Tom Skilling’s personal challenge: Forecasting a healthy lifestyle

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You know him as WGN-TV's Chief Meteorologist for almost four decades. But the years and pounds have crept up on him. So, with a little help from concerned viewers, Tom Skilling decided 2016 was the year to start living a healthier lifestyle.

With his doctor's approval, Tom started with baby steps, first by eating better; no diet Mountain Dews or late night fast food stops.

And on a snowy April 7th, about six weeks ago, he bumped it up by getting some professional help with his diet and exercise routine.

We asked Tom what he thought about sharing his journey to become more active and try to get back into some of his suits. He was reluctant at first, but hopes what he's learning can help others.


This web extra shows Chef Pat Butkus making his favorite quinoa salads:

And in this web extra, personal trainer Joey Thurman uses no equipment at all, just his body weight to get in shape.

If you'd like more from Pat or Joey, these links will get you to their websites.

And here are other ways you can reach them "Team Skilling" members.

Twitter/Instagram @JoeyThurmanFit

(847) 338-2422

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D'Angelo and Steve Scheuer made Tom look like a rock star in this report.

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