Should you Really Act Like a Pro?
I was recently asked what I think about “acting like a pro”.
So I decided to make this infographic expanding on the subject.
I’ve spoken to many IFBB bikini pros for the podcast, and the proof is in the pudding…the journeys are unique, the people are unique, the processes are unique.
Make sure that when you think you “should act like a pro” it’s a version of you you would be proud, happy, and satisfied with.
Because every pro has their own story and you have the power to write yours and make it one you would love to re-read and share with others.
I hope you like the process I shared here in determining what it means to act and become the pro you would like to be💙
Let me know what your thoughts are :)
I stepped it up for myself
After this photoshoot in 2018, I drove to Krispy Kreme & bought 12 donuts that I didn’t even enjoy because I binged on them while driving home.
I was lucky I got home safe given how fixated I was on eating the donuts.
After I got through tasting 3 of them I remember feeling so embarrassed & thought if I eat more then no one would know how many I ordered.
I was so ashamed.
I felt I failed myself. I had been prepping since 2017 & couldn’t control myself in that moment.
I told myself it was my only chance because I had to keep diet super tight since I was working a booth at the Olympia the next weekend.
I didn’t want to look “bad” there.
This experience really woke me up though & was a really important shift in my life as an athlete, student, & business owner though…
I realized that I stopped doing all the work I had done to improve my body image & food relationship through my prep that was NECESSARY for success post show.
So I stepped it up for myself.
That’s also when I started focusing more of my research assignments & projects in school on subjects revolving around elite athletes, disordered eating, body image, mindfulness, self-concept & other related issues with application to bodybuilders & physique sport athletes (since there’s not much on bodybuilders).
I realized in this time, & through the conversations I was having on the 1st “season” of Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast, how needed the work I was doing in the personal development world would be in the bodybuilding world.
So I launched my first bodybuilder focused program (the post-show personal development program) by sharing the exact strategies I was using to overcome post-show struggles.
I felt this intense pull to put my energy into helping this industry.
2018 showed me, through my resurfaced pain, that my mission in helping people to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY , was needed among body builders.
Since then my programs have developed further & I’ve helped 100s of athletes, and non athletes, globally.
You can learn more about how to work with me at www.celestial.fit.
Thank you to my clients & members past & present for trusting me. It’s an honor!
Happy Birthday, Dad!
Today is my dads birthday!
He’s the funniest, smartest, nicest, strongest, and all the other positive adjectives est Man.
I am so lucky to have a father who has been present with me my entire life setting an example and encouraging me in everything I do.
He has given me so much perspective and has taught me powerful life lessons all while we have tons of fun together. I have so many amazing memories with my dad from a young age to every day now. I cherish every memory and moment! I’m very lucky to have my dad in my life and to be able to lean on him for anything and everything. No words would ever do the man justice. But 3 letters can do a pretty good job, we call him many names but today he can fully and solely go by: MML (man, myth, legend)😎
Still exploring this amazing state I get to call home now!
With a week left before my internship starts, I really want to be intentional and continue adventuring even with prep and everything going on in life!
This past weekend I went to Tuscon to visit @santanahhuffmanand had such a great time :)
we did a nice sunset incline walk on Friday and then woke up to do an 8.5 miler called “bear canyon to seven falls” it was so beautiful!
My favorite part was just laying on the rocks once we got up there and feeling totally connected to nature and grounded in spirit.
I am super grateful for this past weekend and know there’s only more memories to be made!
I’m also super grateful to have moved somewhere where I know other amazing, supportive, kind, ambitious women! It’s been really awesome for me to experience💙😊it.
I’m so happy that I could be a guest writer for @theshoefairy_ 💓 and create this blog for you guys on navigating the holidays as a fitness competitor
I aimed to bring fresh perspectives with a psychological lens supporting the suggestions and actions recommended in the blog
I hope even more that it resonates with you and that you feel empowered to apply it!
I linked it in my bio but you can also view it by visiting @theshoefairy_ website and clicking resources then clicking their blog
Hope you love it!
Let me know what your main takeaways are :)
If you feel inspired to grab some TSF gear you can always use my code “celeste” at checkout for a discount too🥳💓
1) what is your favorite meal?
2) what is your go-to cardio?
3) what is your favorite exercise for shoulders, for glutes, and for hams?
4) do you have a suit color you wish you could rock on stage but don’t ever plan to?
5) would you rather win a show knowing you didn’t do your best or do your best but not win a show?
Would love to hear your answers to all or some of these questions! I think it would be fun!
This pic is a throwback to last years @sampsonproductions ace of stage show! This is one of my fav front shots and it was taken by the legend @aroundthenpc_jm
@protan_official DIY done here! Use code “celeste” for a discount.
Rocking a @poselikepro @ingridromero1 bikini of course🥰
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
I always knew I wanted to run a business. I believed making a living doing what I love & making an impact would provide me a life of happiness. I was right!🥰
I wouldn’t trade the years of building, education, doubt, trials & errors, setbacks, investments, clients, mistakes, worries about if anything was ever going to work, support seeking, droning on about all the biz dreams & ideas, development, tears, traveling, speaking, writing, research, mistakes, wins, learning to delegate, & good honest work for anything.
I may not have known how everything would play out or how much would change from when I first started but if I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been prepared to take all of it on.
I had to endure & embrace all the phases of pursuing my passion to really value & be prepared for each next step.
When people talk about the entrepreneurial “spirit” I can definitely say it’s always lived in me.
But if it weren’t for the support and encouragement of my family, I don’t know if I would’ve let it free or have been prepared to do everything required!
It’s not “easy” by any means but I was prepared for this from a young age.
I remember writing my first “contract” around 8 years old for my dad to sign as my first interior design client (my business was design by celeste & I asked for a website domain & website builder subscription for my bday as well as a camera so my dad could film videos of me & put on his YouTube & I went through a phase of wearing business clothes to grade school🥲)
My dad always reminded me that if you’re going to offer services you must overdeliver. He pushes me to be better.
My grandpa always said that a job worth doing is worth doing right.
My mom encouraged me to follow my dreams & to keep learning, improving myself, & investing to be better.
My sister would have long talks with me when I was down or upset and help me to stay focused on my goals. Her endless encouragement, validation, & belief in me kept me and keeps me going in tough times.
I am grateful to do what I love but it wouldn’t be possible without the support of family, friends, & clients. ❤️😭 thank you for supporting the mission, #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY
Proactive Stress Relief
We are equipped to handle more and more stress with various life experiences as well as developmental stages.
Though, sometimes, it can feel like a LOT.
Rather than just trying to cope with it, I like to walk upstream a bit and figure out why the flow has been interrupted.
By taking the time to identify where a majority of your stress is coming from, you can more effectively reduce the onset of stress in the first place.
In the spirit of being proactive, I like to have measures in place that support stress relief without requiring too much more thought or action.
Visual reminders and presence of support tools can help.
This might look like having your yoga wheel in front of your bed or a picture of nature that grounds you or reminds you to go outside.
Not too long ago I talked about keys to habit development, by making stress relief a habit, you can feel less reactive to life's demands.
It is also important to be able to identify when you might be stressed.
For many of us, we have learned to live with stress but this is what kills us longterm.
Of course, stress perception is really key. If you believe there is more in your life than you can handle, it will feel more stressful. But be on the lookout for physical signs!
When you start to recognize stress responses, it is a good time to identify where in your life you can implement some relief.
Maybe it is as simple as playing music in the morning to dance to when you are getting ready or as big of a commitment as taking time off.
The key points I am making here about coping with stress, is to make it more of a priority to recognize signs and have a proactive routine already in place to prevent the stress from feeling unmanageable.
Hope you found this helpful!❤️🤩
Life is Worth Living Now and Always
I’ve come to realize that it is so easy to be caught up in being better and better that we forget to see we are worthy as we are now.
I found myself sometimes hiding at the thought of imperfections or anything less than previously met expectations or waiting until I am “even better” to “show” who I am.
But life is worth living now and always.
If you believe in yourself and who you’re becoming, carry yourself as such.
A friend recently reminded me that I deserve to feel as confident as I do on stage every day and not just to practice each day for the moment of time in front of the judges who will tell me if my best is worthy of a placing that day but to carry myself like the stage version of celeste because I am so happy and confident and can tap into that energy without meeting the criteria of a “stage” body every day or without being on stage.
And ultimately, this energy will only help me improve and focus on getting better in every facet of life.
For years I’ve seen myself as a confident, bad ass, kind, and smart woman. I see myself as someone who has limitless potential and therefore always room for growth.
I’m focusing on embracing the “in-between”. Which really is the most important thing. I love the process of going after my goals so much but I think in some ways I’ve held myself back from truly living or expressing that.
I’m focused on being in a place where every day I can say to myself, ‘I may not be where I want to be yet, and some might say I was better before, but the truth is I am proud of where I am, what I’ve made it through, my achievements, and the life I’ve created thus far’
#believeyourwaytobadass (you can find my best selling book on Amazon!)
So grateful my sister flew all the way to see me for a few days. We had an amazing time full of adventures and good memories. My little family means everything to me and I don’t know what I’d do without her. I love my sisters adventurous spirit, playful nature, kind heart, thoughtful insight, and weirdness among many other things🥲💖. We hiked a bunch, caught sunrises and sunsets, explored various parts of town, went in an ice bath temperature pool, ate some good food, and just had so much quality time together. I can’t wait to see you again @graceeeeee3 ❤️ you’re the best there ever was!!!