Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
July 07, 2009


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Hi everyone! It’s July, over halfway to Christmas. Can you believe it? We’re having some warm temps but the AC is taking very good care of us. Smile

How many of you have tried water aerobics? How about walking in water? I have, and I love it. There are many reasons why, which we will be discussing today during our visit.

Let’s find that comfy chair, grab our tall glass of water and settle in for a nice visit. Don’t forget that great smile Smile of yours.

Why Exercise in Water?
    —Why Mermaids Are Thin Smile

            By Dotti

As I stated above, I have done water aerobics and absolutely love it. It’s refreshing, easy on the joints and so much fun! For those of us with arthritis or other medical issues, exercising in water is a great way to exercise your body with little impact on your joints but still works your heart and major muscle groups. This is also a great way to exercise if you are dealing with low back pain or a pregnancy. Water buoyancy helps give you the support that reduces the stress of carrying your weight. Another benefit of water aerobics is that you will be less likely to get injured, or to be achy and sore the next day after exercising. That is certainly on the plus side.

Water aerobics focusses on your cardiovascular fitness but most of the exercise routines can help you improve your balance, strength and flexibility. For those of you who have arthritis, as I have, exercising in water is a gentle way to move your joints and muscles. The warm water can help to decrease your stiffness and pain. If you are suffering from osteoporosis, water aerobics can also help build muscle mass and improve your balance and coordination, which can, in turn, help reduce the risk of falls.

When I first started water aerobics I was a little apprehensive about whether or not I could actually do it. I was also wondering just what water aerobics entailed.

First, don’t worry about whether you can do it or not. It’s amazing what you can do in water but can’t even attempt on land. Smile The classes always supply floating devices so that you can concentrate on the exercise instead of staying afloat. My water aerobic class was done in the warm water pool at my local gym, not the big pool where the deep water was. In fact, I don’t care for deep-water aerobics. I prefer to be in control of the water, not the water in control of me, if you know what I mean. So, if you do not want to do the deep-water aerobics please find a class that offers water aerobic classes in chest-deep water. The water is usually kept between 82 degrees F to 86 degrees F.

Secondly, what is water aerobics? How many of you have done an exercise video, perhaps Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons or Kathy Smith? Simply said, water aerobics is like doing an exercise video, but in the water. During your water aerobic class your instructor will usually combine several techniques from land aerobics such as walking/running backward and forward, cross-country skiing, jumping jacks, while including arm movements in the routine.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, gives this definition of water aerobics:

“Water aerobics or ‘waterobics’ is the performance of aerobic exercise in shallow water such as a swimming pool. In some areas it is known as AquaFit or ‘aqua aerobics’, and is a type of resistance training.”

Check out how many more calories you burn by walking or jogging in water. Amazing, isn’t it? These numbers are for a 30-minute workout. Most water aerobic classes are 45 to 60 minutes.

  • Land walking: 135 calories
  • Deep-water walking; 264 calories
  • Jogging on land: 240 calories
  • Deep-water jogging: 340 calories
The Mayo Clinic states that if you do one hour of water aerobics you will burn the following calories, based on your weight.
  • 160 pounds ~ 292 calories
  • 200 pounds ~ 364 calories
  • 240 pounds ~ 436 calories
What are some of the health benefits from exercising in water? You will get aerobic benefits from water aerobics. You can burn 400 or more calories in a one-hour class. If you work out three times a week, you will achieve maximum fitness gains, which are listed below.
  • Strength and toning. Moving in water requires 12 to 14 times more muscle resistance than land exercise.

  • Flexibility and range of motion. It's easier to move your joints in water.

  • Cardiovascular. Aerobic activity stimulates HDL (good cholesterol), while deep breathing increases the oxygen your body absorbs.

  • Circulation. Warm water helps to increase blood flow. (This is the reason water aerobic classes are done in a warm water pool.)

  • Weight loss. You'll burn more calories in water due to resistance. Walking for a half hour burns 135 calories on land or 264 calories through deep water.

  • Endurance. You can exercise longer in water without getting overheated or tired.
On top of the fitness gains look at the health benefits – better circulation, good cholesterol and weight loss (Woo! Hoo!). I think we need to throw fun in there too because I always have fun at my class and go away smiling. Why? Because the exercises are set to music, everyone is splashing around in the water, and I’m leaving feeling like a million dollars.

The next time you are thinking about your exercise options why not put water aerobics on the table and try a class. You might find, like I have, that you love it!

I do hope you enjoyed our little visit today and I look forward to our next visit.

Until we meet again.

Best wishes,

          Hugs! Dotti 

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Quotes to Lift Your Spirits  

“It's hard to fail; but it's worse to never have tried.”

“If you want what you do not have, you must do what you have not done.”

“Walk like you know where you're going and what you're going to do when you get there." (Even if you don't have a clue!)”

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100-Calorie Vegetable Servings

16 cups arugula
2-½ cups asparagus
2/3 avocado
1-1/3 cups beets
3-½ cups sliced bell peppers
2-½ cups broccoli
1-½ cup Brussels sprouts
4-½ cups cabbage
4 medium carrots
3-1/3 cups cauliflower
5 cups celery
16 stalks celery
2 cucumbers
4/5 cup green peas
1 large head iceberg lettuce
3 cups cooked leaks
6-2/3 cups sliced mushrooms
4 onions
100 radishes
4 cups raw rhubarb
14 cups raw spinach leaves
33 cherry tomatoes
10 plum tomatoes

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Low Fat Potato Salad

This is a great 100 snack! Tomatoes are filled with nutrients that protect against almost all cancers (especially stomach, prostate and lung). They are high in lutein (good for the eyes), which is best absorbed when eaten with a little bit of fat.

Serves 2


  • 2 perfectly ripe peaches, cored and diced
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
    • Place everything in a bowl and mix to combine.
    • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to overnight.
Per Serving:
    • 105 cal/5.1g fat/3.2g fiber/15.1g carbs/588mg sodium/2.2g protein] *3
      Resource: ~~100-Calorie Snack Cookbook by Sally Sampson

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  • Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Dark Chocolate & Nut, —1 bar
    [140 cal/4g fat/1g fiber/25g carbs/100mg sodium/2g protein] *3

  • Oroweat Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain, —1 bun
    [100 cal/1g fat/5g fiber/22g carbs/230mg sodium/5g protein] *1

  • Hills Bros: Cappuccino, White Chocolate Caramel, —3 tbsp
    [120 cal/4.5g fat/0g fiber/19g carbs/100mg sodium/2g protein] *3

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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

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 Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us often forget…every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.


Spinach is a delicious leafy green, which is a wonderful slow-release energy food that helps keep hunger at bay.

Spinach is a natural laxative and aids liver function, neutralizing the toxins present in our bodies. The B vitamins found in spinach strengthen the immune system—fighting off infection—and they boost energy levels to fight long-term fatigue and stress. Its high potassium content regulates blood-fat levels.

The nutrients found in spinach are: vitamins B2, B3, B6, C, K; beta-carotene; folate; calcium; iron; magnesium; potassium; zinc; and fiber.

The oxalic acid contained in spinach can exacerbate kidney or bladder stones.

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Maple-Roasted Pears

Serves 4

  • 2 firm pears, peeled, quartered lengthwise and cored
  • 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp real maple syrup
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    • Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
    • Place the pears in a small baking pan and drizzle with the remaining liquid from the bowl.
    • Transfer to the oven and roast until deep brown and tender, 30 minutes.
    • Serve anytime, at whatever temperature.
Per Serving: 98 cal/0.2g fat/3.3g fiber/25g carbs/41mg sodium/0.4g protein] *1.5

DWLZ Cookbooks One and Two

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Did You Know?

Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things…
  • Grape Nuts are neither grape nor nuts; rather, they are made from wheat and barley. The inventor, C.W. Post, came up with the name because the cereal contained maltose (which he incorrectly thought was grape sugar) and because the distinctive flavor reminded him of nuts.

  • The first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box was baseball great Lou Gehrig in 1924.

  • A one-ounce serving of Cheerios contains 400 individual “O’s”.

  • The idea behind FedEx originated in the 1965 term paper Fred Smith wrote for an undergraduate economics class at Yale University. He got a “C” for his efforts.
      Resource: ~~Little Known Facts About Well-Known Stuff by David Hoffman

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DWLZ Website Updates

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Celebrate your success every day. Be proud of what you have accomplished and continue to envision the future you.


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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