It’s rarely ever about the food
Part of my PTG process requires deep introspection.
While it can be a pain to take an x ray to Injury it’s necessary to see what’s really going on to then make sure the next best step is the most necessary and beneficial.
I’ll admit, sometimes it can feel like a guessing game. I work with my clients in the food relationship program intimately and because it’s a “short” program it’s intensive by nature.
In this process, there are bound to be ups and downs as we figure out what’s really going on, address it, tear it down, then start building again in trust, love, and safety
I value this process so much because it always leads to the desired (or beyond desired) outcomes.
Working with amazing women like Janet is so fulfilling because Of those moments when things start to “click” and it feels less and less like an uphill battle.
While there are plenty of opportunities to grow and improve, it is important to do so methodically and with intentional effort.
Had Janet not been open with herself, with me, or to the process she may not have uncovered her true needs.
By being willing to connect the dots with me, answer tough questions, look within, and consistently take action—she was able to change her reality.
It’s not always going to look how you expect it to because there’s usually things you aren’t present to yet.
But when you raise awareness, belief, trust, and attention to detail then you can capitalize on those breakthroughs with new habits, thoughts, beliefs, and behavior patterns.
Emotional eating is a common word thrown around and often not deeply considered for what it means.
We may be filling emotional voids, running from them, trying to control them, unsure how to address them, or even disconnected.
If you want to work through emotional eating, you must be willing to work through your emotions.
Thank you for celebrating Janet’s success with me! If you’re feeling inspired to start your journey to healing your relationship with food then visit www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom.
Podcasting with Purpose
I take great pride and responsibility in the work I do with Confessions of a Bikini Pro podcast.
If you love the show, listen to it weekly or whenever you can, have shared it with others, or have been kind enough to message me about the impact it’s made or go out of your way to comment and tag athletes that means SO MUCH to me.
If you would be so kind to leave a rating and review on iTunes that would be amazing. Just visit: https://itunes.apple.com/.../confessions-of.../id1385048193 and scroll all the way to the bottom on your mobile device and hit 5 stars w a nice lil comment if you wish.
I can’t even believe we are almost to 500k unique downloads.
It makes me so happy to see the growth because to me this means more women, more bikini competitors, more female athletes, more professionals who have the light shined on them and their story.
To know that these women who may not have otherwise had a platform to reach more people can now all support, build, and grow this platform together is an absolutely beautiful thing.
What started as a scary idea that left me with fears and doubts and concerns has blossomed into something I celebrate every day as part of my life and something which requires me to grow, connect, and honestly push myself.
But I take great privilege in producing this podcast to release an episode every week even if it does require decent amount of work and investment of time, energy, effort, resources and money.
I consider it one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
It has been a blessing that continues to surprise me every day.
Your support of the show goes a long way and it would mean so much to me if more of you left a rating and or a review so we can get this show out to even more people
Thank you soo much.
P.S. when I hit 500k unique downloads should I do a giveaway or celebration of some sort?
P.P.S are any of you curious about how I have been able to take this podcast from idea to where it is now? I have a podcast with purpose program where I work individually with creatives, entrepreneurs, and other passion driven individuals to make their voice heard with great intention, strategy, & of course PURPOSE. If you’re curious about that program, you can DM me for more info or visit: https://celeste-rainsturk.clickfunnels.com/podcastwithpur... and apply:)
Have Your Own Back
You can’t give half ass effort & expect full results.
In bodybuilding, it’s 24/7 and if you aren’t getting along with yourself or your body along the way then you’re not going to make it very far.
There’s going to be times when you’re the only one who has your back and if you can’t trust yourself, you’re really not going to have the fortitude to make it through.
There will be times when you are left with unanswered questions, and if you don’t believe in yourself you won’t do what needs to be done to get the answers you need and deserve.
Many people will doubt you, leave you hanging, or selectively value your time and energy so if you can’t believe in yourself, show up for yourself, and see the value in who you are in every season, struggle, phase, and success then you’ll repel others and you’ll repel your soul self.
There’s going to be plenty of opportunities to be an overcomer and if you’re not primed to face obstacles head on, you will fall short.
You cannot rely on the old self to create the new but you can allow the old to inspire and inform the new.
Take a look at your life- better yet look at your schedule.
If it’s informed by the same patterns of just doing the do to do it then you can expect the same reality you’re in to perpetuate every day.
If your schedule inspires you, aligns with your values, and is one you would be proud to give an employee or colleague or mentee then you’re on the right track.
We cannot use force to get to the next level, we have to be strategic so as to not overwhelm ourselves.
Too many people think that the more they do then the more they’re doing.
But what you’re doing is defined by the quality of work & execution as well as its scalability or sustainability.
If you want to break your own negative cycle then you must do something different.
If you want to be a champion, you first must be a champion for yourself.
That starts in the mind.
I invite you to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY.
Learn more about my on-demand mindset coaching platform, developed for competitors in any season to align inner work with their physical results to make every phase fulfilling, empowering & success generating.
Have you ever wondered why you have a hard time sticking to your diet or mustering up the energy to kill your workout after a long day?
I hear this all the time:
This can be a result of MANY different things;
I mean it really can run deep and everyone is different
I often will ask my clients:
"Do you feel fatigued by the end of the day or when the weekend rolls around? Making decisions all day or staying so on point and in control of everything that by the end of the day all you want is the freedom and relaxation you have been denied ?"
and usually the answer is something like 'oh my gosh yes that is exactly how it feels'
Let's say that's true for you.
You may be dealing with mental fatigue
While much of this can be moderated with various efforts like;
(again, we have to be willing to try things before getting to the bottom of the one thing)
Sometimes it can be as simple as understanding what is happening so you can set yourself up for success
Plenty of animal and human research shows that when we engage in highly demanding tasks (physical or mental) and experience fatigue we are going to be naturally inclined to participate in a less demanding task
Thank your body for protecting you of course, BUT if you want to level up, you must challenge yourself just enough out of your ability zone to incur growth
Think of it like progressive overload for your mind
Researchers describe mental fatigue as a psychobiological state. In other words, any prolonged cognitive demand that is challenging for you will wear you down on a biological level as well in that it induces tiredness or exhaustion.
The reason it becomes harder to continue a task such as following your plan throughout the day can be because of your brains perception of doing so after having completed so much heavy mental lifting for the day makes it feel harder than it 'usually' is even if it is not
Your brain on mental fatigue is saying:
I am sure you find this psychoeducation fascinating, as do I, but I am also sure you are wondering, how do I change this behavior?
Well immediately I would say start simple, then progress.
I love focusing on solutions and strengths before ruminating on the problem
Some simpler ideas:
To that point, we really do need to dig deeper.
The possibilities to move through this are really endless. I loveee doing this deep inner work with my client in the food relationship program, on my member & client monthly calls, and of course in any of my 1:1 work
I combine psychology with personal development to support you in aligning your inner work with physical results so you can Build More than Just a Body
If you want to work together to form new habits, evaluate current sabotaging patterns, sort through emotional & mental setbacks and ultimately move closer to your ideal self and lifestyle every day then send me a message saying 'mental game' so we can discuss your specific needs & determine if and how I can help you or if I know of resources that are best suited for you
You can also visit my work with me page for more info too: www.celestial.fit/work-with-me.html
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I fostered self-worth grand enough to empower me to show up every day and give a little more than the day before.
Because I know I am deserving of the results I desire, I push myself more, I lift heavier, I go the extra mile, I spend more time in introspection, I create more space for what I want in my life, I set the boundaries, I act in integrity, I reflect, I invest energy into myself and my dreams with the knowledge that it is ALWAYS abundant to me (and to you) because it is within us.
By saying YES I AM CAPABLE I was able to say I DESERVE BETTER and now I say I AM WORTHY OF THESE RESULTS.
I had to be honest with myself to see what I was resisting that would come with success, intention, and saying yes to more.
I realized it had nothing to do with who I was but rather who I knew I was becoming.
If I finally said yes to a new reality then I would have to finally say goodbye to the old one where it was safe, predictable, and honestly fine.
I had to remind myself that I am allowed to want and go after more while celebrating where I am and where I’ve been.
It’s easy for me to keep going because I am comfortable with the fact that the bigger the jump I take, the greater the risk of falling.
But as Dr Jordan B Peterson says, “The Fool Precedes the Master” (amazing short clip lecture you can find on YouTube by the way).
If you want to grow, to be better, to improve, to step into a new reality; you have to be willing to fail forward.
When you do what you say you are going to do and what you commit to doing you are less likely to stress over the changes like weight or measurements
I know that for me, I feel best about and in my own body when I am doing my best to honor and support her
If I nourish myself, express love to myself, push my body in the gym, sleep well, and follow through on my personal commitments, I ALWAYS feel more confident
Positive self-esteem is found in certainty and congruency
When we live in congruence with our values, standards, and expectations of ourselves without participating in 'should' behavior we are more likely to feel fulfilled and motivated by the day to day commitments we make
If we live out of congruence, we are more likely to experience greater self-judgment, guilt, shame, and other negative emotions which all have been shown to contribute to low self-esteem
I have been seeing my body grow this improvement season and I honestly LOVE it. I took many proactive steps in my prep to ensure that I would be able to mentally handle my body going in the 'opposite' direction in post-show
I no longer see weight increase or measurement jumps as a reflection of my worth or as positive or negative reinforcements
Sure, I am mindful of the tangibles, as a competitor we are not really immune to the hyper fixation on criteria that can cause pressure and body image related issues
BUT I am mindful of it in an informative and data driven way, rather than a critical one
This is because of my detachment from celebration or judgement with weight as well as my own personal responsibility
I acknowledge every action I take and the effect it will have on myself, my body, and my life in the moment and into the future
Growing in self-awareness, setting standards for myself in the improvement season, reviewing my goals, accepting that my journey can and 'should' look different from others, and grounding myself in my values and long-term desires has enabled me to freely choose and acknowledge what is best for me
When it comes to check-in day, I celebrate my execution, my body's support, and my life well before anything else
I get excited about progress, as we all do, but because it represents my follow through & the determination I have to grow!
My beliefs in this season also support me in embracing my changing body
I know this is my opportunity to build the physique necessary to make improvements and be a higher level competitor
I know that my body needs more food and I love my body so much I am excited to honor her with the rest she needs too
I recognize that this is not a season for getting smaller, leaner, or tighter and I remind myself that if I was, I would be going against what is necessary for the future
I have been able to release the need to control my body in an effort to sustain an image or expectation because I recognize that when I give myself freedom backed by love, I can make more empowered choices that feel natural rather than forced
If you want to love your body in every season, you have to be willing to listen and honor her, set new expectations, recognize what the season you are in is all about, align with your values, act in congruency, and release the perceptions of others
I am satisfied knowing I am prioritizing growth in my improvement season over control or staying as small as possible for as long as possible
By having strong intentions rooted in actions and beliefs I am able to execute and see any result on check in day, whether that is 0.2lbs up or 3lbs up or whatever measurement, and know that it doesn't matter because what matters to me is follow through & fulfillment which is not reflected in a single check-in but rather in my day to day choices
Want to have support at your fingertips to build a champion mindset that supports you in every season and every phase of your body?
Join the On-Demand Mindset Coaching Platform to have never-ending access to specific support for competitors' most pressing needs. You can learn more about how the instant coaching system works and sign up at www.celestial.fit/ondemand
One of my amazing clients Jenna Hart and I were talking about her beliefs & associations with freedom and we were working to modify & redefine them to support her journey.
She eventually came to the conclusion...”Freedom doesn’t have to mean a Free For All” and I remember feeling this intense YESSSS pulse through me as I heard her acknowledge a new truth for herself.
FOOD FREEDOM DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN:
“All in” mentality type changes
Cult-like covenants to uphold as though
You’re not allowed to be fitspo & body positive at the same time
Rapid weight gain
A forgotten gym membership
Loss of all your friends & followers who’ve reinforced how “inspiring” you are more when you’re lean
Or anything else you associate with it
BUT IT CAN MEAN:
Safer physiological & psychological state for long-term growth
Peaceful mindset around all foods anywhere
Empowering image of yourself as a WHOLE person & in every season
More adherence- more freedom = options = room to choose what you’re naturally inclined to go for = identity you love thrives
Loving & supportive community of others as you inspire them to see it really is possible to do both
Greater connection to your goals & programming as you enhance your why & align with your soul’s core values...
The possibilities really are endless when you allow them to be.
YOU are the only one who dictates your reality.
If you want to change the story you’re writing, you have to be comfortable with a plot twist.
Let’s work together to make new normals & #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY
You deserve peace with food, your body, & your goals.
Free food relationship coaching series: www.celestial.fit/foodseries
Learn about how we can work together: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
Visit: www.celestial.fit/links for resources, programs, and freebies
Is Competing to Blame?
Other people’s experience with, competing, dieting, or any endeavor doesn’t have to be yours.
When someone says competing is evil, diets are evil, success or dating or foods or data points are evil...
What they are really saying is that the experience they had with it was not ideal, sustainable, fulfilling, or aligned with their values.
This doesn’t mean there was a problem with the “ing” itself but rather the intentions behind the act before it or lessons taken from it or lack of acceptance of just not knowing what is know now.
“Diet”ing “compete”ing “date”ing “push”ing etc.
You deserve to have your OWN experiences, you also deserve to make peace with the experiences of your past and decide what new ones you want moving forward.
Someone who blames an experience & discourages others from engaging in certain experiences, for the issues which have manifested from their own journey.
where there was actually just a lack of congruency or intention, is just not taking responsibility for the underlying issue.
There are many ways to get from point a to point b.
Letting someone else’s experience inform your own is unfair to your potential.
I once thought blaming competing would be easier than owning my own behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that were truly keeping me engaged with negative paths and actions.
But it wasn’t.
I love competing & had I not done the INNER work to make peace with food, my body, & my goals I may have missed out on more incredible experiences in this sport.
You CAN achieve the goals you desire, you ARE allowed to want to achieve those goals.
But if you don’t OWN what caused the downfall, you won’t be able to see what’s necessary for a better experience moving forward.
If you want to compete but you’re scared because of others’ experiences, remember you have the power to create your own.
If you’re coming out of a show or a “diet” struggling or going into one uneasy then address it now- waiting only strengthens the negative pattern.
It’s time to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY
Apply to work with me here: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom or message me & I can point you in the right direction of my other resources.
Did you hear my episode on Robyn Zimmy’s podcast, secret life of a bikini competitor.🤩?!
Reposting this sound byte, & episode notes straight from the show which you can find on your fav streaming platform 🙌🏻🎙
“This week’s guest is the wonderful Celeste Rains-Turk who you may recognise as the host of Confessions of a Bikini Pro podcast
As well as being an NPC bikini competitor, Celeste is a mindset mentor specialising in helping people make peace with food, their body & their goals and is the author of the # 1 best selling self help book ‘Believe Your Way to Badass.’
Combining her passion for the sport, her experiences with disordered eating plus her qualifications & love for psychology, personal development, & mindfulness, Celeste works closely with competitors to help them develop healthier relationships with food.
In this episode, we dig into a bit more about what that entails, some tips & tricks & we answer a LOAD of listener questions too.
Competitors of ALL levels will get so much out of this episode!
We spoke about:
Her current prep.
Why she started her podcast.
Celeste’s competing history.
Taking a long time off between shows to build her body & repair her mindset.
Getting her period back.
Battling with how we identify & speak to our selves.
How & why Celeste got into the work that she does helping people repair their relationship with food and their bodies.
Common struggles for competitors (change, post show, food focus).
Differences in pros/amateurs, age differences.
Writing a best selling book - ‘Believe Your Way to Badass’
How do I stop binging post show/shoot?
What protocol to implement post show to not fall into the binge/restrict cycle.
How do you break from the all or nothing mentality?
How to find the line between reversing & getting your life back?
How to improve body image & self love/acceptance, while always working to change your body?
Common mistakes athletes make post show.
Tips to manage the festive season (esp in prep)
& SO much more!”
THANK YOU ROBYN FOR BEING AN AWESOME HOST & HAVING ME ON TO SHARE😭🥰🥺 I LOVED CHATTING IT UP WITH YOU😁💜
A Letter to My Old Self
I’m not going to apologize for my healthy state of mind, my body, or any success
I’ve worked at improving all of these things every day for years
Pretending I’m not proud of the feats would be a disservice
To myself, because I’m the only one who has truly seen & experienced the most dark, heavy, loathing, nightmarish parts of me that had to be faced before they consumed my soul whole
To you, because you deserve to know that even when you feel you won’t ever find the light, you can know it’s there & possible to get through it, & because of it you’ll shine brighter than ever
One day I hope you too hardly even recognize your old self
I hope you honor the season you’re in & understand that choosing to release the heavy means knowing you are deserving of lightness, worthy of peace, & capable of sustaining your shine
I refuse to pretend like I’m struggling or like the struggle is “normal” when I live to show others that it’s all conquerable
This is really a letter to my old self who would’ve wanted me to feel better while also choosing to find safety within the self-defeating confines of my own mind & destructions
She feared the depression would kill her while taking great comfort in knowing she could dismiss her needs as burdens or herself as unworthy of peace despite all the good in her life
She thought the disordered eating may never be conquered & the body loathing would be a running normal that she clung to so tightly for control since learning to trust in freedom & her true self could be far too isolating when she’s been accepted & celebrated for the very results her darkness created
There’s been pain, grief, jealousy, frustration, confusion, loss, doubt, & the array of human emotions which have layered so beautifully in my life to allow me to experience the peace, love, freedom, certainty, passion, fulfillment & all those soul freeing emotions
I’m not going to apologize bc it is vital to growth & peace as the most true version of yourself that you release the addiction to pain, distractions, fear, fallacies, expectations, & other destructive behaviors or patterns