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I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling, adoptive mom of many...11 legally adopted kids and 1 older "informally adopted" daughter. ONLY 6 of the kids live at home now. It's our calling....but somewhere in this calling I forgot to take care of myself. So that's why I'm here. I NEED to focus on ME. If I'm not well, the family can't be well.

I first joined SparkPeople in October 2009, just after my Dad passed away after a battle with liver disease, and immediately following a failed ...
I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling, adoptive mom of many...11 legally adopted kids and 1 older "informally adopted" daughter. ONLY 6 of the kids live at home now. It's our calling....but somewhere in this calling I forgot to take care of myself. So that's why I'm here. I NEED to focus on ME. If I'm not well, the family can't be well.

I first joined SparkPeople in October 2009, just after my Dad passed away after a battle with liver disease, and immediately following a failed adoption of our twin baby boys. Emotionally, I was a wreck and many days still feel like I am for various reasons. However, my FAITH has carried me through so many ups and downs. I know that there is HOPE and my faith in God has been an anchor for my soul during these times. But when it comes to this, to eating, fitness, and healthy living, I just can't seem to get a handle on my issues. I don't know what my hang-up is. I think it's just too easy to rely on the excuse that "it's hard" and "I was never taught the right way to have a healthy lifestyle." So, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I have to do this.

Update: Dec. 29, 2011--Still here. Still battling against so many things, but knowing that God is bigger than all of it. I am excited about what 2012 will hold. Here's to a New Year!!

Update: March 24, 2013--Hanging around. Trying to come back to the basics. We now have 9 kids in our home (3 grandchildren with us full-time indefinitely plus our six). Life is insane. I need to say "YES" to taking care of me and not feel guilty that I'm taking time away from the house or the kids or my husband. I need to be healthy or I won't be around to see them all grow up. It's way, way, way past time. I started this journey in October 2009 and have struggled for more years than that! Time to get serious.

Update: July 10, 2014--This is just getting crazy, isn't it? In October it will be 5 years since I joined SP. I haven't lost the weight. I haven't even begun to really lose it OR get my mind in the battle. Over the past 3 years, I have battled more than ever with my emotional well-being, and it's not over. HOWEVER, I have learned so much about truly living by faith and trusting God in all things. I often tell people now that I do well with trusting Him for the BIG things in life (income, shelter, food, clothes, providing for my kids, etc.) but when it comes to the smaller or more personal things, I still have many battles to face. I'm so thankful that I don't walk this road alone. So, here I am again. I now have ten kids at home, our six are 20 years old down to 9 years old, and we have four grandkids living here (3 indefinitely, 1 permanently will join the six as our official #13 adopted...long story). It's a daily struggle to keep it together. But this is a journey I have to get on board with. I have GOT to take care of me so I can take care of all of the rest of my responsibilities and BLESSINGS. :)
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Member Since: 10/9/2009

SparkPoints: 4,916

Fitness Minutes: 705

My Goals:
Get to goal weight of 150 lbs.

Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week

Be able to wear a CUTE swimsuit when my husband takes me to Cancun for our third trip





My Program:
Track what I'm eating daily

Exercise at least 3 days per week for 30 minutes (walking, swimming, yoga, Wii Fit, or videos)

Blog 2x weekly

Track water intake (at least 8 glasses per day)

Track calories ~1500/day

Eat clean-real foods, Paleo, low-carb (PCOS), low-sugar, healthy protein, gluten-free

Drink Water, Green Tea, and Coffee (limited, half-caff or decaf) only

Accountability from SparkFriends and my DH and other local friends

Address emotional and spiritual needs to help win this fight--journaling, prayer and meditation, and accountability ***BIG ONE***



Personal Information:
Missy from central Kansas!

Adoptive mom of 12 kids (6 grown, 6 at home)

Homeschooling 6 kids

Grandma to 14 sweet grandbabies under the age of 9!

Knitter, crocheter, scrapbooker (almost never these days!), book lover--occasional reader, homemaker, and coffee lover :)

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LOVE the Lord, my family, adoption, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, Christian music, and my friends, and a good coffee shop, too! :)

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN
10/2/2014 8:22:08 AM

Thanks for adding me! I'd love to know how you found me! I love your page! I see we both have sparkversaries in October! My 4 yr sparkversary is the 7th, while your 5 yr sparkversary is the 9th! That's awesome that we joined in the same month, albeit a year apart! Hope you have some "me" time today! Take care of yourself so you can take care of your lovelies!



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SEWINGMAMACDS
7/17/2014 11:15:47 AM

Thanks for adding me as a friend. I have added you to. Have a great day.



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PHYLISSCR
9/5/2013 10:19:07 PM

Thanks so much for your comments, I totally agree. It was a Good Day. emoticon



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GODSGALS
10/22/2012 11:31:34 AM

Good morning potential brand new friend. You are a co-member of one of my SparkGroups and I had a question. Where did you find the emoticons to post your exercises? That's so cool! I love it! But I can't find the same ones. Could you possibly send me the link? Thanks for reading this,
kari



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RUNRAYRAYRUN
8/23/2012 4:04:46 PM

Hello! We're in the same PCOS & Losing Weight spark team, saw your introduction and thought I'd add you if thats okay :)

I love your intro! God bless you for adopting so many! I used to be a foster parent, I even get to take care of one of my foster kids once a week (she was adopted by her aunt, got her 4 days old and she's 3 yrs old today)

I'm also 37 I have a 17 yr old son but been trying to have another one last few years. I pray you do get to experience a pregnancy soon!

Have a great day! ` Raelyn



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