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!


  1. Hey Ellen, I’m Josh. I Read you post and I know where you are coming from. It does start to become routine after a while. The best thing to do is switch up your routine because your body becomes used to what you are doing so switch things up. Trust me you will always going to have those days were you don’t feel 100%. I have them a lot.

    My motivation was I got tired of people calling me big Josh and I know why they were. I never said anything to anyone so one day I decided enough was enough. I was the type of person who would struggle because I didn’t see results fast enough until I did a side by side and was oh my god. Once I saw that it was game on and now there is nothing that will stop me. I started seeing lots of results after and I have a great support system that keeps me going. It definitely helps when you have people to motivate you. One thing I do is go on you YouTube and watch motivational bodybuilding videos. For me I just ask myself “how bad do you want this” and tell myself “NEVER GIVE UP”.

    BTW you are absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Ellen girl I listen to you everyday and I’m on the same journey. What keeps me motivated (like you) I can’t wait to have kids and have a family and I want to be healthy when that time comes and be fit before I get pregnant so it’s easier on my body when that time happens for me. Hope that helps ! Keep trucking and double your water intake that makes me feel so clean and healthy ! Xoxo p1 d1 tia 🙂

  3. Hi Ellen,

    Let me start off by saying good for you! You ROCK! Squares suck but man they do so much for the our body ( particularly an area I don’t wanna lose, if you know what I mean)! I’ve been seeing a trainer for a few months now and eating “clean”. Like you said “everyday? Nope.” But I too an eating SO much better then I was before! When I first started I wasn’t see much for results and I was getting disappointed 🙁 A friend of mine introduced me to Thrive by Le-vel. It’s an amazing product line I recommend checking out this link Christinamithun.le-vel.com since starting Thrive I have endless amounts of energy, where before I was drinking servers cups of coffee, energy drink and what I could think of to help me through the day. I use to have a few headache a week, non since starting Thrive. I’m down 20lbs and feeling the best I can remember ever feeling!! I’ve tried other “diet” systems but always failed because there was a crazy amount of pills to take, at random hours and the diets were just to hard to stick to. With Thrive it’s all done in the first 20 min of waking up!! And there is NO diet to follow!! It’s AMAZING! Anyways I though I would share what kept me going and is helping me to reach my health goal. Keep up the good work you’ve got this!!

    1. Squats make booties look good! I think that’s why they’re my favorite. Good old clean eating has helped me regain energy and sleep better. If that stops working, I’ll check out Thrive. Thanks for the tip and keep up the hard work!

  4. Hi Ellen. Super excited for your progress! Getting a PR in weightlifting is AWESOME. You should be proud of yourself!!
    Lately I’ve been in kind of the same workout funk, so what I decided to do was pick up a 10k running plan (about 8 weeks long, just to see if I could do it) and start doing something other than going to the gym every day. Luckily, we live in a sweet part of the country where a great hike is just a short drive away, so I’ve taken out my camera and gone with the intention of taking pictures of the scenery and wildlife. The result is a great workout and some photos to remember it by! The other thing I’ve started doing is playing tennis with my boyfriend (sorry for using the B-word here). He had to teach me how to play, but it’s a ton of fun and a great cardio workout.

    A couple years ago I was also struggling with weight, which had a been a life-long thing for me, but I worked off almost 60 pounds. One way I looked at the situation was that I have family and friends (and one day I’ll have kids) that will want me around for a long time. Eating right and exercising is one way to ensure that that’ll happen. So I guess that’s my “big picture” motivation. 🙂

    I hope my words have at least helped or encouraged you.
    Keep on rockin, sister.

    PS- pre-workout is my BFF right now.

    1. I love this idea, Victoria! I love to showoff this beautiful part of the country to my friends on Instagram. And getting in a workout, too is a win-win! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. xo.