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What I’m Reading: The Shift

POSTED BY prbythebook ON September 9, 2013

Tory-Slides_preorder-02 by Marika Flatt, Founder of PR by the Book

One evening last week, I picked “The Shift” by Tory Johnson off my bookshelf and started reading it. Now, I can really get sucked in quickly by novels, but typically not with nonfiction. This book was my exception to the rule! As her subtitle states, this is Tory’s memoir: “How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life.” I loved reading about how this Good Morning America contributor and women entrepreneurial cheerleader got inspired to make a shift in thinking, for good.

So many of us women keep thinking, over and over: Man, I sure need to lose 10-20 pounds- STAT! Then, we try something and lose a few lbs, then the weekend gets here and I gain back what I lost the previous week. (Notice I switched from “we” to “I”, yes, Tory’s story could be my story, too.)

I was extremely inspired by her entire SHIFT in thinking and living. She was able to make these shifts in her mind:

  • Cheat days are really just a joke. If we’re working to lose weight, there can be no cheat days. (For me, that would be the weekend.)
  • Food is fuel and doesn’t have to be a big tasty party every time we sit to eat.
  • You have to decide between preference and priority. If it’s a priority to get pounds off, you can’t give into the preference of having that cheesy slice of pizza.

While reading “The Shift,” I kept thinking about something a Weight Watchers leader said years ago: If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.  That’s really the story of my last six years.

I read “The Shift” in 2 nights and since then, have thought about Tory’s dedication and fight each and every day, several times a day, when faced with food choices. It makes me pause and think about the choice I’m making. I feel like Tory is the little (yes, she’s little now) angel on my shoulder, encouraging me to do it differently this time.

My new theme song right now is Katy Perry’s “Roar.” It goes along with this shift I’m working to make in my daily life—shifting my thought-process around food and what’s really possible. Hopefully, a year from now, I can look back and see that Tory helped me to SHIFT my ways and become the new, healthier me.

Thanks, Tory!

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My friend called my attn to this free webinar with Tory if you’re interested: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8188882167

Marika Flatt September 10, 2013

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