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We may not always love making the positive changes, but we love the way they make us feel.  Here you’ll read about obstacles we’re facing, the changes we’re making, what’s worked for us, and what hasn’t.

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

By: , March 10th, 2017. Posted in: Happiness, Health, Money, Musings, Parenting, Travel

A final farewell from By The Seat of Our Pants.

Dearest Readers,

You may have noticed I haven’t been very active on the blog over the last year.  In fact, the last time I posted anything at all was last August. …

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Broken Baby Tooth

By: , May 18th, 2016. Posted in: Health, Parenting

Today I got my first taste of child injury decision making. I'd be cool if we wait a while until the next time.

This afternoon, while working in my home office, I heard a loud ‘thud’ upstairs followed by the unmistakable sound of my three-year-old son crying.  He was definitely hurt, but the …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Four ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 21 – 30 (Results)

By: , March 2nd, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

My success on the Whole 30 isn't just about the number on the scale.

I’ve rocked my very first Whole 30, and I feel amazing!

When I woke up this morning (Day 31), I was excited to weigh-in because I already knew my weight would …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Three ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 11 – 20

By: , February 22nd, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

There's no turning back now.

Here we are in the middle of our personal Whole 30, and we’re pretty happy with the results.  In fact, we’ve been rocking our plan in spite of a family …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Two ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 1 – 10

By: , February 11th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

Eating whole foods doesn't have to be scary, lonely, or expensive.

I was first introduced to the Paleo way of eating about 10 years ago, while researching how to effectively manage my fibromyalgia symptoms without medication.  Proponents of ‘eating Paleo’ touted benefits …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter One

By: , January 25th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

As a 42 year old mother of two young children, I have a clearer perspective on the importance of feeling better, and I have a more desperate and intense desire to prolong my life.

Over the years, while navigating life with fibromyalgia, I’ve put in a fair amount of time and effort learning what it takes for me to achieve optimal health.  After much …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Prologue

By: , November 24th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

A personal history of my struggle with body image and unhealthy eating habits.

I wish I had known then what I know now.  We all have a story, and I’ve met very few women in my adult life who have always had a …

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Up Next From By The Seat Of Our Pants

By: , October 18th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

We're changing a few things around here...

You may have noticed we haven’t been posting as much new content on the blog over the last few weeks.  The simple explanation is that Jason has been busy running …

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Flip This Diet – Episode Seven

By: , October 9th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

When The Pain of Change Goes Away, Be More Diligent

The need to buy bigger clothes is a humbling inconvenience.  On one hand, it feels pretty good to have some new duds (and you feel less like a sausage in …

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Flip This Diet – Episode Six

By: , September 29th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

Onward Through Setbacks!

Back on April 2nd of this year, I embarked on a journey to be healthier.  I weighed 265 pounds, and experienced more aches and pains than a fellow my age …

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