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March 21, 2014





Hugs to all who need them and Get Well wishes to all of you, and those that you love, who are under the weather!

Al has written our article for this edition of my newsletter.  I love the way he writes and hope you will agree as you read his article.

I've had a good month on Program, and have lost 40 lbs total since I started back to Goal in September 2013.  I have been exercising, and I feel so much better! I am especially loving shopping in my own closet!

Let's find that comfy chair, grab our water and enjoy our visit together.  Bring your SMILE along with you. 

Do you miss eating pizza, now you are losing weight? Don't forget that we have a great sponsor who can fix that for you! Pizza Fit 'n Free have fat free pizza that you can easily fit into your program. If you haven't tried them, you are missing out, because they are good!
    ~ Dotti

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      Follow my successful Journey back to Goal, and also check out my new recipes!  

My Weight Loss Journey Blog

Continuing Celebration of Success

You may recall that in the January edition of Dotti's Newsletter, Dotti discussed celebrating your successes, and your New Year's Intentions. Well, here we are in March, spring is upon us, and January's winter is moving into the past. And I have been watching Dotti practice just what she preaches, since before fall began! September, October, November, December, January, February, and most of March have now gone by and day after day, Dotti moves closer and closer to her goal.

People tend to focus on the scale as the big deal in a Weight Loss Journey. But there are more important things. You see, weight loss is a result, not an action; it is an effect, not a cause. It is like the light in the room on a dark night, where you sit in glorious illumination while the world outside is in the dark. Light is an effect, not a cause. Electricity is a cause, and a lightbulb is a cause, but neither is a complete cause, but combined they produce light for you. The light is a result of applying electricity to the lightbulb.

We tend to take the light for granted, but it is truly remarkable, if you think about it, because not all that long ago, electrically produced light did not exist, other than when lightening flashed across the sky.

But when you have light, it can then become a cause for other things. Sight is enabled by light. Your solar powered calculator will work because of it. If you use the right bulbs, plants can use electric light to perform photosynthesis and grow.

So it is with weight loss. Once you have it, it can cause other things. It can help you to be more active, because moving a light body around is far easier than moving a heavy one. Your joints will take less strain and will hurt less, and the damage you do to them each day will be decreased. Your risk of diabetes will drop significantly, and even if you have acquired diabetes, you may find that it goes away when you have weight loss down to a healthy weight. Your appearance will be enhanced and your clothes will look better on you. Many good things can be caused by weight loss, but first you have to possess it, and you can't just DO weight loss. You can't just buy weight loss. Weight loss happens as an indirect result of things that you can do, and you actually do.

This is why the scale is not the big deal in a Weight Loss Journey that it often is thought to be. The scale measures an effect, not a cause, and that can confuse the entire process in our minds. The scale can lie to us! If you take a medication, or consume sodium, which causes your body to retain water, the scale shows your weight as being higher. As it turns out, you do weigh more. You are carrying more mass, and the earth's gravitation pull is therefore greater on you (which is what the scale actually measures), and you will rightly show a higher number on the scale. However, that is not important (unless you have a dangerous amount of fluid in your system), it is not even relevant! It is a number with no meaning for your Weight Loss Journey, because you are trying to lose fat, not make the scale read some particular number.

So, what does really matter to your Weight Loss Journey, if it is not the scale? The only thing that really matters is what you do. Things you can do are in your control. Things that you can do, can be measured, documented, and CELEBRATED!

What really matters?

  1. What you eat matters a great deal. This is something you do, and it something you control.

    • Eating good food will help your body to have all the things it needs to keep you running right. Your body has nutritional needs, and you have to meet them if you are going to be healthy!

    • Eating the right amount of food is very important. If you eat fewer calories than you burn each day, it will cause you to lose weight. At the same time, you don't want to eat too few calories each day, because your body doesn't want to die, and if you cut your calories down too far, your body will drop your metabolism down into "starvation mode" and suddenly you will be burning fewer and fewer calories each day. (And in some cases, if you trigger this effect, it can take a year or more to get back to normal again.) So, you need to eat enough food, while not eating too much food. However you track your eating, it is important to eat the right amount. If you are on your program, you know you are doing well. You can do this and you can celebrate it as a success!

  2. Exercising enough is important! If you just cut back on your eating, your body will remove muscle and fat tissue, and while the scale drops, so does your muscle mass! Muscles burn a lot of calories, while fat burns very little. So, you are decreasing your body's ability to lose weight, if you lose muscle mass! This is a bad thing. By exercising enough, you keep your muscles toned up and the muscle mass up where it belongs. You can even add additional muscle mass, which will burn many more calories each day, and help you in losing weight, and later in maintaining your weight loss.

    However, don't just jump in and start exercising hard. If you have not been exercising, your body might react badly to a sudden huge change. After you check with your doctor, work up to a good healthy level of exercise, and keep it going. You will lose weight faster, and feel much better for having done it!
There are other important things as well, such as working on keeping your attitude positive and avoiding discouragement, and sabotaging your Journey by quitting. But what is most important is focusing on what you CAN DO, and never on what you cannot do. You can't do a decrease on the scale. No amount of wishing for it will make it happen. No mental trick will lower that scale one milligram. Don't let the scale rule your mind and your attitude. Focus on what you can do, and be happy with that.

I have watched Dotti drop 40 pounds since September. But along with what the scale has been showing, I have tried my best to be a supportive partner, by helping Dotti celebrate how well she has done on her eating the correct amount of food each day! This is so important: Dotti CAN DO it, and Dotti DOES DO IT! Whether the scale goes up or down, or doesn't move at all, doesn't matter; what matters is that she is eating correctly, every single day! If she does that, the scale will follow along in time. It has no choice.

Dotti has been excellent on her exercise as well. She gets up on that elliptical trainer every other day, and has been working it up to a more and more intense workout. She started out a Level 2 intensity, and now she has moved up to Level 10 intensity. She goes for 45 minutes each session. It is focusing on what she can do, and making it happen.

By doing what she can do each day, she has forced the scale to move downwards, because the laws of physics cannot be denied, and if you eat fewer calories than you burn, in time, the scale has to drop, because your mass will drop. Your body cannot magically create or hold onto fat that you don't feed through what you eat. That which you can control, will in the end win out over what you cannot control directly. This is why you are a success every day when you eat right and exercise correctly, even if the scale jumps up a pound or even five pounds on one day or another. If you don't overeat, you will not gain fat weight. So, any increase that you see on the scale is not fat, and therefore is temporary, and will be leaving soon. It has no choice!

Dotti is doing it right, and the change in my wife has been profound indeed! She looks thinner. She feels thinner, when I give her a hug. Her clothes have gotten looser and looser on her, and she has had to get rid of clothes that are just too big to wear any longer. In other words, she IS THINNER!

Not only is she thinner, but the exercise has paid off as well. Last week, we took a trip to the Oregon Zoo. We walked around for a couple of hours, going up and down hills, all over the park. Right near the end we had to go up a hill, and Dotti started walking along and she was starting to leave me behind. I had to ask her to slow down for me. This is the same girl who had trouble walking easily down the hallway in our home just a few months ago. It is the same girl, but it is NOT the same girl either! She has already transformed herself into an active bouncy woman, who likes to walk, and doesn't need help getting in and out of the car. The changes that she has wrought are huge already and she hasn't slowed down. She continues to face each and every day, with a positive attitude and a determination to do what she can do TODAY, to move forward on her Weight Loss Journey.

Dotti doesn't need to be thin for me to be proud of her. She is an amazing woman in an incredible number of ways. I have always been so proud to have her on my arm when we are in public, and I thank my lucky stars each day, wondering what she sees in me, and enjoying my good fortune that she sees it. But on top of that, I am so very proud of Dotti, and what she is doing right now, just like happened in 1998, because she has switched fully into the "I will not fail" mode and she is focused each day on what she can do, and making sure that she does it.

You know, some days Dotti's scale goes up. Some days it stays the same, and some days it drops. But every day, every day, Dotti is a complete success, because she does what she CAN DO that day to move her Journey forward. She is going to goal, and will not be detoured from that aim!

Wishing you the very best,

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Hugs Dotti

Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are good for you in many ways.  Here are some of them:

  • Reduce depression
  • Regulate the bowel system
  • Help our bones grow stronger
  • Help prevent anemia
  • Reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease
  • Help individuals to quit smoking
  • Provide us with energy
  • Power our brains
  • Reduce menstrual pains
  • Help prevent ulcers

Dotti's Food Score

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Al's Essays on Weight Loss & Maintenance

Al has written many in depth essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance and
they are available on the website!

"You are worth whatever it takes to make your success a reality.
Always believe that because it is the truth!"


You can find Al's Essays on Weight Loss and Maintenance at:



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We also offer a gluten free pizza with a crust by Schär, Italy's leading gluten free producer, and topped with our own Fit'n Free fat free cheese and sauce. There is a little fat in the crust (3%) so this pizza is not fat free, but it makes for the best gluten free pizza you'll ever taste.

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Follow Your Dream

Follow your dream
   Take one step at a time
     Don't settle for less
       Just continue to climb.

Follow your dream
   If you stumble, don't stop
     And lose sight of your goal
       Press on to the top.

For only at the top
   Can we see the whole view
     Can we see what we've done
       And what we can do.

We then have the vision
To see something new
Press on....   Press on....
For your dreams to come true.

    ~~Author Unknown


Beef Stroganoff in the Crockpot

Beef Stroganoff in Crockpot
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 15 mins

So easy to make and so delicious to eat.


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cans Healthy Heart Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 ounces Kraft Philly Light Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup mushrooms, I use a 4 oz can of Giorgio Mushrooms No Salt Added
  • ½ cup water


Except for the cream cheese, add all ingredients to the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add the
cream cheese, blending in for 5-10 minutes. Serve over egg noodles.

Nutrition:  Calories: 187 Fat: 7.5g Sugar: 1.1g Fiber: 1.1g Protein: 17.4g Cholesterol: 0mg *3.5 (4.5) 

**Nutritionals for egg noodles not included

***I now rinse all my canned mushrooms in cold water before using.  It seems to cut down the saltiness of the mushrooms.  I'm guessing most of the sodium comes from the water the mushrooms are packed in.

Recipe by My Weightloss Journey ~ Finding My Way Back to a Healthy Weight

* 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 .

Weight Loss Help For You

Enjoying Weight Loss CDs


I believe in using every tool available to me to help me stay on Program and keep motivated. Dr. Roberta's CDs are one of the tools I love. They help me stay motivated and build my self-esteem.

2011 was one of the most difficult ones I have ever faced. I lost both of my hips to arthritis, so I couldn't even stand up without pain, let alone walk. But guess what? That year I still lost 30 pounds!

The motivation I received enabled me to stay with my program. To help prepare me for my surgeries. I am so thankful I had this source of support!

And Dr. Roberta's Enjoying Weight Loss is helping me again right now! And it feels great!

Today I am on program and I have   Lost 40 pounds   since September!

The past 6 and a half months, there have been no "off days," where I didn't track my eating, or I ate too much. They are helping me today, just like they did before my hip surgeries. Today I am exercising regularly! It was nearly miraculous how much good they did for me before, when I could hardly move, let alone exercise! These programs helped me to lose weight at a time when it could hardly have been any more difficult for me. And they are helping me now!

I believe in this program, and I hope you find it as helpful as I have!

If you would like to read more about the wonderful Enjoying Weight Loss program, please READ OUR REVIEW.

Hugs Dotti

Comic Relief

I know that some of you never heard these remarks, but this is what my generation listened to in our childhood. Enjoy!!!!!

I Owe My Mother....

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside...I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTION-ISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA ..
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21 . My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

And the curse that works:
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"

Only you folks my age understand these profound statements!!!
But, there is one missing from this list~~My personal all time favorite!!

My mother taught me about CHOICE.
"Do you want me to stop this car?"

    ~~Anonymously Sent to Me

Think Positive

  • "Don't let your scale be your reason for living each day."

  • "I choose to make this work every day."

  • "I'm at the age where what I eat isn't just about how I look, it's about how long and how well I live."

  • "What are stumbling blocks and defeat before you, can be stepping stones to victory, if you remain determined."


Tips for Healthy Living

7 Tips for Healthy Living

  • Move More
  • Cut Fat
  • Reduce Stress
  • Wear Your Seat Belt
  • Floss Your Teeth
  • Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
  • Drink Plenty of Water

7 Super Foods for Your Health

  • Salmon
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Blueberries


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

Never Give Up!

"Taking care of yourself does not make you self-centered, it makes you centered." ~ Anonymous
One of the most
important parts of
this Journey
is to

"It does not matter
how slowly you
go so long as you do
not stop."

Giving up is
NOT an option.

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DWLZ Cookbooks One and Two

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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.

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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.)

I have added or updated the following restaurants on my webpage and our Dotti's Food Score app.

DiBella's Old Fashioned Submarines, Freebirds World Burrito, Sticky Fingers Smokehouse, Walt Disney World Be Our Guest Restaurant, Willy's Mexicana Grill, Amigo's & Kings, Joe's Crab Shack, Nordstrom Restaurants, Pacific Wok Teriyaki Grill, Smashburger, Eggsmart, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Your Pie, WOW Cafe & Wingery, Surf City Squeeze, and Cherry Berry - Self-Serve Yogurt Bar

Anytime you would like to find my latest updates you can find them at these links:

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

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"You can't get anywhere today if you're still bogged down in yesterday."

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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 [ http://www.dwlz.com ] is open 24 hours, 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.

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

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* 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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