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November 22, 2009


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  Happy Thanksgiving

To all our friends here at DWLZ.  Have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

I'm guessing you all know what we will be talking about today - staying on your Program during Thanksgiving.  Yes, it can be done. 

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

Staying On Program During Thanksgiving
by Dotti

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Are you already planning your celebrations?  If you are that's great because the earlier you plan the better you will be able to control what will be served. 

The average gain between Thanksgiving and New Years is about 5-7 lbs. Of course, it's not one particular meal that puts on those extra pounds; it's the nibbling of all those delightful, wonderful-smelling foods that are always present to tempt you. Having all this food readily available is quite the food temptation that makes it very hard to stick to your program.

The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family during the holidays is to plan ahead and develop a strategy. What are some things we can do to help us stay on program while enjoying the holidays?  I'll bet all of you have some great ones of your own.  Here are a few that I've come across over the years.

 On the day of your special get-together get in some extra physical activity—
   maybe take a longer walk.
 If the get-together is at your house send leftovers home with the guests.
Limit alcohol intake.
Eat your food slowly, which will allow you to fill up faster and not overeat.
Have a piece of fruit or a light snack before the festivities start.
Do not go without eating before your occasion thinking that you will have more
   room for the great food.  When you are 'starving' you lose the ability to make good
   food choices.
If there are a lot of choices at the food tables, try taking just four of your favorites.
Take something light like a vegetable platter for the hostess; makes a great gift
   and you now have something to nibble on that you know is good for you and
   on Program.
Instead of using a plate, use a cocktail napkin for your finger foods.  Getting them
   one at a time will help you curb how many you get.  You'll also be 'moving'.
Leave some food on your plate.  This tells your hostess and others that you've
   eaten all you can and they will most likely not push you to have more.
Wear snug clothes; you will eat less.  Try it—it works!
Keep an affirmation going in your head that will remind you that you are
   in control - not the food.  My favorite is: "Do you like it enough to wear it?"

Here is a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner:

          5 oz. roasted turkey, white and dark meat, with skin [291 cal/14 g fat] *7
          One cup of bread stuffing made from a mix [356 cal/7 g fat] *8
          One slice (⅛ of a nine inch pie) of homemade pumpkin pie [316 cal/14 g fat] *7.5

Here is a slimmed-down version:

5 oz. roasted turkey breast without skin [238 cal/7 g fat] *5.5
One cup of cornbread stuffing made outside the bird with chicken broth instead of
   lots of eggs and drippings [265 cal/8 g fat] *6
One slice (⅛ of a nine inch pie) of pumpkin pie made with nonfat and
   reduced-fat dairy products [288 cal/8 g fat] *6.5
To get a better picture of what you are gaining by slimming down your recipes, take a look at these substitutions and what you save in calories, fat and cholesterol. Amazing how much of a difference it makes, isn't it?

          Skim milk instead of whole milk saves you 64 calories per cup, 8 grams of fat and
              30 mg of cholesterol
         2 egg whites instead of 1 whole egg saves you 47 calories, 6 grams of fat and
              213 mg of cholesterol
          Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese saves you 24 calories per ounce, 3 grams
             of fat and 6 mg of cholesterol
         1% cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese saves you 52 calories per half cup,
             14 grams of fat and 53 mg of cholesterol
          Mozzarella cheese, skim instead of cheddar cheese saves you 42 calories per ounce,
             4 grams of fat and 12 mg of cholesterol
          Half and half instead of heavy cream saves you 15 calories per tablespoon, 32 grams
             of fat and 3 mg of cholesterol
         Lowfat yogurt instead of sour cream saves you 172 calories per half cup, 18 grams
             of fat and 33 mg of cholesterol
          Chocolate syrup instead of fudge sauce saves you 32 calories per 2 tablespoon,
             4 grams of fat and 0 mg cholesterol

How much activity do you think you need to burn off your holiday favorites?  Take a look below; I've listed the food, then the activity required to burn off what you just ate. It sure puts what you put into your mouth into perspective, doesn't it?

           3 oz. light-meat turkey (no skin) = 18 minutes ice-skating (135 calories)
          1/3 cup homemade stuffing (cooked) = 23 minutes stacking wood for cozy
             fire (130 calories)
          ¼ cup gravy (from jar) = 15 minutes kissing under the mistletoe
             (25 calories) [Okay, this could be fun, and worth it!]
         ½ cup mashed potatoes = 22 minutes on a family walk (110 calories)
          4 oz. Champagne = 32 minutes playing carols on the piano (80 calories)
          ⅛ of 9-in pumpkin pie = 37 minutes cross-country skiing (315 calories)
          2 small sugar cookies = 14 minutes snowshoeing (145 calories)
          ⅛ of 8-in gingerbread cake = 55 minutes snowball fighting (230 calories)
         1 Tablespoon fudge = 22 minutes hanging holiday decorations (65 calories)
          4 oz. eggnog (non-alcoholic) = 38 minutes swing dancing (170 calories)

You can cut your Thanksgiving Day calories in half and enjoy the traditional treats without the extra calories ~ Here are a few ideas to follow ~

          Pick a light lightener. Cool down your coffee with milk instead of cream and save 36
             calories and 4.5 grams of fat, ounce for ounce.
          Use less whipped cream on top of the pie. Use ¼ cup of the white fluff instead
             of ½ cup to get the job done.
          Make pumpkin pie lighter. Use egg whites instead of eggs. (Two egg whites can be
             substituted for a whole egg, a savings of 34 calories; 5 grams of fat, and all the
             cholesterol.) Use evaporated skim milk rather than whole milk and save 120 calories
             and 16 grams of fat per cup.
          Serve the vegetables naked. Veggies don't need a heavy, fat-laden, cheese sauce
          Whip sweet potatoes with apple or orange juice instead of butter. This
             traditional potato dish is all the sweeter without those added calories.
          Use whipped butter, light margarine or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray. You
             can shave about one-third of the calories and fat grams by using a tablespoon of
             whipped butter rather than the same amount of the stick variety. Since it is "whipped"
             with air it spreads more easily, so you may even be able to get by with less. Light
             margarine has only 50 calories per tablespoon. Lastly you can spray on a few sprays
             of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray which has only 1.25 calories per spray.
         Mix less fat into the stuffing and scoop less onto your plate. For every
             tablespoon of butter you remove from grandma's recipe, you can eliminate 108
             calories and 12 grams of fat. Substitute chopped apples and pears for a healthy,
             moist, sweet flavor. (She'll never know!)
          Undress the turkey. Take the skin off to strip away almost half the fat and a chunk
             of calories. Six ounces of the bird with the fatty overcoat provide 357 calories and
             almost 17 grams of fat. Cutback to only four ounces skinless, and you're down to less
             than 195 calories and 6 grams of fat. Bonus tip: Eat less turkey; you'll use less gravy.
          Skip the cheese and crackers. One ounce of brie cheese on three crackers hauls
             in over 150 calories and almost 10 grams of fat. That's more than a roll with butter!
             Save your calories for the good stuff, like stuffing or dessert. If hors d'oeuvres are
             a must, go with raw vegetables and a low-fat dip.
          Roast some chestnuts over an open fire. At only 70 calories and less than 1 gram
             of fat per ounce, chestnuts are wickedly low in fat. Compare that to 169 calories and
             almost 15 grams of fat for the same amount of mixed nuts.

Here are a couple of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving.  Here is a great pumpkin pie alternative that I have every year.  It's delicious, tastes like pumpkin pie and is a lot less in calories. 

Pumpkin Pudding

Serving Size is 1 cup, about 100 calories

1 small pkg. sugar free vanilla or butterscotch instant pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin (not mix)
2 cups skim or 1% milk
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix together and refrigerate.
[I prefer the butterscotch pudding but both are good]

If you'd still like the pie idea, one of our Zonies posted this wonderful Pumpkin Pie recipe which is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie ~ don't be scared off by the no-crust.  It is truly delicious and you won't even notice there is no crust.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Entire pie is about 200 calories

1 15-oz. can pumpkin
½ c. Eggbeaters
1½ c. skim milk
3/4 c. Splenda
½ t. salt
1 t. pumpkin pie spice

Beat till smooth (I just whisked it all); put in Pam sprayed pie pan. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then at 375 for 45 minutes till knife inserted in center comes out clean. Because of the size of the pie plate Jackie used it's usually less than 45 minutes - she must of used a bigger one than the standard - I used the standard and it needed about 50 minutes (it does poof up a bit). Serve with FF Cool Whip! Delicious!!

We will be spending Thanksgiving with LeRoy at Tammy's house, an annual tradition that we love and look forward to every year.  We will also be doing our Black Friday tradition early in the morning and then a nice breakfast out.  LeRoy will again be our protector and runner of the packages back to the car.  Oh, he is also a lot of FUN!  

And let's not forget what Thanksgiving is all about.  What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive husband Al and my son, LeRoy; they love me for who I am and they are here for me, always.  I am thankful for my bestest friend in all the world, Tammy.  She is always there to listen and share my life with; no judgment just love, understanding and friendship; her and her family are the very best!  I am thankful for the members of my family who love me for who I am and support me in all I do (you know who you are Smile ).  I am thankful for all of you, my friends, who are always right there with me on this wonderful, healthy Journey bringing support, love, hugs and laughter with you.  Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for!

I like the way Al described Thanksgiving in his post on the Men's Forum today ~ it sums up what Thanksgiving means to us.

"Every year Thanksgiving is something that we look forward to with eager anticipation as soon as Christmas goes by, and look back at with warm and happy feelings, enjoying the memories that we created. It might be called the center stone of our year.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  I hope and pray that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends. Remember to take the time to think about all the things you are thankful for because that is really what Thanksgiving is all about.

Hugs! Dotti  

Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

“The key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

“Treat yourself with as much care and respect as you'd give to someone else. Then you'll be operating with a full cup.”

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

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Thanksgiving Food Values

Garlic mashed potatoes, ½ cup *4
Pumpkin pie, 1 slice *9
Turkey leg with skin, 4 oz *6
Green bean casserole, 1 cup *5
Candied sweet potatoes, ½ cup *4
Canned cranberry sauce, ½ cup *4
Cooked skinless turkey breast, 4 oz *4
Bread stuffing, ½ cup *3
Gravy, ¼ cup *2
Mashed sweet potatoes, 1 cup *4
Apple Pie, store-bought, 1 slice *7
Pecan pie, store-bought, 1 slice *10
Wine, 2 fl oz *1
Vodka, 2 fl oz *3


Another Important Lesson

Obstacles help us to improve ourselves.

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 never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

     —Author Unknown

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  • 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!

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Leftovers into Meals

How many of you turn your leftovers from Thanksgiving into meals for the following week?  Here are a few ideas:

Overripe Fruit

Fruit spread: Peel and dice apples, plums and pears that are past their prime. Cook in a pot over low heat until thickened into an all-natural fruity spread.

Smoothie cubes: Overripe bananas, cantaloupe and peaches can be pureed in a blender and frozen in ice-cube trays.  Toss the cubes into the blender with milk and yogurt and whirl.

Vegetable Scraps

Soup stock: Simmer 2 to 2½ pounds of mushroom stems, wilted cabbage leaves, tomato trimmings, carrot and celery ends - even aged cheese rinds - together in a quart of water for one hour.  For chicken or fish stock, add chicken or fish bones and shrimp shells.  Strain through cheesecloth and use the stock as a base for soups and stews.

Potato Peels

Potato crisps: Place peels from potatoes that have been washed well in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Mix with a little vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until crispy.

Stale Bread

Savory dumplings: Dice a pound of stale bread and mix with a cup of boiled milk.  Let cool and add two beaten eggs and fresh herbs, such as chives, basil or parsley. (Add breadcrumbs if too moist, more milk if dry). Form into golf ball-sized balls, then simmer slowly in a pot of salted water for 10 minutes.

Wilted Leafy Greens

Green sauce: Sauté limp greens such as spinach and kale with onion, chopped garlic ginger and a dash of cumin over medium heat for three to four minutes and puree in a blender.  Use immediately as a sauce for fish or chicken, or freeze.

Broccoli Stalks

Stir-fry surprise: Peeling the tough outer surface of broccoli stalks reveals a tender inner core that can be cut into bite-sized pieces and used in veggie stir-fries.

Pineapple Skin

Sweet-tart cooler: Place sliced pineapple skin in a pot with a quart of water, one cinnamon stick and ¼ cup sugar.  Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and serve over ice with a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice.

Resource: ~~Arthritis Today Magazine, Matthew G. Kadey

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

“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

Comic Relief

Black November

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,
Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know;
His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors of..... Black November;
"Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you'll get six meals instead of just three,
"And soon you'll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you'll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin;
"And then one morning, when you're warm in your bed,
In'll burst the farmer's wife, and hack off your head;
"Then she'll pluck out all your feathers so you're bald 'n pink,
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin' in the sink;
"And then comes the worst part!" he said not bluffing,
"She'll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with stuffing".
Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,
And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I'd have to lay low and remain overlooked;
I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola;
And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes;
I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;
But 'twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death;
And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound;
So now I'm a pet in the farmer's wife's lap;
I haven't a worry! , so I eat and I nap;
She held me today, while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said: "Christmas is coming..."

Poet Unknown  


Hugging keeps you healthy.  It evaporates stress, depression and anger.  It strengthens the immune system, leads to a better nights sleep and rejuvenates and invigorates the spirit.  It is one hundred percent organic.  It's free, it's non-polluting and can be returned without a receipt.  Hugs!

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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.

Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program

Black Bean Soup

With only 4 ingredients, this is a great soup to cook up, freeze and enjoy while you are so busy during the holidays. 

Makes 5 cups


2 [15-oz] cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1½ cups vegetable broth
1 cup chunky salsa
1 tsp ground cumin

Combine the black beans, broth, salsa and cumin in a blender and pulse until blended to the desired consistency.  Serve with finely chopped red onion, cheese and a dollop of fat-free sour cream, if desired.

To prepare and eat


Heat in the microwave or a non-stick pot over a low heat.

Transfer to freezer containers, label, and freeze.  Recommended freezing time is up to 3 months.
To PREPARE after freezing:
Remove from freezer to defrost.  Heat in a non-stick pot over a low heat.
Alternately, you can reheat in the microwave.

Per Serving: 166 calories/1g fat/9g fiber/27g carbs/990mg sodium/9g protein *2 (3)

Resource: ~~ Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals

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Food Finds

I hear variety is the "spice of life" so why not try something new this week. A small can of 100% fruit juice is a great pick-me-up on a busy day. 

  • Dole Pine-Orange Banana Juice, 1 small can, 6 oz (my favorite)
           [100 cal/0g fat/0g fiber/24g carbs/5mg sodium/0g protein] *2
  • Yoplait Delights Parfait, Creme Caramel, 1 container
           [100 cal/1.5g fat/0g fiber/18g carbs/90mg sodium/5g protein] *2
  • Progresso Traditional New England Clam Chowder Soup, 1 cup (my favorite)
           [190 cal/10g fat/2g fiber/20g carbs/900mg sodium/5g protein] *4.5
  • Special K Fruit & Yogurt Cereal, 3/4 cup
           [120 cal/1g fat/1g fiber/27g carbs/135mg sodium/2g protein] *2.5
  • Jello Sugar Free Pudding, Cinnamon Roll, 1 snack
           [60 cal/1g fat/0g fiber/12g carbs/180mg sodium/1g protein] *1
  • Jello Sugar Free Pudding, Banana Fudge Supreme, 1 snack
           [60 cal/1g fat/0g fiber/12g carbs/170mg sodium/1g protein] *1

"Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures."

“Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want.”

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Hugs! Dotti  

Heartburn Helpers

Have you ever had heartburn after an unusually large meal?  I have it most of the time after I eat foods high in fat, a chocolate bar or just "because".  Below are a couple of natural remedies to help put out the fire.

If you have heartburn and wish to try an alternative to your regular meds then this is your change to try these two natural remedies. 

For generations, Koreans have brewed a heartburn-easing drink called Persimmon Punch, made with generous amounts of ginger, cinnamon and persimmons.

Studies done here in the US tell us that the Persimmon Punch may do just that - relieve your heartburn.  Why?  Two of its ingredients, persimmons and cinnamon, have astringent qualities. They tighten the tissues, which may help to cut down on stomach acid without eliminating it completely. 

I'll bet you can't guess the other natural remedy?  Think hard.  Licorice.  Yes, I said it right.   Licorice has been shown to be as effective as conventional medicines for soothing stomach ulcers.  The downside of licorice is that in some forms, it can raise your blood pressure and water retention.  Look for deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL lozenges, which have the harmful ingredients removed. 

I'll bet you're feeling better already!

Persimmon Punch

1.  Combine 1 gallon of water, ¼ lb thinly sliced fresh ginger and 8 to 10 cinnamon sticks.

2.  Simmer for ½ hour.

3.  Strain the ginger out of the liquid, leaving the cinnamon sticks.

4. While the punch is still warm, stir in 2 cups of sugar and 6 dried persimmons, sliced into triangles.

5. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and serve cold.

Resource: ~~ Arthritis Today

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…  let's see what we can learn today. Smile
    • There are portions of Wisconsin that are farther east than parts of Florida
    • Marilyn Monroe developed her signature walk by hacking off the heel of one shoe.
    • Sunglasses date back to fifteenth-century China, where they were worn by judges to conceal their expressions while presiding over court.
    • M&M's owe their success to the United States military, which was hungry for a candy that could hold up in G.I.'s pockets and backpacks and could be eaten without their trigger fingers getting sticky.

Resource: ~~Who Knew? by David Hoffman

Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance

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to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future."
—Deepak Chopra

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Take care until next time…

Hugs! Dotti   

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