Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
August 6, 2010

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Dotti's Food Score iPhone App

For a long time I have been getting emails from Zonies who have been wanting an iPhone app with my restaurant info in it, so you can take DWLZ with you to the restaurant. Well, it has finally happened! Dotti's Food Score is here and you can have it today! Really Big Smile Just click on the graphic and you will be on your way!!!

I thought for our visit today we would talk about success.  I'm reposting a wonderful article by Al, from 2008, called, The 'Can Opener', Your Key to Success which I know you'll enjoy as much as I do. 

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

Your Key to Success
    By Al Coon
Al July, 2010
Today is yours!

Expert Opinion

I received an email this past week from someone who works in the weight loss field. I found one statement she made to be very troubling, because it goes to the heart of the problem of weight loss and weight maintenance. She suggested that losing weight and keeping it off is an unreasonable goal in the face of life's challenges. If this is what our experts feel, what hope have the rest of us? While I am sure that many hold this lady's opinion, I would like to challenge that with a few thoughts about babies.

Babies, the Perfect Examples

Did you know that a baby can't walk? None of them are born with the ability to stand on their legs and walk across their playpens, let alone across the room. And running? No way: it can't be done!

But just watch that little guy over there. He doesn't even consider failure, not for a moment. He takes a step on wobbly legs, after having already invested a lot of time and energy into just standing up while holding onto the sofa, and he promptly falls to the floor.

Then what?

Why the little fellow grabs onto the sofa once more, drags himself up with great effort, and tumbles again with his next try. He might even bang his head when he has his fall, and after a good cry, he goes right back to it. He never gives up; he keeps on trying until he can take a step and hold his feet. And then he takes another, after many more falls in between. Finally he reaches the point where we have to tell him to sit down because he is running around making too much noise.

Here is another point to consider about babies; babies can't talk. Not a single baby is born with the ability to talk. While they are not silent—as any mother knows who is awakened from a sound sleep for feeding time—it remains a fact that no baby is born with the ability to communicate in what will one day be his native tongue.

Baby starts off cooing and giggling and making other noises, which carry nothing that would qualify as language. And then he starts to approximate actual words. It is fun to watch moms translate these attempts at speech. Many times these cute verbal mistakes are remembered years later with great fondness.

And think of this: Imagine how much easier it would be to master the skills we need to make our journey a success, if only we could be that understanding of our own failed attempts while we are learning the ropes!

Later on Baby starts to say actual words, and then the art of grammar has to be mastered. He creates a sentence and is corrected. He tries again, and over time he learns correct use of his language, and it finally has become his own. For the rest of his life, his native tongue will always be his, with a beautiful musical sound to his ear.

Babies are born unable to do many things, but they learn, and it is not only because it is easy for them to learn, but because they never even consider giving up.

Success Comes in Cans!

A dear friend of ours, Carole (Burtrude/Oregoncard on the message board) has had the following line of wisdom in her signature for a long time:

Success comes in CANS! Failure in CAN'Ts!

No one has ever succeeded at anything significant by believing that it couldn't be done.

The very first step towards success is to believe that trying makes sense:
  • The task can be accomplished.
  • The reward can be earned.
  • The goal can be reached.
  • It CAN be done.
It is NOT unrealistic to believe that our journey CAN be done. In fact it is a necessary component of success to believe it can be done.

Defeatist talk and thinking lead to failure, even when success could have been had without their interference. And remember: babies invest zero time in negative thinking; they just keep trying until they succeed.

You Don't Have to be a Genius

We do not need to look to the brilliant men of the past like Thomas Edison, who failed hundreds of times before he finally found a light bulb configuration that led to illuminating our world. We don't have to hunt down examples like the quintessential genius Sir Isaac Newton, whose brilliant mind gave us the mathematical tools for our rockets to travel our solar system and to accurately predict where our planet will be a million years from now in the galaxy, and who simply created calculus along the way when the mathematical tools of the time were insufficient to the task. These are very interesting examples, but how many of us find that we have a lot in common with Edison or Newton?

Instead, a far better example of success is the baby, because that is part of your own personal history. You can relate to babies, because you were one.
  • You learned to walk.
  • You learned to talk.
  • You demonstrated the unbending will to succeed and the refusal to even consider the idea that "it can't be done."
You have already demonstrated that you have it in you; you have used that ability repeatedly in the past as you learned to do so many things that you were born unable to do.

It is Just the Same!

You may be telling yourself that weight loss and maintenance are completely different things than learning to walk and talk. But that would be just fooling yourself.

Weight loss isn't about will power any more than learning to walk was. The only will power you needed to learn to walk was that required to keep trying until it worked.

It is not will power that has to be developed in order to move from not being able to walk to being able to run around the room. The baby has to toughen up his little leg muscles so that they can hold up his body, and he has to learn how to take a step without falling.

In the same vein, when we are striving for weight loss and weight maintenance, there is a developmental component and a learned technique component.

We need to toughen up our daily routines to include good healthy habits. We have to learn to eat plenty of the right foods. We have to learn to get the right amount of exercise.

Most of all we need to reach back to our past attitude:
  • Never think of falling down as failure.
  • Once fallen, the only move is to get up and try again.
  • A faulty step is just an opportunity to learn another thing that won't work.
  • Get back up on those wobbly legs and take another step!
Remember that your power will grow, and your technique will improve with practice, no matter how it looks at first. No one could say that a baby learning to walk is a study in grace and form. It is a collection of chaotic movements, riddled with failed attempts. So don't worry about grace and form, just keep trying.

The Key is to believe that you CAN do it and to keep trying.
  • Take each step with optimism.
  • Take each fall with the same resolve you had as a child: to get right back up immediately for another go.
  • Hold onto any support you need until your legs are strong enough to go it on your own.

Break out your "can opener" and dish yourself up a healthy helping of success!

Wishing you the very best,


      ~First published March 5, 2008 in Dotti's Newsletter Issue 43

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Dotti's Food Score—the iPhone app is finally here!!!

Can you tell that I am excited? I have been getting emails for a long time asking me where my iPhone app is? Well, here it is: Dotti's Food Score—it's finished and available in the Apple App Store!

When you walk into the restaurant, but you didn't have a chance to check the menu out on Dotti's Weight Loss Zone first, it's okay! Dotti's Food Score let's you use the restaurant's Wi-Fi connection to quickly check for the latest info from DWLZ. Pretty cool huh? Dotti's Food Score iPhone App

Also, if you have restaurants that you know you will be going to, you can put them onto your Favorites list, and they will be downloaded to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or your iPad, and they will be right there all the time for quick access, even without a Wi-Fi connection. And when you do connect up to a Wi-Fi, your favorites list will automatically be synced with the latest updates.

Remember, all the nutritional info that is on the web page will now be available on your iPhone, and it will be updated right along with the web page as I add new restaurants, and update the data for the old ones.

Dotti's Food Score is "Dotti's to go" for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Don't miss out on the low special introductory price of just $2.99, as we are kicking off Dotti's Food Score!

Motivational Puzzle

    Can you spot the 6 differences between two pictures of Dotti?

Click on the image here and test your skills of observation:

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Did you find all 6 of the differences in last Dotti's Newsletter puzzle?
Dotti's Oregon State Fair Puzzle

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Dotti's Oregon State Fair Puzzle Answer Key

Veggie-Filled Quesadillas

If you like Quesadillas, you'll like this recipe ~


          2 small green and/or red sweet peppers, cut into thin strips
          1 small red onion, cut into thin 1-inch strips
          ♦ 2 tsp. olive oil or cooking oil
          1/2 tsp ground cumin
          1/2 tsp chili powder
          2 tbsp snipped fresh parsley or cilantro
          1/3 cup light cream cheese (tub style)
          5 flour tortillas (6-inch to 7-inch)
          Salsa is optional

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cook peppers and onion in 1 tsp of the hot oil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp and tender.  Stir in cumin and chili powder.  Cook and stir for 1 more minute; then stir in parsley.  Set aside.  Spread cream cheese over half of each tortilla.  Top with pepper mixture.  Fold tortillas in half over pepper mixture, pressing gently.  Place tortillas on large baking sheet.  Brush tortillas with remaining oil.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Cut quesadillas into wedges.  Serve warm. Top with salsa, if desired.

Makes 10 servings

85 calories, 3 g fat, 4 mg chol, 118 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

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!

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This is a great dip for veggies. This dip thickens when refrigerated for several hours.


          1 large red pepper
          3 garlic cloves, skin left on
          ♦ 1 cup non-fat sour cream
          1 cup yogurt cheese * (see below for recipe)
          1 tbsp granulated sugar
          2 tsp chopped fresh sweet basil

On a broiler pan, place the red pepper and garlic cloves. Broil about 4 inches from the heat, turning occasionally, until pepper is completely blackened.  Place red pepper and garlic into a paper bag or plastic bag to cool.  Peel red pepper and garlic.  Place in blender.  Add sour cream, yogurt cheese, sugar and basil. Blend until red pepper and garlic are finely chopped.  Refrigerate for several hours.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

2 tbsp: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0.5 mg chol, 23 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 2 g protein

   * Yogurt Cheese ~ a great substitute for cream cheese or sour cream

          4 cups plain skim milk

Line strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth and place over deep bowl.  Spoon yogurt into strainer.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Drain for 24 hours in refrigerator.  Discard whey in bowl several times as yogurt drains. Store yogurt cheese in covered container in refrigerator.

Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup: 131 calories, 0.3 g fat, 4.8 mg chol, 185 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 13 g protein

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

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable,
and remove yourself from the unacceptable."

       ~~Og Mandino

Cutting 100 Calories

          Eat a 3/4 cup serving of pudding made with skim milk rather than one cup of
              whole-milk pudding.
          Have 3/4 cup of split pea soup instead of one cup of chunky bean and ham soup.
          Quench your thirst with water with lemon instead of a can of light beer.
          Have a serving of vegetarian lasagna instead of lasagna with meat. 

Comic Relief

Grand Opening

It was the Grand Opening of a new supermarket where I was employed as a cashier. Despite lots of planning, many products were not scanning correctly at the register. Instead, a loud beep would sound for about 15 seconds, annoying my customers.

Near the end of the day, a woman came through with a big load of fruits and vegetables, followed by two small bags of chips. All her food registered perfectly until I pulled the chips over the scanner, and the beeping began. I was about to apologize when she leaned over and asked, "Is this one of those Weight Watchers stores?"

    ~~~From Readers Digest

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What's A Serving Size?

According to the USDA, one serving equals:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta
  • 1 slice of whole-grain bread
  • 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes
  • 3-4 small crackers
  • 1 small pancake or waffle
  • 2 medium-sized cookies
  • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup (4 leaves) lettuce
  • 1 small baked potato
  • 3/4 cup vegetable juice
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1/2 grapefruit or mango
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1 cup yogurt or milk
  • 1 1/2 ounces of cheddar cheese
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 medium pork chop
  • 1/4 pound hamburger patty

Amazing, isn't it? I am always shocked to realize that in my past life I was eating 2-4 servings of food.



This was given to me by a very special friend. It is framed and hangs by my computer. This saying always reminds me I am never a failure. I hope it does the same for you.

Courage doesn’t always roar.
sometimes courage is
the quiet voice at the end of the day saying
"I will try again tomorrow."
-Mary Anne Radmacher

And here is another thought on courage:

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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100-Calorie or Less Snacks

           Kiwi Fruit, 1 medium [46 calories] 
          Grapes, 1 cup [58 calories]
          Gelatin, 1/2 cup [80 calories]
          Pistachio Nuts, 20 [85 calories]
          Licorice, red, 6 bite-sized [75 calories]
          Biscotti, 1 Pepperidge Farm [90 calories]

           Based on averages of the brands available. Don’t forget to always check your nutritional label.

Who Knew...

Our Journey is not just about weight loss; it's about constantly learning new things...

A portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt appears on the dime because of his work on behalf of the March of Dimes and its battle against polio, the disease that crippled him.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edges.

The number of cricket chirps you count in a fifteen-second interval, plus thirty-seven, will tell you the current temperature.

The name Nike emanates from Greek mythology; appropriately, she was the winged goddess of victory.

Excerpts from "Who Knew?" by David Hoffman

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.

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—

"Your body keeps an accurate journal…            
           regardless of what you write down!"


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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   

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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

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