A Weight Loss Success Story: Tory Johnson’s Shift

Fitness: Weight Loss

By: // September 19, 2013

A weight loss success story … For Tory Johnson, it was a conversation with a network executive at Good Morning America who told her she didn’t look as good as she could, before she lost weight. It was Tory’s aha moment. She always knew her weight was an issue, but now she knew change wasn’t just something she wanted—it was something she needed to do to save her career.

In Tory’s new book, The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life, Tory writes about her journey to finally lose the weight and keep it off. She shares with readers how she achieved success and what she learned along the way.

I met Tory Johnson while speaking at one of her Spark and Hustle events last year in Phoenix. Her events provide tools, tips and inspiration to women entrepreneurs, and I was there to speak about time management for business success. Tory is the kind of person where you instantaneously feel like friends, and that’s why I wanted to write today about her new book, The Shift.

Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the awesome takeaways in Tory’s book:

Mind over matter. Tory quickly learned that what she put in her head was far more important than what she put in her mouth—and with that determination she lost 60 pounds in just one year. She realized her biggest battle was in believing weight loss was possible and that she could do it. Tory discovered that you can be successful losing weight if you have the courage to take a hard look at yourself—what’s going on inside your head–and how that translates to your choices.

Make time for what’s important to you. “There’s always someone busier than you getting it done.” Tory kindly included the advice I shared with her in her book. And it’s so true. Forget life balance (it’s nonsense that sets you up for failure anyway) and make time for what’s important to you. Tory and I understand busy, but there really and truly are people busier than you who are getting their daily workouts logged in too. Remember, “I don’t have time” is just an excuse. How you spend your time is a reflection of what you value. So challenge yourself with never saying “I don’t have time,” again. Make time, you are worth it. As Tory says in her book: “Good food is oxygen. Exercise is oxygen. Self-care is oxygen. But we deny ourselves these essentials because we believe we don’t have the time.” Create the time. Your results will improve more about your life than just your health.

When your weight goes down, your confidence goes up. As Tory got happier with her choices and saw results on the scale, her confidence went up. She used her confidence to keep her weight loss journey going—even when it was tough. Remember, as she wrote in her book: “Each of us has the power to fix what is wrong.”

Tory’s story shows how just a small shift in your thinking can change everything for you. Today Tory’s new mantra is “You just have to suck it up.” She’s tough! I love it. And I hope Tory’s story inspires you to embark on your own weight loss journey.

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on September 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM Reply

I recently got married and started a new job. It seems i don't have time to work out as you mentioned above, my eating habits have declined, and I find my self 20 lbs more than my wedding day. I'd love some help!

on September 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM Reply

I'd love to hear the perspective of someone in TV. I am always looking for inspiration to motivate me to keep going. I lost about 50 lbs doing weight watchers and have kept off about 45 of it in the last 2 years. I love your blog Chris!

on September 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM Reply

After 20 years of the challenge of raising my 3 children by myself, going through the empty nest, and being underemployed, I have found myself in an amazing place with the love of my life. I am positioning myself to start a small business, and my new husband and I both want to lose 50 and 30 lbs. I've got resources, but weeks have gone by and my business is nonexistent, my house is a mess, and my exercise equipment and DVDs are not being used. I used to do it all while I was raising my kids. I was superwoman. Is it possible to get back on track? I keep trying. How do I turn the switch back on to go? I don't need to be superwoman anymore. I do however need something to get me back in the game. Help! I would love a copy of Tory's book!

on September 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM Reply

I'd love to read Tory's new book. My "aha" moment came just recently when a favorite blouse wouldn't button up. I broke into tears. It had very special meaning to me and to have to hang it up and just see it in the closet just sent me over the edge. I vowed at that moment to lose the 40 pounds that were the reason it WOULD NOT button! It's not easy, but with each day it gets better...."I'm not where I want to be but I'm closer today than I was yesterday"! I believe in myself...I CAN do this!

on September 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM Reply

I would love a copy of Tory's book. I am a total believer that each of us is responsible for the life we wake up to everyday. It only sucks if you allow it to - every single morning we are blessed with a new day and another chance to make our lives the life we deserve to have. Love the inspiration!

on September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM Reply

The first paragraph in the article really hits home.....the personal trainer, the friends, the family all say that I am beautiful but I could even be more. I have struggled with my weight for years at one point losing 105 lbs. The personal trainer admits I work really hard and 6 days a week but I need to find more inside me. Nutrition has always been where I seem to fail!! I feel her book may be the words and the understanding I may need!!! Thank you for sharing this with your followers! Have a great day!! :)

on September 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM Reply

I'd love a copy of her book. I heard about it from a friend and would love to read how she did it!

on September 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM Reply

I would love to win Tory's new book! I have just (re)started my journey to lose weight. It started this summer when I came to that "enough is enough" moment and decided to work out with a friend 3x week doing strength and core workouts. It's not about the numbers anymore. I don't care about the numbers on the scale anymore... I just want to feel fit and be healthy! Thanks Chris for sharing this article.

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