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Welcome to my Blog
I write a new blog almost daily! Feel free to comment, share, and connect with me! I love hearing from my readers!
Are you afraid of rebounding post-show?
Spending the last couple of weeks in prep worried your commitment or discipline will run out?
Or heading into a prep thinking history might repeat itself?
Maybe you just competed and feel like you’re hanging on by a thread each day as you fight this internal battle between you & self-sabotage
Do you find yourself holding onto prep after prep as a way to avoid the possibility of binging, overeating, losing control, or letting go of the lean physique you’ve worked so diligently to build?
This is one of the 50+ topics I cover in my On-Demand Mindset Coaching Platform that I made for competitors in prep, in their improvement season, or even in a bit of a limbo
So I decided to share a very small piece of that module with you guys on IG today!
There is absolutely no reason to be afraid of something that we have a lot of influence over
Of course, rebounds can be caused from feelings of deprivation, losing connection to a goal or reason to keep behavior healthy and consistent, overeating rapidly feeling like you can’t control yourself and so much more
I am no stranger to it
But this is something that not only can be prevented but should be addressed proactively and can even be resolved if it already happened
I totally understand the guilt, shame, disappointment...It makes us feel like our identity will be totally stripped from us
Like gaining fat or looking bigger or bloated is the worst thing that could possibly happen
Messing up our reverse diets & sabotaging all our hard work only to want to hide or hop back into prep mode to “fix” it
Maybe it is a number of those things or something else!
But, you have a show to prepare for & what happens after should not be your biggest focus, but it is good to be proactive
In the platform I give a full video module on it but here are some of the key points that I expand on in the video in a nutshell:
If this is something you’re looking for immediate support with or just want a resource for to help mentally prepare yourself or have ready to go right after your show then I recommend going through my free 7 day post show blues coaching series
Or just join the on demand platform now and go through the rest of this training and the other modules based around specific struggles each season can bring (I’ll drop link for this below too!)
Hope this has been helpful for you!
The only other stage I’m missing right now is that of live events
It’s incredibly fulfilling to speak to audiences open and receptive to stories, knowledge, and applicable tools
One of my passions is public speaking which is a big reason I even started hosting my own events!
This was my biggest speaking engagement yet!
It was an awesome weekend in San Diego that really felt magical as things I wrote in my journal unfolded before my eyes
I remember being so nervous to invite people to the back of the room for a book signing of my #1 best selling self help book, “Believe your way to Badass”
I thought what if no one lines up (funny how I wrote a whole book on belief and still had doubt—human things that I luckily had tools to work through😉)
I gave my all and shared my inner gifts confidently with the room knowing that if I didn’t, I’d be doing them a disservice & as a heart centered, results driven speaker, there was no way I was going to give anything less
I was 19 at the time, sharing the stage with influential people of many ages all there to share their expertise and stories!
It was incredible! I can actually still remember how it felt up there!
Moments like this are so unforgettable because they represent parts of us that maybe we longed for or which transformed us or were some reinforcement or confirmation of how we see ourselves
Do you have a Dream you want to achieve but waiver in?
Is there something you are so anxious to accomplish but continuously find yourself in doubt, fear, or even like you’re just not “good enough”?
Have you been holding yourself back because you don’t trust it could really happen?
I AM PROOF THAT NOT ONLY CAN IT HAPPEN, BUT IT DOES HAPPEN!!
If you want some support with breaking through limiting beliefs & self-loathe then checkout my book “Believe your way to Badass” on Amazon
or just Contact me & I’ll be happy to chat with you and see how I can support you in breaking through those mental limits to achieve the reality you’ve been dreaming of
Build More than just a Body
I believe that obstacles are not put in front of us to deter us from going after what we want
Rather, they are strategically placed in our life to encourage us to find another way and prove to ourselves that no matter what challenges arise, committing to the steps required to achieve the vision is a non-negotiable
Will you say ‘YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU’ to the next challenge that presents itself or will you crumble under it?
Build More than Just a Body and go kill it today, no matter what!
I am so excited and grateful that I had the opportunity to speak with Ashley Kaltwasser and Adam Bonilla for their podcast 'Bikini and the Brain' yesterday!
We got into lots of different concepts related to mindset and being the most successful AND fulfilled competitor you can be. When asked about keeping balanced, motivated, and committed to a plan in prep and improvement season I highlighted these 3 things need to be considered; Identity, intentions, and impact.
You will have to subscribe to their podcast and tune in on Thursday to hear more in depth coverage on this but here's a basic breakdown to save for future reference. I am going to provide an example profile in this post too so make sure to read through to see an example :)
Your identity is who you are planning to become, see yourself as, and what you assume comes with a title you are stepping into. Maybe your identity is that of a competitor which can come with a lot of pre-conditioned expectations. I like to take it a step further and encourage my clients and members to ask themselves who THEY want to be as a competitor.
Then we go into intentions. These are the commitments required to fulfill the identity you are looking to embrace/step into.
Lastly, we must consider the impact of those intentions. Sometimes we set intentions or try to commit to an identity that doesn't truly align with our personal values, goals, or even lifestyle.
I see a lot of competitors beating themselves up for not approaching their season the same was as another athlete. But this is a huge problem because it suggests that the only way to get to a certain end result and further instills this feeling of 'not enoughness' within those athletes.
We absolutely must set our own standards, commitments, and boundaries because we all have different lifestyles, worldviews, and experiences.
Of course, you are going to have to get out of your comfort zone, be willing to let go of some things, and you will have to adapt to new demands but that doesn't mean you have to change your entire life and core values and needs just to fit some mold you have seen others portray.
Example profile for a competitor in prep:
A competitor who shows up for herself every day with gratitude, excitement, and recognition of wins as well as room for growth. I am a competitor who honors her needs and her goals and embraces this as a lifestyle.
In order to show up this way I am committed to recognizing wins every day, finding ways I can learn from each day to grow into the next day, and start each day with a list of reasons I am grateful for this sport.
I am committed to following my plan and making macro swaps when necessary should my body guide me to. I always go an extra 10 seconds on every sprint, I set intentions before every refeed meal, and I communicate honestly with my coach. I visualize, pose, and journal every day.
If self-sabotaging thoughts come to mind I will use Celeste's on-demand mindset coaching platform to help me through it ;)
These intentions align with my identity and are sustainable. When i think about making these commitments I feel really good about even continuing them after prep to sustain my personal development in life and as an athlete. I can see how these can be modified based on the season and I am prepared to make adjustments if I feel it is necessary for my long term success.
Being outworked by someone else is nowhere near as motivating for me as outworking myself
Sometimes energy on prep gets limited, the last thing I wanna do is spend it thinking about what someone else is doing
If you are truly doing your best and pushing your limits and on top of your game every day, then what would comparing yourself do for you?
Doing your best is all you can do so no external information is going to suddenly change that
Sure, be motivated by other competitors, athletes, people
But let it be healthy and empowering inspiration that doesn’t make you question yourself but instead lights you up to KEEP focused on your commitments
In bodybuilding, the trophy doesn’t always go to the person who worked the “hardest” because that’s not outlined in the criteria and would be impossibly difficult and incredibly limiting if we were all held to someone else’s standard of hard work, I mean could you imagine that?!
Humans receive fulfillment from executing day in and day out more than anything else
It is truly in the pursuit that we find the greatest joy
Even when it’s tiresome, difficult, and unpredictable at times
We love living in the identity of the version of ourselves who does what needs to be done to get where we want to go
We love the way that feels more than we love actually getting there
And when we do get “there” we celebrate because we know what went into that journey & the external validation is euphoric because what seemed to be only internal has manifested into something tangible to further our growth in whatever we choose to pursue or compete in
What do you think?
Is outworking anyone really as important as outworking yourself?
Is winning the trophy or stepping on stage really the most satisfactory part of the sport?
Has there ever been anything more gratifying than truly believing you’re doing your best in the way you show up for yourself and your vision each day?
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Before starting this program Natalia was struggling with emotional eating and self identity after doing a bikini competition.
One side of her wanted to go off plan, eat with loved ones, and not care about macros or calories anymore while the other side of her wanted to stay on point with her plan.
Working in the program she was able to realize what was important to her, how she could enjoy the best of both worlds, and ways she could further align with her ideal self.
She was done with feeling guilty and ashamed of her choices and found that during and after this program she was able to identity where the desire to go off plan was coming from and how she could combat the urge to self-sabotage without completely restricting herself from enjoying time with loved ones.
She shares how she felt about her experience in my food relationship program and how beneficial it was for her to come to terms with her true desires and needs as it pertains to this lifestyle so she could start seeing even greater success with peace of mind.
Natalia says it was not just about improving her relationship with food but also with herself which was huge for her and hopes others feel inspired to take the leap of faith to find this peace for themselves too :)
To learn more about the program and how we can work together please visit: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
“The kind of focus where I don’t count the days, I make the days count”
I am getting lost in the process & loving every moment of it because every moment of every day brings me a new experience to learn, celebrate, & grow
I’ve set out to achieve many goals and many of them won’t wait on me
I have a business to run, bodybuilding to evolve with, a masters degree to earn, a move unfolding, and of course my relationships to maintain—to name a few
I have no choice but to keep the focus on the here and now
This doesn’t mean I don’t dream and visualize or ever reflect—in fact, I do this daily!
It just means I am more interested in getting shit done that aligns with my values, goals, and needs than dwelling or day dreaming without consideration for action or growth
Naturally this all also means I have no choice but to make time for self-care & personal development in my daily life
If I can’t look out for my needs while living and building the life I love then how can I expect to do it as this life evolves and my dreams grow?
What are you doing to take care of your mental, stay present as possible, and keep focused?
If you need some ideas I made a 45 card deck for athletes, competitors, and or fitness enthusiasts to turn onwards with journal prompts, action / behavior prompts, and affirmations
You can download them for free here: www.celestial.fit/cards
Hope you love them 💜😊💆🏻♀️ let me know which are most helpful for you!
What does food freedom mean to you?
Sometimes my diet is a strict meal plan & weighing everything or some macro swaps or intuition or a strategic manipulation of intake or daily chocolate supplementation or intuitive meals or indulgent experiences
But to me, food freedom is not about what diet you are or are not on or what you do or do not eat or what cultural or social movement you do or do not subscribe to
It is about making choices that feel best to you, align you with your goals & needs on every level, and feeling empowered with peace of mind regardless
Food freedom is not found in the freedom to eat any & all foods but rather the freedom of being at peace with the foods you choose to eat
•Enjoyment & intention
•Peace of mind & a free spirit
•Conscious commitment to goals & experiences
•Consideration for tastes, textures, & the nutritional benefits every food can deliver
•A quiet mind & calm energy
To eat with enough attachment to enjoy & be mindful but also enough detachment so as to not obsess over or diminish the experience
Eating is not just about fueling the body to me
It is about fueling the experiences, sensations, needs, energies, & life we choose to live
Food tastes so much better when we intend to honor, appreciate, & indulge in it for its richness & the many ways it contributes to our life & our goals & our human experience
I am so passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with food & I believe part of that comes with truly connecting with food
So I’ve decided to host a Virtual live event, Satiation through the Senses, where I will be guiding you through an intimate practice with food that will transform the way you see, think about, & enjoy food
I believe with this exercise you will indulge in a world where food is not just numbers or labels but rather a great medium for communication between your body & every essence of you
If you’d like to register for the online event please email me now saying “interested” & I’ll send you the specific details 🙂
Enjoying the food you eat is hands down 1 of the most important factors to longevity in bodybuilding
This doesn’t mean every meal or food has to be something extravagant but we can treat every meal extravagantly by connecting it to our needs & goals
I know, I know I’ve heard it all too:
*insert all the other thoughts, discussions, or should based mentalities infiltrating the industry for years to convince you to buy into one way or one community*
We can take the negative message OR We can choose to take from this that doing what’s best for you & what you enjoy really is the key to success in this sport
Look at your Olympians, look at the champs who have won consecutively, look at those who've stopped competing yet still live the lifestyle
CONSISTENCY & SELF-AWARENESS are 2 things they have in common
They’ve found what works for them, they enjoy it, they know what living the lifestyle means for them, & so they've been able to sustain it or they’ve been comfortable making changes so they could
Many of them have their own; approach, views, food beliefs, process for prep & improvement season, & mental outlook on the sport
Rather than questioning if you’re doing the “right” thing, focus on if you’re doing the sustainable thing
I personally had to shed many of my beliefs around “right” or “wrong” to reach the mental, emotional, & physical alignment I have now
When I am challenged by those old thoughts, I remind myself the judgement will exist everywhere but the verdict is in my hands & being influenced by external sources would deem me incompetent of creating my life sentence 😉
Do you feel me on this?
If you’re struggling to find the best way for you, or make peace with your needs for sustainability then check out my food relationship healing and discovery program here: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom apply and then we can chat about what is going on for you or just contact me anytime, I am more than happy to see how I might be able to support you
Many competitors deny their body of any communication, respect, honoring, or loving by just going on autopilot following a plan or neglecting to bring any level of mindfulness to their programming
But this generally leads to going through the motions which means being less intentional and of course connected during training, meals, & even posing presentation
This weakens your work ethic, understanding of your body’s needs long-term (goodbye to any longevity in the sport), connection to your deeper why, and ability to perform at your best
Being mindful during prep and improvement season isn’t just about peace of mind or stress reduction...
It’s about being present enough in every action you take to truly become the ELITE athlete you are striving to be
What are you going to do to bring mindfulness into your day today? How will this influence your results as an athlete?
Comment below with 1 thing you’re committed to bringing mindfulness to!
Let’s all inspire each other to turn our focus inwards so we can create more results outwards
If you’re looking for an idea, I did a free live workshop on endless mindless snacking through well mindfulness of course among many other tools and considerations I share in the workshop to help you
You can watch it for free at www.celestial.fit/snacking or messaging me and I’ll send to you direct💆🏻♀️
PS these are check ins from last week😊 still trucking along 5 weeks out today! I do lots of updates on my Instagram story (celestial_fit)