What’s holding you back? What excuses are you making up that are stopping you from living your best life? I used them all, and look where that got me! Are you ready to stop living insane and get real with yourself?
Al Roker’s aha! moment came a decade ago. Closing in on 350 pounds, he promised his dying father that he wasn’t going to keep living as he was. That led to his decision for a stomach bypass—and his life-changing drop to 190. But fifty of those pounds crept back until he finally devised a plan and stuck to it.
Never Goin’ Back is Roker’s inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (slimmer) side of his life that no one knows. With illuminating and sometimes painfully honest stories about his childhood, his struggle against the odds to make something of himself, and his family life today, Roker reveals the effects that a lifelong battle with weight issues can have on a person—and how, regardless of the frustration and setbacks, you must never lose faith in yourself (just inches).
Most important, he knows that losing weight is as much—if not more—a state of mind as of body. That’s why he’s here: to recharge your willpower and see you through it like a friend—with warmth, humor, and a healthy new outlook on life.
The popular television meteorologist/author (Don't Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood) shares his personal yet public weight-loss journey in this intimate memoir. Born in Queens in the 1950s, Roker was a preemie, weighing in at less than five pounds, but by the time he was in seventh grade he had a weight problem and suffered the humility of being dubbed "Fat Albert" by his classmates. "Morbid obesity" (he was 280 pounds at his wedding to ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts) didn't stop him from pursuing marriage, fatherhood, and a successful career, even landing a plum position on the staff of NBC's Today Show. But at his father's deathbed in 2001, Roker made a promise to his dad to lose the weight that had plagued him through decades of yo-yo dieting. Nevertheless, it wasn't until he realized that he had to lose the weight for himself that he took the dramatic step of gastric bypass surgery. Without proselytizing, Roker describes the procedure and why it worked for him: Roker maintains that the road to weight loss is an individual decision and that well-meaning friends and family members would be wise to keep their mouths shut on the subject. In fact, Roker maintains that policing the overweight only makes the problem worse. Readers will appreciate this personable weatherman's candor and humor as he chronicles his struggle and ultimate success.
This book illustrates a true story of perseverance. It demonstrates how difficult losing weight is and also shows you that the only one who can take charge of the weigh lost journey - is you.
Way to go, Al, and thank you for sharing a little bit of your journey!
What a great book I really enjoyed it.
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I thoroughly buoyed reading this book. I've walked many miles in the same shoes as Al. This book has helped give me the path for my own weight loss journey. Best advice...you have to choose this yourself and do it for yourself and only yourself!!! Thanks Al for writing the book.