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How to pack a serious punch out of your lunch break

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When I think back to my elementary school years, one of the best parts of my day (besides recess and Ms. Zamzow’s epic story time) was lunch. When that noon-time bell rang, we would all make a bee-line for the cafeteria, anxiously awaiting the *5-star gourmet food that beckoned us from behind the lunch ladies aprons.

*When you’re eight years old, chicken nuggets, frozen pizza squares and chocolate milk cartons were the best of the best.

Not only was lunch time a chance for us to stuff our faces with said chicken nuggets, frozen pizza squares, and chocolate milk off of fancy plastic trays, but it gave us a solid half an hour to recharge our little batteries; laughing with our friends, bartering cupcakes for pudding cups, and hitting the playground for a no-holds-bar game of kick ball. Often times that hour of each day was just what we needed to mentally and physically prepare for whatever was ahead of us: a math test, a book report, soccer practice, watching a marathon of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. etc.

As I grew older, I began to value my lunch breaks even more. As a full-time student turned working professional, these moments of relief beckoned to me the second I walked into the door of my classroom/office (and not just because my stomach was already growling, hungry from breakfast earlier). I love my job, I really do. But no matter how amazing that all is, a girl needs to take a break, a breather; to regroup, recharge and relax. That necessary break is even more necessary if you have a stressful or harried of a job.

As someone who has admittedly forgone many a lunch break, scarfing down instead a Lean Cuisine at my desk rather than stepping away for 20 minutes in order to respond to an email box flooding with messages from clients and coworkers, or to meet those looming deadlines, I understand the temptation. I really do.

But guess what? You and I aren’t doing ourselves any favors. We may think we’re saving time and energy, when in reality, dissing our lunch break and staying plopped in our cubicles is not only unsanitary (you don’t even want to know the food that’s been collected in my keyboard), but it’s denying you an opportunity to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and go out and mingle with other human beings. Of course, there will be certain times when your day is just too strawberry jam-packed to go out for lunch, but on those other days when your work load is lighter and you have a bit more time, try these tips to really pack a punch our of your lunch break:

1. Pack a punch-worth lunch.

For the most part, I’m a huge fan of packing my own lunch. Not only does it save on the moolah, but it’s often times a bit more healthier and it great for when you don’t have a lot of time. I’d like to consider myself the sandwich queen, however even I can get bored of that day in and day out. That’s why I try to spice things up a bit every once in a while. Instead of having the usual PB&J, try a PP&P Sammy (peanut butter, pickle and potato chip). WHAT?! Or how about a wheatberry salad or chicken salad with apricots and almonds? Num.ers. I love me a good chicken nugget, but I think these ideas make them seem just so elementary.

2. Try out a new restaurant.

I try not to eat out for lunch too often, but every once in a while, it’s nice to grab a few coworkers and check out that new sushi place around the corner. You’ll have an excuse to leave your desk and see your fellow coworkers outside of their cubicles. Taking in a new change of scenery and some delicious grub will not only help to refresh your mind (and taste buds) but it can help to take your mind off of that demanding client or looming deadline.

3. Get in a quick sweat sesh.

I’m generally a rise-and-shine exerciser, knocking out a few miles or hitting up the weights right away in the morning pre-work, but every so often it’s nice to grab my running shoes and hit the pavement in the middle of the day (especially if I’m having an particularly stressful day). If you don’t feel like working up a sweat outside or at a nearby gym, don’t worry. Sneaking in a midday walk around the block or through a park close by can even better. You’ll not only get to unleash some of the positive endorphins, but you’ll also be able to get some vitamin D, returning to your desk relaxed and refreshed, ready to tackle the afternoon ahead. Consider it an adult recess.

4. Read a good book.

Being a librarian, it’s kind of my prerogative to carry around a book (s) everywhere I go. I never leave the house without at least one two three in my car and purse. Lately I’ve been taking one of these great page-turners and my lunch box and grabbing a picnic table outside, diving into not only a tasty midday meal but a delicious story as well. It’s another excellent way to take your mind off of the stresses of the day for at least a little while. Just make sure you don’t loose track of time–I may or may not have gotten pulled into a book and nearly forgot I was supposed to go back to work. Oops.

5. Call a friend (or your mom) you haven’t talked to in a while.

Life gets busy as well all know, and it can be hard to find the time to catch up with friends or family. Take your lunch break as an opportunity to give your bestie or your mom a call. Nothing brightens my day more than getting a life update from my nearest and dearest. It might be a good idea however to schedule a time and day when your phone date will take place, just to ensure that the other person will be available to chat.

It can be hard sometimes to allow ourselves the time to relax and recharge during the busy and hectic work day, but in those times, I want you to channel your inner elementary school self; remember how excited you got, how beneficial that 45-minutes to an hour was for not only your productivity, but for your health (and sanity) as well.

And with these great ideas, you’ll never want to miss out on your lunch break again!

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Friday Faves

Well hello there, guys!

And a very happy TGIF to ya!

It is a dreary, icky, gloomy, rainy/snowy mess here in Denver today, but that’s not going to put a damper on the fact that a) IT’S FRIDAY!!!, b) I’m wearing my good-butt jeans, c) it’s my birthday tomorrow, and d) IT’S FRIDAY!!!

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Channeling my inner-Gossip Girl on the steps of the MET with my favoritest Jenna! 🙂

This time last year I was in NYC, ringing in my 27th year with one of my best friends, and while I may be missing her and the city like crazy sauce, I think that I’ve got some things up my sleeve this year that will be just as much fun. I’m meeting up with some dear friends of mine tonight for some celebratory dinner and hijinks fun, tomorrow I’m hanging with the sister–getting our retail therapy on and possibly checking out my another one of my friends’ band play, and then on Sunday, a family cookout. It’s going to be a jam-packed couple of days and I am so super excited!

After all, a girl only turns the big 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 once, right?!

What about you?! Have anything scandalous planned for this weekend? And by scandalous I mean eating Chunky Monkey from the carton, with a fork, on the newly cleaned couch, in your underwear.

Actually, that sounds like my kind of Saturday night. 😉

Before you get your ice cream on, be sure to check out my finds from around the web and more in the week’s Friday Faves!

Favorite Comeback Kid: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Okay. I will admit that I am not nor have I ever been the biggest fan of Star Wars. I know. I KNOW, okay?! But, watching this trailer gave me chills. CHILLS! And when Han Solo and Chewy graced the screen. I maybe choked up just a little bit. I may or may not have to re-evaluate my stance on all things George Lucas and have a massive Star Wars movie binge.

Favorite Library Love: This week was National Library Week, seven whole days celebrating the absolute awesomeness that is libraries and librarians. I am so very proud to be considered a part of this amazing group, opening the doors to discovery, creativity, and magic to people everyday. This post did a wonderful job of highlighting the importance of and wonderful power that libraries have.

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Favorite Breakfast of Champions: It’s my birthday week, and I will cry eat cupcakes for breakfast if I want to. And boy do I want to.

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Favorite Ball Boy: I shouldn’t laugh, but it’s just. too. darn. funny! I have watched this meme probably close to a hundred times and each time, it just even more hilarious. But I’d totally tush-bump anyone in my way for a game ball.

Favorite Meme Maker: Speaking of memes, if you are a fan of baseball, and watching ridiculously awesome and perfect baseball memes, do yourself a flavor and start following @MLBGIFS on the tweet machine. You may end up wasting 16 hours of your day, but they will be 16 hours well spent, my friends.

Favorite BESTNEWSEVER: Staying with the baseball theme for a quick hot second, it just so happens that my Brewers are coming to Denver this summer once again for a three-game series against the Rockies. And it just so happens that I scored tickets right behind the Brewers’ dugout. And it also just so happens that my brother from another mother and Brewers bestie for life, Chris is coming out to visit me and take in all three games. WHAT!?! Like I said, BESTNEWSEVER!

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Favorite funny: 32 Pictures That Will Give You Intense Elementary School Flashbacks. DYING over this roundup! Seriously shouted YES to every single one. Especially these stamp markers and especially #14. #2 is gave me instant anxiety.

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Favorite fashion: Nellore Blouse. Love this sweet and flowy blouse, right? Can I please look as cool as this girl does when I wear it too?

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Favorite DIY: Personal S’mores Roasters. Start with a patio project, end with one, too! I think these personal s’more roasters made out of mini terra cotta pots are so adorable – plus, no bon fire required!

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Favorite pooch: Dapper Dog. What a gentleman!

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Favorite place: Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Seriously the coolest.

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Favorite indulge: 7 Layer Cookies a la Mode. Are you KIDDING me! I think one bite of this luscious, indulgent dessert would send me straight into a blissful sugar coma!

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