Day #40: Getting There

I weighed in at 154.6 lbs today! It’s taking awhile, but slowly but surely, I’m heading in the right direction. Today is Day 18 of the 30 Day Bikram Challenge, and I’m a resounding FIVE classes behind (argh). Today is a double down day, another attempt to close the gap a little. I went to class at 6am, and I’ll go again at 6pm. I’m really starting to like doubles, even though that’s so weird of me, I know. I sweat out so much in the first class that by the second class, even if I’m rehydrated, it’s so much easier to see muscle definition. Since I’m not a muscular girl, and never have been, it’s so effing cool to look at myself and see the beginning of a four pack, or notice real muscles building up in my arms. It’s crazy cool.

Aside from trying to catch up in yoga, I’m not thinking about that much else this morning. Just scrubbed down my yoga mat, since it was getting really stinky. I used dish soap, Borax, and vinegar and a lot of hot water. I’ve never scrubbed a mat with soap and water before – typically I use an antibacterial spray, but that just wasn’t cutting it today. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Oh, and talking about working out, I’m still wearing the Zaggora hot pants every day. I’ve been wearing them anywhere between four and eight hours a day, just to lounge around the house and sleep in. Last night I wore them while finishing up some last minute work at home, and talking on the phone, then went to bed in them, but I woke up an hour later feeling so constricted by the fabric. It’s tough for me to get used to wearing something that tight and non-breathable for great lengths of time. However, it’s my choice, and I’m not going to wear them to work out in until I feel really comfy in them. My thighs are looking a little smoother, but I don’t think they’re any smaller in circumference or anything yet.

I’m going to take a fifteen minute nap before getting ready for work – suddenly got really sleepy. Catch you all later.

Starting The Zaggora Two Week Challenge

My new Zaggora flares finally made the trip across the Atlantic to land on my desk at work! Now I guess it’s time to start the Zaggora 2 Week Challenge. If you guys have been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been obsessed with these miracle pants for awhile. I’m not sure what to believe – are they the real deal, will they really help me burn calories? Or are they too good to be true, just another kind of sauna pants like anything else you’d find on the “As Seen on TV” aisle at Wal-mart? I’ve seen some good reviews from women who swear by their Zaggoras, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s really just that they happened to start dieting and exercising as part of the 2 Week Challenge, and all their hard work has paid off. Either way, I guess the only way I’m going to be able to know for sure is to try them out. Buying these pants was my reward for reaching my first weight loss goal on my road to losing 20 lbs.

I actually wore the pants for awhile on Thursday night and last night, so I can tell you a little about my experience thus far. First off, though, let’s record my stats as of last night, so we’ll be able to watch as the inches melt off (or don’t). The pants cover the entirety of my belly, landing on my natural waist (which is pretty high), and go all the way down to my ankles, so I’m going to watch all of these areas for improvement.

  • Waist: 28.5″
  • Stomach: 35″
  • Hips: 40″
  • Upper Thigh: 24.5″
  • Lower Thigh: 21″
  • Calf: 14.5″
  • Also, I want to keep track of my Biceps: 11.5″

My initial reaction to opening up the mailing envelope and seeing the pants for the first time is that they were pretty much exactly what I’d anticipated. They’re made of a very thick, somewhat rubbery fabric that looks a lot like a diving suit. They smelled a little chemically at first. The outside color was black, and the entire inside of the pants was bright yellow. The only thing I didn’t expect was for the waistband to be an unfinished elastic band. I wondered if it was going to chafe when I wore the pants for a long time.

It took a little time and effort to put the pants on the first time, and I was a little irritated at that, since my back was giving me trouble the entire time I was fighting to get the pants on over my heels. It’s important not to just put your feet in and try to pull the pants up – it’s surprisingly more like putting on a pair of pantyhose, where you have to get the ankles into the right place, then work your way up, pulling little handfuls to get the pants situated correctly on the legs before yanking at the waistband. Even after you work with them a bit, you might find you still have some extra room in the crotch area. I slept in the pants on Thursday night, and the only thing about them that bothered me was this crotch area, which chafed my inner thighs. I ended up using Bodyglide anti-chafing stick on the insides of my thighs, then working the pants into a slightly snugger position in that area. I was able to wear the pants for almost 6 hours of sleep before starting to feel too constricted, then I took them off to sleep the rest of the night. I hadn’t sweated much at all, but I did notice that my legs were very soft.

Yesterday I got home from yoga class and took a shower, putting the pants on afterwards to lounge around the house and then sleep in. I was able to wear them for about 6 hours again before they got on my nerves and I had to take them off. They’re surprisingly comfy just to sit around and watch TV/do your nails/whatever, and I like the way they look on me – I feel very svelte wearing them. The big downside of wearing them in your waking hours is the ‘swishing’ noise they make as your thighs brush each other. It’s pretty loud; The Man actually asked me to stop walking around so much while he was trying to think, lol! I would never attempt to wear these pants outside of the house, based on the amount of noise they make. Zaggora recently came out with a new version of the pants that are supposed to be much lighter/thinner, so I wonder if they make less noise, too. Again after taking them off last night, I found my legs to be very soft, though I hadn’t sweated that much. As far as I’m concerned, I sweat so much during Bikram class that it’s not that big of a deal to sweat while wearing magic pants, though, so no big deal.

I’m going to continue sleeping in them and wearing them around the house for the next two weeks. Once I’ve done all of my Bikram doubles to make up for lost time, I’ll actually be expanding my workout routine to include training to run a half-marathon and doing an at-home dance video a couple of times a week. I’ll probably dance in the Zaggoras, and maybe I’ll end up trying them out on a run once it gets a little cooler out and my thighs get used to the friction.

Today’s Groupon – A Strange Coincidence…

Can you believe this? Right after posting my first entry this morning, I went to work. While getting my desk set up for the day, my boss and I were talking. He’s really into daily deal sites, and is always looking for restaurant deals in the city, so while we talked I surfed today’s deals just to see if there was anything good I should alert him on. Then I saw this! Like a crazy sign from the Universe, if the Universe gave a shit about weight loss pants. Of course I went ahead and ordered my pair 🙂

Day #14: I Met My First Weight Loss Goal!!!

I weighed in at 156.8 lbs this morning – woohoo! Since my first goal was to be 156 lbs and keep it off for at least a week, now we start counting the days until I can get my first reward. Yay, I love presents so much!

Just to let you guys know, I’m going to cheat just a little bit and order my reward now, since it’s going to take a little longer to get here (it’s being shipped from overseas). If I’m any bigger than 156 when they get here, though, I’ll just put them away until I’m back at goal.

I’m buying myself a pair of Zaggora Capri Pants. They’re a weight loss tool, basically, and even though I know it’s weird to put any hope in a pair of pants, I’ve been obsessed since finding out about them a year ago. They’re pretty new, from Great Britain, and are supposed to help you get hotter and burn extra calories while working out. There are cheaper versions on the market, but these are supposed to be really comfy and look good, too. Here’s what the company says about their product:

“In 30 minutes of exercise, weight loss is around 4x greater in HotPants than in a standard garment. On average, subjects lost 1.13% of body mass in HotPants compared to 0.27% in the control garment.”

It’s not so much believing they’ll work as just wanting to know for myself whether they do or not. The company has such an incredible hype going, with these two week “challenges” for people who own the pants (and lots of great before and after pics). As a marketer, I know a good (or at least working) campaign when I see one, so I can’t trust their website as much as I’d love to. I’m going to do their challenge, along with everything else I’m doing. I’ll probably go running in the pants, and otherwise wear them around the house, maybe to sleep in, and we’ll see what happens.

OK, I’ve got 8 minutes to get to work – gotta scram. TTYL!

 

Welcome to Day #9

My dream home…

It’s Saturday, 9:30am. I’m in my favorite pj pants, curled up on our used-to-be-white sectional couch. Outside, a cacophony of crickets, traffic, and capoeira music from the school across the block do their best to drift into my house and annoy the shit out of me. It’s working. Why, oh why, couldn’t we have found an affordable shotgun house in the Marigny? Maybe in 6 months when our lease is up.

I’m trying to get my shit together for the day, but I woke up bleary-eyed and confused, and I’m still somewhat in that range. There was breakfast, so that’s good – two eggs, toast, and some grapefruit juice – and I realized that it’s time to go grocery shopping again. My body aches today; I’m not sure if it’s from the little bit of running I got in, or from sleeping weird. My lower back hurts again, and though I know I should be packing up my gear and heading to yoga right now, I just can’t seem to get motivated. Maybe I’ll do my shopping in an hour or so, and by the time I’ve got all of the provisions purchased unpacked, it’ll be time for the afternoon class.

This morning I weighed in at 159.8 lbs, which is a nice spot down from yesterday. Today I’ve got to be really diligent about going to yoga and getting in the rest of my exercise, plus staying within my 1200 calorie limit. It’s tough, but nowhere near impossible.

I’ve decided that my first major goal on the list is to reach 156 lbs. and stay there for a week. After that, my next goal will be 151 lbs, then 148 lbs, then 145 lbs, 143 lbs, and 140 lbs. I’ve been researching weight loss goal setting, and something that stuck with me is that rewards should be things that help you lose weight. While I still plan to give myself presents that make me feel pretty (clothes and shoes), with this factoid in mind I’ve decided that my first reward is going to be that pair of Zaggora hot pants that I’ve wanted for so long. Luckily, I’ve waited long enough that now they’ve come out with a newer, thinner version. Can’t wait to try them out!

OK, time to get off my butt and get out to the grocery store.

Taming the Thunder Thighs

Zaggora Capri Flares

I've become obsessed with Zaggora Capri Flares.

I’ll admit it – I’m a stalker. I’ve been known to follow my prey via cyberspace for days, weeks, even months…and we’re not talking about just one victim. That’s right. I am a serial window shopper, hunting down helpless items and going over their information and photos inch by inch on a regular basis, hoping for just one more scrap of priceless information. My current obsessions? Black lace cocktail dresses and Zaggora Capri Flares.

I ran across Zaggora products a month or two ago, when a bunch of different daily deal sites were running a special on their signature Hot Pants. Their line of pants and shorts are touted for their amazing fat burning capabilities, which is really nothing new so I don’t know why these intrigue me so.

Strike that! Reverse it!

I do know why they intrigue me…unlike all of those other gross fat-burning, cellulite-dissolving neoprene shorts out there, somehow Zaggora manages to make their offerings look cool, chic, even enviable. I should know – I’m the one who’s obsessed, after all.

The site has some really cool social media features, and even has a spot for brand ambassadors. I’d love to be one, but you have to own a pair of Zaggora pants first, and even with a super-secret coupon code I just found, the capris are still out of my price range. And I wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of tight shorts (actually, I might, since if I wore them I’d probably die of shame). But we’ll see. Maybe if I save all of the change from under the couch cushions…

I’m also a fan of the site’s cool testimonials, and I’ve read some great reviews on other websites, as well. The only negatives are that your legs sweat a lot and the pants feel and sound a bit like a wetsuit while wearing them. Since I work at home, it would probably be awesome to wear these consistently for a month or so, in conjunction with my regular diet and doing tons of Zumba and running. I’d love to take an inch or two off of my thighs and butt. Plus it would be cool to freak The Man out with the ‘swish, swish, swish’ of my thighs as they sashay past.

I’ll let you guys know if I suddenly come into a fortune and get to try these out. In the mean time, have you tried them yet?