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8.31.2011

WEIGHT LOSS WEDNESDAY: I’M A WALKING FOOL!

First I want to thank everyone for your support on my weight loss journey! From your advice on types of exercise, shoe suggestions, and even an invite to a Facebook group with a great group of women…Thank You!

So, I finally found me some shoes

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They are Asics Gel-Nimbus 12 and they are heaven (and they have my favorite color purple on them)!  Like OMG, the best $125 I’ve spent in a while.  But guess what?  Their cheaper online at Lady Foot Locker

So I’m back at the mall, but this time I’m outside of the mall!

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I park all the way at the top of the parking lot, then I walk down the hill and begin my walk around the entire mall

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I have my earphones on while I listen to Pandora.  I like to mix it up between my Toni Braxton, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce.  But I’ll be lying if I didn’t say I mix in a little Jay-Z and KanyeSmile

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If you thought I was cute at all, these images may just change your mind!

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So after 35 minutes (that’s how long it takes me to walk around the entire mall), its time for me to head up the hill to my truck

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By then, I’m a hot sweaty mess! But I feel soooo good afterwards!  The walk outside of the mall is so much better with all of the twists and turns and slopes and hills.  I feel like I get a better workout.  Plus, the breeze is so good.

Last week I lost 1.2lbs so now I’m down to 273!  My counselor told me that the 4lbs I lost the first week was water weight and that I’m on track when I’m losing 1-2lbs a week.  I can’t wait to see what I weigh on Friday.  I have about two more weeks on my trial Jenny Craig program and I’m wondering if I should continue with it.  My friend Kathysue told me that after 3 weeks of doing something, it becomes a habit.  She was totally right! My body don’t even crave snacks like it use to.  Plus I’m full faster and the size of the meals through Jenny Craig does not bother me at all.  I actually am full before I finish eating!

I’ll keep you posted of my progress!

PS,

Am I the only excited about Beyonce being pregnant?! Seriously, I cried a littleLaughing out loud

 

8.30.2011

ART… IT REALLY IS PERSONAL

Last week I was at Goodwill and I came across a few pieces of art and tweeted them

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Out of the three, the cherry blossom branch got the most feedback even when I pushed the one of the barn and mountain scene. 

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This was my personal favorite, but because no one commented on it, I left it behind.  Well, I left them all behind.  But now I wish I would have gotten the last one.  It reminds me of this scene which is actually down the street from my house

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I took this picture with my camera phone while my husband was driving.  I love passing by this old barn and field.  There’s another scene down the street from my house that is beautiful but it’s hard to get a good picture of. 

Anyway, what I realized from tweeting those pictures is that art is really a personal preference.  I loved that painting of the barn and the mountain because it really could have been an image from my back (front) yard… It reminded me of home.  Another thing I took from that experience is how someone could see a nice scenery and love it, but then its hip enough to be in their home. 

I’ve said all of this to say, its nice to get feedback from others.  But when it comes down to it, the only opinion that matters is yours.  If you like or love something, and the next person doesn’t, who cares.  Live with what YOU love and not what everyone else like.

 

 

8.25.2011

AM I FINISHED WITH THE BEDROOM OR NOT?

That’s the question I’m asking myself.  I have everything in this room that I wanted when I started planning the design for it.  So why is it that I don’t consider it complete?

I have a headboard

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I have nightstands and lamps

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I have curtains on the window

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I have a beautiful chandelier

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I have a vintage dresser and ornate mirror

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I have a gallery wall of pretty wildflowers

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I have a chair and side table

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I have all of this in my bedroom, but I still don’t consider it complete…. WHY???

Oh, I remember… Because I still can’t find the right BEDDING!!!!

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Feel free to cry with me Crying face

8.24.2011

WEIGHT LOSS WEDNESDAY: Adding exercise and finding shoes

Last Wednesday I mentioned that I started the Jenny Craig program for a few weeks. I have to go in once a week for a weigh in and to talk with my program counselor about how my week went.  Well, when I went in on Friday for weigh in, I had lost a whopping 4lbs!  That’s HUGE for me!  My first meeting to get started in the program, I remember being asked how would I feel once I lost 20lbs and I said if I lost 5 I would be happy! So to hear that I lost 4 I was blown away!  And for the record, let me say that I started the program on Sunday after my first visit and weigh in on Saturday (got that?).

 

So I’m halfway through my second week today and everything is going great.  I did have a bad day on Monday.  I was in a funk for really no reason.  My day started out great.  I woke up, got the boys off to school and went up to the mall for the walk-about that takes place at the mall early in the morning before it opens. Quick story, I knew heading up to the mall that there were going to be majority older people there because I’ve done this before after my oldest son was born.  But back then I was more active so I could hang with the best of them when it came to walking.  Well on Monday, those older women (and men!), were passing me left and right! I felt soooo lame!  I’m laughing right now just thinking about it.  I tried to blame it on the shoes I was wearing because I had on my All Stars (Converse) which I do know aren’t walking shoes, but they are the only athletic shoes I owned at the time.  Anyway, lessoned learned. 

Since I am adding exercise now, I’m wondering what else I could do besides walking?  I need to work on my arms and my stomach.  I’m kind of discouraged about my stomach because I have had three cesareans and it just seems like there isn’t any hope for it! Do you have any suggestions? 

Also, what are some good shoes for walking? I have to keep up with my walking buddies Winking smile

8.22.2011

FOR SALE!

Hi guys! Quick note to anyone interested in purchasing two pillow covers and inserts that I originally purchased for my bedroom.  I have changed directions (just a tad bit) and no longer need themSad smile

Set of Two - Decorative Pillow Covers - P Kaufmann - Floral - 17x17 inches - Chartreuse - Mauve - Plum - Throw Pillows - Sofa Pillows

Set of Two - Decorative Pillow Covers - P Kaufmann - Floral - 17x17 inches - Chartreuse - Mauve - Plum - Throw Pillows - Sofa Pillows

I purchased them from Kyoozi on Etsy and they are wonderfully made.  The colors include taupe, chartreuse, and plum.

Set of Two - Decorative Pillow Covers - P Kaufmann - Floral - 17x17 inches - Chartreuse - Mauve - Plum - Throw Pillows - Sofa Pillows

Here is a picture of the only time I used them!

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Purchased for $79 without pillow insert and I’m selling them both for $50 WITH pillow insert!  Oh and they are 18”.

Email me if you’re interested!

lakeitha_duncan (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ps, I lost 4lbs last week! Can I get a woot woot?! I’ll talk more about that on “weight loss” Wednesday!

8.17.2011

WEIGHT LOSS WEDNESDAY: Mind or Food?

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Hi all! I recently started the Jenny Craig weight loss program through a Blogher program that I signed up for.  I started on Sunday to be exact.  Let me start this post by giving you a information about myself

 

 

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(my breakfast the other morning)

On Saturday when I went to the center to get started, I weighed in at 278lbs (GASP)

I’m 5’5 and 278lbs… That would put me in the obese category, right? Right.

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(in Lane Bryant trying on a size 20 dress)

Now, let me say, I’ve never been thin.  In high school I was around 165 and 170, which was perfect for me.  By the time I was 21, I was around 200lbs.   After giving birth to my first son, I weighed in at 225, but I lost those 25lbs plus 2lbs so I was 198.

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(on the way to my prom wearing a size large dress from the junior department)

Moving on to present day, I have 3 children a husband, a house, and a life that I’m trying to get back in order.  My first day on the program (Sunday) proved to be a challenge.  I’ve always known that I was an emotional eater.  But Sunday showed me that it’s worse than I thought.  Every time I am frustrated, overwhelmed, upset, irritated, rushed, sad, depressed, even happy, I want to put something in my mouth (ughhh, I hope that didn’t come across nasty!).  Here’s the thing, I AM NOT HUNGRY when I want to eat the food.  What does that mean???

I’m realizing that in order to get a handle on my weight, I need to first get a handle on my life.  It’s not the food for me.  I don’t eat chocolate, I don’t drink alcohol (minus the three drinks I had during blogfest, YUM!), I don’t like pastries or sweets for that matter.  I’m not gonna sit here and say that I eat the healthiest foods out there, but I don’t eat the unhealthiest food either.  Even my portions aren’t large.  On the two trips I took to NYC, I realized that I ate better and not as much.  I didn’t feel the need to snack on anything.  Why is that?  Was it because I actually had time for me?  Was it because I had a few restful nights sleep?  Was it because I had more adult conversation?  Was it because I felt more like my old self?  Or maybe it was because I was constantly on the go.  I’m thinking all of those played a factor in why I didn’t over indulge myself when it came to eating. What I’m trying to do is figure out how to make myself feel and eat like that here at home.  Maybe my life is not balanced? Do I need a schedule perhaps? hmmm…

It’s now Wednesday and I must say that I have come to terms with the food I’m eating for the program.

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(Dinner last night)

  The food itself isn't bad (I was worried about that!).  It’s hard not tasting the food that I prepare for my family, but I don’t. 

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I’m only doing this program for about 6 weeks.  I do hope to lose some weight, but not much. I am happy that I realized how bad my emotional eating is.  Hopefully by the time these few weeks are up, I’ll have more control of that.

How many of you ever struggled with weight? How are you dealing with it?  What have you learned about yourself when it comes to why your eating habits are what they are?

In other news, look at this chair I left at my secret thrift store yesterday! I think I NEED itWinking smile

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Happy Wednesday!

8.09.2011

CARS BEDROOM UPDATE

I’m trying to finish up my two youngest boys bedroom before summer is officially over. 

I purchased the MALM three drawer chest from Ikea to use between the beds to hold their clothes and to serve as their nightstand.  Now I need to find a rug.

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I’m still trying to figure out what to use in the corner or on this wall.  I wish I could put a desk here… I’ll figure out something.

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I’m going to try to tackle the roller shades for the window in the room… Wish me luck!

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Replacing the ceiling fan is still up in the air (get it? up in the airOpen-mouthed smile)

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I hate these doors.  Let me rephrase that, I hate what my kids do to these doors! I may take them down…

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AND, I have to patch this hole AGAINShifty

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I don’t have a lot to do in the space for it to be complete, but it will take me some time.  Should I push for mid September?! I know… I’m just lazySmile with tongue out