A Brief Blog Profile: Ben Does Life
by Thomas Hynes
Ben Does Life is, as you may have guessed, a blog about a guy named Ben and his life. But, there's more to it than that. On Christmas Eve 2008, Ben's grandmother asked him if he was happy. The answer was no. He was not. He was, on the other hand, overweight and depressed. Having your grandma call you out can have a profound effect, it seems. The very next day Ben decided to turn things around. He was going to do life. This blog would be the public record of this transformation.
And by transformation, I mean just that. Ben has lost over 120 pounds since that fateful Christmas. Seriously. Just check out the before and after. He was able to pull this off by becoming a serious runner. The guy has run seven marathons and two ironmans since 2008. Though, at times, he did become complacent. He even quit gambling and got a book deal.
It's not to say that the story of Ben Does Life is an easy one. It's as though the deciding to make a change in his life was enough. He had to work at it. It's been a journey. And, hey look, it's great that he's lost all this weight and is more attractive to women. But what's really most impressive is that he's not depresesd any longer. What's most impressive is how he got his life back.