Monday, February 1, 2010

Adoption Efforts Update

With my recent posts dealing with medical endeavors/decisions, I thought it time to update on the adoption endeavor. Personally, I'm more excited about this one.

First of all, we both feel an inner tug towards South Korea. We had prayed for a concrete sign back in March through a novena. On the last day of the Novena, God sent us the sign we had been looking for. The more I see Asian babies, the more my heart flutters. I currently have a crush on the baby Korean brother of one of my students!! A parent at my school's open house (she adopted from China) said this is called "Asian Stalking." Ha.

Thus far, God has not put any other place (local or international) on our hearts. I have to believe that Korea is where He is leading us...hopefully He will send my thick head a message if He has other ideas. :)

After our SHE meeting, our speaker sat down with me and reviewed the packet from the adoption agency. I had tossed it into a file upon the devastating news about the BMI (Body Mass Index) requirement. However, quite a few things on the list can be done now. I'm determined to get these items done in the next couple weeks.

Secondly, with the New Year here and Thanksgiving/Christmas eating long gone, I've hit the ground running for the weight loss. Numerous options were available, such as Weight Watchers that left me in a quandary. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, I was able to purchase some personal training sessions at my gym. The trainer has been the "x" factor so far, as my workouts are far more effective than before. I'm also using an iPod Touch app called "Lose It," which helps me track the amount of calories in a given day, as well as exercise and weight.

The result is that i have lost 6lbs in the last couple weeks (16 since the fall) and have only 19 to go! I am so excited and feel much healthier. Not to mention that the sweet face of a Korean baby is ever in my mind during those strenuous squats and sit-ups. :) I really credit the prayerful support of family and friends (real life and virtual!), as my motivation has become a lot stronger.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and kind words. And I really appreciate your comments about SHE...if you ever want to collaborate, please let me know!!

13 comments:

Grace in my Heart said...

Yay! Congratulations! :)

mrsblondies said...

Congratulations on the wait loss and moving forward with adoption.

Tucked Beneath His Wing said...

That is great news! Thanks for the update - I had been wondering how things were going. Nothing like a cute little baby face to keep you motivated!

Spudsmama said...

I'm so proud of your determination, Kristy! I know you will keep going--you'll need those muscles to hold that beautiful baby. Keep up the good work! We're keeping up the prayers here!

callmemama said...

That's fantastic about the weight loss! Congrats!

Ryan Ann said...

You go girl!!! :) 16lbs is awesome!!!

WheelbarrowRider said...

I am impressed! Keep it up!

Maureen said...

Congratulations on your perseverance and hard work! I know you will reach your goal. We pray for you each day!

the misfit said...

Wow - that's a ton of progress! Way to go!

Kasclar said...

Woohoo!! Yay!! Congrats!! 16 lbs. is so awesome!! I may have to check out that iPod app you mentioned. Thanks for the update!!

John said...

good job Kristy! keep up the good work. losing weight SUCKS

John said...

er, the process sucks. Eating less, exercising more, less desserts, etc. The discipline is the hardest part, I think

Percolating Petals said...

Don't worry, John, I knew what you meant. :) Yep, the process isn't fun. It's so hard to lose but so easy to gain pounds...