Biggest Loser --- Finding Strength in Numbers

Posted Tuesday --- November 13, 2007

The race to be Madison's Biggest Loser is both an individual and team effort.

One team of women is finding strength in numbers.

Contestant Sue Strandlie has turned a tough year, into one of inspiration and change.

Sue says, "I had some major emotional things happening in my life, friends that were diagnosed with cancer and things like that and I didn't know how to handle it, so I got to channel my energies through exercise."

Sue Strandlie hopes to become Madison's Biggest Loser - through team Healthy Inspirations.

The only women-only fitness facility competing for the title.

Stephanie Brensike of Healthy Inspirations says, "We have helped 900 women lose more than 20,000 in the past 5 1/2 years we've been in Madison."

"Finally getting to the point where I'm actually doing it instead of just talking about it," says Sue.

Sue has lost 22 pounds so far- and hopes to lose 15 more in the next 4 weeks.

But it hasn't been easy.

"I'm very social and so when I go to family functions or to Badger games or things like that, that I have to prepare myself ahead of time with what I'm able to eat or drink."

Sue loves the fact that she gets one-on-one nutritional coaching to help her better plan, as well as weekly massage sessions.

Being surrounded by other women helps, too.

Brensike says, "It's really encouraging to have other women giving you support especially as they are going through something as intimate as weight loss."

Sue tells us she loves the fact that the Madison's Biggest Loser updates are posted on our webchannel,, so her family in North Carolina can get updates on her accomplishments.

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