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     

The Bite that Burns, the Foods You Eat

Remember the Bite that Burns is About the Foods You Eat Did you know that you are burning calories while you’re consuming them? It’s true! That's the bite that burns. Certain foods burn more calories during digestion than others. For example, your body uses twice as much energy to process whole grains like wheat, brown rice, or oatmeal than it does processed food like starchy potato chips. We’re not talking negative-calorie foods here; although, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Some additional bites (or sips) that burn include: Green Tea and Coffee Spicy Peppers Nuts (in small quantities) Lean Protein (lean meats, Greek yogurt, and eggs) Most (note most) Raw Fruits and Vegetables Broth-Based Soup (“No heavy cream al...

Remember the Bite that Burns is About the Foods You Eat

Did you know that you are burning calories while you’re consuming them? It’s true! That's the bite that burns. Certain foods burn more calories during digestion than others. For example, your body uses twice as much energy to process whole grains like wheat, brown rice, or oatmeal than it does processed food like starchy potato chips. We’re not talking negative-calorie foods here; although, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Some additional bites (or sips) that burn include:
  • Green Tea and Coffee
  • Spicy Peppers
  • Nuts (in small quantities)
  • Lean Protein (lean meats, Greek yogurt, and eggs)
  • Most (note most) Raw Fruits and Vegetables
  • Broth-Based Soup (“No heavy cream allowed!”)
  • Beans
  [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignleft" width="300"]healhy eating Losing weight starts with making good choices[/caption] All of these foods either contain an ingredient that revs up your metabolism or one that keeps you full for little calories. These are little changes you can make to your diet, especially during snack time, to help you boost your metabolism and get rid of those lingering pounds. Remember to eat smart and take bites that burn! Enjoying these weight loss and confidence boosting tips from your friends at Slimpressions shapewear?  Share the link with your friends! Resources: Health Media Ventures, Inc.; Health.com; The Top Fat-Burning Foods http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20553780,00.html WebMD, LLC.; WebMD.com; Slideshow: Fat-Fighting Foods http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-fat-fighting-foods