Spring 2022 Black Belt Cycle

Candidate Journals

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!

Sick!

Woke up today with a fever and the worst headache, luckily I didn’t miss anything important at school. I need to pick up my pants tomorrow since they’re done getting altered, and then I just need to buy my shirt and I’m ready for prom.
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Thursday 4.21.22

We are finally arriving at our momentary destination. Tomorrow we will take some of the final steps towards our new Black Belts as we begin the journey towards our next level. Every goal is a new beginning. Let's have fun with this one. 
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Journal - Day 61

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday! I haven't journaled in awhile, but here I am! I am super excited about testing tomorrow, but also a bit nervous. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there! Well, that's all for today, see you later!
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Journal 30

I am going to do a sparring class today and I can't wait for testing on friday.
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Wednesday 4.20.22

Wondering what everyone is doing Friday evening? I'm thinking we get together for some Taekwondo fun. Today was a good, long day. Work went well. Had fun at LKN TKD as usual. Thank you Master Chelley! 
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Apr 20th

Today I had my math map test I did pretty good on it but nothing out of the ordanary and after school I went to class wich was really fun
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Apr 19th

today was my first day of school after spring break after school I went to wepons class 
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Tuesday 4.19.22

Busy day at work. Broadcast of Virtually Inspired Teaching Kitchen and then more review at King Tiger Lake Norman. As always, had fun helping with classes. 
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School

I wake up in disappointment hearing my alarm I don't want to go to school. I later go to TKD and have a mentee and mentor session.
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Gym Time

I didn’t miss a single day at the beach and I won’t now. At this point, the gym is one the most important things in my life, so i’m really trying to refocus my diet now and make sure I stay consistent.
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Monday 4/18/22

Life has been busy with plenty of twists this past fortnight. From my mother passing to delivering her eulogy at her funeral mass all while being very busy with work at Emerald Commons & Epic. Oh, and of course attending Taekwondo at King Tiger and continuing to work out. 
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Boat ride

Yesterday I went with my dad and a few of his friends onto our neighbor's Deck boat it was a lot of fun but the water was like 67 decrease.
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Apr 16th

Today I am in Arkansas and we went shopping and went to my papaws house and played with his animals and visited family 
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I’m back!

Finally made it back from Hilton Head, and I really miss it. Definitely was probably the funnest week of my life so now I’m trying to relax and just kinda recuperate from this mental and physical exhaustion.
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It's Over Already

Yesterday I got back from Grand Cayman I got to feed and hold a Stingray, I learned how to snorkel, And I saw 2 Moray Eels, 2 Nurse Sharks, and a Spotted Eagle Ray. It Was So Much Fun!
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Journal

Today my cousins got into to town from Chicago it was a really fun day all together with me going on bike rides with them. Tomorrow we gonna go to zip line park.
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Beach!!

Hilton Head has easily been the best spring break of my life. Been to the gym every single day, gone to the beach every single day, and met new people every single day. I’ve met a lot of people from Buffalo strangely, i’m not sure why but everyone here is from Buffalo. But it’s been amazing!!
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Journal

Today had an early wake up to get on the plane to come back home from Florida. Once I got home I did some of the requirements and then later around the house the entire day. I am finishing of the day with basketball and the rest of my requirements. Can’t wait  for tomorrow because some of my family is coming in to town from Chicago, Illinois.
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Apr 13th

today I went and ran arrands with my mom and packed for my trip to arkansas tommarow
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Stingrays

Today is 4/13/22 Wednesday. Today we’re going on a boat to swim with stingrays I can’t wait
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Journal

Yesterday was really fun. After sun set I went miny golfing with my uncle and then got ice cream. J came in second place with my uncle in first. I even got a hole in one on a par 3 hole. It was an extremely fun day. With me getting my requirements done in the morning.
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Monday

This has been the toughest semester for me. Art History has been the worse and I wondered if I would actually pass this class and it is a requirement for my major. I just could not get into this class but it is almost over.
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april 12th 2022

Hello, only 3 more days and spring break here I come. School is very draining but it is okay sometimes. I just want to sleep really...  
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SHARK!

Today is 4/11/22 Monday. Today I’m in the Cayman Islands. While I was snorkeling with my aunt we found a Nurse Shark it was cool, I had to chase it because my aunt couldn’t keep up.
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ymca!

Worked out at the YMCA today, not the best gym around. This place didn’t have all the machines and weights I wanted, and it’s $55 dollars a month. I only went to go workout with someone else, but I think it’s safe to say, I will not be getting a membership here.
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Apr 10th

nothing much today I mainly stayed inside and went over to my grandmas house since my aut was staying there for a bit 
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Sunday

I had a restful day. Nothing unusual, looking forward to the summer.
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Journal

Today I am in Florida. I did not realize how close testing is to this date. It was really cool to me that I started the cycle on the same beach I am at right now. I also am getting close to the end on this same beach. I did my requirement’s on the beach which in retrospect was not the best idea because of the sand and I kept slipping when doing push-ups. But I think I have finished me requirements I just have to put them inside the website.
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Hilton Head!

Tomorrow I will be leaving for Hilton Head for a whole week, so this should be a very fun spring break indeed. To be honest, I'm not sure what we're going to do while we're down there but I do no one thing for sure, I will definitely be working out every day.
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Saturday 4.9.22

This has been a tough and sad week. My mother passed away on Thursday 4.7.22; three months and 3 days after my father died on January 4, 2022. Don't missed the opportunities to spend time with your family. Everything else will always be there. 
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More Essays

Today I finished the last of my essays, which happens to be the longest one of course. 10 Pages honestly wasn't really that much, but it could be a little bit of a drag. However, Korea does have a fairly interesting prehistory, as it developed at an alarmingly quick rate compared to others, so I for sure had fun writing this one.
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4/9/2022

Today is the last day I have to do my requirements that I had left so I have a day off. This will probably be my last day of journaling so goodbye if you’re reading this. it feels really good to be done with this cycle because my baseball season has started a week ago so that’s going to be fun. 
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April 8

Spring break has finally started for me! This week has been very slow due to the fact I had tests all week, I plan on staying home this spring break and nothing special.
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Apr 8th

today is April 8th the first day of my spring break I will be going to arkansas on wensday to sunday to visit family and celibrate easter with should be very fun considering my papaw just had two new baby goats that me and my sisiter got to name so it will be cool seeing them for the first time
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4/8/22

Good morning I just woke up and it is 6:00 and I’m having a pep rally at my school today. So excited. :)
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Thursday

I had a good day today, watched the first two episodes of Moon Knight. My uncle has the premiere issue of the comic book from 1980. Other than that it was a usual day.
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Essays!

Finished some essays tonight, and also finished my book as well. After reading The Book of Hope, it is now one of my goals in life to be able to meet Jane Goodall. I would give anything honestly to be able to talk to her now if I could. I'm not sure what she would say or if she could even answer the only question I have to ask her, but I truly would love to even just meet her.
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Journal

Today I came back home from Breckinridge. It was a very fun trip. Tomorrow I have e-learning and then I leave for Florida to see my family I can wait
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I CAN'T WAIT!

Today is 4/7/22 Thursday. I can't wait for tomorrow I wake up at 7:30 for the flight. Today I had an adrenaline rush at sparing.
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4/7/22

Today I finished my last two essays. I got some homework but I finished it. I then played gorilla tag on my vr for a while.
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Apr 7th

today I had two tests and I visited my Mamaw in the hospial and started on finishing up any eaasays I have't done or anything else I need to do
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Day Off

Our school trip that we were supposed to have to Charleston got cancelled. So instead now, my class gets days off for the rest of the week. Also, were doing activities during those days. Tomorrow I will be going to Carowinds with my class so that will be fun.
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Journal

Today I went skiing in copper mnt. It was really fun. I did some jumps on hills and went really fast down the mountain.  
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April 6 2022

I keep thinking it's still March. The months are coming by so fast. I am finishing up the last units of Calc and Bio. That means AP exams are coming soon. yikes.
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Wednesday

I had a good session with my mentor today and I completed some school work...all the usual stuff. I did get a new phone that I'm really excited about.
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Wednesday 4/5/22

My son and I are revamping our garage into a small gym. So, after work today I painted the interior. I did my usual requirements throughout the day but did not go to King Tiger. I will be there tomorrow, Friday and Saturday though. 
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4/6/22

Today I had no homework which was great. Had a whole afternoon. I did self defenses on four red belts  surrounding me. It was fun. I haven’t posted in a while and I did today and I realized I finished all of my requirements. YAY :)
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April 6

Today in school, I had to replicate famous paintings throughout history in art class. The one that I got was called Le Therapuete by René Magritte who was born in Belguim.
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Spring Break Is Near!

Today is 4/6/22 Wednesday. I cant wait for spring break I'm going to Grand Cayman A Island with white beaches and super clear water.
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Another Rainy Day

It was a good day for sleeping but I had a lot of work to do. I'm looking forward to the end of the semester.
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April 5

When I came home from school today, I went to my piano lesson and then re-read a book that I enjoy
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Tuesday 4.5.22

It's been a moment since I have had a journal entry. It was an good thought somber weekend with my family. On Friday we visited my 91 yo mom who was asleep for most of our visit. She suffers some dementia and her body has weakened from lack of nourishment. She still recognized me and my wife giving us her beautiful smile. On Saturday we laid my father's ashes to rest on what would have been his 94th birthday. He is buried in the veterans' section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh NC. The ceremony was quite nice and the weather was perfect. Everything was befitting his grace in life. My siblings & I hosted a nice reception afterwards at Poole'side Pies. The staff did an amazing job. I highly recommend their establishment. Blessings to all of you. Hug your family. Visit family and friends every time you have a chance. 
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Journal 27

Today we had field day plus, I got to run 3.5 miles so that was nice. I plan on helping out class and doing more requirements.
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April 5

Over the weekend my Robotics team won our competition and now we are going to the states this weekend. I was the mascot and it was really fun I got to meed and talk to a whole bunch of people and take and see some amazing things.
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Journal

Today I went to vail for the first time. It was amazing I already have advanced to skiing on the blue hills. It was an amazing and very tiresome day with the requirements and the skiing.
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Trip coming up

In two days most of the high school will be leaving on a trip for Charleston. With this notice, it seems like all the teachers decided to quickly cram in as much assignments as possible. Since the school year is coming to an end, things are going to get a little disorganized as we will be having more events happening.
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April 4

Today I had a test in school that will continue for another three days. When I got home today, I left for a mentor session and for leadership credit one.
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Black Belt Essays

I'm so glad I got one more essay to complete. I'll have that done in the next two days. It was really stressful having homework and essays to do.
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4-4-22

Today I did not go to school since I was sick, I am trying to catch up on work now.
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Cutouts!!

I made so shirt cutouts for the gym today and I am absolutely in love!! I missed chest and tri’s yesterday so today I hit back, bi’s, chest, tri’s and shoulders and I did it all in my new cutout. Probably the absolute sickest pump I’ve ever had. I also did a lot of research on dieting as well just make sure I’m getting all the vitamins and nutrients I need. I realized there’s vegetables that that I really need to start eating so honestly, regardless of taste, I’m just gonna start scarfing down everything.
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April 2 2022

Today I am journaling quite early, but today mainly I attended the instructor's camp, it was quite eventful and there were a lot of people
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My Favorite Mile

Running alone isn't bad, but it isn't as enjoyable as running with others. When I run alone, usually I don't have a lot of motivation, and it feels more like a chore that I'm forced to do. Today for PE we had to run. But unlike running my miles by myself, I had my friends surrounding me. It felt so much better and I enjoyed it a lot better. Having people around changes the mood and makes you see the activity differently. 
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Journal

Today felt like it was a month. Do you ever have that feeling right before you go in an exciting trip and the day before just takes for ever. That is what I feel like right now for me. I have an early plane ride so I going to sleep earlier than usual m. I can’t waste for tomorrow.
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Fridays Are Awesome

Today is 4/1 Friday. I wake up and go to school a lot of pranks I tell you. Once I got to TKD I Played with 1 of my friends he said they had a "Flood Drill" no one knew how to do it the teachers said to get on top of the desks and the school later Said it was a prank.
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march 31

-today was pretty laid back, did mobility and flexibility stretches, did a mentee sesh, and then picked up my brother from his field trip.
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Rainy day

It was a rainy and windy day. It was the perfect day for sleeping in but I had work to do. Also, I had a good time at sparring today. I plan on checking out that new show Moon Knight.
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Journal

Today I woke up with my throat hurting a little bit. Once I got father through the day I took a allergy pill and it cleared up my throat. At first I thought it was strep. Nothing else out of the ordinary.
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Mar 31st

Nothing Special today exept having to run errands with my dad and going to school 
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School

I did well on my last test in Art History. I think meeting with my teacher really helped because this class is difficult. I'm gonna try to keep up the good work.
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March 30

Today felt like a Friday. But sadly it is not. It's almost Friday though. My requirements are all almost at their goal ! Sparring is what I am worrying about :0. Hopefully, I get some credits for it at the instructor's camp! Goodnight
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Wednesday 3.30.22

Interesting day. All went well in the normal scheme of things. Work was good. Things are good at home and with some requisites. However, everything is pretty much white noise as my 91 years old mother's health is failing. 
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Journal

I am trying to mix my essays for king tiger with my essays for school. It is extremely hard to do this though. I am now going to watch tv and read a book later.
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March 29th

Hello , I have finshed all my work for once and all that is left is to study for my book quiz tomarroe. I will read my book now until I get too tired, Goodnight
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Andes!

I went and got some ice cream at Andes today, and once again, I had the greatest thing in the world. However, I cant reveal the identity of this secretly amazing order, but let me tell you, there is nothing on this planet that is better.
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Tuesday

I finally completed my typography assignment. It was the usual day of requirements and I am still working on essays. It has been a difficult semester going to school and having the black belt cycle, but I'm almost there. Going to the movies has been one of the things to take my mind away from the stress.
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Journal

Today I woke up earlier than normal because I want to get in a routine. I finished school then went to McDonald’s for ice cream because my carpool was in a good mood. I went to the weapons class for the first time in a while.
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THE END IS NEAR!!!

Today is 3/29/22 Tuesday. I cannot believe how much time is left on cycle i'm exited and nervous at the same time.
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Monday

I feel tired but I'm trying to make it through the semester. Ben & Jerry's always makes it better.
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Close to the end

Todat during a class, one of our teachers informed us about how the end of school was going to look for our class. Since this is my last year of high school, a lot of things are going happen in a short period of time. April and May are going to be months full of activity for me.
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Monday 2.29.22

Whew, it's been a busy two days on the job. I did manage to walk 3 miles today though. Another busy morning tomorrow and then things should lighten up a little. Looking forward to being at KT LKN tomorrow evening. Keep trucking everyone! 
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3/28/22

Today is my first day of school from spring break. I got two essays done. 1. Community Service 2. How can I apply Tae Kwon Do too my life. I had a lot of homework. Did all of my requirements and ready for tomorrow. I also had some meat loaf for dinner witch was amazing. :)
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Teacher work day

Today is 3/28/22 Monday. I wake up eat and get to TKD I get there late at the park and play football then take class and later play.
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Mar. 28

Today was a teacher workday so I plan on staying home the whole day doing nothing.  
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Journal - Day 60

Happy Monday Everyone! Great job everyone on the written and physical test. The finish line is in sight. I am sore and very tired. Today is a teacher work day for us and no school. Have a good day!
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Back on the Grind

It’s been about four weeks since I even thought about playing a single game and now I’ve decided since I had lot of time today I would play some more Destiny again. Had a really good workout at the gym, today was a pull day so I hit back and bi’s but I also hit shoulders because I missed them yesterday.
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Mar. 27

Today I took a day to rest. I spent the day with my brother and friends and had a great time. The written scores had come in and I think it was a pretty nice score in my eyes.
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Helping

Today I helped a friend move out of his house. Me and group of other people, helped carry out boxes and furniture into the back of a u haul truck. It took us an our and a half to finish and we all had a good time together.
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Sunday

I was able to rest a little more  then usual. Today was a good day.
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Journal

Today I woke up very sore because of the physical test yesterday. I finished my requirements in the afternoon when I got home from hanging out with my friend. Sadly my allergies are back.
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3-27-2022

Today I am tired because I worked really hard on my physical testing and then stayed up late. I’m proud of myself and will be working on essays today. I don’t have school on Monday so I will have extra time to do my work. 
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Physical Test!

Did way better on my four miles today then I did the first time; improved my time from 34:55 to 32:33. My pull-ups and didn’t really change and everything else went up a little bit.
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Saturday 2.26.22

Well, this was a fun day. Physical and Written Tests in the morning; worked at Epic Fort Mill in the afternoon and evening. All went well. My knee behaved itself, even doing Burpees. Not a bad day. 
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Journal

Today was the written and physical. It was both fun and nerve racking. I am very happy because I got a 102 on the written test.
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Leg day:(

To be honest, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a serious love hate relationship with leg day. As much as I love making my legs bigger and stronger, the pain it brings to me is insufferable. Today was a fun, yet very painful day.
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Friday 2.25.22

Well, that was a Friday that tried to behave like a Monday. Multiple Call-outs at work. We made it a good day anyway. Finished the day with BB Class and dinner with Jack at Yoshi's. Time for rest for tomorrow. See everyone in the morning. 
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March 25

I am doing my journal early today because I have quite a bit of work to complete when I get off school. I wish you all a good day and good luck on the physical + written exam tomorrow.  
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Thursday 2.24.22

Seems like our days are 'Wash, Rinse, Repeat" lately. Had another good day at work, a good session at 9 Round Huntersville, a fun night at King Tiger that included Sparring Class and then home for dinner and studying for our written test on Saturday. 
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march 24

I sneezed so much today, allergy season ))):  I am doing Homework right now, I probably won't get enough sleep but ill make it up tomorrow night.
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Thursday

I'm tired. I got some studying done. That's all for now. 
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Journal 26

Today I finished my last essay and exicited for the test on saturday.
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