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.
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
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.