Tory Johnson Makes 'The Shift': Her Amazing Weight-Loss Story

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Tory Johnson Makes 'The Shift': Her Amazing Weight-Loss Story

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If you're like many longtime "Good Morning America" viewers, you've noticed a new Tory Johnson. The "Deals and Steals" contributor has transformed herself, losing more than 60 pounds in a year. How did she do it?

Tory is sharing her dramatic weight-loss journey in her new book, "The Shift," which tells a candid and inspirational story of how one difficult conversation changed her life and the lessons she learned that can apply to any major shift in health, career or relationships.

Get Tory's "Deals and Steals Under $10" as seen on "GMA" today here.

Message from Tory

I spent decades failing at every fad diet, convinced I would always be fat. I blamed my childhood. I blamed my genes. I blamed junk food. Basically I was so focused on blaming outside forces that I refused to take responsibility for myself. I was resigned to the idea that I'd spend the rest of my life plus-sized even though I secretly longed for something different.

A single conversation 18 months ago put an end to that. I was told by one of my bosses that my clothes didn't do me justice and she wanted to send me to a stylist. Even though the words "fat" and "lose weight" were never used, I took away "lose weight or lose your job." In a flash, I decided to change for good.

I discovered that what I put in my head matters more than what I put in my mouth, and in the process, I became a happier, healthier person.

With "The Shift," I'm on a mission to help others change, too. The lessons I learned apply to anyone who feels stuck or stalled. Whether you're trying to improve your health, your career or your relationships, know this: The future can look a whole lot different -- and brighter -- than the past. If I can do it, anyone can. You have the power to make it happen; your time is now. Join me in making The Shift.

Watch "GMA" Monday, Sept. 9 for more on her dramatic weight loss and to find out how you can make "The Shift."

Click here to learn more about Tory's Shift.

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These photos from the "GMA" studio in Times Square were taken about 18 months apart. A February 2013 segment marked the first time Tory wore a dress in more than 15 years.

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In Sept 2012, Sam Champion unexpectedly asked on-air, "Do I see a slimmer Tory Johnson?" That prompted viewers to ask online and via email, "How'd you do it?"   I panicked because I never expected to talk about my weight loss. This was my private battle, my personal demon.  But I realized I had an opportunity to help others make the shift too, so I began writing the book.
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