Rise and Ride

by Lauren on July 26, 2012

Do you know what is so fantastic about being honest to you all?  You give me so much support and love, always!  All day, your comments made my smile.  Needless to say, my bad mood was lifted today thanks so much to all of your lovely wishes.

I went to bed last night and vowed that I would wake up with a better attitude going into the day today.  Thankfully, I had my early morning RPM class to look forward to get things started off on the right foot.  That class ALWAYS puts me in a good mood and today, I let it all out on the bike.  Felt amazing!


Guess what I did last night?

It has been AGES since I’ve made protein overnight oats.  It was about time.

Protein Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup dry oats
  • 1/4 cup plain Chobani
  • 1/2 overripe mashed banana
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used Sun Warrior Vanilla)
  • 1 tsp chia
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

I mixed this all up last night and this morning added the berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) and a piece of TJ’s berry oat muffin.  Also nestled in there was a sun butter mound.


I had to run to a doctor’s appointment this morning so I didn’t get into the office until later.  Since I’m leaving for New Orleans for a work conference next week, I blocked out today and tomorrow to devote to catching up on reports and office things before I leave.  The last thing I want is to feel stressed and behind at the beginning of a work trip.

I did sneak home for a quick lunch around 12:30.


Not really sure where I was going with this salad but I basically emptied out my vegetable drawer and put it on top of lettuce.
  • Romaine and Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Roasted Squash
  • Dried Cherries
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Balsamic and Hummus

Yum!  These “garbage” salads always turn out in my favor.

For the first time in weeks, we didn’t fire up the grill this evening.  There have been severe thunderstorm threats all around us for most of the day and by the time dinner time rolled around, so did the dark clouds.

Plan B turned out to be a good one though!




Black Bean, Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Quesadillas 


  • 2 whole wheat tortillas (taco or fajita sized)
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1 cup slightly steamed spinach
  • 1 ounce goat cheese


Spread the sweet potato on one tortilla and top with black beans.  Add the spinach and top with goat cheese.  Place other tortilla on top of the sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

I always forget how easy and delicious these are!

Well, tomorrow is Friday and I have a very exciting weekend ahead.  Just gotta push through an 8 hour workday and then it’s off to play work in NOLA for a week!


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