(left) Ben, before losing 100lbs. (right) Ben, after losing 100lbs. AMAZING!
Let’s introduce Ben. He’s from Hobart, Indiana (Chicago border) and wanted to do something unique for New Years Eve 2012 so is going to Rio, Brazil. The most achingly hip place on Planet Earth to bring in 2013…and Ben’s heading there!
His friend had been hyped about Rio a while back and from living in the cold weather most of the year round (we all love Chi-town but c’mon, it’s freezing cold most of the year!), Ben wanted to go somewhere with a bit of heat and zap.
Now Ben had been to Pattaya, Thailand in 2010 as a graduation trip and had the travel bug. Yet since his finances were tight, international globetrotting was put on hold…until now.
He started snooping around at the Geographical Traveler book and like the idea of Rio so it stuck as a fast plan. He then heard about myTab.co (which publication??) and thought, hey-ho, this was a fantastic way to fundraise his travels since he, like most of us, were horrible at saving for a trip until myTab came along! Put it all together and Ben’s now saving for his trip to Rio. His world changed so much when he was in the Far East and really wants to encourage more people to travel, learn new languages, hop around the world, network with new global friends…and Rio’s giving him that extra edge in adrenaline to fulfill this amazing NYE 2012 dream to do this!
If he can get a friend to come with, then great (and he’ll even help the friend fundraise their trip) but Ben’s totally cool doing this alone. He’s already started checking into networking websites to see what’s going on in Rio in December and also started to network with travelers and locals (like Wayn). Ben’s also been dabbling around with the Top Ten book for the best things to do in Rio. 128 pages of 10 best everything! Here’s a personal top four Ben’s aiming for:
Take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain
Go to see the Metropolitan Cathedral
Eat in the Satyricon restaurant (uber cool Italian seafood restaurant)
Take jazzercise class on the beach!
Now this is the kicker – Ben recently lost 100bs (yes, 100). He was bullied at school so gained weight from the trauma (don’t even get us started on this topic – bullies are zero IQ cowards!). At the age of 20, when he was too out of breath to play with his nephew, he decided he had to take control and the weight started pouring off. It wasn’t an easy feat but he’s now only 40lbs off his ideal weight. Ben is a genius – brilliantly inspiring guy and so amazingly determined...we’re superfans of his!
So one of his goals when he reaches his -40lb is to go skydiving. We really hope he hits his goal by NYE because what’s better than going to Rio? Skydiving in Rio!!
We’ll be featuring an update on Ben in 3 months and also once his Rio trip is complete. We’ll also have pre & post photos of Ben as he reaches his ideal weight leading towards his trip. This guy is gonna be the fittest guy in Brazil by Dec 31st!! Want to chat with Ben? Tweet him!
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