The Pic That Made Me Get My Shit Together

The day before the Hometown Throwdown I stressed about what to wear to our day long country music event. I knew I’d be taking plenty of photos and wanted to make sure I covered up my problem areas. Sunday came and Fitz surprised us with shirts.

#HometownThrowdown is FINALLY here!!!

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What a sweet gesture! I put it on and noticed it was a lot tighter around my waist (my #1 problem area) than I wanted it to be. I was wearing a vest with fringe and thought that’d help cover it up. I didn’t feel 100% comfortable in the shirt but wanted to wear it because Fitz was kind enough to have it made for me.

I was self conscious the ENTIRE day but pushed those feelings aside and was so happy to meet so many of listeners! Hundreds of photos had to have been taken and most were from the chest up, thank GOD. Fast forward to Tuesday at 3:50am.

I woke up this morning and saw this photo someone posted on my Facebook page. What the HELL happened to me?! Sure, my waist is my problem area but that was not something I’d seen in a LONG time. REALITY CHECK!


Was I off the wagon? Sure. Did I think I’d fallen off the wagon and let it run over me? Nope. How did I get so out of hand…again?! To Anne, the person that posted this photo, thank you. This was what I needed to get my sh*t together.

So what now? I’ve got a date with my trainer, Karen, TODAY. We’re going to work out AND create a new program that I can use with my gym (thanks Precor Home Fitness!) My DietBet Challenge also started this week, too. I bet $30 that I’d lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. If YOU need some motivation, join the Challenge! It’s not too late. But this isn’t a plug for anyone or anything. I’m simply sharing what my plan is moving forward.

Thanks to everyone who’s been following my journey. It’s not always easy. Sometimes you mess up. Insert some profound quote here about falling down and getting back up again. Meh. Wish me luck on day one.


  1. Let me just tell you how much I miss hearing you in GR!!! I am so happy for all of your success in Seattle-they are lucky to have you!!! I love reading your blogs and FB posts and the smile I get from them. Just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know you are appreciated (and missed) πŸ™‚

  2. Ellen… Im the man whom you met briefly with the wife from Grand Rapids also not sure youd remember that as you were meeting tons of people…but i read this and felt for you as im a big guy whobis only 5 foot 6 and know exactly about that type of reality check.. You Ellen are beautiful just the way you are… But if you are unhappy then i hope you meet your goals on weight loss… Becuase i can only imagine how much more beautiful youll be when you are truly happy.. Im rooting for you sister.. Sincerely Alex torrella

  3. Ellen, you got this girl, and you are beautiful. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, and when u see a pic that just makes you gasp at it, thinking to yourself, wow I didn’t realize I was that fat? It puts u back to reality. You can do this, print this pic out and put it on your frig, or put it as your screen saver on your phone. Look at it when you feel weak, it helped me, love u girl…:)

  4. Ellen I’m in the same boat. It all started with a picture. I was doing awesome, lost 30 pounds, then went on vacation and gained 10 of those pounds back now I’m trying to get back on the wagon too!! We can do it!!!

  5. Ellen, you are such a beautiful woman. Your smile lit up the stadium that day! I can see how this could feel shocking but you will get to your goals soon I just know it! Keep on it girl but never stop smiling!

  6. Ellen,
    The Wagon is a term I’ve used for years. It is fitting and appropriate for someone with weight issues. I’ve struggled my whole life it seems. Sometimes I’ll say screw it im gonna love and except me for my size. But that’s me bullshitting myself, and eventually I have to reality check myself. I love hearing how honest and courageous you are, and it’s motivating. So as you hop back on The Wagon so shall I. My reasons for losing weight are purley vanity by the way, not gonna lie lol. Im 38 and still have time to get it girl! #FatGirlsUnite lol