EATING WHATEVER YOU WANT
Why has this become such a ‘no-no’?
Why does ‘whatever you want’ = bad thing for you?
Why is it that we make other people feel bad for ‘eating whatever’ they want?
I believe that as humans, are most incredible resource available to us at all times is our body.
Our body is built to sustain and protect us at all costs, no matter how poorly we treat it. I like to think this is because our body has knowledge that there’s something really meaningful about being alive and sharing our life with others.
But, before I get ahead of myself, I want to address why this negative connotation around ‘eating whatever you want’ should be erased from your mind. (I would say the world but we gotta start somewhere!)
What if eating whatever you want was actually about eating the protein and veggies?
What if eating whatever you want was actually about enjoying an apple instead of a pear?
What if eating whatever you want was not forcing yourself to eat all the food on your plate?
What if eating whatever you want wasn’t binge watching your fav Netflix series while binge eating all the sweets?
What if eating whatever you want was actually about Eating. Whatever. Your Body. Wants?
What if eating whatever you want meant that you actually tuned in, listened to your body, honored her, and trusted that the signals and feedback she is giving you are meaningful?
It fascinates me that we have given into this strange subconscious and limiting belief that we are incapable of truly having what we want because we don’t know what we need. At the end of the day, this negative connotation about eating what you want came from somewhere, and I think it was when everyone began obsessing over how much, what type, and when they consume food and how it impacts the shape, size, or health of your body (let’s be honest, this was always mostly about shape and size).
Here’s the deal. Our body needs to be kept healthy and treated with the same love and diligence that she cares for us with. But how do we do that? How do we truly find the way to listen, honor, and love our body? To trust ourselves to let go of the need to control everything and instead really have what we need?
Self-Love. Self-Awareness. Self-Efficacy.
So, identify where you need to become more present in your body to listen more. Feel into where you have been denying yourself of your true needs.
Become aware and forgive yourself for where you are if it is not where you want to be and learn from the current situation you are in.
Take that lesson with you, take the knowledge and feedback from your body, and take your deepest desires to spark a new found trust and belief in yourself that you are not only capable but you are also worthy and deserving of eating whatever you want.
Because eating whatever you want means becoming more aware of your needs, more present with your body, and more at peace with your goals.
I recently took my girls in the post-show personal development program through a powerful exercise on burning the food rules. I can’t wait to see them set fire to the beliefs that we have been conditioned to have in order to be more x, y, or z.
Our body wants us to function at an optimal level, let go, tune in, and act from the space of:
‘What does my body really want (and need) right now?
What does the craving I am getting actually represent in my life?
How can I honor this information to move forward?’
If you are struggling with your relationship to food or struggling to connect with your body, then I invite you to check out my 4 week food freedom academy
If you are a bikini competitor who has been or is struggling with the post-show blues and the tricky balance of food and achieving goals in the off-season then I would love to welcome you to learn more about and join my 8 week post-show personal development program
This is not a diet, this is not an exercise plan, this is the only program out there that is helping competitors to overcome the post show blues.
With this program, you will never have to worry about the post-show blues again…imagine what that will do for you in your competition seasons moving forward...(for all the information, please send me a message)
You can also get a mini taste of what I am all about and things you might learn as well as direct insight into overcoming intricacies of the post-show blues by going through my 7 day post-show blues coaching/blog series
I can’t wait to see who takes action with all of this 😊
I am in such a positive mental state right now & have fully embraced a longer off-season
It’s been nearly 3.5 months since this photo was taken & I’ve been through a helluva lot to say the least😅
I’m feeling positively inspired to take it up a notch & make EVEN better decisions for myself!
I already eat well, train hard, and do the things I love daily.
I’ve given myself a bit of a mental break from being soo regimented!
Doing this allowed me to see where I was reeaallyy trying to harness control in my life.
When I let go, more things flow and now I have that fire in me to do all of this again!
Honestly, screw what anyone says about the way you choose to live
No one knows you like you know yourself!
Stay healthy, stay committed, but do it the way you know will benefit you long term.
It’s okay to take a mental break, especially when you just trust that you can handle it!
Sometimes when things get overwhelming I just repeat to myself: One meal, One rep, One breath, one action, at a time...
I am committed to Nourishing, loving and challenging my body in new ways.
Increasing present moment awareness is a top priority
And aligning all of my intentions to the energy & power of self-love is a non-negotiable❤️
It feels good to seek improvement from a place of peace & content rather than a self-loathing ‘I need to be fixed’ mentality
If you’re struggling with the post-show blues or making it through your off-season feeling confident in your decisions...
Then I’d love to invite you to my 7 day coaching series!
It’s a free post-show campaign I put together with you in mind
You can join now by clicking here
If you know a competitor or a coach to competitors, feel free to send them this blog post!
Lots of love,
Celeste Rains-Turk: Celestial_fit
Build More than Just a Body
Some things just remind us how human we all are and how connected that makes us
Things like sleep, going to the bathroom, weather, and bills can remind us that even the people who seem to;
Be all put together
Be anything really
Still have to;
Rest, pee every morning, feel emotions like grief, fear, & sadness, drive in the rain, make their car payment, or do all the human things we do!
No one is any better or worse than the next person. There is a reason we are all here and we all have something to offer
When we can embrace our human and talk about these things we all share (the deeper things) we can become more connected to each other
That’s why it is always so funny when a comedian makes a joke about that time they farted at the fancy gala, you know?
Because, we are all human and this is the one thing that can truly connect us all at the end of the day
Today, when you scroll online, walk by people, or just somehow come in contact with another person;
Think of all the things you LOVE about them, what that all means for you, & then think about how human they are.
You may surprise yourself when you realize you forgot that all these people you’ve put on a pedestal or labeled in some way...
go through a lot of the same things you do.
Have you watched this video?
It is a bit of a throwback but the message still fits, watch this video to see how taking care of yourself can help you show up in life and for others especially because nobody is perfect and it is okay to do this for yourself:
From a young age I remember thinking that having a flat tummy with lines and a tiny waist would make me happier.
I felt that my body was never good enough.
I was always the kid who was more developed than everyone else, I just looked so much larger and I was round shaped. I was a total tomboy because it was comfy, I was an athlete, and I never fit into Abercrombie, Hollister, or limited too jeans like the other girls in school.
I prided myself on being an athlete, the ‘sporty’ chick. I tried to make up for my ‘not enough’ body with actin like a clown, practicing my sport for hours, or getting exceptionally good grades.
I judged myself on what I ate all the time.
When I was a young girl in elementary school, I remember some of my friends who were smaller and more healthy-looking eating carrots when I had my gogurt. This was when I began associating food with looks and being 'bad' or 'good'
I went over to someone’s house one time with my best friend and they told me I couldn’t jump on the trampoline with them because I was 'too fat and would break it'. I think I lost friends because of my size too. I was called ‘big foot’ in soccer.
I recall my last year of soccer, I wanted to get thinner, so I made a promise to myself to run the whole entire 5 minute ‘movement’ warm up, rather than doing what others did like walk and laugh and have fun, I just ran and ran and ran. And I was so afraid of failing the mile test going into middle school that I spent a whole summer running just to practice for it.
I would be poked by adults in the stomach warning me that I may be on the biggest loser someday. I would be asked what I am eating every time I sat down for a meal and would notice people look me up and down.
I went on my first diet at 9 or 10 years old. It was the same diet my dad did when he was little and husky like me, it was the bananas and milk diet. I remember learning about calories and being outraged that I couldn’t enjoy most of the foods I loved, and it explained why the Oreo cakesters and chunky soups every day were not helping me none.
I recall seeing these women around town, on the covers of magazines, running amazing companies, modeling, getting the guys in the movies, playing sports, or rocking it in a band and I connected this to having a tight tummy. I thought that fat was scary, bad, and should not exist on the body in copious amounts.
Oh, and I can clearly remember when grocery stores, media, and companies began popping up with sugar free this or fat free that. I began thinking this meant ‘healthier’ or ‘better’, but it wasn’t until I became more aware, educated, and opened my eyes to see that this is all about staying a certain size or shape, not about health.
When I got into high school, I discovered fitness.
I was suicidal most of my freshman and sophomore year.
Exercise became my outlet. I was playing volleyball year-round every day, if there wasn’t volleyball practice or a tournament, I would either be training for it or practicing. I started going to the gym at 5am before school every day and then fell asleep in math class before I went to volleyball practice or a game, and then to coach club vball and have a practice too.
I was obsessed with movement. But I also was hyperfocused and concerned about what I was eating. I stuck 110% to a plan unless it was a cheat meal or cheat day of course in which case I would just binge because I thought that's what all the best people in the industry were doing so I would too to get a nice body and be happy like them! That's when my unhealthy relationship with food began. I would even make sure to exercise after EVERY thing I ate because I thought this was a sure fire way to make sure I burned more than I consumed (probably why I became very thin with little muscle development).
I packed canned chicken and Ezekiel bread with me to school, I had canned green beans, ground turkey, and other smell ass food, I walked around with a gallon of water, ate lunch in my car most days because I felt so disconnected from everyone and everything around me.
I always wanted to be true to myself and would not sacrifice that for anything. I was never into what most people were soooo I never went to parties, I detested the thought of school dances, and every homecoming, winter formal, and even prom, I went to the gym instead. I met some seriously amazing people in the gym. I found such an awesome community there and made friends who I still see there to this day.
I started my Instagram account to document what I was doing, be accountable, and in all honesty to have a separate place to follow all the fitness accounts outside of my personal feed.
It wasn’t until my junior year, when I realized, despite all the physical work I am doing, I am still depressed, my anxiety eats me up, and one day I am the ambitious leader who kicks ass and the next I am the slug who cant stop crying in bed and wishing she was never born, why???
It was in that moment, I realized that something was missing...
But, I still didn't have it all figured out...I even did a bikini competition in 2015 to see how far I could take myself, how much I could push myself, how 'good' I could look, I thought it was my fast track to fitness success! It was my excuse for having an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. It was easier to say 'I am prepping for a bodybuilding show' than to say, I am extremely afraid of gaining fat, eating certain foods, or looking big, or being the least fit athlete in the room.
I didn't get called out at that show after working months for it. But it was my first show, I had come so far. And then, I rebounded, I gained 30 pounds in 3 weeks, I didn't know what to do. Everything hit me because I was only using things to cover up the pain and the problems of my life rather than addressing them...
After that I became aware of the fact that fitness is about BUILDING MORE THAN JUST A BODY
From then on I dedicated my time to learning how to love myself, breaking through many of the strict food rules I created and was taught that were causing me to binge or feel guilty, I began to recognize ways I can make myself feel healthier and stronger rather than just chasing an aesthetic, I found ways to work on my mindset and I eventually even went to therapy for my mental health.
In the last 3 years I have been immersed in the personal development world. I switched my major from clinical nutrition and dietetics to Psychology because I didn’t want to write diet plans for people with diseases, or anyone at all. I wanted to approach health holistically and focus on the real problems.
The problem is never food, yet we keep trying to manipulate it. The problem is never exercise, yet we keep trying to force it. The problem usually lies in the identity, mindset, self-efficacy, and loathing patterns an individual has but are most often overlooked.
It became my mission 4 years ago to help others love themselves and feel confident in their body through fitness.
3 years ago, it became about aligning inner work with physical results to help people build more than just a body.
Today, I am still committed to this.
I spent all of last year competing in bikini after healing my relationship with food, my body, and even my goals and stages of shape change because I wanted to give bodybuilding another crack when I really truly loved myself, not when I didn't love myself and needed it to numb myself.
I competed the whole year because I was truly THRIVING on it. I seriously never thought I would fall in love with it but I did. I fell in love with it because it was ADDING to my life, it was ACCENTUATING my favorite things about myself and my personality, and it was GIVING me something to be even more excited about.
Here's the thing, now, when I have a flat stomach it is not what makes me happy, it is a result of my happiness. How does this work? I love myself so much that naturally I am inspired to enjoy nutritious foods, talk to great people, and eliminate anything that causes me stress. I love myself so much that I enjoy foods to their enjoyment, not to the point of discomfort or out of scarcity. I love myself so much that I am able to live more presently, moment to moment because I am committed to the conscious choice of doing so (in all honesty, it isn't always easy and I slip up a lot but I have the tools and practices in place to overcome it and snap out of it and into my higher self) and a higher vibration)
In my entire journey, I have found a system that works not only for finding peace of mind, comfort in one’s body, and in getting to a healthier feeling and amazing aesthetic shape, but also for making peace with food, embracing goals with love, and shifting identities so that everything we pursue is attained much more effortlessly because it is fueled with love above all other things.
Our story, our patterns, our experiences help to shape us, but we can rewrite our story, make a new pattern, and create new experiences by learning from our past and being present, in this moment right now.
We can become mindful, through every moment, breath by breath, to always always anchor into self-love, connect with our core soul codes/beliefs, and design our life through the accomplishment of our goals.
We only become limited, small, or unworthy when we choose to define ourselves this way.
Our base level is always free, expansive, loving, open, and changeable.
I have never felt more loved by myself in my entire life than when I let go of the box others wanted me to be in or defined me by or that I thought I should try to fit into and embraced my true needs, began living more intuitively, and asked myself;
What do I want?
Why do I want it?
What I am willing to do to get there?
You deserve to feel empowered in your own skin!
You deserve to feel loved by yourself unconditionally!
You deserve to live your life by your soul’s deepest values!
You are so much more than just a body, you are beyond capable of building more than just a body.
Are you ready to?
If so, I would love to see how we can work together to make this happen, if you read this and got inspired to work with me or see what we can do together... I would like to offer you a breakthrough strategy coaching call where I will dive deep with you, see what needs to be shifted within you, and of course create a breakthrough.
Then we will discuss if it is a good fit for us to work together moving forward and go from there. In order to get this call you must fill this form out and apply as I do not work with just anyone, chances are though, if you have made it this far, we are likely a great fit : APPLY HERE
some photos of my journey, fixated on the size of my stomach including shots when I never truly loved myself to when I was empowered by loving myself, can you guess which ones were taken when? :)
My business is my heart and soul.
I’ve been warned that this is a bad way to look at business...
That it will ‘destroy me’ to connect myself so deeply to my business outcomes, impact, and other success.
But personally, I don’t think I would have accomplished the things I have or become the person I am without being fully invested in this
It’s one thing to have a business.
It’s another thing to have a business you love and will give everything too.
I always knew I was meant to work in my passions and live my life doing what I love.
And here I am, proving myself right.
Regardless of others beliefs or concerns, I just can’t deny that my mission to eradicate self-loathe by helping others to build more than just a body is my kick in the ass every morning to get up and do it.
This mission gives me purpose. It gives me hope. It gives me fulfillment. And it gives me life.
I know that without this, I would struggle more with the challenges I’ve faced like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.
This isn’t just ‘business’ or some ‘side hustle’ or a ‘hope it works’ type of thing. It is my life, my heart, and my soul.
And if you think that will make it destroy me, then I’d like to respectfully disagree...
This has saved me; over and over and over again.
And on that note...
Feeling totally on fire today. Getting shit done and loving every moment of it.
I am working on so many exciting projects & ready for this ride!
What is exciting you today?👇🏻
NEVER HELPLESS. NEVER HOPELESS.
FIGHTING HEROINE ADDICTIONS...
With The Jeremy Castro Foundation
In 2017, I woke up to the horrific and devastating news of the passing of a friend, active EMT, brother and son, Jeremy Castro
I was in honest disbelief and shock. I didn’t think there’d ever be a day where his face just wouldn’t be around anymore
A lot of people write off drug users or addicts as people who are useless and have no hope...
I never saw Jeremy as ‘an addict’, I always remembered him being so nice when I saw him, fun to be around, and ready to help.
He even worked as the trainer at the local YMCA which I eventually began working at too.
Everyone there would ask me about him, and talk about how much they missed him working there, and they really loved him.
I still remember the last time I saw him, it was at another gym and he was still his kind and hard working self.
I may not have many memories with him but the ones I do have are all positive.
There’s so much you want to say to the family when they are grieving but I know the Castros, and they’ve always been STRONG PEOPLE.
They have now created a foundation in his honor.
They work day in and day out to be the judgement free source for addicts and the education provider for others.
Releasing the stigma or the belief that addiction is only present in ‘bad’ neighborhoods with ‘bad’ people.
I am posting this today because even if drug abuse doesn’t touch you or your family; you can still help.
In 2019 they will be starting up Sober Saturdays to have fun events, games, or gatherings to support the cause.
They just got added into amazon smile as a charity which can be donated to with every purchase.
And they have big plans for the future. I’m even thinking we gotta get a fitness event going in his honor.
Please follow them so when they post about events or opportunities to help you can share it or even get involved yourself.
You can even buy one of these shirts or sweatshirts today too. Look at their social media or website for info
It’s seriously so soft and comfy and the tee is a v-neck w a flattering fit 😍
If you can’t help monetarily, please share to raise awareness. Please visit their website to see how you can get involved.
Nothing has value until we give it value.
What is determining your own value?
We are literally defining/ evaluating ourselves based on perceptions and beliefs we have.
To put this in perspective;
A band t-shirt is just a t-shirt until u listen to and love the band
A Ritual is just a ritual until U try it and love the results
A Book is just a book till u know the story or see that it is a ‘best-seller’.
A Card is just a card until it’s gifted to you.
A company is just a business until u know the product, story, & mission.
A ring is just a ring until someone asks you to marry them
A day is just a day until someone is born or something happens
Money is just a piece of paper until you spend it on something ‘worth’ more.
A Person is just another person until you realize they’re an influencer, pro, a celeb, or someone you can relate/ connect to.
A Butt/body is just a butt/shape until someone writes a song about it.
When considering why we feel a certain way about ourselves or we see ourselves a certain way...
We have to gain understanding on WHAT our evaluations are based on
You might think that an awesome body is one with super defined muscles because you’re surrounded by bodybuilders
But the other women you know think that an awesome body is one which can digest food, be flexible, & lift their kids.
They may not even care at all if their stomach has 3+ visible lines and veins on their arms.
So, I encourage you to take a deeper look, gain an outside point of view.
WHAT are the variables controlling the outcome of your conclusion?
WHAT are the ingredients that make you determine if this recipe is ‘good’ or ‘bad’
WHAT DETERMINES HOW YOU DEFINE YOURSELF?
I guarantee you that when you understand where your defining factors are coming from...
you will understand why you feel how you feel about your results.
I mean, you didn’t just out of the blue decide that in order to be ‘successful’, ‘worthy’, or ‘desirable’ you had to be a certain way
Something influenced that belief...
Find out what it is & determine if you’d like to keep it because it serves you or if it’s better to let it go because it derails you.
We really don’t know what we don’t know but evaluating and gaining perspective can open our eyes a bit more...
So, what’s really determining your value?
Apparently bodybuilding doesn’t solve our problems 🧐😳😫🙄
DID YOU COME HERE TO BE MEDIOCRE OR MAGICAL?
Here’s one of the secrets to unlocking the potential you need to achieving the goals that are driving you everyday.
Before I get to that, it’s important to know that even though the big picture goal matters...
It isn’t going to come just by focusing on a photo framed on your wall that ‘will be you someday’.
When we want something, we should allow that desire to drive our actions every moment of every day.
So How do you do this?
What is this ‘secret’?
Sometimes this process even begins to happen subconsciously just by aligning ourselves
AND our goals to what I refer to as our core soul code or what others call our values...
A lot of people think that in order to ACHIEVE what they want, they must WORK WORK WORK until they do.
What I’ve noticed is that they end up working 10x harder than necessary for less than even MEDIOCRE results.
If you’re really after MASSIVE success...
Then you must 100% EMBODY the identity of the version of you who has ALREADY achieved the success you currently want.
This creates greater results bc EVERY ACTION you take is ALIGNED to the identity of the next level version of you.
So, what’s happening?
It means you’re no longer creating results from your ‘lower’ self!
Now you’re creating results from the ‘highest’ version of yourself who consistently breaks through limits!
If you’re going to put in the work, it may as well be smart, aligned, high powered work.
I mean, why would you waste your time doing something in 10 steps that you could do in 1?
For every ‘outside job’ there’s ‘inner work’ to be done.
And it is NECESSARY for maximizing our energy and efforts into our results.
Are you ready to take this a step further and learn how to really implement these principles in your life?
Been holding off on doing what you know you need to do because of beliefs, doubts, and fears?
I am super excited to be opening up spots for my 1:1 self-love, mindset, and total badassery (I mean personal) development mentorship 🙂
I keep it pretty limited in spots every month bc tbh I pour my heart and soul into my clients.
Most of them probably don’t understand how I know every detail to what they need or have been through or are going through before they do
It’s like I put this lil suit on that shrinks me down and I walk all over their brain like “OH SHIT, we gotta do something about this here problem”
Then I guide them to find the solution and they do and the world spins a lil smoother.
Want to experience that?
You can APPLY HERE to see if we are a great fit 🙂
Can’t wait to connect😍
✨Your only job in life is to SHINE✨
How you make that job freeing, fun, & fulfilling while doing your absolute best at it?
That’s up to you, girl.
If you have a bunch of:
🥀Darkness inside of you
⏰Worries out the wazoo
Then you cannot expect to be the brightest, most loving, high vibing energetic version of yourself.
That’s like expecting⬇️
Your phone to work without charging it📲
Your car to drive without putting gas in⛽️
Your peanut butter and jelly sandwich to taste good without peanut butter
👏🏻IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN
Don’t kid yourself.
But really though...let’s get serious about this...
We were all born as, and truly are, just these incredible sources of energy.
You are a bunch of atoms just bouncing around this beautiful universe & if you think for a second you’re not at all:
✨A frikkin miracle
Then come here and let me slap some sense into you because you must be crazy.
I could tell you that it’s so much work, you know with all the;
•Conscious decision making
But damnit I wont even go there right now because one day you just have to wake yourself up and decide that;
🤩TODAY YOU SHOW UP, SHINE, & VIBE, AT THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY🤩
TO THEN GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL & THE NEXT & THEN AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN
Wake up sister, the world needs you shine
|Celeste Rains-Turk; Celestial_Fit International and Building More than Just a Body||