Hi, Ben here, and I’m on a mission to not be fat when I turn 42. To do that I’ve partnered with Profile by Sanford and I want to take you with me on my journey.

This may not seem like a big deal, but to me it was a major revelation. I am now able to bend over and pick up something.

OK, here's what happened. The other day I was playing Jenga with my daughter (I led the night 2-0 by the way). After the stack of blocks crashed the first time, one of the blocks fell off the table. It landed closest to me and as the rules of the house state, I had to pick it up.

In the past bending over to pick something up was a bit of a crises. Frankly I couldn't bend over at all. I'd have to do a squat/side lean thing to make it to the floor. If I tried to just bend at the waist my lungs would get squashed and the mass of flesh I had stored just above my belt would prevent movement.

Like walking more than a few hundred feet, having to get low and retrieve something had become almost more trouble than it was worth.

When that Jenga block hit the kitchen floor I mentally braced myself for the ordell of picking it up. But I quickly noticed that I was able to bend over and grab it. Quick, easy; down to the floor and grab it. No squishing. Hooray!

It was a small victory but, it was a tangible example of the change my body is going though thanks to Profile. That's the kind of experience that keeps my motivation up and drives me towards more victories.

Keep up with Ben's journey by bookmarking Ben's blog. Got a question or comment? Connect on Twitter or email at ben@hot1047.com.

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