Dotti's Weight Loss Zone

February 21, 2009


Can you believe we are well into February and March is just around the corner?

Find your comfy chair and settle back for a wonderful visit. And don't forget that beautiful smile Smile of yours; are you smiling? Okay! Let's get going.

Keeping on the Journey
  — Giving Up is NOT An Option!

By Dotti

This is an article I wrote 2 years ago this month. I think it’s time to revisit this subject since this is the time when most of us are struggling to stay on the Journey.

How many of us have started our Healthy Lifestyle/Weight Loss Journey only to find our desire to "keep on keeping on" dwindle? I'll wager most of us have "been there and own the tee shirt". Why does this happen? Anyone have any ideas? One of the main reasons is that when we start our Journey we are "flying high" and in the best place we need to be to get started on our Program and new Lifestyle. It is called the "Honeymoon" stage of our Journey. I remember my honeymoon and I have to tell you it was AWESOME!

After several weeks to a month on program there is the veil that is lifted and you are no longer looking through rose-colored glasses. You start to make excuses as to why you can't exercise or you go off program thinking, "Why bother? I'm not losing anymore anyway."

I'm here to tell you it does not have to be this way. You CAN keep that "honeymoon" feeling ALL the time! I know you are sitting there thinking, NO WAY, this woman is crazy. It's true. You can always have that great feeling and desire to keep on keeping on. Let's talk about some ways to keep that fire going.

When you make your goals don't tie them to a number on the scale. Quite frankly, the scale lies. I know, ridiculous, right? Think about it. When you retain fluid (from too much sodium, medications, etc) the scale can show a slightly higher number or stay steady even when you've been doing everything right on program. So many things can affect that number on the scale ~ don't let the number on the scale affect your Journey.

Set short-term goals and make them achievable. When you get to the point where you want to give up sugar, don't just say, "I'll never eat sugar again". That goal, for sure, will guarantee you will eat sugar and plenty of it! Instead, try to make a short-term goal, "I will cut back on the amount of sugar I am eating". By making it an achievable goal you can feel good when you have achieved your goal. This goal is also a stepping-stone to eliminating sugar from your diet completely, if you still wish to, but it's not a goal that will never get off the ground.

Make sure your goals are spelled out completely as to what the goal is and how you are going to achieve it. If you want to make an exercise goal, make sure you state the particulars like: How am I going to achieve this goal? How often am I willing to exercise? Don't give up because you can only exercise/walk 5 minutes a couple of times a week. Guess what? Those 5 minutes can turn into 10 minutes, or maybe the couple of times a week might turn into 3 times a week. If the 5 minutes a couple of times of week is ALL you can do at this time that is 5 minutes a couple of times a week where you'll be moving! Accentuate the positive.

On my first Journey to Goal back in 1998 (hard to believe it is over 11 years ago) my exercise plan was to do the elliptical and treadmill for 30 minutes each, 3 times a week. I drove 30 minutes to my gym at 4:30 am. I only managed a couple minutes on the elliptical for the first couple of workouts. As time went by, I eventually got up to a great 60-minute workout, with 30 minutes of it on the elliptical. In the beginning I did get some "looks" because I was off the machine in less than 5 minutes. Guess what? As I continued to lose the weight (I eventually lost another 95 lbs after starting to exercise) those same "looks" were turned into "WOW, you look awesome" and I have to tell you they made my day. What also made me feel great is that I did not give up; I kept at it until I achieved my goal. What a powerful feeling it is too.

Always reward yourself for your accomplishments. There are many ways to do this. You don't have to have a lot of money either. One idea for setting up a reward system for your Journey is to write down a reward on a colored piece of paper. Add as many rewards as you wish but use different colors of paper and only put one reward on each piece of paper. Fold each of the papers into small pieces. Find a pretty jar and put the folded papers into it. Feel free to make the jar pretty for you to look at. Each time you achieve one of your goals pull out one of the rewards. Some great non-food reward ideas are: take a long, relaxing bath with your favorite bath oil; start a book you've been wanting to read; buy yourself a bouquet of flowers; take a nice walk around the local zoo - animals are great and I guarantee you will be smiling the whole time; visit that bookstore, even to browse, that you've been wanting to visit; send yourself a positive message to your answering machine like, WOO! HOO! You've done it! You get the idea. Rewards after an "achieved" goal are a great way to keep you motivated and they give you something to look forward to, taking your focus off of the scale.

Make sure you write your goals down. Saying and seeing are two different things. If you say your goals there is nothing tangible to hold on to. If you write your goals down you can see them as often as you need; you can put stars next to those that you've accomplished which in turn gives you that positive visual. One thing you could try is this: Buy a really nice Journal-type book. Write down your goals here, one per page, and as you accomplish your goals you can put a star next to them. You can then write down how you feel when you have achieved that goal and what reward you gave to yourself for that great accomplishment. This will be an awesome book to look back on. What a way to keep you strong and motivated on your Journey.

Write down the reasons why you want this healthy new lifestyle. If you haven't already written down your reasons (you can use the same Journal you are using for your rewards) do so now. Make sure you are honest with yourself and make sure you are doing this because you choose to and not because someone else wants you to. Resentment will eventually build up if you are doing this Journey because your husband wants you to or because you feel you "have to". Make a list of all the reasons why you are exercising more, cutting out your trans-fats, drinking more water... Again, this will be an awesome entry to look back on as needed. What a great way to remind yourself of why you are on this Journey.

Make sure you are prepared with plans for all arising situations. I would definitely suggest that you start a notebook (preferably one with divided sections) to contain information that will make your Journey easy, and that you can refer to when you need it most. Let's see what we can put into this book. One section should definitely have your Plan of Action for high-risk situations like going out to eat, having a dinner party, running around all day, etc. It should look something like this: Out and about all day - pack an insulated lunch bag with what you might want to eat for the day [sandwich, fruit, snack, etc]. Make sure it's food you can eat-on-the run. Write down the info (points/calories) for all the food in your bag. Include a water bottle and keep it filled [many fast food places will let you fill water bottles so there's no excuse for an empty water bottle]. When you get home, minus the points/calories of the foods that you didn't eat.

Another section should have your Favorite Meals that you've put together - It should look something like this: Breakfast for Dinner - 2 slices bacon (2 pts/200 cal); Eggbeaters (1 pt/60 cal); 1 cup hash browns (3 pts/150 cal) - total meal is 6 pts. Another section should have your Food Finds with the points/calories listed [whatever works with your plan]. It should look something like this: Jennie-O Lean Turkey & Gravy, white & dark - 4 oz Roast & 2 tbsp gravy (4 pts/160 cal).

The reason I mention keeping a notebook of this information is because by doing so you are making your Journey easier. When I first started this Journey I wrote all the points on the foods I brought into the house. Why? I did it because I soon found out that I did not want to keep getting out my Point calculator to figure out what I was eating every time I opened a can or food item. This way, the work is already done, I'm learning the point-values and I can continue on with the meal without interruption. Easy. Easy is good. You are taking the "work" out of the Journey and keeping the "fun" in the Journey. After awhile, the Journey becomes easier and before you know it, you're "living it" with little effort on your part.

Try new foods and recipes. Don't just "settle" for the same lowfat, bland at times, food every day. Try different brands; many have different flavors. Try new recipes. One of my short-term goals is to try a new recipe at least a couple of times a month. I hope to use that goal as a stepping-stone to what I really would like to do - try a new recipe once a week. Be adventurous in your food and recipes. Don't be afraid to step out of the box you created when you started your Journey. Remember this is a Lifelong Journey so let's mix it up a bit, keeping the Journey an exciting and adventurous one.

Change your support group/leader. If you are going to a support meeting, and you do not care for the group or the leader, try a different one. There is no RULE that says you have to continue with the group you started with. Sometimes, believe it or not, a support group can be just the opposite—offering no support. If that is happening, STOP now, and get out there and find a group that you CAN relate to, that allows you to join in, and most of all, that supports YOU. Check out the Internet for a support group that offers support 24/7. I have been told that there is a pretty good website and an associated message board that do just that. Smile

Change your exercise routine. Do you normally walk the same path when you exercise? Try taking a different path. Map out a new path and head on out. Since I've had problems with my foot and Plantar Fasciitis I've cut my walking down to 2-3 miles. We have a great walk mapped out to our nearest Borders and Starbucks. The other day we decided to try a different route to a different Starbucks - takes the humdrum out of getting your exercise in. If you are a cardio person (that would be me!) try adding in some weight resistance. If you use your treadmill, try walking outside if it's a nice day. If you are a walker (I am) get a season pass to your Zoo. You will be supporting the Zoo and have a great place to walk while visiting all the wonderful animals (I love that). Also, remember you don't have to do 30 minutes of exercise all at once. Do a 15-minute walk in the morning and then one at lunch.

Don't buy junk food. Having junk food in the house is just a slip-up waiting to happen. Why put yourself in danger when you can stock your house with healthy, great-tasting foods. Check out our great sponsors in this newsletter [Vitalicious, PhillySwirl, Penny’s Low Fat Desserts, Baja Bob’s Cocktail Mixes, Pizza Free] who supply us with delicious, healthy options. Yes, you can have dessert, pizza, ice cream, a cocktail, and stay on your Program.

Take your vitamins. By taking your vitamins every day you are guaranteeing that you are getting the vitamins and nutrients you need. According to some experts you are also keeping your metabolism revved up. Make sure you take your vitamins with a meal to avoid stomach upset and to give them the best chance to work.

Talk about your Journey; your successes, food finds, etc. This is the best way to keep yourself motivated and excited about the Journey. I have never shut-up about it! Ask my Al. I may have gotten quieter at different times on my Journey but it's always been something I loved talking about. Talking about new foods, recipes, what's been working for you and what's not is keeping your Journey alive and well.

Keep your water bottle filled at all times, drinking water throughout the day. Drinking your water throughout the day will help all aspects of your Journey - keep you "full", cleanse your system, metabolize your stored fat efficiently and much more. I keep a water bottle with me in the car at all times. Sometimes water is all you need to get rid of that "I want a Krispy Kreme" feeling as you drive by the local Krispy Kreme with their light on saying, "Hot - just baked." Water is powerful. Make it your best friend.

I think one of the most important things we all have to remember is that your Journey has no time limit. We are not in a race. This Journey Back to Goal for me is nothing like my first Journey to Goal in 1998. Amazing how age, medications, quitting smoking and most of all, LIFE, have a way of affecting your Journey. I've learned so much this second time around. It's not about the number on the scale. It's not about how fast I lose this extra weight. It's not about a right or wrong way of being on your Journey. It's not about owing anyone any explanation.

It IS about keep on keeping on the Journey. It IS about enjoying the Journey. It IS about realizing that no two Journeys are alike. It IS about feeling better. It IS about making healthier choices. It IS about taking life One Day at a Time with no regrets. It IS about being there for each other.

This is a Journey worth taking and worth staying on. Discouragement is part of the Journey unfortunately but you can better arm yourself with the tools to fight it. You have the resources, group support and your strength and desire for this Journey to be the way YOU want it to be. Don't sell yourself short. You can do this. If you don't have that "honeymoon" feeling get it back. It IS possible.

You can do this! You can keep your resolve to stay on the course of your Journey. You can keep that "honeymoon" going for the rest of your life if you want to. You are a WINNER. You are a SUCCESS. You are BEAUTIFUL.

Good luck to you all on your Journey to a healthier, happier, thinner and more confident YOU. You all have it within yourselves to be the best you can be. It's up to you. I'm rooting for you all.

Hugs, Dotti

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Food Finds

Trying new foods is always fun and exciting. This last couple of weeks I was on the lookout for some quick-to-grab, good-for-you bars. Below are a few that I found AND liked (there are some awful ones out there too!) Enjoy!
  • General Mills, Chex Mix Bars, Turtle,
    1 bar [130 calories/3.5g fat/4g fiber/26g carbs/160mg sodium/3g protein] *2

  • General Mills, Chex Mix Bars, Chocolate Chunk,
    1 bar [140 calories/3g fat/2g fiber/26g carbs/135mg sodium/2g protein] *3

  • Quaker Fiber & Omega-3, Oat Granola Bars, Dark Chocolate Chunk,
    1 bar [150 calories/4g fat/9g fiber/26g carbs/35mg sodium/2g protein] *1.5 (2.5)

  • Quaker Fiber & Omega-3, Oat Granola Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate,
    1 bar [150 calories/5g fat/9g fiber/26g carbs/35mg sodium/3g protein] *1.5 (2.5)

Southwestern Shrimp and Black Bean Chili

Shrimp, black beans, and corn team together with southwestern seasonings for a show-stopping chili. Serves: 4 to 6

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp dried cumin
  • 1 16-oz can chopped tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 16-oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled
  • 1½ cup frozen corn

In a large non-stick pot coated with non-stick cooking spray, sauté the green and red peppers, onion, carrot, jalapeno, and garlic until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, black beans, water and shrimp and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink. Add the corn and continue cooking 5 minutes longer.

  • To Freeze:
    Cool to room temperature and transfer to freezer containers, label and freeze. Recommended freezer time is up to 2-3 months.

  • To Prepare After Freezing:
    Remove from freezer to defrost. Reheat in a non-stick pot over a low heat. You can also reheat in the microwave.

Nutritional Info Per Serving:

[218 Cal, 2g Fat, 8g Fiber, 32g Carbs, 599mg Sodium, 20g Protein] *3 (3.5)

    ~Holly Clegg’s Trim & Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals

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From February 20th thru March 31st, we must be extra-diligent in letting the managers at Sam’s Club know we want to see PhillySwirl remain on the shelves. Fill out those request forms for them. Pass the word at your Weight Watcher meetings and to all your friends (who doesn’t love a great tasting, low calorie [14 calories], sugar free ice cream bar!). We need to make sure Sam’s Club knows that we are serious about not wanting to lose this fantastic treat that fits into our healthy lifestyle. For the next month or so Sam’s Club will be deciding what to keep on the shelves for the summer—let’s make sure PhillySwirl is among those products staying.

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Mindless Munching—What Triggers It?

Below are a few of the “hot spots” that trigger mindless munching. As you can see, most of them can be dealt with in a more positive way.

  • Stress from work—office munchies often happen around the candy jar. In my experience there is always a candy jar somewhere in the office.

    • Stay clear of the candy jar. If it cannot be avoided try keeping some low calories hard candies (I love Werther’s Originals—3 pieces for about 60 calories and they last forever!).

  • Television—I don’t know about you but when I’m watching my favorite shows on TV out come the snacks.

    • Keep your fat-free popcorn on hand. That, along with a diet pop or some crystal light, should keep you satisfied through your favorite shows.

  • Boredom—this is one of the top reasons why we end up munching mindlessly.

    • Keep a jigsaw puzzle up and going all the time so you can sit and work on it instead of eating. This may still be a bit boring for you but it’s hard to munch when your hands are busy!

  • Parties—with all the great food and beverages available it’s no wonder we step into that mindless munching mode.

    • Get that camera out and take it with you to these awesome parties. I can testify it’s very hard to munch when you are busy taking pictures and socializing.

  • Kids—how many of you bond with your kids at the local McDonalds over a Happy Meal?

    • For a weight loss Journey, a Happy Meal is more like an ‘unhappy” meal. Instead of the Happy Meal, why not try the snack size Yogurt Parfait or better yet one of the great salads they offer—with the dressing on the side, of course.

  • Internet—often our hours on the internet equate to hours of mindless munching.

    • Make a “no foods” rule for your computer time. You can only drink water. You’ll find this takes care of the mindless munchies along with helping you get in your water for the day. Woo! Hoo!

Positive Thought

“Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been but also where you’re going. Life is not a race, but a Journey to be savored each step of the way.”
      —Nancy Sims

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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.
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The DWLZ Team (yes, that would be us)!

Let’s face it—Zonies ROCK! We are all teammates on this Journey of ours. Having fellow teammates makes the Journey so much easier and so much more fun. The team gives meaning to our life and purpose to our days.

Teammates love a good challenge—competition is not divisive. Teammates play hard, knowing that their best efforts will help bring out the best in others and the group as a whole.

Teammates share the same vision and passion for their Journey.

Teammates are not afraid to ask for help when needed.

Teammates know how to forgive themselves and each other along the way.

Teammates know how to take risks; be enterprising and optimistic.

Teammates know how to lead by educating, inspiring, motivating and bring enthusiasm to the team.

Come Join the Fun!   Online Friendships are real friendships

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Positive Thought

"It’s so important to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief keeps you searching for the answers, and then pretty soon you get it."

      —Wally “Famous” Amos

Split Pea and Pasta Soup

This is my kind of recipe—quick and easy!

Makes 5 to 6 cups

  • 2 slices center cut bacon, cut into small pieces [optional]
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 (11.5 ounce) cans condensed split pea soup or any canned split pea soup
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces

In a non-stick pot, cook the bacon for 3 minutes, stirring. Add the celery and onion sautéing until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the soup, broth, and water. Cook until well heated and bubbly over medium heat. Add cooked pasta.

To Freeze: Cool to room temperature and transfer to freezer containers, label and freeze. Recommended freeze time is up to 3 months.

To Prepare After Freezing: Remove from freezer to defrost. Reheat in a non-stick pot over a low heat. Alternately, you can reheat in the microwave.

Nutritional Info Per Serving:

[228 Cal, 3g Fat, 5g Fiber, 38g Carbs, 847mg Sodium, 12g Protein] *4

     ~Holly Clegg’s Trim & Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals

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Abraham Lincoln

How do you find the motivation to ‘keep on keeping on’? Abraham Lincoln is an awesome example of NEVER GIVING UP. If you never thought you could succeed on this journey, ponder this:

Abraham Lincoln...
  • Failed in business at age 21.
  • Was defeated in a legislative race at age 22.
  • Failed again in business at age 24.
  • Overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26.
  • Had a nervous breakdown at age 27.
  • Lost a congressional race at age 34.
  • Lost a congressional race at age 36.
  • Lost a senatorial race at age 45.
  • Failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47.
  • Lost a senatorial race at age 47.
  • Was elected PRESIDENT of the US at age 52!

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Comic Relief

She Lives at My House

A very weird thing has happened. A strange old lady has moved into my house. I have no idea who she is, where she came from, or how she got in. I certainly didn't invite her. All I know is that one day she wasn't there and the next day she was. She's very clever. She manages to keep out of sight for the most part, but whenever I pass a mirror, I catch a glimpse of her there; and when I look into a mirror directly to check my appearance suddenly she's hogging the whole thing, completely obliterating my gorgeous face and body. It's very disconcerting. I've tried screaming at her to leave but she just screams back, grimacing horribly. She's really rather frightening.

If she's going to hang around, the least she could do is offer to pay rent. But no. Every once in a while I do find a couple of dollar bills on the kitchen counter, or some loose change on my bureau or on the floor, but that certainly isn't enough. In fact, though I don't like to jump to conclusions, I think she steals money from me regularly. I go to the ATM and withdraw a hundred dollars, and a few days later, it's gone. I certainly don't go through it that fast, so I can only conclude that the old lady pilfers it. You'd think she'd spend some of it on wrinkle cream. God knows, she needs it.

And, the money isn't the only thing she's taking. Food seems to disappear at an alarming rate. Especially the good stuff - ice cream, cookies, candy - I just can't keep them in the house. She really has a sweet tooth. She should watch it; she's really putting on the pounds. I think she realizes that, and to make herself feel better I know she is tampering with my scale, so I'll think that I'm gaining weight, too. For an old lady she's really quite childish.

She also gets into my closets when I'm not home and alters all my clothes. They're getting tighter every day.

Another thing: I wish she'd stop messing with my files and papers on my desk. I can't find a thing any more. This is particularly hard to deal with because I'm extremely neat and organized; but she manages to jumble everything up so nothing is where it is supposed to be. Furthermore, when I program my VCR to tape something important, she fiddles with it after I leave the room so it records the wrong channel or shuts off completely.

She finds innumerable imaginative ways to irritate me. She gets to my newspapers, magazines and mail before me—and blurs all the print; and she's done something sinister with the volume controls on my TV, radio and phone. Now all I hear are mumbles and whispers. She's also made my stairs steeper, my vacuum cleaner heavier, all my knobs and faucets hard to turn and my bed higher and a real challenge to climb into and out of.

Furthermore, she gets to my groceries as soon as I shelve them and applies super glue to the tops of every jar and bottle so they're just about impossible to open. Is this any way to repay my hospitality?

I don't even get any respite at night. More than once her snoring has awakened me. I don't know why she can't do something about that. It's very unattractive.

As if all this isn't bad enough, she is no longer confining her malevolence to the house. She's now found a way to sneak into my car with me and follow me wherever I go. I see her reflection in store windows as I pass, and she's taken all the fun out of clothes shopping because her penchant for monopolizing mirrors has extended to dressing rooms. When I try something on, she dons an identical outfit, which looks ridiculous on her and then stands directly in front of me so I can't see how great it looks on me.

I thought she couldn't get any meaner than that, but yesterday, she proved me wrong. She had the nerve to come with me when I went to have some passport pictures taken.....

Don't you love it?? Rose Mula wrote this wonderful piece. Her page is at:

Software You Can Use! — And Now Available Online!

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

Did you know…?

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

McDonald’s, who knew?

The Brother’s Weren’t Around When Their Name Went Worldwide

Who could of imagined what phenomenon would follow after brothers Maurice and Richard McDonald opened a simple hamburger stand in San Bernardino, California, in 1948?

Well, there was one person who could—Ray Kroc of Chicago.

Kroc was part owner of a milkshake-maker called the Multimixer. He heard that the McDonalds had bought eight Multimixers and wondered how such a small business would have the need for so many shakes-makers.

He paid a visit to Maurice and Richard’s stand one day and was impressed with the way they were selling burgers and shakes in a fast-paced assembly line operation. Inspired, Kroc suggested they open other restaurants together—but the McDonald brothers weren’t interested. Undeterred, Kroc decided to buy out Maurice and Richard. He kept their last name, and beneath two golden arches sold billions of burgers across the country and then around the world.

       ~Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands by Dr. Knowledge —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.

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."

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