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October 20, 2009

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Welcome! Halloween
Staying on
Program
Quotes to Lift Your Spirits Motivation Carrot
"Finger"
Food
Halloween
Facts &
Superstitions
Comic
Relief
Apple
"Bites"
Food
Finds

Edible
"Eyeballs"

DWLZ Cookbooks Did You Know Al's Essays on Weight Loss & Maintenance DWLZ Updates Newsletter (un)subscribe Goodbye Copyright and Disclaimer


Welcome

 Happy Halloween

Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner?  Al and I are ready!  We have the decorations up outside and can't wait to see how all the little ones are dressed this year. What a fun time seeing all those happy, smiling faces. The candy and treats are bought already but they are ones I don't care for so…no troubles here in that department. 

Okay, so let's get started.  Guess what today's topic of discussion will be?  Yep, you guessed it, Staying on Program during "Candyween", as I like to call it. 

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.




Halloween: Staying on Program
           By Dotti

The stores were bombarding us with costumes, decorations and of course, the treats for the last month or so.  It seems you cannot even get out of the store without seeing the treats offered. 

How many of us have walked by the treats and said, "I'll get them now so I don't have to get them at the last minute"?  Now, honestly answer this question, "How many of us did buy the treats early and have already gotten into them?"  I know that I've done that in the past but no more. I've learned that there will be plenty available Halloween day and most times, on sale!  The other option: Buy the ones you don't like.

So, what can we do to have a fun Halloween and keep our weight loss goals front and center?  Here are a few suggestions that I've learned through my 10+ years on this wonderful Journey.

           Keep yourself busy getting your house ready for the trick or treaters; they
             will love it and you'll have fun doing it plus you are 'moving.'
          Make sure you get your sleep and keep your stress level low; exhaustion
             and being stressed are sure ways to overeat.
          If you are going to be giving out candy, buy it on Halloween day if possible.
         Keep a bowl of popcorn and platter of veggies within reach when handing
             out candy.
          Buy Halloween candy that you don't like.
          Take leftover candy to a shelter.
          Drink lots of water; in fact, always have water close by.
          Eat before your Halloween party; that puts you in control of your food.
          Volunteer at the party to greet guests and make them feel welcome; keeps
             you busy so eating is not your #1 priority.
          Take a veggie plate so you'll have some healthy munchies.
          Don't be afraid to say 'no' when offered treats; grab your water and
             remember how good it feels to be in control.
          Make your own costume if you are going to a costume party. As you can
             see below my costume was not made for 'eating' but I sure did have
             fun wearing it - lots of laughs & good times with little chance of blowing my
             program! BTW ~ I've won first place more than once with this fun costume.

Dotti's Bodiless Costume

The most important thing to remember is that Halloween is just another day.  The candy you would eat on Halloween is candy you can get on any day so why do you have to eat it on Halloween? It's because it's what we do on Halloween.  Guess what?  You can change what you do on Halloween.  No one is putting that candy or those treats in your mouth.  You have the strength to say no—each and every one of you.

Do you honestly think that you are having less of a good time because you don't indulge in the treats?  Of course not, so why indulge?  If you go to your Halloween celebration already satisfied from your 'controlled' meal at home you will have more time to focus on your friends and family.  You will not be focused on the 'treats'.  Having your water with you at all times reminds you that you are in control. It also keeps you satisfied and gives you a full feeling helping you to overcome the need for a 'treat'.

This year Al and I will be home for Halloween night. We have already dressed up the house and walkway in anticipation of our trick or treaters. It's been so much fun and the 'treat' side of it hasn't even come into our minds.  We are more excited about the pumpkins, skeletons, and our ghoulish sounding doorbell—and how our visitors will like it. 

If you want to buy candy that doesn't get you in trouble why not try the Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, Big Hunk Bars and Look Bars. At 50 calories each they are an On Program snack that you can freeze and enjoy whenever you wish. On the other hand, if these are redlight foods do NOT bring them into your house.  Do yourself a favor ~ do not bring any candy into your house that would be a problem for you. Sooner or later you will get into the candy and you will be so disappointed in yourself.  I have found that by removing the temptations it is easier to stay in control.  After all, we are all human and being human we all stumble and fall. 

This Halloween let's try to do everything in our power to stay in control and to remove any 'problems' that might get in the way of our Journey. Let's stay focused on the event called Halloween and not the 'treats' of Halloween.  Laughter, good friends, lots of wonderful costumes and having a wonderful time is Halloween; the 'treats' are secondary.

I've listed a few of the types of Halloween candy that will be floating around from now until Halloween so you will know just how much damage these little 'treats' can do. 

Halloween Candy ~ Snack Size

3 Musketeers, (2 bars) [140 cal/4.5 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs]
1000 Grand, (2 bars) [190 cal/8 g fat/<1 g fiber/30 g carbs]
ABC Fruit Chomps, (7 pieces) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/32 g carbs]
America’s Original Bubble Gum, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, (1 bar) [50 cal/1 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini Big Hunk Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/0.5 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Annabelle's Mini Look Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Atomic Fireballs, (1 piece) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Blow Pops, (1 piece) [70 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs]
Dum Dum Lollipops, (3 pops) [59 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber]
Jolly Rancher Mini Stix, (1 stick) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Kit Kat, (one 2-piece bar) [80 cal/4 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]
Life Saver Five Flavor Candy, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs]
Life Saver Gummi Savers, (2 rolls) [110 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/27 g carbs]
Life Saver Pops, (1 pop) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses, (6 pieces) [150 cal/3 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Milk Duds, (4 boxes) [160 cal/6 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs]
Necco Wafers, (1 roll) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/13 g carbs]
Nerds, (1 box) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs]
Nestle Crunch Fun Size, (4 bars) [200 cal/10 g fat/<1 g fiber/26 g carbs]
Now & Later, (3 mini bars) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs]
Peter Pan Peanut Butter Cups, (4 pieces) [230 cal/15 g fat/1 g fiber/21 g carbs]
Reese's Peanut Butter Bites, (3 pkgs) [230 cal/13 g fat/1 g fiber/24 g carbs]
Skittles, (3 pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs]
Spree Twist, (2 rolls) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/14 g carbs]
Starburst, (3 funsize pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs]
Starburst Fruit Chews, (8 chews) [160 cal/3.5 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Sugar Babies, (2 pouches) [210 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/47 g carbs]
Sugar Daddy Pops, (3 pops) [160 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs]
Sweet Tarts, (2 rolls) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/12 g carbs]
Tootsie Hot Chocolate Pops, (1 Pop) [70 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs]
Tootsie Roll Midgees, (6 pieces) [160 cal/3 g fat/<1 g fiber/33 g carbs]
Twix, Regular Size, (1 2-pack) [280 cal/14 g fat/1 g fiber/37 g carbs]
Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Cherry Candy, (3 pieces) [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/28 g carbs]
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 4 twists [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/29 g carbs]
Wonka Nerds Gumballs, (1 piece) [45 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs]
Wonka Shock Tarts Gumball, (1 piece) [30 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/8 g carbs]
Wrigley's Chewing Gum, (5 pieces) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs]

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Halloween with lots of laughter and wonderful times. 

Hugs! Dotti 



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Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

“Taking care of yourself does not make you self-centered, it makes you centered.”
       ~~Anonymous

“In every problem are the seeds of its solution.”
       ~~Anonymous

“You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.”
       ~~Anonymous


Motivation

An Important Lesson

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-hair and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

     —Author unknown.

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Carrot "Finger" Food
Carrot Finger Food

Ingredients

* vegetable dip
* 4 long carrots
* 1 medium carrot
* softened cream cheese
* sliced-almond
* baby carrots

Instructions

1. To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite
vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers
and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.

2. With a paring knife (a parent's job), cut a flat, shallow notch
in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened
cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.

3. Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with
plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.

Resource: ~~ Disney Family Fun Halloween Recipes



Halloween Facts & Superstitions

Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday.

The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

Superstition ~ In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it.

Superstition ~ In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl's future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.)

Superstition ~ Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night, she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands' initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands' faces.

Resource: ~~ History.com - The Real Story of Halloween



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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





“Change the mind, and the body will change itself.”
       ~~Author Unknown

“The food you eat today dictates the body you have tomorrow.”
       ~~Author Unknown


Comic Relief

In the spirit of Halloween...

Top 10 Signs You're a Trick or Treating Weight Watcher

10. You know how many door knocks it takes to earn an activity point.
9. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a pedometer and a
Points finder.
8. You ask each house if they mind if you step on their scale -- just to compare.
7. You ask to trade candy corn for the real stuff.
6. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you yell out the # of POINTS!
5. Your costume has a handy water bottle holder so you can meet your
water requirements for the day.
4. You ask to use the bathroom every 3rd house because of #5.
3. At the end of the night, you sort your candy by POINT value.
2. You ask for high fiber candy only.
1. Your goodie bag has a half filled out journal taped to it.

Resource: ~~This was originally posted by one of our members, Crazytrkr - Thank you Cynthia


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Apple "Bites"

Apple Bites

Ingredients

* apples
* slivered almonds

Instructions

Just quarter and core an
apple, cut a wedge from the
skin side of each quarter,
then press slivered
almonds in place for teeth.

Tip: If you're not going to serve them right away, baste
the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.

Resource: ~~ Disney Family Fun Halloween Recipes


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: http://www.dwlz2.com/forum/. Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.


Food Finds

Here are a few more foods I tried this week. I hear variety is the "spice of life" so why not try something new this week.

  • Jimmy Dean D-Lights, Turkey Sausage Whole Grain Bagel, 1 sandwich
    [260 cal/8g fat/4g fiber/31g carbs/860mg sodium/18g protein] *5
  • Jimmy Dean D-Lights, Turkey Sausage Reduced Fat Croissant, 1 sandwich
    [290 cal/12g fat/4g fiber/30g carbs/830mg sodium/17g protein] *6
  • Weight Watchers Cheddar Cheese Snacks, 1 individual portion~great protein snack
    [45 cal/3g fat/0g fiber/0.5g carbs/100mg sodium/7g protein] *1



"On the way from BEFORE to AFTER... "
       ~~Anonymous

“The glass is half empty, you have to fill it up.”
       ~~S. Soltes


Edible "Eyeballs"

Edible Eyeballs

Ingredients

* carrots
* cream cheese
* pitted black olives

Instructions

Simply slice carrots into
1-inch-thick chunks, top
each with a blob of cream
cheese and one half of a
pitted black olive; serve.

Resource: ~~ Disney Family Fun Halloween Recipes


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!
    • Cashews are not sold in their shells because the oil that surrounds the shell is highly irritating to the skin, and peeling the nuts by hand can cause blisters.
    • Prosopagnosia is the inability to recognize faces, including one's own image in a mirror.  Sufferers of this rare disorder know that they are looking at a face but they cannot say to whom the face belongs.
    • In the larva stage, some butterflies are cannibals.
      (Once they metamorphosize into actual butterflies they don't eat, but they instead drink.)
    • Tigers have striped skin under their hair but zebras don't.

Resource: ~~That's a Fact Jack by Harry Bright & Jakob Anser



Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance

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Goodbye

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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