A Hard Day’s Work

I’ll bet you can’t guess what I did all day today…mwahahaha.

I’ll get to that in a second, but first, let’s talk lunch.


I chomped on some carrots & hommus, alongside this fantastic sandwich. Last night while prepping dinner, I roasted up an extra batch of zucchini and yellow squash to have for during the week.

So today, I combined them with a toasted Thomas’ Everything Bagel Thin with melted provolone cheese, and an extra smear of hommus.


It was so good. And doesn’t that little mountain of cheese poking through the middle of the bagel thin just make you giggle?


Ok, well I found it amusing. Smile

So you may notice that my surroundings with lunch are a little different today, and THAT is because I was over at my parents’ house…


Painting! How do ya like those lovely paint scrubs, eh? I know, they’re hot.

For as long as I can remember, my dad has always taken a week off of work right around the beginning of May to get a bunch of work done around the house. Since I’m currently not working, he nicely offered to “hire” me as a worker of his for a few days this week to help out.

So today, my day consisted of about five hours of painting, which has only further led me to one conclusion: I will not be applying to any painter jobs anytime soon. Winking smile

Mid-afternoon, I stopped to take a break and noticed some goodies sitting on the counter in the kitchen…


Mom had baked! Peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies, to be exact. So I dug right in and helped myself to two.


By around 4:00, my painting was just about done for the day, and as I was wrapping up, I was beyond excited to see that my Mom had come home with coolattas from Dunkin’ Donuts! Talk about a nice treat after putting in a hard day’s work.


My favorite coolatta from DD’s is a French Vanilla Coffee Coolatta w/ Skim Milk.

**FYI: Did you know that by ordering a coolatta with skim milk, you can save yourself almost 200 calories and 23 grams of fat??

This was actually my first coolatta of the season, but to be honest, I don’t really get them all that often. Even by ordering it with skim milk, it’s still loaded with extra sugars, but it is a nice treat to have every now and then.

Would you believe that when I first graduated college and started working, I would stop into a DD’s probably 2-3 out of five days every week and order myself a coolatta, a Boston Cream donut, and a Blueberry Cake donut?

Thank god I got myself out of THAT routine. Yikes!


Tonight is a big night…it’s our first softball game of the season. Wish us luck! Open-mouthed smile

Question for the Day:

Have you ever had any bad fast food habits?


  1. says

    What a yummy little bagel sammie, the provolone cheese must have been delicious with the veggies. When I was in high school my mom would take me after school to McDonalds and I’d have a cheeseburger with fries and a strawberry milkshake. This was a religious routine everyday. Crazy how many calories that meal had especially considering that it was like an afternoon snack, not even dinner haha
    Good luck tonight 😀

  2. says

    In grad school, I’d order 2 venti Sbux a day — non-fat white chocolate mocha with raspberry and whipped cream…pretty sure they were about 500 cals each…but I wasn’t eating then so that was my “food” intake …. meep!

  3. says

    Yum peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies!!! I wish I had someone to hire me for a days work right now! I use to have terrible fast food habits. I would go through McDonalds just for a large Diet Coke at least 3 times a day. I can still taste that fountain soda now.
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  4. says

    Ooooh that bagel looks absolutely delcious! How nice of you to help our your dad, looks like fun!

    Yes, I can look back at things and be like oh my gosh how did I eat those every day!
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  5. Shayla says

    Oh yes I definitely did!! In high school we were allowed to go off campus and once I got my drivers license it was “cool” to drive to McDonald’s and get lunch there. In high school I practically ate fast food at least once during the week and multiple times during the weekends! UGH!
    Btw, love your bagelwich! I’ve seen it on Julie’s too and now I’m definitely going to have to try it!

  6. says

    You look so adorable in your painting clothes :-)

    As you know, I’m a big DD girl. But I never got into the Coolata thing. You see, DD does not exist in Omaha. Yes, I know – it is strange and sad. When I go home, I go through major withdrawals.

    THUS, since my unhealthy habits were mostly in high school, I didn’t have the pleasure of enjoying all of the good stuff DD has to offer. But don’t worry, I found other places. Two bad habits I can recall: Saturday Tennis Day – 3 hours of tennis with a McDonalds break in between. Yes, I was playing tennis but smack dab in the middle, I picked up some chicken mcnuggets to fuel me through the second half. Taco Bell Friday Nights – It was the hot spot in Omaha. Whether we were hungry or not, we’d go there to see what was happening. I’d usually get a second dinner that consisted of two tacos and a bean burrito. YUM.

    Here’s to a healthier post-Nebraska lifestyle. Woo hoo!
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  7. says

    Bad fast food habits – OH yeah. Back in my “skinny” days (I only call them that because I didn’t have to work at it) I’d eat fast food out every single day – KFC, Taco Bell, McDonalds, pizza, you name it. Plus Dunkin’ Donuts every morning! Phew, glad my metabolism slowed if for no other reason than to break those nasty habits!

    Good luck at your game tonight!!!!
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  8. fsugirl! says

    I used to eat a hash brown 2-3 mornings a week and grande frappucinos from Sbux everyday! Well, I still have frappucinos 4x a week, but I eat healthier and exercise now! 😀

  9. says

    That bagel look awesome! And I too was amused by the little knob in the middle from the melted cheese!
    My fast food habits aren’t too far away yet, I just started getting back into the healthy game last night! (Who says you need to start Monday morning, Sunday night is just as good as any time!) Due to the holidays and some seasonal illnesses I ended up not going on the treadmill and not making good food choices and then those old habits are so easy to pick back up! As for lunch it’s not that I would go to fast food restaurants per say, I only get 30 mins for lunch at work which doesn’t leave a lot of time for driving around, so the work cafeteria was quick and pretty cheap. Chicken tenders and fries, onions rings, fried chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and other various fried goodies are what generally made up my lunches (not ALL of that in one sitting of course)! And there’s also my Italian co-worker (who cooks for a huge family even though only has one kid still living at home) and she would bring in all the yummy homemade leftovers, and to keep it authentic, no cutting corners there, no part skim mozzarella or low sodium! And there’s always the weekend where we would get together with friends at a restaurant and make less than good food choices and maybe add a few beers to that too! I’m looking forward to getting back into a healthier lifestyle and look forward to keep reading your blog for motivation!

    • Courtney says

      Way to go, Jess! I hear ya…it’s definitely hard to get back into healthy habits once you’ve gotten away from them for a while. Glad to hear you’re back on track! :)

  10. says

    your sandwich looks super yum!!!! i love melted cheese on like anything hahaha.

    my freshman year of college, i would go to burger king alllll the time. it was horrible! i had definitely fallen off the wagon. i tried eating it once since i quit all that stuff and i couldn’t even finish the burger — i was sooo sick to my stomach! your body definitely gets used to NOT having that stuff, yikes.
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  11. Mike says

    As a local teacher, how did you get laid off mid-year? If it was a budget thing, that would have happened at the end of the year, effective the 11-12 year, correct?

    Have you tried substitute teaching? Great way to get your foot back in the door.

    • Courtney says

      It’s sort of a personal situation, so I’d prefer not to get into too many details. But I am considering substitute teaching.

  12. says

    When I first started teaching I always had a sausage and egg mcmuffin on my way to work. I never woke up in time to eat breakfast so Micky D’s it was. In High School Wendy’s was a habit after band practice because we’d walk across the street for dinner. 2 Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers with fries and a large frosty. Man that added up.
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  13. says

    Even though painting is SO not fun, it sounds like you had a good day (or at least you’re selling it, which is totally what counts! ;))

    I have never been super into fast food, but I used to buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Southern Pecan Pie ice cream (which I don’t think they make anymore, sad), and a bag of cheddar pretzel combos at least twice a week in combos. I enjoyed them while studying and drinking Diet Dr. Pepper. Because the “diet” was so necessary at that point. Can you imagine??
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  14. says

    Hehe, I love the cheese :)

    When my brother and I were kids, we’d always con my dad into taking us to Burger King for Whoppers and then Dairy Queen for Blizzards. I got the Whopper because my brother did, even though I never really liked them much…and after eating the whole value meal, I’d down a Reese’s blizzard. I have no idea how all of that fit into my 8 year old stomach.
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    • Courtney says

      Isn’t it amazing how much we were able to wolf down in one sitting??? I was guilty of the same thing!

  15. says

    I had this conversation the other day with someone and we were debating about what was considered fast food. Is cosi? Is chipotle? Or is it just related to places like McD’s and Wendy’s that give you this dollar menu option that is located on most blocks in every city!
    I think one of the things that I fall victim to is thinking sweet potato fries are good for you, even though they’re still fried. Oops!
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  16. says

    My senior year of high school, I would go to IHOP every Friday after my swim meet and order blueberry pancakes – whip cream and all. And I would eat every bite! Oh, thank goodness those day are over! Glad you enjoyed your coolatta today :) Treats like that are always a wonderful thing!
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  17. says

    I’ve definitely had bad food habits. In high school, a group of my friends and I also went to Dunkin’ and we’d get drinks, bagels and donuts. It was awesome, but probably not the healthiest. Then again, we just came from track or cross country practice 😉

    Mmm moms are the best!

  18. says

    What a great way to spend your day! I always love painting… for the first half hour. Then I think, “Why can’t this be done already?” The end product is always worth it though! The last time I had a fast food ‘habit’ was in middle school. My mom took us to McDonalds or Taco Bell three nights a week. Yikes!
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  19. Danica says

    When I was in middle school I would go out to eat at least once or twice a week at fast food restaurants. Now I’m so disgusted by them I don’t think I’ll ever eat in one again-thank goodness! Gross.

    Hope your softball game went well!

  20. says

    I used to be a mega fast food junkie- believe it or not, I could pack away 12 chicken nuggets, fries, and a Coke and still have room for a McFlurry! I won’t lie though- as much as I love healthy food, I still love the occasional McFlurry with Smarties :)!
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  21. says

    We don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in MN, but when I go out to MA to visit my family every summer, I have my fair share of Coolattas…yum!

  22. says

    I used to live in Boston, where there are DD’s on EVERY SINGLE CORNER! I used to grab a donut hole here and a latte there…cheap and delicious…but not exactly nutrient dense food! It is amazing how much sugar they pack into those donuts and drinks! Its almost impressive…
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