Ben Does Life: Losing 120 pounds, gaining so much more

Forgive me if I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I came across a story in this month’s Runner’s World magazine that struck me as one of the most inspiring personal stories I’ve ever read.

It’s all about Ben Davis, a 25-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., who after a lifetime of overeating — and dieting, exercising and losing weight, then putting it all back on again — decided once and for all to save his own life and commit to exercising and eating right as a way of life. It all started when his grandmother, over Christmas break three years ago, asked him a simple question: “Are you happy?”

Insisting that he was — but, at 360 pounds, knowing of course he wasn’t — Davis set about to change his life, and ever since then he’s been changing many others by sharing his story at the blog he set up shortly after that holiday, BenDoesLife.com.

Don’t miss his YouTube video, the one that’s been featured in the December edition of RW and highlighted by running greats Adam and Kara Goucher and actress Alyssa Milano on their Twitter and Facebook posts. It’s truly inspiring:

For more, check out the article in Runner’s World or read Ben’s blog.

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