Tory Johnson seemed to have it all. A great career as a TV Reporter, a loving husband, and beautiful children. It wasn’t until a real conversation with her boss, that made her realize that if her on camera appearance didn’t change, she could lose her job.
Even though Tory’s boss never said the exact words “you have to lose weight or your fired”, that is exactly what Tory heard. Tory was in denial, so much so that she wouldn’t wear white on camera, afraid of looking fat, and she skipped on Doctors appointments for 10 years to avoid the “fat talk”.
Realizing her boss was right, and that her job in fact was a visual job, she decided to embark on a new journey she never once tried to pursue whole heartedly.
This time around a fad diet was not going to do the trick. She decided to use the following tips, which in fact helped her lose over 70 lbs in one year.
Here is what Tory did to shed the extra weight;
Eat less: (duh), which I arbitrarily determined to be half what I used to eat. My little trick became if I could name everything I ate that day in under 10 seconds I was doing fine.
Choose better: For me, that meant cutting carbohydrates, which meant saying goodbye to a lot of white foods — anything with flour, pasta, rice, potatoes and sugar.
No cheat days: While many diets prescribe a weekly day off for good behavior, I knew that didn’t work for me. I’d wait until my cheat day arrived, eat every offender I could find, and before long I’d be back to eating with abandon full-time.
I now think that rewarding anyone trying to lose weight with a cheat day is akin to telling an alcoholic he can celebrate a month of sobriety with a beer. It doesn’t work. If I could handle moderation, I wouldn’t have been fat in the first place.
Move more: This was the easiest of all, since I wasn’t moving at all. Taking the stairs, walking to and from work and strolling around the block a few times a day evolved into a daily walk on the treadmill next to my bed.
Hold my self accountable, daily: I weighed myself every morning to always be aware of where I was. No more burying my head in denial.