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Welcome! Halloween Halloween Candy
Nutritionals
Halloween
Puzzle
Black Bean
Soup
Cheesy Corn
Chowder

Comic
Relief
Food
Finds
Motivation Who Knew... DWLZ
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Welcome

Hi everyone!  How are all of you doing? 

Are you all ready for Halloween?  I just put up our Halloween decorations last week, a little later than normal.  I just love watching all the kids' faces when they see the decorations and we greet them at the door in our costumes. (If you want to see our fun last year at this time, just click here.)

Well, you guessed it.  Today we will be talking about Halloween and ways to not let it sabotage our Program.

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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  




Halloween
    By Dotti


With only a week before Halloween arrives, the stores are bombarding us with costumes, decorations and of course, the treats.  It seems you cannot even get out of the store without seeing the treats offered. 

How many of us have walked by the treats and said, "I'll get them now so I don't have to get them at the last minute"?  Now, honestly answer this question, "How many of us did buy the treats early and have already gotten into them?"  I know that I've done that in the past but no more. I've learned that there will be plenty available Halloween day and most times, on sale! 

So, what can we do to have a fun Halloween and keep our weight loss goals front and center?  Here are a few suggestions that I've learned through my 8 years on this wonderful Journey.

           Keep yourself busy getting your house ready for the trick or treaters; they
             will love it and you'll have fun doing it plus you are 'moving.'
          Make sure you get your sleep and keep your stress level low; exhaustion
             and being stressed are sure ways to overeat.
          If you are going to be giving out candy, buy it on Halloween day if possible.
         Keep a bowl of popcorn and platter of veggies within reach when handing
             out candy.
          Buy Halloween candy that you don't like.
          Take leftover candy to a shelter.
          Drink lots of water; in fact, always have water close by.
          Eat before your Halloween party; that puts you in control of your food.
          Volunteer at the party to greet guests and make them feel welcome; keeps
             you busy so eating is not your #1 priority.
          Take a veggie plate so you'll have some healthy munchies.
          Don't be afraid to say 'no' when offered treats; grab your water and
             remember how good it feels to be in control.
          Make your own costume if you are going to a costume party. As you can
             see below my costume was not made for 'eating' but I sure did have
             fun wearing it - lots of laughs & good times with little chance of blowing my
             program! BTW ~ I've won first place more than once with this fun costume.

Dotti's Bodiless Costume

The most important thing to remember is that Halloween is just another day.  The candy you would eat on Halloween is candy you can get on any day so why do you have to eat it on Halloween? It's because it's what we do on Halloween.  Guess what?  You can change what you do on Halloween.  No one is putting that candy or those treats in your mouth.  You have the strength to say no—each and every one of you.

Do you honestly think that you are having less of a good time because you don't indulge in the treats?  Of course not, so why indulge?  If you go to your Halloween celebration already satisfied from your 'controlled' meal at home you will have more time to focus on your friends and family.  You will not be focused on the 'treats'.  Having your water with you at all times reminds you that you are in control. It also keeps you satisfied and gives you a full feeling helping you to overcome the need for a 'treat'.

This year Al and I will be home for Halloween night. Instead of buying Halloween candy this early we have been shopping for ways to dress up the house and walkway in anticipation of our trick or treaters. It's been so much fun and the 'treat' side of it hasn't even come into question at this time.  We are more excited about the pumpkins, skeletons, ghoulish sounding doorbell, and how our visitors will like them.  I'm planning on being a vampire this year as my grandson Hunter, has been telling me all year to not be a witch again.  He didn't like my witch's costume.

I will most likely be buying Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, Big Hunk Bars, Look Bars (if I can find them this year) or other little 1 pt candy treats as they are not a red-light food for me and one I enjoy now and then.  At 50 calories each they are an On Program snack that I can freeze and enjoy whenever I wish. On the other hand, if these were red-light foods they would NOT come into my house.  Do yourself a favor ~ do not bring any candy into your house that would be a problem for you. Sooner or later you will get into the candy and you will be so disappointed in yourself.  I have found that by removing the temptations it is easier to stay in control.  After all, we are all human and being human we all stumble and fall. 

This Halloween let's try to do everything in our power to stay in control and to remove any 'problems' that might get in the way of our Journey. Let's stay focused on the event called Halloween and not the 'treats' of Halloween.  Laughter, good friends, lots of wonderful costumes and having a wonderful time is Halloween; the 'treats' are secondary.

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Halloween with lots of laughter and wonderful times. 

Hugs! Dotti   



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Halloween Candy Nutritionals

I've listed a few of the Halloween candy (mostly snack size) that will be floating around from now until Halloween so you will know just how much damage these little 'treats' can do. 

3 Musketeers, (2 bars) [140 cal/4.5 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs] *3.5
1000 Grand, (2 bars) [190 cal/8 g fat/<1 g fiber/30 g carbs] *4.5
ABC Fruit Chomps, (7 pieces) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/32 g carbs] *3
America’s Original Bubble Gum, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs] *1
Annabelle's Mini ABBA ZABBA, (1 bar) [50 cal/1 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs] *1.5
Annabelle's Mini Big Hunk Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/0.5 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs] *1.5
Annabelle's Mini Look Bars, (1 bar) [50 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs] *1.5
Atomic Fireballs, (1 piece) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs] *1
Blow Pops, (1 piece) [70 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs] *1.5
Dum Dum Lollipops, (3 pops) [59 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber] *1.5
Jolly Rancher Mini Stix, (1 stick) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs] *1
Kit Kat, (one 2-piece bar) [80 cal/4 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs] *2
Life Saver Five Flavor Candy, (4 pieces) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/16 g carbs] *1.5
Life Saver Gummi Savers, (2 rolls) [110 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/27 g carbs] *2.5
Life Saver Pops, (1 pop) [40 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs] *1
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses, (6 pieces) [150 cal/3 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs] *3.5
Milk Duds, (4 boxes) [160 cal/6 g fat/0 g fiber/26 g carbs] *4
Necco Wafers, (1 roll) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/13 g carbs] *1
Nerds, (1 box) [35 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/9 g carbs] *1
Nestle Crunch Fun Size, (4 bars) [200 cal/10 g fat/<1 g fiber/26 g carbs] *5
Now & Later, (3 mini bars) [140 cal/1.5 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs] *3
Peter Pan Peanut Butter Cups, (4 pieces) [230 cal/15 g fat/1 g fiber/21 g carbs] *6
Reese's Peanut Butter Bites, (3 pkgs) [230 cal/13 g fat/1 g fiber/24 g carbs] *5.5
Skittles, (3 pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs] *4
Spree Twist, (2 rolls) [60 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/14 g carbs] *1.5
Starburst, (3 funsize pkgs) [170 cal/2.5 g fat/0 g fiber/36 g carbs] *4
Starburst Fruit Chews, (8 chews) [160 cal/3.5 g fat/0 g fiber/33 g carbs] *3.5
Sugar Babies, (2 pouches) [210 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/47 g carbs] *4.5
Sugar Daddy Pops, (3 pops) [160 cal/2 g fat/0 g fiber/34 g carbs] *3.5
Sweet Tarts, (2 rolls) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/12 g carbs] *1
Tootsie Hot Chocolate Pops, (1 Pop) [70 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/17 g carbs] *1.5
Tootsie Roll Midgees, (6 pieces) [160 cal/3 g fat/<1 g fiber/33 g carbs] *3.5
Twix, Regular Size, (1 2-pack) [280 cal/14 g fat/1 g fiber/37 g carbs] *7
Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Cherry Candy, (3 pieces) [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/28 g carbs] *2.5
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 4 twists [120 cal/.5 g fat/0 g fiber/29 g carbs] *2.5
Wonka Nerds Gumballs, (1 piece) [45 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/11 g carbs] *1
Wonka Shock Tarts Gumball, (1 piece) [30 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/8 g carbs] *1
Wrigley's Chewing Gum, (5 pieces) [50 cal/0 g fat/0 g fiber/10 g carbs] *1

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Halloween Puzzle
   

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Black Bean Soup

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

     Makes 4 - 1 cup servings

     Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 2 cups (low sodium) chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup water
  • Three 15-ounce cans low-sodium (or no salt) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 15-ounce can low-sodium stewed or diced tomatoes

Heat the oil in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Add the celery, onion and bell pepper. Cook about 10 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and next 4 ingredients, cooking 3 more minutes. Add broth, water, beans and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15-30 minutes.

Per serving: 345 calories, 4g fat, 21g fiber, 59g carbs, 22g protein, 799mg sodium *6.5

    ~~~Recipe Adapted from The Fiber 35 Diet by Brenda Watson, C.N.C. with Leonard Smith, M.D.



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Cheesy Corn Chowder 

This recipe is an easy crockpot chowder! 

          1 14-oz. can nonfat chicken broth
          2 15-oz. cans cream-style corn
          ♦ 1 11-oz. can Mexicorn, drained
          1 tbsp. diced green chiles
          1 tsp. onion powder
          2/3 cup nonfat shredded cheddar cheese

Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and mix well.  Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 167 calories, 1g fat, 949mg sodium, 36g carbs, 3g fiber, 8g protein *3

~~~from The Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Cookbook



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





"Ability is what you're capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~~Lou Holtz

"Our only limitations are those which we set up in our minds or permit others to establish for us." ~~Og Mandino

"A positive attitude is a state of mind which is maintained each day through optimism, enthusiasm, and a belief in oneself and in one's true potential." ~~Anonymous




Comic Relief

In the spirit of Halloween...

Top 10 Signs You're a Trick or Treating Weight Watcher

10. You know how many door knocks it takes to earn an activity point.
9. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a pedometer and a
Points finder.
8. You ask each house if they mind if you step on their scale -- just to compare.
7. You ask to trade candy corn for the real stuff.
6. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you yell out the # of POINTS!
5. Your costume has a handy water bottle holder so you can meet your
water requirements for the day.
4. You ask to use the bathroom every 3rd house because of #5.
3. At the end of the night, you sort your candy by POINT value.
2. You ask for high fiber candy only.
1. Your goodie bag has a half filled out journal taped to it.

~~~ The was originally posted by one of our members, Crazytrkr - Thank you Cynthia



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Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program




Food Finds!

These food finds were found at different times in the last two weeks.  I absolutely loved all our food finds this time and would highly recommend you trying them. 

       Kellogg's FiberPlus Antioxidants Berry Yogurt Crunch Cereal, 1 cup
          [170 cal/1g fat/10g fiber/43g carbs/200mg sodium/3g protein/0g saturated fat] *3
       Kellogg's FiberPlus Antioxidants Cinnamon Oat Crunch, 3/4 cup
          [110 cal/1.5g fat/10g fiber/26g carbs/140mg sodium/3g protein/0g saturated fat] *1.5
       Pop Chips, Original Potato, 1 bag (I ordered mine via Amazon)
          [100 cal/3g fat/1g fiber/16g carbs/230mg sodium/1g protein/0g saturated fat] *2
       Starbucks Strawberry Mango, 1 bag (constitutes 1 serving of fruit)
          [100 cal/0g fat/2g fiber/23g carbs/10mg sodium/0g protein/0g saturated fat] *2



Motivation


40 Ways to Live a Better Life ~ this was sent to me by a dear friend of mine. Sure makes you think, doesn't it? We really do have a wonderful life.

  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
  4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
  5. Live with the 3 E's—Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  6. Play more games and read more books than you did in last year.
  7. Make time to practice meditation, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  9. Dream more while you are awake.
  10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
  12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
  14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the negative blues away.
  18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
  23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
  26. Forgive everyone for everything.
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  28. Remember God heals everything.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  33. The best is yet to come.
  34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  35. Do the right thing!
  36. Call your family often.
  37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______. Today I accomplished ____.
  38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
  40. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change.



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Who Knew...

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

The Hershey's Kiss got its name from the puckering sound made by the manufacturing equipment as chocolate was dropped onto the conveyor belt during the production process.

Life Savers got their signature shape by accident, when the machine employed to press out a standard circular mint malfunctioned, inadvertently punching a hole in each.

Some fast-food chains spray sugar on their potatoes, which caramelizes during cooking and gives the fries a golden color.

One hundred shares of McDonald's stock purchased for $2,250 when first offered in 1965 was worth more than $1.4 million in 1995.

~~~ 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

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Goodbye

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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