I read all the weight-loss memoirs so you don’t have to. I stumbled across this woman’s website a few months ago and noticed her book was on sale for $2.99 on Kindle (still is) so I bought it and read it this weekend.
Johnson lost 72 pounds in a year by adopting the mindset that she would get healthy and stick to her plan no matter what happens. That’s what she calls “the Shift.” This isn’t a diet book, although she talks about her diet a little (very low carb, Atkins-style), but more about building that mindset and being truly ready to make a change even when it’s the hardest.
It’s a really fast read in easily digestible chunks (like a blog!) and frequently addresses keeping a balance between work, family, and health, but not in a “I’m doing it perfectly” way, nor in a “It’s impossible” way.
The problematic part for me was the trigger in leading her to lose weight, a meeting with an ABC executive in which Johnson intuited that her job would be in jeopardy if she didn’t lose weight. (Way harsh, Tai.) Johnson both names and thanks the exec in the book, which is more magnanimous than I could be. I know TV is a sphere of unreality but if this book were by Todd Johnson, would he have been told to lose weight to keep his job? (Yeah, Al Roker, but still.) That kind of discrimination is legal, but definitely unethical. On the other hand, she acknowledges that she needed that threat to get herself motivated enough.
Ultimately, it made me really grateful that nothing about my job depends on my weight (that I am aware of???), nor do I have to go on TV on a regular basis.