Dotti's Newsletter Feb 22, 2011


Welcome! Tomorrow
Never Comes
Breaded Flounder
with Broiled
Plum Tomatoes
Someone is
Always There
For You
100 Calories or
Less Snacks

Comic Relief Did  You
Motivation Super Soy
Copyright and



Hi everyone!  Hope February is finding you all well and happy.  It's been a bit cold here in Spokane but not much snow so that's a good thing. Snow is pretty and I love it, but I've had my fill for this year. 

I've still very busy between getting my bookkeeping done and the restaurants and food items converted.  Al and I have managed to get out and have some fun playing miniature golf and some arcade games. 

Today we are going to revisit an article that Al wrote in July 2007.  I needed to read it again, so I'm thinking maybe some of you out there need to read it also. 

It's that time where we get our tall glass of sparkling water and get settled in for a nice visit in our most comfy chair.  Don't forget to bring those SMILES Smile with you.  Hugs! Dotti

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Phone app problems addressed:
Latest iPhone update won't work on older iPhones.
App has been published to Apple Store with the fixes [2/16/2011]

Android force closes when bringing up a restaurant.
App has been published on Android with the fixes [2/14/2011]

Alignment problem with presentation of values;
other presentation problems addressed.
App has been published to Apple Store with the fixes [2/16/2011]
Available for the Android, iPhone, iPad iPod Touch!  Thumbs Up!

Tomorrow Never Comes
    By Al Coon
       —first published July 2007

If you are like me, you have often reached the end of your day and asked yourself, "What happened?" I didn't get done what I had wanted to, and I did things I am very upset about. Maybe it was falling off the wagon completely and overeating in a big way; or maybe it was just not getting something important done—like exercising.  Such times almost always include the determination to "do better tomorrow."

The hard thing to understand is that you can't do better tomorrow.  You can only do better today, because you only live in today. The earth spins around on its axis and creates periods of time when our part of the earth is facing the sun and then it faces away, but that is only an appearance from where we stand. No matter how many times the earth spins around, it is always now, and it always will be.

That means you can only act today, and can do nothing tomorrow; waiting to fix things until tomorrow is just a delaying tactic. Procrastination is in reality only avoidance; and avoidance is simply refusing to deal with something that is often important. Sadly, as time passes, during our avoidance, the problem will often grow more troublesome, or even dangerous.

While we can't do better tomorrow, can we do better today? We often tell ourselves that we cannot. Our patterns of behavior are deeply ingrained after all. We have years of repetition behind us, making those behaviors feel comfortable to us. When things get tough, we run to what has worked in the past for us. We say to ourselves, "It is how I have always done it, how can I change?"

One of my favorite movies is Miracle on 34th Street. Right at the end of the movie, Susan Walker, a little girl played by Natalie Wood, was sitting in the back seat of a car and she was saying to herself, "I believe. I believe. I know it's silly, but I believe." As it turned out, she wasn't being silly at all, and her belief was validated in a very special way.

Sometimes believing something can help you get over the hurdle that disbelief can erect in your path to your goal. When I was attending electronics school in the Navy, our instructors had a technique to help us over this hurdle. A difficult concept would be presented to us, and then an explanation would follow. Sometimes, the explanation didn't do the trick and some of the students were still scratching their heads.  Time was limited and so the instructors would say, "For now just push the I Believe Button, and we will move on." This allowed us to continue on, and build upon a concept, even when we might not fully understand it.

It is helpful to remember that we don't have to "reinvent the wheel" at every step of the way along our path to success. Sometimes it is good enough to believe that something works, without understanding how.  When I was a child, I was perfectly happy to throw a light switch and have the light come on, even without understanding the concept of electromotive force measured in volts, or that about 5.67x1018 electrons would be flowing through my 100 watt light bulb each second and heating the filament to a white hot intensity and causing it to emit light. I could use the light without understanding where it came from. I threw the switch, while mentally pushing the "I Believe Button", and went on with what I was going to do in the newly lit room.

So, for a start, we are going to believe that we can do better today. YOU can do better today! Not tomorrow, but today. If you believe that, then you can move on to do exactly that. If you don't believe that, then it is time to push the I Believe Button and do it anyway. In time you will find that the light bulb will produce light, even if you don’t have a clue as to how.

Most behaviors that we have, were learned, and therefore they can be changed. We have done the same thing over and over again so many times that it feels natural to us. That means, by doing something different over and over again enough times can make that feel natural as well!

Even many instinctual behaviors, which we were born with, can be modified. I remember in high school I played fast pitch softball. My team was in need of a catcher, and so I decided to give it a try. My natural instinct was to blink when the batter swung his bat, but I found over time I could train myself not to blink, and to keep my eyes open until the ball was in my glove. Other things, like wanting to turn my head away, also could be overcome with practice. I developed a whole new set of behaviors for when I was behind the plate. And we can do the same thing "in front of the plate" today.

Once we believe, or at least push the I Believe Button, what are the steps we need to take in order to grab on to today and make sure that we accomplish what we have set our goal upon?

Do not turn away. Face this day, because it is yours. The knot in your stomach and the tightening in your chest will pass when you face your fears.

Plan your day. List what you would like to see yourself do today. Define what you feel is a "good day."

Study your plan. Take each item on your list, and picture how you will accomplish it. If you see a possible problem, find a solution for it now. Don't wait until you are actually facing the problem. Problems are far easier to analyze and to solve when the pressure is off, while in the quiet of your own thoughts.

Give your plan top priority. Don't let other things push your plan aside. Use your plan as a justification for your actions, both to yourself and to others. Don't be afraid to say, "I am sorry, but I am working on changing a few things in my life right now, and so I will have to do this instead of that today. I am sure you will understand." Your plan is not only a guide, but it can be a weapon to strike down obstacles that come along.

Remind yourself often of your plan's purpose. Throughout your day remind yourself that your plan is there to accomplish something very important; it is going to improve your life.

The changes you are making today will become your "normal" behavior patterns in the future. You are creating a new you who will naturally do the right things. And the things you will be doing will move the readings on your scale to your goal weight, and then hold them there for good. You will exercise and eat healthier, so your health will improve. These changes will help you to increase your chances, not just for a longer life, but for a life where you will feel better all along the way.

Yesterday, this time was tomorrow. By grabbing hold of today and treating it as you always have promised yourself you would treat tomorrow, you will outshine your yesterdays, and make your tomorrows something to really look forward to!

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

Dotti and Al's Weekly Journal

Week 15 is up and ready to read!

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Breaded Flounder with Broiled Plum Tomatoes

Inspired by the flavors of southern France, this easy preparation is ideal for almost any white-fleshed fish.

     Makes 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon skim milk
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup dried whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • Four 5-ounce flounder fillets
  • 6 large plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Spray broiler rack with nonstick cooking spray; place 5" from heat. Preheat broiler.

In each of 4 medium shallow bowls, separately place milk, flour, egg white and 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs. Dip each flounder fillet first in milk, then flour, egg white and finally breadcrumbs. Place on prepared broiler rack and broil 4-5 minutes on each side, until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove to serving plate and keep warm.

Meanwhile, place tomatoes in small baking dish and broil, cut-side up, until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.

In small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs with the thyme. Spread 1 teaspoon breadcrumb mixture onto cut side of each broiled tomato; continue broiling until crumbs are toasted, 3-4 minutes. Serve with flounder.

Serving Size:  4 oz. Flounder with 3 Tomato Halves

Per Serving: 200 calories, 2g fat, 188mg sodium, 14g carbs, 3g fiber, 30g protein, 1g saturated fat *5 (4)

* 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 in black bold are the new PointsPlus values, while all Point values in red bold are the old Point values


New Year's Resolution Sale!

We have been very happy to see the wonderful response to Dotti's Food Score. Our app climbed up to number 8 in the iPhone Health and Fitness category the first week of January, and hit the top 300 apps overall! Dotti's Food Score iPhone App (We want to thank those of you who have taken the time to give us high marks at the iPhone store!)

Available for the Android, iPhone,
  iPad and the iPod Touch!
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We are working hard not only to keep Dotti's Food Score current but also to improve it! It will only get better with time. This is not a "throw away app," like so many of them are, where you buy it, try it, and then forget it!

When you go out to eat, you can know what to order, and how much you are eating by checking Dotti's Food Score, and let it 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.

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

Someone is Always There For You

Stressful situations and trying times
are some of the realities of life.
When you experience them,
you may think they'll never leave.
But even the most difficult times come and go,
and the strength you need to meet the situation
will be there for you in the helping hand of a friend,
in the compassion of a loved one who cares,
and in the listening ear of someone who knows
what you are going through.
All you have to do is look up and reach out,
and someone will be there to share your troubles.

Linda E. Knight

Come Join the Fun!  Online Friendships are real friendships 

Do you want some extra support during your Journey? Would you like to have a place you can call "home," where you can be yourself? Our Message Board is just the place.  It's home to all our Zonie friends who share their Journey experiences and are always willing and ready to offer support, laughs, friendship and Hugs! ~ 24/7.  Our DWLZ Message Board is at:  Don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.  

Weight Loss Help For You

As you probably know, Al and I have begun a serious and unyielding journey to our respective goal weights. You can monitor our progress by clicking on the graph graphic here.

I have found that whenever I "go for the gold," and want to be successful on program, I immediately turn to my Enjoying Weight Loss CDs for help. Enjoying Weight Loss

  • When I listen—I have a good day on program.

  • Whenever I fail, it is always been when I have stopped.

  • Today, on my Do or Die mission to goal, they are an irreplaceable part of that!
As you have seen for me, it is a tool only. When I need help, and when I am willing to accept help, I find that help in these Enjoying Weight Loss CDs!

Do you remember the Biggest Loser winner, Matt Hoover? He uses the Enjoying Weight Loss CDs! and I had the opportunity to interview him about it.
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You and I know that weight loss is not a weekend sporting event, or a walk in the park. Taking your excess weight off, and even more importantly, keeping it off, is a very big deal! It isn't easy and it isn't simple.

The very number one reason why that is true is:
Weight loss is a psychological battle more than a physical one!

You have to have your head right before your body can follow. And what can you do to get your head in the game?

There are many things you can do. No one thing is going to solve all your weight loss problems. But I have found these CD's to be a tool that works, when I use them! That is why I am recommending them to you.

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  • They are honest and fair, and quick to respond to any problems. They want you to be happy and they do all they can to make sure that you are. They are personable and caring about your needs and wishes.
Give these CD's a try. If you like them the way I do, it will be the best money you have ever spent towards helping you control your weight. If not, you get your money back. That is hard to beat!

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Also, remember they are offering a great price, 3 easy payments, and including the Mental Toughness CD for no extra charge.

                      Hugs! Dotti

Portion-Size Tips

If you are out and about and stop in for a meal there are ways to get a pretty close average of how much you are eating.  Here are just a few portion-size tips to get you started.

  • 4 poker chips - four small cookies
  • Golf ball – 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • Hockey puck – an average bagel
  • Medium bar of soap – 3 ounces of meat
  • Baseball – a medium apple, orange or cup of fruit

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

100 Calorie or Less Snacks

♦ 1 pkg Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps [50 calories]
♦ 1 packet O'Coco's Mocha cookies [90 calories]
♦ 1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack [100 calories]
♦ 10 olives, any kind [100 calories]
♦ 1 Balance Bar, 100 calorie [100 calories]

Based on averages of the brands available.
Don’t forget to always check your nutritional label.

Comic Relief 

Gather around everyone and listen carefully. This is one of my favorite brownie recipes and it’s calorie-free! I remember these days well, when my son was little; they were hectic but so much fun!

Mom’s Brownie Recipe

Remove teddy bear from oven.

Preheat oven to 375. Melt 1 cup margarine in saucepan.

Remove teddy bear from oven and tell Billy "no, no."

Add margarine to 2 cups sugar.

Take shortening can away from Billy and clean cupboards.

Measure 1/3 cup cocoa.

Take shortening can away from Billy again and bathe cat. Apply antiseptic and bandages to scratches sustained while removing shortening from cat’s tail.

Assemble 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1-1/2 cups sifted flour.

Take smoldering teddy bear from oven and open all doors and windows for ventilation. Take telephone away from Billy and assure party on the line the call was a mistake. Call operator and attempt to have direct dialed call removed from bill.

Measure 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup nuts and beat all ingredients well.

Let cat out of refrigerator.

Pour mixture into well-greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake 25 minutes.

Rescue cat and take razor away from Billy. Explain to kids that you have no idea if shaved cats will sunburn. Throw cat outside while there’s still time and he’s still able to run away.

Mix the following in saucepan:
1 cup sugar
1 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup margarine

Take the darn teddy bear out of the @#$% broiler and throw it away—far away. Answer the door and meekly explain to nice policeman that you didn’t know Billy had slipped out of the house and was heading for the street. Put Billy in playpen.

Add 1/3 cup milk, dash of salt, and boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

Answer door and apologize to neighbor for Billy having stuck a garden hose in man’s front door mail slot. Promise to pay for ruined carpet. Tie Billy to clothesline.

Remove burned brownies from oven.

-Author Unknown

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Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program

Did you know?

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

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, covers 30,500 acres, which is 46 square miles. That is twice the size of Manhattan.

In 2003, the personal fortune of J.K. Rowling - best-selling British author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books - surpassed that of the Queen of England.

Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after his editor challenged him to produce a book using fewer than 50 different words.

If the minimum wage had risen as fast as CEO pay since 1990, the lowest-paid workers in the United States would have earned $23.03 an hour in 2005.

On average, women utter 7,000 words a day; men manage just over 2,000.

                [ Al can testify to that... Big Smile -Dotti
                          ...But knows better than to do so.Thumbs Up! -Al ]

~~~~~~That's a Fact Jack! by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser


Look on the Bright Side

For every negative that consumes your happiness,
Affirm two positives that sustain you.
For every "should’ve" you wish you’d done,
Acknowledge something you’re glad you did.
For every loss that has altered your world,
Count from it something you have gained.
For every limit that has ever beset you,
Consider your possibilities.
You can’t always change the way things are,
But you can change the way you wish to see them.
Never stop looking
For the brighter side and beyond.

--- from The Language of Positive Thinking by Eric T. Moore

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Super Soy Smoothie

Here is a great Soy Smoothie Recipe to get your day started.

     Makes 4 servings


♦ 3/4 cup vanilla-flavor soymilk or soymilk
♦ 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 soymilk 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 soymilk contains sweeteners; if you use the regular soymilk you may wish to add a sweetener.

Per Serving: 113 calories, 1g fat, 29mg sodium, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein *3.5 (2)

* 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 in black bold are the new PointsPlus values, while all Point values in red bold are the old Point values

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.

DWLZ will be updating all the restaurants and food values on the webpage, iPhone App, Android App, to the new PointsPlus values. We will continue to provide the old Point values, along with the new PP values. Please be patient with us as this is a huge undertaking.

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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And please don't forget to come and visit DWLZ!   Open 24 hours!

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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Copyright © DWLZ, Inc.—2011, all rights reserved. This document may be reproduced freely as long as it is always reproduced in its entirety, including this copyright message, and the disclaimer below, and as long as it is always distributed free of charge.

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 in black bold are the new PointsPlus values, while all Point values in red bold are the old Point values.

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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