What a Difference 20 Pounds Can Make!

I finally found some time to take a few pics to show you the difference in my weight. I *think* these before pictures have me at around 195 pounds, and the ones on the right show me today (172lbs). I still have A LOT of work to do, and part of that work is to stop stepping on the scale daily. (See #4 here at Mark’s Daily Apple, one of my favorite resources.) In a nutshell, I am gaining muscle, and I need to be mindful of that before that number on the scale in the morning determines my mood for the day. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean.

Anyway, on to the pictures. Pay no mind to my messy bathrooms. 🙂



(I’m not an outtie bellybuttoner, that poke is from the tie on my pants!)




I gotta say – I’m at a bit of a sticky part in this process. My boobs are shrinking fast & I feel like it’s making the rest of me look bigger, like my stomach and my butt. HOWEVER, I am definitely gaining muscle, and I feel like I can get through more reps and sets of the classes I’ve been taking.

Having said all that, I do see the progress. I’ve gone from an XL to a M in most clothing – and my bra size has shrunk from a D38 to a C34. So I know things are happening. More importantly, I see a HUGE difference in how I handle stress, how I sleep, and how I juggle everything.

I have several goals laid out for this year (and beyond), and I’ll share those soon. I just wanted to whip out this post before I head to the gym!



Welcome to PaleoPants!


Hi there!

I’ve had a mom-blog since 2006, but I recently closed it because I felt a) it was stale; and b) my kids are getting older now and I should let them tell their own stories.

So here I am, talking about my new passion: Paleo.

I know, I know, some of you who know me might be rolling your eyes because you know I’m the type to change my online name from time to time. This time, however, I’m writing this blog for myself, and for my family. If you don’t know me, you can start here. If you’re interested in Paleo and clean living, then this blog is for you.

I’m hoping that as D & I learn more about our new way of life, I can share what is working for us, and what isn’t. Certainly in the first 63 days of eating this way, we have made mistakes (overdoing it on nuts/nut-butter), we have had questions (how do we get our kids to eat this way with us?), and we have had successes (so many yummy recipes!)

We also have goals. I’ll get into those in another post, but D & I have some pretty solid goals that I’d love to share with you as well.

So if you’re game, come along for the ride. Ask any questions you wish, and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll go hunting for you until we do.

Here’s to clean living!