Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
September 10, 2010

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How is the weather where you live? We have taken a quick turn into cooler temperatures. Al and I went to a local water park when it was over 90° out, and a couple of days later the high temp was only in the 60's. It has felt like fall ever since here in Spokane.

In Massachusetts, Al and I loved the bright colors in the trees before the leaves fell and the snow set in. When the weather turns colder, the wonderful string of holidays can't be far off. Didn't we just put our Christmas decorations away?

Al will be visiting with us again this issue, so 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.

Deadly Serious
    By Al Coon

I wanted to discuss attitude a bit this time, and how it affects what we do. What is fueling our actions can make all the difference in what actions we actually take, and often, how successful we will be. What happens when we are deadly serious about doing something?

Help Me!

It was 1987, and we were living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Suddenly, there was a loud knock on my front door, and when I opened it up, there was our neighbor, and she was frantic.

"I have locked myself out, and my baby is inside the house!" she blurted out.

Her eyes, painted with a vivid frantic brush, made their own silent plea for help.

We were living in a set of townhouses, and there were four separate dwellings per townhouse. Our backyards were fenced separately, and the units were two-stories. My mind set to running down the alternatives immediately:

  • Doors—front door obviously locked, and back door located on the other side of a fence.

  • Windows—one facing outward, from the kitchen but locked. Two upstairs, also facing the street, but difficult to get to, and probably locked. Several on the rear of the house, but also on the other side of the fence.
The approach from the street could not be used, short of breaking a window or knocking down the door.

"Is your back door unlocked?" I asked her.

"Yes, but the gate in the fence is locked."

So, there was a nice, easy to open, sliding glass door in the rear of her house that could be used if we got over the fence. I offered to go over the fence for her, but she insisted on going over herself. I grabbed a kitchen chair and we went out my back door to the rear of her fence. Stepping on the chair got her shoulders over the top, but she couldn't get all the way up without my helping to lift her up. She cleared the top and dropped inside the fence, fortunately landing on her feet, and all was well. She ran inside her house and baby was saved.

It was one of those little emergencies that pop up from time to time in life. Although we didn't have to exhaust all the possibilities that came to mind, it did show what you are capable of when you have to focus, because the situation has made you deadly serious about your actions.

The Serious Approach

You know when you are serious, because you don't require anything else to bring you to action. You are highly motivated, right now. You are going to do whatever you have to do in order reach your goal.

When you are serious, you will search for a solution in an ascending series of levels of escalation. For example, if you were determined to get inside a building where your child was trapped and in danger, you very well might work your way down this list trying each item to see if it helped you reach your goal:
  • Check all doors and windows to find an unlocked one.
  • Check for any unlocked entry points to other parts of the grounds, such as gates in fences.
  • Ask for help from people around you.
  • Climb over a fence.
  • Borrow a ladder to check for unlocked upper floor windows.
  • Scream for help.
  • Break a window.
  • Knock down a door.
  • Call the fire or police department.
Perhaps your list would be different, but the process will be the same. You try easy, and quick solutions, and then work your way up to more difficult and time-consuming solutions. Each failure moves you to a higher level of determination; you escalate with more intensity with each failure.

The Critical Difference

Do you see something striking here? There is a critical difference between the deadly serious approach, and merely making "a good try" at something. When you merely try and see if you can do it, you marshal the resources that you think will be enough, and then have a go at it. You are checking the ground and finding out where your resources will take you. Either it will work, or it won't. You will try hard and then you'll know if you can do it or not.

There is none of that nonsense going on when you are deadly serious. You don't care a bit about whether you can do it or not. You don't even consider that maybe you can't do it. You are going to do it, and you won't stop until you have done it.

We are often amazed by what a person can do, when he is deadly serious. When the human mind is determined, and deadly serious, it is nearly miraculous the power that is released. In your mind, you are not "making a try," but it is truly, "do or die."

All our lives we have patted the other fellow on the back, or received a pat ourselves, with an accompanying, "That was a good try." But when our child is locked inside a building, or we are deadly serious about anything at all, "a good try" just isn't good enough, not by a long shot.

Beating Down a Brick Wall

There it is, between you and your goal, that brick wall. You are deadly serious about getting on the other side of that wall. What will you do?

  • First you try an approach. Can you walk around the wall? No?

  • Next you push on the wall, checking for weakness. It's solid as granite.

  • You push your fingers into the cracks to see if you can get a hold to allow you to climb over the top. No way!

  • Next you find a hammer and start working on the wall. Clink! Clink! Clink! Nothing seems to be happening.

  • You find a sledgehammer and it breaks off some chips, but it will take a very long time to get through that way.

  • You find a jackhammer, and a compressor. You try to just wing it, but you can't figure out how to make it work. So, you study the operation manual, and finally get it going, and you cut a hole through the wall!

  • If you run into a metal barricade you get a blowtorch. You don't quit. You just keep trying new things until you are through.

Extreme Success

Something that seems impossible can completely change its shape to your mind when you are deadly serious about accomplishing it. Leaping from one rooftop to another, when you are 40 stories up in the air seems impossible, until your child is hanging by his fingertips from the other roof. Suddenly you are on your way, and find that you could make the leap, as you grab the little hand and pull it to safety.

What happens when you are deadly serious is that you don't care about the consequences of your action. You don't even consider them. They form no part of your thinking plan. You aim your attack and you launch it. If it falls back, you aim a new and better attack, and a newer and even better attack, and you keep that up until you succeed. Whether it is kicking in a door, leaping a chasm, or beating down a brick wall, you are going to keep at it until you succeed. Nothing else matters, and nothing can dissuade you from continuing your efforts. You are going to do it. Doubt, fear of failure, and other tripping stones are leaped over as if they never existed. It is as certain to you as if you already held the prize in your hands!

When you are deadly serious, you don't ever quit, you are goal driven, you find solutions—as many as it takes—and you succeed.

A Contradiction In Terms

When you are deadly serious, there is no such thing as a "good excuse"; only good results will do. Whenever you try something that fails it is only a call to try something else.

In your deadly serious heart you know that you will succeed in the end, and an attempt that didn't work is only considered long enough to spot what was wrong with it, so your next attempt will be better. Your engine is turning the entire time, and it is applied to only one of two actions:
  • Attempting to reach your goal
  • Searching for a new approach to reach your goal on your next attempt
You realize clearly that even the time spent planning your next attempt is moving forward towards your goal.

Only Room For Success

When you are deadly serious about reaching a goal, there is no room in your mind for accepting failure. You only have room available for succeeding, and how to do it. This means that you will set aside any and every thing that could stop you. All excuses are bad, period. Nothing gets in the way, because you won't let it.

A deadly serious person views his goal as truly important, and the "ace of trump" on his priority list. It is on the top of the list and stays there, and nothing can push it aside. It holds your focus to the exclusion of all else.

Picture yourself, with your precious goal held in your hands; you have accomplished it. Now, step back, and look across the span of time from this day to that day, and see why you succeeded: it is because you were truly serious about it all the way, and your actions showed that. You appeared to be deadly serious because, in the end, that is what you were!

Wishing you the very best,

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And Dotti's Food Score is already better! To bring iPad online, we had to have a new version of Dotti's Food Score, and we took the opportunity to add a couple of improvements. (Don't worry, if you got the first version, you will automatically be upgraded to the new one!)

When I get emails today asking about my iPhone app, I can finally say,

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When you walk into a 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 lets you use the restaurant's Wi-Fi connection to quickly check for the latest info from DWLZ. Pretty cool huh?

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 now 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 with your Dotti's Food Score app, and it will be updated right along with the web page as I add new restaurants, and update the data for the old ones.

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What's For Lunch ~ Black Bean Salad

This is a great salad served inside a whole-wheat pita with lettuce, salsa and a wedge of avocado.

      Makes 7 one-half cup servings


          4 tbsp lime or lemon juice
          1 tbsp olive oil
          1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste
          1 large clove garlic, minced
          1/2 tsp oregano
          1/2 tsp cumin
          1/8 tsp salt
          1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
          1 15-oz can corn, drained
          1/2 cup each, diced green and red pepper
          1/4 cup diced purple onion

Mix the first seven ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill for one hour before serving.

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Per serving: 106 Calories, 3 g Total Fat, 5 g Dietary Fiber, 18 g carbs, 5 g protein,
400 mg sodium,  *2

    ~~~Recipe Adapted from Vibrant Life

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Food Finds

Here are a few more of my food finds. Enjoy!

  • General Foods International, On The Go, Vanilla Latte, sugar free, 1 packet [60 calories/3g fat/0g fiber/7g carbs/45mg sodium/0g protein] *1.5
  • Thomas' Plain Bagel, 100 calorie, 1 bagel [100 calories/0.5g fat/4g fiber/22g carbs/230mg sodium/4g protein] *1.5
  • Post Live Active Nut Harvest Crunch, 1 cup [220 calories/6g fat/8g fiber/39g carbs/270mg sodium/5g protein] *3.5 (4.5)
  • Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, 1 serving [220 calories/7g fat/5g fiber/26g carbs/620mg sodium/12g protein] *4 (4.5)
  • Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Fiesta Quesadilla, 1 serving [220 calories/5g fat/14g fiber/32g carbs/630mg sodium/10g protein] *3 (4)

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

Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

"Champions are ignited by desire, not inhibited by fear."

"When you are in a valley, keep the goal firmly in view and you will get
 the renewed energy to continue the climb ."

"Since you usually get what you expect in life, expect the best for yourself ."

~~from "Denis Waitley's Little Green Book of Inspiration."

Comic Relief

Exercise for the 'Over 50's' and the Unfit

Just came across this exercise suggested for the over 50's and the unfit to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy so I thought that I'd pass it on. The article suggested doing it three days a week.

  1. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 2kg potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax.

  2. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 5kg potato sacks. Then 25kg potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50kg potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (I'm at this level).

  3. After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks. Smile

    ~~~Thanks Brenda! That was great!

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More Food Finds!

Joan, a very good friend of mine, and a fellow Weight Watcher, came for a visit awhile back, and we had a marvelous time. And of course, we shared our great low-point food finds. Here are some that she introduced me to.

  • Tai Pei Sweet 'n' Sour Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [230 calories/3g fat/0g fiber/45 carbs/250mg sodium/6g protein]*5
  • Tai Pei Cashew Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [160 calories/3g fat/1g fiber/24 carbs/780mg sodium/8g protein]*3.5
  • Tai Pei Spicy Szechuan Style Chicken with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [150 calories/3g fat/1g fiber/24 carbs/610mg sodium/6g protein]*3
  • Tai Pei Chicken & Broccoli with steamed rice, 1 cup
    [150 calories/1g fat/2g fiber/27 carbs/550mg sodium/8g protein]*3
  • Tai Pei Garlic Shrimp, 1 cup
    [70 calories/1.5g fat/3g fiber/10 carbs/510mg sodium/6g protein]*1


JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody but myself.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I'm overweight, I'll eat healthily—if only just for today. And not only that, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

~Dear Abby's New Year's Resolutions (re-printed every year)

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Ways to Cut 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.

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—

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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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