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

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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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Join me at The Color Run: 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! (Coupon Code)

Guess what I’m going to be doing on May 31st!

I’ll be running The Color Run in Hershey, PA!

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What’s The Color Run? Well, it’s ONLY the Happiest 5k on the Planet! Continue reading

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Workout Wednesday: Living UP with Jawbone and Best Buy

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I’ve been trying to devote Wednesday posts to fitness updates and related product reviews, and I’m especially excited about the review I have to share this week. For the past few weeks, I’ve been helping Best Buy test out the UP band and mobile app from Jawbone® by tracking my fitness, activity, sleep, and all the things that add up to true holistic health…AND I LOVE IT.

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Running Update: I’m HOT! #WorkoutWednesday

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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!

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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!)

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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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Lacing up: New Health and Fitness Goals

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Hey, I forgot to mention…I’ve started running again!  Continue reading

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