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VIDEO: Running Down 120 Pounds

How Running Can Change Your Life

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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  • WYATT18
    Thanks Ben- shed more than a few tears at this amazing video and story!! Wow- There is nothing "ordinary" about you. Well done !! - 3/22/2015 8:41:51 PM
    Wow! what an amazing inspiration to us all. Well done . - 8/13/2014 3:51:25 AM
  • SCOOTER001
    Thanks Ben! You went beyond bringing tears ,I cried . I needed motivation and it's hard to have it sometimes. Thant you I know it wasn't a easy journey. Good luck - 8/11/2014 11:56:50 AM
    Way to go Ben! You are truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing! - 6/4/2014 5:26:48 PM
  • Great article. I really hate running, but know it has the potential to help. My feet and knees hurt when I do it, but I'm thinking about getting a new pair of shoes and trying it again as I always sweat better and lose weight better when I do it. Currently back up to 316... - 5/13/2014 2:54:50 PM
    WOW, I love your story! You totally inspired me. So proud of you!! - 4/20/2014 2:33:18 PM
  • Thanks, Ben. I have a physical disability and sometimes get discouraged. Today I wanted to skip the gym but this reminded me that I work out in order to do all the other things that make life worth it. Journey, Hope and Love. - 4/1/2014 2:34:11 PM
  • Awesome Ben! I love running - 4/1/2014 12:32:49 PM
    I loved this. Thank you Ben for the inspiration! I'm going to keep reminding myself that if I want to do it, all I have to do is do it. - 4/1/2014 10:57:44 AM
  • Dang it sparkpeople! Your inspiring videos make me cry every time! - 3/5/2014 4:05:08 PM
  • RESTART1125
    Thanks Ben,
    Just like the others this made me teary eye as well. Thanks I can do this I got this!!! - 2/28/2014 6:49:17 PM
    You are amazing, Ben! Thanks for sharing your incredible journey! And, yes, it brought tears to me as well. Happy tears!! - 2/16/2014 12:02:26 PM
  • What an inspiration. Just Do it! Great video--made me think about the limits I've placed on myself by not trying. Thank you for reminding me anything is possible if I make the effort. - 2/10/2014 8:34:28 PM
  • Wow. This made me teary eyed. Great video. Thanks for sharing.
    - 2/10/2014 7:19:21 PM
  • Everytime I watch this my fears seem silly. I pledged to myself to run a 10 miler by March 15th of this year. If Ben made it happen I can do it too. - 2/10/2014 6:15:39 PM

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