August 2017

Tara Hammett

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‘You are what you eat’

Banana Oat Biscuits

Tara recipeIngredients:

1 Banana
100g Oats
1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

Serving suggestion:

Truvia
Greek yogurt and cinnamon

 

 

How to:

Mix all the ingredients together and shape into approx 10-12 finger shaped biscuits. Place on an oiled foil tray and flatten them down (this is what makes them crunchy). Place in a pre-heated oven of about 200℃ for 10 minutes, turn them over and cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Sprinkle with truvia to sweeten or enjoy dipped in some Greek yogurt & cinnamon

Who said eating healthy had to be boring?
Eat amazing .... because you ARE!

‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

How I lost my baby weight and got my abs back WITHOUT starving myself or spending endless hours in the gym.

Just to get it in first, I did NOT eat loads of salads!

I was NOT in the gym every day!

‘Ah but it’s ok for you Tara’...
…as much as I’d LOVE to think that I am THAT SPECIAL…

What’s ok for me?

Let’s face it...

Pregnancy is hard for everyone, whether you’ve had a relatively easy pregnancy or not.

IMO, it kinda sucks

Yes, yes I know – think about your baby. Danny is my absolute world.

However, feeling sick, having headaches, being emotional and everything else your body goes through, it’s hard work.

….and even harder once your gorgeous baby has arrived.

Sleepless nights...
What day is it?
What time is it?

When are visitors leaving?
Will I ever feel normal again? (whatever normal is!)

Anyway. In addition to your whole life changing, so does your body.

For me, I wanted mine back to the best it could be, considering my stomach was the size of a beach ball at one point. To be a happy Mum I had to feel happy in myself, to feel strong and that I could handle this massive responsibility.

I know over the years I’ve told all my clients to invest in themselves and to put themselves first WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY.

I was ready to practice what I preached.
FIT YOUR OWN OXYGEN MASK FIRST.

Now maybe you’re thinking ”yep, well done Tar, that all sounds fab, but HOW did you get your shape back after having Danny?”

So here I’m going to share with you EXACTLY what I have done to help me not only get my shape back, but to enjoy doing it.

I’m going to keep my most IMPORTANT thing until last.

First though:

#1. I GOT MOVING CONSISTENTLY

Now as all mums will know there’s a lot going on with your body and emotions. I was tired, I was up all through the night, I was breastfeeding, I was all over the place.
I had to rest and take my time.

When I felt ready I took responsibility to take some very small steps to moving more.

When Danny was three and a half weeks old I did my first workout in the house. It was 20 squats and 20 hip extensions.

THAT WAS IT!
It probably took 2 minutes.

But the BIGGEST thing about this – it was a start!

I started my 30 day butt challenge and I took the smallest of steps.

There were days when I went for a walk with my new family, Not many though, as the weather was terrible in January.

I did my first HIIT workout when Danny was six weeks old – IT WAS SO HARD!
IT was only 20 minutes but I did it. Sensibly.

As the weeks went on I got into a little routine of working out no more than four times a week, and sometimes I would have a complete week off,

The workouts have only ever been 12-20 minutes long.

The MAIN THING is, is that I was CONSISTENT.
I kept going.

I didn’t go hell for leather for a week, burn myself out, stress about not doing enough or give up all together.

I did little bits. And kept on going.

It’s something we must all do for our health. And as a new mum I need to be strong to carry Danny around >>> OMG Car seats!!! AWKS!

My back needs to be strong for picking him up out of the cot and the bath.

My legs needs to be strong for when I need to get up from the sofa with my hands full.

So to summarise:

#1. Do some exercise. It’s so important for you. Make the time. It doesn’t have to be long. Only 12 minutes and you don’t even need to leave the house. Just do something regularly.

#2. I FOLLOWED THE ‘GOOD EATING PLAN’
The GOOD eating plan is sooooooo much better than striving to follow the PERFECT eating plan.

It means you can have your most favourite things and not feel guilty #WinWin!

A big thing for me has been keeping my energy up, especially in the beginning.

I was getting ALL OF THE CARBS into me.
I was having porridge in the morning with my fruit.

Simple meals like soups & stews with plenty of meat and vegetables.

And chocolate - essential for those happy hormones too!

Now that the cravings were gone, I soon stepped away from the sandwiches and crisps and was eating healthier.

You can see from all my recipes the types of meals I enjoy.

For example:

  • Breakfast with eggs, sausages, veggies.
  • Lunch would be big soups with added chicken for protein and sprinklings of seeds for healthy fats.
  • Dinner would be chillis, fajitas, steak etc.

What I was NOT doing regularly, was the mindless eating (and drinking):

  • Tucking in to biscuits with a coffee each day.
  • Picking on goodies when I was fancying something sweet each day.
  • Drinking calories through alcohol, fizzy drinks etc.

With my food all I’ve done is eat big, healthy meals with a few protein bars in between to help me with my cravings.

  • I’ve not obsessed over food
  • I’ve not restricted any food
  • I’ve enjoyed treats – from time-to-time - NOT every day.

I stayed mindful with my choices and did what I KNEW was best to help me get to my goals.

Yes – it’s easy to pig out with a take-away or enjoy an afternoon tea and from time-to-time this is absolutely fine.

If you want to reduce your body fat, lose weight and feel happier with your body you have GOT to drop the excuses.
YES – ‘just one more’ will harm if you are doing it ALL the time!

I’ve enjoyed pizza, had a few drinks on a night out, eaten things which are really indulgent but I get straight back to healthy eating.

When I eat out in a restaurant – I choose wisely.

So to summarise:

#2. Eat REAL FOOD. No magic pill or powder that has promises of helping you to shed weight fast. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Just eat nutritious food. Yes – supplements are great to enhance your health but if you make the best choices 60/70% of the time that is much better than striving for 100% and only achieving 10% because it’s too much and not sustainable.

#3. GET SUPPORT
******* This is the most important step*********

You need support in so many ways to help you get to your goals.

For me, my biggest support is my partner (Deaks) and my family.

Sometimes I need some free time:

  • To get my hair coloured and cut.
  • To have a bath or a shower which wasn’t a race against time!
  • To have a little snooze.
  • To sit with a coffee and a book.
  • To be able to have my 12-20 minutes workout.

    From the start Deaks and I agreed that we’re a team. For our gorgeous boy to be happy and content, and for our family to be happy, we have to work together.
  • We talk about our lifestyle and work commitments, looking for ways to make things work.
  • We share responsibilities.
  • We have healthy meals together and chat.
  • We do things together as a family (often visiting the health club and working out, swimming together. It’s not for everyone but it’s what we like).
  • We know that things also have to change and we have to adapt.
  • We support each other.

This does take work, but this way has helped me to feel less stressed (one big thing that gets in the way of fat loss). I can recharge my batteries so I have the physical energy and patience to handle my busy days.

Not once have I felt guilty about escaping the house on my own.

Yes there have been times that I’ve had to set an alarm for 5:30am so I can get up, enjoy a coffee and my book in peace. Go down to the gym, have a workout, have a nice shower and be home by 9am, but that’s what I had to do.

I want to feel like ME.

There have been times where I have chosen to stay in bed as I may not have had the best night’s sleep. And that’s good too. Sleep is another one of our fat burning friends, so that comes first.

We also make sure we have quality time together, just the two of us.
Asking our family to help out when they can has helped us go out for a meal in a restaurant just us talking (mainly about Danny), chilling at a spa day or meeting up with friends at a party or two.

So to summarise (and recap):

#3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being the martyr and trying to do everything on your own will not serve you at all. Get support to have time out, so you can manage your stress, get better sleep and focus on YOU!

#2. Eat REAL FOOD. No magic pill or powder that has promises of helping you shed weight fast. If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.

Just eat nutritious food. Yes – supplements are great to enhance your health but if you make the best choices 60/70% of the time that is much better than striving for 100% and only achieving 10% because it’s too much and not sustainable.

#1. Do some exercise. It’s so important for you. Make the time. It doesn’t have to be long. Only 12 minutes and you don’t even need to leave the house. Just do something regularly.

I’m still very much a work in progress. It has only been six months, but following these simple steps each day will ensure I get there. Then maybe I will put myself through it again for another addition to our family. Although I think I’ll enjoy fitting into my clothes for a little longer first.

But for now I’m going to leave you with an extra special treat - a little exercise plan that you can do daily.

Enjoy watching and please join in.

Love

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