Never Goin' Back

Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good

By Al Roker; Laura Morton
New American Library, Hardcover, 9780451414939, 275pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 2012

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Al Roker's "aha "moment came a decade ago. He was closing in on 350 pounds when 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 gradually crept back until he finally devised a plan, stuck to it, and got his life back.
"Never Going Back" is Roker's inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (now slimmer) side of his life that no one knows. With illuminating and sometimes painfully honest stories about his childhood (as the husky boy in class), 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).
Al is telling his story to inspire others to lose the weight they ve always wanted to lose, keep it off for good, and regain their health. He knows firsthand that it is a day-to-day process and that unrealistic diets rarely work (he has tried most of them ). And, 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.

About the Author
Al Roker is known to more than thirty million TV viewers and has won thirteen Emmy Awards, ten for his work on NBC's Today. He also hosts Wake Up with Al, a weekday morning program on the Weather Channel. A New York Times bestselling author, Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and a son.

Laura Morton is the author of more than forty books, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers. She has worked with Susan Lucci, Al Roker, Melissa Etheridge, Sandra Lee, and Justin Bieber, among many others.

Monday, Jan 28, 2013

Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. Then, in 2001, he had bariatric surgery and lost more than 100 pounds. Roker speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about his experiences and his latest book, Never Goin' Back. More at

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