order your CDs.
  • You'll also find a free E-Book there that includes 20 weight loss tips from Dr. Temes!

Thank you to all of you who continue to be there for me and support me in my Journey to becoming a healthier me. Thank you for caring!

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

Hugs! Dotti   

Stress Busters

During the holidays our stress levels tend to spike upwards. We are running around trying to get everything done with no regard to ourselves. Here are a few ways to reduce your stress.

Get away to a quiet place ~ Find a nice quiet place where you can just relax and not do anything.

Positive self-talk ~ In difficult situations use positive self-talk to help keep your stress level down. Try, "I'm not going to spend $100 worth of energy on a $2 problem." Or "I will not let this situation get me down. I will rise above it."

Live in the present ~ Holding grudges increases stress. Why not let them go. You will see your stress level go way down. Remember - holding grudges harms you the most.

Write it down ~ Don't trust your memory; write down whatever you need to remember.

Keep things in perspective ~ Keep your stress level down by changing what you can and learning to accept and adjust to what you can't change.

Always listen to your body ~ When you get tired, rest. You will find that when you are not in a tired state, you are not in a stressed state.

Get some regular exercise ~ Exercise is a great physical outlet for your body's stress hormones. A great benefit from exercising is increased energy, toned muscles, improved cardiovascular system and relaxed nerves.

Hang out with positive friends ~ Help your attitude by being with others who will support your good choices.

~~~Stress Busters by Katherine Butler N.C.C.

Software You Can Use!

A NoteWeight 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.

Note from Al: I have continued to maintain in my target range and once again the credit for that goes in part to the Weight Commander program. It has motivated me to get my graph moving in the right direction for several weeks now, and that motivation moved me down below 200 pounds, which is the top of my Normal range (BMI 25). It really helped to get me back on track!

You can see for yourself what The Weight Commander can do with a free test drive, and you don't have to give a credit card just to check it out either. But you will see with a price of under $10, it is very under priced, and if you let it, it will help you a lot from day to day.

The Weight Commander has already made a significant and positive impact on my journey, and if you use it daily, it can do the same for you!

Chocolate Banana Shakes

Makes a great OP treat!

Makes 4 servings
  • 1-3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1 small banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 of a 4-serving-size pkg. (about 2 tbsp) sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Strawberries (optional)
  • Chocolate, grated (optional)

    • Combine milk, yogurt, banana, and pudding mix in blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Garnish each serving with a strawberry and grated chocolate, if desired.

    • Sugar-free, fat-free instant pudding mix adds richness to this smoothie without adding fat and calories.
Per serving: 120 Calories, 0g Total Fat, 1g Dietary Fiber

~~~Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens Smoothies & Healthy Snacks

Penny's Low Fat Desserts ---5% Off!

A NoteNote from Penny

No need to feel deprived. Have some delicious MUFFINS and COOKIES and stay on target!

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Also, shop our website for limited time specials. No code required!

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Comic Relief

Ain't it the Truth!!!

A woman goes to the doctor for her yearly physical.
The nurse starts with certain basic items.
"How much do you weigh?" she asks.
"115," she says.
The nurse puts her on the scale.
It turns out her weight is 140.

The nurse asks, "Your height?"
"5 foot 8," she says.
The nurse checks and sees that she only measures 5' 5".

She then takes her blood pressure
And tells the woman it is very high.
"Of course it's high!" she screams,
"When I came in here I was tall and slender!
Now I'm short and fat!"

~~~Unknown Author

Pizza Fit'n Free

A NoteNote from Pizza Fit'n Free
Pizza Free

It’s that time of year where many of you are recommitting to your Journey or starting one for the very first time. If pizza is one of your favorite foods (like me) you don't have to give it up. This pizza is delicious and fits very well into your Program. Pizza Fit’n Free is Fat Free and only 252 Calories for the entire 7” Pizza. Pizza Free is only 4 Points® on Weight Watchers® or one meal if you are on Nutrisystem®. Visit us online at for more information on our revolutionary product.

I love these pizzas. I like to add fresh veggies and some turkey
pepperoni before baking. ~ Dotti

Nutrition Facts:

Note: Points® is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The Points® values displayed were calculated by Pizza Fit'n Free, and is not an endorsement or sponsorship of Pizza Fit’n Free’s products by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Food Finds

Here are a couple of my recent food finds.
  • Vertigo, Candy & Chocolate Flavored Pops, 1 pop [80 calories/3g fat/0g fiber/14g carbs/0g protein/10mg sodium]

  • Almond Roca, Sugar Free, 3 pieces [150 calories/13g fat/3g fiber/19g carbs/2g protein/115mg sodium]

Vitalicious — Vitamin-fortified, delicious, better-for-you baked goods

A NoteNote from Vitalicious

Try Vitaliciousnew exquisitely delicious Heart Healthy Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavored VitaBrownies With CoroWise™ brand Naturally Sourced Cholesterol Reducer™ plant sterols. These Heart Healthy Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavored VitaBrownies have 100 calories, 1.5 g fat, 6 g fiber, 21 g carbs, 3 g protein and 140 mg sodium.  

Why not try some today while you get a 10% discount!

Use Coupon Code

While visiting Vitalicious, don't forget to check out their VitaMuffins which are fortified with at least 15 essential daily vitamins and minerals. They have an awesome selection which includes:

BlueBran, CranBran, MultiBran, AppleBerryBran, Deep Chocolate, Low-Carb/Sugar-Free BananaNut and Velvety chocolate, VitaBrownie, and Double Chocolate Dream.

Vitalicious VitaTops, VitaMuffins and VitaBrownies are delicious. They are healthy, taste great and fit within any program you are using to attain your healthy new lifestyle.

    ~ Dotti

Snacks ~ 100 Calories or Less

Let's face it. We're going to snack; at least I am. Here are a few snack ideas that come in under 100 calories.
  • 12 Back to Nature Sesame Ginger Rice Thins

  • 1 Yoplait Light Smoothie

  • 1 Kraft Polly-O Superlong Twist-Ums string cheese stick

  • 45 steamed Edamame (green soybeans)

  • 2 tbsp each of mashed avocado and chopped tomatoes stuffed in a mini pita

  • 3 Country Choice Certified Organic Ginger Snaps

  • 12 chocolate or vanilla Miss Meringue Minis

Baja Bob's Cocktail Mixes
     ~ Home of the Original Sugar-Free Margarita Mix

A Note Note from Baja Bob's

Try some Baja Bob's Sugar Free Cocktail Mixes today - What a great way to enjoy an occasional cocktail without any guilt! Enjoy and stay on your program! Enter Code dotti10 when ordering and receive a 10% discount...

Baja Bobs
Use Coupon Code

The growing popularity of the Weight Watchers Diet, combined with Baja Bob's incredible taste, has helped to push this cocktail mix leader into the mainstream. Baja Bob's newest release, Mojito Mix, follows their other popular flavors. All of the Baja Bob's cocktail mixes contain approximately 70-100% less calories and carbs than traditional mixes sweetened with high fructose corn syrup making these mixes the perfect Weight Watchers addition.

Baja Bob's mixes are great with or without alcohol, allowing people who are watching their weight, or those who are forced to watch their sugar intake due to health reasons the opportunity to enjoy the great taste of a cocktail.

Baja Bob's cocktail mixes come in several flavors: Original Margarita, Wild Strawberry Margarita, Desert Key Lime Margarita, Crazy Caribe Pina Colada, Loco Lemon Sweet & Sour, Maui Madness Mai Tai, Cranberry Cosmo Martini Mix, Sour Apple Martini Mix, and more to come...
——Enjoy a cocktail and stay on your Program——

Did you know...?

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

A top-quality Persian rug, which contains over one million knots in every square meter, can last as long as five hundred years.

Each of us generates five pounds of garbage a day; most of it is paper.

According to a market research survey, 68 percent of consumers who receive junk mail actually open the envelopes.

Mosquito repellants do not repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they do not know you are there.

~~~The Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham & The Useless Information Society

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! You will also find links to Al's earlier articles there, and his latest offering, just in time for the holidays:

Successful Feasting

"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:

Fiesta Soup

Makes 4 servings
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ozs) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup Uncle Ben's Instant Rice
  • 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
In a large saucepan, combine chicken, broth, kidney beans, salsa and corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the rice, cover and remove from heat. Let stand covered for about 5 minutes. Top each serving with cheese.

Garnish with tortilla chips, sliced avocado or toasted tortilla chips, if desired.

Serving Size: 1 bowl soup (1/4 of total recipe)

Per serving: 281 calories, 4g total fat, 8g fiber, 25g protein, 1184mg sodium

~~~Recipe from The Weight Loss Bible by Publications International, Ltd.

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 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.

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.

Philly Swirl

Philly Swirl
Receive a 1 day shopping pass to Sam’s Club  

To receive your FREE 1 day pass to Sam's Club from Philly
Swirl, go to
Shop as if you were a member all day and don't forget to stock
up on lots of Philly Swirl Pops!

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

Every day is a good day to stock up on some great tasting Philly Swirl's Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Swirl Pops! They are delicious and only 10 calories.

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.

DWLZ Website Updates

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

US restaurants updates can be found at our Restaurants TOC page at:

Canadian restaurants updates can be found at our Canadian Restaurants TOC page at:

"Today is the first day of the rest of your health." ~~~Jamba Juice


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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