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King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Black Belt candidates blog daily about their journey: their thoughts and feelings, their struggles and successes; their pain and their encouragement. Follow along on their journey; words of encouragement are always welcome!

3/21/20

Today was a beautiful day and now Monty is four! I forgot that today is my dog's birthday, but my husband reminded me. So many other things to think about. It was also a perfect day for a motorcycle ride, so that won out over cleaning windows on the porch. There is so much pollen that it way over due. Now that requirements are done, I can read a book without guilt. I have a bad habit of not putting it down until it's finished though. I should practice better self-control with that. I also have a new puzzle that I've been waiting to open up. Hmm, so many options. Choose wisely!
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3/19/20 - Dege

Last one! It's taken longer than I'd planned to get to the last one of several of my requirements, but regardless of the goals being reached (for me, some reached tomorrow), those goals are necessary to help prepare our body and mind for the demands of testing! Now that testing has been delayed, it remains just as important for us to continue to practice and keep in the frame of mind for a test to be proud of. It would be next to impossible to show up for testing and be as prepared as we are now, without continuing to practice! I know for a fact that I have done Kwon Sool in excess of a thousand times, and would like to think I know it pretty well, but I can still mess it up, as I was well reminded of in class tonight! 😄 
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3/18/20 - Dege

So working from home has advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is you can wear whatever you want to work. One of the disadvantages is that there is still always one more thing to do before cleaning up for the day. I do miss the office dynamic though. I got an invite to a virtual Core class at lunchtime tomorrow. Not sure I'm really up for it, but I am curious. I'll have to see how I feel around lunchtime. 
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3/15/20 -Dege

So today when I turned on my kindle I realized I did not hit the publish button, so my journal entry did not save. Oh well, nothing I can do about that now. I was very happy that my cousin came home rather than continue her travels. She is self quarantined at home now, but much better than being stuck outside the USA in a few more weeks, or worse yet, sick in a foreign country. Hopefully she will be fine and make the most of her "down" time. Hopefully she stays away from other family as many of those are old and vulnerable. On other black belt cycles, she has been a source of encouragement for me. This time around, she has had a lot more on her plate. I don't envy her plate. Well, back to finishing up requirements. 
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3/11/20 - Dege

Getting close to the end of the cycle. Enjoyed the beautiful day with another visit at lunchtime by Leah and her mother to help me work on poomsaes and sparring rounds. It was hot out there, or maybe it was the sparring rounds. Either way, thanks Leah and Deanna! When walking after work today with my friend, I was asked if it was me out there. She was so sure it wouldn't have been been me. Oh well! Hopefully she'll be able to come to testing! She's done most of the miles with and pushed me to do burpees including reminding me to count them. Thanks friend! 
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3/9/20 - Dege

Had a great time at Instructors Camp this weekend! It was a beautiful weekend! Had the opportunity to hang out with and train with some friends we don't see often, make some new friends, attend sessions led by other King Tiger Instructors and participate in some activities that might be outside the norm of our usual training. After the excitement of the weekend and Instructors Camp, today was relatively quiet. Leah visited me at work at lunchtime and we did 20 minutes of sparring combinations and several poomsaes. That was fun! I haven't had the opportunity to train with Leah for quite a while and I really enjoyed it! Thank you Leah! Maybe we'll get to have a repeat lunchtime visit on Wednesday. Plan your work and work your plan! Best laid plans don't always work out as intended.  I wrote this journal on my laptop and read other journals before...
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3/5/20 - Dege

Here we are again, one year later, heading back to instructors camp. Looking forward to seeing people we don't see regularly. Not looking forward to the cold nights.
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3/4/20 - Dege

I know you can't tell by the totals on the tracker, but I know I'm getting close to completion on many of the categories. When you have a dog, and it's primarily up to you to walk, the miles are probably not a hardship. There are a couple of things I wish I had done differently. Oh well! At this point, should have, could have, would have. We recently got another dog and it's not my primary responsibility, but he sure does like his w a I k s. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, my dog likes to take many breaks along the way. Frustrating if you're out there for timed miles, not so bad if you're running and could use a break too. It's funny how there is no such thing as hurry up to Monty, unless it's his idea. You have an appointment or...
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3/1/20 - Dege

The black belt cycle is expected to be challenging. Life is challenging! In life, we don't get to choose all of our challenges. My dad had six brothers and one sister, and three brothers are still alive, and each is at least 90 years. The challenges they each face are different. Aging brings new challenges and many of those require help from others. My uncles are not very easy to convince that they need help for things that they used to do by themselves. We all need to be aware and learn how to avoid being taken advantage of. It is not always easy to know who you can trust and who you should not trust. Enough for now, I have cycle challenges to work on, but we don't have the luxury to put life on hold for the duration. 
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2/24/20 - Dege

Had an okay day at work today. Hopefully the crazy slows down for at least a little while. After work, went 3+ miles with many burpees interspersed. Now to get busy with the rest of it. Watched a little too much news today. 
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2/23/20 - Dege

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but still several obstacles in the way. It is good to be able to see progress by way of numbers going down. If only the mistakes would decrease at the same rate. Working on practicing each poomsae twice today, and so far, thankfully they aren't running together as they sometimes do. More to come.
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2/22/20 - Dege

Today started out very cold, but ended being a beautiful day. After Junior Tigers, we had a special sparring training class led by Master Fleming. He is very passionate about sparring and helping teach others how to be better at sparring. The time flew by!
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2/19/20 - Dege

Today has been a dreary day and tomorrow's forecast is for 100% chance of rain from 7a.m. to at least 4p.m., but we will need to be heading back home before then. Trying to get in at least sit ups, pushups, and kicks as I can, and even mixed in some V sit ups too. I did finish community service essay this morning. 
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2/18/20 - Dege

When you're sitting in a a car for hours and you wish you had your test in the car, rather than in the trunk so you can at least study some. Well, after a miserable ride due to the rain and traffic, at least we arrived safely! Looking forward to seeing Matthew in the morning. Very early in the morning! Is that what they call o dark hundred? It's been a long day, but not a productive day requirements wise. Tomorrow should be better.
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2/17/20 - Dege

Another really long day at work today, but hopefully it helps get on the road on time tomorrow. I hope what I packed is good enough. Didn't have as much time to think about that as I would have liked. It will be a new experience traveling with Monty. I hope he is not too anxious, but as laidback as he is at home. 
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2/16/20 -Dege

My nephew stopped by yesterday for the weekend. He has quite a few friends in the Charlotte area so we see him frequently. He's looking forward to the whitewater center opening the whitewater for the season.  Today's morning training was at the dojang with Master Evins. We worked on most of our black belt forms and self-defense including sticks and staff. Time flies when you're having fun! I know perfection is something we work towards, but I wish I would not make as many mistakes.
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2/15/20 - Dege

Today was a good day! Starting with Junior Tigers class we worked on punching and kicking and sports training. Between classes, Master Tucker, Master Knight and I practiced double stick forms 1 and 2, single stick form 4, and 3rd Dan 1 step self-defense. We don't practice those often. Great ideas Master Knight! Black belt class was a lot of kicking, stretching, poomsaes and self defense. After class, Master Evins gave us our cool jackets for Korea!  The afternoon was beautiful, so I practiced more poomsaes and self-defense outside in my backyard. My dog was outside too and he's not a can of sticks or staff. Looking forward to training in the morning, so time to rest up.
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2/14/20 - Dege

What a long day! One way or another that long work will be finished by end of day Tuesday. Heading out of town regardless and looking forward to it. I can use a break!
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2/13/20 - Dege

Today was another long day at work. I actually got in earlier than usual and left with just enough time to get to black belt class. It is definitely hard to get up and go in early knowing it won't help in finishing up to leave early. Working on requirements before bed...again.
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2/12/20 - Dege

Everything I've been working towards for the last few weeks at work went out the window today and we now get to pivot and figure out all new numbers in a day. In addition, those numbers need to be right. There is no time for multiple layers of review. On another note, I wish my memory was as good as Jeremy's. Study time is going be require a higher level of priority. I think if I can make time to make flashcards, they will be very worthwhile. 
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2/10/20 - Dege

Today was a long day at work and I left with a headache. Going to get to bed earlier than usual. Still not early enough though. I feel guilty for not finishing, but need to decide what is more important. 
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2/9/20 - Dege

Even though it was a little chilly, had some good training at the park with Master Burkart. We practiced staff forms, poomsaes, and self-defense. And more self-defense! He also showed me what he's working on for his cane form. Another work related call this afternoon, but thankfully it was only an hour. 
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2/8/20 - Dege

Certainly didn't plan on working today and it put a big dent in my requirements time. Between Junior Tigers class and black belt class, Master Tucker and I were able to work out a section of our creative poomsae that was awkward and didn't get us to where we wanted to be for the next section. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now we just need to practice it enough so we can look good performing it. 
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2/6/20 - Dege

Today was an out of the ordinary day. We got the warnings at work and were told to go to an interior room. Thank goodness since one wall of my office is windows. We stayed there for a while, and since we had our cell phones, we listened to the weather and heard that there were some tornadoes that touched down nearby and maybe in Charlotte. Some of those in my office left for home after we were cleared to go back to our office. I went back to work, but I did leave due to flooding so I would be home before dark. I had no issues, but others weren't so lucky. I logged in to work when I got home too. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, it is possible that I will be the only one in my office tomorrow. Since Trump is supposed to...
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2/5/20 - Dege

Sure don't get much satisfaction tracking when the totals don't change. Just realized I hadn't logged in for a few days, so now I'm up to date online. Walked/ran with my friend again after work inside, so I did 100 burpees with 4 each loop. I need to remember to look online at my mentees progress before our sessions. If my mentees read my journals, get up to date online! Some family things happening, so may need to make an unexpected visit home to sort some things out. It is sad that some people take advantage of other people. Getting old is not always a good thing! Wish I had time to read a a book just because. I guess I'll have plenty of time on the plane to Korea. I'll need to load up my kindle with options.
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2/4/20 - Dege

Not sure why I thought the written and physical test were later, but I now realize that the 22nd is going to be here before we know it. Need to find time to study. Thankfully oh chang cooperated today. There is no such thing as too much practicing, but sometimes it runs together.
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2/3/20 - Dege

Uh oh! Working on poomsaes tonight and oh chang was mushing into taebek. That is not good! Usually when this happens I start over and it's fine, but not tonight.I started over and got to mush at the same spot. Rather than making it worse, I decided to skip it. I'm sure it will be fine later. Maybe tomorrow.
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2/2/20 - Dege

Had a surprise visit from Jeremy today and this will really be the last for a while. It's not often anymore that he asks me to do something for him, but he asked me to sew a new patch on his uniform. So proud of him His 22nd birthday is tomorrow and those years have gone by way too fast. Not quite as fast as this cycle is going though. Went to a funeral for Pat's father and was reminded how important it is to not put things off to tomorrow because tomorrow is not a guarantee. It was so nice outside that I came home and took Monty for a walk. More self defense and poomsaes to practice tonight. Until next time.
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2/1/20 - Dege

Today started with Junior Tigers focus and teamwork, moved on to practicing self-defense with Master Tucker and then black belt class with plenty of kicking, rolls, falls, and poomsaes including Jameson forms and traditional basic form 1. Went to the afternoon shift of our community service project and sorted some canned food. There was quite a bit of waiting for the last group to bring their collected food, so I was able to work with Andrew and later with Vina on self-defense. Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more. My nephew is visiting again. It's nice for him to visit, especially since my boys aren't home.
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1/30/20 - Dege

Seems like a long time since I drove home from work before dark. Tomorrow is the last day in January and work wise it seems like forever, but requirements wise it flew by. Is it just me? I do feel better about the taekwon forms, and believe it or not, even double stick forms, but there are other things that still seem so unfamiliar. Hopefully I will learn everything I need to know before testing. I do not like to feel unprepared.  Looking forward to our community service project this weekend.
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1/29/20 - Dege

Well, I made it to yoga class after work tonight and boy did I need that! Yoga is in my building after work, so it's easy to go back to work if I have things to finish up. When I got back from yoga, I realized my boss was still there. I knew I have things to prepare for her meetings tomorrow and figured I'd work on them, but didn't expect her to still be there. I ended up bringing work home to finish, so not much time for requirements, especially since I need to be at the office earlier than usual. Unfortunately as well, the normal stress relief effects from yoga tonight are long gone. Don't wish to know what I'd feel like if I hadn't gone. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little more requirements friendly.
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1/28/20 - Dege

Today felt like a Monday, but I was able to get out of work at a reasonable time to get over 3 miles and 130 burpees in before black belt class. I was able to get to the dojang early enough to go over self defense with Master Burkart before class up to green belt. After class, I worked with mentees on self-defense, staff form 2 and rolls and falls. Unfortunately, not many other requirements today for me and now it's time to sleep. Just realized it's been a few days since I added to the tracker, so will update that now. Goodnight all!
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1/26/20 - Dege

Had a great training session at the park today with Master Tucker and Master Burkart! We worked on many poomsaes. I was worried that it would be too cold, but I had enough layers and even had to shed some before we finished. After Master Burkart had to leave, Master Tucker and I worked on double stick 2 many times and our creative poomsae. I am really excited about how our creative poomsae is turning out. Now we have to learn it as if we have practiced it for a long time.
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1/25/20 - Dege

Worked with the basic stances form in Junior Tigers class this morning. Worked with my mentees after black belt class. Thank you Master Tucker for working with them too! There is a lot for them to learn. Thanks for the reminder to study the written test Master Tucker! I need to be sure I have all the answers too. So many things to remember. At this point I don't know what I need to know, that I don't know. What am I forgetting? Worked on quite a few poomsaes today, and they weren't too jumbled. Worked on a creative poomsae with Master Tucker today and getting excited about it. I think we made a lot of progress. Looking forward to training at the park tomorrow morning with Master Tucker and Master Burkart, but not looking forward to the temperature! Will definitely need to keep moving!
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1/24/20 - Dege

Another long day at work today! A too many hours and not even a good feeling of accomplishment! At least I can feel good about a productive day, but I was was not happy leaving work after 8pm. That's just too many hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Was hoping to go check out a band tonight. Since that wasn't meant to be, I will have to find them another time. I have been trying to fit that into my schedule for a few months now. After work I had some errands to do and ate a late lite dinner, but requirements don't get done by thinking about them. Hoping to get another workout at the park this weekend. 
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1/23/20 - Dege

I tried something different today! If I add my journal entry on my kindle and then go back and read other journal entries, I don't see the names with the entries. Today I am using my other kindle and decided to read other journal entries before I logged in to add my entry. It is different seeing who wrote which entry, rather than guessing. I might be good at guessing a few, but certainly not all.  Hopefully work is getting closer to having some key decisions being made and shared, so they can be acted on. I have been feeling a little in limbo. I have been thinking that I need to find something that I am passionate about and move in a different direction, but change is hard. I also still need to come up with what that new direction is. Work has not been that for a while, and...
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1/21/20 - Dege

Even when I have a day that could have been a bad Monday at work, and then go to black belt class, I always feel better after class. Today was another one of those days! I don't really know what to expect anymore and that is frustrating to no end! I'm not one that takes to change easily and I am having a rough time lately. Surely it will get better, right? I have not come up with any good options, so need to stick it out for now.
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1/20/2020 - Dege

Well, I didn't have a day off from work due to the holiday, but I did get in over 3 miles after work and did burpees again after each loop. I started with 3 and figured if I did 4 instead, I would accomplish them that much quicker. Now for the rest of today's requirements. Ugh! After 125 burpees throughout my run/walk, pushups are slow going.
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1/19/20

Happy Sunday everyone! What a great day it turned out to be to train at the park! Oh, that poor cardinal! Many stick, staff and higher belt forms reviewed with Master Tucker and Master Burkart. Thanks for staying even longer to review self-defense, Master Tucker! Some self-defense is more difficult to practice without someone attacking. Maybe I won't be working on requirements as late tonight as most other nights.😊
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1/18/20 - Dege

Morning started with Junior Tigers then collaborating with Master Tucker on various poomsaes. Master Knight taught black belt class today and we worked on quite a variety of things. Had a session with several of my mentees and we worked on bolo form and about half of staff form 2. I am feeling lazy, but need to get busy with today's requirements before my nephew arrives. Looking forward to training with Master Tucker and Master Burkart tomorrow except for the expected temperature.
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1/17/20 - Dege

Typical work day, including another round of redo. As I was leaving work though, I received a message from one of my nieces saying she would be passing through Charlotte within an your and a half. She drives a truck, so it was work related, but it was great to see her if only for a few minutes. I have other visitors this weekend, most unexpected, but very welcome. Will have to fit in what I can, when I can. Unfortunately time keeps on and I still have much to do.
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1/16/20 - Dege

Thursday brought a work day, much like other work days, and redoing just a little bit different than it was before. How many different ways can it be done? I hope I don't find that answer. After work I went to black belt and a mentor session. Will I ever get double stick 2? Now working on requirements before bed.
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1/15/20 - Dege

Happy Wednesday! Work took an unexpected turn today and I missed my yoga class. I heard from one friend on not so good news. Heard from another friend some fantastic news! Very much looking forward to being able to see this friend much more frequently in the near future! I hope my other friend will reach out if she needs anything. 
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1/14/20 - Dege

I think I may have over done it yesterday with the burpees and pushups. I think I will concentrate on self-defense and poomsaes instead. Work is still with tight deadlines and it seems there is no end for months. It would be nice to be able to take a day off because the weekend doesn't seem to be relaxing.
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1/13/20 - Dege

I didn't do much yesterday other than get out to the Greenway and take Monty for a walk. It was too nice to not do something outside. Work is very busy at this time of year and will be for the next few months. I didn't think I would get to walk tonight with my friend, but she surprised me and offered about half an hour. Thank goodness her time wasn't exact. When weather is not what we want to go outside in, we have a work building that has a loop in it that is about a tenth of a mile. I had already decided that I need to up my burpees or I'll never reach my goal. I did 3 burpees after reach loop and two loops I did 5 for total of 58 burpees and 2.36 miles. Okay, I might have skipped a loop or two, but I...
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1/11/20 - Dege

What a great training day! It started with junior tigers and many stick/star during that class. Then I worked with Rohan on stick form 2, bolo form and bo cho dan self defense. Black belt class brought poomsae pretest and much work on front kicks. After class, I went home and ate lunch, did some pushups, sit ups, and jump rope, then went back to the dojang to train with Grandmaster Lee with most of the other candidates testing in Korea and the school owners and many other masters. Enjoyed my first visit to a Korean restaurant. Thank you for the ride Master Tucker and Master Cavazos. Now it's time for a few requirements before sleep.
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1/10/20 - Dege

I have had a few days this week including late nights, which makes getting requirements done daily. Last night after black belt class I went home to work until I got kicked off the system at midnight. Looking forward to training tomorrow with Grandmaster Lee. The end of the first official week of the cycle, and I don't feel that I've accomplished what I should. Days are flying by. Well, more requirements to complete today and then get some sleep. Tomorrow!
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1/7/20

What a Tuesday! Started with a busy day at work lasting a little longer than ideal. On to black belt class with good work on side kicks and a session with my mentees after, working on first  Dan one step self defense. Now it's time to start on requirements. Good night, all!
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1/5/20

Need to get back into efficient routine. Need to find a new normal. It sure will be quieter at home. It would be nice if I felt stronger, but I don't know that I do. Push it and get it done. Tomorrow is another day. Make the most of it.
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1/4/20

Sat in a car for too many hours today. Not good for the low back. I did manage pushups and sit ups in the hotel before going to bed. I finally got pictures of the boys together and with Monty. It will be good to get home and go walking with Monty. 
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1/2/20

Wow! Here it is, a new year and a new decade. I've got a new dog, Monty, and he his working on getting used to us and we are getting used to him. So far he's pretty mellow and keeps to himself a lot. Hopefully he'll be a good walking partner. Have definitely enjoyed having my boys home for the holidays, but that will end this weekend when we take Matthew back to boot camp and Jeremy goes back to his base. I have missed having classes and look forward to getting back into a routine.
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12/30/19

Getting very close to the end of the year. The upcoming weeks will fly by. Much to do in those weeks, so need to make the most of the time I do have. Made good use of 30 minutes today, but will miss out on the majority of this weekend. Bring on tomorrow.
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12/28/19

Today didn't go how I expected it to, but since it was such a nice day, we went out for a bike ride and I got to try out my new gear. It was a little cool on the ride home, but a perfect day for a ride. I did finally finish 200 pushups in a day. It would be good if I can do that more often. It would also have been a perfect day to do poomsaes outside, but that didn't work out. Maybe tomorrow. Now it's time for sleep.
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12/27/19

Thank you Master Burkart for introducing Master Tucker and me to 9Rounds! Wow! That's tough, but awesome how much can be packed into 30 minutes. Now if I can be as efficient with my weekend. 
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12/26/19

The end of this decade is fast approaching. There are many distractions, look, a squirrel, and my boys are home, but they are reclusive and elusive. We are thinking about getting another dog. It has been several years since we last had one, but this time we are looking for a shelter dog which requires quite a bit of research up front, in addition to the time forever after.
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12/23/19

Work is pretty busy at this time of year. It would be nice to have a slow time once in a while, but it really has been several years since that has happened. It will be too easy to get behind this time around. Just need to buckle down and do it. It has been really nice to have my two boys at home. It will surely not happen often anymore. Oh we, I'll take what I can get! 
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11/24/19

Wow! A lot going on and time slipping away quickly. So much to do and learn. Matthew left for boot camp last week and imagining what he'll have to deal with, I have no excuses, just need to buckle down and get it done. 
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10/12/19

OMG! Watching the Black Belt testing last night and this afternoon made me realize how much work I need to put in and I probably really have no clue. I certainly don't want to embarrass myself, Grandmaster Evins, Grandmaster Lee, or others testing with me. Time to step up my game and come up with a workable plan. But first, it's time to get some sleep.
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10/7/19

The cooler weather is nice to get some miles in after work. I am glad I have another cycle to prepare for testing. I don't feel very strong these days, especially my wrists. I need to figure that out somehow.
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10/5/19

Great black belt class today. A lot packed into a little time. Still plenty to do and practice. Tomorrow is fast approaching.
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10/3/19

Today was rough and hard to breathe. Went for 3.5+ miles walk after work today and then barely made it to class on time since I stayed to help a colleague with something after my walk and lost track of time. Luckily traffic wasn't too bad on the ride home. Had lunch leftovers for dinner and now it's to find something so I can breathe and sleep. I do not need repeat of last night.
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10/2/19

Today at work seemed like a long. I was happy to notice the time at the end of the day though and make it to my yoga class. I miss it when I can't go and did not go last, and know I can't go next week already, so was glad to go tonight. Not sure if allergies are kicking in, or a cold, but something is up. Hope I can shake it quickly.
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10/1/19

Life is hard and it is hard to watch someone you love go through a difficult time and not be able to do anything to help. I will just have to be there for them as best I can and be a good shoulder and ears. I wish I could make it all better.
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9/30/19

After Saturday, I got a good rest and got up much later than I planned on Sunday. I am not using my time most efficiently and enjoyed a night out at the Phil Collins concert. He was very kind to remind us that getting old sucks! I thankfully don't have as many issues as some though, so should be grateful for what I can rather than dwell on what I can't. I guess life is about perspective, how you see things, and what you do with opportunities. Lemonade anyone?
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9/28/19

Long day today, but good one. Started with junior tigers, then two three hour seminars with Guru Melegrito. Went over a lot of things, some review and some new. More than I can absorb in a day. Maybe I'll find more tomorrow, but so far I only see one small bruise on my wrist and one other from hitting my head with a stick. No one to blame for that but me. Only saw that one when I was practicing sparring combinations in front of a mirror. 
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9/25/19

Got some good miles in today. Got home from work late and then went to dinner late. Not too fond of walking or jogging alone, especially in the dark, but walked home after dinner for a little more. Now I need to hang my laundry, or I will have to scrounge for a clean dobok tomorrow. 
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9/24/19

He really did it! He had a swearing in this afternoon and leaves before thanksgiving. I hear he may get to come home for Christmas though. I guess we'll see if that really happens. I'm running out of tomorrows and have lots to do. I hope to get some miles after work tomorrow. I guess if I were a morning person, I'd be going to bed earlier.
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9/23/19

The house is empty, really empty. After the very full long weekend, everyone went back to where they came from. In addition, my younger son is in for first thing tomorrow morning at MEPS. He leaves for basic training shortly before Thanksgiving. That will surely take some adjustments for us and him. I look forward to watching him grow in this next chapter. Time to get back to some type of routine.
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9/21/19

Saturday, just like any other Saturday. Not! The garage door opened this afternoon and in walks my sailor. 😀 Made my day! I have my brother, my nephew, and now my son visiting. Yes, pretty full weekend. Normal will come back soon, but it can wait. Unfortunately, so will other things.
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9/19/19

Heading to Ft. Bragg early tomorrow to see my nephew. I hope he is happily surprised by his dad showing up. It should be a fun weekend with Flow Fest at the whitewater center. 
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9/18/19

Finally my younger son got the kick in the pants that he needed to hopefully get moving with life. By this time next week we should know for sure. Got an early start to the day with some self-defense, but not much else other than yoga after work.
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9/17/19

I have a few more things to finish up before I can go to bed. I also have to get up early to pick up my brother from the airport. Should be an interesting long weekend. I wish my arms felt stronger so it wasn't such a big deal to knock out pushups. I have been doing those 10 at a time with an occasional 15. That sure takes a while to add up to much. Keep on working towards the goal.
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9/16/19

Watched American Ninja Warrior tonight while doing pushups and sit ups. Had intentions of going out for a run after work tonight, but it was late by the time I got home and even later after dinner. I sure don't like going out in the dark after dinner has settled. Maybe I can get up earlier. Not sure how likely that is, but I do need to get in to work earlier.
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9/15/19

Sunday, and a quiet one at that. Just found out that my brother is coming to visit and hopefully we'll get to go to his son's graduation. I'm excited for my nephew, probably more than he is. Also found out in a roundabout way that my nephew is possibly coming back to Charlotte next weekend with his friend. He doesn't know his dad is coming. Should be fun. Also, yoga fest at the whitewater center is next weekend. A lot of classes to choose from and most of them are free. Hope I get to take advantage of that. 
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9/14/19

This weekend started with a surprise visit from my nephew who enjoys whitewater kayaking at the whitewater center. Always happy for him to visit. This morning between junior tigers and family class, Master Tucker went over black belt forms and tae kwon forms. Tae kwon forms a lot of times. Tomorrow, my nephew will go back to base, and unlike my kids, he will clean up after himself before he goes. 
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9/12/19

Does anyone notice how a day is like a seesaw, or maybe a rollercoaster, but your choices determine the outcome, or how fast the ups and downs are. Here it is late...again...and I'm just now taking to journal. Who guessed the game would still be on this late? I guess I could have worked on requirements in front of the TV, but it might be too tempting to sit down and watch. 
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9/11/19

It is so easy to lose track of time, whether it is doing what you should be doing, or it is procrastinating and doing something else. Time just keeps ticking away. I have several things that I look forward to having more time to do, but the things that need to be completed first aren't going to get done without me. It is good to be able to see progress though.
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9/9/19

Today was a good day, but tomorrow I wasn't feeling too well, so not much accomplished. I have a few days to log in, but once those are in, I will have completed half of the 10,000 required pushups. That is quite a motivator for me. I just wish they weren't such a struggle. Tonight I went to Master Shin's school for class and was pleasantly surprised with more students in the class than I expected. After class, Leah and I worked on several stick forms and staff forms. It is a good feeling to have the knowledge to be able to work with her, although at times I second guess myself. That sure plays with my confidence.
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9/7/19

Tiring day! Junior Tigers class was interesting today, not that it isn't always, but there seemed to be more new white belts today who are not used to being in class. After class, I took a few minutes to try and connect with one of them. We actually were born in the same month. He "did not see the coming". He was quite talkative once he got going. I have a hard time remembering names, but I will do my best to remember his. I hope that will help. Between junior tigers class and black belt class, several of us were working on poomsae and self-defense. We did quite a few, so productive. For a change, I had my pushups done before dinner. I'm usually still doing them before I go to bed. My wrists do not feel stronger than when I started and I still am only doing 10, or...
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9/6/19

Enjoyed the sparring seminar more than I thought I would. And to think that was the first of anything requirements related today. Have a nice bruise on my forearm, but nothing major. That's always a win! Sparring is one of those things that reminds of my age and I don't have the no fear outlook of a kid. Not sure if I ever really had that. On to tomorrow.
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9/4/19

This is the second journal entry that I have had to do over since I got kicked off after publish was clicked,but before the entry posted. Where does it go if it doesn't post? I finally got to my after work yoga class. I have been unable to make it for the past three weeks. After class I had a few things to work on before home. When I arrived at home, I was pleasantly surprised to see my son there. This is the third year in a row that he has been home due to a hurricane. Tomorrows are slipping by.
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9/3/19

Hapkido form five looks foreign to me each of the three or four times Master Cavazos has shown it to me. I guess I need to practice that more often so I can remember it. It is not an easy thing to practice the hapkido forms by yourself. I think I will forever be catching up on pushups, but not tonight.
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9/2/19

Not exactly the weekend I'd expected, but not complaining. Enjoyed kayaking with my husband and visiting with my nephew at the whitewater center on Saturday, had a great workout with Master Tucker at the park on Sunday, and a visit with my in-laws and Jeremy, his girlfriend and her dog today. Had planned to do more, but not meant to be. Tomorrow, tomorrow.
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9/1/19

Thank you Master Tucker for the great workout at the park today. We got a lot done and doubt I would ever do 60 burpees without you! 😊 What a beautiful day! I just got my tracking caught up. Didn't realize I was that far behind on logging in. I'm sure I will do more stuff today, so will log that later. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
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8/30/19

One more day of work before a long weekend. The intent is to get caught up on some things. I hoped pushups would have been less of a struggle by now, but not the case. Plenty of catching up to do on pushups. 
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8/27/19

Today, I did some pushups before I left the house for work. It sure makes a difference on my shoulders and wrists having less to do after class. Worked with Master Tucker on self-defense color belt all the way up to 2nd Dan one steps before class and with Master Cavazos and Master Tucker after class on 3rd Dan one steps and belt self-defense. We also did quite a few kicks in class. 
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8/26/19

Had a really early flight home this morning and then a full day at work. Trying to at least get my tracking caught up. I have less catching up to do as a result of this trip than most previous trips this year. It looks like I have been working on self-defense disproportionately to poomsaes, but at least now I can remember most of the newer I ones. I still have plenty more to work on. Tomorrow will come soon enough. 
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8/24/19

Today was an emotional day. Saw a lot of family and friends that I don't see often, or haven't seen for years. It was also a little disappointing since some we were expecting, were unable to make it. I have had a few different people volunteering to help me with self defense, so have been able to practice that some with a person, rather than just in the air. Had the opportunity to get a rowing lesson from my rowing coach cousin on the Schuylkill River in front of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. This cousin is like my sister, so it was great to spend some quality time with her and learn a bit about one of her passions for the first time. 
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8/19/19 take two

This is second attempt at journal for Monday's journal. Where does a saved as draft post go? Got some great news today that my sailor is back on dry ground! He's back and I'm heading out to visit other family. It would be nice if he could come too.  I may get a chance for my first rowing lesson with my rowing coach cousin. This will be the second visit this year, of the several times I have been this year, that she and I will be there at the same time. At least I'll have a workout buddy.  
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8/17/19

August 17, 2019, the day of the pre-test for the fall cycle. I have been doing most of my self-defenses two or three times each day for at least the past two weeks and I feel more confident about the newer ones, except of course when I get completely mixed up, or when my focus is less than it should be. Now I need to work on them more intentionally. Time to work on catching up on some things I've been slacking on.
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8/16/19

Wow! Here it is, already two weeks into the cycle. I need to find a mentee still. Work was a long day today. After work my friend was very encouraging when we were doing some miles. And yes, it was hot. Finished with that and then went back for some more work. My lower back is bothering me some today. I need to take self standing moray work. Just not enough hours in the day. I have some catching up to do this weekend. 
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8/15/19

Had a productive day at work today, but still so much to do. Got home a little earlier than usual, so got something to eat and worked on pushups and kicks until it was time to pick up Master Randle so we could meet up with Master Tucker and be supportive to our friend. There really are no words. When I got home, after making arrangements to meet up with a friend after work tomorrow for some miles, I worked on some poomsaes and self defense. Thankfully they weren't muddled as they were the other day. I really need to study study guides.
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8/12/19

Today, I started mixing up poomsae, so figured that was enough for now. Today was a doozy of a Monday. Work was hectic. I did manage to get in 40 pushups throughout the workday though. Tomorrow is fast approaching. Studying the color belt study guides would be appropriate this week. 
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8/11/19

It was great to work out with Master Tucker this morning. We worked on self defense, poomsae, and miles mostly. Some self defense is better to practice with someone rather than alone. It adds a level of reality that is unmatched. What a nice park!
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8/10/19

The days always start with high hopes for specific accomplishments and finish with less. I have high hopes for tomorrow being different. While it will be hot, it will be good to train with Master Tucker. Some things are much better practiced with a partner. Motivation, intentions, and encouragement go a long way, but reality sometimes gets in the way. Here's to a productive day tomorrow and good sleep tonight!
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8/8/19

Today was not as productive as it could have been. Tomorrow will be better. Maybe I can fit a few pushups in at work. It's a little easier in jeans than a dress. Only a little since the wrists are the same. Worked on double stick 2 with Master Cavazos in my mentor session after class tonight. Kind of makes me feel like a white belt again. I should dig out that video and watch it a few times. I should probably also get out study guides so I don't embarrass myself with the pretest. Thanks for the encouragement Master Randle!
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8/7/19

It's a better day when pushups aren't the last thing on my list for the day. I found myself doing kicks slower than usual today and thinking more about my technique. Not that I do my kicks fast other days. My walk/jog partner has other plans for the next two days so I will have to dig up some different motivation to get some miles in. I have an earlier day tomorrow, so it's time for some zzzs.
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8/6/19

It was nice to look forward to a new female adult in black belt class today. I hope she continues to come train with us. Pushups are doing a number on my shoulders. I keep hoping they feel better after I get used to doing so many, but I am still at sets of ten with much time between and not getting in as many as needed. That will be a challenge for me to complete them. Nothing new there, but I haven't even started on pull ups yet. Tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow will help me get closer to my goal.
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8/4/19

I sure slept good last night. Today was a relatively quiet day. It seems I have been packing to leave, or to come home, so often lately that it is good to sleep in my own bed for weeks in a row. It is nice to visit, but it always takes a night or two to adjust. Tomorrow is back to work and getting up with an alarm clock. The weekend goes by so fast.
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8/2/19

Today was pretty quiet at work, so very productive. I met two of several new teammates. I also walked/jogged 4 miles with my friend today after work, thanks to the downpour. We both prefer to walk/jog outside when possible. Today, the sky was dark and the radar showed some cells that would likely catch us, so we stayed close to the building. We are fortunate enough to have an option for when we have weather interference. One of the buildings has a good sized loop that is our second choice, but our first choice rather than ugly weather. So feeling the first raindrops, we opted for finishing up inside. We went several times around and GPS seemed to be tracking it pretty well for a change. Her goal was to reach at least 10,000 steps and my goal was 3 miles. Once we had each reached our goal, since it was...
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