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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!
Happiness is doing what you love and having it go by so fast that you can’t wait to do it all again.
Thank you to the bodybuilding community for giving me a place to belong and serve with passion.
I want to be the best in the industry because I’m the best, not because I’m the only one providing mental health and personal development at this level directly to competitors.
I hope to always have your trust, support, and faith that I have your best interest at heart and this is not just my life, it’s my purpose.
Want to request a location or receive the info for the next live event? Visit www.celestial.fit/liveevents
.No words can ever describe how this feels
Running live events is and always will be a highlight of my life.
I enjoy the connections made, similarities found, and seeing people make breakthroughs or be vulnerable and open with each other.
My intention with these events is for everyone to feel heard, understood, respected, and supported.
I want every woman to know that they can pursue this sport, be successful, AND have peace with food, their body, and their goals so long as they emphasize and prioritize their mind.
We have different approaches, views, and experiences but what brings us together is a desire to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY and I love combining psychology and personal development to help competitors, athletes, and women do exactly that.
We didn’t just talk about things in the context of competing, but also life.
With moms, nurses, teachers, business owners, and all sorts of occupations and roles, there is more to us than meets the eye and everyone is living and finding a way to improve themselves and let this sport help them improve, too.
The focus of this event covered a wide variety of topics with many applicable steps, relatable conversations, and super interesting perspectives!
Each event has been different even with similar content or topics covered because of all the different topics, people, and thoughts shared.
I’m so grateful for each of these women who came out today as everyone was so kind, smart, and engaged.
I can’t wait to do this again!!
I’m so grateful to @teamelitephysiquefor letting us use the @contestprepcenter to host the event and definitely plan to be back, who doesn’t love vegas?!
The all too familiar cycle... So, why does it happen? & how can we make the cycle better?
Well, when you overeat or binge it is likely out of alignment with the version of yourself you’d like to be or see yourself as.
So, if you take an action that’s not aligned with your identity, say bikini competitor, then you’re going to feel guilty.
Guilt is a phenomenon that describes the feeling we get when we do something we don’t consider normal behavior for ourselves.
So, what do most people do?
Punish / Purge
Restriction or purging can be done in many ways in an effort to “reverse the damage”.
Some people do extra cardio or limit their caloric intake, fast, or even try to throw it up.
Then what happens?
Hunger sets in and you get a little taste & can’t stop or you make a huge meal because you “haven’t eaten all day”
& the cycle repeats itself...
So, now to overcome it.
Well, I discussed in a recent video getting through phase 1 Overeating & binging (DM me for a direct link to that).
Phase 2: feeling guilty
Guilt is an emotional manifestation of an identity disconnect.
Reconnect to who you are & forgive yourself by acknowledging what happened, what triggered it, & how you can use that knowledge for prevention.
Phase 3: Punishing is a result of feeling guilty
It’s also a result of thinking that it is going to destroy you, your body, & who you are so you try to cover that up/ make up for it.
This is SO important to stop. This phase is what really creates the perpetuation of the cycle.
Putting an end to this part though really involves introspection.
It often times comes down to new expectations & standards to meet the needs of your NEW goals.
This is something I guide my clients through for objective guidance to discovery.
Phase 4: you get hungry because you’ve either done more cardio or you’ve somehow gotten rid of the food you ate or would have eaten.
If you have a binge or overeat, it’s important to drink water, relax, & fuel yourself slowly so as to not trigger the cycle again-NO RESTRICTING.
Ready to heal your relationship with food & your body? Send me a DM now @celestial_fit or check here for resources.
Yesterday my “Papa” passed away, my dad’s father & my last grandparent.
He was the most humble man Ever with unforgettable grip strength and a sense of humor that always led him to teasing & messing with us to make us laugh!
I have fond memories from doing Lincoln logs on the floor to long conversations on the phone as I got older.
I remember the sound of his voice so well that even when he stopped being able to talk I could hear the stories he would tell me in my head.
I remember his laugh & how he would always shave his beard walking around the kitchen with an electric razor!
I remember how he would stomp really hard for fun and the way he was always so well dressed and his hair always combed.
He loved my grandma with his entire being and never stopped loving her even after she passed.
He made my childhood & young adulthood so sweet even from miles away.
I recall many visits to his farm to shoot guns, drive the tractor, & always having to eat iceberg lettuce salad with ranch dressing before dinner hahaha!
1 trip me & my sister even got to paint his exercise room wall! We drew airplanes to commemorate his incredible career in the air force (which he is wildly decorated in but would never tell anyone) & big buildings.
He was always looking to teach us something through actions or stories or projects.
He even taught me how to remove my thumb at one of my birthday parties on our piano bench when I loved magic👍🏻
I always loved putting my arms through his arms & I can still feel the way his hand veins felt bc I’d always play with them & he never minded!
I was so happy when he told me he bought my book & then he would send me little things that were interesting for fitness or brain or writing.
He was heavily engrossed in ancestry too which always amazed me but also didn’t surprise me because I knew him to be patient, curious, & dedicated.
The only thing I’d change about my grandpa was his “3 day fish rule” which basically guided him to only stay for short periods of time when visiting because he didn’t want us to think he went bad🤣
I am so grateful to have had him as my papa, i’ll always love him & keep all our memories together strong in my heart & family.
For me it was about being able to enjoy all foods without guilt, not think about food all day every day, be able to have a meal out without binging or coming home to eat myself into the oblivion of shame swearing to make up for it later, come out of preps with focus and flexibility, be In preps with focus and flexibility so that the transitions from season to season are smooth and sustainable for me, being able to make choices on the go without a scale and trusting my body, have refeed meals or vacations without making it all about food, equating every food decision to the size of my body or how “good” I am….I could go on but I’ll leave it at this.
A healthy relationship with food for me was about freedom.
Not leaving my goals behind to be successful In competing but rather finding a way to sustain my efforts so I can improve year after year without negative feelings or resentment or feeling of of control.
It wasn’t about saying screw my goals or discipline or my intense focus as an athlete. It was about channeling it so I could make the most of it.
A healthy relationship with food is one that you can function and live with. It’s not all about diagnostic criteria or perfect definitions outlined on anti-diet culture accounts.
Truthfully, you can paint your ideal relationship with food but it might morph and change across time, just as you will, your body will, and everything does.
Focus on how you want your relationship with food to support you as an athlete and in any other life role you have such as coach or teacher or nurse or mom, etc.
So, what is it for you?
Need support figuring it out? Sign up for my free food relationship coaching series at www.celestial.fit/foodseries.
Pictures shared of me with @bambodynutrition because these really made a difference for me in my journey to comfort in making swaps, enjoying all food, and hitting my goals. Aside from that, they’re amazing! You can use my discount code of the month, “jelly” and be on the lookout soon because there’s some exciting treats coming😍🎉
When your first pair of olympians come in so you have a whole photoshoot to celebrate being part of the #pinkboxsquad with @theshoefairy_ 😍💖
I have been lucky enough to spend time with @alexastimp both virtually and in person and she makes the company even more lovable!
Her work ethic, mindset, and spirit is beautiful to witness and I hope everyone knows when you support The Shoe Fairy, or any company like this in the industry for that matter, you’re supporting someone behind it with a dream to contribute.
I am so inspired and so grateful to be able to represent this brand because they do an amazing job for their customers and athletes.
If you haven’t heard the special feature interview yet talking all things jewelry, heels, mindset, and business, make sure to check it out on Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast! It’ll really give you a good look into @theshoefairy_
You can purchase goodies using my discount code “celeste” at checkout 😍 Thank you in advance for those of you who do and thank you to those who have!! It is so cool to see you guys get these and means a lot to me too 🥲
If you have any questions feel free to reach out. I’m going to share an unboxing video soon, too.
These were true to size and fit so perfectly. They feel super sturdy even with my broken toe! Can’t wait to rock them on stage in the future too🤩
When you’re in improvement season, a lot of the improvements you make will go unnoticed.
It’s not like prep when changes are super visible each week with new lines appearing or muscles popping with thinner skin and all your poses or vacuums or gym shots displaying the closeness you are to the stage.
Oftentimes you’re body is positively reinforced with compliments related to your shape changing.
This doesn’t always happen in improvement season. Although, it is still nice when it does, the truth is the goals are different.
When you’re building, you’re focused on growth and changing the shape of your physique to get bigger.
When you’re in an improvement season but don’t have to build a ton of muscle, you’re focused on fine tuning and inner health and capitalizing on rest / time away.
Regardless, you’re not trying to shrink.
You need to be okay with this and reinforce growth and improvement that happens outside your physique.
Worth noting, if you can do this through prep too, and place less emphasis on your body shape and size, then you’ll have an easier transition.
Focus on celebrating your efforts, the mental health changes (in all seasons), the things people can’t see with their eyes but can understand through your actions and approach or that only you will ever truly appreciate.
Going into improvement season with the right intentions and a level head will support you in the changes to how you see yourself/think you are seen.
The point I’m making is that you cannot rely on external validation as a competitor.
Despite the trophies and titles, what will actually keep you going is only truly known by you… those things you overcame, committed to working through, focused on healing, and made you show up for yourself even when it was the last thing you wanted to do.
Remember that when people don't see all the work you’re doing day in and day out, or there’s no way to vocalize or express it, it still matters because When you prep or step on stage or go into an improvement season or hang up the heels, your story will be so unique and special to you!
Before starting a prep there are MANY variables to consider.
From a physical perspective there’s a lot you’ll want to have in check of course! But mentally, we all know this is a huge commitment!
Being on the fence about starting a prep doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start one or that you should force it until it feels right, it just means there needs to be a magnifying glass taken to where your head is at.
While this mini flow chart only depicts a small fraction of mental considerations I do hope you found it helpful!
I think it is easy to overlook our abilities, needs, or thoughts in an effort to do what we think we “should” do. But this never results in a satisfied or rewarding ending.
Staying on top of your mental health and checking In with if you’re why still aligns with you, if you are feeling good about the steps you’re taking, if things are being neglected, if you’re following through on your standards, if those standards are realistic and so on…are also important
If you’re wanting more awareness, support, and guidance through the mental demands every season of bodybuilding can bring, visit www.celestial.fit/ondemand for a full platform of at your fingertips information when you need it!
For other ways we can work together on some of those sticking points of resistance that require inner work, you can DM me anytime @celestial_fit or inquire to work with me through the link in my bio which also contains lots of resources, too!
So, Where did the path take you?
I miss prep
I want to be on stage
Oooo maybe I’ll do that show next year
I am in this for the long run so it’s ok if I need to do another building season into next year
Only 13 weeks left of this off season omg am I gunna be bigger I better be bigger
Did I take my creatine today?
Am I sleeping enough?
I’m gunna miss my coaches when I move
I may not even step on stage next year
When can I start blaming things on prep brain?
What if I am not ready to prep?
Ugh I love this shit I wanna go to the gym again
Love the booty
Thank goodness for @bambodynutrition helping me hit this protein goal
I don’t care how long this takes I’m enjoying this and want to be better so I’ll take my time
And so on
I know that I’m not the only one who has ongoing thoughts like this so I know I am not crazy 🤣
What I’ve come to realize is the mind will always be loud when you focus on something day in and day out
I embrace the thoughts as they come. Some are positive, some are neutral, and some are negative but the ones I choose to act on determine my reality
I am Staying focused on each day and that’s so empowering for me! How do you stay focused on each day even when thoughts come up?
BamBody: this month the code is jelly
Bulk Supps: celeste
The Shoe Fairy: celeste
Pic from the night before my first national show! USAs 2020🤩
Thankful I chose to live and trust there would be light again when I was in darkness.
Thankful I chose to work through my demons when I thought I had no chance of beating them.
Thankful I pursued what others thought impossible so I could live the life that gives me purpose.
Thankful I always spoke my mind when it could have been easier to blend in.
Thankful I have been through all the challenges I have so I can help others.
Thankful for the people who believe in me and encouraged me to do more.
Thankful for those who questioned my ability so I could improve and be better.
Thankful for the uniqueness of every person I meet and see that reminds me of how beautifully magical this world is.
Thankful for the abundance of love, trust, and vulnerabilities around me that helps me to feel this way.
I can be grateful for what I have and who I am because I chose to find meaning in everything I’ve faced. I never became a victim to circumstance for too long and always found a way to be empowered by it.
This is a reminder to myself that It is a blessing to be alive.
Your life matters and life matters more to others because of you💖