Dotti's Newsletter


Welcome! It's Time
to Wake Up
Don't Drink
Your Calories
Dotti Puzzle
with Cider
Mustard Sauce
Step Up
Your Protein
Quotes to
Lift Your

Motivation 10 Reasons
To Get Moving
& Stay Moving
Copyright &


Hi everyone!  How are all of you doing? 

Dotti's Food Score iPhone App

Are your days getting a bit chillier, as they are here in Spokane?  The colors are coming out in our trees and the foliage is beautiful.  I miss the Northeastern foliage but the reds and yellows are still pretty here in the Northwest. 

I have been getting emails asking about where I am on my Journey, so I thought I would talk to all of you about that today.

Okay, it's that time to 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.

Hugs! Dotti  

It's Time to Wake Up
    By Dotti

Today I woke up a year older. Al was singing Happy Birthday to me and I was enjoying the comfort of his love for me. It has never wavered; just gotten stronger throughout the years. I am now 54 years old and in the worst shape I have ever been in.  I have medical issues, knocking at my door, that need to be addressed, and they keep me in a semi-depressed mood.  When does, "I've had it; enough is enough", kick in?

I started this lifelong Journey on Jan 5, 1998. It's hard for me to believe it's been over 12 years.  I wish I could tell you what drove me to start my Journey back in 1998, because if I could, I would be at Goal still.  All I can tell you is that everything came together back in late 1997/early 1998 for me to have a successful Journey to Goal.  I never wavered from my Program.  I told anyone who would listen how great this program is, and how I wouldn't even take a million dollars if it were offered to me to go off program.  I am as fond of money as you are, but at that time I wanted to reach Goal more than collect 1 million dollars

And reach Goal I did in September 1998.  Shortly thereafter, on October 19, 1998, I made Lifetime with Weight Watchers.  My blood pressure went from 120/80 to 90/52 and my heart rate was 55 at my physical shortly thereafter.  The health benefits were enormous when I lost that 100+ pounds.  My joints were not hurting as bad, I wasn't losing my breath walking up or down stairs, I could actually keep a steady pace walking on our hikes and most of all, I felt healthy and strong.  I became a new, happier and healthier person. I held my goal weight for a little over 3 years. 

So, if I was such a happier and healthier person why did I let it all unravel and fall apart on me, knowing the consequences?  Did I want to do this part of the Journey again? Of course not.  Who would?  As I write this, here I am, needing to lose about 100 pounds again, and in the worse shape I have ever been in.  I can barely walk due to joint problems—in both hips—and this needs to be addressed soon.  Everyday tasks have become insurmountable mountains at times.  Pain meds have become a part of my everyday life for my arthritis. There are no meds for the mental pain and anguish for letting myself get to this point. 

Most of you know me.  I'm a Weight Watcher through and through and I believe in their Program.  I know what to do to give me back my life. I know I have all of you to help hold me up when I slip and take a fall.  I know that I am not alone in this Journey, with the struggles and the success's.  I know that no matter what, I am loved for who I am and not how I look.  These things I know.  Without a doubt. 

So, if I know all these things, why aren't I doing it?  Why aren't I journaling, drinking my water, staying within my Points, going to my meetings and becoming an active part of my own life, making it better, not worse?  What is stopping me?  Why can't I move forward? 

You know we can make a million excuses for losing our way and I will say some are valid, but most are not.  The bottom line is we take the focus off of ourselves and after awhile it becomes easier to keep it off of ourselves—less commitment to our Journey, to our health and to ourselves. 

Enough IS enough!  I've decided to turn it all around starting today, on my 54th birthday.  Al and I are away on a little vacation in Leavenworth, WA, a quaint little town that is celebrating Oktoberfest right now.  Back home, our son LeRoy is watching our house, and keeping our cat, Frostbyte, company.  Here, we are renting the cutest little house, which has everything I need to start back on Program.  Al and I made a trip to the local Safeway and stocked up on healthy, OP food, so there was no way we were going off program this week. My Journal is out and ready to go.  By the end of the week I'll be well on my way to being back in charge of my life again, instead of life running me over, leaving me in a dilapidated state.  I will go back to my meetings again, no matter what that darn scale says.  It is ONLY a number after all. 

Obviously, trying to figure out what motivated me in 1998 to start my Journey, is lost to me and probably will always be lost.  What wasn't lost was remembering how great I felt on the Journey and then through maintenance.  What wasn't lost was that honeymoon phase which, to tell you the truth, lasted me the whole time at goal.  What wasn't lost to me, was the knowing that I had it in me to embark on this Journey, be successful at it and then help others along the way

I want that life back and I'm going to go get it. 

How about you? 

Hugs! Dotti   

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Don't Drink Your Calories

High calorie drinks can make a huge dent in your calories for the day, leaving you unsatisfied and still hungry. Here are a few eye-openers about some of your drinks.

  • Ice blended coffee can have 670 calories and 22 grams of mostly bad fat
  • A 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of pure sugar carbohydrates
  • A 12-ounce beer is about 160 calories
  • A 6-ounce glass of wine is about 150 calories
  • A shot of hard liquor is about 100 calories
  • A margarita is about 275 calories

Sure makes you think twice about drinking your calories, doesn't it?

DWLZ for your iPhone, iPod, and iPad!!!

Dotti's Food Score iPhone App We have been hearing very happy comments from those who have Dotti's Food Score, especially now that it is available for the older devices, and the iPad, as well as for the newest iPhones and iPhone Touches!

Eating out at a restaurant can be a real challenge, when you are striving to be on program! Now you can see what you are eating, before you eat it—all you have to do is check your phone and let Dotti's Food Score help you make the right choices. With nearly 600 restaurants to choose from you will almost always find, your exact restaurant, or if not, one that is very similar to it, to give you help in making an estimate about menu items and their nutritional value.

Are you like me, and often eat at a group of restaurants repeatedly? Just add them all to your Favorites list, and they will be downloaded to your Dotti's Food Score, and they will be right there all the time for quick access, even without a Wi-Fi connection. And then, when you do connect up to Wi-Fi, your favorites list will automatically be synced with the latest updates.

I still recommend that you learn your program thoroughly! Nothing can replace that knowledge as you track your eating, but having a tool like this is invaluable when you are in a restaurant and scanning the menu; all the nutritional info that is on Dotti's Weight Loss Zone 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.

If you have been waiting for things to settle in, they have, and please don't miss out on the low special introductory price of just $2.99, for the latest version of Dotti's Food Score, that now runs on the iPad, and on all devices that run iOS 3.1.3 or later!

Any Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page! < click >

If you have an Android, do not despair.
We are working on Dotti's Food Score for you as well!

(Please note Question 1 on our iPhone FAQ page.)

Motivational Puzzle

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

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

Link to Dotti Puzzle

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

Just in case you missed any of the changes you can check your work here:
Dotti's College Puzzle Answer Key

Chicken with Cider Mustard Sauce

The tart, sweet sauce really gives the chicken that extra pep!

     Makes 4 servings


          1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
          2 tbsp safflower oil, divided
          3 shallots, minced
          2 honeycrisp (my favorite) or gala apples, peeled, cored & diced
          1 cup apple cider
          3 tbsp Dijon mustard

Place the chicken in a plastic freezer bag and pound to a thickness of 1/2". Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Saute the chicken in two batches until browned on both sides.  Transfer the kitchen to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Using the same skillet, ad the remaining 1 tbsp of oil and saute the shallots and half of the diced apples for 3 minutes.  Add the cider and boil until it is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and mix in the remaining apple and the mustard. Season with pepper to taste.  Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.

Per serving: 340 calories, 11g fat, 2g fiber, 25g carbs, 35g protein, 360mg sodium,
1.5g sat fat  *7.5

    ~~~Recipe Adapted from Nutrition Action Newsletter

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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What can you do to get your mind onboard with your weight loss desires?
     —I honestly believe this is an answer to a dilemma that we all face.

Step Up Your Protein

Did you know that by replacing just one serving of red meat a day with poultry, fish, or nuts may lower your risk of heart disease.

Researchers have been tracking more than 84,000 women aged 30 to 55 in the Nurses' Health Study.  Through these studies they have found that those that consumed more red meat and high-fat dairy had a higher risk of heart disease.  Those that ate more fish, poultry and nuts were found to have a lower risk.

Conclusion:  Women could lower their heart disease risk by 30 percent if they replaced one serving a day of red meat with nuts, by 24 percent if they replaced red meat with fish, by 19 percent if they replaced red meat with poultry, and by 13 percent if they replaced red meat with a low-fat dairy food.

I don't know about you but from this research I'm going to be trying to eat more fish, poultry, nuts, and low-fat dairy instead of red meat if it will help decrease my risk of heart disease.

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

Quote to Lift Your Spirits

"The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, insurance called Faith, you will make it to a place called Success."


Comic Relief

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food..
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair..
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way; BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day. --

~~~ Thank you Julie

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Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program

Food Finds!

These food finds were found at my local Starbucks (at the checkout counter) and I have to tell you they were delicious, and filling. 

       Sahale Snacks, Glazed Nuts, Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt, 1 bag
          [160 cal/11g fat/3g fiber/8g carbs/160mg sodium/5g protein/1g saturated fat] *3.5
       KindPlus ALMOND CASHEW WITH FLAX + OMEGA-3, 1 bar
          [150 cal/9g fat/4g fiber/18g carbs/0mg sodium/4g protein/1g saturated fat] *3   
          [190 cal/12g fat/2.5g fiber/19g carbs/10mg sodium/4g protein/1.5g saturated fat] *4.5
       KindPlus FRUIT & NUT DELIGHT, 1 bar
          [170 cal/11g fat/3g fiber/16g carbs/25mg sodium/5g protein/1.5g saturated fat] *4


My Weight Loss Friends

We started this Journey one step at a time
Yet every day a new challenge we see
Like the old saying a stitch in time
Has become what our new life must be

Sometimes we all seem to slip and fall
As we think of giving up some days
But then we hear our new friends call
Get up, you have come such a long way

It's a hill that seems so hard and long
So let me lean on you a moment friend
Just until I can stand and move on
Then later to you my hand I will lend

Remember you are never alone
As you never were from the start
The one thing that I hope I have shown
Is that friendship comes from the heart

So together we will take this road
As we pass through life this way
Then when our story will be told
Of how as friends we owned the day

--- Copyright © DANIEL FERGUSON, a DWLZ Zonie

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10 Reasons to Get Moving, and Stay Moving

Exercise is a powerful force physically, mentally and emotionally.  You can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease by getting regular aerobic exercise. There will also be other great benefits from exercising regularly.  Here are 10 reasons you should exercise:

  1. Helps you lose extra weight, and then helps you keep it off.
  2. Exercise increases your stamina and reduces fatigue.
  3. Improves your mood while reducing your anxiety.
  4. Reduces health risks, such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
  5. Helps to keep colds and flu away.
  6. Contributes to a longer life and preserves the quality of your life.
  7. Keeps your muscles strong and your mind sharp.
  8. Strengthens your heart, which improves blood flow.
  9. Helps you manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
  10. Keeps your arteries clear of the bad cholesterol.

--- Heart Healthy Guide to Healthy Living, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

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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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   

Copyright and Disclaimer

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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

Note: Points® is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The Points® values displayed are not intended in any way to show an endorsement or sponsorship of any product or organization by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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