1. Lucas Irwin managed to lose 130 pounds in a year, and his parents' reaction made the diet and exercise worth it.
“All of a sudden, down the stairs he came,” his father, Jeff Irwin, told TODAY. “And he looked just fantastic. I was more stunned than anything else. But inside, I was just beaming. I was just ... I was over the moon.”
Check out the moment when his parents first saw their slimmed-down son — it’s wonderful:
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3. “Cheese” lovers are in a lactose-induced frenzy over reports that there might be a Velveeta shortage. We saw it as an opportunity for Matt to try it — for the first time ever!
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4. Do you own the perfect pair of jeans? If not, here are recommendations — for under $50.
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5. The public gets to meet Bao Bao, the National Zoo’s adorable panda cub, in 10 days. But, lucky for us, we got a chance to hang out with her early. Cue the cute.
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Tomorrow on TODAY: Former Ariz. congresswoman Gabby Giffords sky-dives with Savannah to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting, and Olympians Billie Jean King and Bode Miller sit down for exclusive interviews.
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!