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favorite things 2010: GETTING IN SHAPE!

30 Dec

Will and I got serious about getting in REAL shape this year and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of us!  Will joined Gold’s Gym in the fall of 2009 and he has been working out like a machine.  I decided that I was going to run a half-marathon before I turned 31.  I trained for about 16 weeks using this plan.  It was by far the hardest I’ve ever worked to attain a goal.  But on February 27, I DID IT!

I ran the inaugural Columbia Half-Marathon and finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes.  Not bad for a first timer!  My sweet brother and his girlfriend Lindsay surprised me at the finish line, along with my precious friends Jeannie and Allison.  But when I saw the Will and the kids, I completely lost it and started bawling.  Who does that after running for 2 hours?????


After a few other races this year, Will and I ran the Marine Corps Mud Run.  It’s the largest mud run in the country, over 4.5 miles and 32 obstacles and 10,000 people worked together in teams of 4.  We ran it with our friends Hoyt and Sarah.  Hoyt had previously run the race, but it was the first time for the rest of us.  Just to give you an idea of the intensity, watch this short video.



This is what we looked like AFTER the race.

It was SO MUCH FUN!!!  The race was definitely not for people who are afraid of heights, dirt or Marines yelling at you.  But we did it!


I took a break from running in the summer and have been going to KORE Wellness since then.  If you are looking for a place to SERIOUSLY get in shape in Columbia, this is it.  Elise offers several classes, but I’ve been doing the kettlebell training.  For the first time in my life, I’m enjoying weight training.  It’s sorta like cardio and weights mixed in one 30 minute workout…a workout that burns 600 calories!  Honestly, it’s like personal training in a group setting, usually 4 or 5 people.  Elise gives one-on-one instruction and makes sure your mechanics are right.  After 5 solid months of doing kettlebells, I can’t believe how much more toned and how much stronger I am!  I love it!  I love it so much, in fact, that Elise is going to help me set up a home kettlebell gym and I’ll follow the workouts online in Pittsburgh, doing them at home.  It’s like e-training, I guess.


So it’s definitely been a great year for us physically!  Here’s to 2011!



It’s Been Awhile…

27 Jan

The Owens clan has had “the bug” over the last couple of weeks.  The same one that most of America has right now.  All five of us had it in varying degrees.  Even sweet little Amelia had her share of it.  Poor little angel.  So when you stay home all the time, you start to get creative.  

One evening after Will got home, the boys asked him to tie their capes on.  Not an unusual request, but this time was a little different.  They wore their capes for a solid 24 hours.  Looking back on it, I probably shouldn’t have let them sleep with a blanket tied around their neck, but they did just fine.  The next morning they ate breakfast with their capes, played with their capes and then we cooked with their capes.  But they weren’t really Superman (or any other superhero).  William was a “big, scary alien” and Zachary was defiantly “Darf Vader.”  Zach loves putting things on his head, and then he looks at you with a very scowling, serious face.  He says quietly, “I’m Dark Vader.”  It’s pretty funny.  That kid.


(I forgot to adjust the white balance on my camera….sorry!)





Making pudding with their capes


Licking the batter off the beaters…the best part of cooking!!  Notice the remnants on the cape.


William loves to clean (just like Grandad!), but only when he feels like it.


We made Oreo pudding, chocolate pudding and then chocolate chocolate-chip cookies.  They are the most amazing cookies.  And the greatest thing is how easy it is.  Here’s the recipe:

Lorien’s Amazingly Easy Chocolate Cookies

1 box chocolate cake mix (or really any cake mix)

2 eggs

1 stick of butter, softened

1 bag chocolate chips (or whatever you like)


Mix butter and eggs.  Add cake mix and mix until blended.  Stir in chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE!  Enjoy!!

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