Time certainly flies, and no one knows it better than Today show meteorologist Al Roker.
Tuesday marked the 20-year anniversary that Roker had his gastric bypass surgery. The renowned meteorologist took to Instagram posting three pictures with an old pair of jeans.
“Hard to believe it was 20 years ago today, I wore these size 54 Levi jeans to my #gastricbypass at 340 lbs and here I am today,” Roker captioned the photos while holding the now oversized pair of jeans. “It’s still a struggle but I’m never going back. I have setbacks and struggle every day, but I never forget how far I’ve come.”
“These were the pants I wore for my gastric bypass, to my gastric bypass,” Roker stated in a video he posted to Twitter.
Hard to believe it was 20 years ago today, I wore these jeans to my #gastricbypass at 340 lbs and here I am today. It’s still a struggle but I’m never going back. I may have setbacks but I work on it ever day pic.twitter.com/9YJgrVxN6Z
— Al Roker (@alroker) March 16, 2022
Rocker’s colleagues were there to celebrate with him as well. "
“You are so inspiring. Every day. Every minute,” Savannah Guthrie commented.
“You’re the Yoda to my Skywalker Uncle Al!” Carson Daly wrote.
“No one better than our pal, Al,” commented TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.
In 2013, Roker shared with Today, “I’m thrilled about where I am. Life is terrific; I wouldn’t trade it for a moment. But you always wonder where you would be if ‘x’ hadn’t happened. I’m thrilled that I’ve finally got to this place at 58 years old. I finally got it figured out. I feel good about it.”
“For the overweight person, the person who’s struggling, there are obviously issues that we’re dealing with. It’s not like we’re being fat to spite the person who’s in good shape. That’s what the person who isn’t struggling needs to realize. Here’s the thing I say to the person in the couple who’s not struggling with their weight: Shut up,” he added. “We know we’re fat. We know we need to lose weight. You’re nagging us and pleading with us doesn’t help. In fact, in ways it makes it worse. We’re not going to change until something clicks within us.”