Tory Johnson’s The Shift: Why She Doesn’t Like Me Right Now

Tory Johnson, Tory Johnson the Shift

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Small business expert and “Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson is about to release a book this Tuesday entitled “The Shift“.  The book chronicles her experiences over the past 18 months as she lost 60 pounds. A producer suggested a stylist which Johnson interpreted as a threat that her “GMA” job was on the line, she created a 5-step system that left her svelte and happier than ever.

Of course, we don’t yet know what that 5-step system is because you have to buy the book to find out.

I have to say, I didn’t want to write this post. But I’ve been stewing for days now (see the Facebook post below) and what Tory is doing is exactly what I think is wrong with the fitness and diet industries. I feel I have to call a spade a spade.

Generally speaking, I’m a fan of Tory Johnson. She asked me once to speak at her small business Spark & Hustle Conference and I thought it went well … well enough that she quoted me in her last book, also called “Spark & Hustle.” I don’t consider us enemies, we’re even Facebook friends. Which is what lead to this conversation:

Tory Johnson The Shift, Tory Johnson

via Ted Rubin’s Facebook Page

To be fair, my comment was an exasperation that I’ve felt towards the entire fitness and diet industries and not just towards Tory. It just seems like the people with true expertise frequently get ignored in favor of the person with the bigger platform. Jillian Michaels takes her online-only certification and parlays it into a fitness and diet pill-popping empire … Tim Ferriss goes from business consultant to diet guru with the catchy titled “The 4-Hour Body” … Etcetera, Etcetera. The examples are numerous, overwhelming, and largely the by-product of marketing.

Not surprisingly, people jumped to Tory’s defense, and quite fairly suggested I read the book first. (I requested an advance copy to review, but didn’t receive a response back.)  Tory, herself, even weighed in:

Tory Johnson The Shift, Tory Johnson

 

The conversation didn’t really go anywhere further from there. Most people supported Tory, and most people either chided or ignored me.  The original poster, Ted Rubin (another person I respect and have known for a while), fully supported Tory. I was drowned out again.

Here’s Why I’m Pissed Off

I thought about this conversation for a while. I was just over-reacting, I told myself. It’s just another person taking advantage of a situation for her own financial gain … hey, we ALL do that. I have two fitness DVDs after all, that I’d be thrilled if you’d purchase. But then I started checking around.

Despite an adamant disclaimer that this “is not a diet book,” Tory is …

  1. Making sure her media posse positions the book as a way to lose weight and be happier.
  2. Charging $40 to $75 per person for the opportunity to attend an “intimate evening with Tory” to learn how you can get on the same successful path.
  3. Working with several companies (mostly snack bars and diet and fitness products) and cross-promoting them with her tour.

If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. 

Do you see on the Facebook comment above where I say, “If she starts hawking diet pills/drinks/powders/bars I’ll have lost all respect for her. Ditto if she starts a weight loss group of some sort that she charges for …”?? Did you see 2 and 3 above?

Yep … she’s looking to making money through …

  1. Book sales
  2. A “for fee” tour aimed at encouraging you to be as successful (and slim) as she is
  3. Charging companies for access to you through her platform

Honestly, my first reaction when I figured it out was, “Damn … I bet Tim Ferriss wishes he had thought of all this too a couple years ago.” Most book authors don’t charge for their speaking tours. Tory is definitely a smart business woman and she will definitely make a lot of money off her “not a diet book.”

So here’s a question: if you’re thinking of buying Tory’s book, are you buying it because of her business advice? Thought so.

Here’s the Other Reason Why I’m So Pissed Off

Tory Johnson is sharing her story with us. She is giving us a blueprint to follow (I’m sure a lot of the advice is very sound). She is sharing some tough truths that she had to confront along the way … old ways of thinking that didn’t work and had to be discarded.

This is actually wonderful and I applaud her for it … but I know at least a dozen bloggers off the top of my head who do the exact same thing without asking you to shell out $75 to hear them speak in a big auditorium. A few that come to mind:

MizFitOnline.  A former personal trainer and now an online gladiator of positivity! I love Carla’s warmth, her charm, and how you can somehow feel her arm around your shoulder, supporting you, as you read her.

Authentically Emmie.  I love that Emmie has lost over 100 pounds and has so flourished that as her weight loss journey continues she has become a plus size model.  She truly understands the struggle and shares her story with people every day.

Sweating Until Happy.  Alan Ali is such a bright light in the weight loss journey niche. He is trying so hard and is having great successes.  He’s not motivated by the threat of losing a six-figure job, he’s motivated by how great he feels and the happiness his healthy lifestyle is bringing him.

Roni’s Weigh.  Roni Noone is one of the greatest weight-loss bloggers out there. She’s kind, she’s plucky, she’s a Mom who gets it … she has become incredibly successful and also created FitBloggin, a great annual conference that brings other like-minded bloggers together to share ideas and expand a great community.

I could go on, and while most of the people above make money from their online endeavors, there is plenty that they share for free just because they want you to feel better about yourself. I’m sure they, like me, glow with pride when someone leaves a comment on their blog about how much a post helped shift their perspective.

Maybe the first impulse for this book was truly from Tory’s heart. The chance to share her story with others and help them out … But if that’s the case, how come everything is under wraps until you cough up some dough?

Since writing this post, I’ve purchased and read the book. Here’s my review of “The Shift”.

What do you think?

Lisa

 

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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37 Responses to Tory Johnson’s The Shift: Why She Doesn’t Like Me Right Now

  1. MIZCarla September 9, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    First, thank you for your VERY KIND WORDS.
    Next you know I completely agree.
    It definitely is a DUCK and while Im sure her advice is helpful and insightful there are so many others out there who arent yet big names (on TJ’s level) who are GIVING AWAY advice and have walked the walk for years and helping because the want to do unto others or offer what they couldnt find when they started down this healthy living path.

  2. Carrie @ FamilyFitnessFood.com September 9, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I couldn’t agree more. There is much better advice and more inspiring people out there. Diet and exercise isn’t a secret. It shouldn’t be treated as a secret. It’s all out there and available for everyone, no matter if you have $75 to throw away or not.

  3. Jody - Fit at 55 September 9, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    This part of the industry drives me crazy like you but even more that her weight was what determined her job status vs. is she qualified or not.. what about men & their weight…

  4. Deb Roby September 9, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I haven’t the faintest idea who Tory Johnson is. Nice that she’s lost some weight (and she looks like an -ahem- older woman. We know this makes it more challenging.) Nice that she wrote a book.

    But I don’t know who the frak she is. I wouldn’t buy it.

    And, if I did know who she was, charging to meet her and discuss her success? Wouldn’t happen. Buying processed foods she endorses? Wouldn’t happen.

  5. Kerri O September 9, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Hmmm. I agree and disagree.
    We all know how this industry is and what it’s become. Sad? Yes. But those of us trying to help can just keep on trucking…
    But I don’t begrudge anyone making a buck doing their thing. I do. lol. I also don’t agree that a degree or certification makes someone worthy of listening to. As I tend to be not-mainstream in my thoughts on what are healthy I tend to disagree with many ‘experts’.

  6. Robby September 9, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Kick her in the lady balls.

    The thing is this — she’s using her position to make money. And scared, vulnerable people will pay that money to get a “secret” that isn’t a “secret” to the rest of us.

    So she’s not only an opportunist, but a bit of a predator.

    For me, what it boils down to is this: is she willing to accept responsibility for the people that choose to follow her path? Probably not. They’re just numbers or dollar signs to her.

    The people who I care about (and that you mention in your blog) take it to heart when one of their followers are struggling AND (more to the point) if they see a follower doing something reckless/dangerous to their body, they will speak up.

  7. Kerri O September 9, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    OK, I agree with Robby above. She is preying on people. Preying on their hope.
    But if I write a book as a non “professional” am I doing the same thing? It’s all murky to me. I think it’s all in the way it’s handled…

  8. DubyaWife September 9, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Huzzah, Lisa! Way to stand your ground for something you truly believe in. I think of Churchill’s quote, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

    Some bloggers/celebrities/fitness “gurus” are out there to make money. And that’s FINE. If they want to do that then so be it. It’s a buyer beware world.

    And the there are some of us who realize the power and responsibility that comes out there when we reveal our “weight loss” secrets (which aren’t secrets at all). When someone wants to lose weight they are desperate and feverish to find “the answer” – the pill, the workout, the food – that will make it all happen.

    In reality, for every single person it an individual journey to HEALTH (not weight loss). And while giving advice, knowledge, and education is all well and good – it can cross the line into quick fixes.

    I don’t know this lady, I don’t watch her on GMA, nor will I. There’s thousands of stories like hers. And I’m honored that I know some of them via Fitbloggin and blogs, etc. But not a SINGLE one is “the answer” – they all are, and none of them are.

    For me and my blog – I post about MY journey and I purposely leave out recipes, how to’s, and workout plans because that’s not what it is all about. (And I’m lazy and that stuff sounds boring to write) ;-)

    Keep doin your thang, LJ.

  9. KCLAnderson (Karen) September 9, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Robby wrote: “And scared, vulnerable people will pay that money to get a ‘secret’ that isn’t a ‘secret’ to the rest of us.”

    Bingo. That is what ALL of this is about: a so-called “secret” that addresses one of the oldest and deepest human fears: “I am not okay.”

    Work on being okay and the rest will follow.

    It’s precisely for this reason that I have moved AWAY from writing about weight loss even though it is supposedly the sexy, magic marketing pill that allows folks to cash in on what is now a billion-dollar-plus industry.

  10. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Carla, Carrie and Jody, thank you so much for your support and your comments. Jody, I do hear you on the reaction, the veiled threat to lose weight (at least her interpretation) or lose your job. Her reaction was to figure out how to lose the weight. She is such a strong woman, a very savvy business person and she has two multi-million dollar businesses (as her marketing material proclaims) so why would she care about a paltry six figure job? If anyone was in a position to fight and make a statement about it, it was her. On the other side of the coin … if it were me, I’d have tried to do the same thing … my first reaction would be to “fix it” not to “fight.” But I don’t have any multi-million dollar businesses to fall back on so … L–

  11. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Kerri, this is a debate I’ve heard a lot in the fitness/wellness industry. You don’t need to have an education (certification, degree, etc.) to dispense good advice. I agree with that to a point … can you self educate? Absolutely, is it going to be as good as a college degree? It’s pretty hard to replicate that level of knowledge on your own but it can be done.

    As an example, I have a 500 hour certification and I don’t remotely think I should be dispensing physical therapy advice to my clients (although I work with referrals from PTs all the time.) I also am reminded of David Grotto who told me why he became a registered dietician. He was running a health food store and was dispensing dietary advice regularly and once almost killed a man. He wanted to do the right thing (with his alternative point of view) but he also wanted to know everything he could so he went back to school. When we’re self-taught I think there are a lot of gaps in knowledge that can be created and when you’re dispensing advice about people’s bodies that can literally be life-threatening.

    I personally have a lot of nutritional information in my head but I hesitate to endorse diets or food products because I know I don’t have the same base of knowledge to talk about it as say a registered dietician. Why is more education a bad thing? Even if your point of view is different from the norm, why can’t you integrate it into the new information that you’ve found? Just my POV, and thank you so much for sharing yours. I respect it. :-)

  12. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Robby, I love how you point out that the bloggers I mentioned are personally invested in their readers and want to support them and help them as much as possible. It’s one of the great things about blogging over writing just a book. We get to interact with our readers (like right now!). L–

  13. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Karen, I pretty much love you. :-)

  14. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Dubya, LOL, well I’d love to get from recipes from you actually, but they are a pain to write, plus the pictures. :-) I whole-heartedly agree with you when you say “all of them and none of them are right.” We do have to find our own path, our own combination of gurus … my only gripe is when the passion for helping people isn’t the first and foremost thing on a particular promoters mind. Then I think it becomes of slippery slope of product marketing that potentially experiments with people’s bodies. Buyer beware yes, but there is so much marketing hype out there I think it can be nearly impossible for some people to discern what the true facts are.

  15. Elizabeth September 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Who is Tory? I’ve honestly never heard of her until I read this.

    I’m curious to see what she has to say in her book, but also annoyed. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the “intimate evening” series with the concert ticket price included a Registered Dietician (or PhD in nutrition science, or at least someone with a certificatin that requires you to study and learn the science behind it like Precision Nutrition) and a certified personal trainer (with an up-to-date education on the state of the art)? I wish someone would do that.

    It kills me to hear Jillian Michaels repeat the mis-information that “a calorie is a calorie” and that weight loss is just “calories in and calories out.” I don’t even know which certification she has, but I was super bummed to see her come out with a line of supplements. (Same with Shape Magazine–I might have to stop subscribing on that basis.) They are just a cash cow.

    I also started blogging because I want to dispell fitness myths (and along the way, share some good information and reviews). Sometimes i think that if not for a few loudmouths out there, everyone would be wearing the new sauna-suit pants (Zaggora) while popping celebrity branded supplements (or on the Hollywood Cookie Diet) while only lifting 3# weights (because Tracy Anderson said so). UGH.

  16. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    LOL Elizabeth, I’m impressed with the summary of our industry so succinctly. It was rather brilliant. For the record Jillian has an AFAA certification which is currently an online only test. You just have to pass a multiple choice exam. Meh.

  17. Joe Cascio September 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Lisa, I wanted to reiterate here what I’ve been saying to you on Twitter just now. Starting a few years ago, I noted a sharp upsurge in the branding, productizing and marketing, let’s call it “packaging” of manufactured fitness programs and products. A few very successful ones are P90x, Beachbody and one of the first ones that probably started this trend of “high-visibility-but-vaguely-qualified”, good old Jane Fonda. All these trade on the illusion or consumerist mind-set that you can buy fitness.

  18. Emmie September 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Thanks again Lisa for your kind words and for including me in that group of amazing bloggers I admire.
    I really applaud you for taking a stand against people who pseudo-protray themselves as “experts.” Just like Tim Ferris, she is using her platform in a way to sell things. The thirst for health “inspiration” has spawned such an enormous industry that people try to use all the time for personal financial gain.
    I have a major issue with her response to being told to lose weight in order to keep her job. If you’re using that, and marketing it heavily, as the impetus to change, that sends the message it’s okay for employers to practice weight discrimination, which makes me so stabby I can’t see straight. Off to comment on Annabel’s article…

  19. Melissa (@TheDailyMel) September 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love your thoughts on this, Lisa! While I certainly have my fair share of diet/inspirational books in my personal library, I generally try to avoid the “celebrity” books. I’ve always chalked those up to being something that was 1) likely ghost-written, and 2) someone looking to cash in on said celebrity to make a few bucks.

    I used to be a huge fan of The Biggest Loser when it first started all those years ago. However, the more the trainers started hocking products, selling pills, etc., the less I was a fan. I’ve even steered people away from both Bob & Jillian’s kettlebell DVDs advising them to instead look for a DVD from someone certified specifically for kettlebells. Even better? Find someone in their local area that is certified and take a few classes and/or training sessions with them before attempting it at home. It’s bad enough that there are lots of celebrities out there making basic aerobic-type exercise DVDs, but if someone tries to start doing a celebrity kettlebell DVD, they could seriously injure themselves if they don’t have proper form. I “get” that most Americans are celebrity obsessed, but when it comes to one’s health, it’s best to let the celebrity part go and stick with people who actually know what they’re doing!

  20. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Right Joe, and it so has to be earned. L–

  21. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Yep, Emmie, she doesn’t need the GMA job the way most people truly need their jobs to pay rent, etc. If she truly does have two multi-million dollar businesses then she could have taken a stand against it. It’s unfortunate that she didn’t. She could have been a hero for a lot of us.

  22. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I very much agree Melissa. Expertise does vary by type of movement. You can’t just stick skis on your feet and point downhill for instance. Kettlebells are one of the trickier pieces of gym equipment and they became big so fast that a lot of people didn’t take the time to learn how to train properly (I’m talking personal trainers, not just clients!). I’m sure there’s been a heap of shoulder/back injuries over it. Thanks for your thoughts.

  23. @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman September 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I think my Crossfit trainer would totally agree with you. We have these conversations often. We have to get our inspiration some where. It’s just what the individual relates to. Personally I like the the education, experience background not just the success story. However, there are tons of people out there that have personal experience and can share how they did it. It doesn’t mean it will work for everyone.

    I know folks in the fitness industry do work hard. It’s tough to watch coaches get their weekend certs and go open up a gym and begin training. People need to educate themselves and ask questions so they can make an educated choice.

  24. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Pamela very true, it’s actually one of the issues with CrossFit right now. Depending on the box owner some training is spectacularly good and others not so much. Their cert is a weekend cert, but many come to the table with more experience. L–

  25. Cassie Piasecki September 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Hey Lisa! Kudos to you for writing this post. As a fitness professional who has spent hundreds (if not thousands) of hours studying, training, practicing, certifying, recertifying, traveling to conferences to learn, relearn and not to mention the $$$ spent, I also feel frustrated over this. Not only Tory’s story but let’s take a look at Instagram. Have you seen the people there with NO fitness/nutrition background hawking an ebook for $9.99 to $169.00 and having thousands of people buying it? Tens of thousands, in some cases. Sure, I’d love to be making that money but I also worry about the people buying this info from people who have NO business giving out information.
    How many forms do we have to complete with a new client before we even have them lay down on a mat? And people are buying nutrition/diet books from someone they have never even met? Someone who doesn’t even ask them basic questions about their health background? I shudder to think of the people who shouldn’t be following diet plans written by a 22 year old college student.
    I know this has steered away from your original post but I think the message is similar. I hoped Tory’s book would have been more about her journey and not a plan.
    Thanks for having some balls!
    Cassie

  26. Lisa Johnson September 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks so much Cassie, really appreciate you chiming in and yes, I share your frustration on everything you said. I did have someone point out to me on Facebook last night that we (bloggers) should be looking for the good people who can also do marketing/sales and help promote them … I thought that was a great point.

  27. TraceyJoy September 10, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    I first saw that Tory was releasing a book about weight loss I got super excited, I know her from GMA. It was her segments that got me on the right path with working from home and avoiding scams. I have my job right now because I heard about it on GMA from Tory. I totally see where you are coming from Lisa get it and understand it fully. I guess maybe I like many other are shallow or one dimensional thinkers. I tell ya all of your points are valid I never thought of one of them. I was all set to order this book because it’s Tory after all. That is all it takes and we are hooked.Yea…I’m a sucker like that. I won’t get the book now because what you said caused me to THINK and REASON much deeper before I blindly go into something else. For that Lisa I thank you. ♥

  28. Lisa Johnson September 10, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Wow TraceyJoy … thank you for that. What an amazing compliment. Tory is a great business woman and a smart marketer and I’m glad she’s helped you … but yeah, this is a whole new area for her and outside her area of expertise.

  29. Linda M. Lopeke September 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I can appreciate your frustration, Lisa! This sort of thing doesn’t just happen in the fitness/nutrition industry — I’ve come across it plenty of times myself.

    I do think it’s important to call a spade a spade. That takes courage. However, you cannot succeed in business without the risk of making brave choices along the way. As they say, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll stand for anything. And that’s just not you! You’ve never been a person who is afraid to speak her truth. The world needs more people like you. :)

  30. Lisa Johnson September 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Thank you so much Linda … :-)

  31. Scargosun September 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    How many angles have you looked at this argument/discussion/etc from? In my opinion (and I am no expert on angles having limped my way through geometry but I am going to give it a shot anyway) your bottom line is “she is not a professional fitness person.” What IS a professional fitness person? Someone who got a PT cert over a weekend? A yoga instructor who logged 500 hours of training? How about a guy working at GNC? In each of those cases, the individuals and some others believe they are professionals but others would disagree. Tory is a pro at herself. She found something that worked and used a book to tell others about it. As for her charging money to people for seminars, um, don’t we pay for speakers at events that just talk about how they achieved success? Yes. All the time. Also, all the blogs you mentioned, every single one is ‘hocking’ something via the ads (they don’t control), clothing, etc…oh except for Sweating Until Happy (and I had to find his site since your link was not correct) and making money off of it. What is funny is that I know a life coach/personal trainer who is amazing and instead of tearing someone down for doing what Tory did, she would be happy for her. Why is it you are only angry because of her and not happy for what she has accomplished? What exactly are you going accomplish by tearing her down with this war of words on FB, blogs or what ever other social media platform you have? Nothing. Sure, maybe you will feel better for a little while reading the comments on here of people that agree with you but is that what you are looking for? If you are truly upset with the fitness community as a whole and you use her as your punching bag, you are doing exactly what you are angry at her for. You are using a celebrity to make your point.

  32. Lisa Johnson September 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Scargosun, I thought about it a lot, I purposely don’t say negative stuff very often on this blog. If I get a product for review and I don’t like it, I tell the brand I don’t like it and I don’t write a review. I was saddened to go after someone that I actually do respect. I think her business acumen is remarkable, I love her FB pics of her kids and her family but I literally felt compelled to do so.

    What qualifies as an expert? Not an “Average Jane” who lost a lot of weight through a medically suspect method and that’s what Tory did. What I saw here was a woman with an incredibly savvy marketing machine going into full launch mode (Hey, they got #1 on Amazon for diet books) and I saw her giving out information that could literally harm people. I honestly believe she has opened herself up for lawsuits … she doesn’t even know what a carbohydrate is … she incorrectly identifies them in the book. This is nutrition 101 stuff.

    I know this won’t make me popular, frankly I’m shocked that you’re the first negative comment, I was expecting a LOT more blowback than this. But I truly believe that someone will take her advice, go into ketosis and something bad will happen to them. I do NOT believe she is qualified to be giving out this kind of advice and I’ve had one of the top Nutritionists in the country agree with me.

    Why pay money for bad advice? Why let someone spew potential harmful information, at a minimum misleading information, to perhaps millions of people? Why is that ok?

    Why can’t we have diet books written by people who have worked in the field for years and have a level of authentic expertise? Why is that a bad thing? We are dealing with humans and their inner workings here, this isn’t about whether a certain dress style makes someone look hippy or slim … ketosis can have long lasting effects, this is very real to me and I’m trying to frankly protect people from her lack of knowledge. I don’t believe she’s doing it out of malice at all. I think it’s ignorance coupled with an opportunity to make money.

    I think the bigger question is why do you support her and the questionable information that she’s giving out?

  33. Lily September 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    What would your advice be to a 63 year old woman who needs to lose at least 100 pounds? Exercise is extremely uncomfortable and actually dangerous at this point. A family doctor has simply recommended weight watchers. Is that really enough? Aside from trying to eat less at each meal, what kind of diet could this individual attempt in order to lose some of the weight so it would be more possible to move more?

  34. Nancy October 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    None of you got it. Tory is telling her story. I saw her in NYC and she is telling her story ehat worked for her. Sounds like a lot of Tory badhing b/c of the green-eyed monster of jealousy rising up.
    She is not saying she is a fitness or diet expert. You miss the point completely.
    She is saying if you want ti make a change then you must take action.
    If she is able to make a budinees out of it so much the better. She esrned her way onto TV and deserves kudos for her courage.
    Haters gotta hate.

  35. Lisa Johnson October 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Lily, just think in small steps and perhaps set a five pound goal instead of a the big goal of 100. Diet is the most important thing and there are many ways to get there. Ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist to help you get started. Weight Watchers might work for you, but I’d try to get some expert advice that can be specifically tailored to you. L–

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