The Good Girls Banana Split



I have stumbled upon something spectacular. I affectionately call it my "good girl banana split". And it is oh-so-yummy. Fat free plain Greek yogurt topped with banana, frozen (and thawed) strawberries and a drizzle of nutella. It definitely hits the spot and has satisfied my sugar craving that creep up in the evenings (do you get the urge for sugary treats at night,too?)

Mike started his first day of the looming layoff on January 1st. Already it is stretching our marriage and giving us the rare opportunity to spend countless hours together and learn to do it with patience and grace...in this we are still learning. We started out our married life working along side each other for nearly 5 years. We loved it. Then Mike got a "real job" and it was such a transition to only see each other for a few short hours in the evening. We often joked that he should go on welfare just so we could spend the days together again. Well here we are...not on welfare, but definitely spending the days together. Overall, its spectacular. But it is certainly a lesson in communicating what each of our expectations are for the day! This marriage gig...even 12 years in, is hard work! Meaningful and worthwhile work, nonetheless.



So with the layoff in full swing I began thinking about how I could use this time in a beneficial way. On January 1st I decided that I would give up anything with flour until he got a new job. This of course, coincided with New Years. But it wasn't a New Years Resolution. Some have suggested that I am fasting from flour during this time. But it isn't a fast. Nope, no spiritual reasons for my madness...and yes, it is madness. How the heck did I decide that giving up 3 layer cake, Canaan's doughnuts, homemade bread, flour tortillas, crepes and pizza was a good thing?
What it came down to was this. I wanted to look back on this time and be able to fondly say, "Without that lay off I wouldn't have lost those last 10 lbs of pregnancy weight!" I want to turn this crappy layoff into something good, you see! Totally vain, I know.
Another reason, and slightly deeper and less superficial reason is that I truly believe in the power to deny oneself things. I love the process of disciplining ourselves and being able to say "no" to ourselves. Its therapeutic and cleansing for me on many levels.
With that said, I have had many moments in the last week of wanting to drop Mike off at the nearest Pizza Hut and telling him to deliver pizzas so I can eat a brownie!

10 comments:

  1. I have all of this in my fridge/freezer, and you just made my day :)

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  2. I love the title of this treat! : ) Yes, I do crave snacks at night... this one sounds pretty great!

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  3. If I had some nutella I'd be trying that tonight since my hubby is at the fire department and I tend to *snack* more when he's gone. Cheers to you in making a committment to somthing and reaching for a goal!

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  4. I crave sweet stuff nearly all the time. Sounds yummy, except I'd substitute the yogurt for ice cream and take out all that healthy fruit. ;)

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  5. I love that you admitted to a touch of vanity. Good to see that you are still real in all of this!

    And I so know what you mean about the constant closeness. I so understand that now.

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  6. No flour. That's a hard one, but I totally understand your reasons. I like to push myself sometimes, just because I can. I went vegetarian for around six months. For no reason and lots of reasons if that makes sense. I never was intending on it being forever, but more for as long as it felt right. As a result, I am more conscious of the little meat I do eat.
    By the way, I need to comment on how I find such inspiration in you and how you choose to live your life. No matter what life brings you, you wear it well!

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  7. Thank you Karen for such sweet, encouraging words.

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  8. Oh my gosh what a cute little baby boy!! Looks like he's a big fan of delicious banana splits hehe :)
    Great blog!
    xoxo
    Olivia

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  9. Great dessert idea. No flour - you are amazing. I'm still praying for your family. I know He has something in mind as creative and disciplined you two are - something perfect for you.

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  10. Megan, I love your spirit. (And your split!)

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