about ben

My name is Ben Crosby. I am an average dad living outside of Boston, MA. I have a wife, a daughter, a son, and a dog (a massive dog). I do have a full heart and a love for life. My true passions surround being a dad, getting outside, mountains, water, skiing, photography, music, being active, and cooking for my wife.

When I started this blog, I did not want it to be a weight loss blog, but a blog about being ‘better’ in all facets of my life. The truth is, my weight and my health are the top priorities that I need to tackle in my journey to being better. I can work at betterment in all areas, but there is a focus and need to work on my weight.

I have always been overweight. Throughout my entire life it has been a struggle and something that has plagued my ability to realize my potential. When I say potential, I do not just mean a target weight, but the ability to live the life my mind and spirit wants to live. Whether it was being ridiculed and mocked as a young boy, or having my body hinder me from doing the joys my mind and being wanted to pursue, weight has been a drag. I have lost weight, and I have gained it back. I have tried things that worked, and gained it back. I have been super motivated and I have given up. Thankfully I have a solid faith and a rock solid wife to help me realize my self worth. This background leads me to now.

In November of 2019, my wife purchased a scale on a black Friday sale. I stepped on the scale and was shocked. I have always been overweight but was not anticipating seeing the number 343.2 lbs. I had been living in denial about the fact that I did not maintain consistency in my activity and I ate my emotions. Because of this I decided to get real and consistent, to hold myself accountable, and to share with others my journey and other ways I am trying to be a better Ben.

This journey has been full of ups and downs. I have lost 65 pounds, gained 40 of those back, run new races, biked longer distances, and dealt with emotional struggles. Through it all I have learned that I am here to share and to help others as well. Not as somebody who has conquered a betterment journey, but as somebody who wants to help everybody else (along with himself) conquer goals.