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Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Wedges

Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Wedges

Why do people down play themselves when it comes to achievements, goals that are reached, lifetime milestones?  We may hear “thanks I worked really hard, BUT“.  That “BUT” word (and no I do not mean the body part, get your mind out of the gutter), is the one word that will make anything said prior to, not seem significant anymore.

“I went for a run today for the first time in months, BUT, I only ran a mile”

“I have been really watching what I eat, and working really hard in the gym, BUT, I only lost a pound this week, when last week I lost two”

“Today I completed the workout in the time cap, BUT it was scaled”

Sound familiar?  Why do we down play our accomplishments?  It doesn’t make sense.

A person hasn’t been physically active in months, and runs a mile one day; that’s awesome!  Why?  Because that was more than the day before and a step in the right direction.  When you first started your weight loss journey and the pounds were just falling off left and right, then one week, it’s only one pound, or half a pound, or nothing at all. However, your clothes fit differently, and your starting to build lean muscle mass–I call that a major win.  For those of you who are in Crossfit know what I’m talking about when it comes to Scale versus RX in a workout, who cares if you had to scale the workout, YOU FINISHED and worked your booty off while doing it!  That to me is truly awesome, please please do not be ashamed of scaling a workout to go along with where you are physically.  There is no shame in that.

My point is, do not down play your achievements, even the minor ones.  I have a sticky note taped to my desk at work that contains a quote from Christy Wright, the founder of Business Boutique , “Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle“.  Just because you see one person who may be able to knock out 20 pull ups in a workout, doesn’t mean they were born with the ability to do pull ups like that from the get go.  That person had to work at it, just like you have to work at it.  A house is not built in a day, it has to have a plan, a process in place for that plan, and then time.  Like I always say, it’s during the process of reaching your goals, that we learn more about ourselves.

I encourage you, the next time you catch yourself (or maybe your friend) starting to use that “BUT” word to negate all of that hard work, stop yourself (or stop your friend), and rethink that negative word into a positive achievement.

 


 

Now that I’m off my soap box, let’s cheers to my first savory item on the blog! But of course it had to have the word “sweet” in there.  Don’t worry, I started seeing a counselor to discuss my sweet treat obsession, this person feels confident in my recovery.

Most of the time when I am speaking with someone who is ready to jump on the healthy bandwagon, 9 times out of 10, I hear, “sweet potatoes are only good during the holidays, covered in butter and brown sugar”.  While it is true that sweet potatoes are good covered in butter and brown sugar, I know my body doesn’t agree with me.  I’m here to show you that sweet potatoes are a savory item, and can be eaten any time throughout the year.  I love sweet potatoes, they are so good for you, full of vitamins, and so delicious.  My rosemary-garlic wedges are perfect to go along side a burger, a turkey burger, chicken, whatever your little heart’s desire.  Enjoy!

 

Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Wedges

Yield: 4-5

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Dried Rosemary
  • 1 TBSP Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry sweet potatoes (and peel if you do not like the skin)
  2. Dice sweet potatoes in to wedges (think the size of steak fries in a restaurant)
  3. Place wedges in a large bowl, add remaining ingredients
  4. Toss wedges around in the bowl until fully coated in oil and seasonings
  5. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil,and coat with non-stick cooking spray
  6. Place wedges onto cookie sheet (possibly using two cookie sheets) you do not want the wedges crowded on the pan
  7. Preheat the oven to 400, and bake for 25 minutes, turn the wedges over, then bake for another 10 minutes
  8. If you like crispy wedges, turn the oven to broil, until wedges reach your desired "crispiness"
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