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     

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

Shapewear Doesn’t Just Mean Tummy Trimmers

By: Michelle Madhok Wearable trends, beauty news, timeless tips It seems like girdles (how long has it been since you read the word girdles?) and control-top stockings have been around since the dawn of clingy clothes. But as we all know so well, women are shaped differently, and on many of us, there are more or different areas that could use some help.   Women respond well when we feature these products on SheFinds - probably because they are solutions for small niches that aren't otherwise filled. Here are three great ones: If you have a little extra on your arms: Slimpressions ($72 at Slimpressions). A slimming shirt that - here's the unique part - has slimming sleeves. Slimpressionsshapewear The 'Haves'? version minimizes the bust ...
By: Michelle Madhok
Wearable trends, beauty news, timeless tips It seems like girdles (how long has it been since you read the word girdles?) and control-top stockings have been around since the dawn of clingy clothes. But as we all know so well, women are shaped differently, and on many of us, there are more or different areas that could use some help.   Women respond well when we feature these products on SheFinds - probably because they are solutions for small niches that aren't otherwise filled. Here are three great ones: If you have a little extra on your arms: Slimpressions ($72 at Slimpressions). A slimming shirt that - here's the unique part - has slimming sleeves. Slimpressionsshapewear The 'Haves'? version minimizes the bust as well; buy the 'Have Nots' if you're smaller on top and don't need the extra support.