The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life

The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life

by Tory Johnson
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The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
I first saw Tory Johnson on my local ABC News station, WABC in New York City, where she did a segment called 'Steals and Deals'. She would have four or five products that people could get for 50% off. I liked her friendly personality and her professional demeanor, as well as her rapport with the news anchors. Johnson brought her 'Steals and Deals' to Good Morning America and now she had a national audience. But I noticed that she began to lose weight; not drastic, but over the course of one year, she lost 60 pounds. That is a huge accomplishment, but as she states in her book, The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life, that is just barely one pound a week. When the head of ABC Talent asked Johnson to lunch, she dreaded it because she knew what the topic would be: her weight. Barbara Ferdida told Johnson that her clothes weren't doing her justice and gave Johnson the name of a stylist. But Johnson got the message: she had to lose weight. Although she felt humiliated, and Ferdida handled the matter with kindness and never threatened her job, this was the catalyst that Johnson needed to do what she had tried many times before: lose weight and get healthy. She drastically cut her carbs, completely gave up her favorite drink, Diet Pepsi, and got serious. She was the main breadwinner in her family and she needed this job. I liked that Johnson didn't whitewash this; completely changing her lifestyle was not easy, it was downright difficult. Over the objections of her husband and twin teenagers, she emptied her cupboards of any food that would tempt her. When she went to parties, she would watch what and how thin people ate: grazing, taking a few bites of things and eating slowly. She incorporated all these into her eating habits, and slowly, one or two pounds a week, she lost the weight. Johnson tells the reader that until you are serious about this, you cannot lose weight. She references what she calls "preference versus priority." Losing weight became her priority and every decision she made had to reflect that priority. Although she may prefer to have chocolate, her priority to lose weight beat her preference. The book is mostly about her struggle, though there is a page that lists her "tried-and-true guidelines" that include about a dozen specific rules that helped her, including: Limiting carbs to under 25 per dayAvoiding fruit, juices and smoothiesReplacing food rewards with inedible ones, like a manicureWeighing herself dailyShe recounts a trip she took with her daughter to Los Angeles, and the challenges she faced. She wanted it to be fun for her daughter, but she feared if she fell off the wagon, she would lose all the progress she had made. It is an honest portrait that most of us can relate to. I really liked this book; it's not so much a diet book, but more of a memoir of a year where Tory Johnson overcame a lifelong struggle. In telling her story, she reminds us that to make significant life changes, you have to be serious, but once you do that, the rewards can be great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I started to read it, I wasn't sure what I was going to find, but it was great and gave me the push I needed, w/o all the diets that are out there. I recommend people to buy the book and read it. It is helping me out a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a more authentic and relate-able account of a individual's weight loss journey. I laughed, I cried and now I'm inspired to use Tory's simple principles in "The Shift" as my guide post to once and for all lose the weight that has held me back from feeling true happiness. Way to go Tory!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a succesful professional I looked forward to the release of this book and its representative accomplishmenmt and journey. It was just ok...actually I respected Tory more before. I especially felt sorry for her husband Peter! How many times can someone say she is the "breadwinner", especially a point to be made when the bracelet gift was introduced. Think about what that represented.? I am not being cruel, just real. Am I sorry I bought the book....? No, but 50 pages until the end and I am done! Just for the record, I have never posted anything...anywhere!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
surprisingly great read and a lot of fun. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good advise for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to finish reading past the sample, but it's a little spendy - especially considering it is only $10 on Amazon. I think i will wait.
HeavyReaderChgo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I'm a fan of GMA and see Tory Johnson's segments frequently. She is very down-to-earth, doesn't mince words and speaks in a voice very similar to mine (and many others I would think!). I give her a lot of credit writing a book about her experiences that many of us can relate to in our lives--some of them quite humiliating!!! So inspiring, how she handled the worst of it (job related). Some reviewers offered their opinion that she referred to herself as the family 'breadwinner' multiple times and that this was off-putting. She did mention it but this is the case in many families, and this frequently shifts back and forth between Mom and Dad. She only mentioned this happenstance because it added even more pressure to her responsibility to keep her job. Luckily, these negative reviewers did not prevent me from reading this excellent book about a very strong lady, with a very lovely family!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Tory Johnson, a Good Morning America contributor, can now add bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. Her book The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life is not a diet plan or book. The Shift is a change in attitude when it comes to eating.  Tory had been overweight most of her life and she allowed that extra weight to control her. She avoided school dances and other social functions. A discussion with Barbara Ferdida drove home the fact that Tory had to lose weight or her job could be in jeopardy. Two years ago Tory lost sixty pounds. How did she do it? By changing her attitude when it came to eating. Among the things she learned: to make better food choices, to eat smaller amounts, to eat slower, to empty her cupboards, and to observe how thin people eat. Kudos to Tory Johnson for her change in attitude and will-power. The Shift is easy to read and understand. It is more of a memoir than a diet book. The reader will find encouragement and hope within the pages of The Shift. However, there are also a few things that made me uncomfortable. In a discussion with her daughter, she suggested the girl should lose five pounds, leaving her daughter in tears. When I was a teen this would have left me in tears, too. I’m glad her weight loss method worked for her, but it wasn’t the healthiest method of losing weight and it isn’t for everyone. My copy of The Shift is audio format and Tory Johnson is the reader. She has a warm and comforting manner. I enjoyed listening to her share her weight loss journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed of her determination....encourages those of us who struggle daily with our weight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically just a book telling you to starve yourself and give up anything you like to lose weight.  Really disliked this book and her as a person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a very motivating book. She is very real person with her real story.. I admire her so much. It will be a go to book for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's so inspiring! Thank you Tori for writing it!
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SEG1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I had just lost 100 pounds and was "struggling" with the maintenance side of the journey when I saw Tory Johnson on TV discussing this book. I ordered it and read immediately. It is a quick read but a good one. This is not a diet book, she discusses her struggle with weight loss over the years and how she finally conquered it. Very inspirational! I actually wrote down several quotes from the book that I refer to and tell others about. I have recommended this book to many others that are dieting or unhappy with their current weight. This isn't about becoming a skinny model either--it is about a life change (the shift), being healthy and happy. This book was what I needed to motivate me to continue my journey of being a better and happier!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great "warts and all" book. It is exceedingly brave of the author to share her difficulties and those times that things were tough and she was moody. It is a reminder to all of us that healthy and lasting weight loss is a long term commitment. I will certainly use both the book and rhe website.
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This book was very helpful to me, not as a diet plan but as motivation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and motivational! A very good read. It is so nice to read someone's story that I can relate too. Thank you Tory!
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readergirllp More than 1 year ago
Tory Johnson takes her past career and uses it as a way to shape how she looks at dieting. I understood and applaud that part because it's the way a lot of corporate America trains today. However, she goes on and on about how she does not feel she is denying herself food and that it's working for her. I'll be honest, there's just no way I could follow her diet. To me, it's deprivation based. Although, her tips for shifting your viewpoint were helpful.