Breakups are hard, but dieting is even harder

With a whirlwind of life events for me recently I have been reminded of the people closest to me and their positive energy and support. When life throws a curveball at you, or a couple of them, it’s easy for us to lose sight of what’s important, our values and then underestimate the capacity and power of self-care. So today I wanted to talk to you about two major questions that come up a lot and I am asked frequently.

“Why Is The Hormone Connection Different?”

 And

 “How will The Hormone Connection make my life better?”

Now before I go on, I’ll like to share with you a recent life event for me, just because I am an open book and love you guys being in my world. I have recently gone through a break up. (I’m cool, I’m cool, before I get an influx of girl power emails of support, thank you, but I’m doing super awesome! Thanks for caring) Ok, so as painful as breakups are, I am still a huge believer in my “self–first” philosophy.

This may to some seem selfish, but if you are not looking after number 1, how on earth do you expect to look after others? The pain is temporary, but the neglect you are tempted to give your body lasts a lot longer than a loser ex boyf. During this time I have been sure to stay on track, because if my mind and body is healthy, strong and nourished I have a better chance of staying well and moving forward with ease.

Now, where does The Hormone Connection come into this? One of the brick walls I see people face is “Dieting”. Yep, we know that word, and we all hate it. I wish it were replaced with “Nourishing” and then we would all be more compliant. The reason The Hormone Connection works for others and me is because it is not a diet; let me repeat……

THE HORMONE CONNECTION IS NOT A DIET. 

THAT is what makes it different.

How many diets have you followed? Diet books you have bought? Enough! Throw them away!

I do not want you to deprive yourselves. I want you to learn about which foods to have when, and what hormones to support. I often get asked what the calorie range is of The Hormone Connection: nadda, nothing, not one, I have never even counted a calorie for The Hormone Connection. It is not relevant. It is a way of eating and nourishing without thinking about it, well doesn’t that sound nice?

Going through life, its up and downs, breakups and all, I’ve learnt recently the power of knowledge to just be. To not think about food as anything but fuel. I teach in The Hormone Connection an education, so for life you know how to manipulate your hormones, metabolism and maintain health, even when life seems to be trying and testing you mentally and physically.

I’ll give you an example: Lets think of cortisol, our stress hormone, try managing cortisol successfully when you are going through a challenging life event and eating poorly. Now think about your cortisol management when Penny has taught you what foods to avoid and what to include to strengthen your adrenals, winning!

So my life is The Hormone Connection way of life, I live and breathe it, so much so that after many years I no longer think about foods, food groups, calories or anything else, I simply eat what I want, when I want it, taking care of number 1, me! So with a strong metabolism and balanced hormones, I have sunk my teeth into life and ate intuitively with The Hormone Connection philosophy and tips and tricks by my side without any crumbling of my social life, health or strength. So when I have life on my mind, I am able to just get on with it and my body is healthy enough to cope.

I believe you shouldn’t start a diet you cannot maintain for life, so why is The Hormone Connection different? Because you can live it for life! And if you can follow a way of nourishing your body for life and benefit from it on every level, wouldn’t that make your life better?

So my challenge this week was to share with you my breakup news AND somehow combine it with The Hormone Connection spin. Mission accomplished.

Love and Gratitude to you my fit-family, I’m here for you, any questions you need answered just hit reply on this email and I’ll get back to you, even if you need some “overcoming a breakup” tips, I’ve got that nailed right now too.

 

Finding Balance Post Comp

So last week I opened up the comp file and let you in on my journey. If you missed last weeks post, here it is just in case you need to catch up.

As promised, this week I’m taking you through my journey post rebound and how I restored health and most importantly that ever elusive “balance” we are all in awe of.

When you compete, some of us believe this is the hardest journey, months and months of preparation, planning and hard work.

After I competed, the real hard work began. I had, in epic proportions, caused extensive damage to my metabolism, hormones, adrenals, gut flora, sleep pattern and overall inner health. I bet you are all wondering how and why? I won’t delve into too much detail, but let’s just say I didn’t have good influences around me back then, it was 7 years ago, I was young, stupid, new to the industry and naively followed the advice of unexperienced coaches.

Ok moving on. You are all eagerly awaiting my secrets to achieving greater health after Yoyo dieting aren’t you? Well, most of these are elaborated in my health, lifestyle and cookbook The Hormone Connection. But today I am going to take you through MY journey.

A Turning Point

When you realise that your body has shut down, it is a low point in your life. You feel hopeless, you feel alone, and you feel like you are back at square one, plus some extra misery for good measure. The first step in this process is acceptance. I had to accept the damage, self inflicted, misguided, whatever and whoever has pushed you to this point, I still had to take full responsibility for me, myself and my health. Once I gained control and accountability, that’s when I could apply the same drive I had for competition to another cause, a greater cause, healing myself.

Let me paint a picture of how unwell I was. My pituitary gland had shut down. It was like “Really? Really Penny? You want me to do what? You think you can just run me into the ground, deprive me of calories, overtrain, sleep less and be an overall mental mess and then you want me to come to the party? Forget it, I checked out a long time ago, you’re on your own!”

I had been told that I needed synthetic prescription hormones to kickstart my own. Baloney! Sure maybe for others, and they definitely have their place. But I didn’t believe it. Ironically enough, in today’s world we have so many practitioners around us, so much information available, yet still we feel lost, uneducated and alone. I receive so many emails and messages from people saying they have been trying to find help for years and haven’t found the information or the person they need. And nowadays I just LOVE being the sole practitioner for my clients, I never want them to feel alone or have unanswered questions.

So I stepped up, I wanted to take full responsibility for my journey. I studied and studied and certified as a Biosignature Modulation Practitioner, I trained with Charles Poliquin and Dr James Lavelle. I did further study and specialised in gut health, liver health and adrenal management, I also delved into exercise prescription for hormone profiles and lifestyle and supplementation. I initially did this purely to fix myself, not knowing then that it would be my ultimate dream job now! I did seminars, lectures, online webinars, I remember setting my alarm for crazy nocturnal hours to attend webinars and online courses overseas.

I used everything I had learnt and applied it to myself. I ran myself through a gut rebuild, a liver cleanse, a estrogen cleanse, a candida cleanse, trained according to my hormone profile and had the treatments I needed, like Osteo, dry needles, kinesiology, massage, lymph drain, and of-course relaxation and rest.

What was the biggest thing I did? The one thing with the most impact? I stopped giving a crap about the way I look. Don’t doubt this, this is powerful stuff. Why did I get myself in that position in the first place? Why did you? Because we were focused on our bodies and we pushed them too far. My body needed time, it needed to just “be”. It needed time for my hormones to rebalance, for all the work I was doing to heal it to actually kick in and be effective.

You cannot restore health and hormonal balance when you are constantly striving to be shredded and function at a high level.

The elusive balance that we are all striving for I believe looks likes this … we are happy, we are healthy, we look and feel amazing, and we are able to contribute to every aspect of our life equally.

When I did all of this, I found it, I eventually saw my body fat float down again, I saw all my bloodwork and hormones return to not normal levels, but excellent levels, my doctor even asked me for my supplement protocol because she had never before seen it been done without the use of pharmaceutical intervention.  I felt and looked the best I had in years, and I’ve maintained it ever since.

Next week I will be going even deeper and chatting to you about how powerful food is as medicine or poison.

The Hormone Connection Book Launch

Penny Lomas The Hormone Connection Book Launch

Penny Lomas The Hormone Connection Book Launch

Firstly, a big thankyou to everyone who came along to my book launch party of my new cookbook The Hormone Connection.

Secondly, I have a awesome little video compilation of my speech on the night along with the pictures of all the gorgeous and supportive attendees.

If you have been curious of The Hormone Connection – What is it? Who’s it for? and whats this Penny chick like? … then here you go, all those questions were answered on the night when I was interviewed.


The Post Competition Rebound Explained

 

So this week I am letting you in, into my world, into my story. For those of you that don’t know my story, this is your time to be nosy, for those of you that do; today we’re going a little deeper.

 

I want to talk “rebound” with you. Many, many years ago I competed in figure competitions, and in competition terms “rebound” isn’t a good place to be. It’s this space between being super duper lean and returning back to your normal size/weight/lifestyle. Sounds gentle enough hey? No. It’s not. It can at times be taxing on the body physically and also fragile territory emotionally. Not to mention a roller coaster of hormonal and metabolism fluctuations. So before you tune out thinking that this doesn’t apply to you because you’ve never done a fitness model or figure competition, stay with me, because this is so you darling! Ever dieted hard for a beach holiday? Ever trained flat out for a marathon? Ever leaned down for your wedding? Ever trained so hard you caused injury? Are you a yoyo dieter?

 

And so, you shaped up, lost weight, and came in to the event/holiday/deadline as desired and well on target. Well, let me ask you, did you maintain it? Did you feel confident in returning to your normal diet? Did you live happily ever after? Did you stabilize healthily? Did you return to normal calorie intake and were you able to keep up your intense exercise regime? Or did you fall in a heap with exhaustion, gain back the weight you had lost, and drag your sorry self back to the gym to start the cycle again? Well, my friend, you just experienced the dreaded “rebound”.

 

When I used to compete, I was focused; I was disciplined, reminiscing now I don’t quite know where I found the strength. It’s a hard sport. I had pushed my adrenals and cortisol management beyond its capacity and I was tired, you know that deep tired in your bones? Yeah that was me. I had my eye on the prize, and was head down bum up determined to get there. I wanted to show my body to the world in its finest form, the peak and pinnacle of my training. In the end I did, I walked the talk, and I also walked like the living dead.  The comp was over and it was time to return to life. I ate my normal healthy diet, exercised 4-5 times a week and slept. I gained weight. I gained a lot of weight. I returned to my normal size pre-comp, plus some extra love handles for good measure. I didn’t understand, but head down in shame I knew, I knew what it was, it was my body rebounding.

 

So WHY does this happen to us?

Think of a sponge, you dry it out, and you keep drying it out until its empty. Then throw it in the sea and see what happens.

 

The reality of it is, that we push ourselves too much. We are striving for too much for too long. And the body is smart, it wont tolerate extreme punishment like that. So at the first sign of a calorie after being deprived, it’s going to absorb it, and hang on to it incase you stupidly ever decide to go on a crazy weight loss crusade again.

 

So there you have it, the “rebound” myth is true, I’ve experienced it and I believe you have at some point too.

 

I’d like to know if you’ve ever experienced it? Have you ever dieted for a holiday or event and speedily returned to your normal size plus some?

 

Next week I’ll be letting you in on more, I’ll be telling you how I found balance after the post comp rebound through training as a Biosignature Practitioner, it’ll be juicy stuff so until then, stay healthy guys. 

Are You (COMPLETELY) Happy With How You Look And Feel?

It’s not a rhetorical question, and I genuinely want to know. Because some days I’m not, some days I am and some years I haven’t been.  And my job means that I see people on a daily basis that are the same, we all have bad body days and good body days, whether it means we feel unhealthy, we are unhappy or we look like the worst edition of ourselves.

 

This is not the body we set out to have, what went wrong?

 

You are constantly bombarded with images of gorgeous, fit and athletic people.

 

You are constantly given advice in the media of how to achieve this wonderful pedestal version of yourself. “Just drink some coconut water, smile, take a selfie and you’ll get there,” they say.

 

If it worked, then why aren’t we all in incredible condition and living our best lives?

 

You struggle.

 

Well, you are not alone.

 

The truth is, your health could be better: you don’t feel alert, you struggle to loose weight, you body doesn’t like the food you eat and you feel rubbish. It doesn’t function optimally and it takes on the burdens of everyday lifestyle, training and nutrition choices, whether they are the right choices for your body or not.

 

You dislike your body and you don’t know how to change it. Let’s be honest (we’re all friends here) there’s one, on a good day or maybe two, on a bad day, areas we aren’t happy with “I’d just like a flatter stomach” or “I’d be happy if I had toned lean arms”.  You have been striving for a perfected body for too long, enough already!

 

I’m here to tell you that, that ‘aint good enough. It’s not fair and it shouldn’t be that way. We all deserve to LOOK and FEEL AMAZING!

 

So today I want you ask yourself, and be honest, are you COMPLETELY happy with how you look and feel?

 

“And just a little shout out to all the women out there trying to love themselves in a world that is constantly telling us not to.”

Unknown.

 

Love

 

Pen

xxx