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Weight Loss Wednesday #15 – Pop, Lock & Squat It

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday SquatsSweatshirt, Nike (Similar) // Pants, Old Navy
Photos c/o McKenzie Mikesell // Llorrac Photography

I’m still at it. I promise. Look! Here’s a picture to prove it. ;)

This journey is a long one and sometimes private. I wish I could give you some juicy details but I’ve got none. To put it simply, I wasn’t inspired to write. There’s nothing new. I’m just in a routine now. I’m in the gym and trying hard to eat clean. Am I 100% everyday? Nope. Am I better than before I started working out? Yup.

I need something to reinspire me. Perhaps some new short term goals? You’d think with summer creeping up that’d be motivation enough, right?! Regardless, I’m still doing it. It’s just lost the new-ness of it. Does that make sense?

One thing I am proud of is that I squatted my personal best and have come a long way from just the bar. I’ve added 110lbs since starting. Now I’m squatting 145lbs! Got to work on my posture but damn it, I did it!

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I’d love to hear what helps keep you motivated? When you’re on a journey as long as this, it gets boooooring. Help!

{Closed} GIVEAWAY: A New Year, A New YOU!

A friend texted me the other day and said, “Congrats! Seems like 2014 was the year of you.” My response? “Just setting up for a great 2015!”

2015 will be a big year for me. I’m leaving my 20’s behind and welcoming a new decade. I’ve re-signed my contract at work and will be staying in Seattle for a few more years. Most importantly, for the first time in my life, I’m finally on track and headed to the healthiest version of me.

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You all have loyally followed my weight loss journey thus far and I want you to have the best 2015, too! My trainer, Karen Burton, has been vital to my success and I want to share her with you. She’s created a “Barbell to Bikini” program that’s more affordable than personal training sessions with the same amazing results.

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  • Initial email – program, nutritional set up and goal setting
  • Private FaceBook group access – group support, help and advice from other members and option for video coaching after video submission
  • Personal goal homework setting
  • 12 workouts per month plus cardio homework programming – video guidance given on the workouts
  • Nutritional journal monitoring
  • 1 x per week nutritional review – input/commentary/change suggestions

Check out these amazing 12-week results!

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Want more info on the Barbell to Bikini program? Want to sign up? Everything you need to know is HERE.

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Weight Loss Wednesday #14 – What Happened?!

This is the first Weight Loss Wednesday post in several weeks. Hell. Maybe even months. What happened? The answer is simple. Life.

A lot of changes are happening in my life. Granted, these are all good changes but change is always stressful. Weight loss is still a priority but it couldn’t be my #1 priority. Why? Because I was amidst contract negotiations with my job at the radio station.

While I couldn’t talk about it then, I had so many thoughts racing through my head. Do I want to stay in Seattle? Do I want to start over in another city with another radio show? Should I quit radio all together and move back home to Michigan?

On top of that, my lease is up which left me wondering where the hell was I going to live. Oh, it’s also the holidays and money is tight so how am I going to make this all work and still feed my dog? This is just scratching the surface but you get the gist.

I’m happy to announce that everything worked out just the way I hoped. I reached an agreement that I’m very happy with and am staying put! The Emerald City has always been my dream city and I couldn’t be more excited to call this place home for the foreseeable future.

Ellen Tailor Fitz in the MorningWith that said, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief! I’m less than a month away from my 30th birthday and my weight loss journey is back at the top of my priority list. I have a lofty goal that I’d like to hit and now it’s crunch time, literally. I’m hyper focused on my diet and working out with my trainer. I’m also working out at home thanks to Precor Home Fitness who’ve set me up with everything I need to make this happen.

Life happens. I’m not beating myself up about it. I’m just doing it. Thanks for your understanding and as always, thanks for following my journey!

Weight Loss Wednesday #13 – A Constant Reminder

Ellen Tailor Stella & Dot

Photo c/o McKenzie Mikesell, Llorrac Photography

These might look like just necklaces to you, but to me they’re reminders of how far I’ve come.

I bought these necklaces shortly after I moved to Seattle in 2012. I wore them quite often and loved them. As I gained weight, the necklaces grew tighter and tighter around my neck. The sweet delicate pieces were turning into chokers. They were restricting. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I had to stop wearing them.

As I started to get back to my “normal” self and lost a few pounds, my beloved necklaces started to loosen up again. This was my first non-scale victory and one that I remind myself of daily. Now that I can fit back into my favorite necklaces I don’t ever take them off. (That sounds silly. “Fit” into my necklaces?)

When I’m upset that the scale hasn’t moved or I’m struggling to stay on the wagon, I remember how great it felt to be able to wear these necklaces again. It may seem silly to most but it’s vital to have these reminders. Reminders that you are doing this. That you’re worth it. That you will succeed.

What are your non-scale victories? What tips do you have for staying on track?

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Weight Loss Wednesday #12 – The Truth Hurts

Today’s lesson: The truth hurts.

We chat about a wide array of things on “Fitz in the Morning” and we just so happened to be talking about weight loss. I learned, the hard way, that my co-host Tony is going to be the guy who gives you the truth whether you want to hear it or not. While on the air, I asked him point blank, “Do you think I need to lose weight?” His response, “Yeah. You need to lose a few pounds.” Ouch.

I cried. On the air. Like a total amateur. I like to think I hid it well but despite my hurt feelings, he was right. Do I think he should have pointed it out like that in front of everyone? Absolutely not. But was he wrong? Absolutely not.

Now we can argue whether or not he should have lied to me but I realized I wasn’t upset that he said it. I was upset because it was the truth. I do need to lose more weight and if this isn’t motivation to stick to the plan, I don’t know what is!

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss WednesdayCheers to the latest before and after photos! After the day I had, I needed to see this progress. I’m down nearly 20 inches and 21 pounds. I really wish I had worn a different top when I started taking these pictures because I think the difference would be much more noticeable but all I wanted to do then was hide behind baggy outfits.

I go into every month thinking that this will be the time I plateau. Would today be that day my nightmare becomes a reality? I’m raking my brain about everything I put in my mouth the past month. Every time I made an excuse not to go to the gym.

Making excuses not to go to the gym isn’t a factor anymore. Precor Home Fitness heard about my journey, read my Weight Loss Wednesday posts and they decided they could help. I couldn’t be happier to work with them!

There’s no better investment to make than in yourself. Think about it. We waste stupid amounts of money on gimmicky equipment that doesn’t work. Save your pennies and check out your local Precor Home Fitness. I talked to Brian at the Bellevue, Wash., location and explained my goals. He set me up with everything I needed to succeed.

Having a specialized “gym” at my house has been a God sent. I wish I would have done it sooner. I can stumble downstairs without worrying about what I look like or if someone’s going to judge me. My dog, Charlie, even keeps me company as I sweat on the treadmill!

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and support on this blog, my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well. I read every single comment and am constantly overwhelmed by the outpouring. You all are very kind! Thank you again. xo.

Weight Loss Wednesday #11 – Squats & Stilettos

Look good. Feel good. That’s always been my motto and now I’m starting to believe it! Before I continue, it’s important we celebrate this momentous occasion.

It was 13 years ago today that my trainer, and dear friend, Karen reached her goal weight! If you don’t know her story, I highly suggest you check out this blog post. The before and after pics are impressive alone. Congratulations to you Karen for changing your life and sticking with it, especially after two babies! You’ve changed not only your life but mine too, as well as the lives of countless others. Karen, you’re a constant inspiration that it’s hard as hell but it can be done. Thank you for sharing your struggles and knowledge with me.

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Thank you to all of you for following along with my weight loss journey. Also a very special thank you to my friend Audrey who gifted me, and Karen, with these oh-so-amazing tanks from FITspiration Couture. Check out the wide array of tanks, tees, and long sleeve tops along with bottoms and jewelry for kids and adults alike. They’re all fully customizable, too! Pick the slogan you like, the type of top you want and even the color. There’s also a bunch of fun maternity options. Go ahead and click here to see all of the goodness that is FITspiration Couture.

With the right threads, I’m even more motivated to achieve my goals. I have a pretty lofty one for the month of October and I’m excited about taking the adventure to the next level with the help of Precor Home Fitness but more on that (and my new home gym!) soon. As always, thank you again for reading and the kind words! xo.

PS. To those of you in the greater Seattle area that have asked me for Karen’s contact info, check out her site here. :)

Ellen Tailor Karen Burton FITspiration Couture

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Weight Loss Wednesday #10 – Thank God for Awful Photos

Why would someone be thankful for an awful photo? Because it proves how far you’ve come. I swore the photo on the left would never see the light of day. Well, today it does.

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Photos Courtesy of Mat Hayward

The photo on the left was taken around this time last year. When I saw the photos, I decided it was time to lose weight. It was another 9 months before I actually started to seriously do something about it. Now I’m proud to say I only have one chin!

I’ve seen a lot of success in my monthly check-in’s but today I was worried. I thought there was no way I could maintain this steady progress. To recap, while I had only dropped 4 pounds I managed to lose a little over 10 inches in 2 months.

The first month was just a matter of doing it. Creating a habit. Proving to myself that I was actually going to do this. The second month I dialed in on my nutrition and started to see results. What would the third month have in store for me?

I’m happy…no wait…I’m ecstatic to share that I’ve lost 9.25 inches this month alone! The scale has also caught up with me, too! In 4 weeks, I dropped 11 pounds. YES! In total I’ve lost 15 pounds and nearly 20 inches.

Non-scale victories helped me stay on track. Last week I celebrated being 6 months sober. No, not from alcohol but instead from fast food and Diet Coke. When I moved from Michigan to Seattle, I was lonely. I had no friends. No one to go out to dinner with. Not to mention I was oh-so-homesick. McDonald’s tasted the same here as it did back home. I ate and I ate and I ate. Then on March 17, 2014, I stopped. I wish I could say I don’t miss it but I do. Everyday. That’s how I know I’m an addict. I’ll always be an addict. But I’m an addict who overcomes temptation everyday.

The compliments are starting to roll in. People tell me how “skinny” I look. Let’s not get crazy. I’m not skinny (nor do I want to be. I’m working towards being fit!) but I am noticing a significant difference and so are those around me. Now’s the time I get worried. It’d be easy for me to start cutting myself some slack. Rewarding myself with a cheat day…or three. Instead, I reflect.

When I quit fast food, I never imagined I’d make it this long. When I started working out, I never imagined I’d stick with it this long. I’m proving to myself it’s worth doing. I’m motivated by my upcoming 30th birthday in a few months. More than that, I’m motivated to finish what I’ve started no matter how long it takes.

Life is bound to throw me curveballs that are out of my control. My journey towards getting the body I want is 100% under my control. My time at the gym needs to be my therapy. My meditation. My escape. My time in the kitchen needs to be methodical. Planned out. Delicious.

“Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.”

-Mia Hamm

Now is not the time to be complacent. Now is the time to work harder. Now is the time I prove to myself that I’ll clear yet another hurdle. I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this.

I couldn’t do this without my amazing trainer and friend Karen Burton. Be brave enough to ask for help. Be brave enough to accept it. Be brave enough to let Karen transform you in ways you can only imagine. http://www.karenburtonfitness.com

Weight Loss Wednesday #9 – I’m An Athlete?

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Look at this group. I’m the only girl among radio and television personalities along with a couple of former professional athletes. We all came together for a celebrity flag football game benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

If you live in Seattle, home of this year’s Super Bowl Champions, then there’s only one place to play football. That’s at the loudest stadium in the NFL and this little piece of heaven on Earth, Century Link Field.

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I was never an athlete. I was cut from my 7th grade basketball team and never tried out for “real” sports again. Instead I stuck with cheerleading and golf. However, I have the competitive mentality of an athlete. Determined, stubborn and willing to do anything to win.

When I found out I was playing, I was 100% stoked. Then I was 110% nervous! What the hell had I gotten myself into? Playing real life sports, on a real life field, in front of real life people, with real life atheletes?! Am I crazy?!

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I was sure I was going to make a complete ass of myself and the nerves only got worse the closer we got to game time. Once I was on the field, something came over me. I think people often refer to it as confidence.

I knew I wasn’t going to be the best athlete but who cares?! We were all there for a good cause and to just have fun. It was then that it dawned on me. I wasn’t scared because I knew I’d be able to keep up with the boys. I knew I could run back and forth for a long period of time because I’ve been working out. I wasn’t worried anymore. I was just ready to have fun!

God Bless ESPN’s Kenny Mayne for trying to make me the fullback to his quarterback. I don’t know what that means but the dude gave me a shot! It didn’t last long haha but I can now say that I got the chance to play with the big boys on the big field.

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If this opportunity had come up six month’s ago, I would have found a way out of it. I would have regretted missing out on such a cool experience which would have led to anger about being overweight quickly followed by a binge session at the closest fast food restaurant. As I lose weight, I’m gaining confidence and with that comes once in a lifetime experiences. Trust me, the taste of confidence is better than any Big Mac I’ve ever had.

Photos Courtesy of Iron Mike Savoia: http://www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotography

Weight Loss Wednesday #8 – Why I Stopped Chasing a Number

I stopped chasing a number. Don’t get me wrong. The number on the scale needs to come down. I know this. However, when I first started on this weight loss journey it was only about the number that starred back at me every morning when I weighed myself. Now what I’m chasing is much different and these photos will prove it.

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Week 1 – Week 8

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Week 1 – Week 8 (Nice face, right?)

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Week 1 – Week 8 (Yes, my hair is green. Yes, I did it on purpose.)

Now, before you continue reading, please comment below and tell me how much weight you think I’ve lost based on these photos. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

 

…did you guess yet?

 

Ok. What would you say if I told you that the scale has only gone down 4 pounds? You wouldn’t believe me, right? (Hell, most people can shit 4 pounds.) How can so little make that much of a difference?! I have no idea. What I do know is that I’ve lost a total of 10.25 inches.

If someone would have told me that I’d only lose 4 pounds after 8 weeks of hard work and clean eating, I wouldn’t have thought it was worth giving up my beloved Big Mac’s and Diet Coke. However, looking at these pictures I know it’s worth itBut we also have to adjust what we’re doing to get the scale moving as well.

Karen, my trainer, has switched up my workouts. Instead of less reps with more weight, we’ve lowered the weight and added more reps. This will (hopefully) create a more cardio driven workout as opposed to solely weight training. Her thinking is that perhaps my body is hanging on to the extra pounds in order to accommodate for the extra weight I’ve been lifting.

Admittedly, only 4 pounds is depressing but look at the difference! Also keep in mind that I was traveling for nearly half of the month. 10.25 inches all around is an impressive number but these photos are the most motivating for me. To anyone on a weight loss journey, my best advice is to take photos! I guarantee I would have fallen off of the wagon if it weren’t for these pics.

One day at a time and I’ll get there! And on the days I’m struggling, I’ll look back at these pictures and see how far I’ve already come and that it’s not worth it to give up now. I can do this! I AM DOING THIS!

Weight Loss Wednesday #7 – The Skinny on Ellen

My opinion is skewed. This weight loss journey is my story but I thought it’d be fun for you all to get an unfiltered perspective from the woman sees it all, my trainer Karen.

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“What on earth am I getting myself into?” That was the first thing I thought as I waited for Ellen to show up for our first meeting. I had never listened to the radio show but a good friend and former client emailed me and told me I HAD to reach out and talk to Ellen. When I listened to the clip from her show, every hair on my body stood on end and I just knew this was someone I could work with and help. I only ever take on clients that I feel I can truly make a difference for and she most definitely fell into that category.

“I hate running, I won’t jump, I hate cardio.” Way to make a good first impression with your potential new trainer! (Hence my, “What on earth am I getting myself into?” thoughts.) At first I worried that Ellen might be one of many people out there who think that just because they have a trainer and shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s  that they should be losing weight like there’s no tomorrow. I was so relieved when she proved me wrong.

Now, lets get one thing straight, this girl complains at least 75% of the session and if she isn’t complaining, she’s rolling her eyes at me. The incredible thing about Ellen though is that she is working out the entire time she is complaining. She shows up every time, she does everything I ask her every time, she fills out her food logs, she checks in with me during rough times and messages me every time she hits some kind of milestone.

I flat out love this girl. We clicked from day one and she has given me everything from, if I’m honest, week two. (Thank you Steve – hot roommate) That is when we hit a huge turning point and she fully bought into the process. This is really one of the hardest things you can ever do. Only people who have ever had an issue with their weight can fully appreciate the 24/7 work that has to go into this journey. 

The progress with Ellen has been amazing to witness. Her body seems to have shrunk every time that I see her, the weights that she can lift go up almost weekly and the way that her body moves improves and astounds me every time I see her. Week one we were massively limited by her core being so weak that she could barely manage body weight exercises and now she is busting out sets of 15 squats with an 85 pound barbell on her back (admittedly complaining the entire way through the session.)

The only thing I would change about Ellen would be for her to be able to look at herself and recognize what a warrior she is, what an incredible job she is doing and see what an inspiration she is. I am inspired by her every time that I am in her company and I love that by her blogging so unapologetically honest about her journey she is inspiring others to make changes to their lives. 

Keep up the good work Ellen – it is truly an honor to be working with you.

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