Dotti's Newsletter March 22, 2011


Welcome! Evaluating
Shepherd’s Pie with
Dried Apricots
and Almonds
Fruits – Bigger Servings/Fewer Calories Motivation Baked
Pasta e Fagioli

Think About It!

Comic Relief Did  You Know? DWLZ
Copyright and


typing on computer   Hi everyone! Welcome to another visit together. We were seeing some nicer weather but then, a couple of days ago, we had snow AND some hail. Of course, the day before the snow Al and I were talking about taking our chains off our tires.   Smile

My Journey back to a healthy weight is going well. I'm losing slowly but that is to be expected with not much exercise being done because of my hip pain. I've been hurting so badly since my last walk with Al (3 miles). I'm still waiting for the pain to lighten up a bit but it really hasn't, so I just trudge on, one day at a time.

Today Al will be talking to you for a bit about planning on your Journey. It's a visit you won't want to miss. Let's get comfy in our chair and have our tall glass of water sitting next to us. Don't forget your SMILE. Smile

   Hugs! Dotti

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Evaluating Risk
    By Al Coon

As I write this our son Glenn, and our grandson Kai, are in Japan. Glenn's new wife, Miho, and Kai's mother, Rie, are also living just south of Tokyo. Needless to say, Dotti and I have been going through undulating emotions of fear and relief and back again.

First a 9.0 earthquake hit just north of Tokyo, where a tremendous subduction zone creates stresses that release themselves in very destructive ways periodically; it has been 1,200 years since the last quake this big hit their island. Japan has literally lived with this threat for thousands of years.

In this land that can shake so violently, Japan built medium, and very tall buildings that stood up and shook their fist at this quake, and they are standing still. Remember, this 9.0 quake was 100 times bigger than the one that hit Haiti—doing so much damage, and taking over 300,000 lives. The Japanese planning, and their risk evaluation, were both very good, and that is reflected in their amazing buildings that were so severely tested on March 11, 2011.

Unfortunately, the horror was not limited to the quake alone. A wall of water came up out of the sea, and simply washed away buildings and human lives as if they were driftwood on the beach. It was horrible. Millions sat glued to their TV sets unable to conceive of what they were watching.

Dotti and I were relieved to hear that all the ones we love in Japan had made it through the quake and flooding okay! But the horror was not over yet, as reactors then moved to the center stage, in this deadly play that was unfolding. After surviving one of the biggest quakes ever known, and a wave more than a dozen feet high, nearly two dozen feet high in some places, those in Japan, and all those around the world who love them, were then told that for the simple lack of water, there were reactors that might very well melt down and flood the area with something worse than water. And that risk still is pressing upon our consciousness terribly.

When compared with the wonderful job that was done on the planning and the execution of preventive measures in the buildings of the country, the risk evaluation and planning that went into the power plant does not fare well. Generators were not protected from the water rushing in. Replacement generators could not be transported to the location in time to stave off disaster. So, things became a nightmare, a nightmare that is still not over.

I have a very high regard for the Japanese people. They are a great nation, and as talented as any on earth. They did a wonderful job in so many ways preparing for something that would have wiped out many other lands. I have no criticism for Japan in this. I am truly amazed at how well they have done. (Don't forget that the design spec for that reactor site was for a much smaller quake! The reactor rode out the quake, and if the water hadn't flooded out the backup generators, there would be no reactor related problem today!)

What strikes me about this, is that it is an example of life generally. Life is unforgiving when we fail to plan for the terrible things that are going to happen. All the work in one area that we might do, can be overwhelmed by failure in another area. All of our life is like this.

If you fail to pay attention while driving a car, your life can end, or be changed in horrible ways, no matter how well you have managed your exercise and weight issues. If you fall down the stairs, you could undo everything else in your life. We live under a constant threat of bad things happening. It is the sort of universe we live in. So, what can we do?

I think Japan is an excellent example to you and to me! You stand up to life and all its challenges. You do what you can. You look for places where you can improve things and you do that as well. When things go wrong, you react by putting things in place to make sure it doesn't happen again. Evaluate your risks, plan methods to protect against those risks, and live your life. Enjoy life. Have fun, but make sure you are prepared against things that can go wrong at the same time.

Think about the problems that the reactors have caused in Japan. What will Japan's reaction be to those problems? I guarantee that Japan will stand up and make sure that this never happens again. The Japanese will design for huge quakes, and tsunamis in the future, in reactor design as well as buildings. The next quake will not be able to touch their reactors. This is the Japanese way of facing adversity, because they live in a land that is geologically build right on top of it.

Many don't realize that even if you ignored the huge 9.0 quake, Japan has been pummeled since that quake, with dozens of quakes day after day by what are called "aftershocks." These quakes would be newsworthy on their own if they hit anywhere else, but they are hardly mentioned, because even after the huge quake, the buildings are not weakened to the point of collapse when a large shock hits them. This tremendous feat does not get the recognition it deserves!
Bringing this back to weight loss, Dotti and I have faced our own failures in our risk evaluation and planning. Dotti is suffering great pain because her hip joints are failing because of the weight load. Many other people are shocked to find out that they have diabetes because of their weight. Others face heart issues and other health problems because they failed to properly evaluate the risk, and to execute a plan that works to stop it.

There is an old adage that says a smart man will learn from his mistakes, and a truly wise man will also learn from the mistakes of others, but a fool will learn from neither.

In the area of risk assessment and planning we can be smart, wise, or foolish:
  • The truly wise one will see that being overweight poses real risks, and will aggressively go after preventing those risks from ever happening.

  • The smart one will see when he has made a mistake, and reacts positively, correcting the mistake, and doing all he can to wipe out the negative results of what has gone before.

  • The foolish one assumes that bad things only happen to others, and when they do hit him, he fails to respond with sustained positive effort, to fix the problem, and therefore is overwhelmed by it in the end.
Please remember that we are all smart, wise, and foolish at different times! Don't look at yourself as being only one of these. We strive to be wise, sometimes act in a smart way, and other times, we act very foolishly.

If at anytime you feel you have acted foolishly, take Dotti's motto to heart:

No Guilt, And Move On.

Learn from your mistakes, don't beat yourself up over them!

Dotti and I are Dotti and Al's Weight Loss Graph trying to be smart, as we face up to the mistakes of the past. It would have been better to be wise, but we are struggling hard not to be foolish. As you can tell from this graph (click on the thumbnail to see the full sized graph), we have made progress and are moving towards correcting the situation.

It is up to each of us to choose our own course. Sometimes the problems are huge that we have to overcome. We have our own emotional quakes that try to overwhelm all of our planning. Whether we act as one who is smart, wise, or foolish, will in the end dictate the results we will receive.

I wish there were never any bad consequences connected to our actions. I wish things were easy, and there was a magic way to remove bad things from our lives, but alas we only have one form of magic to work with: our intelligence. It is enough, but we have to use it.

Today I am thinking of Japan. I think of my family members living there, and I think of what lies ahead. Along with the worry, I also feel optimistic that Japan will overcome this latest hurdle, grow stronger from it in the end, because Japan aggressively goes after problems and puts its intellectual resources to work on solving them.

I have no idea how much worse it will get before it starts to get better, but I believe it will get better, because I believe that intelligence, planning, and effort merged well into a team will always win in the end.

Wishing you the very best,

At some point, within every moment that passes by, the thought moves through my mind:

Be safe Glenn, Miho, Rie, and Kai!

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Shepherd’s Pie

     Makes 6 main-dish servings


  • 2 lbs all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • ½ cup low-fat milk, 1%
  • 2 tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef, 97%
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped (about 10-12 oz ea)
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1½ tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 pkg frozen peas, thawed, 10 oz
  • 1 pkg frozen corn, thawed, 10 oz
  • Salt & pepper
In a 4-quart covered saucepan, place potatoes and cold water to cover; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium; uncover and simmer 18 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to saucepan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a 12-inch skillet on medium-high until hot. Add the beef, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring (until cooked through). Transfer the beef to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.

Using the same skillet on medium-high, add the onions, carrots, celery, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Cook about 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the wine to the skillet and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in thyme and reserved beef with any juices.

In a 3-quart shallow baking dish, spread half of mashed potatoes in an even layer. Top with beef mixture, peas, and corn. Spoon the remaining mashed potatoes evenly on top; spread to cover filling. Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Per Serving: 350 Calories, 5g fat, 360mg sodium, 55g carbs, 8g fiber, 25g protein, 2g saturated fat   *9 (7)

* 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

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Fruits – Bigger Servings/Fewer Calories

When you are picking out fruit, try picking those fruits that are less calorie-dense. Why? The less calorie-dense fruits are usually lower in calories with a bigger serving! You can’t argue with that, especially if you are like me, a volume eater.

For the Calorie Cost of This…         You Can Have All of This
[121 calories]
Cantaloupe, ½ of an entire melon
[100 calories]
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Pineapple
Chunks, 1 cup [140 calories]
Diced watermelon, 3 cups
[120 calories]
Fresh cherries, 2 cups
[180 calories]
Fresh blueberries, 3 cups
[190 calories]
Dried Apple Rings, 8 pieces
[120 calories]
Small Apples, 2
[110 calories]
Mango, large
[150 calories]
Diced honeydew, 2 cups or about 40 pieces
[122 calories]
Raisins, 1 small box, 1.5 oz
[129 calories]
Red Grapes, 2 cups
[124 calories]


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Success is a choice

Today I will make many choices,
   And each will have a consequence.

Today I will choose to tell myself that I am worth the effort,
   Or I can tell myself it doesn't matter, I'll do it tomorrow.

Today I can choose to journal,
   Or I can choose not to.

Today I can choose to drink my water,
   Or I can choose to be dehydrated.

Today I can choose to stay in my points range,
   Or I can choose to hinder my goals.

Today I can choose to be more active,
   Or I can choose to take the easy way.

Today I can choose to be motivated,
   Or I can choose to tall myself "I can't.

Today I can choose success.

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  • 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!
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Baked Pasta e Fagioli

     Makes 6 main-dish servings


  • 8 oz whole-grain penne
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
  • 1 can, 28 oz, tomatoes in puree
  • 2 cans, 15 to 19 oz each, small white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth Pepper
  • 1 pkg, 10 oz, frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat large saucepot of water to boiling. Add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than the label states.

On the side, in a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil on medium. Add onion and celery, and cook 9 to 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook one minute. Drain the tomatoes; reserve puree. Chop tomatoes.

Stir the tomatoes with their puree, beans, broth, and 1/3 tsp freshly ground black pepper, into the mixture. Heat to boiling on high and then reduce the heat to medium; stir in the thawed spinach. Reserve ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta and return to saucepan. Add the bean mixture, reserved cooking water, and ¼ cup Romano; toss until well mixed. Transfer the mixture to a 3-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Romano. Bake pasta for 15 minutes or until center is hot and top is golden.

Per Serving: 350 Calories, 6g fat, 945mg sodium, 65g carbs, 14g fiber, 20g protein, 2g saturated fat   *9.5 (7)

* 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

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Think About It!

When you are planning out your eating day, you can make good choices or bad ones. For people who like to eat, and that would be me, it makes sense to go for the good stuff, so we can eat more. More is good!

What Can You Have For 2500 Calories Per Day?

Breakfast ~625 Calories
Oatmeal (bowl & 8 oz skin milk)
Orange Juice (8 oz)
English Muffin (dry)
Grapefruit (whole)
Coffee (with two sugar cubes)
2 Large Doughnuts
Coffee (with two sugar cubes)


Total 621
Total 618
Lunch ~625 Calories
2 Tomato Sandwiches
  -4 slices whole wheat bread
  -6 slices tomato
  -iceberg lettuce
  -2 tbsp. Mayo
Large Apple
Diet Drink

McDonalds 1/4 pounder
1/2 SMALL order of fries
Diet Drink


Total 620
Total 625
Dinner ~625 Calories
White Rice 1/2 cup
Roasted Turkey 1 cup
Green Beans 1 cup
Small Dinner Salad
Diet Salad Dressing
Pineapple 1/2 cup
Wine 8 oz.


McDonalds 1/4 pounder
The other half of your SMALL fries
Diet Drink


Total 624
Total 625
Snacks ~625 Calories
2 Full bags of light Popcorn
1 Large Orange
1 cup of Fresh Strawberries
45 Pringles chips (3.9 oz.)
Total 615
Total 625

I arbitrarily picked 2500 Calories as the target, but what if you were aiming at a 2,000 Calories per day goal? The process is even more critical! Instead of eating 625 Calories for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, you would be eating 500 Calories. You can't even have a single McDonalds Quarter Pounder with cheese for less than 500 Calories, let alone fries. At every point in your day you would be faced with eating a very tiny amount of something high in Calories, or planning out your meals to get all you can, by eating the right foods. If you are shooting for 1,800 Calories per day, then it falls to 450 Calories for each major food section.

As you lower your Calories for the day, planning becomes more and more critical. Yes, it is always important, but that importance is magnified as you lower your total caloric intake level.

A final point, and one which I can't reiterate too many times: you are not on a diet; this is a lifestyle change that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Never, please, never do anything to lose weight that you are not planning to do for the rest of your life to maintain that weight loss. We don't “get well” from this. We don't get over this. We either use our intelligence to fight our condition as long as we live, or we will gain weight over and over again, and pay the consequences.

Avoid overkill, and avoid haste. Aim at a steady, perpetual state of maintenance. A lifetime of doing just enough to accomplish our goal, is as close to perfection as we can ever come.
Note: I used average values for the table above. Remember that weight control is a thinking process, and you will need to always pay attention to what is put before you. A restaurant may put grease, or other sneaky Calorie items into your food. It is up to you to watch out for that.

Something to remember about salads, never, ever have the restaurant put your salad dressing on your salad for you. Ask for it on the side. This puts you in control of your own Journey. Even if you are going to pour the dressing onto your salad (which is not recommended), you will know exactly how much is going on. If you instead use the method that I learned from Dotti, you will have a cup of dressing sitting beside your plate, and you can dip your fork into it, and then eat your salad. You will use almost no salad dressing that way, and still get the flavor of the dressing. When you do this you can order the regular dressing and not have to worry about low Calorie dressing, because you eat so little of it, that it can be safely ignored. Of course, as with all things, using your head is important, and if you are scooping out significant amounts of dressing you will need to count it. —Al

Comic Relief 

Calories That Don't Count

  1. FOOD ON FOOT. All food eaten while standing has no calories. Exactly why is not clear but the current theory relates to gravity. The calories apparently bypass the stomach, flowing directly down the legs and through the soles of the feet into the floor, like electricity. Walking appears to accelerate this process, so that an ice cream bar or hot dog eaten at the state fair actually has a calorie deficit.

  2. TV FOOD. Anything eaten in front of the TV has no calories. This may have something to do with radiation leakage, which negates not only the calories in the food, but all recollections of having eaten it.

  3. UNEVEN EDGES. Pies and cakes should be cut neatly in even wedges or slices. If not, the responsibility falls on the person putting them away to "straighten up the edges" by slicing away the offending irregularities, which have no calories when eaten.

  4. BALANCE FOOD. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out.

  5. LEFT-HANDED FOOD. If you have a glass of punch in your right hand, anything eaten with the other hand has no calories. Several principles are at work here. first of all, you're probably standing up at a wedding reception (see FOOD ON FOOT). Then there's the electronic field. A wet glass in one hand forms a negative charge to reverse the polarity of the calories attracted to the other hand. It's not quite known how it works, but it's reversible if you're left handed.

  6. FOOD FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. Food used for medicinal purposes never counts. This includes hot chocolate, malted milk, toast and Sara Lee cheesecake.

  7. WHIPPED CREAM, SOUR CREAM, BUTTER. These all act as a poultice that actually "draws out" the calories when placed on any food, leaving them calorie-free. Afterward, you can eat the poultice, too, as all calories are neutralized by it.

  8. FOOD ON TOOTHPICKS. Sausage, mini-franks, cheese and crackers are all fattening unless impaled on frilled toothpicks. The insertion of a sharp object allows the calories to leak out the bottom.

  9. CHILDREN'S FOOD. Anything produced, purchased or intended for minors is calorie-free when eaten by adults. This category covers a wide range beginning with a spoonful of baby-food custard, consumed for demonstration purposes, up to and including cookies baked to send to college.

  10. CHARITABLE FOODS. Girl Scout Cookies, bake-sale cakes, ice cream socials and church strawberry festivals all have religious dispensation from calories.

  11. CUSTOM-MADE FOOD. Anything somebody makes "just for you" must be eaten regardless of calories because to do otherwise would be uncaring and insensitive. Our kind intentions will not go unrewarded.

Did you know?

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

Sun and Moon

The sun and the moon both appear to be about the same size in the sky. The moon can block out the sun in a total eclipse. Measured with a protractor, the angle either one fills up in the sky is only about half a degree. (In other words you could stack nearly 180 moons, or suns, edge to edge from the horizon to the zenith directly overhead!)

If there were a perfectly straight tunnel dug through the moon, right through the middle of it, and a superhighway built inside, sealed and pressurized, the drive through it from start to finish would only be 2,172 miles long.

But what about the sun? Even though the moon and sun appear to be the same size, the sun is 864,948.7 miles wide! The sun's diameter is nearly 400 times as large as the moon's! The reason that they appear to be the same size is because the sun is nearly 400 times farther away than the moon is.

To give you a really good idea of how big the sun actually is, you could put the equivalent volume of 1.3 million earths inside the same volume of space that the sun takes up. At the same time, the earth's volume is 49.3 times larger than the moon's! So, it would take more than 50 million moons to fill up the sun, but only one moon to give us one of those beautiful solar eclipses. Wow!


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DWLZ Website Updates

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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.

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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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