Dotti Dotti Dotti's
June 05, 2008    
Issue #049


Good morning everyone! Happy June to ALL! Al and I are back from our Alaskan Cruise all refreshed and ready to go! We did a lot of walking all over the ship and the ports. Instead of the elevators we took the stairs 99.9% of the time. We were lucky enough to have beautiful, clear, sun-shiny days while in Sitka and at the Hubbard Glacier. Just gorgeous!

It's that time of the month again where we get together and have a nice visit. Let's find our comfy chair and get settled in. Don't forget your tall glass of refreshing water and your beautiful SMILE.Smile



By Al Coon

This time I thought I would simply share a letter I wrote for a friend. I hope you don't mind.

Dear Friend,

I heard that you were struggling with your weight loss journey, and that you might be thinking about giving it up. I do understand why you might want to do that, but if you wouldn't mind I would like to add a few thoughts because I care about you.

Controlling your weight is a difficult thing. When you struggle in life, your body sends your mind false messages, telling it that you need food when you really need love, peace, a quiet walk by a stream, or a happy conversation with a friend.

Eating starts off wonderfully, that explosion of flavor when your stomach has been clamoring for food, especially something with lots of calories. But in the end there is the scale, that over-full feeling, and more letting out of the belt or moving to a larger size of clothes.

Giving up is easy, especially when things are hard to manage. But giving up is also hard. You have to face the results day after day and then you have nowhere to turn except to return to the struggle.

As your friend I don't want to preach to you; I am a fellow struggler and not qualified for the food pulpit. No, I just want you to know that it matters what you do, that you matter to me. I know that it isn't easy, and I know you want to be successful. I also want you to know that I want you to be happy!

Struggle is never easy, whether it is the struggle of a young bird trying to break out of his shell so he can meet his mother for the first time, or a commuter fighting to make it to work on time. Life is a struggle and it always will be. but you are worth the struggle! Is there anything more wonderful than watching that bird break out of his shell? He is fighting for life and it makes us feel happy to see that spirit within that little creature's heart.

How much more wonderful is it to see a dear friend refuse to give up and to struggle for health and a worthwhile goal?

It would be wonderful if I could make this an easy path for you to walk. I would do that in a minute if I could. But in this universe, in this reality, that is not possible. But I can tell you that you are not alone, and that it matters that you are fighting for your health and your happiness. Far more than any bird, your efforts have cheered my heart—not because they were hard or painful efforts...just the opposite—but because they represent your desire to be happy and your willingness to fight for life. The little bird is going to be successful, and the shell will not keep him locked up. Neither will you be stopped by the challenges before you!

My friend, your successes touch many others, and they touch me. Your struggle is my struggle and when you do well, it cheers my soul. When you fall, my heart watches in agony for you, hoping and wishing that you will soon get up and return to the sky on your beautiful wings.

I don't have all the answers to make your journey simple, but I do have a hand to reach out to you in friendship, whether to celebrate a success, or to help lift your spirit when you are down.

Life is good if you believe it is good—don't we always believe it is good for that little struggling bird?

I believe that life is very special for you, and I am pulling for you, rooting for you, to struggle and to succeed—I believe in you my friend, and I know you will be successful, if not this very day, then soon, on another near and bright day.

Your friend, and fellow struggler,


VitaliciousTM Vitamin-fortified, delicious, better-for-you baked goods

A Note Note from Vitalicious

Try Vitalicious TM muffins today! They come in at 1 point on Weight Watchers and are the perfect snack.

Large Tasty Portions!
One Yummy Point!
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Some tasty things to think about from

While visiting Vitalicious TM, 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.

VitaliciousTM 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

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.

Food Finds

Joan, a very good friend of mine and a fellow Weight Watcher, was here visiting for a couple of days this past weekend. We had a marvelous time and of course, we shared our great low-point food finds. Here are some that she introduced me to. I had the Garlic Shrimp last night over some brown rice! YUMMY! It was very filling and tasted wonderful! I have yet to try the other ones listed below but they are in my freezer waiting for me.
  • Tai Pei Sweet 'n' Sour Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [230 calories/3g fat/0g fiber/45 carbs/250mg sodium/6g protein]*5
  • Tai Pei Cashew Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [160 calories/3g fat/1g fiber/24 carbs/780mg sodium/8g protein]*3.5
  • Tai Pei Spicy Szechuan Style Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [150 calories/3g fat/1g fiber/24 carbs/610mg sodium/6g protein]*3
  • Tai Pei Chicken & Broccoli with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [150 calories/1g fat/2g fiber/27 carbs/550mg sodium/8g protein]*3
  • Tai Pei Garlic Shrimp, 1 cup
    [70 calories/1.5g fat/3g fiber/10 carbs/510mg sodium/6g protein]*1

Yogurt Parfait

This makes a great breakfast, snack or a pick-me-up in the afternoon around 3 pm!

Makes 4 servings
  • 3/4 cup plain or artificially sweetened nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup berries
  • 1/4 cup mango
  • 1/4 cup low-fat granola
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut

In a tall parfait glass, layer the following:

One-third of the yogurt

Half the fruit, all of the granola, another one-third of the yogurt, rest of the fruit, rest of the yogurt, top with the coconut

Per serving: 250 Calories, 4g Fat, 4g Dietary Fiber, 44g Carbohydrate, 210mg Sodium, 13g Protein *4.5

Try using Nonfat Light Yogurt (usually about 100 calories per 8 oz) and Kashi Go Lean (crunch up) instead of granola. This will save you some calories!

     ~Change One by John Hastings with Peter Jaret & Mindy Hermann, R.D.

Penny's Low Fat Desserts



All Muffins: $25 (that's $4 off)
thru 6/14.

See our website for more specials!

Sign up for Penny's newsletter  for a SPECIAL SAVINGS so you can give us a try and receive new product information. 
  • Cookies, muffins, and TOPS are all natural
  • Cookies are 2 points
  • Muffin and TOPS Flavors: almond poppy, carrot raisin, orange cranberry, chocolate chocolate chip, apple cinnamon
  • We use real fruit and real chocolate
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies with oatmeal and real chocolate
  • Each serving is BIG & individually wrapped

Note From Al: Dotti and I have had Penny's cookies and muffins many times, and we love them! They don't stay long in our house because they make great snacks, and desserts during the day, without blowing you off program. They are good—really good! And if you want a hot snack, pop one of them in the microwave, and you are ready to go with a very tasty, LOW POINT, treat. ~Al


Hang in There

Difficulties arise in the lives of us all.
What is most important is dealing with
the hard times, coping with the changes,
and getting through to the other side
where the sun is still shining just for you.

It takes a strong person to deal with
tough times and difficult choices. But
you are a strong person. It takes courage.
But you possess the inner courage to see
you through. It takes being an active
participant in your life. But you are in
the driver's seat, and you can determine
the direction you want tomorrow to go in.

Hang in there... and take care to see
that you don't lose sight of the one
thing that is constant, beautiful, and
true: Everything will be fine—and it
will turn out that way because of the
special kind of person you are.

So... beginning today and lasting a
lifetime through—hang in there, and
don't be afraid to feel like the morning
sun is shining... just for you.

As you leave behind all that has been,
you are on the way to all that can be.

          ~Chasing Away the Clouds by Douglas Pagels

There is nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final. Phyllis Bottome

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Marilyn Vos Savant

Failure is the condiment that gives Success its flavor. Truman Capote

"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.

In addition to offering their excellent hypnosis line of helpful programs, the Hypnosis Network now has a free E-Book available called Scientific Weight Loss Secrets: Tips from the Psychological Research, written by Roberta Temes, Ph.D. The book is filled with weight loss ideas and it is completely free to you. Just Click Here, and when you arrive, move to the bottom of the page and click on the appropriate link to download the book.

Now is definitely the time to try these wonderful "Enjoying Weight Loss" CD's—if you are struggling or finding it hard to get back on track, please read this email from Cam Marcus, Co-Founder of The Hypnosis Network:

HI Dotti—

It is with great pleasure that I write to you about an exciting new offer here, at The Hypnosis Network.

We are now offering our very popular program, Enjoying Weight Loss as a free trial.

The way this works is that your visitors can try it out for 28 days, and only pay for shipping. If they decide that the program isn't for them, they simply return it, and incur no further expense. It is very simple and the complete payment details, for those who keep it, can be found on our site by clicking here: Weight Loss Hypnosis.

We know a lot of people are skeptical about hypnosis, and are reluctant to order. We also know that the vast majority of people who do give Enjoying Weight Loss a try are very happy with this is a way in which people can try it out for themselves with absolutely no risk.

Your visitors are some of the very first that we are introducing this to, so I will be very interested in any feedback that you get.

Cam Marcus
The Hypnosis Network

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

Good Choices, Bad Choices ~ Krispy Kremes (if you have to have one...)

Krispy Kreme
  • Good Choice ~ Whole Wheat Glazed Doughnut
    • 180 calories/11g fat/2g fiber/19g carbs/10g sugars

  • Bad Choice ~ Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut
    • 330 calories/17g fat/28g sugars

  • Good Choice ~ Original Glazed Doughnut Holes, 5 pieces
    • 200 calories/11g fat/15g sugars

  • Bad Choice ~ Caramel Kreme Crunch
    • 380 calories/21g fat/26g sugars

  • Good Choice ~ Very Berry Chiller, 12 oz w/o whipped cream
    • 170 calories/0g fat/43g sugars

  • Bad Choice ~ Mocha Dream Chiller, 12 oz
    • 670 calories/28g fat/58g sugars

...A few other facts while dining here:

Weapon of Mass Destruction: 20 oz Chocolate, Chocolate Chiller [1050 calories/42g fat/100g sugars] All it takes is a few sips and half your calories for the day will be gone. That, along with twice the amount of saturated fat you're supposed to ingest. WOW!

Free-standing Krispy Kreme restaurants have neon signs that light up "Hot Doughnuts Now" when fresh doughnuts are rolling off the production line.

Every doughnut on Krispy Kreme's menu has at least 3.5g of trans fats. The apple fritter is the worst one with 7g. Avoid any doughnut with "Kreme" in the name. They are the only doughnuts to roll out 20+ grams of fat each. OUCH!

     ~Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

Software You Can Use! — And Now Available Online!

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.

And for those who don't feel comfortable downloading software, or who cringe when Windows gives them another unnecessary warning about running perfectly safe software, Michael has created a wonderful online version of Weight Commander, where you can always access your information with privacy, with no worry about trying to transfer it from computer to computer when you switch. You can of course still get the software version (which continues to work very well, even on my Windows Vista computer), but the online version of Weight Commander is a wonderful new option! You make the choice, but you win either way. Smile

Weight Commander
Online Version

Weight Commander
Offline Software

Weight Commander
Our review


Almonds have been known to do your heart good. In a test with volunteers at the University of California, Davis, researchers substituted almond and almond oil (slightly more than 2 1/2 ounces of almonds, about 48 nuts and nearly 1 1/2 ounces of almond oil daily) for half the fat in the diets of the volunteers. At the end of 6 weeks all 22 of the men and women had lower total cholesterol, lower LDL levels—a 6% drop—and significantly lower triglycerides—a 14% drop. The HDL level went up.

Ideas for getting some almonds into your diet:
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of slivered almonds over whole wheat couscous or steamed jasmine rice with peas.

  • Sprinkle some slivered almonds on your oatmeal or cold cereal.

  • Use them in beef or poultry dishes.

  • They are a great topping for a curried stew or carrot soup.

  • For a great summer dessert sprinkle some crushed almonds over grilled Figs, nectarines, or peaches drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

  • Another way to get some almonds in is to use almond butter to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  • Drink some Almond Breeze Almond Milk. It is a delicious 8 oz, 1 point snack!
     ~Prevention Healthy Woman

Comic Relief

25 Things You Should Learn By The Time You Reach Middle Age
  1. If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
  2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.
  3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  4. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
  5. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
  6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
  7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
  8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. :)
  9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
  10. If you look like your passport picture, you will probably need the trip.
  11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of payment.
  12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
  13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
  14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
  15. No man has ever been shot for doing the dishes.
  16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
  17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
  18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
  19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
  20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
  21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
  22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
  23. Thou shall not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
  24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
  25. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

Pizza Fit'n Free

A NoteNote from Pizza Fit'n Free

Pizza Free
These are good!
You can also try adding your own OP toppings: like fresh veggies, or turkey pepperoni and then bake.
YUM ~ Dotti
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What Can You Do With a Baked Potato?

An 8 oz cooked (10 oz uncooked) baked potato is 3 points. That is a lot of potato and as you can see very low in Points. So how does the 3 point potato become the 6-10 point potato? All you have to do is load it up with butter and sour cream (not the light version). Throw on some bacon and cheese and you've moved it up a couple more Points. It's so easy to add on the Points, isn't it?

Let's see what we can add to this baked potato to 'spice it up' a bit. Here are just a few ideas for some delicious low fat, low calorie toppings which are loaded with flavor.
  1. Light or Fat-Free Sour Cream—Using just a tablespoon you'll get that great sour cream taste without all the calories.
  2. If you'd rather not have sour cream you can try adding a tablespoon of plain nonfat yogurt and top it with chives.
  3. Another great potato topping is a mixture of nonfat yogurt (2 tbsp), grainy mustard (2 tsp) and some chopped scallions (2 tbsp).
  4. Are you a mushroom lover? How about microwaving 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms with 1 tsp oil and add chopped parsley.
  5. Last but not least, try some of those wonderfully delicious salsas out there. I buy a Peach Salsa which would be wonderful on a baked potato. Now's your change to get creative with all the many varieties of salsa on the shelves.
     ~The Portion Plan by Linda Gassenheimer

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...
Dotti Baja Bob

Smile Enjoy a cocktail and stay on your Program Smile

Did you know...?

Dogs can suffer from tonsillitis but not appendicitis—as they don't have an appendix.

City dogs live about three years longer than country dogs.

Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

Ants cannot chew their food; they move their jaws sideways like scissors to extract juices from it.

Bees must visit some five thousand flowers to make a single spoonful of honey.

Honeybees maintain a temperature of 94 degrees in their hives all year round.

     ~The Ultimate 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 can find Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance at:

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

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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] 0.5 pts

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.

A Note from Al—
These pops hit the spot in the hot days of summer, which are just around the corner! They are only 10 calories each and they are very, very tasty! Dotti and I really love them, and our summer freezer nearly always is fully stocked with these treats. I just wanted you to know that they are for real, and they are REALLY GOOD—way better than 10 calories should have any right to taste!

DWLZ Website Updates

For all future updates of foods/restaurants with nutritional information I am now adding in the sodium and protein when it is available.

I'm done converting all the restaurants through the D's, some E's and some scattered ones like Subway, etc. Of course as I update and add new restaurants they will be in the new format with the HTML and the Palm download on the individual restaurant pages. Hopefully you will find this easier; all in one place.

Thanks for being so patient. I am the only one working on the restaurants, AND on my whole website, except these areas of Al's:

Lists of all my web page 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 isn't here yet, so I will just deal with today." ~Dotti    

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Disclaimer - This newsletter is not meant to be a substitute for any professional advice, guidance, or counseling. We are not doctors. Any information contained in this email reflects our own opinions and experiences. It is not intended in any way to serve as or take the place of medical advice from a physician.

    *Whenever possible, I calculate ALL my Points on my Offline Points Calculator in the Half Points Mode, which rounds UP to the nearest Half Point. This keeps my site consistent. All point values shown in BLACK are calculated with the 10-gram fiber cap [Original 123 Success Points]. When there is a difference with the 4 gram fiber cap calculation, I show the points value for that in RED.

Note: Points® is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The Points® values displayed are not intended in any way to show an endorsement or sponsorship of any product or organization by Weight Watchers International, Inc.