A very good friend of mine has started taking karate classes and it's making me think that I'd really like to do something like that again. She looks pretty badass in her gi and I know that stuff is a lot of fun. I think I said in one of my weight loss goals that I set myself the challenge that if I reach 250 pounds, then I'll go to one of the classes held in my local leisure centre. They have Jiu-Jitsu and I think they have karate too. I think I'd prefer karate but I'll probably take what I can get.
When I did tae-kwon-do when I was younger they were some great times. I enjoyed what I did and, more to the point, it made me feel pretty good about myself. I wasn't a big fan of exercise and rarely left the house, but once a week I put on my gi and walked up the road to the community centre where they held classes. For just a few hours a week I was mostly care free (I still got in trouble a lot for dodging instead of blocking) and I did something I enjoyed.
It also left me feeling pretty good about myself. Not only did I lose some weight, but I also managed to do a good job. I think I only did tae-kwon-do for a few months but I managed to earn my yellow belt. It felt even better because I did it by doing something I was terrible at; memorising. To earn a belt you have to perform a sequence of moves you have to remember perfectly. I was able to do that. I did something on my own that I could be proud of.
As I look back at that time in my life, and as I just read through this post, two things really stick out to me.
1) I really, really enjoyed my time doing that.
2) It filled me with a lot of things I could really do with in my life.
I think I'm still going to stick to my original goal and lose the weight before signing up, but once it's done I don't see a reason why I won't. Unless by then I'm still not really feeling confident about myself enough to even start something.