How I Lost 15lbs And Then Put It All Back On

It’s an old story – man starts working from home and gains weight. Man decides to lose weight and succeeds. Then man puts it all back on again. But wait, there’s a twist! What if you lost fat and then put on muscle? That’s what I did, and this is how I did it….

A few of you may know the Andrew (from We Build You Blog) and I have been on a quest to become healthier while working at home.

Back in 2006 when I was working in an office in a 9-5 job I was pretty fit. I was playing football/soccer twice a week, going to the gym and walking at least five miles every day in total to and from work.

Then my life changed

I moved to the US and started to do what many people reading this will be doing – working from home. I thought I knew how big the change would be business-wise. Boy, was I wrong.

I was now doing what I always wanted to do – working for myself. That meant that every minute counted, I was working alone without direct personal interaction with other colleagues, and being my own boss meant I could control how I spent my time, which often meant working very hard for long hours.

However there was one unanticipated consequence – my health.

I’ve never been fat, I’ve never even been technically overweight, however my body shape was beginning to tell a different story. I went from doing a great amount of exercise to doing almost zero.

My commute is about 20 yards and once I start working I usually get into “the zone” where I don’t get out of my seat for hours at a time.

Time is money and when working for yourself this is even more acute. Deciding between an hour of exercising or an hour of working becomes almost no choice at all – working won every time.

As time went by, my belly began to extend and a double-chin developed. My arms thinned out and I generally did not have much energy to do anything but work. My family became concerned about what this sedentary lifestyle was doing to me.

Time for a change

Early in 2010 I thought I would start doing some more exercise, and for a while tried to get my body back into the routine of doing some exercise. A great client of mine provided me with an exercise plan which included more walks and some basic, beginner exercises, but as work got busier again in the next couple of months, time became less and less available and the thing that got pushed to the side once again was exercise.

I thought the day after my 33rd birthday would be a great time to start a proper exercise and diet routine. I did some research, discussed exercise, food, and time management strategies with Andrew and talked over my plan with my wife, who, frankly, was delighted with the idea. We share the cooking so the “diet” and nutrition plan was great with her, and so in mid-April the change in my lifestyle began.

Today as I write this it is almost exactly eight months later and the change is pretty astounding.

I won’t tell you it was easy, because it still isn’t. The plan isn’t finished, and never will be, but with no false promises, no hyperbole, no PhotoShop, I can tell you, if I can do it, you can too.

The results

Back to the headline, I now weigh the same as when I started. However I first lost 15lbs of fat, getting down to a weight I hadn’t seen since my early 20’s. Then I guess I must have put on 15lbs of muscle, as it’s definitely not fat!

Don’t believe me? Want to see my progress? Check out the 30 second video below of me (and my man nipples…):

My motivation partner Andrew has lost 25lbs! You can read about how Andrew and I did it here:

A Quick & Easy Guide To A Healthier Working From Home Lifestyle

It’s free, with no affiliate links and nothing to sell you.

20 thoughts on “How I Lost 15lbs And Then Put It All Back On”

  1. Awesome transformation there Joel. Great to see you got the motivation you needed to get you back on the ball. It really is harder to motivate yourself from home and i’ve recently started getting back on the treadmill and becoming active again while watching calories.. Really makes a difference.

  2. Way to go Joel! You and Andrew are definitely inspiring my own efforts. It’s somewhat easy to change the diet, but getting myself to exercise (and especially in the winter) is much harder. But I gotta do it, so I’m going to do it.

    1. Thanks Amy! Motivation is very hard, that’s why I had to create my own home gym, so there’s no excuse for me not to go into the garage, even if it is cold!

  3. I went from a retail job where I was on my feet all day long – to an office job – to working for myself. I was able to keep some activity in my life with college, but once I graduated, it all went downhill. And now I’m the mother of a newborn, which means I just spent the last year being pregnant. I’m eager to lose all this weight, but I find the lack of energy and time keep me from accomplishing this difficult task. Need the motivation and determination (work tends to use those up).

    Great job Joel!

    1. Thanks Keller! It’s a very common story, a combination of the body slowing down and less exercise it gets to us all. Making time with a baby and getting the energy is going to be difficult but if you want it enough then it’s possible for everyone. I keep saying it, but if I can do it, anyone can, I have the least willpower to resist food and TV than anyone I know. The ebook teaches you how to make time too 🙂

  4. Looks like you are doing something that works well for you. I congratulate you! Look forward to seeing and knowing more.

  5. I ran a 10K at the weekend and have just looked at the photos of me by the course photographer. Mr Blobby! I will read your book and follow your progress with interest!

  6. Love the video, Joel. You are a braver man than me!

    My 25 lbs loss was pure fat and I have still got a little way to go. I’d like to lose another 9 lbs or so. I just have to push myself a little harder and train for a bit longer.


  7. Congratulations Joel! Looking very ripped there 🙂 I was going to download your guide, but I’m expecting to lose seven or eight pounds in a few weeks, hopefully overnight 🙂


  8. Looking good Joel. Guess i better get that guide for Steve. He lost 50 pounds, but has put on about 25 again. Got your guide and see what we can do. Thanks

  9. Joel, you are not alone.

    I am not overweight either.

    But strange shifts are occurring!

    Guess it is time for a New Years Resolution!

    Thanks for sharing your story to inspire us.

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