Archive | January, 2012


30 Jan

It’s super, super dark in here….but you can get an idea about the venue and what you’re in for!



(COVER) COLDPLAY – FIX YOU : Diva Taunia Music / Singing

29 Jan

When you lose something you can’t replace…


26 Jan

Do you read Rob Portinga’s  Former Fat Dudes Blog?  If not, you should.  :)  Please visit him at and bookmark him – you’ll be happy you did. I’m re-blogging one of his most recent entries about the question “Why?”  Ask it, because it’s important.

For all of us – no matter what point in the weight loss surgery journey we’re at – this is probably the most important question we can continually as ourselves to move past our often-times destructive behaviors.  Kudos to Rob for reminding us that the limits us physically, and it is up to us to modify our behaviors – as task that we’ll be most likely working on for life.  I’m just glad to have people like Rob to help support me in that life-long journey.

Originally posted on on January 24, 2012:

I think anyone who has had kids, babysat kids, has had young kids as nieces or nephews, whatever… we all know that kids reach a certain age and they go through the “why stage”. Where it seems like the only word in their vocabulary is “why?”. I don’t need to give examples, you know what I’m talking about. And I think we all get to that point where we break down and answer “because”. “Because it is.” Because I said so”, and so on.


Well, I think we all need to revert back to childhood a bit and start asking “why?” a lot more.

If you’re a pre-op, you are going to be getting a ton of information thrown at you as you prepare for bariatric surgery. Please, don’t ever be afraid to ask why. Why can’t I can drink with my meals? Why do I need to focus on protein first? Why do I need to take so many supplements. Ask away! Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more prepared you will be. What other cliches can I throw at you here?


I’m serious though. Ask questions… of your doctor, your nurse, your surgeon, your peers. Especially your weight loss surgery peers – most of us never get tired of helping others down the wonderful road we’ve taken ourselves.


But asking “why” doesn’t stop there. Last year I took a bit of flack on a forum out there for asking “why”. See, someone had posted a question asking how soon after surgery before they could start drinking wine again. There were the usual answers.. “at least a year”, “what does your surgeon say”, things like that. But I felt there was a key question missing there. “Why?”


With everything we put ourselves through in order to prepare for, get through and survive this surgery…. why… why would you want to even consider alcohol in those first few months after surgery? Alcohol has absolutely no nutritional value, it is nothing but liquid calories at best, and an activity that can have much more severe consequences post-op at worst. And I’m not even going to get in to possible addiction issues.


Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to drink, we’re adults. I’ve drank. But I was about 16 months post-op when I had my first beer and I had been at a pretty stable weight for 5 months at that point. And in the nearly two years since… I probably haven’t had enough to fill up a case yet. So yea… I’m not saying abstain entirely, but c’mon.. during that time when you’re losing… just… why?

And with some of the recent hub-bub going on regarding my doing the 5 Day Pouch Test, I was reminded of this simple word, why, once again.


Kaye Baily, the author/founder of 5DPT left a nice comment for me on my most recent posting and she basically (intentionally or not, I don’t know) reiterated my own feelings that it’s not the test itself… but rather why. Why are you deciding to do something like that… something that to many is no better than any number of the crash diets so many of us tried time and time again before surgery.

Just like we all have different reasons for having had surgery in the first place, we can have varying answers to a question like that… and I while I have my opinions… like the above one about drinking after surgery…  and even these answers are not always absolutes. Given the popularity of that funnel video one would think I’m the king of not drinking after meals, but I’ll be honest here – there have been times where I break the 30-minute rule.


Shocking, right? But for me it’s not about the what, it’s back to the why. Simply put, I was thirsty. I made a conscious decision, knowing I would likely have to be extra cautious of impending hunger because of that decision to take a drink of water. I wanted to take a drink, I was a aware of the why behind it, and can live with that decisions – no regrets. That’s not to say asking “why” gives you a free pass to breaking the rules, but I think for many of us, being more aware of not just what we do, but why, it keeps us so much more in the game than we ever were before.


So yea, while I have to say my answers are generally pretty damn good ones, I also can’t forget that they’re not the only ones. And what “works” for me… may not work for you. But to never ask the question, to never look at the why, is to continue to blindly stumble through things, never learning to make better decisions.




I Fall In Love Too Easily

26 Jan

I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard, for love to ever last
My heart should be well schooled, ’cause I’ve been fooled in the past…
And still I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast

I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard, for love to ever last
My heart should be well schooled, ’cause I’ve been fooled in the past…
And still I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast


22 Jan

35 Servings in this bag!

I’m in the process of moving my mailing list over to MailChimp, but I need your help!  My current newsletter mailing list is being held hostage, so I have to rebuild from the beginning.  It’s easy to do, and you could potentially win some pretty awesome protein swag:  a ginormous bag of Orange Cream Flavored Protein power from Bariatric Advantage!

Here’s how it works:

1.  Go to this link and join my mailing list:

2.  Your name will then be entered into a raffle to win the prize – shipped directly to you with lots of love from me.   Raffle drawing will be on Friday,  January 27th, 2012 and I’ll announce the winner in the newsletter and on Facebook and here on the blog.

Easy, right?

I send one monthly newsletter, and it’s jam-packed with news, performance info, secret free giveaways and promotions, and features and news about our community.  I’d love for you to join so we can keep in touch!   :)

More info about the prize:

High Protein Meal Replacement – 27 Grams Protein and THIRTY-FIVE SERVINGS!

The Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement comes in an economic 35-serving Bag with a measured scoop to make accurate dispensing easy. Each 150 to 160 calorie serving provides a full 27 grams of protein, with only 7 grams of carbohydrate (of which 5 grams are fiber, and only 1 gram is sugar) and a 1.5 grams of fat. They are also lactose-free to best support those who have issues with the digestion of milk sugar. One hundred percent of the protein is from a high quality whey protein isolate (There is no soy protein, only a small amount of soy lecithin to mask aftertaste). Fortified with between 15 and 50 percent of the DV for 23 essential vitamins and minerals, this product makes a perfect meal replacement for those seeking to control calories. Our meal replacement comes in a great variety of flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana) as well and an unflavored shake that can be mixed with soup, yogurt, fruit or home-purchased flavorings.


Diva Taunia Project – WEIGH IN UPDATE! 1.21.12

21 Jan

Obesity Sensitivity: What? How? Who? YOU?

9 Jan

Through many recent conversations with both obese patients and health professionals, I’m finding more and more that discrimination and weight prejudice is still socially acceptable within the medical community, not just in social circles and settings.  I’ve always felt incredibly lucky that my own doctor is so amazing when dealing with weight-related topics and discussions, but I think my luck is rare.

More often that not, it seems that our health care professionals are not getting the sensitivity training that they need to deal with obese patients and the bias and discrimination that patients suffering from obesity face on a daily basis.  I’ve heard all too often stories about doctors and health care professionals making derogatory comments to obese patients, even implying that their obesity is shameful.

It still boggles my mind that amount of discrimination that obese patients face despite the fact that it’s been classified as a disease. I am in the process of researching and collecting stories, suggestions, comments, and important information that could potentially be useful not only to health care professionals, but to obese patients advocating for their own health care.  I would love for you to leave your thoughts in the comment section below, or if you prefer to remain anonymous, please email me directly at and put “anonymous comment” in the subject line so that I know to keep your information private.

Also, why not take this brief online survey from Harvard University’s Project Implicit?;jsessionid=DE7E9176D3D103A9BFB8614E2B351DC6.atomistic-new?tid=0

Through this brief visual survey, you can access your own personal views and reactions about weight bias that may exist outside of your conscious awareness or control. I was really surprised that even with my dedication towards obesity awareness and sensitivity training, along with my own personal history with obesity, I was ranked with a moderate preference towards thin people. Surprising, and upsetting, but eye-opening about how deeply our bias as a culture is.

I have to wonder:  if I exhibit these kinds of preferences, what about my health care professionals who haven’t fought their own battle with obesity?  And what could I potentially be doing to perpetuate those stereotypes and biases?  What type of conversations do I have / not have?  What type of language do I use when referencing my own weight and struggles?  How can I personally help teach my health care professionals how to treat me in the health care process?

Would be curious to hear your stories, suggestions, and results from the survey above.  Many thanks!


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