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Hi everyone!  Busy?  I'll bet you guys are, with getting ready for Christmas and all your loved ones and friends you'll be seeing throughout the coming weeks.  This is a great time of the year to think about and connect up with, all those that we love. I know Al and I are truly blessed in so many ways. 

Today, Al will be talking about how we are doing on our Do or Die Journey back to a healthy weight.  I think you will like what you hear. Smile

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

Doing It!
    By Al Coon

A month ago, in Dotti's Newsletter Issue number 107, I wrote about the situation that Dotti and I are in physically. Things were bad, and they had to change. I thought I would bring you up to date with how that change has gone so far.

Last time I reported that Dotti had been able to get through her MRI on the second attempt, and she was going in to see a hip specialist for an evaluation of what her options are. When we went in to see the doctor, he said that both her hips were nearly completely down to bone on bone, with the cartilage being nearly gone. No wonder Dotti was having so much pain, and it was a toss up which hip would be hurting the most on any given day. Her cane was only helping a bit on the bad days.

So, now what? The doctor said that both hips need to be replaced, and sooner would be better than later, as far as fixing the pain and mobility issues. However, he didn't want to do it with Dotti being this heavy. At 241 pounds, Dotti's BMI was just under 41. The doctor pointed out that she was "morbidly obese." He wanted her BMI under 30 before proceeding, in order to lower the risk of complication.

Even before seeing the doctor, Dotti had dropped 10 pounds, and that had lowered her BMI two whole points before the doctor saw her. That was just a start, but it was a good start!

When the doctor said he wanted her BMI down to 30 or less before operating, he was aiming at a weight of 175 or less for Dotti. So, that laid out the work we have ahead: lose 66 pounds as soon as it can be done safely and sanely.

The doctor was unfamiliar with Dotti's background, and so he asked if she had ever used a weight loss program before. Smile Dotti quickly brought him up to date on what Weight Watchers had done for her in 1998, and how she had dropped over 100 pounds. He was very pleased to hear this and he said that he would see her again in 6 months, or whatever it took to bring her weight down to a safe range for the surgery.

As I said a month ago, this is do or die. The word morbid can be used to mean depressed or down, but medically, when they say you are morbid, it means that your risk of disease is high. Being "morbidly obese" is like working on a high wire with no net, and limited training on wire-walking techniques. The hips are an alarm going off, but the cause must be addressed. And Dotti has been addressing it with a vengeance!

Dotti lost 1.2 pounds on Thanksgiving week! She has been eating well and exercising as much as her hips will allow. She is rigidly on program and doing all the right things. She has dropped 17 pounds so far, measured on our home scale, and she is pulling me along with her, as I have dropped 13 pounds myself. To have this sort of success during the holidays shows how committed Dotti is to getting back down to goal.

As I reported on December 1, in our Joint Weekly Report # 4, Dotti—bad hips and all—took a 1.1-mile walk with me, and then even ran our snowblower, all on the same day! She paid the price of pain the next day, but she is not one to just sit there and do nothing, especially when she has her sights set on reaching her goal.

A month ago, I said that I would do whatever it took to make sure that Dotti would be okay. I would not stand by and watch her die through any inaction on my part. I still feel that way, and that will not change. However, to date, I have had to do nothing! Dotti has done it all.

Dotti has set her goals, made her choices, and picked good food to eat. She has lost weight, and is right on program each day. There is no fudging the numbers, or pushing the limits. She is dead on track, and if anyone knows how to do that, Dotti does.

Weight loss is 99% or more mental attitude. Dotti has attitude, and lots of it now—good, positive, rightly directed attitude!

In Star Wars movies, one or other of the characters always seems to slip in the line, "I've got a bad feeling about this." For me, it is just the opposite, because I have a good feeling about this, a very good feeling! Dotti is doing well, and has all the tools she needs to get back down to goal. When she is ready for her surgeries, then we can focus on going after those hiking trails again, and other seriously active things.

One friend of mine comes to mind often these days. His name is Tom, and he lives in Oregon. As a young man, he worked for the sanitation department, and in the execution of his job, a car struck the vehicle that he was in, crushing his hip! From his twenties, well into his forties, he walked with a very severe limp. He had professionally moved into the high tech world of IC chip fabrication, and was very good at it! Although his wife of several decades loved to hike, he just couldn't do it. So, he would take her to a trailhead, and wait for her to come back from hikes. Then, he had his hip replaced, and the change was like a miracle!

Tom was suddenly out on all the hiking trails. You might recall that in 2003, Dotti and I were doing a lot of hikes. (See the Coon Family Hiking Club.) Well, Tom put us to shame! He went to all the major trails, and the tougher they were the better he liked them. He was always a friendly and cheerful fellow, but after that surgery, he picked up his "happy level" to a new elevation, and it was absolutely wonderful to see.

I have seen what a new hip can do for someone, and I am holding onto that vision for the day when Dotti can once again go after those tough trails, and we can stand up on Angel's Rest once more, my lovely wife and I!

Dotti and I are in this together, all the way. If one of us falters the other will take up the slack, because we have far too much to live for to give up. We have a dependable vehicle to ride in, with the great Weight Watchers program, and the map clear in our heads where we are going to go. We are on our way!

Wishing you the very best,

Don't forget to come and check on our progress at:

Dotti and Al's Weekly Journal

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Rice-Stuffed Squash

What an attractive way to serve a small winter squash and look at all the yummy ingredients it's stuffed with!  If you are vegetarian, this is a wonderful dish for you.

     Makes 4 servings


  • 1 cup mixed brown basmati and wild rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 small acorn squash
  • 3/4 cup chestnuts (either canned or vacuum-packed), chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Put the rice in a saucepan, add the 3 cups water and bring to a boil.  Cover, and simmer until the rice is just tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain off any excess water. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Using a large, sharp knife, slice the top quarter (stalk end) of each squash.  Set aside these little hats, then scoop out the seeds and fiber from the center of the squashes using a small spoon. Trim the bases to make them level  Season the cavity with salt and pepper; place in a large ovenproof dish or roasting pan.

Mix together the rice, chestnuts, cranberries, onion, thyme, parsley, and mozzarella in a large bowl.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Spoon the rice stuffing into the squashes, pressing it down, and mounding it up neatly on top.  Replace the reserved "hats" on top.  Bake until the flesh of the squash is tender when pierced with a small, sharp knife, about 45 minutes.  Serve hot.

Per Serving: 405 calories, 3g fat, 8g fiber, 90g carbs, 126mg sodium, 10g protein *7.5

~~~RD Guides, Holiday Recipes, December 2010



The happy comments have continued to pour in from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch owners who are using Dotti's Food Score iPhone App Dotti's Food Score. (We want to thank those of you who have taken the time to give us high marks at the iPhone store!)

Now we brought this same helpful app to the phones of Android owners too!

Dotti's Food Score for the Android is at the Android store right now!

We congratulate the surprisingly large number of Zonies who hunted down the app before we even announced it to the public!

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.

NOTE: We will be updating our database to include BOTH Programs (the present one and the new one coming out next week).  Please be patient with us as this is a huge undertaking.

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Food Finds

I am finding more and more of the Morningstar products that I like.  They are delicious and low in calories.  What could be better?  These are a few of my favorites.

       MorningStar Farms® Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers, 1 burger
          [120 cal/6g fat/3g fiber/7g carbs/280mg sodium/10g protein/1.5g saturated fat] *2.5
       MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers, 1 burger
          [120 cal/4g fat/4g fiber/13g carbs/350mg sodium/11g protein/0.5g saturated fat] *2
       MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie Patties™ Veggie Burgers, 1 burger
          [110 cal/3.5g fat/3g fiber/9g carbs/350mg sodium/10g protein/0.5g saturated fat] *2
       MorningStar Farms® Mushroom Lover's Burger, 1 burger
          [110 cal/6g fat/0g fiber/8g carbs/220mg sodium/7g protein/1g saturated fat] *3

Weight Loss is 90% Mental

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  • 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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Easy Tricks to Lose Some Weight

These 10 steps have helped people lose at least 20 lbs in six months.  Amazing how much changing how we do things changes the results.

  1. Include a fruit and a vegetable with your lunch and dinner
  2. Don't eat white foods at dinner.
  3. Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with salad or veggies).
  4. Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.
  5. Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.
  6. Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entree.
  7. Never eat in front of the TV.
  8. Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.
  9. Save desserts for weekends.
  10. Freeze half of what you make, and serve the other half.

~~~Latest AARP Magazine 2010

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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

Diet Danger Zones

Where is your diet danger zone?  At the computer?  Overindulging at restaurants?  Look at the list below and find out where your diet danger zone is; you know the place or circumstance where you have the most trouble staying on your Program.

  1. Meal Stuffing - Stuffers overeat at mealtimes, filling and refilling their plates, perhaps because they haven't eaten much earlier in the day.
  2. Party Binging - Receptions and celebrations are distracting environments for party bingers, who can lose track - or control - of how much they've eaten or drunk.
  3. Desktop/Dashboard Dining - Both desktop diners and dashboard diners are speed eaters.  They eat at work or on the go to save time - yet often don't realize how much they've eaten, since they're eating quickly.
  4. Restaurant Indulging - The restaurant indulger eats out often, having dinner away from home at least three nights a week.  Research shows that if you're served more (as you usually are at restaurants) you'll automatically eat more.
  5. Snack Grazing - Grazers typically reach for food more from habit than hunger.  Maybe it's that 3 p.m. slump, when the offerings in the office vending machine actually look good.

So, where is your diet danger zone?  Maybe it's not even on this list. Wherever your diet danger zone is, you need to rein it in and get it under control or avoid that zone completely until you can. 

~~~Latest AARP Magazine 2010

Comic Relief 

Burning Calories

My doctor flipped the weight of the scale over another notch, looked at me with annoyance and said, "Man does not live by bread alone."

"You think I don't know that?" I said. "Any fool knows you have to make it into a sandwich, top it with homemade preserves or cover it with cheese sauce and make a casserole out of it."

"You are overweight again," he said.

"Like how much?"

"Like if you were scheduled to fight Muhammad Ali this fall, you would have to drop fifteen pounds to make the heavyweight division. How much exercise do you get?"

"I leaned over a week ago Thursday for what I thought was a gingersnap cookie in the carpet, but it turned out to be a cork coaster and I haven't taken a chance since."

"Do you go to the refrigerator a lot?"

"Yes, and sometimes I even run."

"I have here a list of activities that tell you how many calories you can burn up per hour. I want you to go over the list and try to do at least one or two activities a day."

The list was depressing. An hour of housework burnt up 80 to 180 calories, ironing 50 to 60 and writing 10 to 20. I would have to arm-wrestle King Kong to make a difference.

Then a brilliant idea hit me. If I could do some vigorous exercises, I could eat all the fat food I wanted and burn it off before it took root.

That night I had a piece of apple pie. Then I grabbed one of the kid's bicycles and pedaled for two hours. It was work, but it was worth it. I had paid for my folly.

The next night I had 40 potato chips. To make up for it, I did a little ironing that I had put back. (Actually I only ironed for eight hours and put the rest of it back again.)

The next afternoon I outdid myself. I found an Easter egg I had hidden from the kids in the freezer totaling 583 calories. I had to paint the house to work it off. The same night I had lobster in butter, which totaled 2,390 calories. Checking my list I discovered I would have to row across Lake Erie and back to balance the calories.

Then, a terrible pattern began to form. I was borrowing on my energy and putting IOUs in the refrigerator. I owed two hours of carpentry for a bowl of cereal in cream, three miles of jogging for a French doughnut, and eight days of shoveling snow for a piece of birthday cake.

As I sit here writing this column, I am in hock through 1975. As I told my doctor, the only way I can possibly catch up is to be an oarsman on a slave ship. He is making the necessary arrangements.  

From "Forever, Erma" by Erma Bombeck

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Cherry-Vanilla Almond Parfait

These are a great, Program-friendly dessert to serve anytime.  YUM!

     Makes 1 serving


  • 2/3 cup fat-free, fruit-juice-sweetened cherry vanilla or vanilla yogurt (Cascade Fresh)
  • 1 tbsp crunchy whole grain, high-fiber, low-sugar cereal (Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets)
  • 1/2 cup stemmed, pitted, and quartered fresh cherries
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped, lightly salted, dry-roasted almonds

Spoon 1/3 cup of the yogurt into a parfait glass.  Top evenly with cereal, followed by 1/4 cup of the cherries. Repeat with remaining yogurt and cherries.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to one day.

Per Serving: 224 calories, 4g fat, 3g fiber, 37g carbs, 128mg sodium, 12g protein, 0g saturated fat *4.5

~~~The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Planner Prevention Guide, December 2010


10 Little Weight Watchers

10 little weight watchers joining in a line,
One hated vegetables, then there were nine.

9 little weight watchers said, "This is great."
But one wouldn't exercise," then there were eight.

8 little weight watchers said, "This is heaven."
One had a birthday, then there were seven.

7 little weight watchers, getting thin for kicks.
One said, "This isn't fun," then there were six.

6 little weight watchers, see how they thrive.
One said, "Just once won't hurt," then there were five.

5 little weight watchers beating at a door.
One weighed and left each week, then there were four.

4 little weight watchers, from fat getting free.
One heard, "Dear, you're getting too thin," then there were three.

3 little weight watchers see how they do.
One went on vacation, then there were two.

2 little weight watchers, life has just begun.
One got off the program, then there was one.

1 little weight watcher standing all alone,
The body's gotten little, how the pride has grown.

1 little weight watcher, at goal (s)he looks divine…
We, each one of us, can be that one…and not the other nine!!!

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Cold Weather Calorie Burners

You don't want to become a couch potato for the next couple of cold, winter months.  Trust me, you don't. You will pack on the pounds and be so miserable.  Here are a few cold weather calorie burners that will help keep those extra pounds off of you.

Shoveling your driveway* ~ 439 calories
Stacking firewood* ~ 358 calories
Building a snowman* ~ 286 calories
Downhill skiing** ~ 215 calories
Ice skating with your kids ~ 215 calories
Setting up the tree, then decorating it ~ 164 calories
Walking in a winter wonderland (3 mph)** ~ 118 calories
Wrapping presents ~ 107

*For one hour, calories based on a 150 lb woman
**For 30 minutes.

~~~Light & Delish, 400 Calories or Less!

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—

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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   

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*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 are calculated with the 4-gram fiber cap.

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