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Ever heard of mindful eating?
In order to truly tap into that it means we have to be aware which requires us to be conscious of our actions and decisions Unconscious eating can lead us to experiencing patterns of over eating, binge eating, and of course, mindless eating
I even hosted a full workshop on the topic that you can get immediate & free access to at celestial.fit/snacking
If You have ever:
➡️eaten so much that you wondered how you didn't feel full sooner
➡️felt unsatisfied after a meal
➡️lost your appetite or interest in eating
➡️find yourself disconnected from the food you eat & only focused on numbers or getting the food down
Then these practices may be especially helpful in raising your consciousness at every meal so you can start eating more mindfully I want to know how these work for you so when you practice them let me know!
Don’t forget to go through the free replay of the workshop I hosted at celestial.fit/snacking that will give you a full deep dive into ways you can strengthen trust with yourself around food and other considerations for overcoming mindless eating
Body image post show can be tricky
When you look in the mirror you’re still searching for new lines or changes but the reality is that it’s time to grow
Of course, not too fast, and not too slow
But with perfect timing & execution
You are caught between new standards & expectations for the improvement season while still comparing yourself to the prep version of you
Maybe you haven’t been “perfect” or “to plan” the way you had intended to be
So when you see yourself in the mirror you start to seek out more imperfections to confirm that you “messed up” or you seek similarities to confirm that it’s “okay” & you can “xyz more because it’s improvement season now”
But truthfully you just want to feel at peace with your decisions & that inconsistency between your intention & your action starts to weigh heavy on you leaving you with guilt, shame, & even hopelessness
Here’s the thing though, if you look in the mirror & focus on negatives or pick yourself apart you’re going to be more likely to take self-sabotaging actions
That “f it I screwed up already” mentality takes over & soon enough you’re even further into negative behavior & thought patterns
For perspective, you may be inspired to keep going when you see positive changes as a result of positive efforts
Similarly, when you don’t take actions aligned with your goals & you see that reflected on your body in the mirror you’ll likely feel negative emotions
Even if your body hasn’t truly changed that much, negative associations from your choices & body’s response tend to form
You may have bloating from the reincorporation of more food, water, sodium etc but when you see yourself you feel like you’ve completely messed up so ‘why bother?!’
When coming out of a show disconnects between who we are now & how we think we should be begin to reveal themselves
Try these two things to start:
1. Evaluate current expectations & standards that are unfair for your new season
2. Write down new commitments to yourself that align with how you want to feel about yourself
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When we live in a way that fulfills us on a soul level, we seek external void fillers less often
I used to be so depressed that I thought dying was the best option
In high school, 2 of my besties reported my suicidal tendencies & the school called me into the office during class to talk about it
On one hand I was grateful to have friends that cared so much about me to get help I wasn’t prepared to seek & on the other hand I was ashamed & at a loss- I knew I wasn’t a depressed suicidal person & yet I couldn’t stop feeling that way
The truth is I had a lot of inner work & healing to do
I’m so grateful, now, to know what it felt like for me to be in such a dark place—one I thought I was destined to be trapped in just like I felt with my disordered eating & my isolating negative body image
Because here I am today, proof that you’re never trapped by circumstance, mental state, or experiences
You can overcome challenges when your willing to say goodbye to the version of you who sees them as quick sand
Over the years I’ve invested so much time, energy, & finances into self-development, education, & my mindset
I’ve been able to;
Inspire others with my story & some of my own mindset processes to increasing my self affect & results with my book, ‘Believe your way to Badass’
Highlight the stories of other incredible women through my podcast ‘Confessions of a Bikini Pro’
Educate & share through others’ podcasts, websites, & on stages
Grow my business & support people globally with my evolving mission, BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Work for my amazing clients, earn a degree, invest in a masters degree, & connect with phenomenal people & companies
I have amazing coaches for my love of bodybuilding, an amazing circle, a loving relationship, & a tight knit family
ALL OF THIS ALIGNS WITH MY CORE SOUL VALUES OF IMPACT, FREEDOM, & LOVE
I believe this is why I’ve sustained happiness
I’m doing things I‘m passionate about, without reliance on external outcomes, to fulfill my values using a positive mindset & identity I consciously commit to embodying every day
I’m not perfect or complacent but I’m proud & celebrate each day for all it brings me
Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is take a step back and have self-compassion
When we have peace within us it allows us to create more external peace but usually people get it backwards and force things externally hoping it will bring them the peace they’re really seeking
If you’re finding yourself constantly pushing or trying to force yourself to do something or be some way, try taking a breather and turning inwards
The more love you have for yourself then the more likely it is that you will take loving action for yourself
While willpower and discipline are positive tools to have in your toolbox, they don’t really have a use if you don’t have a solid manual to follow
If you just keep trying to “be more disciplined” you’re building from a place that has no real positive reinforcement, results, or sustainability
So instead of “getting back on track” ask yourself what part of the track could have led to you falling off so you can make necessary adjustments that allow you to keep moving forward with more ease & love
Where are you currently mistaking an intrinsic need for self-love & compassion with an external application such as willpower or discipline or punishment?
Need support working through these thought patterns so you can truly heal from within and allow every action after that to be guided in positivity?
Message me in response to this post and I’ll be happy to send you a meditation I made for my clients on moving through failure 🙂
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I am feeling so fulfilled after another amazing competition!
This was my 8th show ever & with every show I take away a new lesson & experience
I was detached from the result of the show but ended up getting what we’ve been working for
I am so proud of myself for pushing & breaking so many physical & mental limits
I came a long way & now we will be giving the body some recovery time before deciding what’s next!
I have so much to say but for now THANK YOU for the support, luck, & love it all blows me away & means the world!!!!
I felt sooo good up there, met really amazing people, & got requalified for nationals which means I can take a little recovery time & reassess with my coach from there
Which leads me to a HUGE thank you to my coaches Team EDGE who I’ve had guiding me all along the way
We‘ve learned so much together about my body, needs, & the best approach for me & continue to!
I‘m so grateful to have their guidance & support. No matter what the outcome is they ALWAYS believe in me, support me in my goals, & check on me
Thank you both for all that you do ❤️
This week leading into the show was a rough one but we made it happen
I haven’t been active on here as much because my family, clients, & school have been a priority
If you didn’t see my stories, on Tuesday my house caught fire in the walls & we couldn’t stay there anymore
This was really sad as it is my childhood home & the house was 7 days to escrow close so leaving it on this note was very sad for me & I am sad for my parents who were ready to reunite in South Carolina to start the next chapter of their life
But life & the universe have an interesting way of taking care of us so I’ve stayed focused on ALL the positives—there are ALWAYS positives
This weekend I did send my sister Grace & her bf off to their next stop in life & we cried our eyes out of course
After all, I made it to Vegas with Robbie, got to wear a bikini that means so much to me (I’ll share the story soon it was a big motivator for this show & my mindset specifically), & had a BLAST
Visualize the process more than the outcome
In the study, "From Thought to Action: Effects of Process-Versus Outcome-Based Mental Simulations on Performance", Students who envisioned the process required to do well on their exam performed better and studied more closely to their planned study time goal compared to those who thought more about the outcome of a positive test grade. The outcome oriented group studied less than originally planned and did not perform as well (Pham & Taylor, 1999)
Prepare for possible challenges
When Michael Phelps gained another world record at the 2008 Olympics, his goggles were filled with water. He knew this was a possibility when training for the race so he counted his strokes to get from one end to the other in the time he needed. Had he not prepared for this possibility and assumed everything would go smoothly, he probably wouldn't have won.
Release limiting beliefs created based on the perceived or expressed experiences of others
Just because someone else says something was really difficult or fairly easy does not mean it will be the same for you. You may not find running a certain trail has hard as someone else but because they said it was terribly challenging you may create a mental barrier to trying it and miss out on creating your own experience. Similarly, you may think after a competition you are just going to struggle like everyone else does, but just because many do doesn't mean you will. If you subscribe to someone else's beliefs that they formed based on their own experiences, you are robbing yourself of your own experiences!
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Want to learn how you can capitalize on your mindset and create the success you are looking for with direct guidance, support, and coaching? Contact me to learn about how we can work together 1:1 with my personal development and mindset mentorship
1. Even if your best is not better than the rest, it’s still your best and worth celebrating for your own improvements & the opportunity to stand next to others and see what needs to be done to do even better
2. Life can change really fast, take advantage of time with people you love whilst catching the darts that get thrown at you along the way
3. Waiting for opportunities is only a result of limited belief in the value We bring to the table, I’m taking more time to own what I bring and reach out for those things I want & that align with my vision
4. I’m also learning how to better express love and appreciation or kudos to other women in hopes I can make them feel the way they’ve made me feel—empowered, supported, seen, and appreciated. Thank you guys for always cheering for me!
Jenna is a fitness enthusiast and bikini competitor who wanted to show people that bodybuilding could be done in an empowering way.
When Jenna reached out to me it was because she was looking for support with her relationship with food, her body, and her goals.
She says going through the program has given her "a new life, a new future". For ten years Jenna endured an eating disorder and went to traditional treatment for 2 years but really wanted to have support from someone who would help her focus on a solution rather than a problem.
I still remember the first call with Jenna, before she was even a client, and I challenged her beliefs around her struggle with food and her identity as someone with an eating disorder.
Since we started working together we focused on her personal development, self-love, and living a life rooted in her values so she could live out of intention rather than fear!
Jenna has been such an amazing client to work with because she is receptive, committed, and communicative. She trusted me completely and we were able to work through challenges, limiting beliefs, perceptions, and needs together!
While my program is not technically a replacement for treatment, nor is it for everyone (and I definitely won't work with you if I don't believe I can help you), it is an excellent program developed for athletes who want to fully transform their mindset with regard to their relationship with food.
I made this program to combine mindfulness, psychology, and personal development in a way that supports my client regardless of what kind of nutrition or training protocol they are on, what season they are in, or what they may be doing from a surface level perspective.
I have successfully supported women in prep, improvement season, and in lifestyle programs to overcome their food related struggles including but not limited to; guilt, shame, overeating, binge behavior, restriction, feeling the need to 'work off' or 'earn' food, perspective on 'good v bad' food, body loathing, and disconnect from goals (to name a few)
I work with each client on an individual level to address their specific needs while we apply my PTG process through the Food Relationship Healing and Discovery Program Journal
Whether you are following macros, a meal plan, a gut protocol, or intuitively eating--I know you are not immune to the struggles that can present in your relationship with food
We will explore your life, mindset, beliefs, behaviors, and needs in an effort to move you into your ideal relationship with yourself and food.
To learn more and apply to work with me please visit: celeste-rainsturk.clickfunnels.com/food-relationship-healing-and-discovery-program
I believe the most important thing for succeeding in anything is having the identity of the version of yourself who is ready to receive it
In fitness, that could mean becoming the version of yourself who believes she is worthy, deserving and capable of obtaining results
This belief system can help you to take actions that align you to the attainment of your goals
Being receptive means remaining open to the many ways the results could come
If you believed results were impossible when this worldwide shutdown started, its safe to assume that limited you and you didn’t commit to making it work
Versus someone who believes anything is possible when willing to make it work and do what’s necessary who has probably continued to progress
Now, the next most effective way to be consistent in your fitness journey & sustain results, I believe, is by taking care of your body, working out, and eating in ways you love
Rather than demonizing certain foods or forms of training we can celebrate our body by remaining mindful of how movement and food can nourish us on MANY levels
The more freedom I’ve given myself, the more free I’ve felt without the weight of guilt, restriction, judgment, & second guessing
How do you make your routine / lifestyle enjoyable for you? What beliefs and behaviors support that?
I find it so easy to just work work work and focus so much on growing, expanding, improving... But I need to remember to PAUSE, BE PRESENT, & ENJOY THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR
Between clients, school, business development, my podcast, prep, & everything else life brings I tend to get caught up in always “getting ahead” or staying ahead because then I can “chill later” but it’s a fallacy I’ve made in my mind
I don’t always take advantage of the time I’ve created for myself
I often just find more to do, get carried away by ideas & inspiration, or justify why I shouldn’t plan something or do something outside of the norm of my day to day
The good news is I love everything I do in my life and day to day so its great to have a lifestyle I love & be surrounded by so many great people & opportunities
But at what point am I just working & working to work?
I find I am able to fulfill my values of freedom, impact, and love EVERY DAY because I’ve built this life of choices & abundance & passion & amazing people
I don’t always “need” to find it elsewhere. I don’t question how much I do each day because it’s natural for me & my passion
I love learning more about psychology, counseling, competing, business, etc
I love dedicating time to my clients
I love competing
I love writing blogs, captions, & making content
I love prepping episodes & hosting my podcast
I love all the people in my life so don’t often go out of my way to find more haha
I just am so full of love internally & receive lots of fulfillment externally
But I deserve to feel freedom and love and impact outside of my work even though work doesn’t feel like work all the time
Riding the bike around San Diego really reminded me of this & now I’ve gotten really excited about all the competing & truly making weekend “vacations” out of it & taking in LIFE & LIVING
I do things for myself daily but much of it is habitual / ritual
I also want to tap into my spontaneous adventurous side that LOVES travel & new experiences
Have you ever struggled with pressing pause in order to “play”? Especially when you love your life & aren’t trying to “escape”?
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