Dotti's Newsletter September 13, 2012


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September 13, 2012



Moving Boxes, boxes everywhere! 

Hi again. What a month this has been! Somehow, we are still alive. We packed up all our worldly goods, loaded most of them onto two 26-foot trucks, one on August 19, driving it down on the 20th, and unloading it on the 21st. We picked up Dotti's twin sister Catherine on the 22nd, and the three of us drove back to Spokane that afternoon and evening. On the 23rd I turned 61. At the girls' insistence, I took some rest from driving, packing and loading/unloading and read my Kindle Fire for several hours. I felt a little guilty, because they packed the whole time I was goofing off. But you only turn 61 once, and I relaxed.

All day the 24th we packed and we could have used several more days, but on the 25th we picked up the second truck and loaded it. It was a brutal day and we didn't have enough help, and we ran out of truck before we ran out of things to put in it, and that was after taking thousands of pounds of stuff to the dump and to Goodwill over the previous weeks.

We finished up at 11:30 pm, shoving the last item into the van and the car, locking up the truck, putting the tow dolly on the back of the truck and hooking up the Honda onto it. Exhausted and ready for bed, we lost our tiny little minds instead; Catherine slid behind the wheel of our van, with Dotti sitting in the passenger seat beside her, both determined to keep each other awake, and I set myself behind the wheel of the truck, and off we went in the dead of night, heading for Vancouver.

You can see the truck and the tow-dolly, with the car mounted on it, at both ends of the banner graphic at the top of the page. I took those two pictures one hour into our drive, when we stopped for gas and more coffee and insulated mugs than anyone should have in one day, or night.

In addition to the coffee, I relied on the unabridged audio book Atlas Shrugged to keep me awake. It worked, barely, and the book came to the very end only about two blocks from our house. (That makes 4 times I have gone through that book, either reading the text, or listening to the unabridged audio version.)

I got the car off the tow-dolly, the truck parked, and then I grabbed two hours sleep before it was time to unload! On the unloading end, the twin's brother Rip and Catherine's son David helped us unload. Bless them both, because we would have dropped dead before we could have done that all by ourselves. LeRoy was a workhorse both times on the load end, and again, we could never have done it without him.

As you might imagine, the second load nearly killed us: little sleep, heavy lifting, long drive, right on the heels of doing it the first time, and we are not as young as we used to be, when we did all of this stuff by ourselves.

One additional item: the second load included all the stuff from our rented storage shed. We had to put that into our new storage shed in Vancouver. (It is in the same set of self-storage units where we had one before we moved out of Vancouver at the end of 2008.) Storage shed at Christmas of 2008 We ran out of time the day we unloaded everything else into the house, and so it had to wait until the next day (August 27). That meant that just like happened on the load end, Dotti and I did it by ourselves.

But it felt awesome turning in that second truck and the tow-dolly. That part of the move was over. We celebrated by taking that picture of Dotti with the beautiful flowers right in the middle of the top banner graphic. (In case you were wondering, the street, grass and trees that you see in the middle of the top banner, make up the view out our front door. Sweet!)

But we were just getting started. We have gone in fits and starts ever since. Dotti, of course, as always, has worked way harder than she should have, as she has tried to get things back in order. She sometimes forgets that she isn't that 17-year old girl she was when I first met her, and I helped her move her stuff into a new apartment. (Well, I am not that 23-year-old kid I was either.) She does too much sometimes, but she gets things done. Some days we knock out a lot of things. Other days we seem to be moving slowly through quicksand.

One thing we have found is that a good break is required from time to time, and on September 2, we drove down to Salem, Oregon to enjoy the Oregon State Fair, with Catherine and her husband Ed. (The picture of Dotti and I together, and the one with me getting chummy with a carving of Big Foot in the banner above, were photos taken at the fair.) It was a fine change of pace for us, and even though I was on my feet for over 6 hours of walking, I felt much better for having gone. I think all 4 of us had a good time.

We have our old doctors back that we had before we left, and that is very exciting, because we liked them a lot. I am checking on getting back in with our dentist. Dotti has her old friend at the bank handling our accounts once more, and I met the lady too this time around. Very nice!

It really is moving back home, and that is a fact. We know where everything is, and much of the red tape stuff that normally goes with a move was either wiped out completely, or at least lessened. It is a little creepy looking out our back windows and seeing our former residence of so many years.

We are way too tired, and there is too much to do yet, for the thrill to really set in at being back home again, but we have had our moments.

It is fun telling people in Vancouver that we were married here in 1976. Every drive we take around town is a drive down memory lane. And yesterday we had one of those mornings that simply make me excited to be alive. The sun was shining brightly, the wind was blowing, and the temperature was in the low 60's. It was calling my name. I haven't felt like that in a very long time. It wasn't too cold, or too hot, not too humid, and not too dry. It was perfect. It almost demanded that I go out and take a walk in it. Oh yeah, we are home!

We stopped at Shari's for lunch the other day, and I made a doodle sketch of Dotti on a napkin. That is the little drawing in the Dotti's Newsletter logo plate in the banner this time, in case you were wondering.

I don't know how close we will be to returning to normal for us by our next Newsletter, but hopefully things will feel more relaxed by that time. And autumn arrives on the 22nd of this month, bringing in my favorite time of year!

Thanks for joining us again for Dotti's Newsletter, and for kindly ignoring the moving mess!


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It is sometimes fun and sometimes painful remembering events, by watching the same date roll past us on which something important happened in the past. We remember our birthday, even though we don't remember the day of our birth. Each year it comes by again to remind us that we are older.

I remember, as a child, how proud I was when I finally was old enough to at last get to do something I had been too young to do before. When someone asked my age, I gave it to the half year, because 6 and a half was much older than merely 6 was. All those childhood years being older was better than being younger. Wouldn't it be great to regain that state of mind! The closest thing to that for me now is watching the age for Medicare to kick in, or a senior discount at the State Fair. At this point, I don't eagerly await birthdays any longer.

As I am writing this (September 12, 2012), one year ago today, Dotti was in surgery, having her right hip replaced. (See The Next Step.) One whole year has gone by; it is hard to believe! It has also been one year and 3 months since Dotti had her left hip replaced. (See Straight From the Hip.) One of the good things about having these anniversaries go by is that Dotti has been healing all this time, and the longer that goes on, the closer her odds of dislocating the new hips match up with the lower odds of dislocating a natural hip. After a year, they are nearly identical! This is an important milestone in the recovery process.

In four days comes the 6th anniversary of our Alaska Cruise. Six years! Where did they go?

In eight days, another anniversary is coming up fast: the birth of Dotti's Weight Loss Zone! It was born last century, on September 20, 1998. It will be 14 years old this month. Our Grandson Kai, already 14, was also born in 1998, a few months before the web page, and that makes that year very special! Not only did we get our first grandchild, and DWLZ came into being, but I quit smoking that year, about the time that Kai was born, and a couple months later, Dotti finished up losing 100 pounds as well. It was a busy year!

Concerning Dotti's Journey that led to the creation of Dotti's Weight Loss Zone, I remember one particular point, early on, when we were snowed in at The Dalles, Oregon, for 3 days. We stayed at the Shilo Inn there, and we were trudging around in our boots looking for something to eat. I was enjoying watching Dotti making her choices. At the time, I didn't understand Weight Watchers' Points but Dotti would check the labels on everything and figure out what would and wouldn't work. She weighed around 215 pounds at the time. But the layover in the snow didn't slow her down on her weight loss.

Dotti lost weight that week and every single week all the way down to 150 pounds in August. She held steady one week and then dropped 5 pounds to her goal of 145. By staying with the program each and every day, she never wavered in her march down to goal. She weighed 142 pounds on this day in 1998. She was in the Normal Range for her height. It had been many years since she was that thin. I honestly had long since given up on her ever getting thin again. This Weight Watchers thing was just another diet to me, before she showed me I was wrong.

And then for 3 more years she held the course at goal. Those were very happy years. We were active and had fun doing many things. The rewards for being thin are very sweet. Every September reminds us of the miracle that changed our lives, and brought Dotti's Weight Loss Zone into being. It inspires hope in our heart that the miracle can happen again. Only time will tell if it will or will not, but at least we know it is possible.

I believe it will happen, how about you?

Wishing you the very best,


All the restaurants have been updated to include the PointsPlus system as well as the classic Points system! We have the web page and the phone app synchronized, so they both show the same data, and they are all updated with the new system!

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Weight Loss Help For You

Weight loss is a complex undertaking. Very complex! Why do we overeat in the first place? How did we become overweight? None of us set out to become obese, it simply happened. Following our natural instincts and the coping skills we learned for life, we ended up eating too much, and couldn't stop. So, how do we undo all of this and build a healthy set of coping skills, ones that do NOT include overeating?

There is no one answer. If we knew the one single answer, we would all be at goal and staying there. Instead it is a set of answers, which work together to get to our goal of remaining at a healthy weight. We need to have a good idea of what correct eating is. This is one area where Weight Watchers excels! They have had a number of great programs over the years and they are continually working to make their programs better. It is the best program I have found!

But you must work the program, in order for the program to work. What if you don't feel like working the program? What if your mind turns away from the very idea at times and leads you into destructive paths instead? If you have a good program, and you work that program, all will be well and you will become and stay thin. If you don't work the program you will either fail to lose weight, or you will fail to keep it off, if you do lose your excess weight.

Enjoying Weight Loss Last year was one of the most difficult ones I have ever faced. I lost both of my hips to arthritis (see Straight From the Hip for details), so I couldn't even stand up without pain, let alone walk. But guess what? That year I still lost 30 pounds! How? By listening to Dr. Roberta Temes' Enjoying Weight Loss regularly, and using that motivation to remain on my eating program. Here is the key point: the CD's did NOT replace the program, but instead they enabled me to stay with my program. I am so thankful I had this source of support last year!

This year Dr. Roberta has created a new program, called Weight Loss For Life . I have been using it, and I like it. It is not a replacement program; it is a companion program, to work hand-in-hand with Enjoying Weight Loss . Each program focuses on different areas to help you with your Journey, and you can be sure I will be using them both! I am using the new program to help with dealing with stress, which is a big part of my life. I am using the old program to help keep my exercise motivation alive and well.

These programs helped me to lose weight at a time when it could hardly have been any more difficult for me. I believe in these programs, and I hope you find them as helpful as I have!

If you would like to read more READ OUR REVIEW .

            Hugs! Dotti

The Path Ahead

We have been noticing Halloween things popping up in stores already, and that means the holiday season is coming fast.

  Stand quietly for a moment and look out over what lies before you. Put any negativity aside for a moment, but also take off your rose colored glasses. Take a good look at reality—hold on tight, it will just be for a moment!

Okay, what did you see? Obviously you could see the super hurdles standing tall like mountains, each of which is loaded with temptations to eat. You could probably also see the plethora of other hurdles hiding in between the big boys.

In some ways these little hurdles are worse, because they tend to sneak up on us. The office parties, coworkers bringing in candy and baked treats, cooking and baking marathons in the kitchen, cookies, cakes, pies and candies. I am reminded of Charles Dickens' description of the feast laid out in Scrooge's room:
Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. -A Christmas Carol
We have parties at homes and offices, with shopping excursions where we have planned poorly for our eating needs and we have many unexpected opportunities to eat.

Once again we must ask ourselves: Is there any hope?

~~~from Successful Feasting—A Map Through the Holidays By Al Coon

Remember that now is the time to think about the temptations of the upcoming holidays. After they have passed by, it will be too late, and we will be using our strength to undo what we just did to ourselves, instead of moving closer and closer to our goal! Plan to succeed; it is the only way to smile in January when you step on the scale.

Comic Relief


1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once
     got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you
     the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
8) Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way; BUT NEVER forget
     the blessings that come each day.

     ~~~ Thank you Julie

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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

Salt or No Salt?

Most doctors would agree that limiting your salt or better yet, foregoing it completely, would be the best for your overall health. Most of us know how dangerous salt can be for those with high blood pressure, but did you know that salt, and the sodium in it, is problematic even for those who have no high blood pressure issues?

Salt elevates blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure puts more wear and tear on your blood vessels, heart, kidneys, and other organs. Many studies have shown that you are much better off with lower blood pressure. Did you know that eating less salt might even delay the onset of high blood pressure? In fact, in some cases you can control your high blood pressure by restricting your salt with no drugs in the picture. Pretty cool, huh?

How many of you know the recommended amount of salt per day? It's 2,400 milligrams.

Here are a few ways you can cut down on your salt intake:

Leave the saltshaker off the table. We get enough salt in the food we eat where we don't need to add anymore at the table.

Try to stay away from prepared and processed foods. An easy quick change is to substitute frozen vegetables (minimal salt) for canned vegetables (usually salt-heavy).

Most foods labeled "lower salt" still have way too much salt. Make sure you read all the food labels for the actual salt and sodium content.

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Enjoy a cocktail and still stay on your Program

Start Your Day Breakfast

This is a great breakfast to start your day. It is filled with high-fiber, low-fat food that will help keep you full until your next meal. This breakfast comes in at approximately 350 calories.
♦  Whole-grain bread, 1 slice [100 cal/1.5g fat/20g carbs/7g fiber/5g protein] *2.5   (1.5)
♦  Steel-cut Oatmeal, 1/4 cup [150 cal/2.5g fat/27g carbs/4.5g fiber/6g protein] *4   (2.5)
♦  Turkey Bacon, 2 slices [60 cal/1.5g fat/0g carbs/0g fiber/7g protein] *1.5   (1.5)
♦  Cantaloupe, one small slice [20 cal/0g fat/5g carbs/0.5g fiber/0.5g protein] *1   (0.5)
♦  Cup of tea [2 cal/0g fat/1g carbs/0g fiber/0g protein] *0.5   (0.5)


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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 has updated all the restaurants on the web page and the iPhone and Android App, with to the new PointsPlus values. (We will also continue to provide the old Point values, along with the new PP values.)

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—

Note: The DWLZ forum requires you to register and login to read the posts there. Your information will be kept confidential, and it is only to keep the message board a safe and friendly place that we require our users to register.

If you are having trouble logging in to our message board, please contact Al at:

Aldwlz at gmail dot com

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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.

Until Next Time

I've really enjoyed sitting here and visiting with all of you. I hope and pray that this edition of my newsletter finds all of you well and happy.

Until next time...

"I cannot relive yesterday and tomorrow isn't here yet, so I will just deal with today."



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Copyright © DWLZ, Inc. —2012, 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® and PointsPlus® are registered trademarks 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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