As I was doing cardio on the treadmill the other day I just kept visualizing myself on stage and hearing my name called to take first over and over and over again.
I was having to keep myself from smiling crazy and getting emotional on the treadmill because of how deeply and powerfully I could feel that moment as though it was happening.
Visualization is such a powerful tool. Look at yourselfIn the mirror and then start changing your scenery using your imagination and your mind and get into the energy of having what you desire or being where you want to be.
You should feel this overwhelming sensation come over you and that’s when you know you’re getting into your visualization process. Since I couldn’t get super into it on the treadmill I kept affirming to myself “Celeste Rains-Turk, nationally qualified bikini competitor...nationally qualified...nationally qualified”.
This helped me to push harder and feel really good in the process. The biggest reward is feeling my head it the pillow at night knowing I gave it my ALL. I couldn’t get over it if I didn’t give my all so I make sure to leave it all in the gym. At this point I barely feel like I’m on ‘prep’ because I️ kept my ‘off’ time workouts intense too.
The only difference is not having some bites of food off my meal plan throughout the day, fitting my macros with something else entirely, enjoying a day of whatever on the weekends or experiencing with fun baking.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and coach said I could enjoy a meal but not go crazy. I decided that one meal, even one bite, isn’t worth it to me and I am not going to indulge in a refeed unless it’s strategic.
This doesn’t mean I am against the overeating of the holidays and the indulging of all the yummies, trust me I️ love it too, it just means this year I’ve decided to place my goal, my why, and myself above that and focus on being the best I’ve ever been so I️ can do the best I’ve ever done.
Plus, to me it’s about the time spent with the people around the table more than what’s on the table. I’m so grateful I have the power and freedom to make choices that make me feel empowered.
(Picture from before my last show btw)