Aaron Bleyaert Essayscorer

A gamer who shed 80 pounds (five stone) in a year has seen a blog post detailing the moving reason for his slim-down - the agony of heartbreak - go viral.

Michigan-born Aaron Bleyaert, who now lives in LA, and plays video games on TV with Conan O'Brien as part of the talk show host's Clueless Gamer segment, has seen his 'four easy steps' essay on how he lost weight become a surprise hit.

The personality, known on TV as 'Bley', has found support thanks to his brutal honesty, admitting that aside from the usual steps of cutting out booze, sugary drinks and big portions, a break-up is a sure-fire way to motivate you to get to the gym.

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Aaron Bleyaert shared his 'four easy steps' on how he lost five stone in a year on tumblr, and it's gone viral thanks to its brutal - and surprisingly moving - honesty

The Los Angeles gamer lost five stone in a year and decided to post his tips to 'answer everyone's questions' about how he'd lost weight and got into shape

He wrote in his funny, self-deprecating Tumblr post that he wanted to share his top tips to 'answer everyone's questions' about how he'd lost weight and got into shape by giving 'step by step instructions on how you can achieve everything I have…'

Starting off with a pretty standard 'no beer' rule, he explains, 'Every time you drink a beer, it’s like eating seven slices of bread. That’s a lot of bread!'

Next up is portion control where he advises readers who are eating out to immediately ask for half your food to be put in a doggy bag so you can eat it for two separate meals.

So far, so standard. 

But it's at step three that he throws readers an emotional curveball. 'Have your heart broken,' he writes. 

'And not just broken; shattered. Into itsy bitsy tiny little pieces, by a girl who never loved you and never will.' 

Aaron, who has also developed a following as a stand-up and web performer, then goes on to advise people to 'start going to the gym regularly' to help ease the pain of a break-up and 'try to forget her'.

Aaron learnt that his time at the gym was less about losing weight and more about learning patience and that 'things will eventually get better'

Step one - 'No beer' - and step two - 'Portion control' - are pretty standard, but then Aaron throws readers an emotional curve ball at step three when he writes: 'Have your heart broken'

Aaron shares intimate details of his pain when he sees that his ex-girlfriend seems to be happier without him after looking at her Facebook and Instagram posts.  

'She is having a great time without you, and you are wasting your life listening to Taylor Swift on repeat and making sweat puddles on a gym floor,' he writes

Things get worse when the ex gets herself a 'taller', 'more ripped', 'better looking' new man and 'parades him around' in front of Aaron. 

'That night, you deadlift your body weight,' he wrote.

After a time, though, Aaron's gym sessions start becoming more of a rewarding hobby than a means of escapism as he starts to notice changes in his body and begins getting compliments.

When he's out he starts getting hit on by 'gorgeous women'. But all he could think about was how he needed to beat his own running time.

Until...  

Aaron Bley appears on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show as the 'web guy' before his transfomation

'There is a girl you see a lot at the gym, who always does these weird leg exercises you’ve never seen before. 

'She’s beautiful.' 

After some considerable time Aaron finally gets talking to 'the girl who does the weird leg exercises'.

She asks him out (and the leg exercises are 'Pivoting Curtsy Lunges' by the way).

He starts seeing her a lot, both inside the gym and out - having cheat days when they eat out together and share a dessert.

 'There is a girl you see a lot at the gym, who always does these weird leg exercises you’ve never seen before

Then, before Aaron knows it, it's been a year since he joined the gym and he gets philosophical about how his gym time wasn't necessarily about reaching a goal weight, it was about patience and 'trusting that life will slowly inch along and things will eventually get better'. 

Finally, Aaron ends on a lighter note with step four: 'No fruit juice: Too much sugar!'

The humour and honesty in his words has helped the post sweep the internet and Aaron posted a 'thank you' on Instagram, saying: 'I can't tell you how much that means to me. This is all very overwhelming'. 

Meanwhile, his fans took to social media to praise his essay, with one commenter assuring him: 'What a great story! Something like that happened to me, except it was some years ago, sadly no one at that time used the gym as catharsis but I did meet the love of my life afterwards, we have that in common.'

An Instagram user called Estreana wrote: 'This is everything I needed to here at this exact moment. Thank you you wonderful beautiful man.'

And Sjackx added: 'I've been thinking about it all day since I read it - can't get it out of my head. So so powerful!' 

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Может быть, можно взглянуть? - Он встал и начал обходить круг терминалов, двигаясь по направлению к. Сьюзан понимала, что сегодня любопытство Хейла может привести к большим неприятностям, поэтому быстро приняла решение. - Это диагностика, - сказала она, взяв на вооружение версию коммандера. Хейл остановился: - Диагностика? - В голосе его слышалось недоверие.

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