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Battle Creek mothers offer each other weight-loss, life support

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Four mothers are taking their weight loss story to a national audience on Jan. 6.

Through triumph and tragedy, these women from Calhoun County have an unbreakable bond. They're hoping their story inspires others to take a leap of faith.

It's obvious these four women from Battle Creek, friends but more like sisters, are bonded together for life. They decided to take the weight loss journey a few years ago.

"Back in 2010 ... had some successes together losing weight, but now we needed a little intervention and had some extra help," Wendi Keathley says.

These working moms, who call themselves the Flab Four, were on a healthy road until April 2011 when Keathley lost her son in a car accident.

"Instead of our focus being on something as little as weight loss, it became, 'Wendy can we help you get through this day and how can we help?' That's what needed to be at that time, the weight piled on needless to say," Becky Barnes says.

But they did get through and they were still looking to lose weight, so they answered a call from the "Rachael Ray Show," chosen to follow the weight loss book, "Super Shred," claiming you could lose 20 pounds in weeks by exercising and eating right.

"When you're having a bad day, you put that out there, and your friends are like, 'Don't give up, you can still do this." Or when you're having a good day, it's good to hear they're praising you and saying, 'Good job'. It's awesome, I couldn't do it by myself," Lori Warner says.

Through a strong support system and holding each other accountable, they got the job done. But how much weight they lost, they can't reveal that right now, but they are continuing on with the lifestyle.

"I know there's a lot of people who struggle with weight loss and obesity just like we do. If we can motivate and inspire one person to get healthier, than it will be worth it," Missy Tackett-Warner says.