Dotti's Weight Loss Zone

January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

The new year is upon us and with it comes new beginnings.  Is this going to be your year to finally reach your personal goal of being fit and healthy?  You bet it is!  Join me on this wonderful Journey to a healthy & fit new YOU!

Al will be talking to you this morning so let's grab our tall glass of sparkling water and get settled into our comfy chair for a nice visit with him.  Don't forget that beautiful smile Smile of yours; are you smiling?  Okay!  Let's get going.

Al When Difficult is Easier
By Al Coon

In my over 30 years of working with electronic equipment that had "gone down" (malfunctioned), many times I have tried "easy" shortcuts to go for a quick fix, only to rue the decision later, and still have to take the equipment apart anyway, and do it the "hard way."

As the years went by, I learned from experience that it was usually easier to do the "difficult" things first, rather than having to do the work twice.

A sage once asked, "If you don't have time to do it right, how will you find the time to do it over?"

This is deeply significant wisdom for solving the problem we share: overeating.

Happy New Year!

Here we are once again in the month of January, named for Janus, the god of new beginnings and the keeper of doors. On January first, we were led to the start of an untouched year, and we can do with this year just as we please. Like in a new journal, we will write the deeds of this year a day at a time, with the good and the bad mixing into a tapestry that will bring us joy or sadness, depending on our choices, and experiences throughout 2009.

Will we start with a New Year's Resolution? Janus, had he really existed, would have been pleased with that I am sure.

Today we don't believe in Janus, but instead of ancient myths, we often stumble into modern ones. We chase "easy" diets and fad eating plans, looking for that magical combination that will take away the pounds painlessly and leave us thin, healthy, and able to eat "normally" once more while keeping the weight off. This "easy way" keeps us from having to set realistic goals, organize our eating, and execute our plans, all of which take time and considerable effort. We do what comes easy for as long as it remains easy.

But I have learned that easy will not work with someone like me, who has an eating problem. The "easy road" turns out to be a dead end, and in reality is the "impossible road."

The Facts of Life

Last year Dotti took a fall in our garage while doing some organizing, and she broke some bones in her wrist. For a few weeks she had to wear a cast. Gravity did a very mean thing to her, and it didn't feel a bit of remorse for having done it.

We live in a universe of physical laws. Sometimes the laws break our bones, like they did to my lovely wife. But before we get too angry with the laws of the universe, we need to remember that we couldn't be here without them. If chemical properties were capricious and changed from moment to moment, our amazing bodies, which are chemical factories that depend upon these physical laws, would stop working for us, and perhaps even fly into billions of dead pieces.

Fortunately, all the physical laws like electric charge, magnetism, and gravity work consistently day-to-day and moment-to-moment, allowing us to enjoy this life that we share on planet Earth. I would very much like to scold gravity for hurting my Dotti, but gravity holds our atmosphere on the planet, as well as holding the planet itself together. Gravity keeps our feet firmly on the ground, so we don't all go floating out into space. We can all agree that these are very good things. So, we just have to live (or not) with the fact that gravity is a merciless killer if you step off the edge of a cliff, or are under a heavy object falling from a great distance.

All physical laws are like that. If we live within the laws, and use them to our advantage they are our allies and friends. But they are "fair weather friends" in that if you don't work in their set ways, they will turn on you just as quickly as they have helped you. Depending upon your point of view, this consistency is either the best or worst feature of physical laws.

Good News and Bad News

The positive point of view: It is GOOD NEWS that things are consistent. I find it fascinating that an atomic clock--the most accurate way we have of telling time--is based upon random events.

The disintegration of some of the atoms in radioactive elements happens apparently at random. There is no way to tell which atoms are going to fall apart this moment, or five years from now. However, it is rigidly certain that a known percentage of those atoms will fall apart in a fixed and very precisely consistent amount of time. Radioactive decay appears to be condensed chaos, but instead it is more accurate than even the heavenly bodies at marking the movement of time.

The positive view declares that since things are consistent, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose fat mass. This is very good news! No magic is required. No bullocks need to be sacrificed to Janus to make it happen. You can control the amount of fat in your own body.

The negative point of view: It is BAD NEWS that things are consistent. If you eat more calories than you burn, then you will gain fat mass. Crying out to Janus, or living in denial and looking for excuses will not alter this fact. When things go wrong, this is very bad news! There is no bargaining with, and there is no parole from, the physical laws.

Making 2009 a Good Year

How can this be a good year for us? We start by being honest with ourselves. It is going to require some difficult things to be done. We have to remember this simple but important fact: Usually, it is the difficult things that matter most in life.

A case in point is planning out your eating day in advance. It is a pain to do this day after day. Some days it is very hard to do. And yet, nothing will help you lose weight faster or more consistently than planning out OP days and sticking with the plan. This is the "difficult path" that works.

When you try to wing it, taking the "easy path," and try to avoid the hard part, the long-term results are consistently bad. Our success depends almost entirely upon our doing the hard parts.

We find that this is one of the times when the "difficult way" is actually the easier way. It is easier because when you do the things that are right, though difficult, you will succeed. You lose weight, and continue to maintain that loss, as long as you do the right things. If you avoid that and try to diet your way to success, you will end up back where you started, and will have to do it all over again.

This year, when you make your New Year's Resolution, or anytime in the future when you start out on a Journey that really matters to you, commit first to doing the hard things before anything else. You CAN succeed because the laws of the universe are consistent!

Work the Road before you try to walk it. Put up safety rails, fill in the chuckholes, and make sure you have plenty of rest areas along the path. The more you do of the hard work of preparation, the better your results will be. I am just like you—I wish it were easier than it is! But since it isn't easy, we can be satisfied with the fact that it is NOT impossible. Yes, we will die if we fall off a cliff, but we can put up rails and avoid the edge, and remain safe.

Your mind is a wonderful tool, and if you use it, you can overcome every obstacle, once you are committed to doing the hard things first, which is really the easier way to travel.

Wishing you the very best,


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Dotti's Update

Happy New Year everyone!  Don't you just love New Years?  I look at it like a time to renew; begin again.  And that is what I'm doing, beginning again.  My motto for 2009 is:

2009 is the time to look fine!

We did not have a Weight Watcher meeting the last couple of weeks since they land on a Thursday.  Christmas and New Years was celebrated instead. In that time I've been trying to soak up the 1st two weeks of info about their new "Momentum" program.  It seems to be an awesome program and one that will address the issue of getting the "right" foods into you.  I'm an old die-hard when it comes to their Points program.  I've always done the Original 1-2-3 Success Program (original) and I've not wanted to stray far.  I will be heading back to my meeting on Thursday, the 8th.

My stress level is still too high on some days.  I need to find a balance in my life somehow or I'll be struggling with this Journey forever.  I try to 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.  I am planning on taking that a step higher and listen to a session everyday for the month of January.  I'm sure that will help tremendously with my motivation, self-esteem and outlook on Program.  When I miss listening to my CD's I can tell it.  I love these CD's because they are available anytime I need a pick-me-up or the right mind-set to get moving on Program.  We all know that this Journey is 99% in the head.  If it's not there first the rest of you will not get on board.  These CD's are a great tool for my Journey and since they only work if you listen to them, my plan is to listen to them through January to help get "all of me" going. 

New Years was spent working on the website for the New Year but at midnight I did wish my son and bestest friend, Tammy, a very Happy New Year on the phone.  I sure do miss them.  Al fell asleep hours earlier. Smile

This Journey of ours is a day-to-day process and I know one of these days all will be in place. Meanwhile, I keep on keeping on.  Thank you all for your support.  It truly does mean the world to me.

Hugs! Dotti

The Squash Court

Butternut squash soup with orange and ginger

Serves 6

Recipe Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp grated ginger-root
½ tsp ground cumin
6 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
2 cups chicken broth
1½ cups unsweetened carrot juice
¼ cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 tsp grated orange zest
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Light sour cream (optional)


Heat olive oil in a large, non-stick soup pot over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Cook and stir until onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes.

Stir in ginger-root and cumin, and cook for 30 more seconds.  Add squash and remaining ingredients, except sour cream.  Mix well.  Bring soup to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes, or until squash is tender.

Working in batches, transfer soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Return pureed soup to pot.  Serve hot soup with a dollop of light sour cream in the center, if desired.

Nutritional Info Per Serving
102 Cal, 1.9g Fat, 2.4g Fiber, 20g Carbs, 372mg Sodium, 3g Protein *2

    ~Eat, Shrink & Be Merry by Janet & Greta Podleski

        —I love this cookbook - full of great recipes, cartoons and great fun!   ~Dotti

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Beans ~ How to Get More Into Your Diet

A recent study analyzing the antioxidant content of over one hundred different foods found that beans - particularly red, kidney, pinto, and black beans - are the highest vegetable sources of these disease-fighting compounds.  Studies confirm beans' power to lower heart attack risk.  The abundant soluble fiber in beans works hard to stabilize blood sugar levels.  Beans provide the steady, slow-burning energy that keeps glucose levels well regulated, which is helpful for controlling diabetes and for weight management.  You receive bulk with minimal calories with beans and they fill you up.  Here are a few ways to get beans into your diet.

  • To make an "instant" black bean soup, add a can of low-sodium black beans to a jar of salsa and thin it with vegetable or chicken stock.  Add oregano, chili powder and Tabasco to taste.  Mash some of the beans and return them to the pot to thicken the soup.
  • Sprinkle garbanzo beans on a salad for a boost of flavor, texture, and protein.
  • Mash garbanzo or black beans with finely chopped garlic and chopped red onions or scallions.  Fill a whole-wheat pita or wrap with the beans, sprouts or some shredded romaine lettuce, and some chopped tomatoes for a packable lunch.
  • For a great salad, combine a half cup of black beans, a few spoonfuls of salsa, some diced red onion, and diced avocado.
  • Roast green beans by placing them in a single layer in a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle pepper and perhaps some finely diced garlic on top.  Roast in a preheated 400-degree oven for about twenty minutes, shaking the pan a few times during cooking.

~~SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews

Positive Thought

"In all your adversities there lie the seeds of equivalent advantages. In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time."  --Anonymous

Girl Scout Cookies

It's almost that time of year again so I thought I would give you a heads-up on the nutritional values of some of your favorite Girl Scout cookies. When my niece calls me up and says she's selling cookies I tell her to have her Mom, Dad, brother, sister and herself pick out their favorite box. This way she gets the sale, they get the treats and I get to leave the gym a little bit earlier! I do the same thing if they come to my door. If food is involved I love to help the little ones out but I prefer to leave the goodies with them.

Lemon Chalet Crèmes, 1 cookie [80 cal/3g fat/0g fiber/12g carbs/40mg sodium/<1g protein] *2
Trefoils, 5 cookies [150 cal/7g fat/<1g fiber/20g carbs/105mg sodium/2g protein] *3.5
Do-si-dos, 2 cookies [110 cal/5g fat/<1g fiber/15g carbs/85mg sodium/2g protein] *3
Samoas, 2 cookies [150 cal/8g fat/<1g fiber/19g carbs/50mg sodium/1g protein] *4
All Abouts, 3 cookies [150 cal/7g fat/<1g fiber/21g carbs/75mg sodium/1g protein] *3.5
Chocolate Chips, 3 cookies [160 cal/9g fat/2g fiber/22g carbs/140mg sodium/1g protein] *3.5
Tagalongs, 2 cookies [150 cal/10g fat/1g fiber/14g carbs/100mg sodium/2g protein] *4
Thin Mints, 4 cookies [150 cal/7g fat/1g fiber/20g carbs/115mg sodium/2g protein] *3.5

     ~~These cookie nutritionals are from the Little Brownie Bakers at
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Good Choices, Bad Choices ~ Dairy Queen

* Good Choice ~ Small Chocolate Sundae
   [280 calories/7g fat/42g sugars]
* Bad Choice ~ Small Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
   [720 calories/28g fat/78g sugars]
* Good Choice ~ DQ Homestyle Burger
   [350 calories/14g fat/400mg sodium]
* Bad Choice ~ Side Salad with DQ Ranch Dressing
   [355 calories/33g fat/440mg sodium]
* Good Choice ~ Grilled Chicken Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing
   [280 calories/11g fat/1,550mg sodium]
* Bad Choice ~ 6-Piece Chicken Strip Basket
   [1,270 calories/67g fat/2,910mg sodium]
* Good Choice ~ DQ Sandwich
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* Bad Choice ~ Small Chocolate Malt
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A few other facts while dining at Dairy Queen ~

Can you guess how many extra grams of fat are added to your cone when you have the cone 'dipped'? The coating adds a whopping 13g of fat to the cone.  Doesn't seem possible, does it? 

Did you know that a classic Banana Split trumps the Peanut Buster Parfait and the Brownie Earthquake by at least 14g of fat? 

The Dilly Bar was introduced in 1955 and consists of reduced-fat ice cream dipped in chocolate for just 240 calories.

Weapon of Mass Destruction ~ Large Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard ~ This creation comes in at 990 calories/39g fat/114g sugars. 

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

Positive Thought

"Don't let the scale be your reason for living each day."  --Anonymous

Upside-Down Coconut-y Cream Pie

Serves 1

Recipe Ingredients

1 Jell-O Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Snack
½ sheet (2 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, crushed
¼ tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp sweetened coconut flakes
2 tbsp Fat Free Reddi-Wip


Spoon pudding into a small bowl.  Mix in coconut extract.  Top pudding with crushed graham crackers and coconut flakes.  Finish off this creamy coconut cloud with whipped topping.  Mmmmm.

Nutritional Info ~
[124 Cal, 3.5g Fat, 1.5g Fiber, 24g Carbs, 243mg Sodium, 3g Protein] *2.5

    ~~Hungry Girl, Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World

Lisa is awesome and this new cookbook of hers is a must-have.  You can order her book by visiting her website at Don't forget to sign up for her newsletter! ~Dotti

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Success is a Choice

Today I will make many choices, and each will have a consequence.
Today I will choose to tell myself that I am worth the effort, or I can tell myself it doesn't matter, I'll do it tomorrow.
Today I can choose to journal, or I can choose not to.
Today I can choose to drink my water, or I can choose to be dehydrated.
Today I can choose to stay in my points range, or I can choose to hinder my goals.
Today I can choose to be more active, or I can choose to take the easy way.
Today I can choose to be motivated, or I can choose to tell myself "I can't.
Today I can choose success. IT IS MY CHOICE.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself; and the other for helping others.

~Sent to me by a good friend


JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody but myself.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I'm overweight, I'll eat healthily – if only just for today. And not only that, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

~Dear Abby's New Year's Resolutions (re-printed every year)

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Comic Relief

Burning Calories

My doctor flipped the weight of the scale over another notch, looked at me with annoyance and said, "Man does not live by bread alone."

"You think I don't know that?" I said. "Any fool knows you have to make it into a sandwich, top it with homemade preserves or cover it with cheese sauce and make a casserole out of it."

"You are overweight again," he said.

"Like how much?"

"Like if you were scheduled to fight Muhammad Ali this fall, you would have to drop fifteen pounds to make the heavyweight division. How much exercise do you get?"

"I leaned over a week ago Thursday for what I thought was a gingersnap cookie in the carpet, but it turned out to be a cork coaster and I haven't taken a chance since."

"Do you go to the refrigerator a lot?"

"Yes, and sometimes I even run."

"I have here a list of activities that tell you how many calories you can burn up per hour. I want you to go over the list and try to do at least one or two activities a day."

The list was depressing. An hour of housework burnt up 80 to 180 calories, ironing 50 to 60 and writing 10 to 20. I would have to arm-wrestle King Kong to make a difference.

Then a brilliant idea hit me. If I could do some vigorous exercises, I could eat all the fat food I wanted and burn it off before it took root.

That night I had a piece of apple pie. Then I grabbed one of the kid's bicycles and pedaled for two hours. It was work, but it was worth it. I had paid for my folly.

The next night I had 40 potato chips. To make up for it, I did a little ironing that I had put back. (Actually I only ironed for eight hours and put the rest of it back again.)

The next afternoon I outdid myself. I found an Easter egg I had hidden from the kids in the freezer totaling 583 calories. I had to paint the house to work it off. The same night I had lobster in butter, which totaled 2,390 calories. Checking my list I discovered I would have to row across Lake Erie and back to balance the calories.

Then, a terrible pattern began to form. I was borrowing on my energy and putting IOUs in the refrigerator. I owed two hours of carpentry for a bowl of cereal in cream, three miles of jogging for a French doughnut, and eight days of shoveling snow for a piece of birthday cake.

As I sit here writing this column, I am in hock through 1975. As I told my doctor, the only way I can possibly catch up is to be an oarsman on a slave ship. He is making the necessary arrangements.

   ~"Forever, Erma" by Erma Bombeck

Did you know…?

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

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer who wrote the poem "The Star Spangled Banner" after being inspired by watching the Americans fight off the British attack of Baltimore during the War of 1812.  The poem became the words to the national anthem.

The Netherlands and the United States both have anthems that do not mention their countries' names.

Pilgrims ate popcorn at their first Thanksgiving dinner.

American Indians never actually ate turkey; killing such a timid bird was thought to indicate laziness.

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

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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

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!
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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.

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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:

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"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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