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Shapewear Can Only Do So Much

I have my weekly Good Morning America segment in two days and I’m becoming anxious— desperate for a quick fix to accentuate my barely double- digit loss, to show some progress. I want my colleagues to notice that I have turned my life around and am not a slacker. I’ve never been a fan of

Shift in Honor of Mom

Hey Tory, My name is Beth and I am 59 years young!  I was a skinny girl all my life, until my 30’s when I had my children.  I have struggled with my weight and attempts to lose weight (including Atkins/low-carb) continually since then, and have gradually added 70 excess pounds to my 5’7” frame

Do You Believe in the Power of YOUR Dreams?

Early last year when I started on my path to healthy living, I had moments of weakness when I wondered if I could really do it, especially since so many previous weight loss attempts had failed. I sat on my bed, trying my hardest to summon some positive energy. In The Shift (page 27 for

All or Nothing— No In-between

We’re invited to a friend’s birthday party and when we arrive we’re assaulted by a dizzying display of delicious-smelling hors d’oeuvres at the top of my Do Not Sample list: puffed pastries stuffed with feta cheese, spreads on crackers, cheeseburger sliders, and pigs in a blanket— all loaded with fat and carbs. I decline every

Cleaning the Cupboards

One morning I decided to clean out the kitchen cabinets. I had been eating well, but the temptation of all the junk food around my house was too great. All the foods on my “no” list” had to go. Because I knew there would be protests from my family, I woke up early and, trailed

How To Shift To A Healthier Work-life Balance

Big shifts in our careers, and in our lives, often begin with little nudges, comments from family members and co-workers, hints of unhappiness about work-life balance and about missing out on what really fulfills us, helps us stay healthy, and brings us joy. It could be something as simple as missing an event in your

Don’t Think Food, Think Shift

Anytime people tackle big- ticket items in life— moving, changing careers, getting married or divorced— I think they do better with a plan. A step- by- step guide that outlines how they’re going to get from point A to point B with their sanity in check and leaves nothing significant to chance. It doesn’t have

Clarity Trumps Willpower

Previously, whenever I began a diet, I approached it like a gladiator going into battle. In order to make the plan work, I would prepare to win not just the battle, but the war. And what it took to win the war— in my own imagination— was an arsenal of willpower that would help me

Kitchen Gadgets

Even though 75 percent of my SHIFT success is attributable to my mental plan, I’ve had a ton of fun experimenting in the kitchen here and there. For example, I love my Cuisinart mini-chopper and I use it to make all sorts of things, including one of my favorite dessert drinks. I was addicted to

Pregnant— or Just Fat?

I marvel at how good people are at saying bad things. An embarrassing memory from childhood sticks with me, as if it happened a few hours ago. In middle school during a routine visit, my dentist asked Mom matter-of-factly if she was “gaining or expecting,” as if inquiring about the weather. Mom, who was always

Mandy Ingber: It’s All About Choices

Instead of practicing constant denial, fitness expert Mandy Ingber, author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover, gives herself one small, daily treat. “When I used to yo-yo diet, it was a constant punishment/reward cycle,” she says. “But sometimes allowing it makes it less taboo.” It’s all about choices. “If I want a

Heather Thomson: Shake That Booty

Heather Johnson, founder of Yummie by Heather Johnson and a cast member of the Real Housewives of New York, decided to get her exercise act together this year and now schedules workouts in her day-to-day routine with a mix of cardio, weights and stretching. “I made a commitment to myself that I would get in