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VIDEO: Running Down 120 Pounds

How Running Can Change Your Life

-- By SparkPeople Editorial Staff
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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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  • 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
  • JONIMP
    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
  • INDEPENDENCE714
    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
  • MISSY-SHELL
    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
  • Thank-you. Very inspirational! - 1/17/2014 9:30:03 PM
  • 826826
    Thank you for the uplifting video.
    - 1/14/2014 11:14:56 PM
  • What a great way to start my day! Truly impressive. You've accomplished great things and the video is just beautiful and very motivating. Thanks - 1/14/2014 6:50:54 AM
  • DRAGONFLYLADY63
    Ben, your vidio brought a tear to my eye. what an insiration you are. I am so happy for yoy. You have a great family also. - 12/2/2013 6:23:29 PM
  • Your story has truly inspired me to never give up!! Congratulations on accomplishing your dreams and more!!! - 11/23/2013 10:31:00 AM
  • CHOOSEYOURHARDD
    Life is certainly hard. The hardest things are often the ones that we do to ourselves. Fortunately, as Ben's video shows, the best things are also the things that we do to ourselves. How wonderful that his family was at his side for his journey. You really have to love someone a lot to go that kind of distance! Congrats to all! - 11/23/2013 10:22:52 AM