Value The Friend More Than The Friendship

How many friends do you have? Perhaps I should rephrase. How many friends do you have that have been there for you in your darkest hour? They know your hurts, sorrow, pain, joy and love. That special friend loves you on your good days and comforts you on your bad. He/she encourages, motivates and lifts you up when you didn’t know you needed it (but secretly did). They send a text or call at the perfect moment … when you felt alone, then suddenly realized you weren’t. You smile, take a deep breath and know you are blessed. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to thank all those people who have imprinted your heart. Those precious blessings that have touched your life. Share with them why you love them and why they are a precious gift. We don...
How many friends do you have? Perhaps I should rephrase. How many friends do you have that have been there for you in your darkest hour? They know your hurts, sorrow, pain, joy and love. That special friend loves you on your good days and comforts you on your bad. He/she encourages, motivates and lifts you up when you didn’t know you needed it (but secretly did). They send a text or call at the perfect moment … when you felt alone, then suddenly realized you weren’t. You smile, take a deep breath and know you are blessed. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to thank all those people who have imprinted your heart. Those precious blessings that have touched your life. Share with them why you love them and why they are a precious gift. We don’t know what they are going through, but I can promise you your words will give them strength. Simply love the person.  Love who they are.  Be the friend to them that they are to you. Mentor someone so you can inspire like your friend has inspired you. Friend and Author, Dr. Connie Stapleton, Ph.D has a great article below talking about just this. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! Peace, Dawn Hurlebaus, CEO Slimpressions - shop today!

Value The Friend More Than The Friendship Dr. Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

As many people know, I love to listen to podcasts and Ted Talks and talks by people I consider to be wise. One person in particular I often refer to is Andy Stanley. I was listening to one of his series tonight, in which several speakers participated, on my drive from Atlanta to Augusta. I’ve heard Andy comment in a number of his talks about the importance of having mentors and wise people who will provide us with guidance, direction and insights along our journeys. Successful people in all arenas (and by success, I do not necessarily mean money), note having a number of such advisors to help guide them in their lives. We all need people to help us navigate unchartered territory, to help us through difficult stages of life, and to steer us in a helpful direction when we veer off track.
  • How many of us actually have people in our lives who are willing to tell us the difficult things we might not want to hear, but need to hear?
  • How many of us are willing to say difficult things to the people we love who might not want to hear, but might benefit from, hearing our concerns?
  It seems easy to refrain from saying to a good friend or family member things like … READ MORE HERE >>> Catch her on Facebook Live every Wednesday at 9pm EST for Food Addiction Fair and Firm and don’t forget to buy her brand new book for the holidays. Weight Loss Surgery Does NOT Treat Food Addiction

Why Bariatric Vitamins

You have heard me talk about my weight loss journey, now let me talk about something critical to my success and the success of anyone who has had or considering bariatric surgery… taking vitamins. In the past, the medical labs from my yearly physicals have always been great. I was getting all the right nutrients from the food I ate, or so I thought. Well that was until this year. Almost 12 months after surgery (VSG: 7/2016) my labs did not come back good. I was lacking in many areas, ok, ok … lacking in almost all areas despite losing over 100lbs. Like many of you, I am learning throughout my weight loss journey. I may be an expert in women’s shapewear, but not vitamins. Laura Preston at Celebrate has been instrumental in teaching us the imp...
You have heard me talk about my weight loss journey, now let me talk about something critical to my success and the success of anyone who has had or considering bariatric surgery… taking vitamins. In the past, the medical labs from my yearly physicals have always been great. I was getting all the right nutrients from the food I ate, or so I thought. Well that was until this year. Almost 12 months after surgery (VSG: 7/2016) my labs did not come back good. I was lacking in many areas, ok, ok … lacking in almost all areas despite losing over 100lbs. Like many of you, I am learning throughout my weight loss journey. I may be an expert in women’s shapewear, but not vitamins. Laura Preston at Celebrate has been instrumental in teaching us the importance of vitamins especially with bariatric patients. She has a Facebook Live broadcast every week (with free giveaways too). Make sure you follow them. Here is a great article from Celebrate on Why Bariatric Vitamins are essential. Peace, Dawn Hurlebaus, CEO Slimpressions

Bariatric Vitamins - Why? by Celebrate Vitamins

While many people take a multivitamin for general health, they may not understand how nutrients truly help their body function to its fullest potential. It is critical for your body to have the right amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly, assist in keeping you healthy, and may potentially assist with reaching weight loss goals. Vitamins and minerals help regulate your body’s systems, such as:
  • Metabolic rate
  • Brain activity
  • Appetite and hunger
  • Metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, including sugar
  • Absorption of other nutrients
  • Thyroid and adrenal gland function
  • Storage of energy
  • Assist with healing
The ideal way for the body to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is through food. However, this may not always be achievable after bariatric surgery (also called weight loss surgery). It is important to keep in mind that getting your vitamins and minerals from food also provides other health benefits, so it is still important to follow a healthy eating plan. Compared to 50 years ago, individuals do not currently achieve the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals due to eating highly processed foods, selecting poor food choices, and a decreasing quality of food. In addition, when individuals have extra fat mass certain nutrients are utilized differently in the body creating potential deficiencies.  Read More >>

Got Excess Skin after Weight Loss? What’s Next.

Excess skin after weight loss
Excess Skin after Weight Loss? Your Weight Loss Journey  Continues With Slimpressions Shapewear Let's talk about a growing issue; lose, sagging excess skin after weight loss.  You’ve skipped dessert, made healthy food choices and gone the extra mile…literally. Blood, sweat and tears may be the understatement of the year. Your weight loss journey has not been easy and you’ve lost a few stones along the way. We know losing weight is no small undertaking.   #beenthere Congratulations!  After the countless sacrifices you’ve made in order to lose weight, you should feel overjoyed right? Unfortunately, many women are not as happy as they thought they would be after shedding some pounds because they struggle with loose skin com...

Excess Skin after Weight Loss?

Your Weight Loss Journey  Continues With Slimpressions Shapewear

Let's talk about a growing issue; lose, sagging excess skin after weight loss.  You’ve skipped dessert, made healthy food choices and gone the extra mile…literally. Blood, sweat and tears may be the understatement of the year. Your weight loss journey has not been easy and you’ve lost a few stones along the way. We know losing weight is no small undertaking.   #beenthere Congratulations!  After the countless sacrifices you’ve made in order to lose weight, you should feel overjoyed right? Unfortunately, many women are not as happy as they thought they would be after shedding some pounds because they struggle with loose skin common after weight loss. Although sagging, excess skin after weight loss is common, it can be really deflating. According to the Huffington Post, excess skin is just one of the “5 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight”.  www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/weight-loss- no-one- tells-_n_6277682.html The struggle is real and it is one we know it all too well. Loose skin can be really embarrassing. That’s a big reason why we created Slimpressions , the best shapewear for excess skin (in our humble opinions). Let’s face it. Many women are not in a position to have excess skin removal surgery for a couple of reasons – plastic surgery can be pricey, it can be quite painful, recovery time is significant and typically it requires multiple surgeries to remove sagging skin from all of the problematic areas. There are certainly many perks to skin removal surgery and the advantages are clear. Done and done.

Why  Slimpressions?

Many women have found Slimpressions body slimmers to be their go-to sagging skin solution and a wonderful alternative to plastic surgery (or at least until they go under the knife). We like to say that Slimpressions is Real Shapewear for Real Women TM . Unlike the “special occasion” shaping brands on the market, Slimpressions was designed for women on their weight loss journey who desire an all-day solution to help them smooth out lumps and bumps. Slimpressions is more than simply shapewear though. Slimpressions is confidencewear TM . We designed our line of moderate slimming solutions to be comfortable enough for all day, every day wear. We believe women have the right to look and feel their best Monday through Sunday, not just on Saturday nights. What makes our designs so comfortable? We leverage a patented technology to create a seamless torso. Unlike many “cut and sew” garments that force every body type (regardless of any loose skin) into a consistent mold/pattern, our seamless designs conform to every body shape. So regardless if she’s an hourglass, pear, etc. Slimpressions works for her. In addition, our products are longer than most traditional shapewear styles. Slimpressions were designed to sit on the hips to work with a woman’s body to stay in place and minimize untimely roll-ups so common in other brands. Our product selector will help you find the product that's right for you. Make no mistake, Shapewear is a temporary, body shaping solution to tackle excess skin. There’s no question your silhouette will look slimmer and sleeker with Slimpressions body shapers. Who doesn’t want to look thinner instantly, after all? For us, it’s all about looking and feeling your best about yourself and enjoying the milestones along your weight loss journey. #support #thickandthin Blessings, Amy Pedersen Slimpressions’ Co-Founding Slimpressionista www.slimpressions.com

Dressing Room Drama

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Dressing Room Drama For years, shopping was a stressful and, sadly, a bit of an emotional chore rather than a source of pleasure as it was for all my skinny friends.  Just the drama of going into a dressing room was awful. Like a roller coaster, my pants size has gone up and down (as has my weight) over the years.  Add my height to that and you can imagine the dressing room drama I experienced trying to find something to wear.  Half naked and feeling vulnerable in these unforgiving dressing rooms, I’d criticize myself for not being X or being way too Y.  I no longer beat myself every time I enter a dressing room now and here’s why…I now know the problem is the fashion industry; not me. The reality is clothing is designed for a select...

Dressing Room Drama

For years, shopping was a stressful and, sadly, a bit of an emotional chore rather than a source of pleasure as it was for all my skinny friends.  Just the drama of going into a dressing room was awful. Like a roller coaster, my pants size has gone up and down (as has my weight) over the years.  Add my height to that and you can imagine the dressing room drama I experienced trying to find something to wear.  Half naked and feeling vulnerable in these unforgiving dressing rooms, I’d criticize myself for not being X or being way too Y.  I no longer beat myself every time I enter a dressing room now and here’s why…I now know the problem is the fashion industry; not me. The reality is clothing is designed for a select few.  Unlike celebs, most of us don’t have the luxury of tailored clothing customized just for us.  As a new designer, I learned there was no universal sizing standard.  Manufacturers have their own sizing and labeling systems.  Typically, designers base their cuts on a traditional hourglass figure.  And how many of us have those?  A study of over 6,000 women conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University indicated only 8% of women have an hourglass shape.  Eight percent!  Yet most clothes are designed for these incredibly lucky ladies. Obviously, women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, regardless of their weight.  There are many terms for the various body shapes - pear, apple, spoon, hourglass, oval, rectangle, diamond, well-endowed, etc.  Of course, that’s just the beginning.  Then there’s the height factor. Tall and petite women find it even more challenging to find apparel that fits.  Yay us! So when faced with the decision on how to manufacture Slimpressions®, we considered all the options.  We could have certainly taken the easier (and cheaper) path and created a cookie cutter, templated shapewear line featuring spandex pieces sewn together designed around an hourglass mannequin like so many other companies do.  And we could have certainly chosen overseas factories known for their cheaper prices and, candidly, poorer quality like many others in the industry. However, we chose to leverage a high-end patented seamless technology to manufacture our confidencewearTM.  Why?  This approach allows Slimpressions to conform to every woman’s body type, regardless of their shape, helping them look slimmer and feel more confident.  Made in North America, our designs comfortably sculpt a woman’s body to smooth out loose skin and give women a sleeker silhouette.  We embraced moderate compression for every day wear instead of the heavy shapewear artillery (think old-school girdles and corsets) reserved for a few short hours on special occasions.  We just value oxygen and blood flow too much for that! Knowing how the fashion industry works now, I’ve learned not to beat myself up when shopping for clothes anymore.  Instead of blaming myself for not having a perfect body, I recognize the nuances of the industry.  I now approach each shopping trip as a treasure hunt instead of thinking the problem was me.  I go in with limited expectations and am pleasantly surprised when I find something that fits right.  Further, I’m super loyal to the companies that “get me” (and my size) and have created great pieces that I feel really good wearing.  By accepting who I am and the limitations of the fashion industry, I enjoy shopping again.  With this insight, I hope you can too. Blessings and Positivity, Amy Blankenship Pedersen Co-Founder, Slimpressions For more positive messages, please join us here subscribe