You Failed This Year? Awesome! – My Tips On How To End A Shit Year.

So I usually write up a happy, happy, fluffy, fluffy goal setting blog around this time of year for my followers. Riddled with goal crushing tips and tricks and a patronising undertone of how to be the best version of you, because this is your year, remember? (Side note, every year is your year – high five sista!)

 

But there seems to be some serious social hate surrounding poor 2016 that everyone seems to be getting on board with, so I figured a self righteous blog about writing S.M.A.R.T goals isn’t going to resonate with you. When sometimes the ugly truth is that we try a little better and yet another year drags by with us still no further along, and we start off the refreshed year with deep remorse for our decisions.

 

Lets touch firstly on all the articles, blogs and memes you’ve seen floating around the last few days. You know the ones, about 2016 taking all of legendary celebrities lives, or that 2016 can go to hell, or that it’s been a trying year for all. And if read the deeper articles there is some spooky stuff going on with numerology and chakras blah blah blah, and that’s cool too and probably has some decent backbone to it.

 

But what I want to talk to you about is how low we are all feeling. Yep, it’s real. You haven’t been imagining it; its there and we are all crawling to the start of 2017 on our knees with hope in our eyes that this unlucky year will leave us be.

 

Next, lets do some vulnerability check-ins shall we? Cause I love that shit and you guys love my real, awkward and no bull approach.

 

Here we go:

 

I have failed at some major things this year.

 

There I said it.

 

I have failed so hard and fast at some adult stuff this year, that I hit my head on the way down. I failed the deepest and darkest and hardest, so you could say I failed spectacularly, I probably failed the best, hang on, so I’m really the winner at failing?

 

Failing is so cool. I love failing, mainly because, if you know me through my blog or even personally, I am a story teller – through words in any way. I love a good dramatic and slightly fabricated story to make people feel lighter and the odd laugh at misfortune – because no one likes a story of brilliance and success all the time……boring, we like hardship and comedy combined. So every time I fail, I say to myself, that’s gunna be a great story. It also makes you more resilient for the mammoth future failures to come – yep spoiler alert, life is hard and you’re going to fail a lot.

 

 

On the flip side, this year has been phenomenal for me in areas I never expected.  Really exciting areas of my life and my personality have blossomed and I’ve learnt so much about myself as a person. So, granted 2016 in my best description, has “just been weird” but I am ending 2016 with clarity of who I am and what makes me happy, with a slight understanding of my place in the world around me and a decent approach of where I’m heading – not a down right comprehension of it all, but close enough, and that my friends, is all I need to transition into 2017.

 

So many people this time of year do a ‘close off’, they sweep the last year under the carpet and welcome in the next year, set some new goals and right off the year.  But what I would like you to do is to totally honor what you have failed at. Yes it has been a shit year, for some more than others. But I suggest you put your big girls pants on and reflect on what you’ve learnt, openly tell people “I failed this year, and I’m so ok with that”, and remember that no bad year is a waste – it is merely a layby year to the big, momentous years that shine through.

 

I said I wouldn’t do it – but here are my goal crushing tips for 2017:

  1. Fail a little harder, because it’ll make you even more awesome, and funny and interesting as a person.
  2. Do something that you haven’t done before. This could be eating a vegetable that you’ve never eaten before or trekking the Himalayas, your choice.
  3. Drink more water and get more sleep, because we all need that.
  4. Get your chakra sorted sweetheart.

 

So yes, due to numbers and the moon and chakras, we have all had a really trying, exhausting and stressful year.  So what. We’re all adults, doing our best, with what we’ve got, and failing along the way.

 

So hands in the air if you failed this year? Awesome! I am so very proud of you. Tell me all about it! Please send me an email and share your failure and see if you can make me laugh.

 

Pen xxx

How Do We Achieve Balance?

My A Team! How did you go after the last blog? Did you run wild and free and say screw the world and its rules?

 

Firstly, thank-you to everyone that emailed me saying “Hello” after my last blog, with stories of trials and tribulations, you opened up, and filled me with “You Go Girl!” joy. It is really cool to know that we are all on similar journeys and we are all just doing our darn best effort at this thing called life. A special happy and healthy hive five to the amazing woman who emailed me to share her story of how she is travelling around Australia in a campervan after quitting her job and saying “Howdy Freedom” – you rock, and you seriously made my week.

 

So I mentioned balance in my last blog. And I bet you have been sitting by your inboxes, eagerly awaiting my number 1 top tip for where balance lies haven’t you?

 

Well before I give all of my tricks away, I’m going to paint the scene. Imagine me, 7 years ago, lean and shredded and um oh, malnourished and miserable.

 

The issue I had back then, was I was all about “Dieting”. I was constantly in a state of dieting and rebounding, feeling yukkie and overweight, then dieting hard again, and so the cycle continued. It was exhausting; time consuming, and a waste of a life.

 

Those years were seriously a blur; insert sad emoji.

 

Every few months I used to change my diet. Looking for the next best diet. Every time saying to myself “This is the one!”

 

Eliminating foods, never having a cheat meal, going so low carb that I felt like I could eat a small horse whole.

 

I constantly had “just 5 kilos to go”, if I could just lose that 5 kilos I would a) be happy, and b) could stop “dieting”. How naive I was.

 

Nowadays I have my shit together, well kinda, ok maybe sometimes, ok I kinda don’t. I’m human and I sometimes don’t have to time to train or food prep, or sometimes I just want to eat pizza. Either way I follow my methods and my metabolism is strong, I eat easy breezy and don’t stress anymore about it. I eat 2500-3000 calories a day and maintain my physique.

 

So, following on from my last blog I want you to say, “Screw you!” yes, screw you to dieting! It doesn’t actually work. It’s painful. It’s unsustainable and its all a fad. Even in my method The Hormone Connection, I outline guidelines, for better health, but never do I say you must follow this 100%. If anything, I tell you to include cheat meals frequently, use your knowledge and mindfulness to eat nourishing foods most of the time and your favorite foods when you want.

 

So finding the elusive balance is hard, because I’m asking you to get in touch with the way you ate before you started trying too hard. The way you used to eat before you became concerned, aware or regimented.

 

The trick is: Intuition.

 

We all have it. It is in built in us. Created to guide us.

 

But now use that intuition, plus knowledge of your metabolism and hormonal strengths/weaknesses to make it work for you, effortlessly. It will be a challenge and its not going to happen overnight.

 

I said to a client this week “Just get on with life, follow your meal plan and train and see your girlfriends and go out, sleep and live, and watch what happens, your body will relax and start to shed some of that extra “padding” (emotional or physical?) that you’re holding on to”

 

Imagine I am saying that to you guys, every one of you, with big virtual cyber hugs.

 

Pen xxx

Are You Living A Free Life?

My tribe, I’ve been off the grid. I’ve been living and not writing, unable to offer any creative blogs to inspire and educate. Every time I opened my laptop I froze, it wasn’t time.

The last few months, I have been in a no-mans land of soul searching. Resisting adulting. Letting go of all responsibilities. If I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do, I could stand independently alone right? Like the single, independent lady I am (cue a ‘speak to hand’ gesture and Beyoncé’s all the single ladies, all the single ladies la la lah).

 

I’ve been on my journey, getting in touch with my inner child and discovering who I am to the core and where I’m going. No hippy weirdo stuff, I hate that crap. I haven’t been sitting on a beach, wearing Lululemon, realigning my chakra, proclaiming #findingmyself. I’ve just been tuning out and living life to the beat of my own drum. Which ironically enough, you don’t need to do loudly. You can stealthy, quietly and without being that annoying friend, do it hushed. You can just plod along and work your shit out.

 

During this period of a few months, something dreadful happened (dreadfully amazing!) I turned 30 years young. Enter a life crisis and me furiously clinging onto my youth. When I am needed more than ever to have my shit together, correlated, immaculately and methodically together, for conformity’s sake. I did not. The opposite was truer. My shit was not together. So I threw a tantrum and loudly told all of my friends how my shit was not organized and I was sick of being an adult.

 

So now I’ve painted this picture, with all of this being said, I want to enlighten you; oh how I hate that word, could I be any more patronizing? No, I want to share with you what I learnt recently by taking a break from adulting, and you can chose whether to gain some perspective or maybe it just isn’t relative to you right now (save this in your email folder for when you need me to patronize you at a later date).

 

I’ve been torn between conformity and recklessness.

 

Turns out that there is this sweet spot in-between the two, and it’s called balance. Yes the B word. I know, I know, it’s like a unicorn. Does it really exist? No one has ever seen it or felt it, but we know it exists, it must do. To give us hope that this hamster wheel we are on has a destination. People throw the word around, like they’ve found it, I don’t believe them, they are still struggling, I can see it in their eyes.

 

We are stuck in the loop of trying to do our best, failing (maybe occasionally succeeding) and then trying again, the same way, but still hoping for different results. We are stuck doing what people tell us to do. We are stuck in rules and methods and conformity. We must do what is considered normal.

 

We can distance ourselves from more adults, our parents, our mentors, our coaches; we can say we don’t need help. Then we stand alone sucking our thumbs “Help me!” Sometimes we just need a little guidance, and that’s A.O.K girl.

 

What if I told you that there is a different way to do life, its not the usual way, I’ve found it recently, and its called…….

 

“What ever the hell you want”

 

……and guess what? It makes you happy. Like seriously happy.

 

There is this magic place of doing what ever the hell you want and also following the rules and being accountable to someone.

 

Now I can try and put a health and fitness spin on this, because that’s my job. But if you are following my blog purely for boring health and fitness tips, you are following the wrong gal. I open the door to my trials and tribulations to show you that life is freaking real and I am real and every single thing in your life has a mirror image to something else. So working on a whole, helps you in becoming a well-rounded, happy, healthy individual. So in every area of your life; health, fitness, business, school, family, relationships, sex, vocabulary, life goals, social life, DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY. If that means going for a run on a Wednesday and drinking a green smoothie, and then dancing until 3am and drinking cocktails on a Saturday. Do it. There are no rules but the confinements you place on yourself.

 

Live Your Life The Way YOU Want To!

 

If you are totes vibing this, and you are feeling a little lost with your journey. I want to hear from you my gorgeous wannabe free spirited, empowered, curious woman. Just hit ‘reply’ to this email, say Hello and share your story.

 

Next week, I am sharing some more life lessons on finding that elusive BALANCE……..well I might be, depends if I am too wild and free, realigning my chakra and eating kale that week.

 

Over and out

Guru Penny.

 

Can I Eat Pizza, Lose Weight AND Be Healthy?

I eat pizza, I drink red wine (and the occasional espresso martinis) I love burgers, I love croissants, I’m a sucker for hot chips, and last weekend I smashed  hot cross buns.

 

What! But Penny, I thought you were all about the clean food?

 

“Pfft” (insert eye roll)

 

Let me ask you, can you eat clean foods, for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? That’s gunna be one lonnnnnng boring life if you ask me.

 

“How can you follow The Hormone Connection method but eat naughty food AND STILL stay in shape and be healthy?”

 

This is what I am asked regularly.

 

I’m also asked……

  • Can I still eat chocolate on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I have a cheat meal/day off on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I drink wine on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I eat carbs on The Hormone Connection?
  • Is The Hormone Connection low calorie or rabbit food?

 

Let me tell you a secret.

 

Food is food.

 

The body doesn’t actually know the difference between a burger and a beef sandwich. It’s the mind and the preconditioned “bad food” vs “good food” that knows the difference. I’m not saying that calories and fat gain come from a bad conscience. But I’ll pose you the question, would you stick to way of eating if it allowed you to have your favorite foods every now and again? Or are you happy to be stuck in a self-destructive pattern of eating clean for a few days/weeks and then falling off the wagon?

 

What if I told you that you didn’t have to eat so clean? All. The. Time.

A)   That’s exhausting.

B)   That’s no fun.

C)   It’s not actually (scientifically) proven to get you the same results.

 

So I’m finding that many people are afraid to start their The Hormone Connection journey as they think its some crazy restricted diet. Trust me. The Hormone Connection was written by me. I am a foodie. I love my desserts. I love the odd snickers bar. And I love a good weekend off.

 

The Hormone Connection, my methods, are about correcting the hormone imbalances that make us store body-fat, that make us sluggish and managing life style choices that effect the power of our metabolism.

 

Once your metabolism is corrected (and even along the way)

 

Eat all the pizza.

 

No, no, I’m kidding.

 

But seriously, the secret to correcting health and burning fat is: Eating healthy most of the time, and eating naughty foods sometimes – over a long period whilst staying in a calorie deficit. Resulting in long-term lifestyle changes without deprivation or going nuts along the way.

 

Think of it this way, it’s not the pizza that’s making someone unwell and overweight. It’s the impact of the pizza on a person that has poor gut flora, that is inflamed, that has a damaged or slow metabolism and has a wonky hormone profile. A healthy, well hormonally balanced person simply burns the pizza for what it is…….macros (protein, fats, carbs). Food for thought isn’t it? Pun intended.

 

So my point is, eat pizza, and start your Hormone Connection journey TODAY!

 

Love

Pen xxx

New Year Blues

So I’m struggling this week. Actually I’m struggling this month!

For me last year was extreme. I launched my book, I had ups and downs, engagements and then broken engagements, I had wisdom teeth removal and some major a-ha moments in my life. So let’s just say I had a hectic end to 2015. I feel like I am still recovering. So I wonder why I am still wallowing in relaxation, procrastination, unmotivated territory? It’s summer, I’ve worked hard, I deserve my vino and a lax schedule, don’t I? 

I know exactly what it is. I have the ‘New Year Blues’!

And I’m sensing you might be with me?

The blues come on strong, hard and fast and no one can hide from the dreaded New Year anticlimax. We are tired, we are financially, mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted and we are struggling to get ourselves back on track. I hear ya sister!

Tell me, have you been hit with the New Year, New You bull? How exhausting is it! We are trying to be the best we can be already, enough with the pressure of being a new version of ourselves, new and improved, more like new and lacking our usual va va voom. It’s another year and yes we are standing on the cusp of reinvention, of a bigger and brighter you for 2016, your finest year yet I hear you say. So why can’t we just quite kick our asses into gear?

You know what I mean don’t you? You just can’t quite find your mojo? You’ve lost your determination, your action goddess and your drive? It’s gone walkabout somewhere during November 2015.

Maybe we are in limbo, we are sitting ducks, deciding who we want to be, what we want to do and where we want to go. And the annoying thing is, I’m not quite there yet.  I am still resisting getting my shit in order.

Or maybe it’s something else. Maybe you don’t quite know how to get there. You know the person you want to be in 2016 but the work that needs to be put in feels daunting, confusing and the thought is exhausting enough. The saying ‘A year from now you’ll wish you started today!” Yeah but can’t I start next month? It’s all too hard. (Insert Penny throwing a New Year tantrum!)

I recently, only a couple of weeks ago, decided to do a photo-shoot with my good friend Justine Switalla, another Oxygen Cover-girl. We are planning to shoot together to A) have a goal to work towards and B) celebrate our fitness friendship.  There I was hoping to wallow in my self-indulgent wine ‘o’clock for a little longer. It may just be the kick up the butt I need.

If you’d like to follow my progress I’ll be posting updates and tips regularly on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Next week I’m going to be chatting to you about “Resistance”. So today I’ve let you know the ‘what’ … and what you are doing is refusing. Refusing to start that journey because you’re suffering from the New Year Blues.

Next week I’m going to share with you the WHY, “Why you are being resistant”.

Tune in next week, It’s going to be juicy stuff!