JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Only eight percent of people follow through with their New Year's resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology. One of the top resolutions is weight loss and one Jacksonville resident expects to continue losing weight in 2013.
"I didn't gain that 100 pounds overnight and you're not going to lose it overnight."
Hugh Patterson is a success story of two New Year's resolutions in the making. Just a year ago in 2012, Patterson was starting out the New Year with little hope.
"There was a moment of feeling of reality that we were in a year of lasts, if she didn't get a transplant if something didn't turn around for her that this was going to be her last birthday, last Christmas this was going to be our last, my health was not good I was declining so there was just a lot of ...I won't say bitterness, but frustration over our health circumstances," said Patterson.
Patterson's wife was in need of a kidney transplant and at 310 pounds, Patterson's doctor told him he was a walking heart attack.
"The reality of now something happening with me kind of woke me up because I've got to be there to take care of her and of our boys so I can't be sick, I can't be down," said Patterson.
That's when he decided to turn his life around and lose weight. He started Herbal Life and had a shake in the morning, one for lunch, and a sensible dinner.
"People were starting to notice. My clothes were getting really baggy," said Patterson.
He didn't start to exercise till he had reached 250 pounds in July. But then like most New Year's resolutions Patterson's journey went on pause when his wife underwent a kidney transplant last summer. The couple got through it and Patterson is still on his way to weigh 200 pounds by February 14th.
"We're looking at what are the things that we're going to get to do next fall as empty nest parents that year ago we couldn't have even begun to think about doing," said Patterson.
Personal trainer Gonzalo Mejia also said that coming up with a plan is essential to any weight loss resolution.
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"You say 'okay I want to lose 30 pounds in a year,' you say 'okay how many pounds am I going to lose every month' and that way you keep track of every month," said Mejia.
Patterson said he's been patient and obedient and only has one regret.
"I wish I would have done it sooner, because if I had started 5 or 6 years ago I would have had more time with my kids to play, because you can't get that time back," said Patterson.
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