#tbt – Super Bowl Champion Does My Makeup

In the spirit of the big game this weekend, let’s take a look back to when my bestie and Super Bowl XLVIII Champion, Greg Scruggs, attempted to do my makeup. God bless!

And when you thought it couldn’t get better, check out the footage that was left on the cutting room floor. 60 seconds worth of bloopers!

Who are YOU rooting for this weekend? Since my team is out, I need someone to cheer for. Shout out your team in the comment section below. 🙂 #GoHawks

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Super Bowl Ring Selfie

Ellen Tailor Super Bowl Ring Seattle Seahawks Greg ScruggsI think I took more selfies with the Super Bowl ring than Greg Scruggs has! Greg is a defensive end for the Seahawks, my co-host on the Beauty & The Champ podcast, and most importantly, my friend. Listen to our podcast for an inside look about what really happened the night they got their rings. Go Hawks!

PS. New Beauty & The Champ podcasts are up every Monday and Thursday. Please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes or listen here! And follow us on Twitter @G_Scruggs & @EllenTailor

We Didn’t Get Cancelled!

The Beauty & The Champ podcast has made it to episode TWO! We didn’t get cancelled…yet. We’ve even made it onto the “New & Noteworthy” section of iTunes! Please subscribe, rate and review us. We’re proud of this podcast and hope you enjoy it!

This episode explores Greg’s love of Chipotle and his plans for a summer job, my hidden talent and why it’s hard to date in Seattle. Follow us on Twitter! @G_Scruggs & @EllenTailor

PREMIERE – Beauty & The Champ Podcast

It’s here! After months of preparation, I proudly present the premiere episode of the “Beauty & The Champ” podcast featuring myself and my good friend Greg Scruggs, Defensive End for the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks.

Every Monday and Thursday, new, 20 minute long podcasts will go live and soon you’ll be able to get it on iTunes, too. We’ll be talking about everything from our personal lives, to hot topics, not to mention Greg is the BEST at giving advice.

On our first episode, we talk about how we met. Our stories are VERY different and I was mortified at his version! Greg gives his unfiltered opinion on the Donald Sterling situation. Plus he gets some exciting, life changing news in the last 2 minutes!

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The day we met. Fall 2012.
Our versions of this day are VERY different!

Got a question? A topic idea? What do YOU want to hear? Shoot us a message or tweet us! @G_Scruggs & @EllenTailor

We’re really excited for you to hear “Beauty & The Champ” and hope you’ll have as much fun listening to us as we did recording.

Go Hawks!