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Light Lunch

by Meghann on June 9, 2011

My decadent egg sandwich from breakfast had me feeling stuffed and satisfied all morning. I rarely eat egg sandwiches for breakfast because I rarely crave them, but when I do I’m always happy with how long they stay with me. πŸ™‚

By the time lunch time came and went I wasn’t really hungry for much. I did, however, find myself yearning for some cool yogurt and fresh fruit.

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Around 2:00 I broke for lunch with a parfait mug of yogurt, Kashi Cereal, fresh berries, and almond butter.

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On top: a chocolate vitatop to finish it off.

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My favorite bites were at the beginning with the vitatop. The mix of chocolate with berries and yogurt was almost like dessert. My sweet tooth was pleased. πŸ™‚

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Yum. Yum. Yum.

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I’m finding it hard to concentrate on my work to-do lists today. I have a long task lists, but my head seems to be in la la land. I need to snap back into reality ASAP!

What are your sure fire ways to help you refocus?

Usually I take a minute to step away and take a mini break before diving back in, but my mini break turned into an hour long HGTV spree. Yikes!

1 Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

It’s finally getting warm enough here for me to consider a cold lunch like a yogurt parfait – it looks great!
If I need to refocus I usually have to get up and talk a 5-10min walk, maybe grab a beverage to sip on while I work, and then set a goal for myself. Hope you can get some work done πŸ™‚

2 Rasha @ PBAddiction June 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I like the addition of the chocolate vitatop on the parfait! My chocolate-addicted self would enjoy that as well.

3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Love the parfait for lunch! I just had a big lunch because I wasted time deciding what I wanted and then I was hungry!!
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4 Shanna, Like Banana June 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I have that problem at work on Friday’s (or Thursdays before an off-Friday). I like to tell myself to tackle 2-3 small things (respond to an email; return a voicemail; draft a skeleton powerpoint) and then I can take a break. Usually once I’ve started those smaller, easier tasks, I have the energy to just keep at it and then cut out early for the day πŸ˜‰

5 Krissie J June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I am in the same boat with focusing. I have mountains of paperwork and PDFing to do and it’s just not happening very quickly. Blaaah. I haven’t found a good refocusing technique, looking forward to other responses.
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6 Jordan P @ food, sweat, and beers June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Sometimes I just turn off all distractions and sit quietly by myself, which can help if I’m just a bit distracted. That being said, sometimes I need a real jolt to the senses and then, a good, hard workout is the only thing that can get my mind off of anything but getting the sweat off my face. Normally, after that, I’m ready to conquer ANYTHING, and I already feel like superwoman after getting pumped!
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7 Dani June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Yum!! That looks like a perfect lunch πŸ™‚ If I hadn’t already had lunch, I’d want another!

8 TheHungeredOne @ MovingandMunching June 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Mmm looks so super good!

9 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’m also in lala land — the weekend needs to get here already!

I can usually refocus pretty quick by making a list and working on some smaller tasks — it gives me some energy to start tackling the larger ones.
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10 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

mmmm I love yogurt parfaits! And eggs for b-fast is a GREAT way to be satisfied because of the great protein in that food. Yumm πŸ™‚

11 Dori June 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Is Derek home? A mid-day quickie usually helps with the focusing.
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12 Mel June 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm

haha this is hilarious! I hope Meghanns parent’s aren’t reading.

13 Christine June 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hahaha! I had to read that one twice.
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14 Jessica @ For the Fun of Fit June 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

You should be proud your HGTV break only lasted an hour. If I get started on HGTV, it could last much longer than that ha
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15 River June 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

That parfait looks so good!
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16 Heather June 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Did you take that idea from KERF yesterday!?

17 Courtney June 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I usually start my day with my most major task, so I start the day with a major load off my desk. If I’m having trouble focusing, though, I’ll try to accomplish a smaller task to get back into the swing of things and then, I can usually get back into it from there. πŸ™‚

I hope you’re able to focus and tackle your tasks!!

18 amanda June 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

i like the sounds {and looks} of that parfait. i might have to recreate something similar.

making lists always helps me refocus. i don’t know what it is, but seeing things on paper in a neat fashion always makes me feel better.
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19 Alexa @ Simple Eats June 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Ooh a vitatop on top is a GREAT choice!
I always like to make lists and put on some pump-me-up music and I’m good to go!
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20 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Love that mug! I always tell myself that I can have a small reward once I start what I need to do and work diligently for at LEAST 30 minutes. Telling myself “I HAVE to finish” only creates more anxiety because sometimes I don’t know how long it will take to finish whatever I’m working on. Closing out all internet distractions (blogs, FBoo, e-mail, NPR, PostSecret, just about any website on the internet) and telling myself I can check it all again in 30 minutes usually does the trick!
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21 Christine June 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Mmmmmm Vitatops!

When I have trouble I set a timer for 30 minutes to work, and then a timer for ten minutes, to play. Lather, rinse, repeat until it’s done πŸ˜‰
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22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oooh, I love that parfait! Yogurt was made to be eaten with Vitatops πŸ™‚
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23 Mac June 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

If I get up and go for a 10 minutes walk, inside or outside, I am refocused 99.9% of the time. Getting the blood flowing always helps!
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24 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes June 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

My mini breaks turn into a “I’m not working anymore today…” so don’t feel bad about the HGTV incident πŸ™‚
And I always try to recreate your meals because they look SO, SO, SO good, but I just can’t seem to do it…
Keep satisfying my hunger via photos please…
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25 Alison @ The Peacock Diaries June 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I have the attention span of a flea lately…I totally hear you! I’m OK in the morning, but after lunch things just go south. I need to move to a place that honors the mid-day siesta. A nap would do the trick!

And HGTV is a MAJOR time suck for me. Some of the afternoon shows are a little wacky, but I can’t turn away!
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26 Alexa June 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

That parfait looks mighty tasty. I like adding cacao nibs to my yogurt for a a bit of a crunch. πŸ™‚
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27 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I definitely get fuller easier when I eat out for breakfast. The portions are always so much bigger than what I eat at home!
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28 Jennie June 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

With the heat here in Jersey I have not been in the mood for hot food and all i’ve been eating are smoothies! I don’t blame you!

29 Hilary June 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Mmmm…I usually enjoy my chocolate vitatop on the side of my fruit and yogurt, but maybe it needs to make the jump on top! …and I like the mug, it’s classy.
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30 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

If I’m feeling distracted I try to think of a few small, quick things that I tell myself “ok just get these done and you can quit after that”. Usually after I do a few small things I get rolling again. And if not, then maybe you really need the break!

31 BroccoliHut June 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm

LOVE your mug–perfect for a parfait!

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