Dealing with COVID and Post-Show Feels
The worst part about being sick with the c to the o to the vid was/is exhaustion.
I’m usually such an energized person. I wake up with fire to tackle the day & go to bed with dreams for the next.
I am super ambitious & always find things to do so this has really sloowwweeeddddd me down.
But I am on the mend!!
Normal things have knocked me out into hours of sleep but now I’m regaining my strength.
While I can’t wait to get back in the gym & lift heavy, reach new goals, & get that mental peace of mind, I’m also embracing the lessons this has taught me about rest, recovery, & time off of my “norm”.
I’ve been able to mostly maintain without any big issues despite the bumps in the road of no working out or cardio (wasn’t my plan post show!).
I’ve had to reinforce what I know to be true about my relationship with food & my body as I ate intuitively to recover & give myself space to heal.
I didn’t feel too anxious about deciding to just honor my inner cues, take a step back to do so, & really tune in because I’ve developed a strong level of trust in myself & my choices and I no longer identify with “post show binger” so it was fairly smooth to honor with IE for a bit even after my show,
(although the cues I looked for were satiation levels that I know were healthy & comfortable for post show so it’s a bit different than IE when maintaining or building)
I much prefer following a plan & just going about my day but this has been a nice release & reminder for me too that I can trust myself & my body to guide me.
But then I lost my taste & smell.
This brought out a whole new animal when it comes to food & my body.
I’ve been journaling my experiences & intend to share but what has been a key theme for me is FOMO as well as cravings for food experiences-it’s returning now!
Not 100 but almost!!
I have really focused on nourishment & benefit of food for recovering while also not letting go of my belief that food is allowed to be enjoyed.
Which has meant allowing myself to experience textures even if the taste isn’t present.
I’m curating a blog to detail my feelings & approach I’ve taken... What do you want to know about my experiences? comment below or dm me!
The athlete who says “What does it take?” Will always beat the athlete who says “But How Long Will it Take?”
The athlete who cares to know more about the process than the timeline will have more sustainable drive and desire.
The athlete obsessed with the timeline will dwindle in drive and desire when things don’t go to plan or when interruptions come up.
There are plenty of athletes who claim to love the game but which athletes respect it?
The ones willing to play, lose, strategize, and show up until they know they earned the win.
It really shouldn’t be about when you win.
If you’re focused on your why, and your why runs deeper than surface level, patience becomes pleasurable, the wait becomes advantageous, and the interruptions along the way become ammo.
There is no point in rushing a process to get to some desired end result if you’re not becoming the person who can uphold and represent the result in the long run.
Growth and goal attainment are so much better when savored anyways.
Extreme or rushed processes leave less room for lessons and more room for disappointment and identity crisis while methodical & calculated processes leave room for extraction of allllll the data, integration of the identity, and a healthy fixation on execution before accolades.
What do you need to believe about yourself to embrace the journey to the next level?
What do you need to let go of that is keeping you stuck?
What truth do you need to hear from yourself?
What needs to change in your process and outlook to sustain your journey?
What do you need to take action on next?
Introspection is empowering! I hope this supports you in stepping up to the plate and bringing YOUR game to the next level.
Want more action, affirmation, & journal prompts to bring your mindset to the next level to support your physical efforts?
Visit this link and download the competitor card deck to your phone now!
It’s no cost to you, all I ask is that you use it and implement it in your journey.
Some girls have even hung the cards up around their house or changed up their phone wallpaper each week with them.
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Madeline Learns to Trust Herself Around Food & Listen to Her Body After Years of Restriction
When Madeline came to me she was feeling super lost. After years of bodybuilding and strict programming she found herself in a flurry of emotional eating, constantly going off plan, and feeling detached from her body and her choices.
When we started working together Madeline expressed to me that she wanted to be able to trust herself around food, make choices from an intuitive place, and move away from structured plans so she could truly honor her body with her eating choices.
Every individual I work with comes to me with a unique ideal relationship with food and I was so excited to support Madeline in working through her emotional eating behaviors, lack of awareness in her body and her choices, and support her in embracing the relationship of trust and understanding she wanted.
We focused a lot on the mealtime rituals of my program along with redefining beliefs that were no longer serving her from her past. What I admired most about working with Madeline was her organization and commitment to the program. Madeline fully immersed herself into the program from the get go and never made excuses. Because of this, we were able to dig deeper and accomplish a lot in 5 weeks.
I am so grateful for the work we did together and overjoyed to hear her express such kind words about our work and elation with where she is now. Nothing is impossible for the people who really really want something.
Madeline was tired of facing her darkness every day without the tools needed to see the light was coming. Now she has a huge toolbox of resources, new normal belief patterns, more love for her body, and a deeper connection to every decision she makes.
I have no doubt that Madeline will be successful moving forward as she continues to use what she has invested in equipping herself with. Madeline, Thank you for trusting me and inspiring others to take action with your story!
If you were inspired by Madeline's experiences and transformation and you are truly ready to let go of guilt, shame, and loss of control around food then visit www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom to learn more about my food relationship healing and discovery program (this is what Madeline was referring to) and apply now!
Once you click the link, go through the info, and apply I will reach out within 24 hours with some follow up questions to be absolutely sure I can help you. If I can, we will move forward with enrollment, if I cannot, I will refer you out / provide other resources.
Can't wait to see you create YOUR ideal relationship with food while kicking ass in your life, physique goals, and embracing your body.
What you think may be a healthy way to combat a negative behavior that you regret or feel guilty about could actually be what is perpetuating your negative behavior cycle.
While it is important to encourage self-love, responsibility, discipline, and healthy habits it should not come at the cost of our mental health or sustainability of results that we like.
The easiest 'fix' to a slip up is actually to evaluate where it originates. Maybe it is in lack of self-worth, limiting beliefs, restrictive behaviors, or negative associations with looks, behaviors, people, and food.
But trying to cover up a problem with a bigger problem is like putting a bandage on something that needs to be deep cleaned and stitched up.
You may think you are doing a good job but it will only go so far.
If you don't want to be hanging on for dear life trying to control yourself, your weight, your choices, or your food then you need a healthier more sustainable norm rooted in self-love, a healthy mindset, and a supportive relationship with food and your body.
When you use these control mechanisms, they may feel good but they usually, in short, just support you in further justifying negative self-sabotaging behavior in the future.
You basically send the signal to yourself that 'it is okay to sabotage because there is always a way out, a fix, a quick reform' but in reality this is what keeps you stuck, running in circles, or reversing your results.
Justification patterns are scary because they feel tight and suffocating--like we don't have a grip on our own self.
Rather than reinforcing them, invest in the building of healthy patterns of thought, behavior, and coping.
Need support releasing the self-loathing cycle and embracing a healthier normal that aids in your longevity and peace of mind?
Learn about my food relationship healing & discovery coaching program where we will work 1:1 in making peace with food & your body without giving up your physique goals, love of a fit lifestyle, or pursuit of excellence.
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BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY!
FREE POST-SHOW BLUES COACHING SERIES
With most competitors’ ending their prep seasons, it is of monumental importance that we set ourselves up for success post show to support our efforts in having the best preps in the future.
If your mental state of mind is out of whack it will 100% impact your choices.
In this series You will be sent emails pertaining to post-show personal development for 7+ days to ensure your journey to embracing the improvement season is off to a good start.
Some of the key focus areas include:
I am always here to support and help so if you need anything don’t hesitate to reach out even if it’s just for a helpful virtual hug.
I specialize in helping Competitors make peace with food, their body and their goals using psychology, personal development, mindfulness, and my signature PTG Process.
I’ve literally made it my life’s work so I enjoy and take pride in helping others have their most successful and empowering reverse / improvement/ off seasons.
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Sustainability, Not Short Cuts
Every starting point gets better and better.
Setting myself up for success in the future by making the most of the now.
I have found my sustainable lifestyle, I’m a champion for myself, I respect the process, and I love myself by recognizing that I need to improve.
I continue because this fulfills me and my values.
I wouldn’t do any of this if I didn’t love it or it didn’t ignite a bright fire within me that helps me to shine as a soul in this life.
Bodybuilding is a long game, you cannot just get into it for a crown, trophy, qualification, pro card, or placing.
So many people want to get into this sport as a way to fulfill a need for validation, perceptions of others, or recognition (even if this is subconscious).
This is a recipe for disaster because it breeds a mindset of instant gratification and extrinsic motivation.
Pursuing your best AND external validations needs to come with respecting the accolades you wish to receive and never expecting a handout.
The competitors with longevity are the ones who have passion, patience, persistence, and a process they can sustain.
They also want to stand among the best at their best—to EARN their wins.
I used to practice jiu jitsu daily while working to earn a blue belt. My sensei used to say, “if you muscle, you’ll tire, if you tire, you’ll die”.
This sticks with me still. Forcing, chasing, or engaging in extreme processes will tire you out.
But being in flow, executing on the techniques & strategies necessary for “submission” or winning, & letting your mind be free to see the next best move rather than forcing it is key to the long game.
Are you ready to improve your relationship with your goals, food, and your body so you can have a mindset that supports you in longevity necessary to succeed?
I have tons of resources for you.
Check out my post show blues coaching series, competitor card deck, and my on-demand mindset coaching platform to explore expansive tools that will support your inner growth and expansion as a champion for yourself and the sport.
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I Love Meeting Clients in Person!
Meeting these women in person was one of the many highlights of my last show!
Frances and Jenna are two powerhouses not just in their own life but also in my #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY
I am so grateful that they each trust in me on their unique journey and even more grateful for the bonds we have formed as mentor and client as well as friends.
I admire their commitment to their inner work, values, and contribution.
They’ve each fully committed to themselves beyond the physical level and are always looking for ways to improve as athletes with their mental game.
Connecting with them in person was like we knew each other forever! I love when I get to connect with my clients in person and I can’t wait to host some live events again!
Next year will hopefully present more opportunities for live connection.
I’m so thankful we had the chance to all come together in Arizona for USAs and can’t wait to see them again!
Meeting with the head judge, Sandy Williamson, who I’ve been dreaming of meeting & getting in front of was the main goal of doing the national show.
Get feedback then build on it.
I didn’t expect anything but to see how we did at a national Level.
In 2018 when I first qualified we knew I wasn’t prepared to hit a national stage so I took time off to build.
I built to just GET ON that stage & feel I could!
Now we really have to build muscle to be competitive at that level.
I plan on creating a new body fat set point & pushing myself to new limits in the gym with strength goals & even more effort w/ progressive overload.
As mentioned in a previous post I always set new goals & intentions for an improvement season to set myself up for success!
I was told by Sandy I need to GROW & she told me to take lots of time because I look young up there (since I am) & since I’m a natural athlete patience is really the name of the game but the good thing is this really is my lifestyle & if 2020 has proven anything to me it’s that I can adapt & overcome as well as sustain & progress.
I have no doubt this will be my most productive off season yet as far as optimizing muscle building, health, & better start point.
I am proud of the package I brought & how far I’ve come but also recognize necessary improvement areas.
I need more delts & fuller glutes which is pretty standard in bikini & considering my structure is “great & perfect” according to feedback it’s really something I can work with with time.
I also want to see the stage shots I bought than what I have currently because I didn’t practice posing with my arm so far out from body but when I see the photos it was so.
I’m already working on honing in the details bc they matter even if poised & in flow.
I’m also going to talk more about the mental processing I’ve been doing since the show along with my views on body image, food, mentality, the lessons I’m applying, the inner work I’m doing etc.
Right now you can submit questions for this video on my story or even via DM & I’ll be sure to address how I’m dealing with certain things or answer questions!
SO EXCITED TO SHARE THIS!!! I was featured on Robyn Challands podcast “Secret Life of a Bikini Competitor” and it was amazing!
I loved laughing with her, opening up vulnerably about my own journey and story, and sharing some of my best personal insights along the way that sparked what I do in the industry now!
I can’t wait to hear your guys thoughts on this as you listen! It always means so much to me.
I put the link to listen in my bio as well as my interviews page but you can also search your fav streaming platform to find it
From the show notes:
"In this episode, we dig into a bit more about what developing a healthy relationship with food and body image entails, some tips and tricks and 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 and repair her mindset
Getting her period back
Battling with how we identify and speak to our selves
How and 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 and getting your life back?
How to improve body image & self love/acceptance, while always working to change your body?
Common mistakes you see athletes make post show
Tips to manage the festive season (especially while in prep)
And SOOO much more!”
I Hope you all love it! Make sure to share your main takeaways or any follow up questions you have
Click here to listen!
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY!
I had such a great time hiking in Arizona today after an amazing weekend!
My heart is so full & I’m ready to go into my improvement season with new goals and a new focus!
I absolutely crushed this entire season and accomplished my goals physically and mentally! Even ones I didn’t know I had...all while staying on top of my growing business, podcast production, & all the craziness this year brought!
When I finish a show I always journal with reflections and then set new standards for the upcoming season.
This guides my expectations for myself and gives me something to hold myself to.
It’s important to treat each season as it’s own entity to remove pressure of the past season, embrace new demands of the upcoming phase, & release the expectations you’ve been committing to for months now.
It’s even more important that these new standards are YOURS & based on your needs so you can truly have the most fulfilling & empowering journey.
If you treated every improvement season like a prep then you wouldn’t get very far—it would be like expecting a corgi to run like a greyhound; totally unfair!
But if you can keep your values, standards, big picture vision, & ideal self in every season and have actions, behaviors, beliefs, and habits that align with these things then you can be successful year round.
Most athletes make the mistake of hanging on to the expectations that come with a prep which can lead to a spiral of feeling like a failure in off season.
There’s a reason we must go through each so find your reason & embrace it!
Be specific in the actions & flexible in the approach.
Be ready for the unexpected, have scenarios mapped out & prepared for, & MAKE TAKING ACTION A PRIORITY FROM DAY 1.
No putting things off. Start when you say you will & it’ll be easier to trust yourself. If you say you’re going to do something—DO IT even if it looks different than you initially expected.
If you’re struggling to commit to your goals in a new season...start small to build that efficacy!
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