The holiday "food season" is over and now it's time to get healthy! The number one resolution people make is losing weight, and not far behind at number five is staying fit. So here at FOX 5, we're kicking off a 21-day weighting game challenge to help people get started.
One of our viewers, Patrice Wilson, is joining the challenge.
"I had to make sure I was healthy so I could run and play with Tyler," she said speaking about her “aha” moment with a grandchild on the way.
That is when Patrice got in on the game -- the weighting game. Over nine months, she has lost 41 pounds, about halfway to her goal.
"I have to say that it does feel good to look in the mirror and not hate what I see so much, but it really is health that is my driving factor," she said.
Patrice is 49 years old, but felt like she was 79. So she went to her doctor, found out she had pre-diabetes and high blood pressure. Working with her doctor and a nutritionist, she began trying to lose weight.
She has come a long way. At first, she considered weight loss surgery, but decided to do it the old fashioned way with exercise and eating right. Patrice started slow, tracking what she eats.
She started exercising with water aerobics, and when that wasn't challenging enough, she started doing aqua spinning classes. At first, it was just one day a week, but she worked her way up to three days a week.
In 2014, her goal is to step it up.
"I'll be taking my aqua spinning class five days a week instead of three, so I'm pretty sure that's going to up my game," she said confidently.
She is on her way and her family keeps her in check.
"My son is my monitor, my food police,” she said. “If he sees me eating something, he's like 'Okay mom, why don't you write your will now.’"
It may be a bit unorthodox, but it works for her.
During the holidays, she splurged, but didn't let it get her off track. At her New Year's Eve party, she served vegetables with all the other treats. What's left, she's taking to work for lunches and snacks.
"I've had so many people come to me and say how proud they are of me because they've seen how long I've had the issue, and part of it is I don't want to let people down," Patrice confessed.
She's been battling her weight for 20 years, but now she's clearing out the kitchen shelves to get a new healthier start for the new year.