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Weight Loss Wednesday #21 – A New Challenge

After experiencing it first hand, I believe in the phenomenon that is social dieting. For those of you that haven’t heard about Diet Bet, check out last week’s post here. Congratulations to everyone that not only joined the challenge but also won! The winners each took home $50 just for losing 4% of their body weight.

Many reached out asking if I’ll host another Diet Bet Challenge. The answer is YES! The challenge starts on Monday, July 6th. (Because let’s be honest, no one wants to diet during the 4th of July weekend.) Enjoy yourself but let’s all commit to getting back on track after the holiday. Join my Diet Bet now and weigh-in whenever you’re ready. Let’s make it clear that you are able to join the Challenge and weigh in anytime between two days before the game begins (July 4) and day 14 (July 20).

If you’re a returning Diet Better, I’d really appreciate if you’d comment below and share your experience. Did you succeed? What parts did you have trouble with? Is there anything I can do as a host to help?

And just because I feel the need to brag a little bit, (which I’m allowed to do since I’ve work hard, right?) here’s a random before and after photo. The picture on the left was taken about 10 months ago. I was working out but my diet hadn’t changed. The photo on the right was snapped just a few days ago. My body is completely changing after incorporating both diet and exercise into my life. (Side note: You can WIN the tank on the right by entering HERE. Drawing happens on Friday, June 26, 2015 at midnight.)

PS. Sign up for the next Diet Bet Challenge HERE & tell your friends. :)

Ellen Tailor Before And After Diet BEt

Weight Loss Wednesday #20 – Diet Bet Challenge is OVER

Thirty days ago, I embarked on a challenge. A DietBet Challenge. The goal? Lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. 143 people bet $30 on themselves and joined my challenge. The pot is $4,470 and will be split by everyone who achieved their goal. Will I be one of those people splitting the pot?

The past 30 days have felt manageable. Doable. Was it easy? No. But was it possible? Absolutely. I knew that if I wanted to drop weight and not just inches, I’d have to keep my diet on point. I’ve focused on that more than I have in the recent months and it seemed to pay off. Just look at my gut!

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The difference is subtle but it can be seen on every angle. Check out these pictures from behind. The back fat is almost gone! I never thought I’d see the day!

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This angle is my most dreaded. I feel like a wide load from the side. My trunk has always been my problem area. I blame my primarily fast food diet for this. Undoing over a decade worth of bad habits is going to take time but seeing progress keeps me motivated.

Diet Bet End Ellen Tailor 1Are my boobs finally sticking out further than my stomach?! Whaaaa?! Now let me warn you about the upcoming TMI. I’m pissed because I have to weigh in for the final time on the first day of my period. Ugh. I’ve notoriously gained a SOLID five pounds leading up to that time of the month. I feel like the progress would have been much different if I was able to take these photos in a few days but that’s not the case so enough of my bitching.

Now, did I reach my goal? Did I lose 4% of my body weight and become a DietBet Challenge winner? It was hard. I wasn’t perfect everyday. I had a bad weekend just days ago. Perhaps a little self sabotage? (I’ve decided I totally need therapy but that’s another conversation.) I’m happy to say that I not only reached my goal, I beat it by a half pound! More so, I lost 7 inches in 30 days!

Am I at my ultimate goal? No. I think I have found a way to make this weight loss journey more manageable and that’s to break it up. It’s easier to focus on losing a small amount of weight in 30 days as opposed to 50 pounds. A few more DietBet Challenges and I’ll have hit my overall goal.

Thank you to everyone who joined the DietBet Challenge. Thank you to everyone for all of the support via comments, Facebook messages, tweets, etc. I have read every single one of your messages. Many have asked if I’ll host another DietBet Challenge. The answer is YES! I am going to wait until after the 4th of July but stay tuned to the blog and my Facebook page for details on the next challenge.

Again, many thank yous for your support! I appreciate you all! And to my fellow DietBet Challenge winners, CONGRATULATIONS!

Weight Loss Wednesday #19 – My Circuit Routine

I’m not one of those people that likes working out. It’s a struggle every.single.day. I’m also really self conscious and don’t like going to the gym. The idea of being around strangers while I’m hot, sweaty, and jiggling on a treadmill is not my idea of fun. The solution? I invested in myself and brought the gym to me. (Thanks Precor Home Fitness!) Here’s a little peek into my workouts.

The ab machine. Good LORD! It looks easy (and even a little raunchy…heyyyyo!!) but this is the most difficult for me. I got a lot going on around my truck and can really feel my abs work. They’re there…somewhere! ;)

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Body weight push ups are probably my favorite. This piece actually adjusts to make it as difficult or as easy as you’d like.

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Another piece that adjusts difficulty is the body weight pull-ups. This really helps carve out my shoulders and back.

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It’s no secret I like my booty. Lunges help lift and tone that beast! The lunge machine allows me to do several different types of lunches and even works as a piece for step ups.

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Now, I have a love and hate relationship with the treadmill. I don’t like running. (Remember the jiggling thing I mentioned earlier?) However, the more time I spend on the treadmill, the lower the number on the scale. To make it more bearable, I raise the incline and walk as quickly as I can. It raises my heart rate just as much, if not more, than running. I also will switch it up with sprint intervals.

I usually work this circuit 3 times a week with some weight and strength training mixed in. There’s only 7 days left until the end of my first ever Diet Bet Challenge. The goal is to lose 4% of my body weight. Check back next Weigh Loss Wednesday to see if I’ve succeeded.

Weight Loss Wednesday #18 – My Why

I was on a conference call with my trainer, Karen, and someone who had joined my DietBet Challenge. The point of the call was to give advice, little did I know that I was going to get advice in the process.

Karen said the #1 thing anyone needs to do before starting on a weight loss journey was to figure out their “Why.” When she first told me this almost a year ago, it sounded like a bunch of phooey. I didn’t think I needed philosophical bullshit. It was in an instant, during that phone call however, that I realized “My Why” and that I knew it all along.

Let’s rewind to a few months ago when I moved. I got rid of so many clothes when I downsized. All I kept wondering about was why had I spent so much money on clothes? It wasn’t because I liked them. It’s because I invested in hiding myself behind them.

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Facebook post from May 12, 2013 — “All of my laundry is done and I realize I don’t have enough hangers…or closet space. It might be time for spring cleaning?”

I’m done buying clothes…for now. I’m saving my money to travel. I want to travel. I want to find someone to travel with. When that time comes, I want to make sure I have the money to do that. And even have the money to buy my dream outfit which brings me to “My Why.”

“My Why” is to feel sexy and confident in an outfit as simple as a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I want to be able to wake up for work at 4am and not have to waste time thinking about what pair of pants will fit comfortably. What shirt will hide my gut. When I say t-shirt, I’m not talking a big oversized top. I’m talking about a hot, ladies tee and denim. Hell, maybe I’ll even throw on a pair of heels. I used to wear them all the time but as I gained weight, they started to hurt. The more weight I gained, the more weight they put on my feet, the more and more flats I bought.

I own so many jackets and vests. Why? Because it disguises my belly. My #1 insecurity. I want to wear jeans and a t-shirt and not worry about sitting down because my stomach will bulge over. No more jackets. No more vests. Will I still wear them? Yes. The ones I have and only for now. But I’m not buying anymore.

Wow. Just by writing this I’m realizing my obsession of clothes isn’t because I like fashion. It’s because I was obsessed with hiding. Distracting myself. Distracting everyone who looked at me.

I’m done buying LOTS of clothes. Ok. C’mon. I’m going to buy clothes because I am a fashionista (hahaha) but I’m limiting myself. I’m taking chances with my wardrobe because I’m feeling more confident. I want a man to double take me while wearing jeans and a t-shirt. But I’m not confident enough to wear my dream outfit on date night…yet. I’m feeling more empowered than ever now that I’ve finally discovered, “My Why.”

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We love to look good in our clothes. We love to look good nekkid. We also love food. If we love food too much, we don’t look good in what we’re wearing and we sure as hell don’t look good in our birthday suits. While most of us want to lose weight, it’s hard to find the motivation. What if losing weight could lead to money in your pocket? Cue DietBet.

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Bet on yourself to lose weight, achieve your goal, win the money you put in and then some. It doesn’t matter how you lose the weight. Simply lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks then split the pot!

I’m hosting my first ever DietBet Challenge with the pot at over $700 and growing. If money isn’t motivation enough, I’m giving away Skype sessions with my trainer to MVP players and even online styling consultations. After all, we’ll need new clothes for our smaller bodies, right?! Maybe you’re still skeptical.

Does DietBet actually work? Out of 259,328 DietBetters, over 93% of them have lose weight during their challenges. They lost over 2.5 million pounds and won over $11 million dollars. Simply put, yes, DietBet works.

The challenge officially begins on Wednesday, May 20th and you can sign up at http://www.dietbet.com/ellentailor. There you’ll find tips and advice from myself, my trainer, and other challengers. Let’s get a jump start on our summer bodies before the 4th of July!

Weight Loss Wednesday #17 – Setting New Goals

A few weeks ago I blogged about how bored I am with my healthy lifestyle. There is nothing new or exciting about it anymore. It’s become a routine. While it’s good that my normal routine is now a healthier one, I need to be reinspired. So I thought long and hard about what gets me excited. If you’re a loyal reader of this blog then you already know the answer. If you’re not, let me tell you a little secret. I like clothes!

My new, short term, goal is a simple one. Lose some weight and treat myself to an outfit from Lorna Jane. Out of all the active wear out there, none are as stylish as this line. I spent a loooong time on their website and got lost in the pretty colors, inspirational tanks, and subtly sexy leggings.

Sure, you can throw on a pair of sweatpants and an old t-shirt to hit the gym in. But if your goal is to feel better about the way you look, why not dress the way you want to feel? To be 100% transparent, I’m one size too big for this line. I wish I could open my wallet today and make a purchase. Instead, I have to work hard for what I want. Don’t get crazy and buy things that are four sizes too small then beat yourself up when you can’t hit that goal. Take small steps towards big change.

Here’s my Lorna Jane dream outfit:

Lorna Jane Ellen Tailor PicksIn a perfect world, I’d be able to splurge on these goodies in a month. But the world isn’t perfect and sometimes, things happen. If it takes me 6 weeks instead of 4, that’s fine! As long as I hit my goal, I don’t care how long it takes me to get there because I’ve got confidence in myself that I’ll make it happen. Until then I’ll dream about going into Lorna Jane on Westlake Ave. in downtown Seattle, walking into a dressing room, and having my dream outfit on and feeling damn proud of this journey I’m on!

What goals do you have? What tips or tricks can you share about staying focused and inspired?

Weight Loss Wednesday #16 – You Guys Actually Read This?!

I get asked a lot of questions about my weight loss. “How’d you do it? What plan are you on? What’s the secret?” There’s no secret. It’s good old fashioned diet and exercise. That is the only way, I believe, to make a permanent change.

When The Emily Program reached out to me about an interview, I was caught off guard. Yes, I’m very public about my journey but I never thought anyone was actually listening. The Emily Program is nationally recognized for their compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. Below is an excerpt from my interview…

“For Ellen, she is now able to communicate that her walk matches her talk: ‘I think one of the best things I have learned is that it’s not about making yourself feel bad about where you are at within your journey–it’s a process. Once I learned that, I noticed myself being nicer with how I talk and treat myself.’ This lesson is one that resonates with me, and the sentiment is echoed by The Emily Program staff.”

Thank you to Tiffany and The Emily Program for letting me share my story. To read the entire interview, click HERE.

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.

Barbell to Bikini Online Fat Loss Program – $199 + tax per month

  • 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.

Enter below to win one month on Karen’s program. The winner will be drawn at midnight on Friday, January 2, 2015. Start the year off right and achieve your goals with Karen Burton Fitness!

UPDATE – A winner has been chosen! If you didn’t win, I still highly suggest you check out Karen Burton Fitness and her Barbell to Bikini program. She’s more-than-words amazing! Congratulations to our winner Ashley L.!

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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!

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