340lbs My Weight Loss Journey Begins Here at Slimpressions

340lbs My Weight Loss Journey Begins Now
Be Bold. Be Brave. 340lbs My Weight Loss Journey Begins Here at Slimpressions #340lbs Weight loss begins now. I am 49, a mother of 3, an executive and weigh 340lbs.  I was a former athlete. I was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation and had brain surgery in 2006. I adopted 3 children, all siblings in 2008.  I have had 3 more surgeries.  I am spiritual, involved with church and volunteer when I can, love photography, yet … I weigh 340lbs. Family photos are fun. I am always the photographer (by choice). Vacations used to be fun, now I hate going to the beach or the pool and swimming was my sport.  Now, let’s flip to work. I am confident, driven and great at what I do, yet … I weigh 340lbs drumroll please ....  my insurance...

Be Bold. Be Brave. 340lbs My Weight Loss Journey Begins Here at Slimpressions


#340lbs

Weight loss begins now. I am 49, a mother of 3, an executive and weigh 340lbs.  I was a former athlete. I was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation and had brain surgery in 2006. I adopted 3 children, all siblings in 2008.  I have had 3 more surgeries.  I am spiritual, involved with church and volunteer when I can, love photography, yet … I weigh 340lbs. Family photos are fun. I am always the photographer (by choice). Vacations used to be fun, now I hate going to the beach or the pool and swimming was my sport.  Now, let’s flip to work. I am confident, driven and great at what I do, yet … I weigh 340lbs drumroll please ....  my insurance company does not have any surgical or non-surgical weight loss plans.  I can't even take advantage of the nutritional programs or proceed to my referral at the bariatric facility nearby.  Can you feel my tears running down my cheeks?
#slimpressions
God brought me to this inspiring woman named Amy Pedersen, CEO of Slimpressions. I fell in love with her story and loved seeing the website.  There is such a great group of people here … much like a family.  Looking at the products, I thought, “Yeah right, how am I going to fit into these?”  I wanted to order one online, but didn’t. What was I afraid of? What is the worst thing that could happen? It doesn’t fit and you send it back with their no hassle guarantee return policy. Then the emotions kick in, depression because you are too big yet … “you have such a beautiful face”, “you have a great heart”, “you are an amazing person” … YES BUT I AM FAT … I weigh 340lbs!
#suprisecomfybralette
Amy surprised me one day with a little brown bag.  Inside it was a Comfy Bralette. I took it home and tried it on and was so excited. It fit perfect.  It was soft, comfortable, supported me in all the right places and gave me so much confidence.  I was shocked … and yet I weigh 340lbs. Real shapewear for Real women! I get it. #Ibelieve I have very dear friend who has lost 180+ lbs. She has been such an inspiration to me personally and professionally.  My family, friends, Amy and Slimpressions are behind me.  What am I waiting for? So I started my diet 4/9/2016 because I am 340lbs. Not just because I failed my first physical ever and my doctor said I had to, but because I need this.  I drove to my prayer group at church last night and as I sat in silence, tears just fell. One by one, like a child slowly turning on a faucet. Soon, I simply lost control of all my emotions and felt naked in my skin bearing my soul in silence to God as he said, “Be Bold. Be Brave.” I opened up to my group and shared my struggle.  They prayed over me and I found continued strength through their healing words.
#strength
I don’t weigh 340lbs. Today I weigh 330lbs.  I have a weight loss of  10lbs in 10 days. This is the first post (of many) you will see of my weight loss journey. My first weight loss goal is 50x50. 50lbs by age 50 which will be coming up at the end of September. Slimpressions is not just a company with products on their website.  They care about OUR journey and are here to cheer us on.  The journey can be weight loss, career driven, family extension, inner healing, or retirement. As a community we all support on another and what better place than to let Slimpressions into your life, like I did mine.  #bebold  #bebrave Please "LIKE THIS" or SHARE so I know you are out there supporting my weight loss journey. I will keep writing, posting and sending prayers and blessings your way.   Dawn  04/19/2016 IMG_4483-e1462242488300     

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas We've heard a lot of funny names for different problem areas. Our co-founding Slimpressionista, Amy Pedersen, often jokes about having the “founding arm flab” that inspired Slimpressions shape wear. Although her maiden name is Blankenship, BlankenHIPS is more like it!  (He-he-he, love you Amy!) What are your names for “flabbage” up top: Arm Flab Bat Wings Subway Arms or Muscles that wave? How about the midsection? We've heard: Muffin Top Spare Tire Jelly Belly and Love Handles. Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget those areas that The Bottom Line Collection helps smooth…Thunder Thighs and the Caboose! No matter what you call your trouble spots, we h...

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas

We've heard a lot of funny names for different problem areas. Our co-founding Slimpressionista, Amy Pedersen, often jokes about having the “founding arm flab” that inspired Slimpressions shape wear. Although her maiden name is Blankenship, BlankenHIPS is more like it!  (He-he-he, love you Amy!) What are your names for “flabbage” up top:
  • Arm Flab
  • Bat Wings
  • Subway Arms
  • or Muscles that wave?
How about the midsection? We've heard:
  • Muffin Top
  • Spare Tire
  • Jelly Belly
  • and Love Handles.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget those areas that The Bottom Line Collection helps smooth…Thunder Thighs and the Caboose! No matter what you call your trouble spots, we have your shaping solution!  Check out our Product Selector where you can shop not only by body shape, but also by problem area! We've broken it down into the chest, arms, hips, bottom, thighs and belly. Do you have a “pet name” for pesky problem areas?  Let’s hear it!  #allingoodfun  

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Butt

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift Lie on your back with your knees bent. Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling. Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times. Donkey Kicks Get on all fours. Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent. After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat. Frog Jump Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground. Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling. Repeat 20...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling.
  • Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times.
Donkey Kicks
  • Get on all fours.
  • Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent.
  • After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat.
Frog Jump
  • Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground.
  • Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling.
  • Repeat 20 times.
Reference: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/butt-exercises-apr01#slide-12 [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Donkey Kicks[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Belly

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears. Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet. Repeat 20 times and switch limbs. Mountain Climber Get into a push-up position. Bring your right knee to your chest. Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee. 20 r...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears.
  • Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet.
  • Repeat 20 times and switch limbs.
Mountain Climber
  • Get into a push-up position.
  • Bring your right knee to your chest.
  • Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee.
  • 20 reps per leg.
Side Plank
  • Lie on your side with your legs straight.
  • Prop yourself up with your forearm.
  • Hold the position for 60 seconds and switch sides.
References: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-7 http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-2 http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/8-Killer-Ab-Exercises?page=2 [caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mountain Climber[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Arms

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings! Circle “T”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape. Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions. Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat. High “V”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!) Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.” Do ...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings!
  1. Circle “T”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape.
  • Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions.
  • Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat.
  1. High “V”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!)
  • Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.”
  • Do 20 reps.
  1. Overhead Bend:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, extend your right arm over your head and to the left.
  • Switch sides and repeat 25 times.
Tune in next week for the jelly belly series! [caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignnone" width="150"]iStock_000015284746XSmall High "V"[/caption] References: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=1 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=5 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=8

Body Image

You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts: 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female. Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year. It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time. Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way t...
You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts:
  • 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female.
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year.
  • It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time.
  • Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.
  • 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The majority of which were performed on women.
The average American woman is 5’4″ and 140 pounds.Most of us have a disproportionate view of our bodies due to the media, especially advertisements. The current standard of ideal thinness, set by the media, is achieved by less than 5% of the female population. For example:
  • The average American model is 5′11″ and 117 pounds.
  • Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average woman.
We believe that your weight shouldn't determine who you are. Confidence is a mental state. Love your body in every way, shape and form. You ARE beautiful. Encourage yourself to believe this. You have to love yourself, before you can allow others to love you. Sources:

Show “The Girls” a Little Love

Have you seen the new Lifetime show, Double Divas? If so, you know the importance of a well-fitting bra. These divas from LiviRae Lingerie are sizing America one bra at a time. Every episode will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. Yet I digress… Let me ask another question. Did you know more than 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? A well-fitting bra can eliminate sagging, back pain and not to mention make you look like a “10” in your clothes! You may not even know you’re wearing the wrong bra size, but if your bra is creating back fat or you’re spilling out of the cup, this blog was written for you. The fit of a bra is determined by 4 factors: Band size Cup size Strap adjustment How it appears under cl...
Have you seen the new Lifetime show, Double Divas? If so, you know the importance of a well-fitting bra. These divas from LiviRae Lingerie are sizing America one bra at a time. Every episode will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. Yet I digress… Let me ask another question. Did you know more than 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? A well-fitting bra can eliminate sagging, back pain and not to mention make you look like a “10” in your clothes! You may not even know you’re wearing the wrong bra size, but if your bra is creating back fat or you’re spilling out of the cup, this blog was written for you. The fit of a bra is determined by 4 factors:
  1. Band size
  2. Cup size
  3. Strap adjustment
  4. How it appears under clothing
The most important factor is the band. Most women shop for a bra by the cup size and then then band, allowing themselves to stray between a few sizes on the band. The support is in the band, ladies! Most major department stores will help you determine your correct band size and cup size. It is important to get sized every year or so, as we all know a woman’s body is subject to change. When trying on a new bra, look at how it looks under a white T-shirt. If you can rock it under that, you can wear it with most things. You can look even more flattering in your new bra when you slim your middle with any body shapers from the Slimpressions Top Sleekret™ CollectionThe Have Nots™ and Tanks a Little™ both were designed for you to bring your own bra. The deep scoop front works with your bra to promote “the girls” by giving them a little boost.  The Haves™, The Skinny Mini™ and Tanks A Lot™ all include a Comfy Bralette™ to lift and support without compressing your chest. You can you wear these shapers with or without your bra. If you’re just not into traditional bras, check out our Comfy Bralette™. It may very well be the most comfortable bra that you’ll ever wear! It lifts and supports without wires, hooks or padding. The seamless technology we use in the wide back band eliminates visible bra lines. And, the wide shoulder straps don’t dig into your skin and won’t show under your cutest blouse or shirt. Our Comfy Bralette sits lower on your torso and a bit higher under your arms to eliminate those pesky bulges that you find when you’re wearing your traditional bra. Like all of our products, just machine wash on gentle in cold water and tumble dry on low. Now, who’s ready to trade in their old bra and give “the girls” a little love and a lot more support? Reference

On a Weight Loss Journey? Want to See Immediate Results?

If you're anything like us, you've probably resolved to make some changes this new year.  Most of us start each year with the commitment to improve in some way - Whether it's to drink more water, to get organized, or to strive for more BALANCE in your life, people tend to begin the new year with a renewed spirit and optimism for the future. The most common new years resolution is to lose weight.  Change isn't always easy though, especially when you don't see immediate results from your efforts.    No matter how you accomplish it, losing weight is not easy.  Whether you opt for the traditional diet and exercise route or you've decided that it's time for bariatric surgery (ie adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y or...
If you're anything like us, you've probably resolved to make some changes this new year.  Most of us start each year with the commitment to improve in some way - Whether it's to drink more water, to get organized, or to strive for more BALANCE in your life, people tend to begin the new year with a renewed spirit and optimism for the future. The most common new years resolution is to lose weight.  Change isn't always easy though, especially when you don't see immediate results from your efforts.    No matter how you accomplish it, losing weight is not easy.  Whether you opt for the traditional diet and exercise route or you've decided that it's time for bariatric surgery (ie adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y or RNY), sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancratic diversion, etc.) weight loss requires a commitment and for most of us, is not at all easy.  To me, losing weight is a journey.  I don't just talk the talk.  I walk the walk.  My own weight loss journey has been a bit of a roller coaster.  At times I'm up.  At times I'm down. At times I'm docked in the station waiting for another "go" moment of inspiration.  Know that regardless of where you are on your personal  journey, you can  feel confident when you wear Slimpressions.  No matter if you've put on a few extra pounds or if you have lost lots of weight and want help smoothing out any loose skin, Slimpressions shapewear is right for you.  There's nothing like a little immediate gratification for your hard work, right?  Check out these Before & After results.  Not sure what product is right for you?  I'd encourage you to check out our Product Selector to help you choose.  We created Slimpressions for the less-than-perfect body.  No matter your body type (straight, pear, spoon, hourglass, top hourglass, inverted triangle, oval or diamond), we have something for you.  Unless, of course, you're Barbie...Slimpressions is real shapewear for real women. Blessings, Amy Pedersen Co-founding Slimpressionista

Making Your Weight Loss Goals Public

As we begin another new year, 'tis the season for setting resolutions.  Weight loss, eating right and exercising more are the most popular goals for people each year, however, within weeks (if not days) we tend to fall into our old patterns and let these resolutions slip away.   Studies show that when you make your goals public, you are more likely to stick to them.  Not only do goal-setters have a sense of accountability when they make their goals public, but they also feel supported by others.  We loved this story about how one man is making his weight-loss goals public.   So are you ready to tell the world what your goals are?  If you'd like support from your fellow Slimpressionistas, let us know what your new year's resolutions are (...
As we begin another new year, 'tis the season for setting resolutions.  Weight loss, eating right and exercising more are the most popular goals for people each year, however, within weeks (if not days) we tend to fall into our old patterns and let these resolutions slip away.   Studies show that when you make your goals public, you are more likely to stick to them.  Not only do goal-setters have a sense of accountability when they make their goals public, but they also feel supported by others.  We loved this story about how one man is making his weight-loss goals public.   So are you ready to tell the world what your goals are?  If you'd like support from your fellow Slimpressionistas, let us know what your new year's resolutions are (weight loss or otherwise).  We're here for you Slim Sisters!    Blessings, Amy Pedersen and Jennifer Daniels Co-Founding Slimpressionistas Slimpressions Shapewear

Let’s Lose Weight In 2013, Shall We?

As you know, here at Slimpressions, we believe that every woman is beautiful and that shapewear can simply enhance that beauty.  We also believe women should embrace their bodies and treat them with love and respect by eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.   Amy's good friend Heather K. Jones has a powerful tool that can help you do just that in 2013.   Heather is a registered dietitian, a health journalist, and the author of several nutrition books.  She specializes in weight management and behavior change therapy, and she has spent the last 15 years assisting people who struggle with diet and food issues.  She even works with Bob Greene, Oprah's personal trainer.    Her new Diet Type eBook series will help you t...
As you know, here at Slimpressions, we believe that every woman is beautiful and that shapewear can simply enhance that beauty.  We also believe women should embrace their bodies and treat them with love and respect by eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.   Amy's good friend Heather K. Jones has a powerful tool that can help you do just that in 2013.   Heather is a registered dietitian, a health journalist, and the author of several nutrition books.  She specializes in weight management and behavior change therapy, and she has spent the last 15 years assisting people who struggle with diet and food issues.  She even works with Bob Greene, Oprah's personal trainer.    Her new Diet Type eBook series will help you tap into the power of your personality to help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.    How does it work?  We're sure you’ve heard of the personality tests that millions of people take each year to help them find the right job or career path, or even the right love match online.  Heather uses this proven method to help people find the right weight loss and health approach.    Be sure to take her quick personality assessment and find your Diet Type today by clicking here.    Once you take the free test you'll receive a FREE Diet Type introduction eBook with more information about how your personality affects the way you eat, exercise, and approach weight loss.  More good news! Heather is currently offering a New Year discount of 30% off the entire Diet Type series!   Order now and you'll receive all four Diet Type eBooks, including the Diet Planner, Diet Player, Diet Feeler, and Diet Thinker eBooks (valued at over $100.00) for a one-time fee of 26.00.  Plus you’ll receive two additional Diet Type eBook bonuses – the Diet Type Jump Start Meal Plan and the Weight Loss basics.   So how do you know if the Diet Type books are right for you? ·      If you would like to put an end to overeating and dieting once and for all, Diet Types is right for you.  ·      If you want to understand your issues with food, Diet Types is right for you. ·      If you want to use the power of your own personality to lose weight, Diet Types is right for you.    We believe these products will make eating a joy instead of a battle. They will help you use your own personal power to gain control of your health, and here at Slimpressions we are all about helping you be the best you, YOU can be! To find your Diet Type, place your order and receive your FREE bonus gifts, please go here now. Happy New Year Slimpressionistas! Amy Pedersen & Jennifer Daniels Co-Founders www.slimpressions.com