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On-the-Go Workout Wear from the New Lands’ End Performance Collection


I’ve officially joined the gym…and I’m actually going! But lately I’ve really been struggling with what to wear when I work out. Should be simple, right? Well…not exactly. I’ll skip the glittery tank tops and pants with sayings on the butt, and honestly, I get enough of sloppy sweatpants at home. When I find the time to devote to working out, looking pulled together only helps my motivation. That’s why I’m digging the pieces I’m reviewing from the new Lands’ End Performance Collection: a line of comfortable, coordinated activewear for women.

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Running Update: I’m HOT! #WorkoutWednesday


I looked back at my RunKeeper log tonight, and I noticed that my last run before having El was on Dec 1st. She was born on Feb 7th, and I was back in my running shoes on March 10th. Not too bad, right? Although, some days I do get down on myself because my fitness is returning so slowly, or because the weight is still there. 

But you know what? I’m still running. Whenever I can, I’m running. And I really can’t think of anything else that makes me feel as good. So, despite the spare baby tire I still have, I’m feeling motivated to keep pounding the pavement (although I’d love to find a track that’s not so hard on my feet.)

That half marathon in Hershey is still in my future. Believe it.

And while we’re talking about exercise, I’ve just gotta ask: Has anyone else seen that butt that keeps popping up on everyone’s Facebook feed? You know the one…the teeny tiny butt in the pink Zaggora hotpants.

The pants that promise to help you lose 2 sizes in 2 weeks.

Weight loss pants? Come on, now.

Skeptical? Yes. But at one point, that butt seemed to be taunting me. Mocking me, even. So I wrote to Zaggora, and I said, “So, about these pants. Howsabout you let me give them a shot so I can tell my readers all about them?” And they said, “Ok!”

So now I have pants that will make me sweat my butt off, literally. Well, maybe. I got them in the middle of a July heatwave, so I haven’t exactly taken the “Zaggora 2-Week Challenge” yet. But what I can tell you is that it only took one 3-mile run in the pants for me to understand that these things are NO JOKE.

How do they work?

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Me, paraphrasing from Zaggora: Celu-Lite Technology™ is a patent pending, multi-layer fabric technology that harnesses the body’s natural heat during exercise to help you burn more calories. The material a bit like a SCUBA suit, I think. You know how you can get an air bubble in your bathing suit and it just moves around in there until you pull the fabric out to let it escape? They feel like that.

It’s recommended that you wear your HotPants for 30 minutes a day, during activity, so I’ve been wearing mine to run. I will absolutely attest to the fact that I got hotter faster running in my Zaggora pants, and that I actually had sweat running out the bottom of the pants and down my calves. Additionally, it takes me longer to cool down after my run. I 100% felt that my core body temperature was higher, just like the company said.

(I highly suggest taking water with you when you run in these pants.)

But, all weight loss claims aside (because I can’t speak to those yet), there was one benefit I noticed right away when I put my Zaggora pants on, and it’s one I didn’t expect. As soon as I started running, I felt firmer. Tighter. Less…jiggly. After having a baby, there’s the not-so-small matter of that baby belly that can seem to take on a life of its own at times. It’s distracting, and frankly discouraging, during a workout. Not in these pants. I have the High-Rise Capris and they come up high enough that nothing moves when I run, my thighs don’t touch, and perhaps best of all, the waist band doesn’t roll down!


Buyer’s Tip: If I get another pair, I’m totally going for the Fold Over Capri Pants or the Atomica Pants.  I love the look of the fold over waist, and they have ventilating fabric between the legs, which is a must-have to stay comfortable… and a little less stinky. (Ew.)

I can honestly say I think I’ve been running better and with more motivation. In my HotPants, I just feel stronger and more fit because everything is being controlled and held in place.  I told my husband that if I had a Zaggora top to complete the outfit, I just might be able to bust through a wall (and the “girls” would be way more comfortable and supported, too!)


So, yeah. Am I going to be skinnier in a few weeks? I hope so, but I’m not really into easy weight loss claims. You’ve gotta do the work. That said, it’s that much easier to get motivated when your workout gear works for you…and I’m telling you, I exercise harder and longer in Zaggora. 

30 minutes a day…stay tuned!




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Announcing my newest goal!

If I say it, then I must follow through…right?

So I’m saying it. I have set a new goal!

I’m going to register for my first half marathon! I have my eye on the Hershey Half in Hershey, PA this October, and I’m so excited about it!

I’ve always been a runner, but I’ve taken a lot of breaks. This whole “leftover baby tummy” is what inspired me to lace up my running shoes again, and I’ve been back at it since March, running consistently about 3 times a week. I’m definitely focused more on distance and endurance rather than speed, and right now I’m up to 5 miles, 3 times per week. And let me tell you, I feel like a million bucks after a good 5-mile run. I can’t wait until I can do 8, and then 10, and then even more! When it gets tough, I chant my running mantra with each step:

Strong mommy, healthy mommy. Strong mommy, healthy mommy.

It reminds me of my purpose.

Now, the not-so-great news. I’m nursing an injury. How annoying, right? I’m not sure how I did it, but I think I strained or maybe even tore something in my right shin. I had an X-ray, and the doctor told me it was a shin splint, but since he barely looked at it I just don’t trust that. Physical therapy starts on Tuesday, and I hope to get some good advice on how to avoid further injury. Until then, I’m bring very careful not to push my luck.

Like I said, I started running again in an effort to lose weight, but it’s become so much more. I feel healthier, more energetic, more relaxed, better able to handle stress and, well, just better overall. It’s amazing, really, what taking that hour a few times a week can do for a person’s overall health, both mental and physical. I feel like I’ve reclaimed my groove again after our recent pregnancy loss and months of being sick.

It’s a good thing, too, because the weight loss thing isn’t really happening. I lost about 2.8 lbs and then a big fat nothing. The number won’t budge. It’s frustrating, but I know not to focus too much on the number. While I’m off my feet, I’m using my sleek and handy new EatSmart scale to help me make sure my weight isn’t creeping up.

Maybe one of these days I’ll get the courage to actually stand on it. :)

So there. A quick little post about my latest hobby, and newest goal. Now that I’ve said it, I will do it. I promise.

What’s your latest goal?

This is a Type C post. I received a product sample from EatSmart for review purposes.

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Race Against Racism 5K

Yesterday, Little Man and I participated in the Race Against Racism 5K in Harrisburg! We walked with some friends from work, met some new friends, and had a great time.

I’ve run in 5k races before, so finishing this one at a brisk walking pace feels a little like a step backwards, but I feel like the day was a major accomplishment anyway.

Having a baby at home gives me lots of excuses to be sedentary. It’s pretty easy to stay home and sit on the couch now that we have to lug around 3/4 of our belongings whenever we leave the house. When I got pregnant, the Husbo and I made a pact that we would still do the things we love (even though they might be more difficult and logistically challenging), and that we would try to expose our child to lots and lots of learning opportunities whenever we had the chance.

So far, mission accomplished!

Where we live, there is not a lot of diversity. I want my boy to grow up knowing and appreciating that the world is made up of all different kinds of people, so I thought the Race Against Racism  would be perfect for his first 5K. We didn’t run, because he’s not quite used to the forward-facing stroller yet, and I’m not quite in running shape yet (I think I could’ve done it, but I would have paid for it later), but the walk went quite well even though he insisted on being held. He’s super alert right now and wants to be right in the thick of the action most of the time. Mommy got quite a workout carrying a 17-lb. baby for over a mile! Luckily, some really helpful new friends offered to push the stroller part of the way. I’ll make sure to pay the favor forward!

Here are a few pics:

Me and my boy before the race.


The first mile. What a beautiful view of the river!


One of the gardens on Front Street in Harrisburg.


The garden again, and our newest buddy and walking partner.


Heading down closer to the river on the way back to City Island.


We had beautiful weather and although he was a little heavy, the little one was a pleasure. I’m really digging having a little sidekick to accompany me on my adventures. It really does make every part of my life better to have his curious little face and fresh perspective along. 

After the race, food and drinks were available on City Island for all participants. There was fun music playing, so we danced for a few minutes, but we hightailed it out of there when I realized there was free soda, fried something and chocolate something else. No thanks! No way was I blowing that healthy feeling I spent the whole morning wrapping myself up in.

I must admit, however, that we did end up splurging on small Italian ices at Rita’s in the afternoon. Oh well. We were on the way to Grammie and Pop Pop’s house and stopped to look at some land for sale. What better time to stop at Rita’s? :)

I ended my day on a bright note with this happy Sunshine burger, topped with the first-of-the-season baby spinach leaves from our garden! 

One sunshine burger, with a little horseradish mayo and Dijon mustard, topped with sauteed garlic mushrooms, avocado slices and baby spinach leaves, served up on an EarthGrains whole wheat thin bun.


These burgers rock!


I like Morningstar, but I can really get behind this list of ingredients!


That pic is a little small, so here it is: Organic cooked brown rice, ground raw sunflower seeds, carrots, herbs and sea salt. (Note the absence of soy.) Don’t you just love that? :D

Have you ever checked out the ingredients list on most veggie burgers? It can be disturbing.  The best thing about these burgers is that they don’t try to be meat. They just try to be natural and tasty–and they are!  

Know what else I love? Feeling like I got a chance to, as Gandhi said, be the change I’d like to see in the world. I am so excited to teach Finny to be his own kind of change.

Happy day, everyone!

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