#10 Brittney Carbone: Fitness & Non-Negotiable Self Care

The brain has a funny way of creating fear around the things I love most. Some days, I am on fire... Other days, I have to literally say “Hey head, thanks for sharing that negative thinking, but today, it’s not going to keep me from my goals!”
— Brittney Carbone

Brittney Carbone. I met her in an Authenticity workshop put on by Mark Shapiro of The One & Only Podcast when she vulnerably stood up in front of the crowd and said, "today I am starting my business."

That business is the business of being well and sharing health with others. Carbone believes in "non-negotiable self care." Her goal is to help people take action in placing health at the top of their priority list to "give them the opportunity to experience each day with a clear mind and fit body." 

So many things about this struck home for me. First and foremost, one of my core beliefs is that health is #1 in order to give abundantly in all other areas of our lives so I knew we'd have a lot to discuss. Second, Carbone was going 180: quitting her corporate marketing job to go full-time trainer and coach. Upon further conversation, I learned she had also taken her body 180. 

Carbone and I share a birthday. This year we shared our birthday workout on the beach in Santa Monica where she also shared her story and some inspiration on her path to 1-8-0.

What was your life like before the 180 and what's it like now?

I decided to go 180 when I realized that I was completely uncomfortable in my skin and living my life with a skewed lens because of it. Not only had I gained 50 pounds, but I was also very angry, lonely and uptight. I didn't recognize myself mentally or physically and was slipping into a depression that I had yet to experience. Growing up I was always active and fit, so being overweight was an unknown territory and wasn't quite sure how to deal with it in a healthy way. I tried crash diet after crash diet, which of course all failed eventually and would result in even more weight gain, adding the element of defeat to the mix. Finally, I gave in and tried a more balance way of approaching my health: focusing on consuming whole, real foods and exercising. This seems like the most obvious answer, but as most eager dieters know, you tend to want fast results and this wasn't approach wasn't advertised with "lose 10 pounds in 10 days," so it was counter intuitive for a girl like me. With that being said, it was the best shift I could have made and I will forever be grateful for my mentor who suggested it. Today, 50 pounds lighter, I stand at 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and 15% body fat, but even more exciting is that I have a sense of peace and comfort in my skin that I never had before. I experience life with a sense of wonderment, as my outlook has become much more optimistic now that I have developed a relationship with myself that is unbreakable. That is not to say that I don't have hard days, but the confidence I have gained during this process has helped me trust that I am always exactly where I am supposed to be so long as I am practicing nonnegotiable self care. 

How can others move toward 180?

Write your goal down and ask yourself what the steps are to get to there, then get into action right away. It's common to spend a lot of time "devising a plan," when we really need to jump in with both feet! And if you are doing something you don't know much about, educated yourself or hire a professional to work with you because guessing your way through a goal can be frustrating and counterproductive.

What is your biggest block that you deal with?

The biggest block I deal with is my head. There is a chatter that comes from my ego that occasionally puts me down and tells me that I am still the same girl I was 4 years ago. Luckily, meditation, clean eating and exercise have helped me quiet the negative thoughts and have kept me grounded enough to know what is real and what is BS. 

If you could go back, what advice would you give to a younger version of you? How old is she and what would you tell her?

If I could go back, I would tell my younger, 13 year old, self to be grateful for my beautiful, fully functioning and healthy body. I would also encourage myself to eat a nutrient dense diet and to put the sugar downso I operate with a clear mind and body!

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