Inspirational Video: Running Down 120 Pounds

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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thanks for sharing Report
That's a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! Report
wow. fantastic Report
it almost makes me want to run. Report
What a great story. I look forward to seeing my goals accomplished as well, by the help of God. Report
Thank you for sharing! Your video moved me to tears and made me realize that we all have to start somewhere and it also caused me to stop feeling sorry for myself and keep moving. You are such an inspiration and it was nice to see that you had a great support system. After watching your video, I will try harder to be better. Be Blessed! Report
Thank you so much for posting this. I was crying at the end of it...very inspirational and good to see you happy now Ben :) Report
I typed in inspirational running videos because, I want to do a marathon, and I found this page. I also found 2 more videos to get you off your butt. Enjoy!
Run with Noah
Running for My Existence
Both on YouTube Report
I have watched this video several times for inspiration. WTG.. Donna Report
This was a wonderful and inspirational video! It would be hard not to be affected by it. I, too, am glad you are happy! Enjoy your life! Report
This was a great video! I found myself crying as he wrote the distances he was running. It is SO amazing what the human body can do once the head gets out of the way. Report
You are such an inspiration. Awesome blog. Report
Just plain WOW!
Great job! Report
Wow, what an inspiration and an outstanding young man. Report
I should have had the kleenex handy.....THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS! I am so happy for Ben! Report
Ben is the son of one of my daughter's teachers. He is coming to their high school to give a 3 hour talk next week. I AM SO EXCITED. This is an AWESOME family, and are such inspirations!! Report
What an insparational video! I was crying when I saw you cross the finish line with your father and brother. You give me hope that I too can run that first 5K without stopping to walk. Good luck in your life. Report
Ben, that was such an inspirational video. The song you chose fit it so perfectly. What an amazing journey you've had! Report
Ben, that was simply amazing... and ty for making me cry .. lol Report
Second time I have seen this. Still brings tears to my eyes. Way to go Ben. I'm glad your happy. You deserve it. Report
What an amazing video. I will use this everyday that I lack motivation to do what I plan to advance towards my goals. Running meant the world to me in the 80's and 90's. Kept me physically and mentally fit. Suffered an injury, and never got back to running. Now 80 #'s heavier, I have begun running again. Not as much fun as I remember, but I will get there one step at a time. Thanks for this video. Report
OMG I loved this sooooo much :) I had tears. What an awesome story! Report
I loved it and he is right if you want to do it JUST DO IT. Report
I am crying! It was so inspirational. Report
Wow what a story. Brought tears to my eyes. Ben you are an inspiration to all of us. Love and hugs.... Report
Incredible! Thanks so much for sharing this. I will watch it in times of need...does anyone know the title/artist of the background music? Report
A beautiful, touching, and well done inspirational clip. The hugs and smiles at the finish line are a perfect end. Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey. Kudos to you, Ben! Report
Thanks for posting this, VERY Inspirational!!! Report
wow, what a guy. love it Report
What a wonderful, inspirational story. Go Ben!!!!!! Report
WOW - this one deserves TWO WOWs!! Report
You rock Ben!!! Way to go and thank you for sharing! Never give up. Report
You are simply an amazing inspiration to us all! Tears are now rolling down my face in awe of your journey! Report
WOW! I had a lump in my throat watching it!! Report
Ben, you have truly inspired me to lose the 50 pounds that I need to. Thank you so much for posting your video. Blessings to you! Report
Nice Report
It was a great video showing that you can accomplish what you want if you want it bad enough. Thanks for sharing. Report
Awesome thank you so much for sharing!!! Very inspirational, and joined others with the tears. I think this is so real for many of us and at times we feel that we are alone, yet this video shows we aren't alone and if you keep at it, changes will happen. I was going to take the day off from working out because I'm feeling lazy, but I think I've just been inspired to do my scheduled workout and more today! Report
I am joining the good folks of Sparks who have tears, a smile and an inspired step to do it!! Thank you for sharing this amazing journey of yours. May you be blessed with good health; and it also looks like a new gal in your life too! Joy! Julia : ) Report
Great video. Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring us to keep on, keeping on. Report
Amazing and inspirational! Thank you Ben for sharing your story. Report
Pretty amazing. WTG Ben! Report
WOW!! This video brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing, very inspirational! Report
WOWZERS!! this is such a great clip. The music really spoke to me and it is very inspiring. It actually is making me think that I should 'just do it'!! I actually got goosebumps watching this and a few tears... Congrats to Ben! What a great model and inspiration for many of us! Report
I love that at the end of the video he says all you have to do is DO IT! We are always telling our children that anything is possible, you just have to want it and go after it! So true, Ben and thank you Nicole and Liquid11 for sharing and posting this video! Just the right inspiration to start my day, I am going to share this with others.
Awesome Report
All I can say is...........THANK YOU!
Truly awesome! Report
I love love love this. So inspirational! Report