Al Roker on Staying Healthy and Happy
Alan talks with Al Roker about his new book and how he’s keeping the pounds off.
- Duration 9:01
- Date Jan 4, 2013
Alan talks with Al Roker about his new book and how he’s keeping the pounds off.
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I'm -- knows what a welcome back through microphones Al Roker his latest book.
I'm never going back.
You've won an Emmy Awards best selling -- you've got Al Roker entertainment you got The Today Show you have the you -- in the weather channel and and what do you do when your spare time.
Well you know I I think my own clothes.
So fast I -- didn't I don't know how you do it.
Well to be perfectly I have a terrific but later this Laura Morton wrote -- -- -- craft this thing.
I I wouldn't even really thinking about doing.
You know thought about when we -- -- -- wouldn't have.
You know -- diet book it's really a war we kind of -- for the presidency.
In dealing with weight.
Yeah and but you know -- -- no matter where I go into the inaugural speeches have you looked pretty important what you do and how you -- I want him here maybe at a right.
Well there really -- part of is at the beginning we talk about your dad and how that's.
That's kind of began your your journey in terms of keeping that from that deathbed promise you made your father.
You know you know if it's I I don't know.
-- -- without being you know maudlin here he was you know you even -- it's just the light in my life.
And idolize him and he.
It's a quick look at 35 years earlier but still.
I've got lung cancer and with a pretty quick in 1 morning on the way I don't believe in the -- earnings before going to the additional.
Definitely listen up -- -- You know we've been around the horn here but actually -- not -- to be here -- my credentials -- -- -- to -- right now you lose value added another way to do.
Huckabee in about a week and a half later he was.
And you know certificate about the promised and I -- -- started thinking about gastric bypass and it is you know what to do this and you know it really hit it worked out it was -- a -- -- 140 pounds.
The year's schedule for the Obama -- after him over the course of three months.
You know driving up to the hospital appreciated you put on another forty pounds and I don't want going back -- Considers you don't recommend gastric bypass to people necessarily is surgery it's not something you say hey go do this besides.
Oh no no no -- it's -- dangerous operation I've turned down like six figure endorsement deal.
You know the spokesperson.
You know look it's -- -- -- 1200 people die from this thing.
You know and the numbers they've gone up since that more and more people happy you know.
But you know for me it was a it was a tool.
And I have -- of all you cheated you -- -- -- definitely you know what.
Many cultures that because you open real Rangers public event there have to watch -- -- -- And the work is not whether we're not done after you get the surgery -- Could you still have to do you still have to watch which -- you you still have to exercise because as I look forward you can Heathrow -- that's that's.
That's the darn thing about.
They put it back on a little bit of an anyway some of it -- right never going back to heady thing and I've gone back.
Well you know what I I don't I feel pretty confident you know -- Leo it's this James Bond movie never say never so yeah I think that I've gotten.
Little point in my life now.
We've we've been helpful.
You know family and friends and support guys.
You know I I just.
-- I feel I need to be.
I I built exercises of my life without a fight to work.
Working -- the -- religiously three days a week.
-- -- -- -- -- You don't expect.
There and Johnson had repaired right you know I'm -- get a I don't know that don't third title field if you waitresses.
-- -- -- Seven so that the red regime is this exercise and and you'd you know on a regime which you know you can keep writers like yeah it's -- -- This you know it's it's not a diet it's it's a -- -- stuff.
I'd just like you know people -- you know you what's your advice -- people of my advice is you know you gotta you gotta.
If you don't do this for yourself it's never going to work.
Yeah if you do that because your wife is on your back to you your -- -- standards you know whoever.
Husband doesn't matter that's not the lead -- to do whatever you look I've made that promise to Baghdad but ultimately.
Yeah I finally came to the realization I have to be selfish about me you know one of the first things we do.
You know there is you know we blow off the -- You know.
You know you can't do that it's part of your -- -- wouldn't -- you know you're going to have.
If you you know if you.
Twelve step program -- blow at all.
So yeah we're -- Al Roker -- hit Matt Lauer because he's skinny.
You know I work out of the same Jim Maceda is -- people doesn't this guy is you know works out for an hour hour and a half you know three days a week he watches what -- -- wanted to do I have learned from him.
He's very fastidious about what he eats it he's pretty much -- -- same thing you know breakfast and lunch every -- well.
And -- kind of adopted that because there.
You know if I get into trouble wanted to situation is is the Castelli a level he's -- Yeah -- Exactly.
You know he makes the campaign -- And it collapses on the desk is is that if this thing is actually to see what the words captain -- -- -- -- Well capital -- of course.
For those of us who are you know so Asian tour -- I knew that was.
You know -- they climactic scene when.
He was killed because he found -- -- -- hit a pot and that's of course euphemism or you know.
Yeah the Johnson.
Beautifully said that it -- you are pretty candid this book about your dog you just touch briefly on your first marriage and that was waiting issue.
And you have all of your life now and it's fantastic -- -- -- was -- an issue the first time around.
You know -- I think it it probably was.
You know it but it didn't lose nearly -- that was just one of maybe issues so that you know it is that was that was released its problems.
And your current.
Wonderful marriage apparently have a very wonderful woman who's accepted you.
And is more concerned about you and in other words it's not about how she feels about is how you feel about you get into the exact.
You know Asia correspondent reporting twenty bright beautiful woman's but she said she -- came -- realization.
That as much you know as much as she wants to help that you want this healthy -- -- curiosity if it's not her issue -- mind.
That's true you know because what you -- you don't take responsibility for your life your -- going to succeed.
What's behind it because you've had -- wonderful career a great life.
And -- left to go you're 58 and hope you get a few years left but the fact is that people and people would look at you would say here's it was a great successful guy look what he's accomplished.
What drives -- eating.
You know I think it goes back I was a very shy insecure kid I mean I grew up in a loving family.
Like I just you know I I I was.
And he always was I mean it was what I come from a stocky short people feel from the Bahamas you know -- blow to the ground that you know.
It's an ability.
It's like your weather guy is black and -- got one leg shorter than you -- -- sort of -- into the wind.
But yeah it was this this insecurity and -- And it became.
It has since you know a lot of that came before he -- it you know you know a Fat Albert came out of our lifestyle -- it already -- but you know on the outside -- -- about it not idea is that great -- I got out apparently.
You know -- you've you've you've got a.
You know it's interesting you point out that.
It's a -- last bastion of prejudice because you can say things to a fat person -- never say to someone is black or Hispanic or.
Her -- your ethnicity.
You would never act that way towards somebody -- with other characteristics but if your fat it's a different story.
Exactly -- -- if you even today any sitcom or movie you know that's that's a little lazy.
-- all of the control of -- -- person you know and that the virtually flat.
Yeah yeah if -- there it is I mean.
Yeah how many people and I feel I talked about it Jonah Hill who lost a tremendous finally you know people that while -- still pretty funny -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- however that it is so absurd.
Yeah that's it but I cannot tell you the number of people have said they are like -- I fluctuate that you -- -- lecture or when you look at well you know when I don't give a crap.
I don't really think you -- you it's about how you like you.
It's an inspirational book it's great it's that it's really much as you point out much of a memoir and and -- really good read Al -- never going back.
That's great habit of talking and now thanks so much for talking it was here at the new year -- with the same to you thank you so much.