Dotti's Weight Loss Zone

April 5, 2009
My, oh my—have we had a trying time of late. Truly, we feel as if we've fallen down Alice's rabbit hole; life is unlike anything our previous experiences have prepared us for. Only someone who has dealt with a loved one with dementia can really relate. If you are familiar with the concept, this has become our “Kobiachi Maru Test.”

In the future we will be sharing a few more details, but for now, we are absorbed with setting things as right as they can be…as a result we are sending out this newsletter with a lot of material that was in a Dotti's Newsletter issue from 2007, which was, appropriately enough, focused upon Easter. We feel that there is a lot of good information here, worth a second look. We hope you agree.

Thanks for being there for us!

—Al and Dotti


Welcome! Easter
Enjoy the Holiday
AND Stay On Program
Motivation My Journey Back to Goal Our
Alaska Cruise
Al's Essays Comic Relief Easter
Fun Facts
Super Power Foods Diet Supreme WillPower Tonic 100 Calorie Snacks

Shrimp Scampi Food Finds Easter Fun ~ Crispy Easter Nests Did You Know? Single Serving Visuals Hugging DWLZ
DWLZ Updates Goodbye Newsletter
Copyright and

Hi everyone!  Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? 

   Happy Easter

I guess you can figure out what we are going to talk about today ~ Easter, that wonderful holiday with all those chocolates and goodies tempting you at every corner.

Okay, it's time to fill your glass with water, get that beautiful SMILE Smile of yours going, and find your way to your comfy chair.  This is one of my favorite times.

Easter ~ Enjoy the Holiday AND Stay On Program
By Dotti

How many of us have fond memories of the Easter holiday when we were young and have you passed on those Easter traditions to your family now? Many people have huge family celebrations at Easter and pass down traditions from generation to generation.

My memories of Easter are vague but I do remember Easter as being a time where I got a new dress, hat and shoes.  I so looked forward to Easter for that alone! I also remember wearing those new clothes to church for the Easter Sunday service. Decorated Easter eggs were always a part of Easter but I don't remember being involved in the decorating of them. My Mom would always hide Easter eggs the night before and us kids all knew there would be an egg in our sock drawer Smile As for a special Easter dinner, I cannot really remember them nor can I remember if there were Easter baskets or such (long story).

As an adult I've only celebrated Easter when the kids were young and at home. They always had a chocolate Easter bunny, some jelly beans, peeps and decorated eggs, which we did the night before together. We've never celebrated Easter as a special day with a special meal; just treated it like any other day. Easter, to me, is watching the kids hunt for the hidden eggs and getting excited over their Easter goodies.

Easter is a holiday of tradition and family gatherings.  Unfortunately, Easter is also one of the biggest commercial holidays for the candy industry, which makes it one of the biggest "temptation-filled" holidays for those of us on our Lifelong Journey to Health & Happiness.  Have any of you noticed how the Easter candy is already on the shelves the day after Valentine's Day?  I can guarantee that many have already bought Easter candy, eaten it and will rebuy as the actual day nears. How do I know this?  Because I've done it in the past myself.

You cannot walk into a grocery store, Wall-Mart or Target and NOT see Easter candy displays everywhere.  They get you coming and going!  You cannot even get away from the Easter candy by going to the electronics section of the store.  There, as you turn the corner, is the biggest display you've ever seen of Cadbury Crème Eggs!  What in the world is it doing in the electronics section of the store? Well, obviously Cadbury wants you to buy their Crème Eggs.  The candy manufacturers don't care what you do after you buy their product.  They don't care that you'll most likely over-indulge and go off your program. All they care about is making the sale.  Don't give them that power over you.  You are smarter than that!  You are strong on Program and those sabotage displays are there to weaken you but you cannot be weakened because you want to stay on your Program.  You want to keep your power and control over food, no matter how many displays are thrust at you.  Walk away with your head held high knowing you did not give in to temptation.  WOW!  Look at you!  You are walking away with a great big Smile on your face! Can you feel the power? Don't you just feel wonderful and in control?  What a great feeling!

You have to care about YOU ~ no one else will; certainly not the candy manufacturers. Take a look below at how many calories some of these Easter goodies have.

Some of our favorite Easter goodies ~

Brachs Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs, 5 (180 cal/5 g fat/1 g fiber/31 g carbs)
Brachs Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg Crate, 4 eggs (170 cal/5 g fat/0 g fiber/31 g carbs)
Brachs Robin Eggs, 6 (200 cal/8 g fat/1 g fiber/31 g carbs)
Cadbury Caramel Egg, 1 (190 cal/10 g fat/0 g fiber/24 g carbs)
Cadbury Chocolate Egg, 1 (180 cal/8 g fat/1 g fiber/25 g carbs)
Cadbury Crème Egg, 1 (170 cal/6 g fat/0 g fiber/28 g carbs)
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Button Easter Egg (140 cal)
Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy, 12 (190 cal/8 g fat/1 g fiber/28 g carbs)
Chocolate Bunny, 1 oz (140 cal)
Chocolate Bunny, 1 3/4 oz (260 cal)
Chocolate Bunny, 3 oz (440 cal/28 g fat)
Chocolate Bunny, 7 oz (1050 cal)
Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Bunny (60 cal)
Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg, 1 (100 cal)
Dove Truffle Eggs, Milk Chocolate, 1 (150 cal/10 g fat/0.25 g fiber)
Easter Smarties, 1 oz (100 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/25 g carbs)
Hershey Robin Eggs, 24 (170 cal/5 g fat/0 g fiber/31 g carbs)
Hershey's Candy-Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs, 4 (90 cal/4 g fat/0 g fiber/12 g carbs)
Lindt Chocolate Carrots, 4 (210 cal)
Lindt Lindor Mini Eggs, 3 (90 cal/7 g fat/0 g fiber/7 g carbs)
Lindt Lindor Mini Eggs, Double Milk, 3 (80 cal/5 g fat/0 g fiber/8 g carbs)
Marshmallow Chicks [Circus Peanut type], 5 (136 cal)
Milky Way Egg, 1 (190 cal/12 g fat/0 g fiber)
Nestlé's Peanut Butter Mallow, 1 (140 cal/8 g fat/<1 g fiber)
Peeps, Sugar-Free, 3 (60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/23 g carbs)
Peeps, Regular, 5 (160 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/0 g carbs)
Russell Stover Vanilla Cream Chocolate Egg (389 cal/12 g fat)
Smuckers (Brachs) Jelly Beans, 25 (150 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/37 g carbs)
Snickers Egg, 1 (170 cal/10 g fat/1 g fiber)
Spongebob Squarepants Hallow Egg, 1 (300 cal)
Wolfgang Dark Chocolate Vanilla Butter Cream Eggs, 2 (120 cal/4.5 g fat/0 g fiber/22 g carbs)

Deviled Egg, 1/2 (73 cal)
Easter egg, hard-boiled, 1 (76 cal)

How much walking do you think you have to do to burn off some of these goodies? has an Easter Calorie Calculator on their walking page at ~

It has a list of Easter goodies and you check off the ones you are thinking about indulging in.  Yes, I did say, thinking of, because you really should check this out before putting any of those goodies into your shopping cart. 

After you've checked off the ones you're interested it you click on, "Do the Math" and it will pop out something like the one I did below:

25 small jellybeans, 5 Peeps, 8 malted milk robins eggs, 1 Cadbury Crème Egg, 1 Cadbury Caramel Egg, 1 hard boiled Easter egg, ...that comes to 906 calories. You will need to walk 9.06 miles, 14.61 kilometers, or 18120 steps, assuming you cover one mile in 2,000 steps.

Well, I don't know about you but the goodies were not worth it the 9.06 miles I would have to walk to burn it off.  The one thing I do love which only comes out at Easter is the Cadbury Crème Egg but I can even live without it if I had to. Let's say I decide to get one - how much is it going to set me back?  Let's see what the numbers tell us:

1 Cadbury Crème Egg, ...that comes to 170 calories. You will need to walk 1.7 miles, 2.74 kilometers, or 3400 steps, assuming you cover one mile in 2,000 steps.

Now that's more like it.  That's doable and I can enjoy my regular meals also without going off my Program. 

With a little planning and foresight we CAN have a wonderful Easter holiday.  We can indulge in one or two of our favorite Easter candies.  Of course, at the family gathering, we already know we can enjoy the traditional foods.  The 3-bite rule works great during these times.  Have 2-3 bites ONLY of all the foods you would like to have.  This way you get to try everything without overindulging.  Another rule - keep a glass or bottle of water close by at all times.  Water fills you up, is good for you and has no calories!  Keep busy socializing with the group and offer to help out, keeping your hands busy away from the food. 

One thing I say to myself a lot when I really, really want something but know I shouldn't have is ~ "Do you want it enough to wear it?" Boy, that pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

I hope and pray that each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter holiday.  Keep a positive attitude and remember that you are in control of your food ~ food is not in control of you!  If you absolutely must have some chocolate, then please indulge in a small piece that fits in your Program.  Do not wait until you cannot stand it anymore or this is what you'll look like and it's most unattractive     bunny     and it won't be only one bunny.... bunnybunny

I look forward to another visit with you all in a couple of weeks.  Meanwhile, stay as wonderful as you are and keep those happy thoughts flowing. You are awesome!  You are strong!  You are in control!  You are wonderful! 

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. 

Best wishes,
     Hugs! Dotti 

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Motivational Quotes  

"Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor." ~~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." ~~David Lloyd George

"The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings." ~~David Weinbaum

"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking." ~~Buddhist teaching

Come Join the Fun!   Online Friendships are real friendships

Do you want some extra support during your Journey? Would you like to have a place you can call "home," where you can be yourself? Our Message Board is just the place. It's home to all our Zonie friends who share their Journey experiences and are always willing and ready to offer support, laughs, friendship and Hugs! ~ 24/7. Our DWLZ Message Board is at: Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.

My Journey Back to Goal —written in March 2007

A little about my Journey back to Goal... my Journey is continuing on along with the rest of you.  I'm down 44.5 lbs and happy that I'm not gaining. It's been a very slow Journey this time around but hey, what's the rush?  I cannot believe how calm I am about the numbers on the scale this time compared to my last Journey to Goal.  It's amazing how time, illness and life have a way of calming you on certain matters.  What matters most to me is to be the best I can from day to day. 

In the exercise department our weekly walks to Multnomah Falls have happened just once so far.  Last week I was not up to it so we headed to the Portland Zoo for a great walk and visit with the animals.  The Zoo parking lot was full (forgot about Spring Break) so we headed over to a nice park in the same general area and had a great walk there. It wasn't Multnomah Falls but it was beautiful. Al and I are planning on hiking Multnomah Falls tomorrow so hopefully all will work out.

This last week water was an issue.  Know why?  I brought diet pop into the house.  I'm a weakling when it comes to Diet Dr. Pepper - I'll drink that over water any day.  So, a couple of days ago I bought Al some diet cream soda, which I don't like. Al is good at getting his water in with the pop in the house, I am not.   

I've not had a problem keeping within my points.  I do need to get back on the track of regular meals though.  Always something to work on.

I actually scheduled in my scrapbooking time in my newly finished scrapbooking room.  I worked most of the day on Sunday on my Alaska cruise scrapbooks.  It was so much fun.  It was even more fun not having to put everything away until I get back to it.  I'm hoping to keep this a weekly activity.  I have enough to keep me busy a lifetime, that's for sure.

I've received many emails asking about the type of shoes and inserts I am using for my plantar fasciitis.  I have found them on the Internet and would like to share that information here.  For those of you interested here is the info...

I am wearing Merrell Jungle Primo Slide - Women's slip-ons around the house all the time with inserts.  The inserts were $45.00 each but worth it. I got mine at "If the Shoe Fits" near my house.  They can be seen here:

Sole Casual Softec—I love them.  I have them in my Merrills - seen here:

For walking or outside I mainly use Brooks Addiction - Women's:

I have the insoles in all of these shoes but you could buy a couple and alternate if the sizes are all the same.  For me, my Brooks shoe is Size 10 Women's; my Merrells slip-on is Size 9 Women's and my Merrells hiker is Size 8 Men's.

I'm a creature of habit that has no problem doing the same things over and over. I continue to love my Weight Watcher program, Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs, and all my friends on our Message Board who help keep me keeping on with the Journey. These three things continue to be integral parts of my continued success on Program. 

If you are interested in learning about Dr. Roberta’s Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs you can read our review at They really are an invaluable tool on my Journey which I continue to use often.

The Hypnosis Network is still offering a special on the Enjoying Weight Loss CDs. The Enjoying Weight Loss CDs are only $97, a savings of $22 off the regular price. They are also including the Mental Toughness CD.

Click Here to go directly to their site and find out more about the Hypnosis Network, and how you can order your CDs.

All of you have been so wonderful and supportive of me.  I only hope and pray that I do the same for you.  Have an awesome OP couple of weeks and always, always SMILE Smile

Always remember, "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."

Hugs! Dotti

Our Alaska Cruise

Have you ever thought about taking a cruise? Or have you already been on one or more of them? We have something special for you in case you have!

Al has been working hard on creating a way to share our memories from the Alaska Cruise that we took with our best friends in September, 2006, to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

I am sure that you will be surprised by the level of detail that you will find there; I know that I was! And we hope that you are going to enjoying sharing our experience with us!

We have pictures, and maps, all accompanied by Al's happy description of each day of our cruise. Take the Ship's Tour where Al walks you through every deck, showing you the sights. See the Ship's Art, and the spectacular Staircases and Elevators.

If you have ever wondered what a cruise is like, or if you would like to relive what it was like when you took your cruise, we think you are going to love our Alaska Cruise Page!

There is really nothing quite like it anywhere else on the Internet.

Come and see: Click Here.

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         —Dotti & Al

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:

Comic Relief

Calories That Don't Count…

 1. FOOD ON FOOT. All food eaten while standing has no calories. Exactly why is not clear but the current theory relates to gravity. The calories apparently bypass the stomach, flowing directly down the legs and through the soles of the feet into the floor, like electricity. Walking appears to accelerate this process, so that an ice cream bar or hot dog eaten at the state fair actually has a calorie deficit.

 2. TV FOOD. Anything eaten in front of the TV has no calories. This may have something to do with radiation leakage, which negates not only the calories in the food, but all recollections of having eaten it.

 3. UNEVEN EDGES. Pies and cakes should be cut neatly in even wedges or slices. If not, the responsibility falls on the person putting them away to "straighten up the edges" by slicing away the offending irregularities, which have no calories when eaten.

 4. BALANCE FOOD. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out.

 5. LEFT-HANDED FOOD. If you have a glass of punch in your right hand, anything eaten with the other hand has no calories. Several principles are at work here.  First of all, you're probably standing up at a wedding reception (see FOOD ON FOOT). Then there's the electronic field. A wet glass in one hand forms a negative charge to reverse the polarity of the calories attracted to the other hand. It's not quite known how it works, but it's reversible if you're left handed.

 6. FOOD FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. Food used for medicinal purposes never counts. This includes hot chocolate, malted milk, toast and Sara Lee cheesecake.

 7. WHIPPED CREAM, SOUR CREAM, BUTTER. These all act as a poultice that actually "draws out" the calories when placed on any food, leaving them calorie-free.  Afterward, you can eat the poultice, too, as all calories are neutralized by it.

 8. FOOD ON TOOTHPICKS. Sausage, mini-franks, cheese and crackers are all fattening unless impaled on frilled toothpicks. The insertion of a sharp object allows the calories to leak out the bottom.

 9. CHILDREN'S FOOD. Anything produced, purchased or intended for minors is calorie-free when eaten by adults. This category covers a wide range beginning with a spoonful of baby-food custard, consumed for demonstration purposes, up to and including cookies baked to send to college.

 10. CHARITABLE FOODS. Girl Scout Cookies, bake-sale cakes, ice cream socials and church strawberry festivals all have religious dispensation from calories.

 11. CUSTOM-MADE FOOD. Anything somebody makes "just for you" must be eaten regardless of calories because to do otherwise would be uncaring and insensitive. Our kind intentions will not go unrewarded.

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 The growing popularity of the Weight Watchers Diet, combined with Baja Bob's incredible taste, has helped to push this cocktail mix leader into the mainstream. Baja Bob's newest release, Mojito Mix, follows their other popular flavors. All of the Baja Bob's cocktail mixes contain approximately 70-100% less calories and carbs than traditional mixes sweetened with high fructose corn syrup making these the perfect Weight Watchers addition.

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Baja Bob's mixes are great with or without alcohol, allowing people who are watching their weight, or those who are forced to watch their sugar intake due to health reasons the opportunity to enjoy the great taste of a cocktail.

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Baja Bob's cocktail mixes come in several flavors: Original Margarita, Wild Strawberry Margarita, Desert Key Lime Margarita, Crazy Caribe Pina Colada, Loco Lemon Sweet & Sour, Maui Madness Mai Tai, Cranberry Cosmo Martini Mix, Sour Apple Martini Mix, and more to come…

Smile Enjoy a cocktail and stay on your Program Smile

Easter Fun Facts
The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.

16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.

88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids.

76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.

Red jelly beans are kids' favorite.

On October 15, 1999, the world’s largest jar of jelly beans was unveiled. It weighed 6,050 pounds

April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day

Each year, U.S. manufacturers produce more than 16 billion jelly beans for Easter -- that's enough to completely fill a plastic Easter egg 89 feet high and 60 feet wide (about the height of a nine-story office building)

Here are some record-winning chocolates, according to the Guinness Book of World Records ~

The largest chocolate bar ever manufactured weighed 5,026 lbs. and was exhibited by Elah-Dufour United Food Companies at Eurochocolate in Turin, Italy in March 2000.

The largest box of chocolates ever made was a Frango mint chocolates box weighing 3,226 lbs. created by Marshall Field's, Chicago, Illinois, USA on November 14, 2002. The box contained 90,090 individual chocolates.

On April 4, 1996, the Rotary Club of Piet Retief, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, made a chocolate and marshmallow Easter egg which was just over 25-ft high. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame. According to the Guinness Book of World Records it was the largest Easter egg ever made.

The Northwest Fudge Factory in Ontario, Canada, created a slab of fudge that weighed 2,002 lbs, making it the  record-holding largest slab of fudge. The chocolate-and-vanilla-swirl fudge measured 166 ft. long, 9 in. wide and 3 in. high. The fudge took a total of 86 hours to prepare and 13 individuals to pour it into shape.

~~~Candy, USA 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

Super Power Foods

Lean Meats - Lean meats help build muscle and boost immunity. The body burns more calories as it digests protein than it does processing carbohydrates or fat.  Some of the best lean meat options are turkey, lean beef (rounds or loins), chicken and fish.  My Weight Watcher Leader told us the leanest meats were those ending in 'loin'.

Whey Powder - Whey powder builds muscle and burns fat, two things which are very important to our bodies. Whey powder added to a smoothie will help you create a very powerful fat-burning smoothie.  Whey protein contains essential amino acids needed to build muscles and burn fat.  Whey protein has the highest amount of protein for the fewest number of calories.  A great source of whey protein is Ricotta cheese, which is made from whey.

Prevention - Healthy Woman

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.

Diet Supreme WillPower Tonic

1 cup Desire
1 quart Determination
1 tbsp Common Sense
1 tbsp Stick-to-itiveness
1 tbsp Foresight
1 cup Energy

Bring the quart of Determination to a boil and slowly stir in the other ingredients, starting with the cup of Desire.

The last ingredient to go into the tonic is Stick-to-itiveness.

Without these basic ingredients, the tonic will be flat and have no effect.  But with the desire to accomplish any worthwhile objective, especially the goal of health and happiness, you will have a tonic that is bound to be forever helpful.

Let all the parts steep for an hour and then bottle.  Drink as needed.

—Sent to me via email in 2005

100 Calorie Snacks

          Blueberries, 1 cup [82 calories]
          Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup [57 calories]
           Apple, 1 medium [81 calories]
          Cranberries, 1 cup [46 calories]
           Graham Snacks, 11 pieces [60 calories]
          Jellied Candy, 1 oz [100 calories] 

Philly Swirl

I am sending out a plea for all of you to help me keep these wonderful Philly Swirl, Sugar Free pops available at Sam’s Club.

I cannot do it without your help! I have had a long, wonderful relationship with PhillySwirl and have always loved their products. They taste great, fit well within my Weight Watcher lifestyle and they let me enjoy dessert without all the guilt! These bars are a ‘must’ for my freezer, any time of the year.

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.

Free → 30-pack box of PhillySwirl Sugar Free Bars!
Buy three 30-pack boxes of these bars at Sam’s Club and PhillySwirl will send you a rebate check for one of the boxes you purchased. To receive your rebate, all you have to do is send a copy of your receipt(s) [the 3 boxes do not have to be on the same receipt] with the items circled to:
ATTN: DWLZ Promotion
1102 N. 28th Street
Tampa, FL 33605

BTW, the “DWLZ Promotion” lets them know that it is a Zonie who is helping to keep this great product available!
  Thank you!
~ Dotti

Also, if you are not a member of Sam’s Club you can receive your FREE 1-day pass from PhillySwirl by going to:

Shop as if you were a member all day and don't forget to stock up on lots of Philly Swirl Pops—only 14 calories!

Shrimp Scampi

I love shrimp scampi so I'm always up for a new scampi recipe to try.  Enjoy!

          2 tbsp butter or margarine, unsalted
          1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
          2 cloves garlic, minced
          1/4 tsp salt
          1 tsp white pepper, ground
          2 tbsp parsley, chopped
          3 tbsp lemon juice

Heat a large skillet over moderately high heat on the stove.  Melt the butter or margarine in the skillet.  When it gets foamy, add shrimp and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add garlic, salt, pepper and parsley.  Cook for another minute. Stir in the lemon juice.

Serve over cooked white rice, if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 127 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 150 mg chol, 423 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 15 g protein

Recipe adapted from ~ Reader's Digest, Kitchen Secrets

Tip for Success

DON'T DENY YOURSELF ~  I have tried a lot of different healthy foods.  I DON'T eat anything I don't like "because it is healthier".

For example: I don't really like the non-fat or light salad dressing.  So, I ALWAYS order my dressing on the side (Blue Cheese is my favorite) and use a fork. This way I am only eating about a teaspoon for my whole salad and I'm not suffering because I'm eating what I like.

When you force yourself to eat what you think you should instead of what you like you will quit and go back to your old eating habits.

Don't DENY yourself - you want a healthier eating plan that you can live with.

Pizza Fit'n Free

Hello Everybody!     
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Well, 2009 is already upon us!...As we look forward to realizing our hopes and dreams, let's be good to ourselves in the process...after all, you deserve it!

As you work toward your resolutions this year, don't deprive yourself of healthy eating and good food...That's where Pizza Fit'n Free comes only 250 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Points for the whole 7″—6.4 oz pizza, we help you be good to yourself without missing out on the comfort food that America craves most...PIZZA!

We here at Pizza Free Inc. would like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best of health in 2009 and want this to be the year that all of your hopes and dreams come true!

Food Finds

Cedarlane Garden Vegetable Enchiladas, 1 enchilada [140 cal/3 g fat/3 g fiber/20 g carbs]
Kashi Lime Cilantro Shrimp, 1 entree [250 cal/8 g fat/6 g fiber/33 g carbs] 
Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Icing, 3 cakes [100 cal/3 g fat/5 g fiber/22 g carbs] 
Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Golden Cake, Chocolate Icing, 3 cakes [100 cal/3 g fat/3 g fiber/20 g carbs] 
Hostess 100 Calorie Pack Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing, 3 cakes [100 cal/3 g fat/3 g fiber/19 g carbs] 

Easter Fun - Crispy Easter Nests


          1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème (about 2 cups)
          1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
          2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
          1 can (5 oz.) chow mein noodles (about 3 cups)
          1 cup chopped chocolate candies

Combine marshmallow crème, peanut butter and butter; mix until well blended.  Add noodles and chopped chocolate candies. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets; shape with greased fingers to form nests. Let stand until firm. Dust bottom of nests lightly with confectioners' sugar, if desired. Fill with chocolate candies or jelly beans (to look like eggs) before serving.

Makes 10-12 nests.

~~~Candy, USA at

Did you know…?

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

In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons detonated at once.

The hottest place on Earth is the air around a lightning strike, which can reach as much as 54,000 degrees F, easily five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

On average, in any given hour there are 61,000 people airborne over the United States.

~~~So, Now You Know... by Harry Bright & Harlan Briscoe

Single Serving Visuals

A single serving of...
Vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist.
Pasta is about the size of one scoop of ice cream.
Meat, fish or poultry is the size of a deck of cards or the size of your palm
   (minus the fingers).
Snacks such as pretzels and chips is about the size of a cupped handful.
Apple is the size of a baseball.
Potato is the size of a computer mouse.
Bagel is the size of a hockey puck.
Pancake is the size of a compact disc.
Steamed rice is the size of a cupcake wrapper.
Cheese is the size of a pair of dice or the size of your whole thumb (from
   the tip to the base).


  • Hugging is good medicine.
  • It transfers energy, and gives the person hugged an emotional boost.
  • You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth.
  • A hug makes you feel good.
  • The skin is the largest organ we have and it needs a great deal of care. A hug can cover a lot of skin and gives the message that you care.
  • It is also a form of communication. It can say things you don't have words for.
  • The nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can't give one without getting one.  Hugs!
~~~Author Unknown

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—

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Restaurants TOC page at—

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.”
~~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Another visit is coming to a close ~ how fast the time goes when you are having a great time. 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   

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Disclaimer - This newsletter is not meant to be a substitute for any professional advice, guidance, or counseling. We are not doctors. Any information contained in this email reflects our own opinions and experiences. It is not intended in any way to serve as or take the place of medical advice from a physician.

    *Whenever possible, I calculate ALL my Points on my Offline Points Calculator in the Half Points Mode, which rounds UP to the nearest Half Point. This keeps my site consistent. All point values shown in BLACK are calculated with the 10-gram fiber cap [Original 123 Success Points]. When there is a difference with the 4 gram fiber cap calculation, I show the points value for that in RED.

Note: Points® is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The Points® values displayed are not intended in any way to show an endorsement or sponsorship of any product or organization by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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