After a very late night with a very good friend, I woke up this morning, skipped church (bad girl) and went for a run with one of my favorite running groups. We call ourselves "Ashley's Army". We are pretty sure Ashley is just pushing us so she can form all girl group adventure race teams. I love running with these girls because there is no pressure. We glide at an easy pace- for me anyway- we run trails- which I prefer- and we have fun.
I was so excited to run with these women that I seem to have forgotten I already did my long run for the week! So 6 miles later, with only 5 hours of sleep, after 7 miles yesterday: and you get a very tired, sore, bump-on-a-log sort of person. Luckily for me, Mr. Kummerow is gone all day drafting for his fantasy football league, and I worked my heart out yesterday so there were no emails or anything to catch up on today. Therefore, I did exactly what I mentioned: I was a bump-on-a-log today.
I made it home from my run and showered and finally got a bite to eat. It was noon, and I was hungry! No time for oats this morning, went straight for the banana soft serve and covered it with Kashi cereal and blueberries. This was exactly what I needed at mid-day after a humid run!
After breakfast I settled in for some light reading. I hesitate to mention the book because I am awfully shy and prudish and it discusses- well intimate issues. But alas, I think it is a good read for any married woman and I must tell you about it. Intimate Issues, Conversations Woman to Woman by Linda Dillow & Lorraine Pintus. If for no other reason, read it for chapter 6: Where Can I Go to Buy a New Body? The chapter is based on Psalm 139:14 "I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well."
The above passage commands that we thank God for our wonderful bodies. These bodies that carry us through each day. For me, a body that allows me to run, swim, bike, walk, work and serve. Because our bodies are each individually made specifically for us, we should honor our bodies and love them. They were fearfully and wonderfully made! The chapter in the book discusses how American women are constantly comparing ourselves to others and to an unachievable standard of beauty. "As long as we continue to listen to the world's messages about our bodies, we will never be satisfied with how we look." I put up on my mirror this morning a little saying I found on another food blog: "Stop seeking skinny and start seeking healthy." My body will probably never be a size 2, svelte, waif-like frame that I so often wish it to be. But you know what, this body carried me through 13 miles this weekend of tough, hilly 9.5 minute miles! I have eyes that see and ears that hear. Legs and arms and hands and feet, that all move at my command. This body is able to serve the Lord because it is healthy and fit! And that should be my goal and yours!
Keeping with the health theme...today's lunch was a light and fit snack. I ate breakfast at noon- so I wasn't too hungry at two, but needed some nourishment. Just a piece of Ezekiel bread toasted topped with 1/2 avocado mashed with lettuce, cucumber and eggplant. Served open faced with a glass of sparkling water. I cannot get enough sparkling water this weekend. I have nearly polished off two (large) bottles of pellegrino!
Back to being a bump on a log today: I watched a movie on Netflix and then I did something a little more active...some baking on this rainy afternoon. I needed to use up the blueberries so here is the concoction I created today. (Note: I am giving you exactly the recipe I used today- but see bottom for some suggested changes)
Blueberry Banana Bread
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 ripe, smashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flax seed meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water)
1/2 cup blueberries.
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Combine bananas, flax egg and vanilla in another small bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in blueberries and pour into greased bread pan. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Check done-ness with a fork inserted in middle of bread- should come clean.
Recommended changes: This is not a very sweet bread, you may want to add some form of sweetener. You may also want to double the recipe to make a thicker- more loaf-like bread. This did not yield very much batter and therefore turned out very thin in a bread pan.
I ate 3 slices!
And served it with a cup of tea!
And now I'm going to church! Did you really think I would miss a Sunday? I have decided to visit my friend's church with her today. It would be awfully nice if our church offered more than one service and I could choose which one! But I do love my church for what it is! I know that it would take a very large church to offer Sunday evening services, and I like the intimacy of our church. So long and happy Sabbath!