Reader Mindy B. Lost 49lbs on The Dukan Diet!

As you know, I lost 18 pounds in 8 weeks on the Dukan Diet. I have been easily maintaining my new weight through the 4th and final phase of The Dukan Diet. I feel like I have a whole new lease on life!

Side by side comparison of June 18th at 128 pounds till August 11th at 110 pounds.

Upon reading about my success, it encouraged a lot of other women to try The Dukan Diet, which absolutely thrills me. I am so glad to be an inspiration to women and help them on their quest to happiness and health.

One of our winner’s of the Dukan Diet Prize Packs Giveaway wanted to share her story of weight loss with you lovely ladies as another example of how GREAT the Dukan Diet works!

Mindy says:

I started following the Dukan Diet on August 13, 2012. As of today, my total loss is 49 lbs!!!!

The diet is so easy to follow and I am never hungry. My standard breakfast of choice is non-fat Greek Yogurt with 1 tablespoon of Goji Berries and 1-2 tablespoons of oat bran. I keep the berries and oat bran at my desk at work, and bring the yogurt, which I purchase in bulk on sale, from home. When I have to eat lunch on the run, I feast on a package of smoked salmon. I frequently have a grilled salmon fillet that I get fresh from the counter at Whole Foods. When I am having a celebration with my family, I bring non-fat Ricotta cheese for my dessert. The only measuring or limits are really the oat bran and Goji Berries. After the first week, I was not even missing bread or sugar.

The biggest trick is to make sure you are never hungry. Keep snacks at work that you can turn to in order to avoid temptation. Eat as much as you need to of the permissible foods to prevent hunger. Always keep a variety of permissible proteins and veggies on hand. Drink the water, and know that there will be days where there are fluctuations in the wrong direction that are likely related to a need for more fiber. Just keep following the diet and drink more water and do not miss the oat bran, and you will get past it.

The products are quite helpful but not at all required. I make a sort of turkey chili with ground turkey, crushed tomato, coriander and cumin, and the Shirataki noodles. I served it to a friend who is not on Dukan, and she love it!

This diet has been so easy to follow and so easy to stay faithful to, and the results speak for themselves. In addition to the weight loss, my overall health has improved, and suggestions of one of my doctors to eliminate fried and fatty or greasy foods was already being addressed.

I highly recommend Dukan to anyone who is serious about losing weight in a healthy manner.

Thank you so much to Mindy for sharing her on-going success story with us! I hope this inspires you to reach your weight loss goals! I encourage you to purchase the book The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever and give it a try!

Mindy gave us permission to share her success story with our readers.

Mom of 3 Loses 100 Pounds, Then Enters Beauty Pageant!

I was recently approached by Jill Knapp, an amazing and very inspiring woman who recently lost 101 pounds after learning she had Type 2 Diabetes. We decided to interview her so she could share her amazing story with all of you and hopefully inspire some of you to get up and get moving!

Jill – Before And After

Our Interview with Jill Knapp:

1. How old are you?
I just turned 42 this year.

2. How many children do you have?
I have three beautiful children.

3. How much weight have you lost to date?
I have lost an amazing 101 pounds!

4. What made you finally decide to lose the weight?
Unfortunately finding out I have Type 2 diabetes was a major factor in my mind set and wanting to start living a healthier life. Have a wonderful husband and 3 wonderful children really helped me make my mind up.

5. Can you tell us a little bit about Type 2 diabetes?
I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my last child at 37 1/2. At the hospital after I had my son they tested me and all test came back negative. I went to the Dr many months later with 15 extra pounds and was dealing with really bad headaches and my Dr. sent me home with a monitor. I brought it back in the office I found out the diabetes did in deed follow me from the pregnancy.

6. What made you decide to enter a Beauty Pageant?
Since I have had success at controlling my diabetes I have been led to a new found dedication and passion in educating others on how to eat right & exercise. It brings me great joy to share my story with others and in doing so inspire them to “get up and get moving!” To be in a pageant you need a platform something you are passionate about. I was already sharing my message of weight loss and living with diabetes so I thought well, If I go for Mrs. Idaho I will be able to expand and have more people to share my message with. I placed in the Top 6 and that is exactly what happen. I have been so blessed to have countless doors open up and ways to share my story with others.

7. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I have a web site that is dedicated to helping others stay motivated. My mother-in law Sharon Knapp who passed away in 2003 always told me to be strong and never give up. She also told me it takes courage to change, She also said it is only through being your true self you will find happiness. I have found that being my true self is helping others in this life and taking my experience and sharing it with others is what I love to do. And if any of you even think that you may have diabetes, please go see your doctor immediately! It’s important to know you have it and start doing something about it right away. And if you are pre-diabetic, you need to lose weight before it develops into type 2 diabetes.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicJill recently did a live interview on Fabulous After 40. You can click here to listen to the motivating and informative podcast.

Visit Jill Knapp’s blog at

How To Lose 2 Inches in 2 Seconds!

No, it’s not a fad diet or a secret weight loss plan. It’s body slimming shapewear!!

How are you going to look great in that sweater dress or that little plaid skirt? If losing weight isn’t working out for you, then suck it in and slim up with Shapewear from Bare Necessities. The latest shaping and slimming silhouettes can be your fall fashion secret.

From celebrities to the working woman, Shapewear is now the most important part of a women’s wardrobe. Not only does the right Shapewear item make you look slimmer, it enhances your wardrobe and saves you money. Lose inches in seconds with the top brands in Shapewear!

Bare Necessities is one of the top 50 retail websites for apparel, as well as Instyle’s top online lingerie shopping site.

Bare Necessities is also the home for all your Shapewear needs. Sassybax, Miraclesuit, The Body Wrap, Yummie Tummie – as seen on Oprah, and Spanx have all designed shapewear to help women look pounds lighter in seconds. The innovative technology that makes inches disappear and keeps everything in control has been a miracle cure for women of all ages. sells all of today’s top shapewear styles, and has lingerie experts to help find the right styles for every age, body and wardrobe.

We can’t live without shapewear now that we’ve had a baby.

Find out what we’re wearing under our Fall wardrobe:

Yummie Tummie

What: Yummie Tummie Strappy T Shapewear Tank

I have this one in black and I’ve been wearing under almost everything from t-shirts to dresses. It’s the perfect undershirt, but provides no breast support so be sure to wear it with your favorite bra. It provides a sleek look under shirts as it conceals “belly bulge” and muffin tops. You can wear it as an under layer, peeking out under your favorite shirt, or you can tuck it into your jeans and secretly enjoy the slimming effect it has on your tummy.

I wish they made these in petite sizes because the midsection is a little too long for me, but I’m 5’3″. I think the design is probably perfect for the average woman. It’s very comfortable and every bit as wonderful as Oprah said it was.

And I just found out they have it in a long length style with nursing straps for easy breastfeeding! Wish I had known that before I got this one!!! They even have one with Long Sleeves

Price: $62 and up



What: SPANX Hide & Sleek Body Smoothing Camisole

This one fits my petite figure a bit better, but makes your breasts look significantly smaller because of the tight fit through the top. The Yummie Tummie tops provide no support but this one you can get away without a bra. It’s way more comfortable than wearing a bra (although you can wear it with a bra if you want to).

It’s shorter than the Yummie Tummie tank as well but can still be tucked into pants perfectly. I wear this one with almost all my tops. It also provides nice tummy coverage for when I need to nurse my daughter as well and I pull up the top layer. This top definitely came with me on my vacation. I’m wearing it right now under a loose blouse.

Price: $42.00



What: SPANX Power Panties ® Shapewear

I got these on eBay nearly 2 years ago. They are really worn out, even though I wash them by hand. It’s because I wore them pretty much every day for the first 6 months after I gave birth. What a dignity-saver these were!

It’s time to buy a new pair and I’m thinking of getting the SPANX Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Thigh Smoother so I can get rid of that little belly bulge too.

Damn those post-partum pounds that just won’t go away!!!!!!!!!!!!

Price: $30.00



What: Flexees Weightless Power Chemise

This is something I’ve been dying to try, but haven’t yet. I think a body-slimming slip is genius! I can finally look like my old self when wearing dresses.

This one seems particularly nice because of the built-in shelf bra for support as well as smooth laser-cut edge on hem and fully adjustable straps.

Price: $32.00


Do you wear shapewear? If so, what is your favorite piece?

If you don’t have any shapewear, what pieces would you like to try and why? We want to know all about your trouble spots! But don’t worry… we won’t tell!!!