Let's see; what areas would you like to go over on your report card. Why don't you guys start thinking of a few of your own while I throw a few ideas out there for you to think about. Sound good? Everyone's report will be similar but different in a few areas because we are all different in how we walk this Journey. No worries there. While you're reading this why don't you take a piece of paper and answer these questions for yourself.
Now I get to summarize on how I'm doing overall on my Journey. What do you think? Do you think I made the grade? Overall, I feel I am doing well on Program. I am back to journaling, drinking my water, staying within my Points and on a regular exercise routine. Is there room for improvement? Of course! There is always room for improvement. Everyday on my Message Boards I learn something new! No kidding! We are a very smart bunch. So, I'd say I definitely got a Satisfactory on my first Journey Report Card. How did you all do on yours?
I have given you just a few ideas on how to create your own Journey Report Card. I hope in the next several weeks you'll sit down and create your own report card, filling in your strengths and weaknesses, and ideas on how you can better improve your Journey. And…if you haven't started your Journey yet, above are some ideas of how you can go about creating your own special Journey.
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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
Due to my car accident on September 10th, 2008, I have been slow on updating my Journey pages on the website. I hope to get some updating done in the next week or two. For all those that sent well wishes, thank you. I am recovering but the process is taking a bit longer than I expected.
Al and I did manage to get out to the Oregon Coast to spend some time with his Mom. It was a great couple of days, watching whales go north, pelicans fishing, and we even saw some seals. We had a nice long walk on the beach and spent some time putting a beautiful puzzle together. It was just what I needed.
I had a great birthday on the 5th but my left leg was very swollen by the end of the day. Also, my left knee was really aching. I was very concerned about the swelling. The next morning I called my doctor and made an appointment with his partner since mine was on vacation. I also thought it would be good to get a second pair of eyes on the situation with the knee. His diagnosis was that my lateral Collateral Ligament—which is the ligament on the outside of my leg, running beside the kneecap—has a Tear (sprain). Anyway, where it hurts is on the left of my left knee at the knee. As for the swelling, he said the edema could be from the trauma (accident) and the fact that I've been on a high dose of anti-inflammatory pills (morning and night). He said to stop taking those. He gave me a diuretic to get the swelling down, which I hope is soon.
The doctor also told me to do some physical therapy. My physical therapist is in the same building as my Bally's gym so that is convenient. My first session is on Thursday at 11 am. The doctor said water aerobics would be okay (of course no jumping for now) and walking. The therapist will tell me more of what I can and cannot do for now so this can heal.
I’ve continued to stay on Program and I listened to my "Enjoying Weight Loss" Hypnosis CDs" to help keep my 'head' in the game—and gotten in as much movement as possible. I've eaten a bit more than I wanted to at times but for the most part I'm hanging in there. It's so hard not to get a little discouraged when you've been sidelined after being right on track the last 8 weeks.
You can find my updates on My Lifetime Journey page on DWLZ at:
Let’s all work hard these next couple of weeks on our Program. Most of all, try very hard to enjoy your new lifestyle. I'm going to focus on getting back to where my 'life before the accident' was, as quickly as I can. Have an awesome couple of weeks until we meet again.
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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
. Our DWLZ Message Board is at: http://www.dwlz2.com/forum/
. Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.
Baja Bob's Cocktail Mixes
~ Home of the Original Sugar-Free Margarita Mix
Baja Bob has now made it even easier for us to have our mixes with us whenever we need them. You can now get
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Throw them in your purse, keep a couple in the glove compartment—handy when you need them. All you do is add water and tequila and you’re on your way to a delicious drink that keeps you on your Program. You can use all 16 packets to make a half-gallon of this awesome mix for your guests. Staying on Program AND enjoying a cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)—without any worries of going off your Program—AWESOME! ~Dotti~
This is one of my favorite parts of our newsletter. I love to share new food finds. It's always great to get some new ideas for our meals, isn't it? Here are a few things that I tried recently.
- Litehouse, Chocolate Dip, 1 container
[100 Cal, 1.5g Fat, 4g Fiber, 25g Carbs, 45mg Sodium, 0g Protein] *1.5
- Nabisco itty Packs, Mini Nilla Wafers, 1 pkg
[80 Cal, 3.5g Fat, 0g Fiber, 13g Carbs, 70mg Sodium, 1g Protein] *2
- Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, Maple & Brown Sugar, about 24 biscuits
[190 Cal, 1g Fat, 5g Fiber, 44g Carbs, 0mg Sodium, 4g Protein] *3
- Uncle Wally's Smart Portion Cookies, Lemon, 1 pkg
[100 Cal, 2.5g Fat, 2g Fiber, 17g Carbs, 30mg Sodium, 1g Protein] *2
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
~ William Shakespeare
Chunky Chicken-Vegetable Soup
A great soup for these chilly days!
Makes 8 servings
- 1¼ lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into ½ - ¾ inch pieces
- 1—20 oz pkg refrigerated diced potatoes with onions
- 1—16 oz pkg frozen loose-packed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
- 2—14-oz cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1¾ cups water
- 1—10¾-oz can reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
- In a 4½ - 6-quart slow cooker combine chicken, potatoes, frozen vegetables, broth, water, soup, and thyme.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3½ to 4 hours.
201 Cal, 3g Fat, 3g Fiber, 22g Carbs, 662mg Sodium, 19g Protein *4
~Better Homes & Gardens Slow Cooker Favorites made Healthy
Weight Loss is 90% Mental
I use Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs
as an important help on my lifelong Journey to a healthier me:
- Whenever I listen to these CDs—I have a good day on program.
- Whenever I have failed to do well on program, it has always been when I stopped listening regularly.
- They continue to be an irreplaceable part of my Journey back to goal, and now I am listening several days every week!
If you would like a power assist on your journey I highly recommend these Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs!
Want to know more?
- There's lots of info on our Review Page—see how this has worked for me.
- Don't want to pay all at once?—Just choose 3 equal installments!
What can you do to get your mind onboard with your weight loss desires?
—I honestly believe this is an answer to a dilemma that we all face. Come and read about it.
“Positive Thinkers Have Twelve Qualities in Common”
They have confidence in themselves
They have a very strong sense of purpose
They never have excuses for not doing something
They always try their hardest for perfection
They never consider the idea of failing
They work extremely hard towards their goals
They know who they are
They understand their weaknesses as well as their strong points
They can accept and benefit from criticism
They know when to defend what they are doing
They are creative
They are not afraid to be a little different in
finding innovative solutions that will enable
them to achieve their dreams
~~~Susan Polis Schutz
~The Language of Positive Thinking, Blue Mountain Arts
Baja Bob's Cocktail Mixes
~ Home of the Original Sugar-Free Margarita Mix
Note from Baja Bob's
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.
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Try some Baja Bob's Sugar Free Cocktail
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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 the perfect
Weight Watchers addition.
Baja Bob's cocktail mixes come in several flavors: Original Margarita, Wild
Strawberry Margarita, Desert Key Lime Margarita, Crazy Caribe
Enjoy a cocktail and stay
on your Program
Loco Lemon Sweet & Sour, Maui Madness Mai Tai,
Martini Mix, Sour Apple Martini Mix, and more to come…
Burning Calories with Chores
~PreventionGuide Weight Loss
Calories burned in
|Playing with children
|Washing the dog
|Washing the car or
cleaning the garage
|Making the bed
*Based on a 150 lb woman
Software You Can Use! — And Now Available Online!
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
. 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
, 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
is a wonderful new option! You make the choice, but you win either way.
Coca-Cola—Too Scary For Halloween?
Have you heard the horror stories about Coke?
- It has enough acid in it to consume a steak in two days.
- It will eat a tooth dropped into it overnight.
- A nail will be completely gone in the morning if you drop it in Coke before you go to bed.
In 1995, Joey Green listed some interesting uses for Coke in his book, Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose
and today he has them on his web site
. However, these uses—including cleaning stains, and dissolving rust—are not indicative of a dangerous substance, since plain water will do many of the same things listed, and other common household substances will as well. For example, I have used baking soda many times to clean the terminals on my battery, and it works better than Coke does.
When you visit the Cokelore page
, you can read many more of these fables about Coke, as well as a few true stories. But I think that it is important to remember that almost all soft drinks have carbonic acid in them, which can be somewhat useful in lifting stains and such, but there are better things to use, that won't leave a mess behind that has to be cleaned up. Concerning the risks posed by the carbonic acid in Coca-Cola: Snopes.com has pointed out
, this acid has been consumed by millions for many years and there are no proven ill effects from this weak acid. As for the other acids in Coke: the amount of citric acid in Coke is less than that in orange juice, and the phosphoric acid content is also very weak by comparison to the stomach's acid secretions. This informative site
also points out that if you leave a tooth, a nail, or a steak in a pool of Coca-Cola for two days, when you come back you will find that you still have most of the tooth, all of the nail, and "one very soggy steak."
It is always good to search out the facts when you hear something that seems outrageous. Coca-Cola has been around for a long time (its history runs all the way back to the 1880s), and, being the most famous and popular soft drink of all time, it has accumulated quite an interesting set of myths and legends about itself. Even though it was originally conceived as a medicine, it is not something anyone would seriously promote today as a "health drink"—it's not nearly as good for you as drinking water is—and if you drink the standard version, you will be consuming a considerable number of calories for your efforts,(1)
but it is not going to consume a healthy stomach in acidic devastation.
(1) Coke has about 11.7 calories per ounce.
Note: a standard can of Coke is 12 fluid ounces. If you drink one can a day, at the end of a month you will weigh 1.2 pounds more than if you had drunk water, or even a Diet Coke instead. If you consume 2 cans of Classic Coke each day, you will weigh 2.4 pounds more at the end of a month, and at the end of a year, you will weigh almost 29 pounds more than you would have if you had consumed water rather than the Coke.
- 8 ounces = 93 calories—38 servings would add one pound of fat
- 12 ounces = 140 calories—25 servings would add one pound of fat
- 20 ounces = 233 calories—15 servings would add one pound of fat
- 24 ounces = 280 calories—13 servings would add one pound of fat
- 32 ounces = 373 calories—11 servings would add one pound of fat
- 48 ounces = 560 calories— 6 servings would add one pound of fat
While you may not put on 29 pounds during that time, you will still weigh 29 pounds more than you would have if you had not consumed the 2 cans per day of Coke. In other words, even if you lose weight over that time, you will lose 29 fewer pounds than you would have without the increase in calories this drink would give you.
One final thought—If you drank a six-pack of Classic Coke every day, at the end of a year's time, you would weigh 88 pounds more than you would have weighed without consuming those extra calories. That is scary enough for Halloween! -Al
One of life's mysteries is how a two-pound box of candy can make a woman gain five pounds.
The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.
I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.
I know what Victoria's Secret is. The secret is that nobody older than 30 can fit into their stuff.
The Garlic Diet: You don't lose weight; you just look thinner from a distance.
Inside me there's a thin person struggling to get out, but I can usually sedate her with four or five cupcakes.
But the doughnut was calling my name.
But it was my birthday, so I had to eat the whole cake.
I had to get the bitter taste out of my mouth from eating the so-called dish, so I had an ice cream.
If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled out by the diet soda.
If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.
Cookie pieces contain no fat -- the process of breaking causes fat leakage.
Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Examples are peanut butter on a knife making a sandwich and ice cream on a spoon making a sundae.
Only eat things that have been broken into pieces; that way, all the calories fall out.
Chocolate is a vegetable. How, you ask? Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.
Did you know…?
Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things…
The first soft drink company to come out with a so-called diet drink was Royal Crown Cola, in 1961. Their pioneering beverage was called Diet Rite
Amazingly, during World War II, the U.S. government banned the sale of pre-sliced bread. Why? To reduce the demand for metal replacement parts at bakeries. Metal was reserved for the war effort.
You often see the word "albacore" on cans of tuna. Albacore is the only species of tuna that has all white meat.
Thomas Watson, head of IBM, was quoted as saying, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Hmm, maybe he underestimated a bit.
~Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands
by Charles Reichblum
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!
can find Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance
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 also make wonderful gifts.
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
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
please visit them at http://www.phillyswirl.com/
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
Keeping Dotti's Weight Loss Zone current is a full time job and then some. Anytime you would like to find my latest updates you can find them at these links:
"Today is the first day of the rest of your health."
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…
"I cannot relive yesterday and
tomorrow isn't here yet, so I will just deal with today." ~Dotti
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