If you want to know my credentials or my approach to helping women, I have links to both in the above meet Nicole tab. However to truly help you achieve wellness we will dig deep down into where you are today as well as in the past and that’s not always easy to do. So I want to take time to really introduce myself and share my story, giving you the opportunity to really know the woman you are trusting with your health and happiness. This wasn’t easy deciding how open to be and I held back a lot before finally letting go and telling the true story behind Nicole Celeste and Body Goddess.
As you probably know I am a mother of five amazing kids living in New York City. I actually grew up in upstate New York only an hour from the city. I’ve studied nutrition for many years before becoming a health coach and personal trainer and will continue my studies with the goal of a degree in clinical nutrition focusing my career on preventative medicine.
Body Goddess officially began in May 2016 with the start of the Goddess Boot Camp. It was a simple way to introduce my self and Body Goddess to women locally and offer them a fun and challenging fitness program. However the true goal of Body Goddess is to work with women one-on-one really empowering them to see the strength in themselves they need to create a healthy life they are truly passionate about. This goes far beyond nutrition and fitness into all areas including career, spirituality, mindset, relationships (both with self and others), and self-care/restoration.
The Body Goddess Mission Statement means everything to me, “Empowering Women to Create Their Own Health and Happiness.” To empower is to make someone stronger and more confident in their self and own abilities. When empowered there is nothing that can stop you from creating a life you are passionate about and absolutely deserve. And this is exactly what I have set out to do with Body Goddess!
I grew up in a family with eight chiropractors, so it’s safe to say I grew up with an above average understanding of true health, which of course has been a huge influence in my life. I can’t say I always appreciated that, I’ve joked around with my brothers that as kids we had no idea how to make kool aid or got to eat frosted flakes for breakfast.
However eating is not the only factor in living healthy. Your emotional health is just as important and I grew up in a physically and emotionally abusive home, which my incredible mother worked hard to get me and my siblings out of. Although I never got into drugs and alcohol I was a very difficult kid for my mother to raise on her own with my five other siblings. Not knowing all the answers and struggling to take care of my 12 year old self, my mother sought outside help and that began years of emotional and eventually sexual abuse that she was unaware of until much later.
By 17 I was pregnant with my first born and in a relationship that didn’t take long to turn abusive. I was miserable and at times just wanted to end my life. Just like I gave her life my daughter gave me life because she was literally what I was living for and absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me. So unlike other kids my age I wasn’t partying or in clubs I was in school, working full time and raising my daughter. In an attempt to prove I wasn’t like other teen moms I stayed with her father, had two more kids and moved half way across the country with him to Houston Texas before finally attempting to leave him. After our fourth child I finally left him and was on my own but he didn’t make it easy and even forced himself on me resulting in our fifth child.
I was now 24 years old struggling to raise 5 children 100% on my own. I was in a very vulnerable place in my life and feel into a very violent and manipulative relationship that had me fearing for my life on more occasions than anyone will ever know. I tried at one point to get away leaving my job and running away with the kids to a domestic violence shelter but we ended up ultimately homeless and at one point sleeping in the car. I even worked three jobs back to back and only saw the kids for breakfast and dinner. I had to take them to two different daycares because they legally weren’t allowed to spend that many hours at one. After all my hard work I finally got us our own place and a decent job just to have him track us down. And in my own confused mind I gave up fighting because it seemed so much easier.
You don’t think that your life can change in an instant and maybe it only feels like an instant, but at 27 years old I was pregnant with what would have been my sixth child and horribly sick and on my own because I had his father arrested for sexual assault three days before I found out I was pregnant. I gave up all hope and convinced my self we were in love and I agreed to marry him and help him get out of jail.
I have been blessed to have five healthy pregnancies so this one was very different for me. It turned out I had gestational diabetes, which for someone with average weight that doesn’t eat a lot of sweets or drink soda it blew my mind. However many of things I ate or drank on a regular basis especially juices were loaded with sugar. Following my mothers instructions I began making some serious changes to my eating habits.
Despite the changes I was making at six months I miscarried on Mothers Day 2010. As hard as that was for me I believe all things happen for a reason and shortly after he was released form jail things went right back to how they were before. On Thanksgiving Day 2010 I had him sent to prison.
While he was in prison I promised myself that I wouldn’t let my daughters grow up thinking it was ok for a man to treat a woman the way he treated me and I wouldn’t let my sons think it was ok to treat a woman that way. I was determined to really get away and never look back and that is exactly what I did.
It was the beginning of a new life for me and what brought me to where I am today. It wasn’t easy but being on my own meant there was no one in my way.
I spent so long being told what to do, what to wear, who I could talk to, where I could work. I wasn’t even myself anymore and for the first time I was finding myself and living my life for me and my children and I loved it. I had this unbelievable faith that we would always be ok and every time I stressed about not having money for bills or even food things somehow always worked out, and my life has improved more and more every year.
At the same time I was changing more and more how I was eating and adding fitness into my life. I was never really overweight but far from in shape and lacked any confidence in my body. I won’t go into all the different diets I’ve tried because diets didn’t really work for me. I simply began to listen to my body and really eat the way my body was intended to eat. I paid close attention to how I felt after eating something and any signals by body gave me. I still on occasion ignore these signals but overall I eat for my body and I feel great when I eat that way. I also changed my major in school from fashion to marketing to nutrition and dietetics before I got into health coaching and personal training.
Every aspect of my life influences my health inside and out. I don’t say there are 6 Lifestyle Principles that are essential to a healthy life because it sounds nice, I say it because I live it, and when any one of the 6 principles are out of wake it effects the other five.
Of course physical activity and nutrition are a huge part of my life but my career is an even bigger part of my health. For a while I was managing a clothing store and the hours were so long of course at times I needed to be with my kids that I got to a point when I realized I was better off making less money and having time with my family than more money and never seeing them. After that I worked in a lot of gentlemen’s clubs and bars, the long and late hours combined with an overall toxic environment strongly affected my health. Since I struggle sleeping during the day and have to be up early for my kids it threw off my sleep habits, and any normal eating schedule, draining my energy for working out and anything else I need to get done.
If you know me you know the my mindset is a huge factor on where my life is. I’m motivated and determined to constantly reach my goals and improve my life for myself and my family. Obstacles always come my way and they will continue but I have learned to take a step back even if it’s so tough that I am emotionally breaking down. If there is something I can do I have to push myself and do it and if there is nothing to do I have to accept that and allow the universe to do it’s part and point me in the right direction.
I’ve improved the relationships that I have not just with men but with my family with friends and with my self. I distance myself from people that are no good for me and I am practicing putting myself first in all areas of my life. I want my kids and everyone that I work with to know that they matter in their own lives and that starts with knowing that I matter and being the example. I still take care of all my responsibilities as a mother and a business owner but my relationship with myself is my number one priority.
Finally self-care and restoration are huge. This comes in many forms, I try to meditate in the mornings too start my day, and I love yoga in the morning or a short and easy yoga routine right before bed. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting a good night sleep or waking up early in the morning so I have time to get ready without feeling rushed. Making tea and watching ESPN or being lazy on the couch watching a movie with the kids. Self-care comes in many forms for me and restoration simple means letting your body recovery from everything, my previous workout or the long day at work or running errands all day. This is one of the most over looked and important principles.
So this is me I am your Health Coach and Personal Trainer. Your story will be much different than mine just like your health and happiness will be much different than mine, but I would love to help you get there.
Are you ready to start feeling better than ever? Schedule your EMPOWERMENT CHAT with me today!
The best way to reach Nicole is by email: BodyGoddessCoach@Gmail.com
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm