Al,  Dotti,  Emily,  Family,  LeRoy

September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

Hope this post finds all of you having a great Labor Day weekend.  Al and I are staying in, not doing anything special.  Vancouver is having some great cool weather this week, which I love.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

LeRoy, Rachel and the kids made a surprise visit at the end of August.  It was a quick but fun visit.  This is the first time we’ve met our grandson, Jake.  Emily is now almost 5 years old and getting so “grown up”.  What a joy it was having special time with her.  She takes after me, very talkative and loves people.  Jake, who is 11 months now, reminds me so much of my LeRoy when he was little.  He’s very easy-going, loves to eat, and is so cuddly.  He loves to give a lot of kisses.  They both have birthdays in October, Jakes is October 2nd, and Emilys is October 7th (same as my brother Bob.  Mine is October 5th (going to be the big 60 this year).  It looks like we are racking up October birthdays!


I’ve been keeping busy for the last month updating our restaurants to Smart Points.  I have 153 restaurants completed.  You can find all my DWLZ updates at:

Getting back on track on my Journey to a healthy weight has not been easy, to say the least.  But… who said it was going to be easy.  I’m not giving up; it is never an option.  I need to take little steps back to my healthy lifestyle, one step at a time.  It’s so easy to get discouraged on this Journey.

My leg injury is healing slowly.  It still hurts a bit to step completely on my foot and my ankle aches at night but it’s all part of the healing process, I’m told.  I’m off Workmans Comp and not working at Fred Meyer anymore.  I’m moving on with my life.  It’s hard to believe I worked for Fred Meyer from October 14, 2014 to July 2016 and for the last year I cut my finger in the deli, broke my left leg in the deli, and finally broke my right leg in the cooler in the seafood department.  The latest was a horrible accident, leaving my right ankle broke, ripping all my tissue up my leg to another break on my upper fibia.  I guess going to work was a bad idea.  🙁

Al has been busy writing a book, his passion for a very long time.  He has written a book of Five Short Stories, which is now on Amazon.  If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon at:*Version*=1&*entries*=0  Feedback is always welcome.

Fall is upon us, along with pumpkin lattes & pies, and all the wonderful aromas of the Fall season.  I’m loving the cooler temps and not running my A/C.  Al and I hope to get to the zoo sometime soon.  It’s been way too long.

Hopefully, it won’t be so long between my posts.  The months seem to be passing by way too quickly.  Have an awesome day!




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    Your grandchildren are beautiful. Looks like a fun visit for all. Dear Lord Dotti, DO NOT work for Fred Meyer anymore…
    You certainly have had your share of horrific injuries. Take care and enjoy your fall weather.

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    Shelley DeGuzman

    your grandchildren are beautiful, Happy Birthday, I am also an October baby the 21st, time goes by so fast, I too need to get back on track I will be 57 this year…it is amazing how when you turn 50 all the aches and pains seem to kick in. I have been a follower for a long time, since you were on ezboard…DWLZ is home..Hope you continue to heal Dotti, and hope you have a great holiday season

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    Dear Dotti,

    Thank you for all you have done for me and other WW point counters over the years. I first encountered your site in 2000 when I lost 70 pounds. Your restaurant point values were an invaluable resource before access to information was carried around in our pockets. As we all know, when it comes to weight loss, information truly is power!

    I continued to use your site as a resource over the next 7 years as I maintained my weight, until I developed RSD (a disease that causes awful chronic pain and numerous other issues). I won’t bore you with all the details, but the disease, the resulting sedentary lifestyle, long list of medications, surgeries, depression, being mostly home bound for about 5 years, etc, etc led to a lot of comfort eating and not really caring about the consequences of what and how much I put in my mouth or the 98 pounds that came as a result.

    About a year ago I started to have some improvements in my condition, along with an unrelated health scare, that convinced me that I had to try to do something about the few parts of my life I could control, namely, what I put in my mouth, so I got out my WW stuff and went “back on program”. I was pleasantly relieved to discover that your site was still in operation, and even more delighted to see that you have maintained all of the old point values as well as continued to add updated ones as well, since I was still unable to drive at that time. I continue to enjoy your service since I have been able to return to meetings and contemplate transitioning to the latest point program.

    I tell you all this for 2 reasons. First, to say “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU” for continuing to be a blessing in my life. Secondly, I want to encourage you as you struggle with your physical ailments and your own weight journey. I know how hard it can be to care about your weight when you are in pain, limited physically, and are faced with so much you have no control of. Dotti, you are a powerful, inspirational, generous woman who is loved, cared for, and prayed for by many that you have touched over the years. I know that you will emerge from this latest trial and be even stronger as you emerge on the other side of it. Please know that you are more than the struggles you have been facing, and know that there are others who have been there, care, and understand.

    (And if you ever want to “talk” with someone who gets what it is like to face life changing health issues, I would be happy to at any point. I will forever be in you debt.)

    • Dotti


      Thank you so much for your wonderful message. You touched my heart and helped me remember why I created DWLZ, to help everyone on their Journey. The love and support is tremendous. Well do this together. (((hugs)))

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      Thank you so much Marsha for your wonderful supportive message. I haven’t been on site for awhile, needing a much-needed break. Thank you for sharing your story. I needed to read your message today. It’s always nice to know you are loved and cared about. Good luck on your Journey. {{{HUGS}}}

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