Monday, April 15, 2013

My 100-Day Fitness Update & Zaggora Review!

My 100th Day of Fitness
 Trying Out My Zaggora Pants
I can't believe that it's been 100 days since I started my family on a healthy eating and daily exercise routine! How time flies!  In past blog posts I wrote about how I turned around my family's health and nutrition in 2 months, 10 simple strategies to get your own family health and active, and how I lost 15 lbs by tobogganing! But today, I want to write a little update on what has changed in the 100 days since my family has started getting healthy.

Three-and-a-half months ago I had pains in my knees due to excessive body weight as I climbed the stairs in my house.  My body was in its worst shape of its life, including a new double chin, a big stomach, and a plump back.  After 5 pregnancies in 5 years, I had let my health and fitness slide--and I had no one to blame but myself.  I knew that if I didn't do something quickly, that my health would decline for the worst--and I'd not be much of a mother to my kids, or a wife to my husband.  And importantly, I wouldn't be the woman that I want to be for myself.

Now 100 days into a fitter and healthier me, I have lost 2 pant sizes.  I no longer wear the biggest size available in the store, and no longer wonder where I'd shop next if my size were to continue to increase.  Over the summer, I'm expecting to drop one more pant size and I believe that's where I'll stay.  My mealtime routine includes eating healthful foods and showing portion control--and no junk food.  I eat when  I'm hungry, and no longer eat for recreation.  My kids are fed similarly, with junk food only at special occasions like birthday parties.    

I work out in a gym environment about 3-4 times per week, with 30 minutes of the elliptical trainer, 30 minutes on the treadmill, 20 weight-assisted chin ups, and 20 knee-to-chin lifts from a standing position (using handbars).  On the days that I'm not at the gym, I take a daily walk for 1 hour with the kids.  My kids, who weren't heavy to begin with, have enjoyed physical activity at the YMCA about 3-4 times per week.  I have noticed that the kids have toned up quite a bit, and even notice that their clothing has been fitting them better.  

It's worth mentioning that good nutrition and fitness has been a real family affair, and my husband has come along this journey in full force!  Although he's never been a heavy person, he has been eating better and exercising more regularly over the past 100 days.  He's looking quite trim with nicely defined muscles.  Nice job!

It has been a very rewarding 100 days, and I'm looking forward to reporting the next 100!  Stay tuned!

ZAGGORA FLARES 2.0 Exercise Pants Review
Zaggora Flares 2.0 Exercise Pants 
PRODUCT - In a quest to try new exercise gear, I ordered these Zaggora Flares 2.0 Exercise Pants.  Zaggora claims that these pants increase metabolic rate up to 18% during exercise, when worn for at least 30 minutes.  They also claim that they're safe to wear during intense aerobic exercise, as the pants aren't supposed to cause an increase beyond acceptable exercise temperature levels.  The inside of the Zaggora pants read "Cellulite Technology", so this product does make a claim that it combats cellulite on some level.  You can see me wearing the Zaggora Flares in the top photo in this post.  I ordered the full length pants pair.

Rear View of the Zaggora Flares 2.0 Exercise Pants
FEEL - When the Zaggora Flares arrived, I tried them on and found them true to size.  I had measured myself and compared my measurements to the sizes on the Zaggora website before ordering.  The legs and thighs fit me well, but the tummy was a little bit roomy--which I didn't think was a bad thing.  The Zaggora Flares are made from a neoprene blend, like a wet suit (minus the rubber layer), so they are more rigid than cotton exercise pants.  They do also have the scent of a wet suit, and must be hand-washed in cold water.  When you walk in them, they make a chuffing sound, like a cyborg with hydraulic pants, but it wasn't a loud sound.  They have a very high-tech feel to them. 
Zaggora on Social Media
FIT - You do have to pull them up the Zaggora Flares like tights to fit yourself into them, but the ankles are zippered for easier access.  You match your knees up with the knee joints of the pants, for a correct fit.  I measure 5'8", and still found that the pants had extra length to them, so if you are shorter than my height, you may find these pants a bit long for you.  The pants definitely offered some stretch, which was a good feature of these pants (they have lycra in the blend).  You can expect the pants to reach just below your belly button, although I did pull up mine a bit higher.  
Front View of Zaggora Flares 2.0 Exercise Pants
MY WORKOUT - During my first workout with the Zaggora Flares, I was concerned that the pants would make me too hot.  To tell the truth, my least favourite part of exercise is getting hot!  So, I brought an extra bottle of water during my workout.  The fact is I didn't drink more using the Zaggora pants.  I did find there was a learning curve wearing the pants, and they made my workout a bit more challenging, due to the rigidity of the fabric.  (Using the pants did become easier, after my second workout on a different day.)  I did love that the knee joints were made of more breathable fabric and allowed some ventilation and flexibility.

When I removed the Zaggora Flares 2.0 pants, I found that my legs were moist wherever the pants had touched, which is usually not the case with my cotton workout pants.  As a result, it was my impression that the pants made me sweat more during the workout, which can be considered a plus for someone actively trying to lose weight and burn more calories.  I did also find that my body smelled like neoprene after I removed the pants, as you would expect after removing a wetsuit.

FINAL THOUGHTS - I did like the Zaggora Flares 2.0 exercise pants very much and have worn them for 2 workouts so far.  Although I haven't used them enough to speak to their cellulite technology claims, I did enjoy them immensely as high-performance exercise gear.  If you are considering trying a pair, I would absolutely recommend this Zaggora product.

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What do you do to stay active (ie: a walk, a swim, a workout, etc)?  What are your health and fitness goals for this year?

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations on keeping up with your fitness goals! WOW 100 days! That's fabulous hun! :)

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  2. WAY TO GO! I heard on the radio this am that by now over 88% of people have FAILED their New Years resolution! I'm so proud you are not one of them! Those pants look amazing! I can't wait to try them!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I think you will enjoy the pants too!

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  3. Excellent job! 100 days! Awesome! A question about the Zaggora pants though, I heard they fit really tight - did you have to choose a pair one size up?

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    1. Thanks Bewildered Bug!

      I found that the Zaggora pants fit true-to-size. I measured myself, then compared my measurements to the Zaggora's size chart to arrive at the sizing. The legs and thighs were accurate for me, and the stomach area was a bit roomy. There was also a bit of stretch to the pants in all areas.

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  4. Great job! I love to swim myself. I really wish I liked running. It looks so relaxing and fun.

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  5. WAY TO GO Jenna! You look great! I too love my zaggora work out clothes. Wish I had your drive I think the sunshine just might be bringing mine back :)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Tammy! I'm with you on the sunshine!

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  6. Awesome job Jenna!! You look fabulous and I admire your determination to keeping your family on a healthy track :) Those pants look comfortable and great for exercising! Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Brandi! It feels good to have the whole family on track!

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  7. Awesome Awesome Job!! I know that you've done some great changes with your family, and actually we're now finally ready to do that - and i've kept your earlier posts in mind. You look fabulous and I'm in awe of your workout. Babysteps here, but finally hitting the worst ever size/weight of my life now has made changes necessary. Starting with food, since I'm having foot surgery and that's going to put a cramp on the exercise for a bit. your family change is something I'd like us to do.

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    1. Thanks Savvy Suburban Mama! Baby steps are a great idea, and will make the new routine much more manageable. It does get a lot easier with time. One of my favourite sayings from Lao Tze: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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  8. Yay! Awesome job!! I have 2 pairs of the HotPants and I love them! A year later, I still find them a little challenging to wear at times, and putting them on can be a workout in itself! HA! Hand-washing them daily was a bit of a pain so now I just toss them in on a delicate cycle.

    I just started back with circuit workouts for the spring. I am currently following a program called "10 Pound Slimdown" for 30 days and will work up to 10 Pound Slimdown Extreme, and then on to Ace HiiT Series. They all have my favourite trainer (Chris Freytag)in them. In the last few years I have lost 110, so now I am just trying to maintain and challenge myself.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your family's healthy journey!

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    1. Brenda, congratulations on having lost 110 lbs! Good for you, that's a big accomplishment!

      When I get to a size that is right for me, I'll start more intensive training to target body regions that I want to work harder.

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  9. Those pants sound really interesting, something I need to look into. We have been going for walks in the evening (30 mins), I really should increase that time. I am a big chipaholic, but for a while now, I won't allow them in the house because I will just the entire bag at once. I need to do more by incorporating healthier foods into mealtimes and watch the portion sizes. Looking forward to reading more....

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