Here's a story for you guys. It may be a little long.
I am 5'7", and I weigh about 315 lbs. I've been heavy all my life, even as a kid. What can I say? I love to eat. Now, 315 lbs. might be a lot (OK, it IS a lot), but also know I've lost 40 lbs. since the beginning of January 2012, and I am not stopping there. I've been trying to get healthy for 5 years, with losses and gains, and this is the year that I finish what I started. This is the year I shed all this weight, put on a little more muscle, and accomplish what every overweight individual wants most: to be comfortable in my own skin.
But what made me want to train in parkour?
Around 2005 a couple of my friends saw some of the early parkour videos that had found their way onto youtube, and they were training hard. They showed me the videos, and instantly I was hooked. To overcome any obstacle, and see movement in a different way fascinated me. Stairs were meant to be run, ledges were meant to be climbed, and the world had suddenly become a big playground. That, and it looked like a lot of fun too. But back then I knew I was too heavy to do it, and it saddened me that I would never do a vault, or climb a wall. Hell I can't even do a damn pull up. It was depressing. It still is.
Then one day I thought... "Why couldn't I? What's really stopping me?"
And that's when I started looking at myself a whole lot more, and I didn't like what I saw. Who I was didn't define what I was capable of, and since then I've been sweating a hell of a lot more, lifting heavy objects, and knowing the path that I want to walk. And climb. And run. And jump.
That is what got me started training ladies and gentlemen. To overcome not just obstacles in my environment, but also obstacles within myself. To know that I am worth it, that I want something, to set my mind to it, and achieve it. I know I have to take baby steps in learning, and that I can't do very much yet with all this extra weight on my body, but once I shed this fat like a second skin, I'm gonna run, climb, jump, and never look back.