Wow I did not want to get up this morning. I even went to bed early last night! But when my alarm went off today, I was just not having it. Sometimes if I feel super tired in the morning I really will keep sleeping- sleep is so important to me. Other times, I know I have to do something and so even if I’m exhausted I get my bootie up. Today was a sleep longer day.
Since I don’t have a regimented schedule this month (and basically have most days off unless I get called into work) I want to try to come up with a routine including studying, writing, and working out that I stick to all month. It’s funny because I’m not really one for routines now that I’m an adult. My mom says that as a kid I was all about the routine and it worked really well for me. Now? Not so much. Sometimes I want to go to the grocery store at 9 in the morning, sometimes I want to go workout at 9 in the morning. I always have a lot to do, so I generally just let myself do whatever I want as long as it’s something productive. If I want to cook in the morning I do. If I want to study, I do. Med school worked really well for me in that sense because I had total freedom with my schedule.
But now, I think that life might be easier if I developed a more routine way of doing things. For example, I would really like to get set into the habit of studying in the morning (when my brain works best) and working out after work (when my brain cannot function but my body still can!) I also think it would be better to blog at night instead of the morning because then it wouldn’t take away from precious study time.
But here I am blogging at 6 am… I’ll try to be better with this schedule today okay?
Anyway, yesterday, despite not sticking to a schedule, I had a pretty great day! I did some grocery shopping, some cooking, some emails, and had a great workout. I did another Kayla Itsines routine which I am really loving! I feel bad posting all the info in her plan, but this workout can be found all over pinterest, so I think it’s okay to post here.
The legs workout took me 30 minutes, taking 1 minute breaks in between circuits. I did each circuit twice, and then repeated the whole thing- so really I did each circuit 4 times.
After legs I jumped on my treadmill for a little bit and did my usual walking, jogging, running, sprinting mix. I normally watch TV or read on the treadmill, but for the past 2 days I have just listened to music and let me tell you what? I get way more pumped up and can run faster when I just listen to music. I don’t know why that’s so surprising to me since I only listen to music when I run outside, but I was quite pleased!
I ended up having a late lunch because I kept snacking on cookies all morning! I made Kyle oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (and holy *&*% they are the best cookies ever) and I literally cannot not eat them. By 2 pm I figured I should try to get some nutrition into me, so I made an open face turkey sandwich and an orange- delish!
After lunch I responded to emails and as usual found myself lost in the black hole that is the internet. But luckily I climbed out in time to make dinner for Kyle and myself.
I roasted some cauliflower, coated some cod in corn meal and spices and cooked it on the stove- served alongside some salad, I’d say it was a great dinner! My local grocery store carries the Atlantic cod and it is seriously so tasty. It literally falls apart in the pan because it’s so flakey and tender! I highly recommend looking for it at your grocery and trying it
Well this post ended up way longer than I intended. I really just wanted to briefly recap yesterday and then share this to die for salad with you. Sorry for my long-windedness! Without further ado, here is the best salad recipe ever.
I was browsing online a few weeks ago and somehow found this salad that looked so colorful and beautiful. I knew I had to recreate it.
I didn’t change much of the original recipe, but I did make a few alterations to the dressing, which I will describe below.
The cashews are without a doubt the best part. Chili Lime Cashews- Someone needs to mass produce these.
Thai Steak Salad with Chili Lime Cashews
Original recipe from here.
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 1/3 cups raw cashews
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
- 1 lime, zested
- 1/4 cup black and/or white sesame seeds, toasted
- 2 limes, juiced + the zest of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (I didn’t have fish sauce, so I used a little oyster sauce)
- 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (I used soy sauce)
- 2-3 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce ( I used a combo of garlic chili sauce and sweet soy sauce)
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 2-3 tablespoons tahini
- 4 cups baby kale or other dark leafy green
- 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen shelled edamame, defrosted and cooked for 3-5 min. in boiling water
- 3 carrots, shredded or chopped
- 2 bell peppers (red, yellow and or orange), sliced thin
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango, chopped into chunks
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 3/4 cups of fresh basil
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1/3 cup fresh mint
- 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
*****The dressing in this recipe is used both as a marinade for the steak and dressing for the salad. I really loved the marinade for the steak, but I didn’t love it as much as dressing for the salad. I ended up using my favorite tahini dressing recipe which is just tahini, lemon juice, honey, and olive oil mixed together. I LOVED it with that dressing.
1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the sesame oil, cashews and chili powder, stir to coat.
2. Cook over medium heat until cashews are lightly toasted, about five minutes.
3. Next, add in the honey.
4. Remove from the heat and add the lime zest and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Toss well and set aside.
1. Place your steak in a gallon ziplock bag and cover with about 1/3 of the dressing. Seal the bag and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
2. Cook your steak on a grill or grill pan as you like. I didn’t have either of these, so I seared it on both sides in a cast-iron skillet for about 3 minutes each side, then placed it in the over at 400F for 10 minutes to finish.
3. Let the steak rest before slicing it.
1. Add all your veggies and mango to a large bowl and toss with dressing to mix thoroughly. Alternatively, you can keep the dressing on the side if you are going to keep the salad for multiple days. I ate mine all week and only dressed each serving before eating.
2. Top salad with eggs, cashews, remaining sesame seeds, and steak.
Did you make it all the way to the end of this longwinded post?
Do you have a set daily schedule you follow?