Archive | April, 2012


25 Apr

This is quite possibly the funniest thing I have EVER seen.

Slow jam the news!

Metabolism B: Diane Kress

24 Apr

If you tuned into tonight’s program with Diane Kress, author of the NY Times Bestseller “The Metabolism Miracle,”  you know the big question was “how do I know if I have Met B?”

Here’s Diane’s list of testing numbers to determine if you have “Metabolism B,” otherwise known as Metabolic Syndrome:

  • Glucose will be over 89
  • Total cholesterol might be over 99
  • LDL over 99
  • HDL under 45
  • Triglycerides over 99
  • Vitamin D under 40
  • TSH out of range (less than .45 or over 4.5)

Did you miss either of the shows?  No fear!  Both shows are archived below.  Many thanks to the fantastic Diane Kress – one of my most popular guests yet! :)

Episode 1 (air date: 4/14/12):

Episode 2 (air date: 4/23/12):

The Metabolism Miracle: (Diane’s Online Support Group): 

23 Apr

Diva Taunia:

Well, I am indeed honored! :)

Originally posted on Today's Honoree is The #1 Blog For Recognizing The Works of Others:

Diva Taunia works tirelessly in her community for weight loss surgery and obesity sensitivity education and is an activist for ending weight bias and discrimination.

Diva Taunia is an award-winning professional vocalist, Radio Host, Burlesque Musical Director & Choreographer, and general all-around smart-ass.

Formerly 311 lbs, Diva Taunia had gastric bypass surgery on 3/25/08 and has maintained a loss of over 140 lbs.

With a love for all things glitzy, glamorous, and “Diva,” she has weekly giveaways and promotions on her radio show and social network bringing fashion, makeup, glamour, and celebrating the beauty and sex appeal of women (and men!) of all shapes and sizes.

Her weight loss journey, music videos, and general antics can be found on her Website at and on her YouTube Page at

She can be heard ever Monday night as the host of the Backstage Pass Radio Program, discussing issues and topics…

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HOLY SHMOLEY: *Awesome* deal from BJ’s Bariatrics!

19 Apr

BJ’s Bariatrics is offering a$30 Gift Certificate for only $19! That’s a 36% discount. You can buy this deal now, share it with your friends, or buy and share! CLICK HERE TO BUY!

Be sure to tell Bob that Diva Taunia sent you! :)

About this business:
BJ’s Bariatrics provides a one stop shop for all of your Bariatric needs. We are authorized distributors of Celebrate Vitamins, Bariatric Advantage, Chocolite, Syntrax Nectar and many other product lines.

The fine print
Coupon valid from 05/01/2012 to 11/30/2012. Limit 2 per person, and one coupon per visit. Can’t be combined with other offers. Can’t be applied to liquor sales.




Featured in Cover 2 Cover Magazine!

17 Apr

Featured in Cover 2 Cover Magazine!

I just happened upon this lovely feature in Cover 2 Cover Magazine. Of course, I’m so VERY shy prancing around in my fishnet stalkings. lol Huge thanks to Kristen Schueler Photography for a picture that I’m sure to be happy about 30 years from now. lol

Thanks to Cover 2 Cover for the feature! :)

4/13/12: Friday Five

13 Apr

The best part about doing a weekly feature is that I get to highlight and showcase some great people, places, and things.  The worst part is that I have to remember that I need to post every Friday.  For half of the day today, I didn’t even realize it WAS Friday, so this is no small feat for me.  Especially impressive since it’s Friday the 13th, and I’m bound to screw something up somewhere today.  lol

Here are this week’s Friday Five.  Enjoy!  :)


The Dress
re:  blatant self-promotion

At the end of April, I’ll be launching a new website that showcases one of my favorite obsesssion: dresses.  The website will feature reviews, discounts and deals, designers, and everyone’s favorite:  giveaways!





The Dress Addict

For anyone who “LIKES” the Facebook page before April 30th, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of several dress giveaways (more prizes added throughout the weekend).  So do two things:  1)  bookmark and 2) go to the Facebook Page and like it!







#2  /  Huffington Post
“An open letter to Carnie Wilson”

First, I’d like to thank Beth at for not only letting her readers know about this article, but for writing such a thoughtful response post on her blog.

I’m just in awe that any medical professional – particularly a licensed therapist experience in cognitive therapy behavior – would so openly and readily call out someone in such a public and humiliating way.  Never mind that Carnie Wilson is a celebrity and that she makes her journey public:  this is a licensed medical professional who knows better and understands the rules of medical privacy.   Pretty unbelievable.  Read the entire story here on Beth’s blog and here on The Huffington Post.


Citizens Medical Center BMI / Obesity Discrimination Policy Suspended!

From the Obesity Action Coalition:

Tampa, Fla. – Earlier today, Citizens Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, David Brown, contacted OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and informed Mr. Nadglowski that their weight-based hiring policy has been suspended.

The Center recently came under fire when media outlets throughout the U.S. focused attention on its body mass index (BMI) requirement for employment. The policy stated that individuals with a BMI of 35 or more would not be eligible for employment at Citizens Medical Center. OAC leadership reached out to Mr. Brown and expressed their concerns that this hiring policy greatly perpetuated weight bias and stigma often associated with the disease of obesity.

“The OAC is very pleased that Mr. Brown and Citizens Medical Center have decided to remove the policy. It is unfortunate that the policy was ever implemented; however, we applaud them for taking a proactive step toward reducing weight bias,” said Nadglowski.

The OAC’s Web site states the following in regard to obesity and the workplace:

Employers are impacted by obesity because of increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and workers compensation, which can often be associated with obesity. Companies should provide comprehensive obesity prevention and treatment programs for their employees and employ incentive programs (such as discounted health club memberships, availability of healthier food choices at work, etc.) where possible.
While incentive programs should be encouraged, we believe that punitive measures (higher premiums, penalties for non-participation, etc.) should not be utilized as a catalyst for individuals to address their obesity. Further stigmatization and penalization of this population often elicits a response counter to the goal of the original penalty.
In 2011, the OAC launched a new initiative, entitled “Bias Busters,” which aims to combat weight bias throughout society, including settings such as healthcare, employment, pop culture, the media and more. To date, “Bias Busters” has taken on weight bias issues with Facebook, Entertainment Tonight and others. “’Bias Busters’ has proven to be an effective initiative to address weight bias. It was an OAC member who originally alerted us to Citizens Medical Center’s BMI policy. We are very thankful that OAC leadership was able to effectively assist in the removal of the policy in a timely manner,” said Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, OAC Chairman.

For more information on the OAC’s “Bias Busters,” please visit If you know of a weight bias issue that you would like the OAC to review, please email

The OAC is a National nonprofit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.

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Online karaoke site – great community!

www.singsnap.comI have found that in the past few months that I’ve been referring lots of students and singing enthusiasts to one of my favorite sites:  It’s a really great community of people who love to sing, and you can record songs, add them to your account, get feedback and comments, participate in contests and much, much more.  They offer free accounts and “Gold” accounts that give you access to the entire library.  If you love to sing, this site is for you!

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Sexy Lingerie!

I recently found out about a great website called  They have a HUGE selection of lingerie and intimates and the owner, Marne, is a really wonderful gal to work with.  She sent me a bunch of lingerie to review (I will be posting a separate blog review in the future), and she has an excellent range of sizes, and everything is really reasonably priced as well.  If you’re looking for some sassy new duds, check out!


I don’t suck nearly as bad as I thought!

12 Apr

I don't suck nearly as bad as I thought!

I’m only $80 away from my fundraising goal! This is pretty amazing considering I really *am* the world’s WORST fundraiser. I’m going to give it one more go after this with a video on my YouTube channel (“Hi! It’s me! Begging for money from you!“), but I’m hoping that I may actually meet excede my goal. That would take me right out of “suckage” to “not too shabby.” Plus, my charity would be rockin’ with a few extra donated bucks.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by obesity, please consider making a tax-deductable donation that will raise funds and draw attention to obesity and the need for treatment and prevention efforts, as well as sensitivity training.

Many thanks! xo


VIDEO: Weight Bias in Health Care (Bravo!)

11 Apr

Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has a REALLY powerful video exposing the bias and prejudices that are experienced by overweight patients in the medical community.  This video was posted in 2009, and still applies (if not more) today.

What I love most about this is that rather than just address that bias and discrimination exists, they expose the how their preventative care is compromised by being affected by bias within the medical community. Even better, the Rudd Center provides a very simple list of ways that medical practices and professionals can help provide a more comfortable and welcoming environment for overweight patients in addition to questioning their own assumptions and personal attitudes towards overweight patients.

“The medical community offers great opportunity to help address the issue of weight bias because with positive attitudes, people will get better care, not only that but it will be modeling for the world about how overweight people should be treated and what weight *is*.”

From the Rudd Center For Food Policy & Obesity:

Overweight and obese patients frequently feel stigmatized in health care settings, and face stereotypes and prejudice from health care providers.
These stigmatizing experiences (also called ‘weight bias’) jeopardize patients’ emotional and physical health. The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University ( has released this new video in response to a growing concern about weight bias in health care. The video, hosted by celebrity and activist Emme and featuring Rudd Center experts including Dr. Rebecca Puhl and Dr. Kelly Brownell, uses expert commentary and dramatic representation to increase awareness of bias and stigma that overweight and obese patients encounter in health care. Equally importantly, the video presents a range of practical strategies to help providers reduce bias in their clinical practice, and to optimize the health care experience for their overweight and obese patients.


6 Apr


Walk From Obesity:  Melting Mama’s Bariatric Bad Girls Team
Natick, MA  - April 28th

I very readily admit that I pretty much suck at fundraising.  I always feel uncomfortable asking people for donations/money, even when it’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart.  So help me not suck, won’t you? (click graphic to donate)

I’ll be walking with Melting Mama’s BBGC on April 28th, and I have a fundraising goal of $300.  Seriously, that should be a piece of cake (uh, bad pun), right?!  If I can’t raise that, I’m just kind of pathetic.  So help me not suck, and also help raise funds for ending obesity, won’t you?  Every little bit counts.

And my very first (and VERY generous) donation was from my new sponsor, who happens to be next on my FF list.  Granted, they made the list last week too, but any company that supports me and my cause so generously gets a second write-up, because they ROCK:

Thank you VERY much for your support, Wellesse!

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Contest time!  Win some Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Supplements! You haven’t tried Wellesse yet?  Well, check out THIS BLOG ENTRY to see how you could win some serious loot!

Save $5 using DIVAT


If you find me living out of a cardboard box on the street, you’ll know why.  I want to spend every penny I have on the dresses from this site.  LOVE. ❤





Ingrid Michaelson “Everybody”

I love this song, and think this video is adorable:


Now, you know I’m not particularly religious, so here’s best I can do for you.  Happy Easter weekend, everyone!


5 Apr

As many of you know, I have a strict no-negative review policy.  Because of this, I’m very selective about my sponsors and I only partner with the companies and products that I truly do love.  And love, I do, my newest sponsor:  Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Solutions:

For any new post-operative patient, these are FANTASTIC.  The doses is small, liquid, and tastes GREAT.  In fact, the calcium tastes like a creamsicle smoothie to me!  Even though I’m four years out and don’t need to have liquids, I have been using them for the past week to try them out, and I’m pretty happy with all of them.  They can be taken as a quick 2 oz shot all on their own, or you can mix them into juice, water, OR try out MY brilliant idea:


Come ON!  How fun would this make taking your vitamins?   I’m serious.  Whip up your little snow cone with any of the great berry and citrus flavors they offer.  I  think that this is really stroke of genius on my part.   Just sayin’.

Most of their  products are sugar-free AND gluten-free (score!), and they’re naturally sweetened with Stevia  (note: not ALL of their products have Stevia – some do have sucralose (the Calcium, Glucosamine, B complex) and the Vitamin D 1000 IU is not sugar free, but they do use Stevia whenever possible!).  Honestly?  I think this stuff rocks and you should try it – especially if you are a brand new post-op searching for vitamins and supplements that are easy on to get down.  And you know I have a Diva discount for you!


Save $5! Use DIVAT

In fact, I think you should have a collection of your own, so I’m of course going to do a super-happy giveaway.  Here’s how it works:


(2) Wellesse Bariatric Starter Packs valued at $55 that includes 2 bottles of the Multivitamin, 2 bottles of Calcium, 1 Liquid Iron, 1 Vitamin D3 and 1 B-12 plus a $25 Wellesse gift card.


Get one entry into a raffle for each of these entries:

  • “Like” Wellesse on Facebook and leave a note on the wall that says, “Diva Taunia sent me!”
  • “Follow”  Wellesse on Twitter and post this comment:  @divataunia sent me!
  • Leave a comment on this blog that says, “I love Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Vitamins”

Two winners will be drawn at random on the Monday, April 23rd radio program at 8:00pm EST.  Wellesse is now an official sponsor of The Backstage Pass Radio Program, and I heart them for that.  Good luck!  :)


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