2.19.2014

NEEDING BALANCE...

My life is all over the place. Great way to start a post, right? For the past few years, I haven't been able to find much balance between raising my children, going after things I enjoy, running my business, having a social life. I'm literally starting to feel like life is running me (does that make sense?).

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out the garage, yet again, and I jokingly said to my husband that I wanted to give being a housewife a try. His reply was "that would be awesome!". I know you're probably wondering what I meant by that since many of you that read my blog know that I am a stay at home mom. I guess what I was getting at was letting go of trying so hard to be EVERYTHING and do EVERYTHING except for the what my husband and I agreed on years ago. When we had our first son 9 years ago, it was decided that I would stay home and take care of him and our home while my husband worked. Great, right? Except the fact that felt like I wasn't bringing much to the table by doing "just" that. I have been going against the grain ever since.

So, what am I getting at with this post? Well for starters, I am tired. I'm tired both mentally and physically. I'm slacking as a mom and wife. My business is not as exciting as it once was. My home is a mess ALL OF THE TIME. My brain does not have a calm moment. This "try hard life" I've been living for the past few years is really about to send me over the edge! I turned 31 two weeks ago and I seriously feel like I've had a long hard life of straight hustling and bustling. I'm sure there is someone out here that can relate, right?

Needing balance... I titled this post that because that's what I'm feeling right now, but how do I have/create that balance? I've considered a few things like editing my shop down to only a few of my favorite and most popular pieces, giving myself time frames in which I can be on social media outlets, devote certain days to hobbies (like decorating my house... Geesh!), and a few other things. My family/home needs are at the top of my list and I figured by cutting back on all of the other things, it would help me the most.

 

It felt so good to be able to share this. I walk around day in and day out just thinking about how out of whack my life is and figured maybe I should just say it (or write it). First start to fixing it? Hopefully!

Tired of your own try hard life? Figured out a few ways to fix a few areas or add balance? Please share!

Happy Wednesday:-)

L.D

 

2.15.2014

MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY: pt.2

Thank you for your positive feedback on my last post. It's hard to be so open about such private things especially when you're sharing it with "the world".

 

I get asked a lot about how I stay motivated and if its expensive to lose weight. Well, I honestly think its more expensive to eat crap and gain weight. I also think "mind of matter" is huge when you're starting out. If you keep telling yourself that you can't do something, chances are, you won't do it.

 

My motivation comes from looking back at my progress. You know, the horrid before photos and then comparing them to my afters.

 

Above is me holding a pair of size 24 jeans that were starting to be too tight.

Above on the left is after I had lost 22lbs back in November and the right is a few days ago.

This picture shows where I started back in September. My stomach measured 49" around. I had purchased those jean Bermuda shorts too small a few years ago and said I'll lose weight to fit them. They're an 18 and they're starting to be a little too big:-)

 

 

Like I mentioned above, my stomach measured 49" back in September. It's almost a 36" now. I'm always anxious to see what the next week will bring. 2lbs here and there may seem like nothing, but boy do they add up quick! How can you not stay motivated after watching yourself literally "shrink"?

 

I don't know who all I'm inspiring or motivating with these posts, but I just felt the need to put them out here in blog land. I would love to share more if you'd like. I think what people are wanting more of are my daily meals. If so, let me know!

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, feel free to email me at lakeitha_duncan(at)yahoo(dot)com

I'm also on Instagram @lakeitha_duncan

L.D

 

1.28.2014

Opening Up: My Weight Loss Journey pt.1

I finally have a moment to sit down and catch you guys up on what's been happening in my life. I haven't blogged in months because I've been so busy and focused on my shop and my recently started weight loss journey.
 
Over the summer of 2013, my husband I were prepping for our anniversary trip to Miami. I, of course, was trying to figure out how I could lose a few pounds. I had recently weighed myself and realized I was nearly 300lbs. Actually, I was 278 to be exact. Can you imagine reading a number that large on the scale? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, the trip came and went and needless to say, I didn't lose any weight. I did manage to gain 2 more pounds, though.
 
Fast forward to September... I was sitting at my desk and looking at pictures on Instagram. I follow a few fitness pages and I was like "man, I can do this. I can lose weight, too." So on Sep.7, 2013 I started writing down what I needed to do to lose weight.
1. Eat better (clean)
2. Drink lots of water
3. Exercise
I also wrote down a list of foods I liked that were healthy and made a grocery list of sorts to get me started.
Chicken breast
Ground turkey
Shrimp
Fish (Talapia)
Whole wheat sandwich thins (bread)
Spinach
Reduced fat shredded cheese
Eggs
Broccoli
Brown rice
Canned tuna (in water)
Lettuce
Low sodium seasonings
 
Because I didn't have a gym membership, walking was my exercise of choice. Walking was something I knew I could do and I told myself to start off walking an hour. I knew I could do that and I figured if I start off like that, I wouldn't have to struggle too much to work myself up to the next level.
During many of my times walking, I would record myself. Just a few of my feelings at the moment and also shared some encouraging words to others that may have wanted to join in. 9 weeks later and I was down 22lbs!
(At the top of Stone Mountain)

 

That was back in October. I have been sticking to it and I'm at a total of 43lbs lost so far! Want to hear more about my journey? Stay tuned for part 2!

If you're anxious to see more, I am on Instagram (my personal account!) search either lakeitha Duncan or @lakeitha_duncan

 

11.14.2013

Home Depot Style Challenge: A Country Christmas

What is your style of decorating for the holidays?  You know mine is pretty colorful and eclectic, but this time around I went a little country with an outdoor space I decorated for the Home Depot Style Challenge I was a part of. 
 
 
Want to see the full space all decked out for the holidays?  Pop over and take a look.  Don't forget to let me know what you think about the space.  Did I pull it off?!?!
 
Thanks again to Home Depot for allowing me to be apart of such a fun project! This was actually my very first time decorating outdoors for Christmas.  I'm also grateful to my parents for allowing me to use their porch before it was even Halloween!!  Love them so much:)
 
Happy Thursday!
L.D
 

10.30.2013

HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS?

Morning! For the past few weeks I have prepping and gathering inspiration for Christmas. Many of you don't know, but I was asked to participate in Home Depot's Style Challenge series.  This is so awesome to me because I have wanted to be apart of one their challenges for so long!
 
 
I'm pretty pleased with how my design turned out.  Even though their were many hiccups along the way, I got it done and can't wait to share it with you when the time comes.  Here is a sneak peek

 
 
 
Now that the Christmas part is out the way, lets jump back to Halloween.  I'm having a MAJOR sale in the shop! Like seriously huge! Don't let the kids be the only ones enjoying Halloween tomorrow.  Treat yourself, too with 50% off in my shop
 
 
 
So, have you even thought about Christmas yet?  What about Halloween? I'm ready for Thanksgiving myself:-) 
 

10.29.2013

MODERN AND FRESH FALL HOME

When Kristen and Lindsay asked me to participate in the Modern and Fresh Fall home tour, I didn't waste any time saying yes (though I probably should have!)! I'm a little late today, but I wanted to do a little something different instead of showing you around my home. Today I'm going to give you a few tips to make your home "modern and fresh" for this season.

 

I'm not a big pumpkin on the porch kind of person, so my fall decor would start with a fresh coat of paint on my front door. Because of the cooler months, I think any door could handle a rich jewel tone color. This teal rocks my mind. The color is Realm by Behr from Home Depot.

 

Another tip that I would give is to create a gallery wall of family photos. Use wood frames to add a little warmth to each photo. Fall to me is all about cool days and warmer clothes... I don't know about you, but looking at pictures of my family warms my heart a lot more than a hot drink:-)

And speaking of drinks... Lets stock that bar cart! I snagged this one from Target a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I did. I have been coveting bar carts for so long and I think it's just nice to have (especially one that's stocked!). Go ahead, spike that latte!

 

Continuing on... When was the last time you switched out your decorative pillows? Now is the perfect time! And while you're at it, try something different. I'm crushing on the color plum. To make it more dramatic in the space, I paired it with green and my chiang Mai dragon pillows and added leopard!

Oh so sexy! I actually think this is going to be in my bedroom. I haven't decided yet, but I love it so much!

 

Fall is also a good time to experiment with food. Me personally, I love my crockpot or even having a pot of soup on the stove.

The picture below is the beginning of some good 'ol lentil soup!

The after!

Again, I'll take the smell of a nice hearty meal in a crockpot or soup on the stove over a candle any day. This just screams fall to me!

 

Lastly, I think being able to wind down with a good book or magazine is the best end to the day. Or it could be a great lazy start on a fall Saturday morning!

Grab a fur throw, kick back and enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed hearing what a Modern and Fresh Fall home is to me. These are just a few tips to inspire you to welcome fall into your home. So easy to do, right?

So, who's up next? It's my favorite Instagram buddy Shavonda from A Home Full Of Color!

Feel free to take a look at all the previous fall tours!


2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno

4 – Brittany from Brittany Makes

5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble

6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design

7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home

8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home

9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore

10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House

11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior

12 – Annekke from This That & Life

13 – Michelle from D├ęcor and the Dog

14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper

15 – Ally from From the Right Bank

16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs

17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things

18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home

19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline

21 – Kelly from View Along the Way

22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen

23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog

24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold

25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors

26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles

27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile

28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence

29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog

30 – Shavonda from A Home Full of Color

31 – Angela from Number Fifty-three and Jennifer from Brave New Home.