Amy B. Pedersen Founders Award and Scholarship

Founders Award
Amy B. Pedersen Founders Award and Scholarship Awarded to Alice Patterson, WLSFA Grant Recipient Press Release: Portland, OR, May 19, 2017–Slimpressions is excited to award the first annual Amy B. Pedersen Founders Award to WLSFA member and grant recipient Alice Patterson. This award is named after Amy B. Pedersen, one of Slimpressions shapewear's co-founders.  “Amy inspired me from the very moment I met her, encouraging me daily during my own weight loss journey" said current Slimpressions President and CEO, Dawn Hurlebaus. "I often told Amy she had the gift of wisdom, knowing just what to say at all the right times.  We couldn’t think of a better way to honor both her legacy as the brand's originator and a worthy recipient who spar...

Amy B. Pedersen Founders Award and Scholarship Awarded to Alice Patterson, WLSFA Grant Recipient

Press Release: Portland, OR, May 19, 2017–Slimpressions is excited to award the first annual Amy B. Pedersen Founders Award to WLSFA member and grant recipient Alice Patterson. This award is named after Amy B. Pedersen, one of Slimpressions shapewear's co-founders.  “Amy inspired me from the very moment I met her, encouraging me daily during my own weight loss journey" said current Slimpressions President and CEO, Dawn Hurlebaus. "I often told Amy she had the gift of wisdom, knowing just what to say at all the right times.  We couldn’t think of a better way to honor both her legacy as the brand's originator and a worthy recipient who sparks the same endurance, excitement, and passion as Amy.  At Slimpressions, we want to show our community we care and promote positivity in everything we do. Our message is simple … #iamstrong, #iamconfident, #iambeautiful, #iamloved, #igotthis.  This is who we are. This is what makes Slimpressions different" "I am so thankful to receive Slimpressions shapewear as part of my WLSFA Grant. I look forward to living a new healthier life and with Slimpressions, a more confident life as I follow my weight loss surgery journey." replied Alice Patterson. Alice is the 22nd grant recipient of the WLSFA and the first recipient of the "Carnie Wilson Pay It Forward" grant to allow the WLSFA to both gift Alice with the medical treatment she needs and to honor the fundraising efforts of Carnie Wilson on behalf of the foundation. Slimpressions will continue to recognize one recipient each year at the WLSFA conference who exemplifies strength and motivates others along the way.  Not only will the recipient receive Slimpressions shapewear products to wear, but a donation to the WLSFA will be made by Slimpressions in the recipient's name. Antonia Namnath, President of WLSFA, said, “The WLSFA has had a long partnership with Slimpressions, and it all started with Amy and her amazing products that benefit our community.  We are thrilled to have this grant from Dawn and Slimpressions as it helps our grant recipients and our charity fund more grants each year.” About Slimpressions As seen in O Magazine, InStyle, Redbook, Dr. Oz and more, Slimpressions has been touted as a premium line of shapewear designed to comfortably slim a woman’s body and give her the illusion of weight loss. Designed with excess skin in mind, Slimpressions shapewear conforms to every body shape to help women boost their confidence and look even better in their clothes. Visit www.slimpressions.com About WLSFA The WLSFA is a nonprofit organization powered by weight loss surgery patients and their supporters, bariatric surgeons and their practices, hospitals, and corporations. Together, the supporters raise funds and gather resources to give away in the form of surgery grants to people denied access to the medical treatment related to obesity. Visit www.wlsfa.org  

Listening To Your Inner Voice

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Your Inner Voice The Importance of Support We are often faced with difficult decisions. Our inner voice hints to us what we should do, yet we seek the advice of others.  While this isn’t bad, we must ask ourselves why we don’t trust the answers we hear in our hearts and minds... our inner voice.  What causes us to doubt and not trust?  Often, we are leaning on our friends, family and even support groups in search of answers.  Deep down we hope their answer is what our heart and mind already knows. What if it isn’t?  Imagine if they throw us a huge curve ball and you are left more confused than you were before.  What if they tell you something you really didn’t want to hear? You Asked For It… You Got It! “Mom, do you think I ...

Your Inner Voice

The Importance of Support

We are often faced with difficult decisions. Our inner voice hints to us what we should do, yet we seek the advice of others.  While this isn’t bad, we must ask ourselves why we don’t trust the answers we hear in our hearts and minds... our inner voice.  What causes us to doubt and not trust?  Often, we are leaning on our friends, family and even support groups in search of answers.  Deep down we hope their answer is what our heart and mind already knows. What if it isn’t?  Imagine if they throw us a huge curve ball and you are left more confused than you were before.  What if they tell you something you really didn’t want to hear?

You Asked For It… You Got It!

“Mom, do you think I should get this dress or does it make me look big?” You know you look good in it,  like the dress a lot and might even be able to imagine yourself wearing it, yet you are doubting yourself.  Assuming everyone is an adult here, you deserve to wear whatever you want and are certainly old enough to make your own decision.  Mom replies, ‘Well, it kinda buldges in the rear and your arms look bigger.”  Seriously???? Ugh, now you are feeling like you are 10 and wish you had never asked.  With this repeated behavior pattern, you fall into a state of depression.  Every time you look in the mirror, you don’t see the beautiful you that you are, rather you can’t wait until you become beautiful.

Picking Ourselves Up

At this point you need to say to yourself STOP!  Every morning before your feet hit the floor, say “I AM STRONG, I AM CONFIDENT, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM LOVED, I GOT THIS”!  There is no need to jump on the 15 groups you belong to on Facebook to reassure yourself.  The minute that you do, you will have 300 different opinions that drive you insane. We all have people in our lives we know and trust.  Seek their advice and use them as a sounding board.  You will gain from their wisdom. Know that YOU matter.  YOU are important.  Focus on YOU each day.  For some that could be prayer, others exercise, reading or picking up a new hobby.  Communicate with your spouse or loved ones on how you feel.  Let them into your world.  Allow yourself to feel their love.  You deserve to feel love every day.  You can’t make your spouse, kids, family, friends and even co-workers happy until you are happy.  When your spirit is filled with love, others will feel your spirit. "Positivity Pledge: I shall no longer allow negative thoughts or feelings drain me of my energy. Instead I shall focus on all the good that is in my life. I will think it, feel it and speak it. By doing so I will send out vibes of positive energy into the world and I shall be grateful for all the wonderful things it will attract into my life." Peace, Dawn Hurlebaus, President & CEO Slimpressions

Inspiration

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Slimpressions Inspiration Favorites Inspiration People ask me all the time, what made you buy the company Slimpressions? I nearly cried when I tried on Slimpressions shapewear products for the first time. Not only is it the best quality on the market today, but I never would have thought it would have fit me especially at 340lbs. This, along with the inspiration of a few amazing people who inspired me, I decided to begin my own weight loss journey and in the first 9 months lost over 100lbs! I knew I wanted to make a difference in women's lives. Slimpressions was a perfect fit for me and just felt like home.  I wake up every morning with a deep desire to help women feel confident and beautiful, encouraging them to find their inner strengt...

Slimpressions Inspiration Favorites

Inspiration

People ask me all the time, what made you buy the company Slimpressions? I nearly cried when I tried on Slimpressions shapewear products for the first time. Not only is it the best quality on the market today, but I never would have thought it would have fit me especially at 340lbs. This, along with the inspiration of a few amazing people who inspired me, I decided to begin my own weight loss journey and in the first 9 months lost over 100lbs! I knew I wanted to make a difference in women's lives. Slimpressions was a perfect fit for me and just felt like home.  I wake up every morning with a deep desire to help women feel confident and beautiful, encouraging them to find their inner strength. Each day I try to find a way to inspire them just as I was inspired.  We must truly love ourselves in order to find the riches of true happiness. I thought I would share a collection of positive quotes that inspire and motivate me,  bringing light to my day.  Looking for more reading ... read our inner voice blog   Peace, Dawn Hurlebaus, President & CEO Slimpressions  

Favorite Quotes

  • "Positivity Pledge: I shall no longer allow negative thoughts or feelings drain me of my energy. Instead I shall focus on all the good that is in my life. I will think it, feel it and speak it. By doing so I will send out vibes of positive energy into the world and I shall be grateful for all the wonderful things it will attract into my life."
  • "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  • "I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level beat me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay because I don't quit." - Shayne McClendon
  • “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” - Mother Teresa
  • "In case no one told you today: You're beautiful. You're loved. You're needed. You're alive for a reason. You're stronger than you think. You're going to get through this. I'm glad you're alive. Don't give up."
  • "Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller
  • “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” - Rosa Parks
  • “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —Christopher Robin
  • “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” - Dolly Parton
  • “Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "I can to all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
  • "Being happy is letting go of what slows you down." - Mike Falzone
  • "Inhale love ... Exhale gratitude."
  • "Compassion isn't about solutions. It's about giving all the love that you've got." - Cheryl Strayed
  • “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” —Walt Disney
  • "We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
  • “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling
  • "I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world." —Meryl Streep
  • “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” —Dr. Seuss
 

New Operating Leadership for Slimpressions®

Dawn Hurlebaus, President & CEO
New Operating Leadership for Slimpressions® ATLANTA, GA (November 18, 2016) - Branches Unlimited, LLC has reached an agreement to transition operating management of Slimpressions to SolacePath LLC. Dawn Hurlebaus, founder and CEO of SolacePath LLC, will succeed founders, Amy Pedersen and Jennifer Daniels, and will lead the strategy, management and operations of Slimpressions effective immediately. Slimpressions first hit the scene in 2008 with the launch of the company’s patented shapewear designs developed to control arm jiggle while smoothing and shaping traditional areas. “I’ll never forget when Amy (Pedersen) called me after her infamous ‘bingo arm’ moment, asking me to Google arm flab shapewear so she could order several prod...
New Operating Leadership for Slimpressions® ATLANTA, GA (November 18, 2016) - Branches Unlimited, LLC has reached an agreement to transition operating management of Slimpressions to SolacePath LLC. Dawn Hurlebaus, founder and CEO of SolacePath LLC, will succeed founders, Amy Pedersen and Jennifer Daniels, and will lead the strategy, management and operations of Slimpressions effective immediately. Slimpressions first hit the scene in 2008 with the launch of the company’s patented shapewear designs developed to control arm jiggle while smoothing and shaping traditional areas. “I’ll never forget when Amy (Pedersen) called me after her infamous ‘bingo arm’ moment, asking me to Google arm flab shapewear so she could order several products immediately. After several searches, we couldn’t find anything on the market. Inspired by the opportunity, we started our quest to make the perfect arm shaper” said Jennifer Daniels, Slimpressions’ co-founder. “My interest in Slimpressions has continued to grow since I first learned of the company last year” said Dawn Hurlebaus. For me, it wasn’t just about the firm’s superior line of body shapers. Certainly, the products’ comfort and fit does not compare to any others I’ve tried. I really loved the founders’ mission to boost women’s confidence, particularly women who had weight loss surgery. Having been on a weight loss journey myself, I appreciated first-hand how important that is.” “Dawn impressed us from the moment we met her” said Amy Pedersen, co-founder of Slimpressions. “Her enthusiasm is simply contagious. She exudes positivity, a trait we value, wherever she goes. Dawn quickly moved from a self-proclaimed ‘raving fan’ to our Director of Possibilities. She’s been working with us for almost a year behind the scenes doing just that – diving into the business and opening the doors for new possibilities with the company. When she expressed an interest in taking over operating management, we knew Slimpressions would be in excellent hands.’ Terms of the agreement are confidential. About Slimpressions - As seen in O Magazine, InStyle, Redbook and more, Slimpressions has been touted as a premium line of shapewear designed to comfortably slim a woman's body and give her the illusion of weight loss. Designed with excess skin in mind, Slimpressions shapewear conforms to every body shape to help women boost their confidence and look even better in their clothes. About SolacePath - We serve our community with humility and compassion. We believe in trust and honesty, remaining humble and embodying the spirit of giving. We inspire imagination and innovative solutions through our Creative Services such as Marketing, Website design and Photography.  SolacePath offers the total package when looking to take your business to the next level. We infuse confidence in our personal and business relationships. Furthermore, we are passionate about everything we do. Bringing out the best in ourselves as well as others. For further information, Contact Us.  

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