Battling the Bulge...And Winning

January 2, 2007 - Posted at 5:48 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- The New Year brings many opportunities for change in our daily lives.  Most of us set New Year's resolutions that involve self improvement...but a British survey suggests that one in three New Year's resolutions are broken within the first week  The study also discovered that one in seven resolutions fail within hours, while slightly more than one in seven (14 percent) last the day.

Over 66% of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year's commitment to shed extra pounds.

Medically, obesity is defined as 20% above an individual's ideal weight...and when Jonesboro businessman Bruce Burrow decided to take his health into his own hands, he started by stepping on the scale. The developer of the Mall at Turtle Creek carries a lot of weight on his shoulders...but it was too much at 306 pounds.

"I thought I was real busy, I didn't have time for the salad and shakes and all of that. and I saw the governor and he had lost so much weight and we talked about that and his schedule is a lot more intense then mine," said Burrow.

But his real motivation came when Burrow didn't recognize a friend who had been on the same diet Governor Huckabee had followed...the UAMS Weight Control Program.

"I went ten weeks without a bite of food, doing those milkshakes and then finally you get back in to food. Now I weigh every morning, dropped 101 lbs. in two years and if I'm up a couple of pounds that fine.  If I'm up five, then I'll go back to a shake for a day and kind of maintain my weight, so it's worked for me," said Burrow.

He lost 70 pounds in 10 weeks, drinking up to five protein shakes a day.  Today, he tries to work out with his personal trainer at least three days a week, but Burrow admits, it's been an uphill battle.

"It's not an easy thing to do, if anyone tells you it's easy, it's not.  It's very, very hard and you have to really have to get dedicated," said Burrow.

And as for Burrow's two New Year's resolutions...not to die young and to lose weight, he's says he's sticking to his goals.

"I don't know that I feel a lot different...I had to buy a lot of new clothes, but I don't know that I feel a lot different except I can cross my legs and I was having trouble before," laughed Burrow. reports the 10 most common resolutions:

1) Spend More Time with Family & Friends

2) Fit in Fitness

3) Lose Weight

4) Quit Smoking

5) Enjoy Life More

6) Quit Drinking

7) Get Out of Debt

8) Learn Something New

9) Help Others

10) Get Organized