Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“[An] intimate memoir. . .Readers will appreciate this personable weatherman’s candor and humor as he chronicles his struggle and ultimate success.” – Publishers Weekly

“Searingly honest and genuinely relatable. . .As unpretentious as Roker’s television persona, this motivational diet memoir provides inspiration, and recipes, for others struggling with weight-related challenges.” – Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451414946
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 272,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Roker

Al Roker is known to over thirty million viewers for his work on NBC's Today show, a role that has earned him ten Emmy awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two bestselling cookbooks to his credit. Al Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and a son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Honest and endearing, not preachy...

    As a longtime fan of Mr. Roker's I've been cheering him on in his quest to get healthy for years. His honesty in his battle with food is painful, yet refreshing, and I found his struggle and will to stay fit powerful and encouraging.
    As my first read of the new year I will be using some of Mr. Roker's lifestyle changes to continue on in my own life. Although I'm at a healthy weight and reasonably happy with my body, there's always room for improvement and some of his tips will be incorporated into my daily life.
    Thank you, Al, for sharing your private struggles in such a personal way, and the best of luck to you in "Never Goin' Back"!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    An interesting and inspiring read

    I was inspired by Al when he had his bypass surgery which lead me to research and later have the surgery as well. I was amazed that he and I have followed the same path so much of the way. Also like him-I had many people tell me "Oh, you took the easy way out!" He dealt with it just as I did-Smile and go on! Unlike him-I did not have to do it in the public eye. That must have made it 100 times harder. I was inspired by his battle and it has been just the lift I need to get back on my own path to health and fitness. Once again-Thank you Al! Unlike some books on the subject, he gave actual ways to deal with the problems! He didn't just bring them to light and let it drop.
    My only complaint is that the Nook version had many errors and even omitted a few pages. This was easily remedied by a stop at B&N to read a hard copy in the store!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I'm a long time fan of the Today Show and have followed Al's wei

    I'm a long time fan of the Today Show and have followed Al's weight loss effort fairly closely so a lot of what was presented was familiar or known to me.  I'm also someone who's  struggled with my weight for the first 40 years of my life when then the umpteenth try at Weight Watchers worked for me and  I lost 100 lbs and have kept 85 of it off for over 8 years. I say all that to let you know that I'm familiar with a lot of the struggle, both mentally and physically, albeit from a non-celebrity, female perspective.
     I've never ready any of Al's other books, but give that they exist, I have to say I had much higher expectations about the quality of the writing, at times I felt like it was being written for a 6th grader.  He's also guilty of 'the overuse of exclamation points!'  I guess for myself, while I certainly appreciate his story, I felt like he stopped WAY short of being to revealing or explicit, probably because he still has to be on air and face the public everyday.  I think there was a lot of 'glossing over' of the details - and no, I'm not talking the 'gory' details of his surgery, but more so the  details of the conversations in his own head - knowing what I've been through, I just felt like there probably was a lot more to be said.

    I will say that some people will likely find this very helpful and inspiring, especially those that may be trying to lose weight for the first time and especially someone who may not have a supportive spouse - I thought the info about his interactions with his wife about his weight and food could be very helpful to a lot of couples in similar circumstances.
    Thanks for putting this out there - next time drop the cliches and tell the whole story ...

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Not What I Thought it Would Be

    This was an ok book. He was very open with hhis battle against obesity and that was encouraging. He was respectful and loving in referencing his parents. However, I felt he was demeaning towards his current wife. I didn't expect a how to lose weight book but I did hope to feel uplifted. Instead, I felt it was ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Struggles I can relate to.....

    I've had my own weight struggles, though not as drastic, at times, just as defeating. It's an honest account of Al's struggles that we all can relate to. I admire his honesty. He tells it like it is and that's inspiring and eye-opening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    not enough about the ups and downs of gastric bypass. i had it d

    not enough about the ups and downs of gastric bypass. i had it done 35 yrs ago. it took many years to reach 165lbs. i didn't have the luxury of a diatician or a private trainer. i did it on my own. lots of ups and downs but i made it. he focused to much of fancy eating and running marithons. did not care for some of his comments. but thats me. read it your self. oh, by the way i weighed 350lbs. and i think i could have wrote a better book. sorry al, i think most of what you wrote about was to fill empty pages

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Did not like

    Ugh

    1 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Treaure hunt

    Go to giada result 2

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great Read!!!

    Once you pick up you will put it down!!!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    It was good to get to know some one you have in your living room evryday

    If you are a dieter you like this book Good job Al

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