20 Questions with Penny Weston

20 Questions with Penny Weston

Director of Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat and brainchild of MADE, Penny Weston is an inspiration to us all. Self-motivated with a relentless drive to achieve, Penny is constantly pushing the boundaries to achieve the very best out of herself, her staff and her business.

Behind the scenes, in Penny’s personal life, health problems led Penny to become invested in learning about nutrition and fitness. What started initially as a side business in healthy, brightly coloured, sugar-free treats soon became a successful and fruitful business plan; MADE.

How did she get here? We caught up with Penny to discuss all things MADE.

  1. Were you always health conscious?
    I never used to be healthy. In fact, quite the opposite. I ate really badly in my teens and twenties and I wasn’t active at all either.
  2. What made you change your approach to health?
    My lifestyle and unhealthy relationship with food had so many negative effects. I had dull skin, dark circles, tiredness, bloating and terrible cramps. My fight with asthma was a big drive to becoming healthier. I first went to a circuits class with a friend and quickly fell in love with fitness and health. Soon, I saw my body change, my skin got brighter and I was feeling great.
  3. What is your favourite quote?
    “Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try” I am a born risk taker, I like to try new things and push boundaries. Settling is not in my nature, and I would like to encourage more people to “go for it” and not regret things later in life.
  4. What is your dream for MADE?
    My dream is to help as many people as possible to create a balanced, healthy and happy life by making little and realistic changes that lead to big differences.
  5. Favourite gym-wear?
    Sweat Betty!
  6. What brings you the greatest joy?
    My beagle! Bugsy.
  7. What brings you the greatest joy?
    Both of my parents have had a huge influence on me during my career. I have always looked up to them and tried to learn as much as possible.
  8. What is your favourite type of workout?
    I am a sucker for HIIT training. The stop start nature of HIIT suits my asthma and I love how the more you do it, the better you get.
  9. Are you a calorie counter?
    Absolutely not! I live a healthy lifestyle where I eat what I want and when I want. I have learnt about all of thing amazing options available to eat, that I WANT good, health food.
  10. How important is nutrition to you?
    Food can do so much for our bodies, our mind and our health. I love learning about new ingredients, recipes and the benefits that they can have on the body.
  11. How do you deal with stress?
    I am very good at holding it together, even if things are very stressful (which they regularly are). I don’t believe that creating stress around you, losing your temper or getting upset will help anything. I can keep a cool head and work to fix whatever is creating the stress. Exercise helps massively, I’m not sure how I coped without it before!
  12. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
    I don’t believe in the word ‘guilt’. Everything is ok in moderation (I’m a sucker for chips!)
  13. Best tip for fitting in exercise?
    Make it a habit! If you find something you love, you won’t want to stop. You don’t have to spend ages either, even half an hour will make you feel great and give you more energy.
  14. What are the ingredients to a happy, healthy life?
    Discovery, encouragement and positivity.
  15. What is one thing you’d change about the health food industry?
    People think that healthy food is tasteless. It doesn’t have to be! Simply look at our café offering. I created the colourful dishes to ensure that they were in line with what MADE is trying to achieve. They are as appealing to the eye as to the palate and packed full of nutritional benefits.
  16. How important is self-care?
    Wellness doesn’t just stop at nutrition and exercise. There should be a 360 approach to wellness. That is why MADE is a space dedicated to you. Wellness means different things to different people too, which we can help people to discover.
  17. Why is MADE so important to you?
    MADE is my vision, my baby! It comes from a very personal place. In the past few years I have drastically changed my approach to wellness and I wish that I had a facility like MADE when I started my journey to wellness.
  18. What is your favourite kitchen gadget?
    My nutribullet, for sure!
  19. Favourite recipe?
    I LOVE experimenting with smoothie bowls – I am still discovering the best combinations. My favourites are usually healthy chocolate-y ones for example cacao, nut butter, oats, banana, maca powder and almond milk… tastes like liquid Snickers and is super filling.
  20. Finally, what two words are at the heart of MADE?
    Balance and positivity.