Weight Loss Wednesday #5 – The A-Team

Change your mind, change your life.

Think about that. It’s not up to other people to change you. It’s up to YOU to change you. As I continue on my weight loss journey, I’ve noticed three key people who have been vital to my success. These three very important people have kept me motivated and on track. This get fit path I’m on isn’t meant to do alone. I admire, appreciate and genuinely love these people. My A-Team.

Ever hear the phrase “perception is reality?” I find that to be 100% true. So when a professional athlete, nonetheless a Super Bowl champion, asks if you’ve been to the gym, it’s quick to assume he thinks your fat, lazy, and out of shape. Even perhaps that he’s doubting your commitment. But being in this right mindset, I know that Greg Scruggs sends me these texts because he sees my desire. My want. My motivation to succeed and achieve my goals. And he supports me. He encourages me.

                   Greg Scruggs Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday 1 Greg Scruggs Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday 2

Greg. You were one of the first few people I met when I moved to Seattle. Over the last few months, we have become close friends. I only hope you understand the impact you have on those around you. The impact you have on me. I pray that I can be as good of a friend to you in return. I also promise to have enough food for you the next time you come over. hahaha. Now go get yourself another ring, Champ! #GoHawks

Two weeks ago, a great friend from college, Steve Smith, moved to Seattle and has been staying with me. Steve noticed the photo I have on my refrigerator. I keep this in plain sight because it’s when I felt my best. Halloween 2006. I was 21-years old and a senior in college. Ironically, this was taken at Steve’s house! He’s seen me at my best and now at my worst.

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We came up with a pretty nice roommate agreement. I cook. He cleans. I have never eaten this clean, for this long, in my entire life. Steve’s what I needed to get my diet right and my biggest improvements have come because of what I put in my mouth. I have energy to get through workouts and feel better than I could have ever imagined.

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday Eat Clean

Thank you for being a great ManMate, Steve! You’re the positive influence I so desperately needed. I’ve looked forward to our dinners together every single night. Our chats about clean eating, relationships, and life in general has me opening up not only to you but to everyone around me. I didn’t realize how lonely I really was. I’m looking forward to building on this amazing friendship we have over the next few years. And Charlie wants to know when we’re going on another hike. 😉

Ellen Tailor Steve Smith Snow Lake Charlie DogNow here’s where I start to tear up. All of this positive change began with one person. One person who speaks to me in terms I can understand. One person who knows it’s possible because she’s done it. My personal trainer, Karen. While I believe in God, I don’t consider myself religious but I truly believe I have been blessed to cross paths with this woman.

In a month I’m starting to see a difference in my physical body. The biggest change has happened internally. I had given up. I was convinced I was going to be like this for the rest of my life. I was starting to accept that. But I met Karen and my world completely changed. I wish these photos reflected how much weight I’ve shed emotionally.

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday Month 1 Front

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Karen deserves more credit than I’ll ever be able to give her. She is a friend. A soul sister. A beautiful woman who has worked really f*cking hard and inspires me every single day. Not to mention she’s saucy, feisty, and absolutely hilarious! I don’t know if my abs hurt from Russian Twists or from laughing so hard when I’m with her. I’m not into the mushy stuff. Neither is she. So I’ll spare everyone and continue to work hard and prove to you all just how much she’s influenced my life.

Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone needs their own A-Team. Be willing to let people in. Be willing to ask for help. Be willing to be vulnerable. The rewards FAR out weigh the fear.

To my A-Team: THANK YOU!

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20 comments

  1. Ellen- I love this post! I’m in Portland and listened to fitz when you guys played here, and I miss you the most! You look great, I love to see the work you’re putting in, its showing! Keep it up, don’t quit 🙂

  2. Okay if this guy Steve cooks that good can I come live with you guys and eat? LOL Ugh I just need to cook more, but that looks amazing. Anyway lookin good girl you’ll get there. I know it’s hard to loose the weight, but once you do you’ll feel amazing.

  3. Your struggles really strike a cord with me. I have a ton of self doubt and it is hard to not believe what I think about myself and what I think others think of me. I’m trying to get into a healthy routine, but hit many speed bumps. Seeing you keep pushing forward motivates me to want to do the same!
    Keep it up, you are amazing!

  4. WOO! Go Ellen! Cheering you on from the Mitten! It is SO important to have a support squad on this journey – I know I never would have been able to do it in college without my sorority sisters cheering me on everyday. I can’t wait to see your progress!

  5. Ellen you are doing a great job! I’ve been on a weight loss journey for a couple years now and it is no easy task. One of the hardest things to do and KEEP doing consistently. I can see all your hard work. Keep it up lady!