How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Ours was quiet and low key but nice too. Along with sharing a delicious Thanksgiving meal with Al and his mom, I called my son and bestest friend, Tammy on the phone and it was great talking to all of them. It's the next best thing to being there.
Do you have your tall glass of sparkling water? How about that beautiful smile of yours; are you smiling? Okay! Get settled into your comfy chair and let's get started.
New Flavor! Are we going nuts or going bananas?
Banana Nut VitaTops
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, 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.
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
Good afternoon my friends. Today is a cool December day with a beautiful blue sky.
As most of you know, Al and I are in the process of moving down to Southern Oregon. We are now living on the South Umpqua River with Al's Mom. She is going through a rough time now with her short-term memory loss and other issues so we felt it was time to come down and take care of her. All is going well. We are just about all moved in; should be done by the 31st. Mom is enjoying our company and not being so lonely and we are enjoying the quiet and tranquil area. We are all three benefitting from this move.
As for my Journey, it's there and improving all the time. I am planning on attending the Roseburg Weight Watcher meeting on Thursday. I'm kind of anxious to get back to meetings and of course, to hear all about their new program, Momentum (from what I understand, combining Core and Points). I'm working on my schedule and getting in my two-mile walk daily. The one thing I'm lacking is all my water. I must work harder in getting my water in on a daily basis, not just sporadically.
My stress level is a bit high on some days and I'm trying to adjust and figure out a way to deal with those days without turning to food. I listen to my "Enjoying Weight Loss" Hypnosis CDs" whenever I can to help keep my 'head' in the game, usually a couple times a week. When I miss listening to my CD's I can tell it. So my goal is to continue to listen at least a couple of times a week, especially during this time.
You can find my updates on My Lifetime Journey page on DWLZ at:
As we head into the rest of this Holiday season let's make sure we take time for ourselves. (We know without taking care of US, we can't care of anyone else.) Have an awesome couple of weeks until we meet again.
If you love pineapple, as I do, you'll love this drink. The sparkling water gives it a little fizz.
4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp coconut extract
2 cups carbonated water
Combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice and the extracts in a pitcher. Chill. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve over ice.
120 Cal, 0g Fat, 0g Fiber, 30g Carbs, 5mg Sodium, 1g Protein *2.5
~Taste of Home Smoothies & Other Beverages
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!
The "Enjoying Weight Loss" hypnosis CDs help
me to be the best I can be On Program. ~Dotti~
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Holiday Foods & Their Calories
While searching the internet for some ideas and helpful information going into the end of the year celebrations, I found another list of popular foods and their corresponding calories. We need all the information we can get on our Journey so we will be armed and ready for any situation.
- Pigs in Blankets (5 items with mustard) ~ Calories = 310
- Potato Latkes with sour cream (3 fried latkes each w/ 1 large Tbs sour cream) ~ Calories = 410
- Crudités w/ artichoke dip (½ cup dip with vegetables) ~ Calories = 600
- Eggplant Parmesan ~ Calories = 650
- Prime Rib (8 oz cooked) ~ Calories = 854
- Roast Ham (8 oz cooked) ~ Calories = 570
Side Dishes (one cup servings)
- Mashed Potatoes ~ Calories = 250
- Candied Sweet Potatoes ~ Calories = 400
- Stuffing ~ Calories = 356
- Creamed Spinach ~ Calories = 338
Desserts (one average slice) You can save about 100 calories by not eating the end crust on your slice of pie.
- Apple Pie ~ Calories = 420
- Pecan Pie ~ Calories = 520
- Pumpkin Pie ~ Calories = 320
- Fruit cake ~ Calories = 300
- Hot Fudge Sundae ~ Calories = 870
Beverages (8-ounce portions)
~~Holiday Food Calories
- Egg Nog ~ Calories = 343
- Irish Coffee ~ Calories = 205
- Hot chocolate with whipped cream ~ Calories = 260
- White Russian ~ Calories = 386
- Hot Buttered Rum ~ Calories = 292
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.
* Garden of Eatin' Baked Yellow Chips (tortilla chips), Organic, 1 oz
[120 Cal, 2g Fat, 3g Fiber, 21g Carbs, 120mg Sodium, 3g Protein] *2
* Keebler Mini Graham Ready Crust, Mini, 1 Pie Crust
[110 Cal, 5g Fat, 0g Fiber, 15g Carbs, 125mg Sodium, 1g Protein] *2.5
* General Mills Fiber One Bar, Oats & Apple Streusal, 1 bar
[130 Cal, 2g Fat, 9g Fiber, 31g Carbs, 120mg Sodium, 2g Protein] *1 (2)
* General Mills Fiber One Bar, Oats & Caramel, 1 bar
[140 Cal, 3.5g Fat, 9g Fiber, 30g Carbs, 105mg Sodium, 2g Protein] *1.5 (2.5)
"I'm at the age where what I eat isn't just about how I look, it's about how long and how well I'll live." --Anonymous
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This is a great lowfat version of one of my favorites. Enjoy!
1½ lb. lean beef stew meat, cut into 1" cubes
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 can (10.75 oz) fat-free cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
1 cup fat-free sour cream
Place all the ingredients except the sour cream in 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in sour cream. Cover. Cook on high for a few more minutes, or until heated through. Server over hot cooked egg noodles and garnish with parsley, if desired.
240 Cal, 7g Fat, 1g Fiber, 15g Carbs, 800mg Sodium, 27g Protein *5.5
~PreventionGuide Slow Cooker Recipe Book
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Healthy Options for Holiday Meals Away from Home
Let's face it, we all love the Holiday Season and we especially love all those wonderful cooking aromas! Well guess what? You can enjoy the Holiday Season and once-a-year foods and still stay on program! Here are some ways to keep those main meals on track with your Program.
Try ordering something different instead of the traditional turkey, dressings, etc.
For dessert stick to fresh fruit or pumpkin pie. No pumpkin pie isn't exactly health food it is chock full of vitamin A and iron.
Stick to the veggies and the side dishes, instead of the high calorie meats. Try to keep your servings to only what you really want to taste. You plate will fill up awful fast if you take everything you want to eat. Be selective and enjoy this holiday.
Stuffing and gravy are usually not a smart choice. They are loaded with fat and just generally not good for you.
Put the meat in the center of your plate and circle it with your selected fruits and veggies. Eat from the outside in. You will find you will have little room left for the meat
With the exception of turkey, most meats are high in fat and should be afforded. Goose and Prime Rib of beef are the highest in fat content. Leg of Lamb has less fat. Your portion size should be about the size of a deck of cards.
~Eat Out, Eat Smart by Martha Schueneman
"The average American will consume 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat during the holiday season, owing in part to a traditional holiday meal packed with as many calories as 5.5 McDonald's Big Mac hamburgers or 15 Supreme Tacos from Taco Bell." -The American Council on Exercise (ACE)
1 cup of good thoughts
1 cup of kind deeds
1 cup of consideration for others
2 cups of sacrifice for others
3 cups of forgiveness
3 cups of well-beaten faults
Mix above ingredients thoroughly.
Add tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy for others.
Flavor with little bits of love.
Fold in 4 cups of prayer and faith.
Pour into daily life and bake well with the heat of human kindness.
Serve with a smile.
~Thank you Lorraine
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Low-fat and lean shrimp make it easy to eat smart.
A 6 oz portion of uncooked, shelled fish averages about 155 calories, 13 percent from fat. With shellfish you get quite the variety to nibble on: muscles, clams, shrimp (my favorite!), crayfish, octopus, oysters, squid, lobster (oh my, I can taste it now), crab & scallops.
Try to avoid shellfish in heavy sauces (thermidor, au gratin, hollandaise, mornay). Also, try to avoid deep-fried shellfish, shellfish heavily coated with breadcrumbs and shellfish with breadcrumb-based stuffing.
Below are some Healthy Ways to Enjoy Your Shellfish
Lobster - steam or boil and serve drizzled with a sauce made by melting 1 tsp butter with 2 sp canola oil. Or you can serve it cold with some mayonnaise sauce (1 tsp reduced-fat mayonnaise mixed with 1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice)
Shrimp - steam or boil, and serve with 2 tbsp of a tomato-based cocktail sauce. Another option is to sauté or stir-fry.
Crab - steam or boil, and serve cold, tossed with a sauce made from 1 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise and 1 tbsp catsup.
Mussels & Clams - cook with carrots, celery and a little white wine. Serve in the shells with the sauce
~The Portion Plan by Linda Gassenheimer
Holiday Eating Tips
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.
~Anonymous, posted by one of our Zonies
Did you know…?
Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things…
Arthur Wynn, the man who invented crossword puzzles, originally called them "wordcross" puzzles but a printing error accidently transposed the words and created "crossword". Since "crossword" appeared as the title of the puzzle on it's first day in the newspaper, that's the name that stuck.
A man named Adi Dassler took his first name and combined it with the first three letters of his last name to create the moniker for his brand of shoes: Adidas.
Rolls-Royce automobiles were named after two British engineers - Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
~Strange & Fascinating Facts about Famous Brands
Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance
Al has written many in depth essays on Weight
Loss and Maintenance and they are now
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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
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The recipes are easy to make and don't use hard-to-find items. They are
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DWLZ Website Updates
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"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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