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Mother, daughter motivate each other to get in shape

In January, the Scale Down Columbus program kicked off with a community-wide goal of losing 15,000 pounds in 12 weeks.

Thirty-five and a half pounds of that can be attributed to 26-year-old Anna Caldwell, who came in third place for the program, while her mother, Patricia Streeter, lost 17.5 pounds.

The pair decided to participate in Scale Down after struggling with their weight for several years and finding little success with other programs.

"I just thought it would be something we could do together and we could motivate each other through it," said Patricia, 48.

After signing up for the program, Anna and Patricia met with personal trainer Jimmy Oller, who gave them a meal plan and an exercise plan, along with a tour the gym. He showed them how to use all the equipment and walked them through their exercise routine.

"Nobody's ever done that before for us so that was a big thing," said Anna, adding that she and her mom paid extra to meet with Jimmy twice a week during the 12-week program. She said that Jimmy motivated them, but it was seeing results that kept them going back to the gym.

But for Patricia, changing her food choices was more difficult than the exercise.

"I fought the eating thing from the get-go because (Jimmy) wanted me to eat oatmeal and egg whites in the mornings and I don't do oatmeal," she said. " But I fought it I guess until our first weigh in and (Anna) had done it, she had stuck with (the meal plan) and she had lost like 12 pounds or something like that the first two weeks so I was like 'OK, I'll give it a try.' But it was hard. The food was hard. But now it's like second nature."

Once a month the meal plan allowed the ladies to go out and have a burger, though they said Jimmy told them they wouldn't be able to finish it -- and he was right.

Anna said they'd eat half the burger and be stuffed, "where before we would eat the whole thing and dessert after. So it's changed our -- our stomachs have shrunk so it's a big difference."

But Anna added that the change is sustainable, which is what led to her and her mother's success.

"I think (Scale Down) is really good because it focuses on your long-term health and not just a fad diet or exercise plan," she said. "It's something you can do the rest of your life. And I think that's important. When you're looking for a program, look for something that's going to help you long-term."

Having this experience together has also strengthened their mother-daughter bond, even if Anna sometimes got angry with her mother during workouts.

Patricia said when she's really trying to push through a work out and she's feeling pain, she laughs to get through it, which would result in Anna telling her there was nothing funny about what they were doing.

But just being there was often motivation enough when the other person wasn't feeling well.

"I would go in sick and not feeling like doing it and (Anna) would motivate me," Patricia said. "And she'd go in sick and I'd motivate her."

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