HANKENSTEIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HANKENSTEIN HANKENSTEIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Black bean salad topping recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487036 Dice half a small onion and put into saucepan over medium heat. <BR> Add a pinch or two of salt. <BR> Mince one clove of garlic and add to pan, or add 1 teaspoon garlic powder. <BR> Add 1 teaspoon of cumin <BR> Add 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder <BR> Add 1/2 teaspoon black pepper <BR> Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper <BR> (I vary the spices I use, sometimes adding chipotle seasoning or paprika or red pepper flakes), <BR> Open can of Rotel tomatoes and green chili, drain and add to pan <BR> Open... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:28:51 EST There's always tomorrow, but today's better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401250 In my travels, I took my son to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It was amazing. Thousands of gators, and some other cool animals, too. Like this guy: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14181987.jpg"> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:57:55 EST Update, and hope for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382804 Sweat equity is in my future. Is it in yours? Sat, 8 Jun 2013 21:20:42 EST You won't see me walking. It's dark out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679718852.jpg"> <BR> This is what the infestation looked like last year. Gross, right?! Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:14:10 EST Just for yucks: Glad I'm not a girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333086 Here's the link I referred to: I know it has nothing to do with fashion mistakes, but the whole idea of throwing out an image that women are supposed to hold themselves against kinda sucks. <BR> <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/my-mom-always-told-<BR>me-to-tell-the-truth-but-i-dont-think-<BR>she-quite-had-this-in-mind?c=ufb1 </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:59:12 EST Turning tragedy into your spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326387 Sorry. I rambled. Had a point. Struggled to make it. Cut it off abruptly when my phone started to ring (ZZ Top). Posted it anyway. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Here's the blog i referenced: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325193 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:18 EST God bless us, everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325193 Here we are at another crossroads moment for America, the kind we once saw on the news happening elsewhere, and the kind that, when we saw it, made us feel lucky to be Americans. Oddly enough, it came on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech, and it’s that story that always gives me hope in times like these. <BR> <BR> When I got to Blacksburg, Virginia, on the day that a disturbed student killed two people, went back, reloaded, barricaded himself and everyone else insid... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:31:00 EST Blogging telepathically http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284219 It works! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:26:14 EST Apologize for being human? Um, no! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278198 The whole "not a diet, but a lifestyle" thing is out of control, and a recipe for failure. Live your life. Make changes to recognize your limitations. But my goodness, no more chhesecake? Ever? Um, no! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:49:04 EST Exploding Lent, and starting anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265431 It's ok to fail, bit not ok to accept failure. Get back on your feet! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:23:28 EST Three Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253679 Step 1: Think about anything good that happened to you today. It can be anything at all that seems positive to you. It need not be anything big or important. For example, you might recall the fact that you enjoyed the oatmeal you had for breakfast. On the other hand, you might also recall that your child took its first step today. Anything from the most mundane to the most exalted works, as long as it seems to you like a good, positive, happy thing. <BR> <BR> Step 2: Write down these three p... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:23:11 EST Awaken your soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252844 The mountain before you is tall <BR> <BR> And the air at the top is divine <BR> <BR> But the only way to breathe it yourself <BR> <BR> Is to awaken your soul and to climb Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:18:08 EST Imagine you can fly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251823 Look in the sky and imagine you can fly <BR> <BR> Like an eagle that could soar anywhere <BR> <BR> Where would you fly, and more importantly, why <BR> <BR> And what prevents you from taking you there? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053611779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Life is short, and its challenges great <BR> <BR> Toxins threaten at most every turn <BR> <BR> So escape that disease and go where you please <BR> <BR> Soar above, to the place where you yearn... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:21:04 EST A brief progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251117 So far, so wonderful. The Faith component makes a huge difference. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:10:07 EST My Lenten plans. Join me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248535 What I'm doing for Lent to start myself on the road to fitness again Wed, 13 Feb 2013 02:23:55 EST Motivation lacking? Try LENT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247027 Just an idea to employ a higher power, if so inclined, to get you moving forward. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:56:32 EST FEAR can be debilitating if we let it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219356 I'm not here to win fans, or awards. I'm here to get better, and if something I say along the way helps you get better too, awesome, I share for me, AND for you. Blessings to all, especially 2013lose20. I appreciate the challenge, and the thoughts. Let's do this. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:45:39 EST Private pages kinda minimize their impact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202904 I don't wanna groove on you, but I may benefit from what you say ... if I could see it Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:02:16 EST Staying away is NOT the answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202856 Happy New Year. Get ready for a regular dose of me. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:19:34 EST An army of angels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172216 There is no explanation <BR> <BR> No words to make us understand <BR> <BR> The senselessness and the evil <BR> <BR> And its everlasting toll <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are not enough tears <BR> <BR> When we think of the children <BR> <BR> The ringing out of gunfire <BR> <BR> The life-changing terror <BR> <BR> The noises, and the blood <BR> <BR> Seared into their pristine minds <BR> <BR> Innocence lost <BR> <BR> Forever <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is not enough admiration <BR> ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:40:34 EST Food has no calories on Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142441 Bird from the oven, a magnificent beast <BR> The centerpiece of our Thanksgiving feast <BR> Family stops sniping. There's eating to do <BR> Tell me if this sounds like you <BR> <BR> Turkey and dressing, piled on a plate <BR> Eyes so big you can hardly wait <BR> Please pass the potatoes, and green beans, too <BR> Tell me if this sounds like you <BR> <BR> Cranberry sauce, turnips and maybe a roll <BR> So much to savor. I need a big bowl <BR> Seconds, and thirds, and dessert later, too <BR> Te... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:31:02 EST Still alive. and on the mend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135838 Happy Thanksgiving! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:06:18 EST HOPE, a fine starting point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091032 Hope is great, unless you let it make your commitment to a better you optional. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:33:22 EST If Eddie can do it, ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077383 Note: I posted this somewhere else when it actually was Little League season, but love this story, and this memory, and hope someone here might draw inspiration from it. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> I was out driving around running errands on Saturday when one of the most magical sights filled my eyes. It was a Little League baseball field, and the kids playing were probably 6 or 7 years old. You can tell because the younger they are, the more cars there are there, and there could have been neighbors se... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:54:03 EST They say no? You say YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073715 http://collegefootball.ap.org/content/old-<BR>dominion-qb-sore-after-record-setting-<BR>effort Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:57:14 EST If diverting is failing, we will all fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071986 Wow. My breathing sounds horrible, but I like the message. <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:34:05 EST Hello again, friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069793 Hope some of you remember me, and that you all are doing well. I know I left somewhat abruptly when I ddid, and please let's leave the past in the past, and let's not talk about anyone that left when I did. It would make her inclined to oversalt my breakfast. KIDDING. Moving forward ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:23:25 EST Farewell, sparkies, and thank you for everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407538 I want to start by saying a most sincere thank you. To everyone, whether you read and watched the blogs I've posted since coming to spark in late December, or not. Either way, you have all contributed to what made spark a place I really looked forward to visiting almost every day. <BR> <BR> So many of you have said such amazingly kind things to me about my writing and my thoughts, it left me humbled and addicted to that kindness, frankly, and for that, I am incredibly grateful. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 19:29:29 EST The face looking back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405030 Make the mirror a part of your program <BR> It's as key as what you see from the scale <BR> Because there's truth in your own reflection. <BR> Did I work to succeed, or to fail? <BR> <BR> We may think we have done all we could do <BR> To lose weight and stay truly on track <BR> But the truth you will see in the mirror <BR> And the face that you see looking back. <BR> <BR> Did you push yourself to the limit? <BR> Did you push pretty hard and then slack? <BR> You can convince everyone that it... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 15:52:25 EST Goal setting. Pick a date. Short term. Let's do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404230 I'm losing 10 pounds in 24 days in time for my B'day. Yessir. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:04:03 EST I'm baaaaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403257 Hi! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:12:11 EST Hi there, friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393944 Hi guys. <BR> <BR> Just popping in to say hey and share that I think a true vacation is wonderful as a means of cleansing, refreshing, and refocusing. To get away from things - stressors, issues and just the day-to-day grind - can be really refreshing - if you let it. But so often, we can't unplug or walk away from that stuff at all. <BR> <BR> I have. I've popped on spark every day to spin the wheel - I'm up to 120 or so days in a row - and read spark mail, but, with apologies to all your ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:31:11 EST A place so perfect ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384689 Even fairy tale icons come here to die. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108112544.jpg"> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:54:20 EST Greetings from paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4382534 Hi all. Some highlights, amusing and otherwise, from our two-day trip: <BR> <BR> Driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, we saw a rather large black bear being monitored by state troopers, presumably with tranquelizer guns, as it ran pretty fast along the highway about a mile from a rest area. First time I ever saw a bear in the wild, but New Jersey has a lot of them these days. <BR> <BR> At the nursing him with my mom, who is now in hospice care and largely unresponsive and speaks only gibberi... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:58:32 EST On the road again (without incident, so far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380608 There were those really big people sitting on either side of us when we wound up at Cracker Barrel - everything else was slammed - for dinner and ordered salads. <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 08:12:47 EST I need a vacation from getting ready for vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378981 There's nothing quite like getting ready for vacation, from the constant questions about whether we are forgetting anything, to the search for the teenagers who are supposed to be bringing the heavy stuff to the car so it can be loaded but are instead in the car fighting over who gets the back right seat because it's not behind dad, who is 6'6, and the "where the heck do you think you are going with all that crap?" look on Dixie's face and the friendly neighbor popping by to ask about where w... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:40:03 EST Kat / SUNNYBUNNY update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376858 Keep her in your prayers, folks. She's a great lady with big challenges ahead, and the best thing we can do for her is to lift her name up to the Lord every day. I don't know if she's coming back any time soon, but please don't let her absence let you forget to keep praying that she receive guidance and grace from Him. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:17:03 EST Voices, choices and what they tell us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375016 We all have voices inside our heads, and how we handle them makes us who we are. <BR> <BR> Sounds logical, right? If only it was that easy. <BR> <BR> One voice might tell you to order that double cheeseburger off the dollar menu because it's economical and can be eaten on the run, and the other might tell you to park, go inside and spend the next 15 minutes eating the Asian salad that shows that you matter to you. <BR> <BR> These choices amid the voices come in all shapes and sizes. <BR> ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:39:04 EST SWEAT EQUITY: It shows all over your face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372432 Investing in you takes work, and makes you sweat. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:40:49 EST Adapting to better choices is all about attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369111 So I was talking to a friend yesterday about milk, and he asked if my kids drink whole milk, which was pretty much the only kind of milk I drank growing up (That, of course, was before research taught us how to build a better cow, and that everything pretty much kills you). <BR> <BR> "Not that they would remember," I told him, explaining that we almost exclusively buy skim milk. "Heck, they think 1 percent milk is rich and creamy like half and half." <BR> <BR> But when you go to the groce... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:10:40 EST Even a blind squirrel ... can give random updates. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364644 I hope everyone sees the blessings in their lives today. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:04:07 EST Spark can be your own worst enemy, folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362875 Talking to folks in life, and looking around and watching and reading blogs, something occured to me that hadn't before: Spark can become your own worst enemy if you let it. <BR> <BR> There are so many sparkers stumbling, feeling badly and sharing their journeys that we are exposed constantly to phrases like binge eating, overeating, emotional eating and others that assign negative connotations to putting food in your mouth. And you know what? Thank goodness they share, and keep coming back... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:27:29 EST Who should be the boss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358813 When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to be the boss. <BR> <BR> The brain said, "since I control everything and do all the thinking, I should be the boss." <BR> <BR> The feet said, "since I carry man where he wants to go and get him in position to do what the brain wants, then I should be the boss." <BR> <BR> The hands said, "since I must do all the work and earn all the money to keep the rest of you going, I should be the boss." <BR> <BR> And so it went with the eyes, th... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:48:25 EST I have a date tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358136 Yes, I have a date tonight. <BR> <BR> With a man. <BR> <BR> He's 90 and has a bag that collects his pee. <BR> <BR> He also had my job years ago and is a legend in Virginia, a charter member of pretty much every hall of fame there is. He's been married 63 years, and his wife is in a nursing home, where he visits her twice a day. She can't come home because he's developed equilibrium issues and she's in a wheelchair, so getting her into the shower and onto the toilet and such is beyond h... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:17:03 EST When KARMA bites back, deductibles come into play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357713 Sorry Liz. Couldn't resist. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:25:08 EST Takin you to a place called the MIO GRANDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356389 There was a little lady and on water she would sip <BR> Until she discovered MIO, and she kinda tried to flip <BR> She'd flavor up her water, just a hint is all you need <BR> And guzzle down refreshment ... until she met with greed. <BR> <BR> Just a little hint, she thought, is tasty on it's own <BR> And surely it is better than the water, just alone <BR> But let me give a big ole squirt and flavor this one good <BR> So the fruit punch tastes fruity just like fruit punch should. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:43:43 EST AWOL friends? Send 'em a note and bring 'em back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355833 Make someone you haven't seen here in a while feel special by noticing Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:39:09 EST Anything more fun than naming and labeling beer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353299 I was at the wine and beer store yesterday - yeah, imagine that! - and happened to have my camera in my pocket. So as I was looking through the beer case, I started noticing how many bizarre, suggestive and just darn fun names and labels that there are on micro beers. <BR> <BR> For example, the beer named after me: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818264742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some beer names are crazy: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483921222.j... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:20:31 EST A dinner that makes you want to smack yo mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351917 Hi guys. So tonight I had fun making dinner. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Naan (indian bread, from Walmart) <BR> Grilled veggies in oil, drained and blotted dry (Del Dostino, from Costco) <BR> Parmesan cheese <BR> Pepper <BR> Mozzarella cheese <BR> <BR> Begin preheating oven or toaster oven to 350 while assembling. <BR> Drain oil from veggies (eggplant, red pepper, asparagus, zuchinni) and chop <BR> Scatter on naan like pizza topping <BR> Sprinkle with parmesan cheese <BR> Top with shredded ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:05:55 EST Sometimes, you just have to say I GIVE UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351714 Not in a bad way, but in a listening to your body way. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 17:36:43 EST