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Father, son help each other keep 2015 resolutions

Sixty-six-year-old Ron Roland works out at Bayou View Fitness in Gulfport. He's lost 100 pounds after making his 2015 New Year's resolution to get in better shape. (Photo source: WLOX News) Sixty-six-year-old Ron Roland works out at Bayou View Fitness in Gulfport. He's lost 100 pounds after making his 2015 New Year's resolution to get in better shape. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

It's almost the time of year when people begin to make New Year’s resolutions.

It hasn’t been an easy task for Ron Roland and his son, Justin, to stick to their 2015 promises to get into better shape, but they're examples of what can happen when resolutions are kept.

In January of 2015, the father and son duo decided to hit the gym and stay with it. Ron says he was embarrassed into his decision.

“I was at Edgewater Mall a couple of years ago,” Ron said. “A little girl came up to me and asked me had I been to Dillard’s yet to shop for her present. And I went, ‘What do you mean?’ She said, ‘You are Santa Claus, aren’t you?’ And I said, ‘No, but I am one of his helpers though.’ “

Ron and Justin visit to Bayou View Fitness in Gulfport almost every day, but say the hardest part is simply getting there.

“Once you make it in the door, you’re OK,” Ron said. “You can think of about a thousand excuses not to get to the door, but once I get in here, I’m OK.”

As a result, the 66-year-old has lost 100 pounds, and is off all his blood pressure medicine. Ron has even been able to cut back on his diabetes medicine.

He credits his son for his success.

“He would call me every day without fail, ‘Have you been to the gym yet,'", said Ron. 

Justin says helping his father was also helping himself.

“Just as I held him accountable, and was asking him if he’d been here, that was the same way of me keeping myself to that same standard,” Justin said. “We really kept each other's feet to the fire.”

Justin, 34, has lost about 60 pounds and is off his high-blood pressure medicine.

“I didn’t realize I that I felt bad until I started feeling so much better," said Justin.

The proud son says he’s most happy about his father when he compares the new dad to the former.

“Every time I see that picture and then look at him, it brings a smile to my face to see how far he’s come and to know he’s in here putting in as much effort as some of the younger people if not more than us.”

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