How many of us make the same resolutions every year? You know, the ones where we will lose weight, we will stop smoking, we will be more organized... the list goes on. We've all made them. How long after New Years Day do we forget these resolutions? How long before we say, "Oh heck, there's always next year!"? I can certainly tell you I've been there, many times.
Let's try something different this year. Why don't we first celebrate our successes? What? You don't have any successes to celebrate? Sure you do. Let's put our heads together and I'll bet we can come up with successes that you have achieved in the past year. First, here are a few of mine that I will be celebrating:
These are just a few of my celebrations. I'll bet if you think really hard you can come up with some of your own, something like:
See, your successes do not have to be big. Remember many small successes add up to success just as well as a few big ones. It's not the size of your success; it's the success itself that makes a difference in your life.
Now wasn't that great? When you sit down and write down all your successes this year you will find the list will get quite long and the longer the list gets the better you will feel. I know I'm feeling pretty darn good right now. I'm truly feeling like the success I am. Aren't you?
Okay, now that we've discussed Celebrating our Successes, how about planning our New Year's 'intentions'.
Why should we call them 'intentions' instead of 'resolutions'? What are you really doing when you make a 'resolution'? You are making a 'resolution' based on something you think you failed at in the past and would like to succeed at this year. Make sense? Think hard. When you say every year you are going to lose weight for your New Year's 'resolution' you are really saying, "This time I will lose weight - this is the year!" Right? I know that's what I'm saying when I make my New Year's 'resolution'.
So, how about trying something different in 2011? Instead of making 'resolutions' why not create 'intentions' in 2011? What are 'intentions'?
First, they are always positive changes you want to make. How about instead of saying, "I want to get moving more" you say "I would love eating healthier foods that promote energy", which will help me get moving more often. See how that works? Your 'intention' is to eat healthier foods, which will give you the energy to move more! Let's discuss a few more 'intentions'. You are still smoking and would dearly love to quit. What is a different way to look at this? Well, you could say, "I would love to look into different programs to help me quit smoking" instead of "I will quit smoking this year". What about losing weight? I know this one is usually number one on the list of New Year's 'resolutions'.
How can we turn it into a New Year's 'intention'? Let's think about this. You know you want to lose weight but you're not sure what steps you can take to help make that happen in the coming year. How about a few of these 'intentions' ~ maybe one will be just the 'intention' you need to make weight loss a reality. Maybe you'll have to make several New Year's 'intentions'. That's okay too.
I think you get the idea of what I'm trying to do here. Let's not focus on our failures and let's not put into motion another way to feel like a failure. Instead, let's focus on all our successes and how we can make 2011 a year of good 'intentions,' which will bring about successes, both big and small. Focusing on the positive is always a number one success maker in my book. Life has a way of stressing and tiring us out, which in turn makes an easy pathway to negative thoughts and depression. Let's all try to minimize the stress in our life by celebrating all our successes in our lives.
One thing that helped to relieve some stress and depression in my life was on my list of successes ~ I am quick to forgive and move on. I have found that this one is very important to your well-being and your stress level.
I grew up in a very dysfunctional family, which led me to leave at the age of 15 (another story). As I ventured out on my own I've had to learn to forgive a lot and move on with my life, creating my own happiness and fulfilling life. I watch some of my family hold onto things in an unforgiving manner and it hangs over every aspect of their life. They are not happy, fulfilled people, sad to say.
When you forgive, or let bygones be bygones, you take control of YOUR life; you are a happier person and lead a more fulfilled life. You take the power away from those who hurt you and claim it for your own to use in a more positive way. You cannot control what others do or say but you can create a happy, content, fulfilled person by forgiving and moving on with your life. I have learned that people are responsible for their words and actions; I'm responsible for ME and MY LIFE and that means forgiving and moving on.
So, how many of you are going to take some quiet time to write down all your Successes and then have a little "Celebration of your Successes"? Your celebration can be anything you want. Me, I'm going to celebrate by remembering that I am a success and that each and every success, big or small, is important to helping me achieve the healthy lifestyle I always want to have.
Super Soy Smoothie
Here is a great Soy Smoothie Recipe to get your day started ~
Makes 4 servings
♦ 3/4 cup vanilla-flavor soy milk or soy milk
♦ 1/4 cup frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate
♦ 2 cups frozen unsweetened peach slices
♦ 1 medium banana, cut into chunks
♦ 1 cup small ice cubes, or crushed ice
Combine soy milk and juice concentrate in a blender. Add peach slices and banana. Blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until nearly smooth.
If you use frozen bananas this smoothie will be thicker. Garnish with additional peach slices if you wish.
Note: Most vanilla soy milks contain sweeteners; if you use the regular soy milk you may wish to add a sweetener.
Per Serving: 113 calories/1 g fat/0 mg chol/29 mg sodium/26 g carbs/3 g fiber/
2 g protein *3 (2)
Dotti's Food Score Mobile App
The happy comments have continued to pour in from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch owners who are using 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 now in the Android Market
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 new PointsPlus and the previous one now on the site and in the Apps). Please be patient with us as this is a huge undertaking and will take a bit of time. All new restaurants and updates will include both values, PointsPlus in Black and Momentum (previous Program) in Red.
Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page! < click >
19 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses of Water Daily
Sometimes drinking our eight glasses of water a day can be a real challenge. Here are 20 tips to help you accomplish that feat! It is said by many beauty experts that drinking your water is the cheapest, quickest way to look better! That should motivate us!
1. Drink your water out of a big Pyrex measuring cup - it's a good way to keep track of how much water you are drinking.
2. Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
3. Make it convenient - keep a big, plastic, insulated water bottle full on your desk and reach for it all day.
4. When you have juice (apple, grape, or orange) fill half the glass with water.
5. When you have a junk-food craving, down a glass of water immediately. You feel full quickly and avoid the calories, and it lets time pass till the craving fades.
6. Have one glass every hour on the hour while at work. When the workday is done your water quota is met.
7. Substitute a cup of hot water with a drop of honey for tea or coffee.
8. While at work, get a 20 ounce cup of ice and keep filling it up from the office water cooler. The key is drinking with a straw - you take bigger gulps and drink much more.
9. Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges and use them in place of ice cubes - it's refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.
10. After each trip to the restroom, guzzle an eight-ounce glass to replenish your system.
11. Don't allow yourself a diet soda until you've had two to four glasses of water. You will find that you won't want the soda anymore or that just half a can is enough.
12. Let ounces of water double grams of fat: When eating something containing 10 grams of fat, I drink 20 ounces of water.
13. Drink two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after. Also, drink one glass before each snack so you don't eat as much.
14. Carry a small refillable water bottle at all times and drink during downtime; while waiting in a bank line, sitting on the train, etc.
15. Use a beautiful gold-rimmed glass and fill it with cold water from the tap.
16. Drink two glasses of water immediately after waking up.
17. Bring a two-liter bottle of water to work and try to drink it all before you leave work. If you don't finish, drink it in traffic on the way home - it's like a race.
18. Always keep a 24-ounce bottle of water handy while watching TV, doing laundry, making dinner, etc.
19. Add drinking two glasses of water to your daily skin-care regimen. Drink, cleanse, moisturize, etc., then drink again.
~~~June 1999 issue of American Health
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!
Want to know more?
- There's lots of info on our Review Page—how this has worked for me.
- Don't want to pay all at once?—Just choose 3 equal installments!
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.
GOLEAN Crunch! Fresh Fruit Parfaits
with Creamy Raspberry Mousse
Makes 4 servings
♦ 2 tbsp maple syrup
♦ 1 tbsp lite cream cheese
♦ 1½ cups Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! cereal
♦ ¼ cup oatmeal, dry
♦ 2 tbsp almonds, chopped or sliced
Raspberry Mousse Layer:
♦ ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
♦ ½ cup fat-free or low-fat ricotta cheese
♦ 1 cup frozen raspberries and/or other berries
♦ 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Fresh Fruit Layer:
♦ ½ med. fresh peach, apple and/or pear
♦ 1 cup fresh strawberries, blueberries and/or raspberries
♦ 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice, optional
♦ Nuts, dried fruit or Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! cereal
For Crunchy Layer: In a microwave-safe bowl, mix maple syrup with cream cheese until smooth. Cover to prevent boiling over and microwave for 45 seconds until bubbly. Mix in GOLEAN Crunch!, oatmeal and nuts until well coated. Pour onto parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until slightly toasted. Let cool.
For Mousse Layer: Place cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, frozen berries and maple syrup in your blender or food processor and blend until very creamy. Place in refrigerator.
For Fresh Fruit Layer: Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and toss them with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Assembling the 6-layer Parfaits ~ Use a tall glass.
1) Start with ½ cup of cut fruit on the bottom
2) Add ½ cup of Crunchy Layer over fruit
3) Top with ½ cup Mousse Layer
4) Repeat steps 1-3
5) Add topping, if desired
Serve immediately or place in refrigerator for serving later (up to 2 hours)
Nutritional Info ~ Each Parfait (or approx. 1 ½ cups per serving):
265 Cal/5.5g Fat/6g Fiber/44g Carbs/220mg Sodium/14g Protein *7 (5)
Software You Can Use! — And Now Available Online!
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
. 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
, 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
is a wonderful new option! You make the choice, but you win either way.
Salad Dressings ~ A Little Fat Makes the Salad Healthier
Research has shown that a few grams of fat in your salad helps the body absorb antioxidants known as carotenoids. Carotenoids give veggies such as carrots, green peppers and tomatoes their color and as antioxidants, they help protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions. Try to aim for 6 grams of fat on your salad (includes the garnishes too) to reap this benefit. Remember to choose a dressing that is higher in unsaturated fat, such as olive oil rather than saturated fat. Below are some good and bad choices.
- Wish-Bone Light Creamy Caesar - 50 calories (20 from fat) - 2g fat; 0.5g saturated fat
- Newman's Own Lighten Up Light Cranberry Walnut - 70 calories (40 from fat) - 4g fat; 0.5g saturated fat
- Kraft Light Done Right Creamy French - 80 calories (40 from fat) - 4.5g fat; 0.5g saturated fat
- Kraft Buttermilk Ranch - 150 calories (140 from fat) - 16g fat; 2.5g saturated fat
- Newman's Own Creamy Italian Dressing - 140 calories (130 from fat) - 14g fat; 2.5g saturated fat
- Wish-Bone Extra Thick! Classic Ranch - 140 calories (140 from fat) - 15g fat; 2.5g saturated fat
~~~Arthritis Today Magazine
'Twas the Month After Christmas & I Ate Too Much
'Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt.
I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"
So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
~~~Thank you Donna
Baja Bob's Cocktail Mixes
~ Home of the Original Sugar-Free Margarita Mix
Baja Bob's incredibly good tasting mixes are great with
or without alcohol, allowing people who are watching their weight, or those who
are forced to watch their sugar intake due to health reasons the
opportunity to enjoy the great taste of a cocktail.
Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." ~~Anonymous
Thinking as a One-Hundred-Percent-of-the-Time Winner
Thinking like a winner means not always having to defeat someone else. It means being able to grow from a situation in which you fail to reach your goal. It involves not demanding perfection from yourself in every single thing you do, but, instead, thinking of yourself as perfect and thus capable of growing. It means reminding yourself that perfection doesn't mean staying the same; it means being able to allow yourself to grow. Thinking as a winner means not coming down on yourself; it means refusing to allow self-repudiating thoughts into your head. It involves pushing out the inclination to evaluate yourself in comparison with others, and giving yourself permission to be the unique person you are.
~~~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
~~~The Language of Positive Thinking, Blue Mountain Arts
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100 Calorie or Less Snacks
♦ Apple [80 calories]
♦ Cheese, 1 Mozzarella Stick [80 calories]
♦ Turkey Noodle Soup, 1 cup [68 calories]
♦ Cheese Curls, 8 [80 calories]
♦ Egg Drop Soup, 1 cup [75 calories]
♦ Walnut Halves, 7 [90 calories]
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:
New PointsPlus Plan and DWLZ
We will be updating our database to include Both Programs (the new PointsPlus and the previous one now on the site and in the Apps). Please be patient with us as this is a huge undertaking and will take a bit of time. All new restaurants and updates will include both values, PointsPlus in Black and Momentum (previous Program) in Red.
"The quality of your fuel determines the quality of your body."
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