Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
February 22, 2010


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Hello my friends.  How are all of you?  I am fine here in beautiful Spokane.  We are having warm, sunshiny days with no sign of snow.  Our winter has been very mild.

I don't know about all of you but stress has really been a constant visitor on my Journey lately.  I think today we will discuss ways to manage stress in our lives and try to find ways to keep it manageable.

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

Managing Stress

How do you recognize stress? What are some of the warning signals that stress is taking over your life? If you are having trouble with sleeping or concentrating, irritability, confusion, frustration, headaches, or even becoming accident-prone, you may be suffering from stress. There are many things in your life that can trigger these stress signals. Deadlines at work, a broken washer, having no time for yourself, debt, and family issues are just a few.  We really can't avoid stress all the time, but we can find ways to deal with our stress. 

Make sure you take your multivitamin/multi-mineral daily. This will help cover you nutritionally and strengthen your reserves.  The B vitamins have been known to produce energy and reduce the effects of stress. 

Did you know that indigestion is one of the common reactions to stress because the stress response signals the body to channel blood away from the digestive system? If this happens to you, try sitting still for about five minutes, taking deep breaths and eating a cup of yogurt, which provides "friendly" bacteria that may help with healthy digestion.

One way to instantly relax is to use your imagination to daydream a bit.  Yes, I know work is so busy, and family obligations won't allow you to get away on that long-overdue vacation but that vacation may be closer than you think. Your imagination is a wonderful thing. You can be on that beautiful, warm and secluded beach in your to-die-for bathing suit (why not, it's YOUR vacation) now. You are calm, relaxed and soaking in the sunlight. You are feeling great and nothing can dampen your mood or stress you out.  In fact, there is no stress.  WOW!  How did that happen?  It's nice, isn't it?  Not a worry in the world. Your imagination can be used at any time to pull you out of a stressful situation, and you can pretty much do this anywhere, anytime. Isn't it amazing how much better you can feel after a fun, stress-free vacation?

Find your stress triggers.  Is it when you are doing the bills?  How about when you have to drive somewhere you've never been before?  I get stressed out when I have to go to the doctor (I know, who doesn't?).  Keep a journal of your stress triggers and how you dealt with them.  Did it work?  No?  Then try different ways to deal with your different stress triggers until you find one that works with that situation.  For my stress filled doctor's appointment I try to keep thinking of other things—work, friends, funny times…you get the picture. If you are stressed more than usual when you are doing your bills then maybe you can light a scented candle and have a cup of warm tea to keep you company.  I found that keeping good records (organization) of my bills help with stress but I have to tell you, the candle and tea go a long way to help you stay relaxed. 

Write down your most stressful situations.  Then identify the stressful situations you can change to become no-stress situations. Think about each one and what you can do differently to take the stress out of the situation. Even the ones that you can't completely remove stress from, you can lower the amount of stress by finding an escape. (Those mental vacations can be used anytime!) Fix what you can, and forget the rest. Sometimes you just have to hang on and get through a situation, but that doesn't mean you can't take a hot de-stressing bath afterwards, or relax in other ways.

How does stress affect your weight loss? One of the most important reasons we need to learn to cope with stress is that stress triggers a starvation response, a tendency to conserve energy from food, as if your body were getting ready to starve itself.  When stress hormones are present in your body, you start storing calories as fat.  During stress, blood sugar is shunted away from chemical pathways that would burn it, so instead of being burned for fuel, it is stored as fat. Stress causes your body to store more fat but it also changes where it is stored.  Overweight women who are under a lot of stress usually store fat in their abdomens rather than on their thighs or buttocks. 

Managing your stress is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Below are just a few of the ways you can manage your stress levels. Also, there are many good books out there to help you with relaxation and breathing methods. 

Stress Reducers 

         Laughter ~ When you laugh, even forced laughter, it lowers your cortisol and blood pressure instantly, according to a study from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. "Researchers found that artery diameter increases 22 percent during laughter—even when you're faking it," says Dr. Hall. "The physical act itself creates the de-stressing effect." So keep that comedy DVD/CD handy. Call a friend who always keeps you laughing. Force yourself to chuckle if necessary!
         Count all your blessings ~ According to studies done at UCLA it is physiologically impossible to be grateful and stressed out at the same time. You are definitely more alert and more enthusiastic when you are counting your blessings.
         ♦ Sing and sing some more ~ I love this stress-reducer, although Al and others that might be in earshot of my singing will not feel the same way, since I cannot even carry a tune. A recent study at the University of California at Irving, found that singing your favorite tunes is more beneficial than simply listening to them. Choir members got a 240 percent increase in immunoglobulin A (a disease-fighting protein) during performances.
         ♦ Snack on chips and salsa ~ Eating spicy foods, especially chili peppers, releases mood-boosting endorphins, according to recent research. Keep a jar of extra-hot salsa on hand for some anti-stress snacking.
         Meet with some friends ~ In a 2005 study from UCLA, it was found that making eye contact while having conversation with someone you care about causes the same kinds of positive physiological changes that a massage does. According to Dr. Hall, "Your body will produce oxytocin (a happiness hormone) literally on the spot."
         Write simple notes of thanks ~ to people who have made your life better. What a great de-stressor, writing a thank you to all who enhance your life. They will love and appreciate your note of thanks; you never know, maybe they need to hear it at this particular time in their lives.
         Walk your stress off ~ Scientists have found that walking daily elevates the mood of even severely depressed patients. Walking is great for stressed-out people. Walking reduces muscle tension and stimulates the release of endorphins, the natural pleasure chemicals produced by our bodies.
         ♦ Take a 15 minute power nap ~ Short power naps during the day can be more refreshing than long ones.
         ♦ Practice relaxation techniques ~ doing relaxation techniques or mindful breathing will help with your stress level and keep you from mindless munching.
         Make sure you get enough sunlight ~ Our bodies produce endorphins (hormones that create a feeling of calm) when we are in the sunshine. Your mood and energy level are boosted with just 10 minutes of sunshine so the next time you see the sun shining, get out there and enjoy it.
         Write down everything you like about yourself ~ Believe it or not you are more likely to let stress take over your life when your self-esteem is low.
         Organize something ~ You will be amazed at how much better you feel by organizing just one thing in your house—maybe a junk drawer or closet.
         Spend some time with your pet ~ It's a known fact, pets relieve stress. Isn't unconditional love great?
         Cut out the caffeine ~ Caffeine can increase alertness but in the long run caffeine leaves you feeling jittery and irritable which adds stress.
         Cut down on your sugar ~ Too much sugar takes away vital nutrients from your body, causing nervous tension and anxiety. High sugar foods cause your blood sugar levels to drop, which can make you feel irritable, tired and unhappy. When you are under stress this is the last thing you need.

I already feel better and less stressed!  How about you? Have an awesome couple of weeks until we meet again.

Hugs! Dotti 

     November 2006 issue of Ladies' Home Journal

     Walk it Off! by Suzanne Levine, D.P.M.
     The Everything Stress Management Book by Eve Adamson
     Women's Edge ~ Fight Fat, Secrets to Successful Weight Loss by Alisa Bauman
                and the editors of Prevention Health Books

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Want a Cheeseburger & Fries?

There has been interesting research done on how much exercise you need to do to burn off a certain amount of foods.  Of course, we all know that the higher calorie foods will require more exercise than, let's say, our veggies and healthier options.  Well, here are some examples in black & white so you can actually envision what you need to do in order to burn off that cheeseburger and fries meal you've been craving.

If you want to eat extra-large servings of low-calorie veggies, fruits and proteins you will have to do a bit of extra exercise to avoid gaining weight.

On the other hand, if you want to indulge in fast food or sugary foods you will have to do a lot more exercise just to maintain your weight. 

You can have that 300-calorie jelly doughnut but you'd better be prepared to walk for an hour at a moderate pace (20 minutes per mile).  Was the doughnut that good? 

Oh my, that double-cheeseburger, extra-large fries and 24-ounce soda look so good, YUM!  It may be yummy but it adds up to a whopping 1500 calories, which will require 2 hours of running at a 10-minute-mile pace.  Did it really taste that yummy?

Next time you want one of those sugary sweets or fast food meals say to yourself, "Do I like it enough to wear it?"

     —The Method Jump Start Journal—8 weeks to Wellness by Inspired Productions

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“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
       ~~Charles Dederich

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Ranchero Soup

          1 large onion, quartered
         3 celery ribs
         ♦ 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
         ♦ 1 large sweet red pepper, quartered and seeded
         1 poblano pepper, quartered and seeded
         1 tbsp olive oil
         2 cans (14-1/2 ounce each) diced tomatoes, undrained
         ♦ 2 cans (14-1/2 ounce each) vegetable broth
         ♦ 1 cup frozen sliced carrots
         1 cup cooked rice
         1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning

Brush the onion, celery zucchini and peppers with oil.  Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill.  Grill vegetables, uncovered, over medium heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or until tender (pepper skins will char).

Immediately place the peppers in a bowl; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.  Peel off and discard charred skin.  Coarsely chop grilled vegetables.

In a large saucepan, combine the tomatoes, broth and carrots.  Bring to a boil and reduce the heat.  Stir in grill vegetables, rice and lemon-pepper; heat through.

Makes 8 servings

Per 1-1/4 cup serving:  99 Calories, 3g Protein, 2g Fat, trace Saturated Fat, 18g Carbohydrate, 623mg Sodium, 0mg Cholesterol, 4g Dietary Fiber  *1.5

       ~~Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Recipe Cards

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Lean Beef & Pork Cuts

Ever wonder how many calories and fat are in that piece of beef or pork?  Below is a list of some lean beef and pork cuts with their corresponding calories and fat.  They are based on a 3-ounce cut, cooked and trimmed.

Lean Cuts of Beef

          Eye of Round - 143 calories/4.2g fat
         Top Round - 153 calories/4.2g fat
         ♦ Round Tip - 157 calories/5.9g fat
         ♦ Top Sirloin - 165 calories/6.1g fat

Lean Cuts of Pork

         Tenderloin - 139 calories/4.1g fat
         Ham (95% lean) - 112 calories/4.3g fat
         Boneless Sirloin Chops - 164 calories/5.7g fat
         ♦ Boneless Loin Roast - 165 calories/6.1g fat
         ♦ Boneless Loin Chops - 173 calories/6.6g fat

     —Fat-Free Holiday Recipes by Sandra Woodruff, RD


Motivational Quotes

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.    —Mark Twain

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.    —Anonymous

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.    —Vince Lombardi

My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it. You can't like it until you obtain expertise in that work. And once you are an expert, it's a pleasure.    —Milton Garland

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.   —Eleanor Roosevelt

Rule your mind or it will rule you.    —Horace

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.    —Jim Rohn

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.    —Samuel Johnson

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

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.”



Some carbohydrate foods are better than others. Below is a list to help make good choices of your carbohydrates.

Good Sources of Carbohydrate
         Vegetables (all kinds)
         Fruit (limit quantity if trying to lose fat)
         Oats and oatmeal
         Brown Rice
         Whole Grain Breads
         Whole Grain Pitas
         Whole Grain Cereals

Carbohydrates to Avoid or Limit
         White Pasta
         White Rice
         White Bread
         Instant Oatmeal
         Fruit Juices
         Sweets and Candies
         Processed Breakfast Cereals

The Simple Rule - If in doubt choose carbohydrate foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed.

     FreeDieting, the Weight Loss Guide

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Comic Relief

Weight Loss Buddies

My friend Kimberly announced that she had started a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently.

"Good!" I exclaimed. "I'm ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. When I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I'll call you first."

"Great!" she replied. "I'll ride with you." -- Katina Fisher

Subtle Hint

Although I knew I had put on a few pounds, I didn't consider myself overweight until the day I decided to clean my refrigerator. I sat on a chair in front of the appliance and reached in to wipe the back wall. While I was in this position, my teenage son came into the kitchen.

"Hi, Mom," he said. "Whatcha doin', having lunch?"

I started my diet that day. -- Betty Strohm

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Food Finds

Tired of the same foods?  Why not be adventurous and try some of these new food finds.  I try to find a new food a couple times a month to try.  Most I have liked and now include them on my shopping list.

  • Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, Chocolate Chip, 1 bar
           [100 cal/3g fat/1g fiber/18g carbs/75mg sodium/1g protein] *2
  • Mary's Gone Crackers, Organic, 13 crackers
           [140 cal/5g fat/3g fiber/21g carbs/190mg sodium/3g protein] *3
  • Finlandia Deli's Best Light Cheeses, 1 oz, about 2 slices (I buy this package at Costco and it comes with 4 rows of different light cheeses—Swill, Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti)
          —Swiss [70 cal/4g fat/0g fiber/0g carbs/130mg sodium/9g protein] *2
          —Cheddar [70 cal/4.5g fat/0g fiber/0g carbs/170mg sodium/8g protein] *2
          —Gouda [70 cal/5g fat/0g fiber/0g carbs/140mg sodium/8g protein] *2
          —Havarti [70 cal/4g fat/0g fiber/0g carbs/150mg sodium/9g protein] *2

I love those crackers and cheese.  I take each slice of cheese and split into thirds.  It's a great high protein snack with healthy, nutty crackers.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

Eating "light" never tasted so good!

Makes 6 servings

         2 tbsp reduced-fat chunky peanut butter
         2 tbsp plus 2 cups cold fat-free milk, divided
         ♦ 1 cup plus 6 tbsp reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
         ♦ 1 package )1.4 oz) sugar-free instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
         3 tbsp finely chopped salted peanuts

In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and 2 tablespoons milk.  Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; set aside.  In another small bowl, whisk remaining milk with the pudding mix for 2 minutes.  Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

Spoon half of the pudding into six parfait glasses or dessert dishes.  Layer with reserved peanut butter mixture and remaining pudding.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Refrigerate remaining whipped topping.

Just before serving, garnish each parfait with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and 1-1/2 teaspoons peanuts.

Did you know Cool Whip now comes in a can, making it easy to top puddings and desserts? I love it!

Per Parfait: 146 Calories, 6g Fat, 1g Dietary Fiber, 16g Carbohydrate, 300mg Sodium, 2mg Cholesterol, 6g Protein   *3.5

       ~~Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Recipe Cards

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…  let's see what we can learn today. Smile

Fruits Named After them

Granny Smith apples were first cultivated in Australia by Maria Ann (Granny) Smith of New South Wales.

Bartlett pears are named for Enoch Bartlett a Roxbury, Massachusetts, farmer.

Greengage plums got their name from Sir William Gage, an English botanist.

Temple oranges honor William temple, the man who developed that variety.

Macintosh apples came to us from a Scottish immigrant who discovered those kinds of apples growing wild on his newly-settled Canadian farm.  Mr. Macintosh's first name has been lost to history, but his apples haven't been. 

       ~~Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands by Charles Reichblum

Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance

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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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