#518 – From $300k a Month on Amazon to Owning a Fitness Studio

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Are you looking to lead a healthy entrepreneurial lifestyle and diversify your business? Our special guest, a fitness celebrity, shares her journey from being a successful Amazon seller to becoming a wellness influencer after a tough E-commerce business setback. Her story is not just about overcoming trademark issues but also navigating a major shift in her personal brand and adapting to a new market niche. 

This episode indeed offers a goldmine of insights. From harnessing the power of Helium 10 Chrome extension for Amazon keyword data to branching out into drop shipping, wholesaling, and even selling audiobooks, our guest offers a wealth of knowledge. We also revisit her previous episode about her brand, Dollface, exploring the trademark drama that ensued and the valuable lessons learned. 

Finally, we delve into the realm of fitness, discussing the transformation of our guest’s YouTube content and the decision to open her own gym. Packed with her wisdom on personal branding, niche-finding, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, this episode is a must for both health-conscious Amazon entrepreneurs and those seeking to diversify their businesses. Tune in to learn, get inspired, and glean wisdom from our guest’s entrepreneurial journey and her commitment to fitness.

In episode 518 of the Serious Sellers Podcast, Bradley and Carabella discuss:

  • 03:38 – Beauty Products to Fitness Celebrity Transition
  • 10:02 – Personal Branding and Followers
  • 17:46 – Unwanted Attention in the Gym
  • 20:53 – Entrepreneurship and Healthy Habits
  • 23:09 – Non E-Commerce Questions for Guests
  • 28:42 – The Importance of Health and Discipline
  • 33:05 – Tips, Tricks, and Transformations for Success
  • 34:34 – Diet Plan for 30-Pound Weight Loss
  • 36:38 – Introduction to Bellatec Studio

Transcript

Bradley Sutton.

Today we’ve got a guest back who at one point was doing over a quarter of a million dollars per month on Amazon. That had it all taken away and now she’s reinvented herself as a fitness celebrity. Out there, she has her own gym and everything and she’s going to talk about her Amazon journey and she’s going to give us tips and tricks on how to stay healthy as entrepreneurs. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I think. Are you browsing a Shopify, Walmart, Esty, Alibaba or Pinterest page and maybe you see a cool product that you want to get some more data on? Well, while you’re on those pages, you can actually use the Helium 10 Chrome extension demand analyzer to get instant data about what’s happening on Amazon for those keywords on these other websites. Or maybe you want to then follow up and get an actual supplier quote from a company on Alibaba.com in order to see if you can get this product produced. You can do that also with the Helium 10 Demand Analyzer. Both of these are part of the Helium 10 Chrome extension, which you can download for free at h10.me/extension. Hello everybody, and welcome to another episode of the series sellers podcast by Helium 10. I am your host, Bradley Sutton, and this is the show. That’s a completely BS free, unscripted and unrehearsed organic conversation about serious strategies for serious sellers of any level in the e-commerce world, and we’ve got a serious seller. Probably this might be the record of the most time between coming on the podcast. I think the first time you came on the podcast is probably like three, maybe four years ago.

Carabella:

Yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

We’ve got Carabella here. The last time you were on the podcast, did you film it here too?

Carabella:

We didn’t film it here.

Bradley Sutton.

But you came here for something else.

Carabella:

Then I came here, for there was a conference or some sort. We were teaching something. It was an Amazon event.

Bradley Sutton.

Yes, Okay, I was about to say, like you might be one of the only people have recorded in this old this is the original Helium 10 pPodcast or the second Helium 10 Podcast Studio, but we don’t even, I don’t even record here anymore. But okay, so this is your first podcast here, first time in a few years. All right, so if you guys want to get her like full, full backstory, her original episode was actually episode 64. Now we’re like at 500 something. But anyways, let’s kind of like catch up, because at that time you had your brand Dollface and then you were going through some drama back in those days because then somebody was trying to come and say, hey, this is no, this is our trademark. And I believe how we left it off was you basically had to like sell them your inventory or sell out of your product or what happened.

Carabella:

Yeah, exactly. So the company was named Dollface but they were selling cosmetics. I was so new to business and online business I was very naive. My thing was I’m just going to reach out to them see if they can approve me getting my trademark, cause the USPTO, I think, who does trademarks. They were saying there’s somebody else that has something similar, you can’t do it. So I said I’ll just reach out to them. We’re not really competition. I’m doing, you know, skincare tools. They’re doing skincare creams. They said no way. So then I said okay, I have all this inventory. You’re already selling skincare. Why don’t you just take it? They said, okay, sold it at cost. And then we went from there and then I went out of business, out of Dollface, out of Amazon completely at that time.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, completely at that time.

Carabella:

And then I started doing drop shipping, wholesaling. I started doing audio books. I still have my audio books on there. I made the uh all of these on Amazon all of these on Amazon. So I did a fitness tracker book, things like that, and I was selling those, yeah, so completely different business.

Bradley Sutton.

And then that was around the time, like at that time you were kind of like a micro influencer in the beauty uh, you know, seen, because that was what your product was Right. But then you kind of like I remember that was when you first started doing like fitness videos on YouTube. Yeah, did you like make a new YouTube? Channel or you just switch your existing YouTube channel to the fitness stuff. Yeah, I switched my existing.

Carabella:

YouTube channel. I completely pivoted. I just started posting workout content and all my subscribers were like what is going on? And I just took down all my skincare stuff and a lot of people unsubscribed. They were like we’re here for the skincare? And I said, okay, see, you later, but I just started posting workout videos. I had a tiny little apartment and I started doing these little workout videos in the dark. Basically it looked so bad, and then, little by little, I started my community there. What, uh, what prompted that?

Bradley Sutton.

Like, were you just so like, so fed up with what happened with the beauty, so like I don’t want to do this, or the skincare stuff, that I don’t want to do this anymore. Or you’re like you know what. I think there’s a need, I see a, you know, like an opportunity for me in the, in the fitness world, or how did that happen? It was kind of like a passion thing.

Carabella:

I took Tai Lopez’s course 67 steps and he was saying what could you do all day long and love it and talk about it? And I was getting burnt out. On the skincare thing, I was making too many videos. My skin was breaking out. I didn’t even wear makeup in reality. It was just like not aligned with me. I was just selling it to sell it and it was selling. So I was focused more on money there when I said what could I really do and just do it endlessly? It was fitness. I worked out every day I ate healthy. I was just in that lifestyle and it didn’t feel like work. Okay, so I just jumped in.

Bradley Sutton.

All right now how you know the other Amazon stuff. You know audiobooks, drop shipping, like how did those work out for you? In the meantime was like was that the income that was sustaining you?

Carabella:

in those days. So I did drop shipping and I did wholesaling and I didn’t do anything for fitness. I just kind of learned how to do all this drop shipping.

Bradley Sutton.

What kind of drop shipping?

Carabella:

I was pulling products from Walmart and I was selling them on Amazon.

Bradley Sutton.

I used to do that too Until.

Carabella:

I was on sorry tracking down and it was money making baby.

Bradley Sutton.

Like I think in one like November, December, I probably did like maybe $200,000 in just like one or two months. It was insane in those days.

Carabella:

Yes, literally million dollars in like a few months, just in. You know that selling and it was crazy. And then slowly and I started opening more Amazon accounts. This was before they got so strict. So I had multiple selling accounts, I had multiple LLCs and I was doing all this stuff with Walmart and then I was also using Home Depot, I was using a Costco, I was using all these other places to fulfill from because Alibaba and AliExpress. It just took way too long and people on Amazon they want their orders but people started telling on me taking pictures of their Walmart bags why is this that was so ghetto.

Bradley Sutton.

Walmart was ghetto in those days. They would straight take DoorDash I think they still do it a little bit like DoorDash drivers and they would like literally leave a plastic bag of Walmart.

Carabella:

And this is supposed to be an Amazon order, it’s all yeah, I got busted, but I made a lot of money very quickly and it was pretty successful for a while.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, and then how about the books? Did that do anything for you?

Carabella:

Yeah, so I wrote a few. I wrote a planner, a fitness planner. It was like scan the QR code and work out for 60 days with me in a planner. So you scan the work out, you scan the QR code, you get a workout and then you do. You know, I ate this today and it’s a weight loss book basically A little bit digital because the QR code. And then from there I said, okay, what about Kindle books? I took a course called publishing.com or something like this, where they teach you how to build out Kindle books and eBooks, and so I started doing that. I made a couple of those and those are still on Amazon, just listed there. I don’t even look at them.

Bradley Sutton.

So around what year? From when to when I’m assuming it was after we had the podcast, obviously so like 2019, you started doing the drop shipping. How long were you doing the drop shipping?

Carabella:

I did the drop shipping for, I think, two years, so okay. So it was a decent amount of time. Decent amount of time, Made a lot of money, built a little team. I had a bunch of VAs, you know it was pretty successful. And then from there I was already doing the fitness recording.

Bradley Sutton.

I had my YouTube channel. Yeah, I had my.

Carabella:

YouTube channel and I had the drop shipping thing going on simultaneously.

Bradley Sutton.

And then you said you were doing a little bit of wholesaling, like what kind of was that?

Carabella:

That was like Amazon business, where I found pretty big suppliers that were selling in bulk and I would list on Amazon and then same thing like using Costco, using Sam’s Club, these type of places, and I would just fulfill bulk orders at a discount.

Bradley Sutton.

What do you mean by bulk? Fulfilling bulk orders?

Carabella:

Like wholesale. So somebody orders like 200 units instead of one or two On Amazon.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, so also you made like a, like a very, was it like a variation where it was like 200 or they literally had to order 200 items.

Carabella:

They literally have to order like 200 items of something Interesting. There was a there was an Amazon business section sector and I got in there and I was able to sell bulk orders, yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, interesting, and then all right. So now, what year are we about? Like when we were talking about the second year of this 2019.

Carabella:

2021. 2020, 2021. 2021, end of 2021, 2022. And then I completely stopped all of that. No more drop shipping. Amazon got crazy. They closed all out of my accounts. I had like one account open. I think I have one account open which is where my books live.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, and then on the YouTube side was there a time you know where it just started taking off, or has it just always been gradual, Because I don’t really start really small, but that was really big.

Carabella:

Actually it’s not crazy big. It’s like 6,000 subscribers still kind of small, but I feel like I have a very loyal following. And then I started doing selling from there, so selling inside of there. So I created a Shopify store with, like some workout things from Walmart. People can come by from my Shopify store, things like that. And then obviously YouTube pays you for ad revenue and super chats and all these things that you can do when you’re going live and stuff like that. Okay, yeah. So that was always just gradual, steady, steady, steady.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, I think that’s important, you know, cause it’s not always about the number. Sure, yeah, if you’re like MrBeast, you know like having he’s a beast. Yeah, having that number of followers obviously is good for you, but other you know, you could have like a hundred thousand followers and then if you’re not doing branding or you’re not really personal, like it doesn’t really do you any good because people only they’re not following you, they’re just like all right, I’m subscribed to this. Oh, there’s another video. That was like when I started on YouTube, like a long time ago for the Zumba stuff, I was following a lot of people. Then I thought about it was like, if I saw these people like in an Amazon or Amazon see, I always think about Amazon nowadays If I saw these people like in a Zoom book conference, I literally wouldn’t even know who they are, right, I don’t know their names and stuff. So I’m like, if I’m gonna do YouTube, it’s like how do I make myself memorable? And that’s why I created that character. I wear the crazy socks and different things like that. But you kind of have to have a thing that makes it personal. Then you can have like six or 7,000 followers, yeah, and then it still works out for you.

Carabella:

Yeah, and you can monetize it and it’s still good. And then, from there, I started doing fitness for brides and teaching online. Ah yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

I was doing that, I would do Zumba classes. For you know, guys, don’t get twisted for bachelorette parties. It wasn’t, the clothes stay on, all right, but you know, like, like, weddings are very stressful, oh yeah. And they’re like for weeks, they’re just like going crazy and they’re like, hey, right, a couple of days before the wedding we just want to kind of like get our indoor friends out and just like work it out. You know, we’re kind of and so like I would make a lot of money doing bachelorette and there’d be good dudes there too, you know that’d be kind of strange, you know, but you know so. So that’s a, that’s a interesting thing. So you would, you would like, was it mainly like, hey, get the bride in shape over?

Carabella:

a certain amount of time, or something like that. Exactly From there, I started doing my YouTube. Amazon was like way gone, didn’t even focus on it. I started doing more personal training, one-on-one stuff, and then I said I can’t do one-on-ones, this is going to be crazy. Like I have no time, yeah. So then, from there, I took a course and look at me taking all these fricking courses. I learned Amazon from a course, though, too.

Bradley Sutton.

But hey, see, see, hey guys, real quick takeaway here. Everybody takes courses. Very few people actually act or actually do what they learn. You know, I take a course, oh great, I learned so much, it was great. Or are you doing it? No, like maybe they haven’t all worked out, but literally she, you know, she took a course on Amazon. She started Amazon. She took a course on wholesale and then drop shipping. She started doing that and now she took, she took a Tylopus course. She started. You know, she did something off that. I like that. I wish more people were like you. But go ahead anyways.

Carabella:

Yeah, it’s a finisher, mindset, right.

Bradley Sutton.

There you go.

Carabella:

I did the publishing course I made books on Amazon. They’re still there selling like you get royalties from them. So I took this course. Ruben Brooks he’s a coach and he teaches coaches how to build their online presence for fitness. So I took his course. It was expensive like $6,000, $10,000 course and I was like I’m going all in. So I built out my online program. He said you need to niche down. I said okay, who can I teach? I had experience in the bridal industry from way before I started selling on Amazon. I worked with weddings and events. So I said brides, they got the money, they want to look good in their dress, feel sexy, they’re honeymoon after, they want to be like ready. So boom, that became my niche and I started building out my course for brides and then from there it just was kind of easy, because there’s a lot of brides in LA, especially Beverly Hills, that have the money to take training.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, so all this time, like you were saving money too from Amazon, because I’m assuming you weren’t like living it’s not called paycheck, they paycheck, but disbursement to disbursement from Amazon. You started saving up money and then. So that means when, that you know, when Amazon cut you off on some, it’s not like you were on the streets or anything.

Carabella:

No, no, yeah, Always definitely have savings, have backup plans, keep your and I did one-on-ones between. So after that I did my one-on-ones, I made clients. I mean, I made money doing, you know, one-on-one training in the gym and things like that. So from there I said, okay, online is the way to go about the course. I went to conferences in Arizona to learn about the industry and then I started making money online again, but in fitness this time.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, all right, cool. So at what point were you like, did you just kind of like, shut down almost all of your Amazon? Like, today you have no physical products, it’s a hundred percent, just like your digital product, digital books.

Carabella:

yeah, Two digital books. They just are on Amazon. I don’t even look at them.

Bradley Sutton.

Was it? Did you have like tons saved up or was it a little bit? Was there a time where you’re kind of scared Like, okay, amazon’s not going to work out, like I better get something else pretty fast. Or was that other income from the training and stuff already going by that time?

Carabella:

Yeah, it was already going by that time. I was also. I’m also very much a worker person. I look ahead a lot. So I’m seeing like, okay, I’m stopping Amazon, they’re closing my channels, I’m gonna get my personal trainer certification so I can start teaching people what I love already. And this was already in my mind, because I was teaching people how to do it on YouTube without a certification. So then I thought why not be more legit and then offer these things in person? And trainers can make a lot of money. Especially where I live, you can make a lot of money per hour. So I had already kind of foreshadowed what I wanted to do before Amazon cut me off completely. So I had savings and I didn’t live beyond my means, which a lot of people I feel like do, which is bad running up their credit cards, especially in California, not paying the thing, I had a Mazda. I think you knew me then. I had a Mazda. I lived very humbly, so I didn’t have all of this debt on my head and I didn’t have too much to play catch up with.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, cool. Was there a point where just the trainer on their own like completely replaced what you were doing on Amazon, or was it still a little bit less?

Carabella:

Still a little bit less. It was less in person for sure. And then when I started to build scale with the online program and I could have way more clients than just like six a day, because six a day is like six hours of your life.

Bradley Sutton.

Hold on, like I’m kind of like spazzy anyways, are you saying you were doing like online, like Zoom? Like oh okay, For some reason I missed that.

Carabella:

Okay.

Bradley Sutton.

So that just widens your bait. Instead of trying to have to find some, all right, let’s find a gym that we can both go to or come to my house or something you were, somebody could be anywhere.

Carabella:

Yeah, exactly. And then I was doing training for brides and things like that. And then I built out courses. I already had libraries of videos on YouTube. I just put them in trainer eyes, which is where all the videos live like a course, and then all you have to do is reach out to people who are getting married. And I did the hashtag thing, the cold DM thing. Hey, I see you’re gonna get married. I see you just got proposed to. Hey, da, da, da, I’m a trainer, this is what I do. I’ll give you a couple, you know, seven days free, 14 days free. Check out my course. Boom, get a sale. This type of thing.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, Okay, yeah, Interesting. Now at what point did it get in your head where it’s like I want to have my own like brick-and-mortar location, like a physical studio or Always. Always, so that was always a dream.

Carabella:

I love equinox, I love working out and I always wanted my own place and literally I put it on my vision board. It’s on my vision board, this little studio with perfect yoga mats, laid out with little yoga blocks. And then, when I got my studio, I did the same photo shoot in there and I matched it to my vision board. It was one year later. Wow, I put it on my vision board and then, one year later, I got the opportunity.

Bradley Sutton.

That’s awesome. So what was your thought process? Cause I believe it’s a little bit unique where you’re only catering to female clients, right Like was that always the plan, or were you just like kind of like thinking like an Amazon seller, how can I niche down? Or what was going on there? A?

Carabella:

little bit like the Amazon seller. How can I niche down? How can I make it special? Also, being in the gym as a woman. Sometimes you get unwanted attention. A lot of women feel the same way. It was a consistent thing I heard from my brides about being in a physical gym. It’s uncomfortable. I have a husband, I have my man, this and that I don’t want to get gawked at all this stuff.

Bradley Sutton.

So I have to deal with that. I don’t know. I’m just like.

Carabella:

So I just thought what a concept. And I know the majority of gyms are full of men, so I cut my audience in like half, maybe even 60, 40. Cause men just are in the gym. But we’re doing something very different. It’s only group classes and it’s only for women, and if you go to gyms and you look at their group classes, it’s all women.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, when I was teaching Zumba it was like 45 women and like two dudes only. Yeah.

Carabella:

And it’s all feminine. You know style of movements, classes, so I feel like we’re on the right path, Okay.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, all right. So yeah, basically this episode is about guys. Hey, you guys are Amazon sellers out there and if you want to do this for the rest of your life, do it. I think I might do Amazon for the almost rest of my life. You know, like I have no plans to do anything, but it’s important to have you know kind of backup plans too, and if something goes wrong with your Amazon business, it’s not over. You know, like, like she, she’s had a couple of two kind of major bad events happen on Amazon. One because of her trademark. She didn’t, you know, do enough research and she got shut down and then she started it again. And then again because Amazon kind of changed her policies with drop shipping and things, and again she didn’t, she didn’t let it knock her down. So do you have, like you know like financial advisors, or you know planning and stuff, or have you just done everything on your own?

Carabella:

Yeah, no financial advisors, no planning. I mean I had a financial advisor when I got life insurance, but that’s as far as I’ve gone, you know, so far. Yeah, hopefully I get huge and I’ll need all of those. But yeah, from where I’m at now and where I was, no financial advisors, I did QuickBooks, I had an accountant, but that’s the extent of it.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, yeah. So what’s in the like on the horizon for you? What’s your plan? I mean, obviously the studio just started like a few months ago, right? We?

Carabella:

just opened about a month and a half ago. On the horizon, I want the studio to flourish. I’m only focusing on this one location first, but my big dream is to have a clothing line with this company, more locations with this company, and I want to go worldwide. Oh my goodness.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, I want to have.

Carabella:

Bellatec clothing line yoga mats. You know huge events. You know how Aloe Yoga teaches yoga too, so we’re actually going to do our first event with Fabletics and USC. Wow.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay.

Carabella:

Yeah, that’s exciting. And the Clippers came into our studio looking for a place to train their girls.

Bradley Sutton.

Yes.

Carabella:

So we’re right in the middle of downtown it’s my team right there. There you go.

Bradley Sutton.

Yes.

Carabella:

So, yeah, wow, I really want to expand and make this a huge, huge company. I’m looking at it right now Like realistically. I just want to make this baby grow up.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, so then you’re almost guaranteed going to find your way back into physical products and online and e-commerce.

Carabella:

Yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

Because you know, if you start doing merch or something for your brand and start to, you know making your own, I mean you’re going to. If you get popular here, you know like right now you’re probably just buying all your own like yoga blocks and mats and stuff.

Carabella:

Exactly, we actually bought everything from Alibaba.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, but then you see, you could still do that. But then now you put your logo on it and then you know, sell it for people, especially since you’re, because you’re still doing the online courses and stuff like that. So then in that case, you know, like it’s not just, oh, only the people who go to your physical location would be buying your stuff. You know, if you have customers all over the world, they could buy yourself online.

Carabella:

Exactly, and Bellatec is going to have an online portal as well, where people can work out with us from all over the world, even from this first location. I’ve already started building out with our web developer an online portal for girls to work out from New York, and they can join our Bellatec community from anywhere.

Bradley Sutton.

Awesome, awesome, alright. What’s your advice for somebody else out there, like, maybe people nowadays obviously can’t make money that quick the way you did, because it literally doesn’t exist anymore where you can just do drop shipping and stuff like that Bye. But is it a matter of like, hey, if you’re selling on Amazon or Shopify or TikTok shop or whatever, like Start putting some money to the side. Or what’s your advice? Like, how were you able to succeed with life after Amazon?

Carabella:

I feel like you just have to play it smart. Be careful, but also take risks. And finally, don’t be scared to like Burn it and keep moving, but also just be careful. Like I’m not a financial advisor, and so I can’t really say much, but definitely focus on having a cushion, a fallback cushion, save money, plan things for longer term. You know, think smart, think about your future, because Amazon changes every single day and, like you said, you literally can’t do that to type of drop shipping anymore, those type of selling anymore, and that was insane. But yeah, I would say just you know, focus on being a little bit careful but also still taking risks, because you can’t be too careful or else you won’t grow.

Bradley Sutton.

We’re going to talk you know the rest of this episode is actually something I’ve been doing. The last year for guests on the episode is I’ve been asking them a lot of like non e-commerce questions like, hey, what do you do when you need to step away from your business? Because I think all of us you know, you remember how it was like you can get so engrossed because it’s fun, you know sometimes, but you know like what’s that mean? There’s like a meme like hey, amazon sellers are the ones who want to quit their nine to five just so they can work 16 hours a day. You know, like because we just get engrossed and especially when you’re work from home, you know you could just like kind of let yourself go and not have great eating habits. So let’s talk about healthy habits. But first of all, what’s yours? Like you, it’s kind of like fitness is almost like your job. That was like for me and like people ask me back in the day what did I do to stay in shape? When I was in shape, like doing zoom, but like I didn’t have to. That was my job. Like like I was doing 10 classes, 12 classes a week. I could almost eat whatever I wanted to, even though it’s not good, but I would never gain weight because I’m just working out. But like, what about you? What about mentally? Maybe I need to take away from or take a step back from the studio, take a step back from my training. I just need to have some me time. What’s your go to? Hobbies or things?

Carabella:

Yeah, this is the most important thing for all of us entrepreneurs, because we get obsessed and there’s no work life balance and at the moment, I have a brand new baby. I have no balance, but I force myself.

Bradley Sutton.

You have a brand new baby?

Carabella:

Yeah, at Bellatec.

Bradley Sutton.

Oh, okay, I’ll say wait a minute. Okay, I was like, did I miss something?

Carabella:

No, my business is like a month old. I’m looking at it like a child.

Bradley Sutton.

It’s how born, yeah, newborn.

Carabella:

So things that I do to step away. It’s very hard to get away from my phone, just I don’t know, it’s an addiction thing, obsessive controller thing, but I just go get massages, turn my, turn my phone off, get a massage, put it on, do not disturb. I ride horses, I get in nature. I love to run on the beach, I love to meditate. Journal I’m a big journal. If anyone read the book, the artists way Okay, this book is amazing, it’ll change your life. And so she talks about in that book that to sit down and do morning pages where you brain dump three pages a day and you give yourself time and then you can, you know, understand yourself better. But healthy habits for me is giving yourself time alone, alone, alone not with friends, you know. I like to take a bath, I like to spend time in nature, go see my family. Sometimes I mean they’re not very far, but I don’t make enough time.

Bradley Sutton.

They’re my neighbors. I know they are your neighbors.

Carabella:

My sister just had her sixth baby. Can you believe your sister has six? Wow, that’s crazy, yeah. And then I’m in the gym every day, were they were.

Bradley Sutton.

they when we’re not tri-city, hmm, tri-city hospital right there, I don’t know. That’s where my kids were born.

Carabella:

Yeah, I don’t know, but I saw the new baby on Thanksgiving and she’s so cute, oh yeah, but yet I I work out every single day 5am. Make sure that you’re choosing healthy foods. You know your food is your fuel. Yeah, so if you don’t choose good fuel, you’re not going to have, you know, a good day. You’re going to feel slow.

Bradley Sutton.

Let’s talk about that, for a little Cause entrepreneurs out there, I think 15 years ago was different, but nowadays, thanks to the apps from the devil AKA door dash, uber eats and everything else, like it’s just so easy to you know, at least back in the day maybe you were lazy you actually ate better because, all right, I’ll just make myself a ham sandwich or something you know which is probably more healthy than all right, let me order McDonald’s to be delivered to my doorstep.

Carabella:

Exactly.

Bradley Sutton.

What are some eating habits for the stay at home entrepreneur? Simple things that they can keep in mind to stay healthy.

Carabella:

Yeah, no breakfast. Do intermittent fasting, I would say.

Bradley Sutton.

How many hours on, and I would say 16, eight 16, eight 16, eight.

Carabella:

So 16 hours fast eight hours. Eat no breakfast. I don’t eat until 11 o’clock. My biggest meal is lunchtime and then I take breaks. Make sure you take breaks, guys. Get off your butt, walk around, get your steps in 10,000 steps, minimum 10,000 steps a day.

Bradley Sutton.

Minimum. We just did the okay hold on Minimum Hold on hold on. We did this thing at work where it was like a challenge and they were like all right, we need to do 7,500. And I was struggling, like I was walking, like I would go an hour on the. I have like a standing desk so I have the treadmill on the bottom and then I would do like an hour on that. And then there was some time where I was traveling. So I would like walk like two miles and I’m like I’m still not at 10,000. I’m like what is it? Or not even at 7,500. So like to get to 10,000, what does that mean? Does that mean I need to walk like three miles? Does that mean I need to spend an hour and a half on a treadmill? It’s about six miles?

Carabella:

Oh, my goodness, it’s about six miles If you walk. So I wear an aura ring. Usually it’s dead right now and I see my step counts are insane. I mean, I walk 25,000 steps a day. But if you want to be, if you want to be like the hunter and gatherer people that we used to be walking everywhere, they did minimum 10,000 steps for women.

Bradley Sutton.

Wow.

Carabella:

Men’s steps should be way more, cause you have higher testosterone, you have different bodies. So I would say 10,000 steps a day minimum. Get up and walk around and then your smallest meal should be dinner. So you go to bed light but you’re not hungry. You know, and then I don’t eat after 7pm. Okay, so 11 to 7 is my window, and that’s all I get to Just water. Yeah, water, I like green juice, celery juice, ginger tea, things that’ll flush you out also. Yeah, that would be my way to how to eat if I’m going to stay at home and even if I don’t stay at home. This is how I eat. Yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

So maybe like, hey, you know, maybe that seems unattainable, I mean, it seems unattainable to me almost 10,000 steps, but you can get a treadmill, that’s on. You know, you can still be on your computer, but on your treadmill, like while you’re doing it, but then I, the thing that I don’t do enough of is, you know, like, take walks outside. Hey, do you have a zoom call or a call that doesn’t require to be in front of your computer? Take that zoom call on your phone, maybe and just take a walk. Wow, okay, yeah, I need to step on my. I need to step on my game here.

Carabella:

Yeah, but don’t forget, health is wealth and you don’t want to get to your wealth and be sick because you’re not in good shape. Like, don’t forget that your body is should be your number one and the sharper you are physically, the better your wealth is going to be. You know and I saw something somewhere, I think it was the guy who does the 75 hard, andy Fersilla. He told me he said when people see a person in shape, they want to do more business with them, they want to work with them more because they see the discipline. So that discipline from your health transfers into other places of your life, like your business, getting things done on time, planning things out, showing up to meetings on time early. Da, da, da da. Cause you build that habit.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, what about I mean, apart from just steps? You know, like, like, if that’s all we’re doing, that’s great, but it’s still not enough. Like, what are some easy maybe exercises? The desk jockey, you know, can do just like break. You know, like you said, take breaks and stuff, so like, what should? We? What kind of little mini exercises can we be doing during our breaks?

Carabella:

Yeah, jumping jacks, pushups, sit ups I would say planking for sure. Keep that back strong. Anything that’s in the area that you’re, anything you can do in a very small area. So think about it. If I were to stand up here, I could probably do some jumping jacks. I can get on the floor and do some pushups, simple things like that For guys. If you have a pull up bar at home, hang it on your door, do some pull ups. You don’t need a full gym to get in shape or to stay in shape, and then you burn calories a lot. Jump rope get a jump rope, stand outside. That’s the best one.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, yeah, All right. What about as far as counting calories portions? You know you talking about having dinner as your smallest, but, like you know, how much vegetables, fruit should we be having? Like? What do you think about these different trends, Like you know, like carnivore diets and all this crazy stuff?

Carabella:

I feel like it depends on the person. Not one diet fits all, but I would say depending on. For calorie counting, if you want to lose weight, you got to eat less than your, your basal metabolic rate, which is like the minimum calories that your body burns at rest.

Bradley Sutton.

How do you, how do you find that out? Calculate that?

Carabella:

There’s a, there’s a or a ring will track it. Your Apple watch will track it.

Bradley Sutton.

Oh, I have an Apple. I didn’t know I had that Okay.

Carabella:

Your Renfno scale will track it. These scales that scan through your feet they’ll track it. So they do this scan and they’ll you’ll be able to see, you know your weight, your body fat, your muscle mass, your water, your you know metabolic age, which is the age that your body is at in the state that you are in now, and then how many calories you burn at rest. So if you burn 1500 calories at rest and you want to lose weight, you better eat a thousand calories a day and you will naturally lose weight. If you want to gain weight, you eat 2000 calories a day. It’s very simple math.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, and I mean that is definitely going to help you lose weight. But then you want to have you know if you go to a physical checkup and have your good cholesterol high, your bad cholesterol low. So what are some foods to stay away from? What are some foods that you think are must haves in your, in your diet?

Carabella:

Yeah, Whole foods diet is the best diet, which means not whole foods. See instantly, See, instantly See what I thought about. No whole foods like anything that comes from the earth chicken, eggs, spinach, greens, fruits, anything that comes from the earth. Anything that comes from a bag and you don’t know what’s in it when you read the ingredients, that’s automatically not good for you. I don’t drink sugary juices. I would stay away from sugar completely. I would do just foods that come from the earth must haves in your diet eggs, chicken, steak unless you’re vegetarian, which I did, vegan, and it was a shit show for me. I’m sorry, Can I say that? It was it was not for me. You know, I did some blood work when I was vegan. Going through that, my protein tanked, my hair was falling out, I had low iron, low vitamins not for me. Some people are thriving on vegan, so I feel like it depends on the person’s body. But Whole Foods diet is the best way.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, yeah, cool. What are the tips, and tricks or anything can you give to our community out there?

Carabella:

Try to de-stress. Get an animal. I don’t have an animal, but a lot of my friends have dogs and I ride horses, so getting around animals makes you feel happy, release dopamine, release stress. Also, you have a companion and then just spending more time outside, fresh air, grounding, just staying. Staying a human in a digital world is so important and that we get lost in that. Yeah.

Bradley Sutton.

Yeah, any inspiring stories of people like transformations that you’ve had, you know, like maybe it’s a bride or maybe it’s just one of your you know clients, your one-on-one clients, um, where they actually like, all right, we’re just going to go ahead and do whatever you tell me. And then they saw some like incredible results.

Carabella:

Yeah, actually I have a lot, but I’ll tell you this one which I absolutely love. This guy I was training. He’s a pharmacist, very successful pharmacist, very busy guy. We started training and he was basically lying to me. He’s like I’m not losing any weight, I’m not losing any weight and we’re working out three times a week. This isn’t, this is not working and not everybody can eat healthy and lose weight. And I said what are you eating? And he was like I’m eating healthy. What are you talking about? And we sat down one time and I was so ruthless I’m like you’re a liar. You’re not following the diet I’m giving you. Show me a picture of your food every day, every meal. So then we I we had this really tough conversation. Two months later he lost 30 pounds. He was eating clean, he was training consistently and 30 pounds he looked like a different person.

Bradley Sutton.

He went what did he take out of his diet? Mcdonald’s Also. He was eating McDonald’s and complaining that he wasn’t losing weight.

Carabella:

He was eating out every single day, drinking alcohol, and he took all of that out of his diet. He started work. I had him on something very strict like tuna, salad water and just almost like a keto, and he lost weight so quickly. He went from 193 to 163 and literally like two months.

Bradley Sutton.

How tall was he?

Carabella:

He’s 5’10.

Bradley Sutton.

Okay, Well, I mean 193 is not, that, you know, like for for a guy, unless you’re like five, six or something that’s all right. Can you give me his his diet plan, or the one that you gave him?

Carabella:

I could give you a diet plan. I want to lose 30 pounds. It is strict.

Bradley Sutton.

It’s strict, but I’ll give it to you All right.

Carabella:

Yeah, I have it on my phone right here.

Bradley Sutton.

Awesome.

Carabella:

Yeah, I’ll give it that to you.

Bradley Sutton.

Cool, all right. So this has been a great episode because it’s like, you know, we don’t have, you know, like we have tons, of course, amazon success stories on here. But success doesn’t mean just success on Amazon, just success in life is like, hey, are you happy, are you, you know, supporting for you and your family and stuff like that, and you’ve achieved that and it’s, you know, sure, amazon, you know paved the way, but then you completely transition and it’s nothing wrong with that. So, guys, don’t be thinking that Amazon is the only way to success. It’s a. You know, it could arguably be said that you wouldn’t, you might not have been able to have enough to start this, you know, uh, business and stuff If you hadn’t done the Amazon, absolutely use Amazon. And then if Amazon keeps working, great, keep it rolling. I’m sure you would have loved to have kept doing like six figures a month.

Carabella:

I’m coming back when I get my, when my clothing comes out and I know how to work it and I’m going to come back to it. I love it All right.

Bradley Sutton.

But then, most importantly again this you know, you guys know I’ve had some lot of health issues in the past, and so that’s why this year I made sure to always ask the guests about their health regime. And this is, you know, one of the experts in the game as far as that goes, so I hope you put her advice to use now. If somebody is in, you know, if there’s any of our female listeners out there who are in the like LA area, how can they find out about your, your studio?

Carabella:

Yeah, check out bellatec.com and you can come in for your first class free, and all you have to do is register on the website. It’s very easy. The steps are there. You can find me @carabellariazzo and DM me on Instagram. I’m very personable. I talk to everyone. I’m not the type of person who’s going to ignore people, except Bradley, except me when I’m trying to get her on the podcast for like a year. Just kidding, but yeah, so check us out there. We’re at Bellatec studio on Instagram and everywhere else. Yeah, come say hi.

0:37:15 – Bradley Sutton.

It’s great to see you again, and I hope the next time you see me, you don’t recognize me because I’ll be like the more fit version.

0:37:22 – Carabella:

Let’s go. I believe in you, I love it.


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Bradley is the Director of Training and Chief Evangelist for Helium 10 as well as the host of the most listened to podcast in the world for Amazon sellers, the Serious Sellers Podcast. He has been involved in e-commerce for over 20 years, and before joining Helium 10, launched over 400 products as a consultant for Amazon Sellers.

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