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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!
When Dani finished her first show, she fell into patterns of disordered eating.
In this video she expresses how glad she is that she reached out to me and completed my free eight day Food Relationship Haling and Discovery series, and through that, she realized her problem was more involved than she initially thought.
That's when we began working intensively one-on-one.
Some of the key focus areas for Dani were:
-How she labeled foods good or bad and ways we could work around those beliefs and normalize all foods especially because she wanted to make sure these beliefs didn't impact her children negatively.
-Best ways to capitalize on the improvement season before her next WBFF show
- Working through urges and tendencies to binge
- Managing emotions that would lead to wanting to turn to food
- Navigating negative thought patterns such as not being good enough that was perpetuating the behaviors she wanted to move away from
- And more...
I enjoyed working with Dani! Her excitement for the journey and commitment to it was really inspiring for me as her mentor! I loved hearing her joy when she celebrated her success and spoke kindly of herself and her efforts.
She also just brought me onto her podcast, 'Real Talk with Dani' which will be out this Sunday!
I love how eager she is to continue her journey with a healthy mindset and healthy relationship with food and I can't wait to see how she progresses moving forward!
When I get a new client in my food relationship program it is usually because they’re unhappy with how they’re eating.
Whether it’s binging, overeating, obsessing over every gram, going all or nothing, losing control around food, avoiding social situations, equating what they eat to their worth, not adhering to their plan…they’re not ok with their relationship with food.
& while the focus is on resolving this struggle…more often than not the “inner work” we do has little to do with food itself.
Often times it’s relationship to self, others, the world, their goals…
Sometimes what presents through food, starts elsewhere.
This is especially true in people who struggle with food but don’t feel “restricted”.
My process involves a complete deep dive into you as a whole.
People are often surprised that my initial questionnaire isn’t about food. Then, they go into the journal & really bring a magnifying glass to their food behaviors.
In Michelle’s case, we worked a lot on self-talk, confidence, intentionality, relationship with others & how this was influencing how she thought she “should” be or how those were leading to certain eating behaviors, mindfulness at every meal to create a deeper connection to her choices outside of her goal of stepping on stage, learning to work through negative emotions & past experiences, & more…
Look at the darkness, the voids, the struggles, the pain, the conditioning, the behaviors, the patterns….everything that contributes to who you are & work through that WHILE being intentional & mindful.
Some will say to ignore your relationship with food & just work on relationship with self, but doing both is best.
If we only resolve your relationship with self, but we spend no time creating a new association/ pattern with how you function around, approach, & think about food then you will likely resort to old ways because you know nothing else.
I built this program with people who are serious about their fitness goals in mind, it’s all about the mental work without judgment or interruption of your focus on your goals.
You can learn more & apply at www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom.
When you focus on healing your relationship with food, your body, & your goals, you’re better able to reconnect with yourself become the version of you that is most happy, fulfilled, & successful.
Here’s What it takes to be successful in working with me:
1. The desire to see positive change
2. Daily commitment & follow through
3. Transparency. I don’t need my ego stroked. If you want to change something about the process or expectations then be honest with me so we can make it work for you. For example, if you prefer voice memo over journaling, we can make that work. I want to adapt the process I’ve developed to your life so you can sustain & benefit from it
4. Understand that the results are up to you. My process has been proven time & time again to work. We just have to apply it to you & your needs while being methodical in our approach. But if you never execute, or rarely do, or just do the bare minimum, we won’t make as much progress. And that’s on you
5. You need a willingness to try new things that may be difficult, scary, or against your norm (it’s pretty much a given that we need to create a new normal given your current normal is clearly not beneficial for you)
6. Make my program, your personal development & mental game, as much of a priority as you do your training and nutrition or posing. If you’ve got the drive to allot time for those things, you can allot time to your mind
7. Know that I don’t expect you to be perfect & I will never judge you for what you eat or what you tell me. Your information is confidential and I see what you tell me as data. We develop a client and mentor relationship and everything you share with me is not evaluated with a judgmental eye, it’s just evaluated and applied to your current situation or struggles. Withholding information is withholding growth
8. Take advantage of our time together. You’re never too much, trust me! I do this every day and I sometimes get novels from people. It really doesn’t bother me, I love details
Ready to work with me? DM me @celestial_fit or visit www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom for more details
Knowing how much to push yourself in this sport is important.
If you want to be in this for the long haul, you cannot do things repeatedly that you or your body are just not ready for.
I have always been a big believer of working “hard” and pushing beyond limits.
But, there’s a fine line between having resiliency and being irresponsible.
If your mental health is on the line, your physical body is breaking down on you, and you can’t even find a fire to fuel, you’re not doing yourself any favors by “pushing through it”…you’re likely damaging your chances of success and increasing risks that already come with the territory of the sport.
Obviously there will be times when conditioning may be painful, food choices may be scarce, and energy is so depleted that you have to time everything around your most rested and most fed times.
THERE IS NO DENYING THAT YOU’LL HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF IN THE SPORT OF BODYBUILDING TO BE SUCCESSFUL (in every season btw).
But there’s times when other aspects of your well-being need to be prioritized so you don’t “break”.
When you break or if you feel like you have, you have to mend that first and find a new way to approach the outcome you want that won’t lead to history repeating itself and you breaking again.
This is why I believe it’s better to be methodical and considerate of ALL your needs. In this sport and prioritizing your relationship with food, your body, and your goals using psychology and personal development to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY .
If you can’t sustain the majority of your efforts long term (not to be confused with sustaining the more extreme parts of this sport/lifestyle), then it’s likely time for a different approach, adjusted timeline, or extra TLC for your mind
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this :)
What Happened to Your Discipline? Willpower? Control? All that Commitment you had but Somehow completely Lost?
What if I told you...
It isn't about discipline or willpower at all?
That those things absolutely STILL live within you?
The problem is that your approach to resolve your problems is the approach that perpetuates them...?
Having an unhealthy relationship with food is exhausting, distracting, & detrimental to our goals of succeeding in bodybuilding, ESPECIALLY long-term!
It is not fun, it's not pretty, it is certainly isolating, & it most definitely isn't getting you any closer to your goals as a competitor
I know, because I have been there, I have seen others there, and I have helped myself and others through this.
YOU ARE NO EXCEPTION, YOU ARE NOT A LOST CAUSE, & YOU ARE NOT 'TOO FAR GONE'
You deserve to have successful preps, productive improvement seasons, & peace of mind year round.
When your head is full of thoughts of food, eating, or guilt you can't invest that energy into the goals you truly care about.
Which is a big reason why I launched this program & why it has been my most highly demanded program; to help athletes make peace with food & pursue the sport they love for the long run without having to worry about sacrificing their mental health.
I believe that in order to pursue your passion and love for this sport, you have to heal what mentally ails you.
This program is not just about making peace with food, but it is also about learning new habits, behaviors, thought processes, sabotage combatives, action steps, and tools that will help you for the rest of your life and career in this sport.
It’s never just about food, I also work with you through body image related issues, goal enhancement & connection so it is easier to stay on track and be disciplined, personal development work that will align your mindset with the most successful version of yourself (hello 1st callouts, pro card, prestigious stages, & self-fulfillment!).
My 1:1 approach ensures that you get the support YOU need in addition to the proven tools & systems I provide.
Lindsey didn’t realize how much her eating was intruding on her life until last year when she was just trying to do anything she could to get her life “back”.
She had gained weight, tried dieting to fix binging but didn’t end up stepping on a national stage like she hoped, saw her relationship with food get worse, and was ready to actually change the pattern of binging and restricting.
She reached out to me and I remember her telling me she wanted to step on stage again and she wanted to be able to say “I did it, I did it with complete peace with food and with confidence I made the correct decisions for my mind and body”.
I have no doubt she will be saying that when she steps on stage again as she is prepping now🙌🏻.
She didn’t want this to end her competing goals and knew that I could help her as I have many other athletes.
Lindsey trusted me and went all in to the process of the program.
Actually one of my favorite things about my work is the group coaching calls I host monthly for clients and members past or current and one time, Lindsey came on and was celebrating all her success and things she learned then I open up this document she gave me permission to share…entitled “brand new Mindset”.
It had 155 statements of lessons learned, commitments, knowledge, and more from the program that she took away.
And she willingly shared this vulnerable part of her journey later in the group with access to the document so others could benefit.
I was always excited to receive a daily check in from her and support her because she was transparent and did what she said she would.
It’s motivating as a mentor to see my clients succeed day in and day out &/or learn from hiccups too!
I hope you can take the time to swipe through the words Lindsey shares and gain inspiration to see what’s possible for you and others.
If you decide you’d like to take the next steps and work with me, you can learn more and apply at www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom or DM me for details @celestial_fit
Megan came to me during her reverse diet struggling with binge eating, anxiety, food guilt, and not feeling like herself from going off plan.
She’s a disciplined go getter so when she wasn’t able to enjoy peanut butter or a refeed meal out with her boyfriend without going crazy & feeling sick after, she knew she needed to get ahead of it.
Even though she didn’t always crave fried foods or eat that much sugar she still found herself eating it in excess whenever she did. Especially sugar!
Megan struggled a lot with peanut butter and sweet desserts. She would avoid the Pb on her plan or eat a protein bar to try and satisfy her craving but it just wouldn’t cut it and would send her into a spiral.
Sometimes people think binging is strictly these highly palatable foods but that’s not always the case. You might find yourself binging on edamame or other foods too when trying to restrict or fill a void or control your urges or even just because you want it!
That all or nothing can be so frustrating too. She would overeat a sweet potato then say screw it the rest of the day.
I know I’ve been there, & many of my clients have, but you can get out of this mentality!
I was amazed by Megan from the start! Despite her struggles and past, she knew she was worthy of the effort to change and she made the commitment to herself EVERY day in this program.
Megan is a nurse and even working really long, stressful shifts she would show up for herself.
She was referred to me from a friend and I was grateful for her trust in me, as I am with every client.
Megan asked questions, applied the tools and resources, was open about everything she was facing, and was consistent.
Now we are here!
Her words speak volumes to what is possible for you and others out there. While every person and experience is unique, there’s no one size fits all but my process has been proven to work over and over again for hundreds of women now, competitors and non competitors! Because we make it work for YOU together and every day we communicate to keep it personal and to make sure we are facing things head on.
Want to learn more and apply now? Visit: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
When you act & think in alignment with your goals, your level of fulfillment will increase while your anxiety, concerns, or lack of trust in yourself will decrease
@nadzzilla was an amazing client to work with. She definitely practices what she preaches & showed up every day of the program.
I can remember thinking that that’s what made her an IFBB pro, she’s a person who does what they say they’re going to do, commits to being next level at EVERY aspect of bodybuilding especially beyond surface level.
You don’t have to avoid emotions or social events or triggers & you can be at peace with food without trading in your goals for it.
I am humbled every time someone chooses to invest in and trust in me on their journey. I do not take it lightly. Which is why I love when clients are ready to do what it takes.
People have asked me what it takes to be successful in my program and when I tell them it’s about showing up day in and day out for the process, being honest and willing to work through the challenges even when it seems risky or scary, and be willing to get into uncomfortable topics I can always tell by their response if they’ll be VERY successful or successful “enough” for themselves.
Those who show up in my program 100% usually get way more than they expected out of it.
Those who show up 70% get around what they expected & sometimes more.
Those who show up less than that get lots to take with them but they aren’t as steady in the integration phase so they won’t be able to progress as much beyond that in my PTG process.
We can’t rush something as important as your relationship with food or improving your mindset, that would be irresponsible.
BUT if you prioritize it and invest in yourself with time, energy, and finances you’ll find that by improving your mindset you get more out of whatever season you’re in, plan you’re following, and journey you’re on.
So excited to be working with new women every week and witnessing their incredible breakthroughs.
For more success stories, information about the program, and to apply to work with me in the 5 week food relationship healing & discovery program visit: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom.
We want sustainable change which is why I take an intensive approach.
I look at change as something that can happen in any period of time and at any pace.
It is highly dependent on the individual, their unique situation, and their experiences, beliefs, and commitment.
While you may not think the change you seek is possible, waiting can make it harder.
In this case, Jessica put off joining my program until she had had enough and realized things weren’t going to change on their own despite her best efforts.
Like all things, having a mentor can keep you from reinventing the wheel or trying to figure it all out on your own.
Similar to how you might hire a prep or posing coach or purchase a bikini from a suit maker.
The path of least resistance, in the case of your mental game, can sometimes be that which you feel the most resistant to.
But asking for help is a huge first step and sends the signal to yourself that you’re not just wanting change but you’re ready to commit to it.
It’s time to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY and make peace with food, embrace what you see in the mirror in every season, and create a strong yet sustainable focus on your goals.
Not sure if I can help you? Checkout my program page www.celestial.for/foodfreedom or inquire with me directly for more info!
Heather came to me in 2020, as a referral from her coach, truly committed to getting through the binge eating patterns she fell into post-competition in 2018.
She is a single mom with a 16 year old daughter she wanted to be an example to, she works 3 jobs, and made no excuses to investing in the program energetically, time wise, and financially too because she knew healing her relationship with food could give her a new approach to and outlook on life.
My process is calculated, intentional, backed my research, experience, & knowledge, and has been continuously refined, but the application is ALWAYS unique to the individual.
How one person experiences something (or why they do) can so often be different from another which is why it is never enough to just employ a strategy.
In order to create real change we have to go beyond surface level.
She was willing to go there with me every day.
Yes, when you work with me it’s a daily commitment. Given it is a 5 week program, we treat it like an intensive experience to create new normals.
For someone like Heather who could’ve made every excuse not to go through with the daily commitments, she sure did an amazing job of showing up for herself.
I love that about working with my clients, they’re all people who are willing to show up for the hard stuff and make it work regardless of circumstance.
Most accept that if they can make time for the gym, their nutrition, and social media, then they can make time for their personal development & healing journey.
I don’t share all of this to scare you off from the process of healing your relationship with food but rather to show you what is possible with commitment!
Having an unhealthy relationship with food is exhausting, distracting, and detrimental to our goals of succeeding in bodybuilding, ESPECIALLY long-term!
Arguably more so than the work involved to move through it.
Get to the root of your relationship with food, understand your habits & behaviors, & make lasting changes that will drive you forward in your competition goals & life.
Learn more & apply to work with me now at www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom.