A self-proclaimed workaholic, Aaron Leupp often worked over a 100 hours per week as he built his career. While he invested all of his time and energy into his work, he neglected his health.

His ran on little sleep and spent most of his time behind a computer. As his weight crept up, he tried fad diets and even went to the gym, but nothing seemed to work.

“I was over 310 pounds,” he told Men’s Health. “And never in my life did I think would ever get that big.”

At first, nothing seemed to work

As Leupp grew tired of feeling rundown and unhealthy, he took to YouTube, podcasts and spent hours researching different approaches to weight loss. However, despite his efforts, nothing stuck.

Not only did he want to feel better, Leupp also wanted to look better, so that he could feel more confident about getting back into the dating scene.

After many failed attempts, he wasn’t ready to give up so he tried again, and decided to drastically scale down his diet.

A motivating habit

Leupp started eating one meal a day, and only after he’d complete his daily workout—a habit he’s been able to maintain and that he says still keeps him motivated.

“Every day I wake up to check my emails to see if there are any fires or urgent matters,” he said. “If not then I go straight to the gym.”

Trust me, you find motivation quick when you’re hungry.

Over the span of one year, Leupp has lost over 100 pounds and has noticed his productivity go up. 

“I feel better than I ever have,” he said. “I have way more energy and have more confidence.”

He keeps track of his transformation

He’s been documenting his transformation journey by posting daily accountability photos online, which encourages him to keep going.

He hopes that by sharing his story, he can help inspire others to take action if they’re feeling stuck.

“I will continue to do this until I get fit and then for the rest of my life.”

We can all learn accountability

Aaron’s journey towards a healthier version of himself has taught him the power of accountability. Without it, the achievement of our goals, whether they are health or career related, would take a longer, more rocky trajectory.

Learning to make ourselves accountable means that we will depend on nothing else, no other person, to validate our progress and victories. We can start one step at a time and implement a system where we hold ourselves accountable for small things at first and then applying it to more significant projects.

Once we have mastered the skill of holding ourselves accountable, there is no stopping what we can accomplish.

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