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I write a new blog almost daily! Feel free to comment, share, and connect with me! I love hearing from my readers!
1) Let go of the timeline & focus on how you feel, function, and are executing. This’ll detach you from racing to “get somewhere” & will support you in having gratitude for your body & patience in your process while limiting comparison to others who may be on a similar timeline.
2) Avoid over celebrating weight drops & measurement changes. This will support you beyond your prep too. If you spend too much energy positively reinforcing getting smaller, it’ll be a mental shock when you start to gain & grow again as you’re not used to positively reinforcing this. Similarly, if you don’t see a change you’re expecting, it’s still data. Falling into the trap of over celebrating or promoting the results without also recognizing the work, effort, & entire process (including what you did in your improvement season) is going to reinforce these things as more important than the influence of the actual work. I’ve seen competitors go to unhealthy measures like purging or doing extra cardio to “make up” for something just to get a result & still celebrate the result which is NOT productive.
3) Practice Compassion. It’s been found that compassion supports a positive body image. I find during hard workouts or after a long day I have much more compassion which encourages me to push more!
4) Encourage healthy conversations about your body. When we prep, it’s common for people to question how our body has changed & continuously say how amazing we look (at least up until that last phase of prep lol!) This can create an expectation that it’s okay for people to make comments about our body. Naturally as a competitor, this is going to happen. But you can have boundaries. If not, people will feel it is okay to also do this as you grow out of it & into an improvement season which can often be uncomfortable for competitors as mentally we haven’t always caught up with the way our body has changed & are used to seeing it shrink too. I like to reinforce efforts I’m making & how I’m feeling so people ask me more about that than my shape alone. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the less these comments can impact you.
I was totally guilty of indulging in the belief that competitors are supposed to eat ALL the foods they’ve fantasized about for weeks on end post-show.
People around me even fed into this mentality by always asking what I’d eat, what they could give me, or where we could eat after (which now I more productively respond to for boundary setting).
1 time I brought tons of treats back stage & then had 5 slices of pizza & who knows what else.
Another time I grabbed whatever I could get my hands on from the dessert table back stage & ate everything so fast to get in as much as possible.
I always felt so bad & wanted to be more respectful of my body.
I hydrated after show, asked my body what she really needed after such an intense prep process & long show day, & took the time to implement my mindful eating strategies after I took a nice shower & got changed & celebrated/reflected on the journey.
I think it’s important to have a nice meal post show to replenish & refuel your body.
I also don’t think we need to demonize any sort of food chosen post show or the desire to enjoy something you haven’t had in awhile.
But it’s also important we recognize that you are in a more vulnerable physiological & psychological state entering these decisions & being able to slow yourself down, engage in healthy thought patterns, & make the best choices for you, your body, & goals is really important to making the most of it & if you don’t practice that throughout your season it’ll be very hard post-show.
It is possible to enjoy foods without stuffing yourself, have no post-show meal or save it for another day, & to incorporate the foods you’ve been wanting into your plan over the next couple weeks rather than eating it all in 1 weekend because otherwise it “won’t fit”.
It is worth noting that I think some competitors can engage in what appears to be a binge fest without actually binging or overeating but most of the time I see this mentality of binging perpetuated.
Experiment & find what works for you post-show to have sustainable results & longevity! Be kind along the way❤️🧠
Ashley came to me post-show expressing how she nailed her prep to the T & had no issues at all with sticking to her plan but when prep ended, she found herself struggling with binging, purging, & not knowing how to stop herself from eating & consistently eating to extreme discomfort.
She was consumed with thoughts about food, worrying about holidays and meals out & vacations (all of which she ended up crushing during the program by the way), & eating in secret.
She told me she wants to become an IFBB pro one day & wanted to be an example to her daughter of what a healthy relationship with food could look like while pursuing her health & fitness goals.
We texted a few times through my free text message blasts & DMs & she had listened to my podcast for a long time and knew working with me would be her next best step.
I’m sooo glad she decided to reach out because by the end of the program she expressed to me that she felt like she had so many breakthroughs that her relationship with food was literally “night and day” as she can now trust and listen to herself as well as her body.
I remember one time I acknowledged how she was showing up for herself and that stuck with her because it became an ongoing mantra I’d see in her daily journals and we’d discuss personally too.
The journey is never perfect but her journey was full of lessons and opportunities for growth that she was willing to be honest about and address right off the bat!
I’m so amazed by her and can’t wait to see how she continues to progress in her journey from here.
Finding peace with food as a competitor is 100% possible and by having mental clarity, you’ll be able to have more longevity & patience because you have more insight.
Ashley is a champion!! I felt so fulfilled reading these kind words from her especially because I know what she had overcome.
If you’re interested in working with me in the 1:1 food relationship coaching program you can learn more at www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom.
Whether you’re in prep, improvement season, haven’t competed before, or are taking time off, you can apply to work with me :)
Progress update from this week :) coach has made some changes to the plan to up conditioning and I’m feeling good.
Really enjoying my prep and reminding myself each check in that I will step on stage when I’m ready and I’ll get ready so there’s nothing to stress about and to just enjoy the daily process which I really am.
It can be easy to lose sight of that if we fixate too much on the end result we want.
I am really excited to see what’s been built and being built but also really happy to be in such a state of peace with the process whereas in the beginning it was more challenging to “embrace”.
It seems my body is recomping well too because even if weight changes aren’t dramatic or present my measurements have dropped and i feel & see changes, too.
It’s pretty interesting to see how different every prep really can be and how much bodybuilding reminds me to be patient and have trust.
Bodybuilding is one of the things that I get to do for me every day and it’s amazing how much we get to nourish our body and appreciate our body’s abilities through this sport.
Plus this community is just incredible.
As I prep for my 10th show I feel like a different athlete. I’m more “seasoned” and have a better understanding of needs, expectations, and changes.
I still have a lot to learn and know that being an athlete is really a never ending commitment to learning opportunities for improvement.
How is your progress going? Are you in prep or improvement season or taking time off?
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What actions would you need to take? What behaviors would need to change? What belief systems would need to be re-written?
Many competitors tell me they just need more will power or discipline but I find that to be the most “popular” recommendation but it’s baseless when each individual who may appear to “need more” of that has likely experienced things that have prevented the development of this or have hindered the sustainability of it or beliefs and thoughts have stunted the potential for it.
It’s not as simple as getting more will power and discipline.
We must find out why you don’t have it now and look beyond surface level.
I also believe we need to remove the judgment from the equation.
Rather than saying you’re a failure or hopeless or a lost cause you might just say these xyz things are keeping you from optimized performance or maximized results and can be addressed.
Truthfully, when you really want to change something and you have the support, guidance, trust, and patience to do so, you can become, create, and do nearly anything.
Rather than harshly judging yourself or running away from the challenges, we can productively run toward them together and learn to capitalize on your current strengths and resilience as well as experiences to pursue more growth.
I think one of the biggest mistakes in the fitness and competing industry is promoting this message that people can’t do things or won’t or are failures for not.
We can recognize personality traits, protective factors, and circumstances that likely set someone up for more success than someone else while also encouraging that growth and change and success is possible for others too.
If you’re ready to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY and develop a champion mindset then click HERE to get your hands on a variety of free resources or to explore the ways we can work together in your journey to make the absolute most of it so it is fulfilling and empowering.
Will you join Amy Ehinger of Glam Girl Bikini and me in Arizona for a special 2 day retreat?!
It is going to be a phenomenal event that will kick off the 2022 season with some special memories, lessons, & comradery
Learn more & register with early bird pricing at: https://www.glamgirlbikini.com/2022-retreat/
If you’re a client of mine or member of the on demand mindset coaching platform (past or present), have been to an event of mine in the past, or have done / are in the post-show program please select “build more than just a body member” at checkout to get the special client rate which is discounted further from the current pre-sale price.
February 19th and 20th at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa we will be hosting this event with the following schedule:
Saturday February 19th
9:00-10:00 am Celeste Rains Turk -Intro/ice breakers-common needs, intentions and commitments to the group and the weekend to foster desired transformation, first impressions and nerves, & vulnerability.
10:00-11:00am Upper body workout leader-Coach Amy.
11:00-11:30am Celeste- stress management, bottom up processing, mindfulness, coping skills on the go and in depth.
Break 11:30-12:00 pm
12:00-12:30 pm HIIT workout leader-Coach Jamy.
12:30-1:30 pm Celeste- Food Relationship Discussion and Practice.
1:30-2:00 pm Change for posing/eat
2:00-3:00 pm Posing – Coach Chris Posing model/Leader-Coach Deb suit selection.
Sunday February 20th
9:00-10:00 am hike on South Mountain Preserve with Celeste immersion-At the top of hike will be a daily ritual with body gratitude practice to support the intention setting for connection with body during the day.
10:00-11:00 am Body Image and self love + confidence with Celeste.
11:00-12:00 pm Lower body workout- Coach Brittany.
12-12:30 pm Break
12:30-1:00 pm HIIT Coach Christy/Drea.
1:00-2:00 pm wrap up with final activity-Celeste—implementation, intentions for moving forward, review of major takeaways for integration, ideal day structured to include practices, & accountability tools
Learn more and register with early bird pricing today!
I CANNOT WAIT!!! hope you’re as excited as we are
This weekend my sister, @graceeeeee3 , and @wookie838 got married!!
It was so amazing to see them again and be reunited with my dad, aunt, friends/bridesmaids, and cousins too!
I’m really grateful I got to stand by my sisters side and witness such a beautiful love story strengthen in commitment
Definitely was sappy
How freeing it is to feel confident, beautiful, and worthy ❤️✨ with so much in life that can disrupt my peace or make me feel uncertainty, it’s empowering & relieving to have peace and certainty within myself.
What say you?
People thrive on routine as it helps us reorient to the day.
When we don’t create a routine, we fall into one.
Instead of making the conscious effort to connect with your body or mind at the start of the day you might scroll on social media or hit snooze multiple times.
Rather than enjoying a nourishing meal you prepped the day before you grab whatever’s in the break room.
As you’ve gotten used to certain creature comforts they become more and more cyclical.
They determine your day and keep you feeling connected to reality.
If you implement new habits or behaviors it might be hard at first but it’s worth it to support you in orienting yourself before trying to figure out what’s happening in the world around you.
Preparing your mind and body to cope or handle or manage what the day brings is the least you can do for yourself.
Setting up a routine that not only supports you in taking on your day but also in creating a new reality is so important to result generation.
What you repeat is what technically makes up your life. So be sure that what you do the most often is creating the life you want to have and are happy to live in. It’s not just about the next thing but also about the now, establishing routines you enjoy and which serve you are great for longevity in your pursuits.
What’s your daily routine consist of? Anything you have or are trying to change?
I love hearing what a “normal” day looks like for people it’s so interesting!
The athletes with heart, passion, and an understanding of their needs for longevity will eventually outperform the athletes who don’t have love or respect for the entire undertaking required to be a competitor.
Competing is not always what it appears to be.
There’s a lot of variables to consider before stepping on stage, during your journey to it, immediately after, and months post-show.
This includes the willingness to shine light on the dark demons keeping you from your fullest potential.
It can be easy to push to your limits for 12 weeks but what if the next 40 are spent binging, doubting, judging, loathing…? Then was the 12 weeks really successful?
I personally believe that it is not about which athlete does the most in the shortest period of time but it is about which athlete does the most, repeatedly, over long periods of time with adaptation to their body, goals, feedback, and circumstances.
I am inspired more by those who do things in the way that’s best for them rather than what they think they “should” do to be seen as the “best” to others.
This is not to say you need to sacrifice giving your all. This is to say you may need to sacrifice your idea of giving your all to support yourself in building confidence and insight to keep giving more.
It is of utmost importance to prioritize your mental health along the way so you don’t hurt your relationship with with food, with the sport, or with yourself above all else because honestly, no one is immune to the impact competing can have on the way we see ourselves.
Invest in your inner game as you invest in your physical results and just watch what happens when it comes time to shine.
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