Ben Dempsey

Empowering you to take action.

Empowering YOU to take Action

I live in metro Atlanta with my wife Elizabeth and son Chris. I’ve worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 14 years. In 2009, I hit 360 pounds on the scale and finally made the choice on 7/22/09 to take control of my life for the first time. Since that day I have completed many firsts: 10K, Half/Full Marathon, Triathlon and lost 160 pounds while finding myself in the process. My mission now is to help empower others along their journey and help end obesity.

5 Years ago I started my Journey to Defy The Plateau

Today 5 years ago, I weighed in at 360 pounds. In one year I lost 100 pounds. I have been able to maintain that loss for the last 4 years. My ultimate goal is to weigh 180 pounds.

It all started with the decision it was time to fight and find out who I was for the first time in my life. The journey has been amazing. Yes it had plateaus and success, but I am so grateful for who I have become because of it. Ben at 32 is a vast difference between where I was at 27.

My journey continues on to DEFY the plateaus in my life. I will keep fighting the good fight and find out what I am truly capable of.

DTP010: 5 keys to help you knock down barriers along your journey.

It is inevitable you will have barriers that will cause you to think the following:
I will never achieve my dreams.
I will fail.
I cannot do ________.
I will revert back to my old ways.
Nobody believes in me.
I am stuck and can never change my circumstances.
Everything above is a barrier. Yes you will fail. Times will be hard. But, you must press on towards the goal. Be brave and step out into the unknown and discover what you are capable of. 

Along your journey you will have barriers. For me I have found these 5 keys will help you not to be blocked in your pursuit.

  1. Start, Stop Waiting. When you keep waiting, nothing gets accomplished. Time passes and you become stagnant. If you want something, go get it. Take the first step today. Will you achieve your goal by tomorrow? Most likely not, but it’s a journey. We all have to start somewhere.
  2. Take the initiative. Nobody will do what you need to for you. You have to take the first step. Be intentional.
  3. Have an accountability group. Form a group of close friends/allies that will keep you in check. These people will give you the preverbal kick in the butt when you need it and also reach down to pick you back up when you fall.
  4. Lay out a game plan. If it’s not written down, it will not get done. Have a game plan that will guide you. Will it change, yes. But it gives you a blueprint for the path down unknown.
  5. Stay positive and identify your stepping stones. Their will be negatives along your journey that you will have to learn from and that’s ok. But, you need to identify your wins. These wins will provide you stepping stones to keep you moving forward my friends.

How have you attacked the barriers that have arose during your journey? Let me know in the comments section below.

DTP009: Are you addicted to soda? How to Win the battle in 3 steps.

After being addicted to  soda for the majority of my life, I knew that in order to have success I had to eliminate it. So I went cold turkey and never went back. 5 years in I give you 3 steps to help you win the battle:

  1. Try to cut soda consumption. Keep a log of what you are taking in for 3 days to get a nice idea of your patterns. See how much soda you are drinking and cut it in half the first week. Then gradually decrease it down to none. It’s going to be hard, but well worth it. Sodas have ZERO nutritional value.
  2. Drink more water. If you were like me, I absolutely despised drinking water. A drink without taste was not appealing. But, I knew that it would help keep the thirst down and help cleanse my system of the affects of soda abuse. Water is essential to good health. The Institute for Medicine suggests that men should take in at least 13 cups of water a day and women should take in at least 9 cups a day.
  3. Have an accountability partner. This is one of the most important keys to having success. Find someone that will hold you acceptable to your goal. To support and give you encouragement and constructive criticism along the way.
  4. The way I did it was hard. I went cold turkey because I knew that if I couldn’t overcome this huge battle, it would be hard to have true lifestyle change. I can proudly say that I haven’t had a soda in over 3 years. It has helped me gain traction with my weight loss journey by giving me early success to build on. I now have more energy and drink water 95% of the time.

Have you tried to eliminate soda from your diet? If so, how did you do it?