1 DAY POST-SHOW vs. 4 MONTHS POST-SHOW
Very happy with;
I have grown to really love my body even more this improvement season!
There’s a reason for both of these looks and everything I do/have done has been INTENTIONAL
We have to recognize our intentions and accept them
I actually love the ‘extremes’ of competing even though it’s really just an ongoing lifestyle!
But I also like where I’m at.
I can embrace both bodies because both require commitment
The competitor life is different than most.
We can’t just eat whatever we want & expect our body to look stage lean
We can’t come out of a show & eat whatever we want & not expect to gain fat.
We can’t even come out of a show & do a proper reverse & not expect to gain some fat!
The demands we place on our bodies are different than average people.
Which means a lot of average advice won’t cut it for a competitor
It’s really important to have people who GET it that you can learn from
Your closest friends and family want what’s best for you but they might not fully know what it’s like...
Eating for a specific goal day in and day out
Being meticulous with your nutrition and training
Scheduling things to the dot because there’s no way you’re risking missing a cardio session or a meal!
Slowly increasing calories or doing more cardio
Eating the same things more days out of the year than not or trackin
Eating the same things more days out of the year than not or tracking everything
Seeing your body as a result of your actions not just as a physical vehicle for your soul (even though you know it is!)
You’re not just a competitor but it plays a huge role in who you are...
It impacts your lifestyle & your daily choices
Habits begin to influence your thoughts, actions, & beliefs
Your identity can change one day to the next.
One day on stage glammed up after months of prep and the next day no show in mind looking like a Cheeto and wondering what the heck is next?!
Not everyone can understand why coming off of prep can be challenging.
But I’ve been through it & have come out of it!
So, I created a 7 day coaching series to help you through this transition...
Click HERE for access❤️💪🏻
Of course their grass looks greener, you forgot to water your own because you were too caught up looking at theirs.
Ever notice how often this can happen in our life?
Instead of seeing all that we have, are, and can be...
We choose to focus on what others have that we don’t
If we are looking at someone else’s life and placing it on a pedestal then we are distancing ourselves from a better reality
It’s not about creating what others are or becoming them, it’s about celebrating their success, seeing the clues their success has left, and then going about our own business and becoming our own best!
On your journey to having, doing, being, or accomplishing more...use gratitude for what you have/who you are already as a catalyst for even more growth
Hating where you are (or hating on others for their success) is more of a repellent than anything you could ever imagine
So, Admire and be inspired by other people’s gardens, but don’t forget to water yours and pull the damn weeds out already!
For online self-love, mindset, and confidence coaching, send me a Message or apply here and we will go from there together😊❤️
This is a photo from a little bit after a show NOT me right now!!! But it’s fitting for my message today
Rocking my Edge supps crop hoodie. Use my code Celeste15 at EDGESUPPS.COM To try my fav supps!
A real fear I have had to work through this offseason is being ‘forgotten’ about.
With the health struggles I’ve been facing after my last show I really feared losing all my momentum
I fought so hard for over a year to continue being better & better, then it felt like it all came crashing down around me. (Sometimes even still!)
I really thought that if I didn’t compete again in February or within at least 6 months my dreams were going to be stolen from me and all my hard work would be lost.
This fear was making me feel even more anxious and stressed which wasn’t helping my problems!
After talking to many of the pros in my podcast, “Confessions of a Bikini Pro” I quickly learned I wasn’t the only one who has felt this way
But I also learned how irrational of a fear it really is
To overcome this, I did what I guide my clients through! I discovered where the limiting belief that was driving the fear was coming from and worked through it!!
Turns out, I thought that I could only be successful if I kept going as hard as possible with show after show. I thought my success was from my momentum not from my consistency, shape, hard work, and improvements!
Bodybuilding requires BUILDING.
Instead of seeing this extended time off as a setback, roadblock, or momentum killer...
I’m refocusing my attention on what it is giving me!
It’s providing me the opportunity to GROW so much more.
The judge’s feedback was that I have a great shape for bikini division but I need more muscle EVERYWHERE!
I’m not afraid anymore
The judges are real people who I have a lot of respect for & to not do my due diligence in building on their feedback would be disrespectful to them, the sport, and my own goals!
My coaches invest so much time and energy into me. To not take their advice to recomp my health and have consistent cycles before even thinking about competing again, would be an insult to the care they provide to me to reach my goals
I’ll come back better than ever because of this
“The comeback is always stronger than the setback”
Goal/Affirmation: improve so much that even if anyone did forget me, I’d become unforgettable💪🏻
You’ll never win if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of being at the top
You say you want to win, you have the will to win, and you even think you should win
But then when the moment comes, you fall short
If you can’t fathom the idea of being on top, taking others coveted goals and dreams, and being ranked as the best
You’re not going to be a true winner
I know many people, including myself, have turned down their greatness so others could shine
Sometimes feeling like;
I can’t be x, y, AND z because then people who are only x will feel bad
But fuck that
You wanna be the best?
Show up and make it known that you are fully aware that being the best means believing you deserve the best.
Telling someone else, “aw you should totally win, you look amazing”, isn’t going to send the vibration that you believe you are the winner (THERE IS ONLY ONE)
Shutting up because you don’t want others to feel like they have nothing to say, is not going to make you an award winning speaker
Erasing your words because you don’t want others to feel like they’re incapable of writing, is not going to make you a best-selling author
Hiding your relationship, body, money, or brain because you can’t be someone who ‘has it all’ is not going to bring more of that into your life
Taking this out of competing or basics of life, since so many of us are so emotionally attached to it, here’s what I’m saying...
Imagine if a baker walked into a baking championship and said, “oh, shit I’m the worst baker here” and then the best baker said “oh, nooo honey I’m sorry here let me help you by not pre-heating my oven”
NEITHER OF THEM WILL WIN
Because the worst one was still not prepared to be on top and the best one felt guilty for being the best despite her previous efforts that got her in the running for the top spot
WINNING COMES TO THE PEOPLE WHO RESPECT THE GAME, RESPECT THE OUTCOME, & RESPECT THEMSELVES
Don’t expect to win if you’re not even ready to step up on the podium and own it, wear the crown, or take a picture by yourself center stage
You’ll win when you’re ready, prepared, and cable of receiving the win
And even when you think you are, someone else might still end up on top, can you accept that, and congratulate them for their win?!
While also being prideful of your wins in the journey, and use it as more fuel for your fire?
Winning doesn’t just come to the people who show up every day, kill it, and then make it known by showtime that they can’t be beat
Plenty of people who have cheated on their programs, didn’t practice much, and slacked a few more times than the person who placed last have WON
Plenty of people who have given everything and more, looked in peak shape, and presented their best, have placed DEAD LAST
Winning something like a bikini competition is not always about who was the most disciplined, positive, recovered, motivated, or symmetrical
You can win every day leading up to the competition and walk away with nothing
But, is that enough for you?
Is it enough to know that you have given everything you could?
Can you mentally handle the fact that someone who told you they didn’t, or were just trying it out, or isn’t even sure they are going to compete again; WON
Despite your deep love and passion for the sport?
Is it fulfilling enough for you to just do what you love and commit to yourself day in and day out?
Does someone else’s win make you feel like a loser?
In order to be a winner, we must not only be able to recognize our wins and celebrate them as they come, but we must also be humble enough to know when we did not deserve the top spot despite our own top conditioning and commitment.
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Have you ever felt ‘different’ from everyone around you?
As a young business owner and competitor I’ve basically gotten used to it
But, it started a long time ago!
To be very transparent, I used to think my differences made me better than some & worse than others.
Over the years I’ve learned that there is NOTHING that makes one person better or worse than another
If someone loves reading but you listen to podcasts, it doesn’t mean you suck & should start reading or vise versa!
I am not one of those people who says “I never thought I’d end up here”, things have changed yes, but I always knew I’d find a way to make an impact, do what I love, and live life on my terms
Some people would say that I’ve “sacrificed” a lot to be able to get where I am at such a young age
But I’ve just followed my heart & done what I want.
People always told me I’d regret doing things like;
skipping the party, sitting in my car at lunch to eat my prepped food and nap, not going to prom, choosing to study online, investing $$thousands of dollars in myself and my business, choosing self-employment, doing bikini competitions, and on and on and on
But I have yet to regret any of it
I am proud of the person I’m becoming. I have sooooo much to learn. I’ve come a long way. And I am truly happy with my decisions.
Do I sometimes wonder, “what if?” OF COURSE!!!
But my why, my meaning, my purpose ALWAYS brings me back
This is not about who I could have been. This is about who I am choosing to be. Because all we have is RIGHT NOW!
I have done so much inner work to accept and love myself which I feel truly allows me to keep taking the steps I need to win in my own way!
Just because you win in one way, doesn’t mean others aren’t winners too
We are all incredible. We are all worthy, deserving, & capable of living our most fulfilled life
For some people, it looks different than others. That’s the beauty of life!
Have you ever felt different, misunderstood, doubted, or like the misfit?
I’d love to hear about it! It’ll be fun to get to know you guys more😍😍
SO much of what is showing up in my life right now seems to be directly connected to ACCEPTANCE
👉🏻I need time off from the stage to maintain health and this will help me build which is what I need to do anyways (blessing not a curse)
👉🏻Our vision isn’t always going to pan out how we hope (and it’s not really meant to anyways! Be ok w it)
👉🏻I work myself to the bone as a way of covering up the pain I feel when I have no one to do anything with/hide from going out—this one was hard to admit I’ll be honest
(even though I am always so happy when I PLAY!—accepting that this serves me more than anything!)
👉🏻The universe is so frikkin funny and will literally give you exactly what you want if you let go of the frikkin how.
(I’ve sought a result so hard in one way that I am then surprised to see it manifest completely differently)
👉🏻Sometimes people use you instead of appreciate you (but it’s a boundary you have to set)
👉🏻Not all days go to plan (but everyday is a good day when you get to do what you love)
👉🏻It doesn’t matter how bad someone ‘wants’ something. (They have to take the first step)
👉🏻Friends might not always be nearby or available but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
(And I should spend time with people I want to and not feel bad about it)
👉🏻People love different things, mean different things, and have different priorities.
(This doesn’t make them any greater or any less than me it’s just the way they are and I can still love them!)
👉🏻No matter how far you’ve come, there’s always a new level
(Don’t wait to do the fun things and see things for when you have or are x,y,z. Do it now bc everything you’ve been doing has led you to this moment in time and this one and this one)
I swear the lessons go onnnnn but lately I’ve just been so tuned in to what I need to see and learn and be OKAY with these things
Life is truly beautiful and amazing. I am quick to share my struggles but I won’t hold back on wins either
Being present in the moment more often has revealed the weakening thoughts so I can reflect, learn, and accept.
What’s something you’ve learned recently?
When we are choosing to be vulnerable and can still love ourselves...
That is when it becomes easier and easier to have unconditional love for ourselves!
It’s like any muscle!
We have to be willing to work it, feel the burn & trust the pain in the process of growth!
Today I challenge you to get OUT of your comfort zone. Put yourself out there.
Do the things you think might be “too much”
Let who you really are shine today.
Not only because this is such a great way to increase your self-love and acceptance
But also because the world deserves nothing less than all of YOU and you deserve nothing less than the feeling of being 100% authentically YOU!
It can bring you some amazing new friends, connections, or ideas
but it will also help you weed out those in your current environment that no longer serve your growth.
What will you commit to doing today that may be a bit more of putting yourself out there?
Maybe actually wear the socks you love but think others might thing are crazy
Or it could be going to a local class or activity alone because you love it
Today could be the day you post that picture you thought was not “good enough” for the gram even though you look sooo happy, sexy, or at peace!
You know what to do, let the limiting beliefs be passing thoughts and go get it done!
Lots of love to you all! Can’t wait to hear how you stepped out of your comfort zone!
For me I went out the other night. I never do that!
I tend to get a little social anxiety tbh that makes me want to crawl back under a blanket but I’m always fine once I arrive!
And it was soo fun even though I ‘went alone’ it was so awesome to connect with others i knew who were there and meet new faces!
If you are looking for more ways you can love yourself, I added a button to the list of links when you click HERE for a free, cute, printable for 18 ways to love yourself!
THERE IS NO ‘END RESULT’...
You can't take a pill to build what people build in a lifetime.
If you really want it you'll see that the value in the exectution far exceeds the destination.
If you expect to look like someone who has been working out for YEARS in 12 weeks and you’ve never picked up a dumbbell or tried meal prepping thennnn
You’re missing the whole point.
Because the people who continue to WORK even when they haven’t seen an immediate result, or as big of a result as they hoped to, are the ones who win in the end
The people who stop when things get tough, seem to go backwards, or slip up are the people who will never experience the true bliss of going after what they set out to accomplish
And the best part, those who continue the journey to their best self, learn that it’s not even a destination at all
It’s a state of mind.
That each day itself brings you a new best self. And it is not about arriving anywhere at all...
It’s about showing up for themselves everyday and reaping the benefit of doing so
The results WILL come when you stay consistent and hang on tight no matter how much the world shakes
But why hold on for a single moment when you can find joy in every moment it takes to ‘get there’?
How will you soak up the process today?
How have you been able to find more love for the execution than the originally sought after destination?
And how often have you set out to ‘achieve’ something only to immediately, upon achievement, set a new goal?
THIS is your moment
Capitalize on it now.
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I HATED COMPETING...
After my first competition, I still was not comfortable in my body, I felt like a failure, and thought bodybuilding was an evil sport
I thought it caused disordered eating/unhealthy relationships with food, body, & self.
But in reality, I had to take responsibility. When I reflected on my journey, I didn’t start bodybuilding from a positive place of love
Just like I woke up and looked in the mirror one day very unhappy.
I also had to look in the mirror years later and remember that this was on ME, not the sport
I didn’t compete again for a about 1.5 years. I spent that time really growing internally
I found ways to love myself
I heavily involved myself in business
I immersed myself in the personal development world
I healed my relationship with food, my body, and exercise
I found my mission on this earth of helping others to Build More than Just a Body
I wrote a #1 best-selling self-help book sharing EXACTLY what I did to create so much positive, loving momentum in my life to bring me great success in every area of life
And I was being featured on big stages, awesome podcasts, and some cool websites
I was so at peace with myself, in any and all shapes and sizes and weights.
I had a positive relationship with food and working out
I LOVED myself truly, through actions, thoughts, and behaviors
That’s when I decided I was ready to compete again.
In April 2017 I signed up wit team edge and I pretty much prepped for 52 weeks with about a 12 week off season after the first show back in the game
Fast forward to now; 5 more shows under my belt.
A PROFOUND love for myself, the sport, AND a deeper meaning to my mission
I am grateful for introspection and the power of mindset work
I love that I spend my days showing others the way to their most fulfilling life through the alignment of inner work and physical results
YOU CAN TRANSFORM YOUR THOUGHTS, BELIEFS, AND HABITS TO BECOME WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE
Start with filling in the blank; I AM _____!
For online self-love, mindset, food freedom and or body image coaching please apply here
Yesterday, I was on the phone with my mentors & I couldn’t stop myself from crying
I have such a clear vision but many hurdles to jump through and They were giving me the hard (necessary) truths
But I never give up on myself, therefore I’ll never give up on the people I’m committed to serving.
Since really focusing on the bikini competitor niche I find myself more emotional about making real changes in the industry
BEFORE girls start resenting the sport, rebounding, leaving competing forever, or feeling totally uncomfortable around food, in their body, or around others
It breaks my heart to know that many women struggle with their body image, relationship to food, or with self-acceptance
But haven’t received the full support needed to CHANGE this (not just get through it)
A reverse diet isn’t going to solve your relationship with food
A competition prep isn’t going to solve your relationship with your body
And a trophy or pro card is not going to validate you as a person if you have not yet found validation for who you are within
I’m taking a stand for competitors. I’m willing to put in my sweat equity to make a real difference.
I want competitors to know they can be 110% in competing and 110% at peace with their body, food, & themselves as a whole.
WE ARE ALL WORTHY OF TRUE INNER PEACE AND SELF-LOVE
I’m committed to doing the work to be of greatest service to the people I love to see shine, the people I feel connected to
I have invested over $34,000 of my own money into personal development
I’m worth all the time, energy, & effort it takes to reap the return as well (Never in debt)
Even though I am always going to be my main priority.
I don’t do this just to be my best me & sit around twiddling my thumbs like “ok ya I feel good”
I INVEST IN MYSELF SO I CAN BE MORE INVESTED IN YOU
What do you see as the biggest struggle that competitors have? (On or off of prep!)
I’d love to hear your thoughts as I work diligently to bring my solutions to these people I love❤️
PS This picture means so much to me as it was taken the day I truly fell in love with this sport at Musclecontest August 2017 TheFitExpo show with my Team EDGE