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The Best Gift I’ve Given Myself

Registered Dietitian and SlimFast Plan Consultant, Maryann Walsh and our SlimFast Brand Ambassadors share how you can take time, prioritize yourself and receive the greatest gifts: confidence, happiness, self-love and so much more!

It’s that time of year where we often overwhelm ourselves with trying to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family, but what about giving ourselves a gift? Now I am not talking about material items like the latest smart phone, new clothes, a tv…I am talking about the gift of prioritizing our health and wellness. This may come naturally to some, but from what I have observed in my years as a registered dietitian and nutrition counselor, for many it’s a struggle to make time for our health and wellness. That old saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup” is so popular for a reason, because let’s face it, if we aren’t feeling our best, how we can give our best in our everyday lives? To our family, our friends, our careers? This year, I encourage you to take some time out of your day, even if it’s 10 minutes, to prioritize your health and wellness, here are some ways to do so:

  1. A quick walk, an at-home workout or even turning on your favorite music and dancing around the living room with your children or furry friend!
  2. Chopping up veggies or prepping some snacks or meals for your busy week ahead.
  3. Curling up with your favorite book and taking some time to decompress!

The SlimFast Brand Ambassadors are sharing with us how they learned how to prioritize their health and wellness and in turn give themselves the greatest gifts: confidence, happiness, self-love and so much more!


Confidence. It didn’t come wrapped in a package with a pretty bow. It came with determination, educated choices & the help of SlimFast. The best gift I’ve ever given myself is “me” back, thanks to SlimFast. ❤️

The best gift I've ever given myself is one that I am still unwrapping. I've already unwrapped the gifts under my SlimFast tree that contained a healthy weight, a sexy new body, a relentless positive mindset, self-confidence, joy, motivation, endless energy, new friends and family to share my journey with, and the feelings of self-love and self-worth. Yes, they were all in bright dazzling packages of beauty, and each package was received with such joy and thankfulness. Yet I can see that there are still beautiful packages under my SlimFast tree that are waiting ever so patiently for me to still open. You see, this journey with SlimFast is a lifetime gift for me! It is not just a one-time session of opening packages. It is truly the gift that just keeps on giving!!❤️ Thank you SlimFast!!

Michelle lost 32 lbs. and 13" in 29 weeks.

Over the holiday seasons I have been given lots of gifts which were all materialistic things. However, the best gift of all is the gift I have given myself which was my weight loss. It has taught me to love myself again. Sometimes you get lost in the moment of taking care of everyone else and you forget about yourself. I am blessed to now have the ability to take care of myself and my family and to live a healthy lifestyle forever.

During my weight loss journey, I can honestly say that SlimFast has been the best gift I’ve ever given myself! To find a plan that fits my life so perfectly and has had such a positive impact on my mind and body is a miracle! Not only have I lost weight, which is fantastic, but I have also found my confidence and improved my health in the process! It has been a life changing experience that I will forever be grateful for!

Brand-Ambassador-Terrie B
Brand Ambassador Danielle S

My SlimFast weight loss journey has been the best gift I have given myself because it's inspiration for making this into a lifestyle. I have managed to maintain my weight loss for the last 3 years. Reaching this milestone which I have never been able to maintain before motivates me to keep striving for greatness. This gift has changed me forever!

My SlimFast/weight loss journey was the best gift I've given myself! Not only am I healthier, I hold my head higher and got my confidence back! My self-love has grown so much and I've been able to encourage others to do the same! I have increased my knowledge of food and learned how to not deprive myself and make wise decisions! SlimFast has such an amazing variety of products that are so delicious, it truly made it an easy decision to lose the weight and keep it off!

Brand Ambassador Tina M
Jannifer B in a blue dress.

Through it I have learned that it is okay to make my health a priority, that I can take a moment for myself and accomplish every goal I once thought impossible! Now when I look at my life there is a sense of pride, happiness, and confidence like never before. Instead of saying “I can’t” like in the past, I now say, “I can, I will, I HAVE!”

The decision to start SlimFast during the holidays was one of the best decisions of my life. Yes, I love to bake and enjoy all the foods of the holiday. I also like to take part in all celebrations like decorating the house and tree. I love wearing silly Christmas outfits and Christmas pajamas. While on the SlimFast plan I was able to still enjoy my favorite foods and still take part in my family tradition of baking cookies and enjoying them with my girls. Not only did I lose 71lbs by using the SlimFast products I have kept the weight off for over three years now! So I think the best gift I could have given myself for the holidays was the gift of health and feeling confident in my own skin.

Brand Ambassador Deborah L
Tonia lost 90 lbs. and 25” in 48 weeks.

Last Christmas was an eventful one to be sure. I was contending with twins that were 1 1/2, and a 6 month old. On top of that I had started my SlimFast weight loss journey and I had just hit my Christmas goal weight of 170 lbs. The popular Christmas song says “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” Well all I wanted for Christmas was to be back to my old, healthy weight. This year, I’m proud to say that SlimFast gave me the best present of all, and I hit my overall goal weight of 145 lbs! That means this Christmas will feel like home again, because I feel like myself again, and that’s all I could ask for.

On December 19th, 2015 I made a choice that changed my life. I decided that I no longer wanted to be overweight and committed myself into a personal Holiday gift that changed my life. That gift was SlimFast and the opportunity I gave myself to take back control, along with my energy and my body. June 2016 came and as I got on my scale I could not believe my eyes. SlimFast worked and I was ready for summer! Many people kept telling me “Now you will gain it all back, that’s how diets work”, but the beautiful thing is that SlimFast also taught me how to eat correctly. It was not only about losing the weight, but learning along the way. Today, 3.5 years later, I am not only still in my goal weight, but also my husband and children have changed their eating habits! We are a more active family and now even my husband and I love doing SlimFast Keto Together. I can honestly say that SlimFast taught me so much and was definitely the best gift I have given myself!

Brand Ambassador Hazely L
Brand Ambassador Amanda C

As mothers we rarely take time during the year to give ourselves a gift. I mean, I thought I was on this Earth to care for my family. I was perfectly fine putting myself on the back burner. I would be ok and take care of myself once the kids are grown and out on their own…. Ha!! I no longer think this way. In August of 2017, this really embarrassing moment happened that ended up being the best present I could ever receive. I was asked if I ever heard of SlimFast or thought about trying to lose weight. I was at such a low point in life that the question crushed me. Come to find out … it built me up to be the strongest most incredible version of myself! During my journey with SlimFast I have opened the gift of confidence, strength, courage, discipline, love for myself and of course reaching my goal weight. I never imagined I was capable of any of this but look at me now!! Thank you SlimFast for the GIFT of finding and loving the TRUE ME!! I am capable of so much; it was just hiding for years!!

SlimFast was the best present I ever gave to myself because it was my way back to me. It was my way back to that confident woman I once knew. With the help of SlimFast, I shed the excess pounds, stopped hiding under layers of clothing, and gave up all of my excuses. When I saw the pounds and inches start falling off the first week, I found my motivation to give it my all!
It fit perfectly into my busy lifestyle and required very little prep or planning, all of which would usually lead me to fail on other plans. The Plan taught me I didn’t have to skip meals or be hungry to lose weight. I had finally found a plan that fit into my lifestyle, that didn’t just offer a way to lose weight, but also a simple maintenance plan to keep it off. Two years later, I’ve kept the weight off and I still make time for me!

Brand Ambassador Elissa N


A consultant of the SlimFast Plan, Maryann is a Registered Dietitian with Bachelors degrees in Biological Sciences and Dietetics and a Masters of Food and Nutrition. She has extensive experience working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life, helping them to achieve their wellness and weight-loss goals. Learn more about Maryann.

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