Hi everyone.  On June 10, 1976 Al and I were married in Vancouver, WA.  We celebrated 41 years on June 10, 2017.  It’s been a wonderful 41 years and we look forward to many more. We met it September 1974, the year I graduated.

I am doing okay on getting back on track with my Program.  I was doing really good staying off the Diet Dr. Pepper but have slipped the past couple of days.  I will get back on track with that.  I still haven’t started walking yet but the grandkids and grocery shopping helps me get some exercise.  Hopefully our pool will be getting used when the hot weather comes to stay.  I’m not journaling yet but I am trying to eat smaller portions.  My sleep is still wacko; up long stretches, sometimes 24 hours or more.  I know that is not helping me stay on Program.  

Last Friday we had a wonderful BBQ at LeRoy’s house.  We were sorry that Rachel had to work and couldn’t be there.  LeRoy has the backyard beautifully landscaped with so many flowers.  He put up a new swingset for the kids, along with a sandbox – their favorite!  We had loaded hamburgers, potato salad, cheddar sausage, and for dessert, cherry cheesecake.  Great food, great company, and awesome grandkids!

I wish I had half of their energy. I don’t think Emily ever stopped moving.  In the third photo Jake is eating a tomato slice he stole off the plate.  He does love his tomatoes.

to my hubby Al, son LeRoy and son Glenn.  They are all great fathers.  My father has been gone since I was seven but I just know he would of been an awesome father also.  I miss him every day.

Al has finished his first novel and it’s wonderful.  It’s a love story with so much more.  I know I’m a bit prejudiced but, Al writes beautifully.  You will feel like you are right there with the characters.  If you are interested in purchasing it please click on the book graphic to the right.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tonight we are having Emily over for a sleepover and she is so excited to use her new “Frozen” suitcase we bought her for sleepovers. I have errands to run and some grocery shopping to do before we pick her up.

Have an awesome day everyone and enjoy the Summer days ahead. Take care.


courageFirst, I’d like to thank all of you all who have emailed me, concerned about how I’m doing.  Thank you for caring.

I know it’s been awhile since I last updated this blog but rest assured I am fine.  I stepped away from the routine I was in for a month and a half.  I’ve made this Journey a lifestyle so I was able to keep the damage to a minimum.  I gained 8 lbs. Even though I didn’t exercise or journal, I did make good food choices.  Of course, journaling is the only way to know what you ate for the day, as you can see from my results.  My lowest weight before I took a break was 201.6 lbs.  My weight today was 207 lbs.  I got back on track on Saturday, September 13th.  It feels good going in the right direction again.

I love exercising on my elliptical.  It’s easy on my knees and new hips (2011) and I’ve been able to maintain Level 9 for 45 minutes and going 3 miles.  I’m happy with that.

Thursday – Sept 18, 2014Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.4 miles, 409 calories burned.
Tuesday – Sept 16, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.3 miles, 389 calories burned.
Sunday – Sept 14, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.1 miles, 364 calories burned.
Saturday – Sept 13, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.1 miles, 364 calories burned.

Our 40th anniversary of our first date is coming up on September 28th.  Way back in 1974 I suggested we walk to the top of Multnomah Falls.  We plan to celebrate our first date by again walking to the top of the falls and have a nice picnic lunch at the river up there.  So far, the weather is looking good, cool and clear.

Dannon Light Fit 80 calorieI found a new favorite Greek yogurt, Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt – 80-calorie.  I’m telling you, this is the best greek yogurt I have ever had.  I have been using the Chobani that I get from Costco and then they didn’t have it one week.  I went to Walmart Supercenter and found these.  They were $1.00 each but that’s about what I paid for the 15-pack Chobani at Costco, so cost-wise it was about the same.  My favorite is the Caramel Mocchiato, next the Strawberry Cheesecake.  They all have 12g of protein too!  There are a few other flavors I would like to try, Raspberry Chocolate and Cherry Chocolate, but can’t find them yet.  🙁   Dannon Fit & Light Greek Yogurt, 80-Calorie

Al and I are planning on going to our granddaughters 3rd birthday on October 7th.  Her party is on2014-09-14 14.25.41 Sunday, October 5th, which just so happens to be my birthday too.  Emily is getting so grown up and the first 3 years just flew by.  Leaving you with a photo of her with her princess crown on.  She loves being girly-girly.  I can’t wait to get my hands on her!  🙂

Have an awesome weekend.  {{{HUGS}}}

button4up  As for my Journey, I am feeling like I’m heading in the right direction in getting back to my healthy routine and start losing again.  I’m exercising and journaling again. I’m listening to my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs again to help keep me motivated and focused. They never fail me when I take the time to listen to the different tracks on the CDs. Why I quit, I’ll never know.  I love Dr. Roberta Temes.button2up


I threw stuff in the crockpot and came up with this.  It was delicious!  Smart Points have been added to the nutritional values.

Dot's Mix-up in the Crockpot
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 16
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 2.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.7g
  • Sugar: 3.7g
  • Sodium: 266mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 9.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
Recipe type: Crockpot
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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I threw stuff in the crockpot and came up with this. Al and I loved it.
Points 2.1 Points+ 3 Smart Points 4
  • 1 lb. 1 oz Ground Beef, 93% Fat Free (this is what I had)
  • 2 cups Red, Yellow, Green Bell Peppers
  • ⅔ cup Roasted Corn (Trader Joe's frozen)
  • 1 cup Pinto Beans, dry
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (1¾ cup)
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (1¾ cup)
  • ¾ cup Black Japonica Rice (Trader Joe's)
  • I cup Mushrooms, sliced (I used canned)
  • Sprinkles of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ⅓ cup Tortilla Soup Mix (bulk foods at Winco)
  1. Cook up the ground beef.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (I did it overnight for 12 hours on low)
  4. Enjoy!
I rinse my canned mushrooms with cold water, which seems to reduce the sodium content.