Dotti's Newsletter Aug 7, 2011


Welcome! Dotti's Adventure Cheating Quiz Food Finds Burning Off 50 Calories at a Time 100 Calorie or Less Snacks

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September 22, 2011



typing on computer Hi, this is Al, sitting in for Dotti this time around. Dotti has just been through her second total hip replacement surgery in just 91 days. Wow! What a thing to do. But the past year has been dreadfully painful for Dotti, with each step she has taken. The past few weeks, all of the pain has been in the right hip, because the left hip replacement went perfectly. Now, we will be working on getting the right hip to that point, and then things will be better than they have been for years.


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Dotti's Adventure
    By Al Coon

As you might imagine, I have been focused on Dotti and her recovery that past few weeks. We have had some great time spent with friends and family recently, and even with the surgeries sandwiching these wonderful times between them, both Dotti and I have been very happy to be with the ones we love so much. I have begun to document these events on the web page, and if you like, you can see the start of the Coon Family Reunion of 2011 here: Birthday Dinner.

Catherine, Dotti's twin sister, came up for a visit as well, and I haven't gotten started on that documentation project yet, but it is coming soon. We have some really good pictures that I am eager to share. But, alas, I have had to put these other projects on hold, as Dotti and I have had this surgery to deal with.

     ♦  Beginning the Journey

The day before Dotti's first surgery, I found myself struggling with some strong emotions, and I wrote about them at the time in Tomorrow, Tomorrow. The struggles in life are personal, very deeply your own, but at the same time, there is much that we as humans share, and that somehow washes over the personal experiences we go through, good and bad, and draws us all together as people. Think of how what happens to people in a novel, people who never even existed really, can bring a tear to your eye, or an ache to your heart. How much more can the real experiences of real people do that?

The first surgery came upon us, and as unwilling as I felt to face it, I found that Dotti and I both survived it, with her doing the painful and dangerous part herself. All I could do was to stand, worry and watch, and then document it afterwards in The Knife. Dotti has the heart of a lioness, I swear. She came out of the surgery swinging and she was walking and struggling to get back on her feet in every way immediately.

In Homecoming, I shared Dotti's arrival home after the surgery, and then, how we had a scare on our Father's day Setback, and Dotti's rebound in Back On Track. Finally, I documented how Dotti was getting her left leg fully up to speed in You Go Girl!

One of the problems with having two surgeries close together is that you don't fully get your reserves back up before hitting the second one. In 1990, Dotti had an abdominal operation, and then three weeks later her gall bladder went bad. Suddenly she was in the operating room again, and there were complications that took another 3 months to iron out, with the final solution being another surgical procedure. Dotti hit one of the lowest emotional points in her entire life right there after she came out of the OR the second time. She literally thought she was going to die. All her reserves were gone.

This time, Dotti had 91 days to recover, and that was far better than only 3 weeks, but it really wasn't enough. Some of those reserves were still empty and it was harder this second time. The day before the surgery I wrote the following:

I am tired today. It has been a long year that has just passed by. There has been an incredible amount of pain that I have witnessed Dotti go through. This past week I have watched Catherine hurting as well. Tammy has pain, and I have my own pain to deal with. Pain bleeds your happiness reservoir down, and can empty it entirely. The past year of pain has been something I want to avoid seeing again. Whatever can be done to lessen pain, and better yet to prevent it entirely, is what I want to go after. Reasonable exercise can help a great deal, as it tones your muscles and keeps your inner organs functioning far better, including your brain. Keeping your weight at a healthy level can help as well, maybe even more. The two items are no longer optional in our lives. They are as mandatory as breathing, for the long haul.
     From Let's Do It Again.
I was already feeling down before this second surgery, and like getting hit by a second wave on the beach before you catch your balance from the first one, Dotti's surgery was upon us, and all I could do was turn and face it.

And Dotti, she was the one who had to go under the knife. She was the one who felt the pain all year long, who struggled to get up each day and step painfully through her life. Sick of the pain, she was eager to get the surgery over with, but at the same time, she knew how hard it would be, and emotionally she drew back.

So, it was with an odd combination of dread and relief that Dotti went into the operating room this time to face the Hammer and Tongs. A description of what they actually do in a total hip replacement surgery is not something that should be read or watched by the weak of knee. But the way Dotti struggled back, and was on her feet, despite her difficulty with coming awake after the anesthesia, and walking even farther the first day than she had on day one of the first surgery was pure motivation for me. She hadn't lost her heart, even though the struggle was going to be difficult once more.

Finally, Dotti's second homecoming and her exciting progress are documented in One Tired Step, a title that might more accurately describe my own weary feelings, than Dotti's.

It has been difficult, and not something I would wish on anyone else, but it is like smashing through a door that has blocked your path to happiness for too long. There are splinters and debris to be cleared aside, but there is the way, open, and ready to be used, and it leads to a healthier, far better life. My hope is that next month, Dotti's Newsletter will return to a more normal format, and we can leave the doctors and hospitals behind for a time. (However, we have a granddaughter due in October, so maybe we will have to postpone the complete renunciation of doctors for some time yet. Big Smile )

Now the surgery is over, hopefully Dotti's recovery will move forward towards its completion quickly, and our updates will then reconvene at our Joint Journal. I will probably have at least one more update at Straight From The Hip Part 2 before we wrap up that area, but the long term Journey will be found in our Journal. There is much to do, but at least we can now proceed towards our goal.

Wishing you the very best,

Cheating Quiz

What exactly happens when you cheat? What is the price you pay? At a military academy, you get expelled if you are caught cheating. In a marriage the price can be quite painful, ranging from perhaps losing your life, to paying through the nose for a divorce after ripping the hearts out of people who love you. Cheating on your taxes can send you to jail, as Al Capone found out to his great surprise. But that is not the kind of cheating this pop quiz question is about.

What if you are good only part of the time on your Journey? What if you have 5 great days every week, is that good enough? If you cheat will it cause you to fail?

  1. How many pounds will you gain in one year if you eat 10 calories a day more than you burn? (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every two weeks.)

  2. How many pounds will you gain in one year if you eat 20 calories a day more than you burn? (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every week.)

  3. How many pounds will you gain in one year if you eat 45 calories a day more than you burn? (About 1 two-pack of Hostess Twinkies every week.)

  4. How many pounds will you gain in one year if you eat 75 calories a day more than you burn? (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every other day.)

  5. How many pounds will you gain in one year if you eat 150 calories a day more than you burn? (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every day.)

You'll find the answers later in this newsletter.


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Food Finds

This is one of my favorite parts of our newsletter. I love to share new food finds. It's always great to get some new ideas for our meals, isn't it? Here are a few things that I tried recently.Smile

   Kraft South Beach Living, Granola Clusters, Cherry Almond, 1 pkg
        [130 Cal, 4g Fat, 6g Fiber, 18g Carbs, 55mg Sodium, 6g Protein] *3.5 (2)

   New Morning Mini Bites, Honey Graham, 1 pkg
        [90 Cal, 2.5g Fat, 1g Fiber, 15g Carbs, 110mg Sodium, 1g Protein] *2.5 (2)

   General Mills, Fiber One Chewy Bars, Oats & Strawberries with Almonds, 1 bar
        [140 Cal, 3g Fat, 9g Fiber, 29g Carbs, 90mg Sodium, 2g Protein] *3.5 (1.5)

   Kellogg’s Special K, Cinnamon Pecan, ¾ cup
        [120 Cal, 2g Fat, 1g Fiber, 25g Carbs, 180mg Sodium, 2g Protein] *3.5 (2.5)

*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.

A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, he refuses to dwell on it.

Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions.

~~~Norman Vincent Peale, 1898—1993

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.

Since November I have been working my weight downward, despite having two bad hips and not being able to exercise much, and going through a hip replacement surgery in June. Throughout my successful weight loss efforts the past few months, Enjoying Weight Loss has been with me all the way. It has been a great help in finding motivation to eat right and to exercise as much as I could. In spite of the difficult circumstances I have faced since November, I have dropped over 30 pounds and, since April I have not only lost regularly, but at a very good clip! Enjoying Weight Loss has been a great help in this!
Enjoying Weight Loss
  • When I listen—I have a good day on program.

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

  • 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!

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Matt Hoover

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:
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                      Hugs! Dotti

Burning Off 50 Calories at a Time

Check out how many things we normally do on any given day that burn 50 calories; step it up a bit and you can burn twice that!

          Make the beds [25 minutes]
         Clear the dinner table & wash dishes [20 minutes]
          Rake the lawn [12 minutes]
         Pace with the little one to put him/her to sleep [15 minutes]
          Wash the car [10 minutes]
          Take a leisurely walk after your meal [15 minutes]
         Push little one in stroller [20 minutes]
          Vacuum the living room [20 minutes]
         Sweep out the garage [20 minutes]
          Climb stairs at work to your office [6 minutes]

~~~McCall's; values based on a 140 lb woman; if you weigh more you will burn more; if you weigh less you will burn less.

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

                    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]

Comic Relief 

Diet Totals 758-Pound Loss

I have dieted continuously for the last two decades and lost a total of 758 pounds. By all calculations, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.

I have done a lot of kidding around with Weight Watchers, but it is the only organization in which I ever lost a great deal of weight. But I fought them.

Every Tuesday morning, a group of us had to "weigh in" before the lecture. Our ritual was enough to boggle the imagination. We got together a checklist of precautions before we actually stepped on the scale.

Bathroom? Check. Water pill? Check. Have you removed underwear, wedding rings, nail polish? Check. Set aside shoes and earrings? Check. Are you wearing a summer dress beneath your winter coat? Check.

The first week I stepped on the scale and my instructor said, "You have gained." (Next week, I cut my hair.)

The next week, she said, "You have lost eight ounces, but that is not enough." (I had the fillings in my teeth removed.)

The third week, I had dropped a pound, but my instructor was still not pleased. (I had my tonsils taken out.)

Finally, she really chewed me out. She accused me of not sticking to the diet and not taking it seriously. That hurt.

"I didn't want to tell you," I said, "but I think I am pregnant."

"How far?" she said coldly, clicking her ballpoint pen to make a notation on my card.

"Possibly three days," I said.

She glowered. "Any other excuses?"

"Would you believe I have a cold and my head is swollen?"


"How about I was celebrating the Buzzard's Return to Hinckley, Ohio, and had butter on my popcorn?"

She tapped her pen impatiently on the card and stared at me silently.

"Lint in the navel?" I offered feebly.

"How about first one at the trough?" she asked dryly.

I learned quickly never to argue with a woman who had the scales on her side.

I saw my old instructor the other day and she eyed me carefully and said, "When are you returning to class?"

"As soon as I have my appendix removed," I said returning her gaze.

I'm not sure, but I think I heard her moan.

~~Erma Bombeck

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Cheating Quiz Answers

What exactly happens when you cheat? What is the price you pay? Let's see…

  1. You will gain 1 pound in a year if you eat 10 calories a day more than your body burns. (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie* every two weeks.)

  2. You will gain 2 pounds in a year if you eat 20 calories a day more than your body burns. (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every week.)

  3. You will gain 5 pounds in a year if you eat 45 calories a day more than your body burns. (About 1 two-pack of Hostess Twinkies every week.)

  4. You will gain 8 pounds in a year if you eat 75 calories a day more than your body burns. (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every other day.)

  5. You will gain 15.5 pounds in a year if you eat 150 calories a day more than your body burns. (About 1 extra Hostess Twinkie every day.)
One single day off program can easily add enough calories to push your average calories per day far higher than 10 or even 150 calories per day for your week. And that means you will gain weight.

The safe way to have a splurge is to "save up for it" and then to track it closely. Your body will burn a certain number of calories, and in order to lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories than that number.

Unfortunately, your body will not forgive cheating any more than a jealous spouse would.
* Remember, you could substitute, one extra can of regular soda pop for the Twinkie, and get the same results.

Organizing Tips

  • Think about how you can make each LIVING space more pleasant. You'll be less likely to mess it up.
  • Use shoeboxes to organize small things.
  • Don't worry about coming up with the PERFECT organizing system for bills or filing. Done is perfect.
  • If you have clutter, you are richer than you think. Look at uncluttering as an opportunity to SHARE your abundance—the stuff you don't need— with people who could really use it.
  • Some PROGRESS is better than no progress.

        ~~~The One-Minute Organizer, Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

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Estimating Calorie Requirements

Mifflin-St. Joer Formula ~ Since forever, the Harris-Benedict equation has been used to determine BMR. But the formula, created in 1919, overestimates calorie needs for certain population segments. In 2005, another BMR formula, the Mifflin-St. Joer equation, was found to be more accurate. (This example uses the formula for women.)

10 X weight (kg) + 6.25 X height (cm) – 5 X age (years) – 161 = BMR

And don't forget

Dotti's BMR Calculator

for even more information on this topic!

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. There are now 250 restaurants updated in our database for the Mobile platforms. 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   

Copyright and Disclaimer

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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