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Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think Paperback – April 10, 2012

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About the Author

Dean Dwyer is a former teacher, who quit his job to accept a more ambitious mission: Could he actually make MAKE SHIFT HAPPEN in his own life? It has taken almost 13 years, with a lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but he now knows the answer to that question. He spends the bulk of his time teaching others how do just that. www.MakeShiftHappen.org


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1 edition (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a fitness professional who in the past 6 years has trained over 1,000 clients ranging from professional athletes to the elderly. I initially read "Make Shi(f)t Happen" with the intention of getting ideas that I could use to, "Help other people", but it soon became apparent, however, that I was in need of some shi(f)t myself. Quickly, I re-read the book with a more introspective eye and I am proud to say that I am now into my second week of "Logging like Captain Kirk", "Being Brutally Honest", and developing my own "911" service!

There are books that you read to "get information", but this is a book designed to help you "take action". Not all of the shi(f)ts described by the author will apply to everyone, but that is by design. By implementing even one or two small changes, you can create momentum that ultimately leads to "seismic", life-transforming change.

If you are on the fence about whether or not you should pick up this book, I encourage you to go for it. By drawing from a diverse set of resources, the author gives you the practical benefit several books all in once neat package. I have already loaned my copy to a friend who saw me reading it and wanted to learn about how she could start changing her lifestyle. BUT, I only agreed on the condition that she would give it back within the week!

You could probably read "Make Shi(f)t Happen" in an afternoon, but implementing the ideas presented could literally change your life!
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Primal blogger, weight loss success and first-time author Dean Dwyer from the "Being Primal" blog is one of the most special human beings you will ever meet. This Toronto, Ontario native is a newcomer on the Paleo/primal/low-carb scene and is a fascinatingly interesting man I have been privileged to befriend and know. But his words transcends barriers regardless of what your chosen nutritional path is. Dean is more about helping you change the way you look at every aspect of your life in his book MAKE SHIFT HAPPEN.

Dean burst on to the online health scene in 2011 with his trademark oddball sense of humor that he has used early and often on his active Twitter page and blog. It quickly became apparent that Dean wasn't like most bloggers who enter the health blogosphere-there's some genuine depth and meaning to the work he is doing. He was able to literally transform his body and his life from a path leading nowhere into one with meaning, purpose and an end goal in mind. Now he's seeking to pass along the lessons he has learned along the way.

But Dean would be the first to admit that the change he experienced-or "shift" as he so aptly puts it in the title of his book-began in that space between his ears. And that's what his book is really all about. This book reveals the struggles people go through losing weight, the mind changes that must happen in order to go forward in your health pursuits, and so much more.
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I got a copy of Dean's book today at 9 AM and finished at 3 PM while I was seeing patients in my neurosurgery clinic. I could not put it down it was so good. This is the finest paleo book I have read, and I have bought and read them all. As a clinician, getting people to change is my toughest task. But in Dean's book I found the easy to read recipe for true transformational change. This is the secret sauce of personal success. The book is awesome for any one interested in transformational change and this topic is sorely missing in Paleosphere and in modern life......it is a book that I can now hand to my patients when they tell me they 'can't' do something.......I don't care about their thoughts of "I cant".......I just care about their "I can".......and Dean's book opens their mind to "I can" big time. Dean has raised the bar for Paleo lifestyle and for modern thinking.

Jack Kruse DMD, MD
Nashville Neurosurgery CEO
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I've been chasing fitness and health goals for years, with mixed success. Like Dwyer, I spent years as a vegetarian. I logged hundreds or thousands of miles running long distances, with two half marathons and a marathon under my belt. When I ran, I joked that I didn't love running - hated it, in fact - but I loved to eat, and therefore, I ran. Little did I know that there's more to it than "calories in/calories out."

I had adopted many of Dwyer's recommendations before this - kicking junk food out of my life (for the most part) two years ago this month. I switched from distance running and logging 40-50 miles a week, to two or three days a week of sprinting, and stopping to do pullups anywhere I saw a horizontal bar high enough above my head. I've had my benders with garbage food, and I've taken a bunch of different approaches to fitness, including a "too much, too fast" entry into weight training with limited knowledge, and generally thrashing about.

Dwyer's book helped me re-focus and revisit the good base I had when I started this stuff two years ago. I had read Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint, and was having a good time working out instead of enduring the misery and dread of running. His chapter on "Be Your Own 911" helped me rethink and revisit my fitness goals, and he put it in practical terms. Could I save a kid in the event of an emergency by throwing the kid over my shoulder and running/sprinting a distance, up some stairs, over some obstacles? How would I feel if I couldn't do it, simply because I had failed to take Dwyer's advice, and spend maybe two hours a week - 20 minutes a day - doing some high "return on investment" work with weights and sprints?).

Dwyer is eminently practical. He spares us the cheerleading and feel-good speeches.
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