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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.

Ellen Tailor GVSU

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 Dog

Now 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

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday Month 1 Back

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!

Did traveling undo all of the hard work I've been doing? Read Weight Loss Wednesday #6 by clicking HERE.

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08/13/2014 7:37AM
Weight Loss Wednesday #5 – The A-Team
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08/13/2014 9:19AM
It's amazing!
It truly is you are looking great! So proud of you and your goals. I'm the person who has to always be working out it's been hard but I do it because I feel good about myself! You rock girl!
08/13/2014 9:25AM
You are amazing
You are such a beautiful and positive woman! You defiantly are proving to me that hard work pays off. When I'd rather go home and take a nap I work through the exhaustion and go for a hike or long walk somewhere. Thank you for sharing
08/13/2014 9:29AM
Two Time Champ
I had complicated pregnancies (two of them) and after each one I had more than doubled my normal size. I lost the extra weight both times (121 lbs lost and 123 lbs lost the second time). I know how hard the struggle to shed pounds is and also how rewarding meeting your goals and regaining your health and confidence is. Determination and commitment are your best friends. You've got this!! You've already made great progress. Good luck on your journey. :)
08/13/2014 10:18AM
thank you!!!
That was the most inspirational thing I've read in a long time. No silly fluff just real.
08/13/2014 10:08PM
You're looking great! Keep up the hard work! It will pay off, you just need to be consistent!! Good luck!! Go Hawks!
08/15/2014 4:40AM
You rock!
Keep it up Ellen, stay focused, stay positive keep smiling!
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