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Me n me doin our thing just 9 months apart (April 3, 2019 to January 3, 2020)
It’s been a long off season focusing on health and growth but I started a pre-prep mode off season program with my coaches summertime last year and we’ve been workin at it ever since
Not racing to the finish line but I will say, when we compare this April 3rd from 2019 to April 3rd of 2020, it’s gunna be even more epic ;)
I am very proud of myself in both these frames because I remember in April just being happy to be lifting heavier and having a period and being able to see visible muscle gains despite the fat I had gained too from making conscious (and at times very scary) efforts to restore my cycle
Today I’m proud of myself because I never gave up on me. I always trusted in the process and in what my body and mind needed and here we are, reaping the reward of patience and self love Loving yourself in every season isn’t a froofy way of making you feel good; it’s about genuinely taking care of what you and your body needs and allowing positive energy to be what drives you
Especially when things become challenging or don’t go “as planned”
External motivation will dwindle and fade, so chasing the stage isn’t going to sustain your efforts
Only intrinsic motivation can create the level of results and consistency you’re looking for long term And it helps if you actually love the process ;)
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Imagine how much further you can go with a healthy, conditioned, and champion mindset
Never mistake balance for weakness
It takes a lot to give your all in everything you do
Balance is not the same as sacrifice or slacking off so let’s not get it twisted
Sure it can look different for everyone and some popular definitions or showcases of balance have skewed how we perceive it
No denying that!
But when I preach balance, normalization, exposure and limiting restriction, I am not saying we need to leave our goals behind and therefore choose mediocrity
No way. I’m a competitor, I work with competitors, so I create systems and mindsets that support competitors in their goals
What I am saying is we need to prioritize the way in which we approach and achieve those goals so we can continue to pursue and receive healthy fulfillment from them
Balance isn’t about mediocrity at all
It’s about perception
Find your balance and let that be enough
Know that if you have big vision goals, your balance may look different than someone else’s
And acknowledge that in order to really make the most of every day you spend committed to your goals, it needs to come from a healthy mindset that can sustain your drive and support you in your endeavors
Otherwise when it’s all said and done and you are no longer pursuing those goals because you’re ‘burnt out’, ‘jaded’ or just ‘giving it up’, you may wish you had “found more balance”
There have been plenty of examples of this
Athletes who have zero balance & then get so consumed by competing and describe “hanging up the heels” like they were blindsided by the sport or completely chewed up and spit out
Don’t let that be you
YES! Be all in. Be committed. Follow your plan. Go the extra mile. Communicate with your coach. Practice your posing. Fine tune the details
BUT MAKE EVERY OUNCE OF EFFORT YOU GIVE IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE MATTER
Know when to redistribute your energy and be conscious of where your mind is really at when doing so
You can be ALL IN any goals without being ALL OUT in others
Like I said, balance is about perception, NOT mediocrity, you can have balance without giving up your goals; Modify your perception, create a definition, & set actions that align with it
Thank you 2019!❤️
I am so grateful for all the friends I made & the people I grew close to
I am so thankful for the growth of “Confessions of a Bikini Pro” podcast. Every athlete has been a pleasure & always amazes me
I especially loved doing coaches week & how much of a difference it made for many of you!
I am most grateful that my podcast has allowed me to form some amazing connections like the partnerships I have established with Team Elite Physique, Bikini Competition Academy, and SO many more, would be too many to even list!
I am so happy my business has made more of an impact directly & indirectly this year than any other
I served OVER 100 women in making peace with food, their body, & their goals so so fulfilling
Many clients gave testimonials or sent wins to me that meant the world & I frequently revisit for a reminder of the importance of my mission BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
It has been nothing short of humbling. To know many trust me & commit to my process. It’s Not something I take lightly
Not to mention the indirect impact of my content through social media, my book, my freebie gifts, & my podcast. I teared up so many times reading your messages & appreciation or shared posts for all of it
I hosted my 1st event ever with an absolutely incredible group of women & immediately got the next on the calendar (25 days out omg!!)
I healed my menstrual issues naturally & have had my cycle for almost 1 year
I traveled with my family 2x & had so much fun with them
I graduated with magna cum laude for my bachelors degree in Psychology
I started my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I took on more independence than ever before which I wanted to accomplish by 23 & I did
I got featured in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive & Addicted2Success as well as some amazing podcasts (see all those features HERE)
I learned how to be more flexible / loosen reigns without sacrificing my results
I spoke in NY & spent time with my lil biz family there
I satisfied my core values & learned a lot about myself
I’m ready for more! Thanks for being part of it❤️
Every thought and belief you have matters
Whether it is taking place consciously or subconsciously, it is going to impact your reality
The more you believe something about yourself, the more likely you are to become it
The more conscious you can be, the better
So as you enter a season of change and new beginnings, be mindful that they can only last if you are willing to create and form new neural pathways or strong thought patterns to support those changes you want to make
The stronger the positive connections you can make, the better
Which means consistency is necessary and consciously observing yourself is a non-negotiable
The biggest mistake you can make heading into any day is turning on auto pilot
You deserve better than that
And if you’re serious about achieving new, lofty goals, you really don’t have a choice but to change your mindset
At the end of the day, it’s not your heart, lungs, or limbs that are driving your experiences it’s your perceptions, world view, beliefs, habitual thoughts, constant reality, and again your perceptions
Your body is the vehicle in which your soul gets to have a human experience yet your mind is what can really transform and influence that experience as well as the state of your body and soul
Changing your physical self, physical world, or physical experiences starts with changing the patterns playing on repeat in your head over and over and over and over and over again
Go purchase my #1 best-selling self-help book “Believe your way to Badass” on Amazon now! It’s an interactive guide to redefining your beliefs, developing self-love, and manifesting you’re way to your best most badass self
Want help applying mindset work to competing specifically?
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Speaking of Goals, did you hear the bonus wrap up episode on 'Confessions of a Bikini Pro Podcast' yet?! You Can Listen Now HERE
If you are constantly walking by mirrors checking for some sign of a change or representation of behaviors (eating, exercise, sleep, pills, etc) then you’re taking yourself away from the bigger picture & moving close to the edge of dangerous cliff
This obsessive behavior is common among competitors considering its a physique driven sport where you’re literally judged on the way your body looks
It used to be SO habitual for me until I realized it was a habit that was distracting & taking me away from my goals
You know how it is, you walk by the mirror you don’t like what you see so you resort to a more extreme or negative behavior that has previously been positively conditioned in your mind to create a positive result
You saw yourself get leaner eating chicken & asparagus so when you‘re not appearing leaner you think to yourself “ok I just need to eat my chicken & asparagus” or “I just need to take x fat burners” or “I just have to stop eating xyz” or “I need to do extra cardio” or or or
It’s not productive
Even If you look in the mirror repeatedly because you LIKE what you see, you’re then creating positive reinforcements (again usually connected to whatever current behaviors you have which separately may not even be healthy—key detail) for this “ideal” body shape or size
When you rely on the mirror checks to bring your confidence up or validate your work you further yourself from having other confidence boosting activities or internal validations
Over obsession on shape can lead to destructive behaviors
How is that going to help you be a better competitor if it leads you to binging or restricting?
Or help you have a successful off season if you just constantly judge yourself for lines that disappear?
Or help you commit to your prep when progress is slower or different than expected?
So why wouldn’t you stop a habit as small yet powerful as that?
If you think you’re body checking too much, you probably are
It doesn’t mean you should never look in a mirror, it just means you need to be conscious of your behaviors, like anything 🧠💓
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
A consistent theme among the women who contact me to receive support with their relationship with food is FREEDOM
They want to be able to make peace with food WITHOUT sacrificing their goals & aspirations in fitness & competing
They want freedom, yet they only know control
So when they are around food that isn’t tracked, prescribed as a meal, or part of their “approved” foods they feel they have NO control
But they want to be able to have one bite or one cookie or one meal without an overwhelming fear of going crazy, like usual
Can you relate?
Saying you’ll have “1” & it turns into a full on free for all
Going out to dinner & needing to restrain every fiber of your being from eating more chips & salsa because you normally go wild
Spending hours tracking & precalculating anything “off” plan or “guesstimated”
Making every effort to be able to control yourself at a free meal, cheat meal, IE day, whatever you want to call it, by “increasing will power” but you KEEP failing & it turns into what feels like an all out binge?
How can you end this cycle?
Do the opposite of what you think you “should” or “need” to do
When you want to restrict everything so you can “gain control” you’re actually just increasing the desire to go nuts AND you are conditioning your mind to believe that YOU CAN’T CONTROL YOURSELF AROUND ANY FOOD OFF PLAN/MACROS
But that’s not really “freedom”...that’s just a tighter leash
No dog has been happier on a tighter leash, neither will you
You actually have to give yourself opportunities to experience & learn about yourself in an environment of freedom
You have to approach a meal with a different, more conscious, mindset
Not just focusing on the macros or “making it fit” but actually just eating & learning how your body responds
“But Celeste, won’t this ruin my progress?”
It can, but it depends how you approach this
I’ve found my clients need different approaches. I have 4 I use most often to help them
The approach given depends what season they’re in
Contact me now letting me know what is going on for you and I may be able to give you some insight for your specific situation ❤️😊
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Do you get anxious about the holidays knowing you’re going to be surrounded by food?
Having that lingering fear of not being able to control yourself?
Or the nagging thoughts of food that never end & serve as annoying distractions from what truly matters?
Do you get overwhelmed trying to calculate & perfectly balance every morsel of food you long for in an effort to make others feel good or make sure that you don’t miss out?
More than anything do you tend to feel guilt & this intense urge to work off, earn, or even make up for all the food you ate?
It’s sad how for many people, holidays have been plagued with these overbearing thoughts & anxieties
Going into the holidays as a competitor can be tricky when our identity is rooted in that of ‘someone who doesn’t usually eat that stuff or needs to track everything or can’t indulge without going crazy’
At least, that’s the underlying identity many athletes attach themselves to
Of course, there is also the competitor who is on prep & might be worried about derailing their progress or not being able to hold themselves back from the temptations of the Christmas dessert table
I’ve done prep through holidays where I haven’t been given a meal, & it heightened my awareness of the other amazing parts of the holiday season
I’ve also had improvement seasons during the holidays where I could eat anything without worrying about my next show
But the fear & anxiety I had once been so familiar with, I could combat with a new identity & belief patterns
I look at these meals as no different than any other meal
We have to take food off the pedestal in order to not fantasize or obsess over it to the point of creating a restricted mindset that then leads to the “get as much in as possible because I never get it” mentality
Another important key is that the thoughts you bring to the table are going to be more influential in your experiences & digestion than anything else. I’ve made posts on this before & would be happy to send them to you!
Lastly, it’s food. It provides great experiences, opportunities for connection, tradition, & nourishment
You don’t have to earn it or work it off or put it to good use. You just eat it
Doing so with gratitude & complete awareness of how your body will feel as well as where the choice is coming from
It’s not about the food, it’s about you, the thoughts, beliefs, experiences, identities, & all the inner workings that really influence the encounters you have with food
What are you missing out on by being consumed with these anxieties, thoughts, concerns, past experiences, & shortcomings?
It’s just no way to live
You deserve to happily enjoy the holidays and ALLLL that comes with it & ALLLL that it means for YOU without a serving of guilt, shame, worry, or swirling thoughts on the side
Apply for my food relationship healing program that’s helped women all over the world make peace with food and fully enjoy/mentally prepare for the holidays!
Why not just leave it behind us the rest of today? And tomorrow? And the next?
Why not just start flexing those self-love and mindset muscles now so come 2020 the v2.0 of you is already kicking ass?
Not gunna preach when you should or shouldn’t start your goals but I will say if you’ve been battling with these things for a long time, you can change it and you can change it starting now
I have 3 options for you:
1. Join my On-Demand Mindset Coaching Platform to receive instant support and mentorship based on a specific struggle you’re dealing with related to body image, motivation/discipline, goals, negative self-talk, and food relationship (link in comments)
2. Apply for my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery journal program with 1:1 coaching and 24/7 access to me
3. Contact me to discuss how we can work together to take your mindset to the next level focusing on all aspects of your inner world supporting your external experiences so you can show up for yourself every day bringing your best and becoming your best
It’s never “too late” and I don’t believe in “lost causes” so don’t message me asking me if I think you’re a lost cause, I definitely won’t
But do message me letting me know what’s going on for you so I can determine if and how I can help you
When I was overcoming many of my mental challenges I’d ask myself if I still want to have them in 5-10 years and what it would be like if I did
That certainly got my ass in gear every time
I committed to changing my reality day in and day out so one day I wouldn’t have to anymore
Now I am in “maintenance” and “growth” mode. I’m not constantly dealing with the issues that once weighed on me
I just focus on continuing my conscious choices, thoughts, and behaviors WHILE focusing on my next level growth and versions of myself
How about this? NO more back up plan, no more “when this” or “when that”
It is now, or never
It is “this is it, this is my time”
When we create space for our results to show up, they do
When we create space for sabotage to show up, it will
Whatever we put the most focus on or energy in, expands
So, if in life, you want to achieve something and all you do is focus on it not happening, it is going to continue to not happen
Similarly, when you focus on achieving something and stepping into the version of yourself who already has achieved it and you decide that is your only possible outcome, it becomes your only possible outcome
In reality, if you want to be someone different, you can’t do what you did yesterday or the day before
You’re going to stay the same or if you’re declining then it’ll only get worse
When we get clear on the person we want to become then it is easier for us to embody that version of ourselves
It’s a matter of becoming the person we need to become before we actually are them
This is how we create a new identity for ourselves which should have new behaviors, beliefs, and habits
This means we have a focus and a space to generate the results of our next level selves because we have actually committed to the idea of becoming that
This next level identity will help you make more conscious decisions throughout the day wen the energy of this ideal person and version of us is tapped into
So, who do you have to become in order to achieve the results you desire in the most fulfilling and empowering way?
This is a slightly edited excerpt from my best-selling book, “Believe your way to Badass” which is an interactive guide with prompts, action plans, and space to journal and set those plans in motion
You can purchase it on amazon by searching “Believe your way to Badass” or “Celeste Rains-Turk”
Hope you love it 😉
Ps let me know if you get a copy for yourself!😍
Contrary to popular anti-diet culture belief you actually CAN be a competitor with a healthy relationship with food & body image
I’d be happy to show you some examples & even help you be one of them
Now, if we went by definitions alone, the majority of the fitness industry would qualify as being disordered in their thoughts of their body, food, & overall approach to life
BUT I believe in looking further than that
As I pursue my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling it’s become increasingly apparent that considering the WHOLE person is not only necessary but integral in resolving challenges
This ideology is not new to my current approach, which is part of why I’ve been successful in helping myself & others make peace
My goal is to bridge the gap between competitors & mental health
I want competitors to be given the attention & support they deserve WITHOUT being told they HAVE to give up something they love
I believe it is possible to pursue this sport & LOVE all of it without suffering common consequences such as body image, food relationship, & over attachment to external validations
While they are common & inevitable to some degree, I do believe in providing coaching, resources, & guidance to be able to move through these issues & get AHEAD of them before they get the best of YOU
Of course we have to consider physiological approaches in this too like the diet you are on & the training you’re dedicated to as well as other personal variables within your own health history & genetics & for some, their choices in the pursuit of excellence
So, how is it possible for me to believe so strongly that we can CHANGE the current norm for competitors?
Because I’ve done it, many of my clients have or are doing it, & if I didn’t truly believe it I wouldn’t be giving my everything to my mission to help others Build More than Just a Body
Click HERE to learn more about & get access to the tool I created that gives competitors INSTANT access to mindset mentorship & support based on a problem they’re experiencing like the ones I’ve discussed in this post!
Don’t let the struggles you face be what holds you back!