Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
September 21, 2009


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Hi everyone!  How is everything going in your neck of the woods?  Has the fall weather arrived yet?  Here in Spokane we are experiencing some hot weather in the 80's and 90's.  Still, we've had some cooler days and our evenings are cooling off; fall is in the air!

You probably have noticed that we are kicking off something new on the web page. We are calling it DWLZ FUN ZONE, and we hope you will drop in and take a look at it. I think you will enjoy what you will find there.

Today I would like to talk about recommitting to your Journey. 

It's time to go fill that favorite glass of yours with sparkling ice water and settle into your comfy chair.  Don’t forget to bring that great smile Smile of yours.

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Recommitting to Your Journey
           By Dotti

How many of you have forgotten to take care of yourself?  How long since you've been on Program and in control?  For me, it's been way too long since I've taken care of ME.  It's time to get back that feeling of being in control.  It's time my joints got a break from all that extra weight on them.  It's time I got back on my Journey to a healthy, happier ME.
So, are you also finally to a point that you are fed up with your weight and unhealthy lifestyle?  Do you want to do something about it?  What will it be?  Have you given the Journey you are about to embark on a lot of thought?  Do you want it with all your heart? What program will you use? How committed are you going to be to your Journey?  These are just a few of the questions that should be going through your mind as you think about what path you will take.

It really doesn't matter if you have 10 pounds to lose or 100 pounds to lose you are never alone on this Journey.  Initially, I had over 100 pounds to lose.  Many of my friends had more than 50 pounds to lose. 

I remember one particular time at my Weight Watcher meeting when a new member opened up about how she had to lose 10 pounds. Most of the members were thinking, "What are YOU doing here?"  In reality, it is very hard to lose ONLY 10 pounds, especially when you are so close to your goal weight.  Instead of saying "What are YOU doing here?" we need to congratulate her for taking action before she had 50 or 100 pounds to lose.

My plan of choice is Weight Watchers.  I find that program to be the best Weight Loss/Healthy Lifestyle program around.  I can eat what I want, when I want and the choice is completely mine.  There are no limitations on what types of food I can eat.  The Points system is one of the easiest to implement and one that I continue to use.  

I started out on the Original 123 Success Points plan and that is the one I've stuck with. Weight Watchers is great because as the years go by they are always improving their system, whether it is Points, Core or something else.  Meanwhile, you are free to use the Program of choice that you are most comfortable with.  I have members emailing me about the very old 1972 Weight Watchers Program because that is the one they are most comfortable with.  It works for them.  So, whatever program you choose make sure it works for you.

Recommitting is a great way to get that "newbie" feeling back.  What exactly is a "newbie" feeling?  It is a feeling of excitement, adventure and confidence in learning new things to improve ourselves, both mentally and physically.  It is that feeling of constantly being energized by everything around us—yes, you see many things in a whole new light.  You cannot stop talking about your new lifestyle and all you've learned.  You are smiling a lot and wondering why people haven't all started this fantastic Journey.  Oh, what a feeling! You will also notice that your "newbie" feeling is contagious and before you know it some of your friends and family have jumped on the bandwagon.  Yep, that is the feeling I always want to have! 

You know, I sit and wonder why in the world I would let myself gain most of my weight back.  Have any of you done that?  Just thought about it.  Of course, I can come up with a hundred reasons why but the reality of it is I just stopped taking care of myself.  Once I did that, my Journey spiraled out of control.  I was no longer the one in charge. 

One of the main questions you have to ask yourself when recommitting to your Journey is "Are you ready to recommit?"  You must be ready to commit to your Journey with no exceptions. 

What does "commitment" mean?  It means:

  • Setting aside time each day to learning your new program and putting it to work for you.
  • Making realistic goals.
  • Being ready to make lifestyle changes.
  • Putting yourself first and knowing that by doing so, you will be a much happier, confident and content person to be around.
  • Having a positive attitude about exercising, especially if you don't like exercise.
  • You are ready most of all to change your life to a healthier one which in turn will give you more energy, more confidence, higher self-esteem and a thinner YOU.

As many of you know it's very hard to get that control back once you've lost it.  It's not impossible but it's hard.  You have to sit down and actually set a date to recommit.  When that date arrives, you are recommitted to your Journey—no ifs, ands, or buts. 

I recommitted to my Journey on September 1st of this year.  It is going well and I'm definitely in that "newbie" or "honeymoon" stage where I'm excited, eating healthy and most of all, strong on Program. I cannot help but share the enthusiasm I feel. 

This time around (oh yes, there have been others) I decided to not put too much pressure on myself.  I track my exercise, which "Enjoying Weight Loss" track I listen to, water intake, weekly weigh-in, daily Points consumed and how I felt about the day.  This keeps everything in perspective without going overboard.   I feel like I'm in control again.  Oh, what a feeling! 

You can find my daily updates on my Journey at:

My Journey to Lifetime Continues ~ Sept 2009

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. 

Have an awesome couple of weeks and keep smiling. Smile

Until we meet again.

Best wishes,

          Hugs! Dotti

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Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the GREAT people make you feel that you, too, can become GREAT!”
       ~~Mark Twain

“What are you willing to do to get to where you want to be? ”

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
       ~~George Eliot

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We've been busy this month, putting together something that we think you will like!  Smile

  • MP3 of Al reading The Enemy Within

  • MP3 of Dotti's DWLZ Conference 1 Speech

  • An original short story by Al

  • 3 Hi-Res photos from our collection

Ways to Cut 100 Calories 

          Instead of your normal two hot dogs, try having just one.
          Have carrots instead of corn.
          Instead of regular chili with no beans try turkey chili with beans.
          Omit the cheese from your burger
          Don’t have the second helping of mashed potatoes
          Instead of peaches packed in syrup use the peaches packed in water/natural
          Instead of ice cream try frozen grapes
          Substitute three ounces of scallops for three ounces of lean beef in your stir-fry.
         Have a single scoop of ice cream instead of a double-scoop.
         At fast-food restaurants have a regular taco instead of a super taco.
         Replace one large flour tortilla with one six-inch corn tortilla.

Weight Loss is 90% Mental

Just like Matt Hoover, 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.
  • They continue to be an irreplaceable part of my Journey back to goal!

Enjoying Weight Loss

The "Enjoying Weight Loss"
hypnosis CDs help me to be the
best I can be on Program. ~Dotti~

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If you would like a power assist on your Journey I highly recommend the
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  • There's lots of info on our Review Page—how this has worked for me.
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What can you do to get your mind onboard with your weight loss desires?
     —I honestly believe this is an answer to a dilemma that we all face.

Click Here to Listen Matt Hoover

Perfect Deli Lunch

I love this lunch!

Serves: 1


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 ounces deli turkey breast
  • 2/3 ounce Swiss cheese
  • Lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard (I like Dijonnaise), onion & peppers


    • 1/2 cup Italian pickled vegetable salad (cupped handful)
    • 1/2 cup melon

Per Serving: 330 cal/10g fat/7g fiber/43g carbs/1,750mg sodium/23g protein *6 (7)

Resource: ~~Reader's Digest Change One

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We've been busy this month, putting together something that we think you will like!  Smile

  • An original short story by Al

  • MP3 of Dotti's DWLZ Conference 1 Speech

  • MP3 of Al reading The Enemy Within

  • 3 Hi-Res photos from our collection

Portion Sizes Tips

I love being able to eat on Program while out and about.  Here are a few portion size tips.

About 1 cup or 1 medium fruit is your Fist.
About 1 oz. cheese or meat is your Thumb.
About 1 tablespoon is your Thumb-tip.
About 1 teaspoon is your Fingertip.
Your Palm (minus your fingers) is about 3 ounces cooked meat, poultry or fish.

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

“I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.”
       ~~Author Unknown

“Never give up….every effort you make brings you closer to your goal.”
       ~~Kathleen Daelemans

Comic Relief

Getting Old is Such Fun!

An elderly couple noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous, as one might forget to turn off the stove and start a fire. They decided to go see their physician to get some help.

The doctor told them that many older people find it useful to write little reminder notes to themselves, and the husband and wife thought this was a great idea.

When they got home, the wife said, "Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And perhaps you should write it down so you won't forget?"

"Nonsense," replied the husband, "I can remember a dish of ice cream!"

"Well," countered the wife, "I'd also like some strawberries, too! You'd better write it down so you don't forget."

"Don't be silly," was the irate reply. "I can do that."

"That's fine, dear, but I'd like some whipped cream on that also. Now, you'd really better write it down."

"Come, now, my memory's not THAT bad," said her husband as he headed for the kitchen. "No problem. A dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream."

The wife could hear him in the kitchen getting out pots and pans and making lots of noise inconsistent with the preparation of a dish of ice cream. He emerged from the kitchen 15 minutes later. Walking to his wife, he presented her with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife looked at the plate and said indignantly, "Hey, you forgot the toast!"


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ABC's To Success

A—Acknowledge that you know what to do
B—Believe that you have the ability to do it
C—Courage do what needs to be done
D—Deciding that today is the day
E—Enjoying the journey
F—Forgiving yourself and moving on
G—Going for your goal
H—Hearing the compliments
I—Inviting success into your life
J—Journaling everything that goes in your mouth
K—Keep coming to WW when you feel like quitting
L—Loving yourself enough to change your lifestyle
M—Making delicious meals
N—Not ever giving up on yourself
O—Offer to share your new knowledge with others
P—Patience with the journey…the weight did not come on overnight
Q—Quiet time for yourself
R—Remind yourself of all the reasons you are doing this
S—Self-talk that is positive and repetitive
T—Turning to solutions instead of food for "problems"
U—Using all of your "tools" for success
V—Visiting other meetings during the week if you need support
W—Wanting success with your weight loss more than you want that "treat"
X—Xerox copies of your favorite recipes
Y—You alone can do this, but you don't have to do it alone
Z—Zero in on your goals and move toward them one pound at a time

       ~~from The Language of Positive Thinking by Eric T. Moore

Come Join the Fun!

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 ~ 24/7. Our DWLZ Message Board is at: Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.

Food Finds

I don't know about you but I am always looking for new ways to mix up my variety of foods I eat.  Here are a few more food finds for you to try.  I really loved the Vanilla Yogurt Raisins.  They were yummy and a great snack.

  • Gourmet Dining Chicken Stir Fry, Complete, 8 oz, 1 1/2 cups prepared
    [190 cal/1g fat/4g fiber/32g carbs/790mg sodium/12g protein] 3
  • Sun-Maid Vanilla Yogurt Raisins, 1 snack box
    [120 cal/4.5g fat/1g fiber/20g carbs/20mg sodium/1g protein] 2.5
  • Sunsweet Pitted Prunes, Dried Plums, 1 snack bag
    [60 cal/0g fat/2g fiber/16g carbs/0mg sodium/1g protein] 1

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Egg on a Roll Breakfast

Serves: 1


  • 1 egg, scrambled, poached, or hard cooked
  • 1 small whole wheat roll (size of tennis ball)
  • ½ cup fresh fruit salad (size of 2 golf balls)
  • 1 half-pint (8 ounces) skim or low-fat (1%) milk
Make a sandwich of the egg and roll, eat the salad on the side, and drink the milk. Smile

Per Serving: 300 cal/8g fat/4g fiber/41g carbs/340mg sodium/19g protein *6

Resource: ~~Reader's Digest Change One

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. These are 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.

Did You Know?

Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things…I learned a few here!
    • There are 216 noodles in a can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.
    • In the U.S., more gold is used to make class rings than any other piece of jewelry.
    • The first Sony product was a rice cooker—which tended to short out, catch fire and emit electrical shocks.
    • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
Resource: ~~Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Stuff by David Hoffman
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 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—

"Perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races one after another."
—Josh Billings

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And please don't forget to come and visit DWLZ!   Open 24 hours!

If you are not already a regular visitor, it is time for you to come and make yourself at home at my web page, where you will find lots of tips on losing weight, and help in picking out good things to eat at your favorite restaurants, while still remaining on program. We have motivation, success stories, and much more. It is a lot like Disneyland: you'll have lots of fun, and you could never see it all in just one day! However, unlike Disneyland, Dotti's [ ] is open 24 hours a day, every day.


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   

Copyright and Disclaimer

Copyright © DWLZ, Inc.—2009, all rights reserved. This document may be reproduced freely as long as it is always reproduced in its entirety, including this copyright message, and the disclaimer below, and as long as it is always distributed free of charge.

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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