WIAW: Meals Around The Fun Event

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I’m so happy that I successfully made it through my super long day yesterday. Wooo baby, was it quite a long day. But even though it was long, it was still pretty fun…

…so I’m gonna skip right through this little intro so we can get you guys to the details of yesterday’s fun event!

5:30am – Pre-Workout Snack

The day started nice and early so I’d have time to squeeze in my own workout for the day (if I didn’t do it early, it wasn’t happening at all). I don’t typically bother to mention my pre-workout snack, but it’s almost always a Clif Z Bar.


The half of banana was saved and actually eaten in between a couple of my clients early this morning. Thank goodness I had it with me because breakfast didn’t get eaten until later and I was hungry.

10:15am – Breakfast

Vanilla Chobani, diced nectarine + blueberries, chia seeds, and Love Grown Foods granola + Cascadian Farms Honey Nut O’s.


The nectarine was definitely a nice change of pace from the typical strawberries and paired awesome with the blueberries.


I brought today’s breakfast with me to work but actually ate it at Starbucks after my shift was over.


While I was there I also got myself a regular coffee to sip on (blonde roast), and spent a little bit of time going through emails before I had to head to my next event for the day…


I know I teased you all a bit with this yesterday, so now let me finally fill ya in!

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a local reader who I actually knew from when I was in high school. I had no idea that she was a regular blog reader, but as it turns out, she’s been reading for quite some time (Hi, Nicole!) and wanted to pick my brain about something.

Nicole is a teacher, at my old high school no less(!), and teaches a class on Mass Media. When Nicole contacted me, she said that her class was going to be coming up on the topic of social media and blogging, and asked me if I’d be interested in coming to speak to her high school seniors about blogging.

At first, I was like, “SAY WHAT?!?”


I mean, sure, I know I used to get up and stand in front of a classroom full of kids every day, but they were 10…and a lot less scary than an auditorium full of high school seniors. Yeah…public speaking is not exactly my forte, if ya know what I mean.

But despite the fact that I was beyond nervous about it, I was even more excited, and I immediately told Nicole that I’d love to help out in any way that I could.

My nerves were definitely through the roof all morning, but once I got settled into the auditorium and got my PowerPoint set up (had to take the attention away from me as much as possible!), I actually started to feel much more at ease.


The kids were all pretty great (sure, some of them were texting and talking, but I can handle that) and I was even able to get them to ask some questions toward the end as well. Between my mini presentation + Q&A’s, I actually used up the entire period, which completely shocked me. I thought for sure I would have raced through everything in about 5 seconds flat. Winking smile


But then again, blogging is something that I could seriously talk about all.day.long, so I had plenty of topics to keep the conversation flowing. I mean I’m certainly no expert on blogging or social media, and I still have plenty to learn; but I was more than happy to share the knowledge that I had with today’s youth.

Hopefully they got at least something out of it. Smile

1:30 – Lunch

By the time I got home from my presentation at my old stompin’ grounds, it was time for some lunch.


Today’s choice was an egg scramble made with black beans, spinach, and tomatoes, topped with lots of lovely ketchup. I also had a couple pineapple slices for a little added sweetness…


…and about a serving of Kashi crackers.


4:00pm – Mid-Afternoon Snack

A banana flavored SOYJOY bar.


6:30pm – Dinner

Thank goodness I had a long enough break at work tonight to have some dinner because I was not only prepared, but I was suuuuper hungry.


Before leaving home this afternoon, I put together this random assortment: leftover quinoa, black beans, chicken (my half from Monday night), pineapple chunks, and feta cheese.

I know, totally random, right? And then I took it up a level and topped it with some of my favorite pineapple salsa.


It was alright…nothing to rave about. But I did learn that black beans at two meals in a row is not in my best interest. Ooof.

8:45pm – Evening Snack

It’s a recycled photo (I was spent by this point of the day) but the evening snack of choice was a CranBran VitaTop, topped with peanut butter.

And then I also had a few too many jelly beans.

Hey, whatever…it is what it is. It was a crazy day, so I’m not overly concerned about it. Besides, it’s almost Easter…I think the Easter Bunny would approve. Winking smile

Question for the Morning:

If you were told you had to give a presentation to a group of high school seniors, what topic would you be most comfortable talking about?


  1. says

    Wow, what a neat opportunity! I’m glad it went well! I would have been nervous standing in front of a bunch of high school kids, too. When I was a school psych in a high school, I hated walking in the halls in between classes … all of the kids were taller than me and could be very intimidating haha! 😉

    I’d probably be comfortable talking about the process of going from college to grad school, getting your resume prepared, the application process, etc. I’ve done talks like that before for high school and college kids, so it wouldn’t be too far out of my comfort zone! :)
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  2. says

    Haha beans twice in a day weren’t in your best interest or Jay’s best interest :)? Well done on the presentation! I have a serious phobia of public speaking- I’m normally super outgoing but when it comes to talking to an audience, my face reddens and I start stuttering- it’s kinda embarrassing! I was actually considering enrolling in a few public speaking classes! Blogging and healthy eating/fitness are definitely areas I could talk about it with confidence though- and if there were any silences/my presentation fell short, there’s SO much other relevant information I could throw in!
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  3. says

    Wow, that’s awesome that you got to speak in front of them! I would have been freaked the eff out haha. I loathe public speaking…I always shake and am so nervous. I would probably love talking about figuring out what you’re going to do with your life. I switched my major like 5 times and there were many crying sessions over figuring it out, but I think that along the way I learned some things that I could share!
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  4. says

    I had a feeling this is what it was! I think you mentioned it in a Tweet and I saw it or something :) Either way GOOD JOB, COURTNEY!
    I know how you feel..I had to speak to a group last month about fitness and my nerves were wrecked the whole day until I presented. And it went fine, of course :)
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  5. says


    You know, I have been having challenges finding jelly beans. For the past two weeks, our grocery store has been sold out! Now all they have are the black licorice beans. I guess this is probably a good thing but I’d really like a handful. :)
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  6. says

    That’s awesome that you were able to give a presentation about something you are so passionate about! I would enjoy giving a presentation about healthy living and how to enjoy anything in moderation!

    I ALWAYS have a cliff Z bar before my morning workouts too! The iced oatmeal is soooo yummy, I also love the honey graham, chocolate chip and chocolate flavors!
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  7. Sarah says

    I actually think your public speaking gig sounds like fun.

    I don’t love public speaking, but I don’t shy away from it either. The topic I am most comfortable speaking about is adoption (I have two kiddos through adoption). I know this becuase I’ve done it a few times. The problem is that there is no way kids in high school would ever be interested in that. Oh well.

  8. says

    Great job on the presentation! Sounds like it went really well :) I am horrible at public speaking! Your egg scrambles always look so delicious. Everytime I see a picture that’s all I think about eating for the rest of the day.
    I have seen chia seeds popping up on so many blogs, I know they have great health benefits but I am really curious about the taste.. Maybe I will give them a try.
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  9. says

    Wow that’s a great opportunity and I’m sure the kids loved you! I don’t know what I’d feel comfortable talking about… maybe careers in IT? I’m a young IT professional and there isn’t enough of us out here and a lot of kids don’t even know that they can get jobs in IT.

    On a small side note… are those individual servings of chia seeds? WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE AND HOW CAN I GET THEM!!
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  10. says

    i hate public speaking too, but what a rewarding experience that mustve been! it’s like you kind of came full-circle in a way, with the whole teaching thing.

    i’m so glad i’m not the only one to have discovered the amazingness that is newman’s pineapple salsa. it’s like the ONLY kind i buy now and i go through it like it’s nutella or something crazy addictive!! LOL!
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  11. says

    It may not be the most comfortable for me to talk about, but I’d really love to talk to high school kids about body image and eating disorders. It’s something that is pretty near to my heart and since that’s an age where a lot of those issues begin to take root, it seems like the ideal opportunity to start fostering more positive attitudes towards managing your body image and your weight!

  12. Nichole says

    You did such an amazing job! I had a few students email me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed your presentation. Thank you so much for taking the time to come in and speak!

  13. says

    What a great opportunity – I’m sure you did a fantastic job :) If I were to speak to a bunch of high school kids, it would be about public speaking, coincidentally. That’s what I do for a living (I work in the media) and that’s what I’m most comfortable doing. I’ve given a presentation on it before … I’d love to do it again!
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  14. says

    Congrats on what I’m sure was a job well done! I teach high school English and coach high school cheer, so I can relate. :-) High school girls can be a tough audience, but it’s done wonders for my public speaking!
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  15. says

    How cool is that!! I’m sure you did a really great job. Whenever I have to give a speech I’m always freaking out until I’m actually up there, then it’s a piece of cake ;D
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  16. says

    Talk to people that are 2 years older than me? No can do, my friend. No can do. But if I was forced to- that would be a different story. (Seniors are scary- except for the ones at my school). :)

    I’d probably talk about blogging or music or journalism (even though I’m not a journalist- yet- I could give students tips on how to write a good story with help from a Times Union friend or two of mine).
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  17. olivia says

    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for posting your exercise and food choices. Helps so much when you can get in a rut of doing the same things over and over.



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