March 2019

Tara Hammett - Teriyaki Chicken

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Teriyaki Chicken

IMG 3354Ingredients:

500g diced chicken breast
2 cups brown rice

For the sauce:
1/2 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 cup water

Serve with: lots of green veggies and rice


How To:

Cook the chicken in a hot pan for 6-8 minutes (or until cooked through).

Mix all the sauce ingredients together.

Remove the chicken from the pan, reduce the heat and add the sauce. Heat for approx 2 mins. Add the chicken and stir for another 2-3 minutes.

Whilst all that is happening cook your rice and steam your veggies.

Split the chicken between two, serve with your veggies and 3-4 spoonfuls of rice.

‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’


As you may know I'm a big fan of my morning routine.

So many things I love about it.

Nobody is up and it's quiet. I do love Richard & Danny, but it's nice to have peace from them too. I'm sure you get me, ha!

I put my lamp on and light a candle.

I put the kettle on and enjoy my first cup of coffee (somehow the second cup is never as nice).

I read something inspiring.

There is a CRITICAL MOMENT though.

It happens at alarm time. 5 a.m. still hurts for me. I have to use all of my motivation and positive memories of this treasured time of day to get me to fling back the quilt and get up.

I am always happier and more productive on the days I get up.

There will obviously be times when I don't get up - I have a two year old! So after an unsettled night I know it will be better for me to get some extra sleep. I will also have one day a week where I choose to have a lie in, because how amazing is that too?!

But on those mornings when I wanted to get up and could have got up but stayed in snoozeville, I'm always a little annoyed with myself and end up rushing through the first part of my day.

You may be reading this and think 'THERE'S NO WAY I'M GETTING UP AT 5AM!!!!!'

I get that. And I'm not going to suggest that you do.

You've got to do what suits you, however what I'd like for you to consider is:

  • It's not so much the things we do; it's the reasons we do them.
  • Getting a morning routine as part of your lifestyle to support your goals is going to be a step in the right direction. It gives you time to think. You can prioritise your day and feel more in control.
  • Too many people leave getting up until the last minute, furiously rushing through their morning to get everything done, get everyone out the door and get everything they need done on time. This just results in stress and anxiety - and no wonder so many struggle to lose weight as they start each day with too much to do already!

Now you may have read this (in bed lol) and decided it's just not for you.

I get it. We're all completely different. In fact, you may even come to life in the evening and do your best stuff then, whereas I'm struggling to keep my eyes open. However, if you want to add better structure to your day, feel more in control from the start and create more time to get things done - create that extra time in your day and rise a little earlier.

Here are some of my tips for creating a morning routine and becoming more successful (at anything you do - not just weight loss).

1) Make it easier to get up.

Put your slippers & robe right next to your bed so you can snuggle into those straight away.

2) Read something inspiring.

I love books on stoicism and personal development. It helps me to feel inspired and helps put things into perspective.

3) Have a drink.

Naturally I'd say enjoy your coffee, but you may be a tea drinker, or just like a fresh glass of cold water.

4) Move.

Whether you have a good stretch or do one of my 12 minute HIITs, I guarantee you'll feel so so good for doing it and getting it done early rather than thinking about it all day, and wasting those thoughts on not even doing it in the end. Grrrr!

5) Go to bed earlier.

What do you stay up for? TV? don't complain that you're tired in the morning if you've made the decision to stay up late and chosen an episode or two of the programme you're currently watching over some well earned sleep. This way you'll get up easier and feel better in your day for having more sleep (although alarm time will still be a little tough at that critical moment!)

Let me know what type of morning person you are. Do you get up or stay in bed?
Do you want to lose weight but don't know what to do?

Would you be up for a Morning Routine Challenge?

I hope I’ve given you something to think about; and please watch the video below for this month’s ‘Ask Tara’ - it could possibly give you answers to questions that you may have.



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