Inspirational Video: Running Down 120 Pounds

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9/22/2010 12:00 AM   :  321 comments   :  29,009 Views

Just when I was racking my brain for a new blog topic yesterday, one found me. SparkPeople member LIQUID11 contacted me to share a YouTube video that he said was "the most inspirational story ever."

Okay. I'm listening.

In the homemade video, a regular guy named Ben shares his struggle with increasing weight, depression, and a moment of clarity: deciding to change his life. I don't want to say too much more about it here. Just go ahead and watch it.

If you have trouble viewing the embedded video player below, watch it on YouTube.



Ben's video is more than a rah-rah story that makes you feel like you can do it, too. It also shows how there's more to exercise than burning calories and there's more to weight loss than simply looking better, landing a date, or donning a two piece. What a powerful way to help others "get" these concepts—ideas which often take a long time to discover on your own, no matter how far along you are in your own weight loss journey. So let's thank Ben for sharing his amazing story and congratulate him on running down his dreams.

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  • 271
    Made me tear up! Thank you for sharing, it is def an inspiration! Good for you BEN! - 9/24/2010   4:16:06 PM
  • SPUNKYCHRISTINE
    270
    That was beautiful. I love that people share their inspirational stories. - 9/24/2010   12:03:39 PM
  • CATHAG78
    269
    I used to run but have gotten away from it (my knees really bothered me after one downhill skiing trip) but Ben has inspired me to try again...if he can start slow and run successfully with all that extra weight on his joints, I can start slow on a padded track and re-establish the habit and strengthen those muscles around my knees. That'll help me shed the 25 pounds I need to drop and get my heart in better shape. Thanks, Ben - you rock!! - 9/24/2010   10:58:10 AM
  • 268
    Granted, Ben is pretty inspirational, but what about that dad of his, wow! He did everything Ben did carrying an extra 25 or so years. - 9/24/2010   10:36:45 AM
  • 267
    What a great video; very moving (sorry about the pun) and inspirational... it brought tears to my eyes. - 9/24/2010   10:19:06 AM
  • 266
    Wonderful.. and very inspirational!! - 9/24/2010   8:39:07 AM
  • 265
    Oh god - great photos and commentary, amazing accomplishments, set to one of my favorite, heart-ripping songs. Thank you for posting. I'm 26 lbs from goal and I CAN DO IT. :))))))))))))) - 9/24/2010   8:37:04 AM
  • 264
    Amazing journey--thank you for sharing the video. - 9/24/2010   7:18:28 AM
  • 263
    What a wonderful story! Inspiring, heartbreaking and heartwarming--I'm newly inspired to keep on keeping on! Thanks so much for making this available to all. - 9/24/2010   5:28:38 AM
  • SUSANGO123
    262
    This video was great! I can totally relate to Ben and getting off that couch and putting down the food to just do it. Love, love love the video! Thanks for posting. - 9/24/2010   4:53:07 AM
  • 261
    This was great and shows that it all starts in your mind. Your self talk. This blog was right on time especially because I am finishing my last day of bootcamp in three hours with a timed mile. I want to become a runner so badly, now I realize I just need to do it. - 9/24/2010   2:34:34 AM
  • CHALKONTHEBAR
    260
    I sat here and watched the video, then got so caught up in his blog. Ive been where he was, i want to be where he is. Thank you for introducing me to someone who has honestly changed my life. I have walked a quarter marathon, and be cause of my weight have only drempt of running one. Yet here is a man who was heavier then me accomplish EVERYTHING i want... Thank you. - 9/24/2010   1:30:57 AM
  • 259
    That rocked dude. - 9/23/2010   11:10:38 PM
  • 258
    Great video- so glad you have turned your life into what you want it to be, and that you're happy! Thanks for sharing. - 9/23/2010   9:20:01 PM
  • 257
    awesome - 9/23/2010   8:51:42 PM
  • 256
    Amazing video!! Always inspring to see someone fight for what they wanted and find in.
    thanks - 9/23/2010   8:38:18 PM
  • 255
    I've always wanted to get out and run but I have a herniated disc in my back and can throw my back out of whack just by every day things like vacuuming. I'm not even allowed to walk right now or use a treadmill due to hip problems. I long to get out there and do things like that! - 9/23/2010   7:42:50 PM
  • 254
    Very very inspirational. WOW!!! - 9/23/2010   7:41:44 PM
  • 253
    I have never been a runner. I have been walking 3.5 miles a day. The past 2 weeks I started jogging and can tell a big increase in energy. I needed this inspiration. Have real bad shin pain, but I am doing ice packs at night. Thanks for the encouragement this story came just in time. I not giving up on jogging just going to work through the pain and by next year I will reap the results.
    Thanks!!!! - 9/23/2010   6:33:15 PM
  • 252
    what a wonderful, wonderful story, kinda renews your faith in yourself and that those far away goals are within your reach - 9/23/2010   5:38:30 PM
  • 251
    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Way to go, Ben. You shine a light for all of us... - 9/23/2010   4:27:05 PM
  • 250
    One word--WOW! - 9/23/2010   4:23:06 PM
  • ZACKSMOM7
    249
    Awesome Thanks for sharing!!! - 9/23/2010   4:20:20 PM
  • 248
    This got me all teary eyed. Very inspirational! - 9/23/2010   4:08:03 PM
  • 247
    Awesome! This had me smiling from ear to ear! Thank you for sharing your story, Ben! You are such an inspiration! - 9/23/2010   3:57:50 PM
  • 246
    Awesome! Thanks for passing on the inspiration, Ben. You're beautiful, man!! - 9/23/2010   3:48:12 PM
  • 245
    Not sure where you did your Iron Man but my brother did one in Idaho--I cried when I watched him finish! You dedication is apparent--one year for a VERY big change. Good work! - 9/23/2010   3:44:24 PM
  • JADESSUN
    244
    Thank you for sharing Ben!! I've always wanted to become a runner and you have really inspired me. Your story is awesome!! - 9/23/2010   3:41:43 PM
  • KAITLYNSNAMMY
    243
    Thank you dear Ben for sharing your story and for the wisdom recording your journey with the awesome, inspiring photos and then this video.

    What are my reasons for my journey? Simply to live out the rest of my life in the most healthy way I can. - 9/23/2010   3:34:24 PM
  • -SHE-WOLF-
    242
    OMG!!!!
    The whole time i watched this video i had goosebumps pop up from the end of my toes to the top of my head. The transformation is astounding!!!!!
    I'm in total awe and very, very, very much inspired, there are even tears in my eyes, i feel ummmm, awe struck. Wonderful video for me to watch after getting back into my Kettlebell training. - 9/23/2010   3:29:19 PM
  • 241
    I saw this video the other day when a friend of Facebook posted it! I even wondered if he was a member of this site! Glad to see the video featured here. - 9/23/2010   3:13:13 PM
  • TAMANI2
    240
    Thank you for sharing your awesome journey with us--you are truly an inspiration - 9/23/2010   2:31:36 PM
  • SUGARSMOM2
    239
    read and believe . dreams can come true . - 9/23/2010   2:27:20 PM
  • 238
    I'm ready to run! How inspiring!!!! - 9/23/2010   2:14:01 PM
  • 237
    Reading the comments, I thought, "I'm going to watch this, but oh, brother, what if I start crying at work?" But all I did was smile. What a nice story, Ben! I hope he's reading these comments! - 9/23/2010   2:05:37 PM
  • 236
    what an inspiring story, Ben! i am moved to tears! seriously you made me wanna do better for myself. congratulations and thank you for the inspiration :) - 9/23/2010   1:53:49 PM
  • 235
    So beautiful, thank you for sharing that. I have recently just started running and this was the perfect thing to help me know/realize that I can do it. Thank you!! I want to start crying now.... :) - 9/23/2010   1:51:49 PM
  • 01MELISSA1
    234
    I am so so proud of you, I want you to know that I have set myself a goal to be able to run a mile before Christmas and to loose 20lbs or more!! And this is a sure sign that if you did it, their is no reason why I can not do it or anyone else.. What a great job you have done keep up the good work. :) - 9/23/2010   1:44:21 PM
  • KITTEN19871
    233
    Yes, This did bring a tear to my eye! What a inspiration. - 9/23/2010   1:33:09 PM
  • 232
    What an inspirational story. I love how the video captures the whole journey. Congratulations to Ben! He's quite a cutie :) - 9/23/2010   1:30:20 PM
  • MJR1BABE
    231
    Your so inspirational and the video is great! Happy Life Ben! - 9/23/2010   1:22:01 PM
  • 230
    Awesome! - 9/23/2010   1:01:58 PM
  • LINDAC417
    229
    I'm with so many of the others....I got tears in my eyes watching this. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing. - 9/23/2010   12:52:42 PM
  • 228
    That was absolutely beautiful!! - 9/23/2010   12:47:06 PM
  • 227
    Really an inspiration. Thank you so very much. - 9/23/2010   12:46:02 PM
  • 226
    Your Story is just to Wonderful not to Share, way to go Ben, way to go :)
    You ROCK - 9/23/2010   12:30:25 PM
  • 225
    Thanks for sharing! Very inspirational!!! - 9/23/2010   12:23:14 PM
  • ROSEMARDORF
    224
    I got teary eyed watching the video. Good for you Ben!!!! You are amazing!! Happy for you!! What an inspiration your story is!! Thank You for sharing!! So glad you are happy!! - 9/23/2010   12:13:46 PM
  • LAURAWILLBEFIT
    223
    Brought tears to my eyes too!
    Gave me goosebumps!
    This is going into my favorites.
    Love it, thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Your such a inspiration to me!
    - 9/23/2010   12:13:16 PM
  • MENDYLEW
    222
    omg, that was just what I needed, some inspiration, I've been walking since July 6, 2010. I get a little discouraged at times because my weight doesn't want to go down, but I hang in there, and just continue to walk. I've always wanted to participate in a marathon and I've signed up to walk in a 5K next month thru Race for the Cure Komen organization. I'm excited! - 9/23/2010   12:02:58 PM

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