8 more sticks of Butter

I stepped on the scale this morning. I was down another 5 pounds. I have now lost 98 pounds! Hooray for me! I am 8 sticks of butter away from hitting the 100 pound mark. Its hard to believe 100 pounds is 400 sticks of butter. Losing weight is a roller coaster ride for sure. butter-7-pounds

Last week I was full of doubt. I was on a 2 weeks plateau. I was examining everything I ate. Wondering if I was eating too many carbs, was I eating too big of  portions? Was I sick? Drinking enough water? Will I ever get healthy again and live a full life? These thoughts haunted me mostly in the night. Plus, as open as I am, I was worried I would let people down, or lost the respect I am working so hard to get back.

I think its good that 100 pound mark is so much work to achieve. If it were easy, I would not stay so committed. Anything you work hard for you seem to appreciate more. I always remind myself I have so far yet to go. My friends say kind things to encourage me, but I have to keep this in my mind. Soon I will start becoming comfortable. My mobility will improve and I will start having a life outside of my house and bedroom again. That will be euphoria to me. I don’t want to become so comfortable that I lose focus on where I want to go. Pain and misery are huge motivators. I want to feel the pain, I want to have to work for this, reach high, stretch.

I have become addicted to sweet potatoes. I have always loved sweet potatoes. But they are one of those vegetables we forget about. I have a nice sized toaster oven on my counter that I use more that any other appliance in my house. I just put 3 or 4 unpeeled in the oven on 450. I eat them with almost every diner meal and often for Lunch. I add them to the meals I make ahead and freeze. They are the unsung heroes in the diet world. I am going to make some sweet potato fries this week. I remember in the 80s when Oprah made her chef Rosie famous, and he star recipe was Sweet Potato fries.

Here is the recipe;


5 large sweet potatoes
Light vegetable oil cooking spray
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon Cajun spice
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice each potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch ovals, then slice each oval lengthwise into matchsticks.
Coat a baking sheet with 3 sprays of the vegetable oil.
Combine the egg whites and Cajun spice in a bowl. Add the matchstick potatoes and mix to coat. Pour the coated potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them out into a single layer, leaving a little space between.
Place the baking sheet on the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the fries are crispy, turning them every 6 to 8 minutes with a spatula so that they brown evenly. Serve immediately.
Source:In The Kitchen with Rosie – Rosie Daley

I rarely eat anything on them. I use to eat butter and some brown sugar, but really, they are great on their own. 1 medium baked sweet potato is 103 calories, and 24 g of carbs. plus 4 g fiber! sweet-potato

Message me and let me know if you eat sweet potatoes, and how you eat them. If you haven’t had one in a while try substituting it for that regular baked potato. Let me know what you think.




Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

4 thoughts on “8 more sticks of Butter

  1. sue wikstrom

    CONGRATULATIONS…. oh Kathy, I am so proud of you. I pray for you AND me as we are on this journey to health and more happiness than we will ever imagine! Thanks for the reminder of sweet potatoes…. I love them too and like slicing them thin and roasting…… I have some on the counter waiting for me to quit being so lazy and just DO IT! You are going to make that HUNDRED really soon… I KNOW IT! It’s your time……… love you Kath!

    • totalkathy@aol.com

      Thanks Sue! I like the idea of slicing and roasting. I think there is a lot more you can do with a sweet potato than we think. I slice thin and layer with any veggies I have in the fridge, lay in a 13×9 and drizzle olive oil salt and pepper. cover with foil and bake for an hour at 350. I have used along with the sweet potato, sliced tomato, a regular potato, onions, peppers… really any veggie. love you!

  2. Debbie Grulke

    Love me some sweet potatoes, and they are SSSSOOOO good for you. Great fall food, for sure. I love to put several in a crock pot and cook them till they are soft and buttery tasting, a little cinnamon on top and you have a fabulous healthy food with lots of fiber. Praise God for sweet potatoes!!!

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