By the time I made it home last night I could barely walk. I think I may have pushed myself a bit too hard. Yet, it was worth it. I passed what I needed to pass and am on my way to being able to focus on the final, five hour long, test.
This week I needed to pass two of the poomses (forms) that I have been having the hardest time with. They are also really hard on my knees when I do them over and over. Yesterday I ended up spending four hours most of it on practicing these two poomses. My poor kids were at the dojang (our school) from five to almost nine thirty at night. It will be the worst night with the exception of the actual test. I am happy that they are supportive.
Up to the last second I had to think about every move of the 6th form. There is a part that trips me up on which leg/arm to move. I messed it up right to testing (once) but worked through it to pass off the poomse. It was then that I knew the hard work was worth the effort. Without putting in the time I would not have been able to pull it off.
I have been having a bit of a hard time with body image lately. I am overweight. I know this and I cannot seem to change this. I eat fairly well and work out regularly (I mean four hours yesterday is a bit outside the norm of my two, but still). In my head I am the picture of grace. In reality I am no where close. I have to remind myself continually that it does not matter. I am out there on the mat, one of two adults testing this period, and that is all that matters. I know that when I earn my black belt it will be earned and not given.
I feel my body getting stronger. I see myself stretching further. With the exception of one knee that is not too thrilled with me right now, I made it through four hours of taekwondo without it being my undoing. I could not have done that even a year ago. So in part I need patience while practicing. Even if the weight never comes off I am doing right by my body.
After my first class (2nd hour of TKD)
When the day was said and done. The 846 minutes of exercise was an error. It should have been around 4 hr and 4 min instead. I could not get it to update.
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