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.

Join My DietBet Challenge

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 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!