THE SHIFT by Tory Johnson


How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life
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One woman's journey of weight loss.

"I spent decades under the misperception that my weight was just another thing beyond my control," writes Johnson in her honest narrative about her decision to lose more than 50 pounds. Fearful that her job as a contributor to Good Morning America was on the line, she decided that her work and her happiness were more important than anything. She knew she had to lose the weight. Over the years, Johnson had tried a variety of diets but had always given up when she had not reached certain goals fast enough. Then she went right back to eating large amounts of food and felt terrible when the weight returned. What she needed was a mental shift: "I realized that what I put in my head is far more important than what I put in my mouth." With this basic philosophy to lean on, Johnson began the slow process of learning to eat smaller portions, eating healthier, low-carb foods, and learning to say no when people tempted her with high-calorie foods. Gradually, the weight began to drop, and Johnson discovered she liked her leaner body, the way it moved and looked in the new clothes she bought for herself, and the energy and sex drive she discovered as she inched toward a smaller waistline. In straightforward prose, Johnson admits there were moments, even days, when she was tempted to splurge and did; she didn't discover some quick fix to drop weight. Although she avoids listing her starting weight, with her new determination, Johnson dropped more than 60 pounds and is still losing. Her sincere desire is for other overweight women to learn what she has: that "the perfect moment to start is, and will always be, right now."

Nothing groundbreaking, but a candid and inspiring true story of conquering obesity.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2492-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2013


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