Posted Tuesday --- November 6, 2007
Fitting into new clothes is an awesome benefit for our Madison's Biggest Loser contestants.
The scale is the most obvious sign of progress in this competition.
But so are the contestants' closets!!
"I think they've had a tough time finding smaller clothes to wear right now, so they've all been doing great."
"I already have a barrel of clothes that don't fit me anymore and that's probably the best feeling is knowing you can't fit into something that you were tight in a couple months ago."
Wendy Patterson, from the Fitness Together Middleton team, has lost almost 30 pounds in 2 months, half way to her goal of 60.
But the benefits these days run much deeper than her wardrobe.
Patterson says, "Since I was in third grade until high school I was actually made fun a lot. I was on the bigger side of the spectrum. Growing up with that, I had a real negative self image. The hardest part of this contest is learning to like yourself more and to be happier with yourself."
Wendy is happier with herself and ready to take it to the next level.
She says the best part is the one-on-one encouragement.
"Usually it's hard for people to go the gym by themselves and even with friends but you kind of need that extra push sometimes," says Patterson.
A push that's helped team Fitness Together Middleton lose a combined 120 pounds.
"It's great to see the changes and see the smiles on their faces when they're done with the session."
Wendy says now that she's more than half way through, it's a lot easier to think about these changes as permanent.