Dotti's Weight Loss Zone

May 20, 2009


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Good afternoon my friends! Hope you are all having a great May so far with some warmer temps and lots of sunshine.

How many of you have a large glass of water (preferably iced so you can maybe sneak in a few burned calories) in front of you? How many of you get your daily allowance of water in every day? Do you drink a glass of water before each meal? How about first thing in the morning? How many of you just downright HATE plain water? You have probably guessed that our discussion today will be about the importance of water.

It’s time for our discussion so go grab your tall glass of sparkling water and find your most comfy chair. Bring along that great smile Smile of yours.

The Importance of Water
By Dotti

Summer is just around the corner and with the arrival of summer comes hot temperatures. It is especially important to keep hydrated while out in the higher temps. This is where water comes into the picture. Water is a very important part of your Journey. Since I am struggling with this aspect of my Journey I thought this would be a good time to revisit the water issue and how important it is to us.

Why do you think it is important to drink water? Is it especially important if you are trying to lose weight? Most of us don’t even think about how much water we are drinking during the day. We just drink when we want, most times drinking too little.

Some of the reasons why it is important to drink enough water, especially on your weight loss Journey, are listed below.

  • To avoid dehydration you must drink an adequate amount of water. Of course, many of us know that our initial weight loss is due mostly to loss of water.

  • Water is necessary in flushing out the toxins that burning calories create.

  • Dehydration slows down the fat-burning process; an adequate amount of water is needed in the process of burning calories to function efficiently.

  • Feeling tired while losing weight? One of the reasons is because dehydration (from lack of water) causes a reduction in blood volume; a reduction in blood volume causes a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your muscles; and a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your muscles can make you feel tired.

  • Are you muscles and joints sore when you are exercising? If you are not hydrated enough this will happen. Water helps maintain muscle tone by assisting muscles in their ability to contract; and it lubricates your joints.

  • Most of us on our Journey include plenty of fiber in our diet. How many of you have had constipation problems while taking in more fiber in your diet? It is because you need plenty of water with your fiber to help eliminate it.

  • If you drink water with a meal you may feel full sooner, which in turn will help you eat less. Remember that we need bulk, calories and nutrients so drinking water alone may not have this effect.
Water fills us up. Water helps us look better. Water keeps our body fluids in balance. Water takes away excess sodium. Cold water can burn calories (according to some studies). Water suppresses the appetite. Water helps the body metabolize stored fat. Water cushions joints. Water protects organs and tissues. Water regulates body temperature. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Water removes toxins. Water maintains strength and endurance. Several preliminary studies suggest that drinking plenty of water may reduce your risk for breast and colon cancers.

The recommendation is to drink eight cups (8 oz glasses) of water daily. You should add an additional cup of water for every 30-45 minute moderate-intensity workout such as walking and swimming; two cups for high-intensity activities like running and tennis. If you exercise for an hour or more weigh yourself before and after your workout; for every pound you drop, add 2½ cups to your fluid intake.

If you are one that has a hard time getting in your daily water allowance, think about using the Crystal Light tubes (add 1 tube to 12 oz of water) or the Propel tubes (my favorite). They flavor my water a bit and I drink a lot more that way. As for having coffee as part of your water intake—Two hours after drinking eight ounces of water or coffee, your body holds about five ounces of water; but only four ounces from java. One ounce is not worth worrying about. But...if you are a caffeine addict ~ people who drank six five-ounce cups of coffee with 600 milligrams of caffeine—slightly more than what's in a Grande, 16 ozs, at Starbucks ~ there is reason to worry. Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., owner of High Performance Nutrition in Mercer Island, WA says caffeine addicts were found to be dehydrated but most of them weren't even thirsty. Her advice for caffeine addicts is to drink the same amount of water for every caffeinated beverage you drink.

There is also another source to get your water requirement in—many of the foods you eat! I'll bet you never thought of that. I certainly hadn't. Multiply the weight (3 oz broccoli) of your serving by its percentage of water (0.90) to calculate the amount of water you'll get (2.7 oz). Just one cup of raspberries delivers ½ cup of water! The foods listed below are uncooked unless stated.
  • 95% water ~ romaine lettuce, soy milk, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini
  • 90% water ~ asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, grapefruit, honeydews, kale, mushrooms, milk, oranges, orange juice, peaches, spinach, steamed clams, strawberries, unsweetened applesauce, watermelon
  • 85% water ~ apples, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, pears, pineapples, plums, tofu, yogurt
  • 80% water ~ Cherries, cottage cheese, grapes
  • 75% water ~ Avocados, bananas, baked cod, corn, hard-boiled eggs, pudding, ricotta cheese, water-packed tuna
  • 70% water ~ baked potatoes, cooked long-grain rice
  • 65% water ~ cooked black beans, roasted skinless chicken
  • 60% water ~ garbanzo beans, ice cream, baked salmon
  • 50% water ~ broiled lean ground beef, part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 35% water ~ bagels, white bread, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese
  • Less than 5% ~ dry cereal, popped popcorn
Did you know that by the time you're thirsty, you're probably mildly dehydrated? Make sure you get plenty of water throughout the day. Signs of dehydration include: headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, flushed skin, lightheadedness and dry mouth.

19 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses of Water Daily

Sometimes drinking our eight glasses of water a day can be a real challenge. Here are 19 tips to help you accomplish that feat! It is said by many beauty experts that drinking your water is the cheapest, quickest way to look better! That should motivate us!
  1. Drink your water out of a big Pyrex measuring cup—it's a good way to keep track of how much water you are drinking.
  2. Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
  3. Make it convenient—keep a big, plastic, insulated water bottle full on your desk and reach for it all day.
  4. When you have juice (apple, grape, or orange) fill half the glass with water.
  5. When you have a junk food craving, down a glass of water immediately. You feel full quickly and avoid the calories, and it lets time pass till the craving fades.
  6. Have one glass every hour on the hour while at work. When the workday is done your water quota is met.
  7. Instead of tea or coffee, substitute a cup of hot water with a drop of honey.
  8. While at work, get a 20-ounce cup of ice and keep filling it up from the office water cooler. The key is drinking with a straw—you take bigger gulps and drink much more.
  9. Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges and use them in place of ice cubes—it's refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.
  10. After each trip to the restroom, guzzle an eight-ounce glass to replenish your system.
  11. Don't allow yourself a diet soda until you've had two to four glasses of water. You will find that you won't want the soda anymore or that just half a can is enough.
  12. Let ounces of water double grams of fat: When eating something containing 10 grams of fat, I drink 20 ounces of water.
  13. Drink two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after. Also, drink one glass before each snack so you don't eat as much.
  14. Carry a small refillable water bottle at all times and drink during downtime; while waiting in a bank line, sitting on the train, etc.
  15. Use a beautiful gold-rimmed glass and fill it with cold water from the tap.
  16. Drink two glasses of water immediately after waking up.
  17. Bring a two-liter bottle of water to work and try to drink it all before you leave work. If you don't finish, drink it in traffic on the way home—it's like a race.
  18. Always keep a 24-ounce bottle of water handy while watching TV, doing laundry, making dinner, etc.
  19. Add drinking two glasses of water to your daily skin care regimen. Drink, cleanse, moisturize, etc., then drink again.
I, personally, am having a hard time getting my water in during the day. I have a tendency to drink diet pop more and if it’s in the house that is what I’ll grab instead of water. So, for me, it’s best not to have the diet pop in the house. If it is in the house I’ve made a deal with myself that before I can have a diet pop I must drink two glasses of water. It works pretty well, but the best thing is not to have the pop in the house in the first place. Think of the many ways you can get more water into your daily diet.

Well today’s visit has come to a close. I do hope you’ll work on getting an adequate amount of water in daily. You will feel so much better for having done so. Have an awesome couple of weeks and remember to Smile. Good luck on your Journey, and remember, I’m rooting for you.

Until we meet again.

Best wishes,
     Hugs! Dotti 

Resource:; 1999 Issue of American Health

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Quotes to Lift Your Spirits  

“How ironic that all that comfort food ended up making me feel uncomfortable.”

“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

“Have patience with all things, but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You're a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist.”
       ~~St. Francis De Sales

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Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Vegetables

10. Bake

  1. Winter squash, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  2. A potato for lunch, top with broccoli and a sprinkle of cheese.
  3. An apple for dessert. Fill the core with dried fruit and nuts.
9. Boil
  1. Turnips and potatoes. Mash them together and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Kale, and add a handful of chopped currants, salt and pepper.
  3. Butternut squash and season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
8. Steam
  1. A medley of vegetables and season with some herbs. Serve over couscous.
  2. Cabbage, and season with caraway seed, salt and pepper.
  3. Green beans with chopped onion. Add a clove of garlic to cooking water.
7. Stir-Fry
  1. Broccoli in olive oil and chopped garlic. Add some capers for extra zip.
  2. Frozen mixed veggies. Add a dash of low sodium soy sauce, or flavor with herbs.
  3. Onions, peppers, zucchini, corn and jicama. Throw in some red or black beans. Season with your favorite salsa to give it a Southwestern flair. Serve over rice.
6. Sauté
  1. Spinach with garlic and olive oil.
  2. Green and yellow summer squash with onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. For a different twist, add chopped tomato and basil.
  3. A variety of different colored peppers with onion. Serve as a side dish.
5. Roast
  1. Some winter vegetables cut in large pieces—parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, beets, sweet potato are some good choices. Coat lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite herbs, and roast at 425° for 30-40 minutes until tender and browned.
  2. Brussels Sprouts drizzled lightly with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt. Magnifique!
  3. Thin slices of sweet potato to make chips.
4. Grill
  1. Pineapple, peaches or mango. Top with a dollop of low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt or sherbet.
  2. Asparagus and add to a salad of mixed greens, roasted peppers and toasted nuts.
  3. Some eggplant, zucchini and portobello mushrooms to use in a wrap.
3. Stew
  1. Classic stew vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, celery, onions in canned tomato sauce. Substitute canned beans like kidney beans or black beans for meat.
  2. Frozen corn, onions, peppers, celery, and salsa. Serve over rice. Add some red or black beans and call it a meal!
  3. Canned tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and chickpeas. Add oregano and top with sliced olives.
2. Blanch
  1. Broccoli and cauliflower to use on a vegetable platter for snacks and appetizers.
  2. Broccoli rabe in salted water to reduce bitterness. Then cook like broccoli.
  3. Carrots, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus and broccoli. Marinate in your favorite low-fat vinaigrette and serve cold. If desired, add other veggies like onions, mushrooms and peppers.
1. Microwave
  1. Frozen or canned vegetables on those busy nights.
  2. Spaghetti squash by cutting in half lengthwise and putting face down in a dish with water. Scoop out squash and serve like spaghetti with tomato sauce and/or Parmesan cheese.
  3. A potato for lunch and top with low-fat cottage cheese and chives.

Resource: ~~Fruits & Veggies More Matters

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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

My Journey Back to Goal—One Day at a Time

I am doing well on my healthy Journey and continue to work the program One Day at a Time. My exercise program has been going well. I go to the gym and work out with a trainer three times a week in a group session with my best friend Tammy. We get quite the workout for an hour. Now that the weather is getting nicer Al and I are getting outside more and visiting different areas of our new home here in Spokane. Now that is my kind of exercise!

I’m still struggling with getting in my water for the day but keep on trying to do better day by day. Some days are good, others are not so good. One thing I do know for sure is that I do better getting my water in when I don’t have diet pop in the house. I tend to grab the diet pop before I would water.

My meetings here are awesome and so inspirational with all the Lifetimers that attend. They sure do remind me that I can get back to goal and stay there. It’s a very open meeting where all share their thoughts and ideas. We have an awesome leader, Marie.

I’m focusing on listening to my hypnosis CDs 3 times a week to keep my head in the game. It is so easy to lose focus and Dr. Temes helps me stay focused on my goals and program.

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Have a wonderful couple of weeks and a great Memorial Day weekend!

Please remember, “If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.”

Hugs! Dotti

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  • Whenever I have failed to do well on program, it has always been when I stopped listening regularly.
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Eating More Vegetables & Fruit

We all know we need our fruits and vegetables in our daily diet. Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don't count. Go for a variety of kinds and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Some of your best bets are dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that's a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Below are a few ideas of how to include more vegetables and fruit in your daily diet.

  1. Keep fruit out where you can see it. That way you'll be more likely to eat it. Keep it out on the counter or in the front of the fridge.

  2. Get some every meal, every day. Try filling half your plate with vegetables at each meal. Serving up salads, stir fry, or other vegetable-rich fare makes it easier to reach this goal. Bonus points if you can also get some fruits and vegetables at snack time.

  3. Explore the produce aisle and choose something new. Variety is the key to a healthy diet. Get out of a rut and try some new fruits and vegetables.

  4. Bag the potatoes. Choose other vegetables that are packed with more nutrients and more slowly digested carbs. Read the "Carbohydrates" section of The Nutrition Source to learn how to add good carbs to your diet.

  5. Make it a meal. Try some new recipes where vegetables take center stage

Resource: ~~Harvard School of Public Health

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Comic Relief


This 85-year-old couple, having been married over 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to the wife's interest in health food and exercise.

When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and jacuzzi. As they "oohed and aahed", the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.

"It's free", Peter replied, "This is Heaven".

Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day; and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, "What are the green fees?"

Peter's reply, "This is Heaven, you play for free."

Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the old man.

"Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it's free!" Peter replied with some exasperation.

"Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.

Peter explained, "That's the best part—you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven!"

With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong.

The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault! If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"


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Resource: ~~The Weight Loss Bible

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Did You Know?

Don’t go to the grocery store hungry. Have a snack before you go. You will get some exercise shopping the aisles at the supermarket so make sure you have that snack before you go. If you go to the grocery store hungry you will end up with more foods in your cart than you bargained for; and, they won’t be healthy foods I’m sure. I like to make sure I have a bottle of water with me to sip on, reminding me that I’m sticking to my plan.

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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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Who Knew…

Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things…
  • Monsters enter left ~ Horror film makers know that the human eye has a tendency to drift slightly to the right side of the screen when viewing a movie, so they have the shocks and surprises come from the left side.

  • Reducing your personal backlog ~ Make a new “to do” list every day from your larger list of projects, goals, and things to do. If something gets transferred to the next day’s list ten times, drop it. There’s a reason you’re avoiding the task.

  • Coffee colors ~ If the cream swirls up brown, you have a cup of freshly brewed coffee. If it swirls up gray, the coffee has been sitting on the burner too long.
     Resource: ~~Rules of Thumb by Tom Parker

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“Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather…the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” ~~Alex Noble


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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