Biggest Loser --- Lydia's Progress

Some of the contestants in the race to become Madison's Biggest Loser are beginning to pull ahead of the others in terms of their success.

As anyone who's ever tried to lose weight knows, the hardest part is keeping it off.

And one of the Capital Fitness contestants is hoping she can keep dancing her way to the top of the weight loss charts.

This is 23-year-old Lydia Stricker 7 weeks ago.

Today, she is 36 pounds lighter, more than half way to her goal for the competition.

Lydia says, "All of my trousers don't fit anymore, they're on my hips and I'm thinking wow it's obvious that somethings changed."

Lydia hopes to lose more than 100 additional pounds over the course of the next year or so.

One of many motivators - Lydia's love of ballroom dance - which she's done for more than 8 years.

Dance is now one of many things she expects will be easier - thanks to her workouts.

"I was so surprised, I was like well could this be? Is it really are these changes actually real? Like wow I have some stamina! that I didn't have before," says Lydia.

She swears by the help she's had from her personal trainer at Capital Fitness where she works out six days a week.

Lydia says, "I don't know that I could have made the progress I have made or challenged myself if it hadn't been for him being there. Like, no you can add an extra five pounds, or two more two more!! You know..."

Lydia has won two of the individual weigh-ins for Madison's Biggest Loser ... and the competitor in her is hoping to win in the end.

But she'll be happy no matter what the outcome, because she has a new life.

Lydia says, "I'm so glad that I had this experience because I don't think I could have made these changes by myself, not starting out."

Lydia tells us she's avoided being photographed in the past, but the more weight she loses, the more confident she becomes.

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