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ALROKER Weatherman

Whether it’s running a marathon, losing weight, reporting from the eye of a hurricane or setting a world record in November for the longest uninterrupted weath- er report (34 hours), popular weatherman Al Roker, 60, is known for tackling new challenges with enthusiasm.

DO: Feed Your Passions

“The importance is to find things that feed off of your passions and the things you really love and en- joy,” says the father of three. “Then it isn’t really a challenge as much as it is an extension of what you love to do. I am not a big be- liever in reinventing the wheel.”

DON’T: Sweat the Small Stuff

No matter the challenge, Roker advises people to go easy on themselves, because temporary setbacks will likely come. “Give yourself the permis- sion to be human,” he says. “Things are going to happen. You aren’t go- ing to achieve it all at once. Take things one day at a time. If something happens, you know what? Stuff happens. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t give up. Get back on it.”


Al Roker has been very public about his battle with his weight, which reached 340 lbs. before he underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and lost 150 lbs. His ad- vice for those trying to lose weight?

» Don’t go to extremes. » Look ahead. Gastric bypass is the means to get the weight off—not the end. “Once you lose it, you have to put the work in,” he says.

» Remove temptation. “When you go out to dinner, have them bring out half of what you would eat. Put the other half in a doggy bag and give it to a com- panion or someone on the street who needs it.”

» Think small. “At home, we got smaller plates so we can’t put as much food on the plate.”


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Nutritionist Joy Bauer, founder of Nourish Snacks (, wants healthier eating to be a cinch. Her shortcuts:

1. COOK AHEAD When hectic schedules make preparing home-cooked meals seem daunting, Bauer doubles or quadruples the recipes on the nights she cooks so she can portion out the leftovers and freeze them. “If you start to do this, you will have a stockpile of delicious home- made family-friendly dinners in the freezer,” she says.

2. DEVELOP 5 HEALTHY GO-TO MEALS Come up with five no- brainer recipes that you can make in 15-20 minutes, like her Balsamic Chicken recipe (see pg. 22). Pizza with wholegrain crust, frit- tatas with vegetables and burgers made with lean ground turkey meat are other good choices.

NATALIEMORALES Co-host and News Anchor

Although her day begins earlier than most, Morales, 42, says her jam-packed schedule is no different than those of the mil- lions of working moms who are just trying to manage every day.

DO: Take Time for Yourself

“In order to be the best parent, the best wife, the best person I can be, I know I need time for myself,” says the mother of two. “I need at least 30-45 minutes of some kind of exercise a day. It just gives me peace of mind. I sched- ule it in.” On the days that don’t allow for trips to the gym, she tries to take a walk, even if it is to and from the car, or a stroll with the dog at night. “I always make a point of doing it because I know for me it is more therapy than anything else. Being able to get out and go for a run or take a long walk,” says Morales, who completed the Boston Marathon in 2014, “I need that.”

DON’T: Be So Hard on Yourself

“I would encourage people to cut themselves some slack,” she says. “Especially women who are moms, whether you work or stay at home, we tend to overtask ourselves, and then there is this guilt of feeling that we have to be able to do it all. Accept the fact right now that you can’t do it all or have it all. You just have to be happy living each day to your best.”

3. SNACK SMARTER “We have a big problem with snacking right now. We eat way too many snacks with empty calo- ries,” she says. An easy way to control snacking is to buy individual portions of snacks pre-packaged with calorie counts (preferably less than 200 calories per serving).


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