Dotti's Weight Loss Zone

October 8, 2008

Good Morning my friends. How are all of you this cool October morning? I really cannot believe how fast time is flying. It was my  Happy Birthday   on Sunday, Oct 5th, and I cannot even begin to tell you how I got to 52 years! Why just yesterday I was turning 40. Smile

Let's all grab our tall glass of sparkling water and get comfy for our visit today.  Don't forget to bring your beautiful smile! Smile

Your Journey Report Card

I thought it would be fun today to see just where we are on our Journey.  A report card is a good way to gauge where you are on your Journey to a healthier you.  I know some of you are thinking, "I dreaded getting my report card" but this is not going to be like that.  All of you are going to love this report card because it's all about you ~ the strengths and the weaknesses.  So, let's see a big Smile on your face.

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.

  • Reasons for wanting this healthy lifestyle? Back in 1998 when I made Lifetime I thought my reasons for losing weight were to fit into my clothes better, look better and last, but not least, feel better.  This time around, 10 years later, I am looking to be the healthiest I can be going into my twilight years.  I'm already noticing how much my weight affects my knees and hips.  It is just too much on these old arthritic joints. It is getting harder and harder to get up and walk around but I'm determined not to quit - NEVER an option!  So, yes, being the healthiest I can be is my forever reason for wanting to remain on this healthy Journey.  What are a few of yours?  Maybe it's to see your grandchildren grow up.  Another reason may just be you want to look your best at the holiday gatherings.  Still another might be because it will help your self-confidence and give you more self-esteem.  For whatever reason, and they are all good reasons, NOW is the time to get started on your Journey. 

  • Program or plan of action? I've been on Weight Watchers for 10 years now and I'm not going to stop.  I absolutely love the Weight Watchers Point System.  It's the easiest program around and within it's guidelines you can eat anything you want to.  I've found Weight Watchers to be the most reasonable of all the 'diets' out there and I do love the fact that you can eat your normal food.  You don't have to depend on the Weight Watchers foods (which BTW, I do love when I'm in a hurry). I've also opted to stay on the Original 123 Success Points program, as that was the one I started with, and the one I've always used (10 gram fiber cap).  So, how about you guys?  Do you all have a Program or Plan of action in place?  If you don't, please think about checking out the various weight loss/healthy lifestyle programs out there.  I just know you'll find one that will work for you.  Me?  I'm sticking to what works when I work the Program - Weight Watchers.

  • Support in place?  My biggest supporter on my Journey is my husband of 32 years, Al.  When I'm down he is always trying to help me stand proud of all my accomplishments on this Journey and to remember that this is truly a Journey with all the twists and turns that Life can throw you.   Of course, my sons, LeRoy and Glenn, are right there along with their Dad supporting me throughout my Journey.  My Bestest friend in all the world, Tammy, has always been there for me since we met about 31 years ago.  All my Zonie friends on Dotti's Weight Loss Zone are always there supporting me and my Journey. If any of you need a great supportive 'home on the net' then our Message Board is the place for you!  It is always nice to know we are not on this Journey alone.  It's also nice to surround ourselves with others traveling down the same road as we are.   Having support on this Journey is so very important and I hope that all of you are getting the positive support you need and deserve while on your Journey.

  • Rewards for milestones? How are you in this area of your Journey?  I firmly believe that you need to set up little rewards (non-food) for the milestones along the way.  You set up the milestones, at points that you feel are important.  What would you like to accomplish on this Journey that would deserve a special reward?  Let's see…one of my milestones is at the 10 lbs lost mark.  A couple of ideas for rewards for that accomplishment would be new nail polish, blush, makeup or a paperback I've been looking at.  Another one of my milestones is when I can fit into the next size jeans.  Rewards?  How about a couple pair of cute socks to go with that new pair of jeans; or how about a new pair of earrings?   You, and you alone, set your milestones and rewards.  Just keep in mind that they cannot be food-related.

  • Changes? Are you wondering what sort of changes I am thinking of?  These are changes in your lifestyle.  What have you had to change to help make this Journey easier for you?  Believe it or not the first ones that come to mind are food related.  Now, how did that happen?  Laughing out loud   I found out early on I was going to always eat my salad dressing, on the side, with a fork (“forking”).  I also found out at my first Weight Watcher meeting that I was not going to be eating pizza anymore.  It sure didn't take me long to figure out what a red-light food was!  Another change I had to make was in the exercise department.  Before I started my Journey there was no exercise department.  Now there is and must be visited on a regular basis in order for this Journey to succeed.  What are some of the changes you had/have to make to help this Journey stay on the successful road? 

  • Happy? Are you happy you are on this Journey? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the happiest, how happy are you?  I think, on average, I'm happy more than not. Did you know that if you are not happy most of the time, you always have time to make some changes that would bring more happiness to you? I'm not talking about you having to have that big smile on your face every minute.  That's unrealistic.  I'm talking about deep inside, are you happy?  Content?  If you are doing things that make you very unhappy STOP doing them right this minute.  It's not worth it.  Life is short. Do what makes you happy and never be ashamed of yourself for doing it.

  • Sleeping? This is an area that I have the most trouble with and I know that a good night's sleep helps in the weight loss area; also in the healthy area of this Journey.  Without a good night's sleep you will be tired and sluggish during the day.  You won't want to cook and if you do, it will be something quick and easy or take-out. You don't think straight with a lack of sleep. By not sleeping you are setting yourself up for a setback.  Sad, but true.  So, how many of you are getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night?  If you are, that's wonderful!  That is the goal.  Your rewards will be many when you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. I am trying to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night now (I figured I'd start with the lowest number), and most times I am getting them.  On the days that I'm not, I usually nap for a bit in the afternoon.  So, how many hours a night are we looking to achieve healthy benefits and lose weight?  Just 6-8 hours a night, uninterrupted, will do the job.

  • Exercising? Exercising is the one thing that I've been doing awesome on recently, if I do say so myself.  I started an exercise program at my gym about eight weeks ago and I've been sticking to it.  The only time I missed my routine was when I was in a car accident on Sept 10th.  I'm recuperating but not 100% yet but…I am back on my routine.  I go to the gym Monday thru Friday and take off on the weekends.  I do water aerobics for an hour along with 30 minutes on the elliptical, on Mon, Wed, and Fri.  On Tues and Thurs I've treated myself to an hour each day with a personal trainer.  It's been great for me and he is an awesome trainer.  If you have trouble with your joints or arthritis, water aerobics is the way to go with less strain on your joints.  It's also quite fun!  I was pleasantly surprised when I started this year.  If you are the type that would rather not go to the gym and just walk well, get on out there and start walking. A good way to start is to decide how long you want to walk; say 5 minutes, 10 minutes - then walk half the time away from the house and half back.  Next time out I guarantee you'll want to walk a bit farther.  I have definitely found this time around that I must exercise regularly or the weight just will not come off.  Think of some different ways you can exercise for 20 minutes a day (or two 10 minute sessions). You can do this and your heart will thank you.

  • Me Time? This is an area that I have to work on.  I'm the last person I do something nice for, if you know what I mean.  Most of us are caregivers, which means we give our care to others with little or no regard to ourselves.  What is up with that?  Aren't we important?  Aren't we in need of some TLC?  You bet we are.  So, what are we waiting for?  Why don't we all schedule in some ME time sometime in the next couple of weeks.  We just might like it enough to plan some more ME time in the future.  ME time is very important on this Journey, because it refreshes us and let's us spend some time concentrating on US.  Make sure you let everyone know that this time that you plan is for YOU only, and you would appreciate no interruptions or outside demands on that time.  Be firm.  Make ME time a regular part of your Journey.

  • Having fun? Are you having fun?  Do you think this Journey is all work and no play?  If you do you need to sit down and make some serious changes in the way you are living your Journey.  It should be fun!  You should be learning new things, tasting new foods, meeting new friends that are on the same Journey as yourselves, you should be feeling awesome!  Of course, we do have to remember that fun is interpreted in different ways by different people.  Just because you are sitting there with an icky look on your face doesn't mean you are not having fun (could mean that new food you just tried was awful and you don't want to hurt the cooks feelings). Fun - make sure you are having fun on your Journey because if you're not something needs to be changed. 

  • Stress Level? How many of you would receive an F on your report card in this section because your stress level is so high it is affecting everything you do, including your Journey.  Is it work?  Family?  Kids? Or is it just everything all rolled up together?  If you fit this category you must reduce your stress.  Stress will surely send you down the wrong road of your Journey and until you get rid of it you'll be lost.  If you are not doing well in the exercise section of this report card you might try exercising more - it's been known to reduce stress.  You might also write down on a piece of paper all the things attributing to your stress and knock them out one by one.  I'm trying to take a lighter attitude about most things and most of all I'm trying to not let others walk all over me.  My problem area is I'm a pushover.  I can get talked into the worst things because I'm also a people-pleaser.  How many people-pleasers out there?  Remove that stress and I bet you remove a couple of stumbling blocks on your Journey AND you'll soon be on the right road to success.

  • Supporting others?  Supporting others on their Journey is a great way to meet new friends on the same Journey as yourself.  And, guess what?  By supporting others on their Journey you are supporting and helping yourself.  I can testify that when I am active on our Message Boards and in daily contact with my Zonie friends I am doing well on Program and I'm a happy, contented woman.  Sounds weird but it's true.  Someone posted on our Message Board that you should always go to your Weight Watcher (or any program you're on) meetings because even though you might not need them at this point in your Journey they might just need YOU!  Helping, supporting, hugging, sharing and being on the Journey together is the most wonderful feeling!

  • Journaling? How many of you have tried to do this Journey without journaling?  That's right - you didn't write a thing down?  How many of you were successful doing that?  I'll bet not many hands were up.  That is because it has been proven over and over again that you must write down what you eat in order to be successful on your weight loss program. I know I can't remember everything I put into my mouth.  Can you?  How about all those 'samples' at Costco?  Yes indeed, you have to count them and I'm here to tell you they do add up!  Journaling also gives you another benefit on this Journey - the benefit of taking some ME time to sit back and think about how your Journey is going. I'm doing well in this area but I have to stay diligent.   On my first Journey to Goal back in 1998, I would not eat anything until I had written it down (like my ATM card - I don't get the money out until I write it in my checkbook).  I need to work on that strategy this time around.  If you are not journaling go out and buy yourself a pretty journal and start journaling; not just what you are eating and drinking but how you are feeling too!  Important and eye-opening stuff!

  • Drinking your water? This is very important and I am expecting all of you to get an A on this section.  If you really don't like water, drink 16 oz in the morning, 16 oz in the afternoon and 16 oz in the evening.  That is 6 glasses of water. I often use the Crystallite packages along with the Propel ones to flavor my water too: anything to get in my daily amount of water: 6-8 glasses. If you are not drinking your water the scale will tell.  Water, water, water!  Think water! 

  • Accountability? Accountability helps keep you honest.  I'm not going to meetings at this time but I am doing my accountability with a group of four friends.  We support, hug, give a kick when needed and are just 'there' for each other with no judging, just supporting and understanding all aspects of this Journey.  Make sure you are accountable, either at the meetings, with a friend, spouse, loved one - it really does help keep you honest and gives you something to look forward to.

  • Trying new foods? How many of you remember when you were a child and you hated a lot of the foods your mother put on the table?  I remember when my Mom made meat loaf she always put onions in it and I spent the better part of dinner picking them all out before I could eat that delicious meat loaf.  I just assumed I hated them because of the texture or how they looked.  Lo and behold I love onions today - cooked or raw - all because I was willing to take that first bite of a new food.  I also love mushrooms, green peppers, cottage cheese, yogurt… and much more because I tried them finally.  Not so scary after all.  How about giving it a try?  Sometime in the next two weeks try one food that you think you don't like.  Just one.  You might just be surprised!

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. 

Until next time…

Hugs! Dotti

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Dotti's Update

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.

Hugs! Dotti

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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~

Food Finds

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

Positive Thought

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.

Nutritional Value—

Per serving:
    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!

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What can you do to get your mind onboard with your weight loss desires?
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“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

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Burning Calories with Chores

Calories burned in
30 minutes*
Climbing stairs
Playing with children
Washing the dog
Sweeping indoors
Washing the car or
cleaning the garage
Washing dishes
Making the bed
*Based on a 150 lb woman

     ~PreventionGuide Weight Loss

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A Note Weight Commander

The Weight Commander is an awesome program for your Journey. I highly recommend it to all those who are on a Journey of their own. It is a wonderful program to track your progress on any weight loss program you are using. You can read My Review of the Weight Commander or go straight to the source and check out this great software by following this link to Weight Commander. He has many tips and ideas throughout his program, which will help you to be successful on your Journey.

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

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 on, 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: 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.
  •  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
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.

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

Comic Relief

Funny Quotes

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!
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 also make wonderful gifts.

Philly Swirl

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Receive a 1 day shopping pass to Sam’s Club  

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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.

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:

The DWLZ Website News & Updates forum—

US restaurants updates are on my Restaurants TOC page—

Canadian restaurants updates are on my 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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