Transformation takes time—and perseverance. Joe Scarmack certainly understands this; he weighed close to 500 pounds about eight years ago. Joe lost his young brother surprisingly, who weighed about 600 pounds, and then his mother less than two years later to diabetes. While grieving both he decided he didn’t want to lose his own life to the same issues, and started making healthier choices. Joe started with weight lifting and soon added cardio; then he adjusted his diet. Pounds began to melt away, and Joe felt better and better. Now many years into his lifestyle shift, Joe worked out more than 200 times in 2015 and has set an even higher goal for this year.
Follow Joe’s journey as he takes over the Anytime Fitness corporate Instagram account April 15-21, 2016!
Joe Scarmack, 42
From Farrell, PA | Married to Amanda
Gym: Hermitage, PA
Anytime Fitness Member since 2008
Trainer: Breanna Griffin
Favorite motivational quote: You get out what you put in.
Get to Know Joe
Primary Wellness Goal: “I don’t ever want to go back to being diabetic and want to better cope with disabilities I currently face.”
Struggling with… “The thought of going back to my old ways of eating with no way of stopping myself, or quitting on everything.”
Striving to… “Handle the cards I’ve been dealt in life and show others life doesn’t have to stop when dealing with any disability, whether physical or mental.”
Secondary Goal: “Work out 500 times this year. So far I’m ahead of schedule.”
People describe me as… “Motivational, inspiring, no quit, gym freak, go-getter”
Favorite piece of equipment: “Chest press. Personal best: 600 lbs, 3 reps.”
Least favorite exercise: “Elliptical”
Nutrition tip that’s worked for me: “Read the labels! If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Single digits and ingredients you can pronounce are good things.”
I’d like to add: “I’ve been doing this for my brother and mother. Not going to die young, weighing 600 lbs like him. I won’t let diabetes slowly kill me like it did her. 217 lbs lost. Diabetes is gone but unfortunately, the damage stays. Such a mental battle every day to get up in the morning and face the world, but I know at the gym I am the world. I’m thankful I have a great wife that has supported me through all the ups and downs the past 8 years. I think she is more upset I get to buy new clothes every six months because everything keeps getting too big on me. I don’t know where the rest of the journey is going to take me, but I know I’m not looking back at where I’ve been.”
Success Stories: When Weddings Inspire!
Weddings are supposed to be joyous times. But for many, the extra attention, special dress, and photo taking can be a definite stress. For these four Anytime Fitness members, a painful wedding moment was actually the impetus for weight loss and getting to a healthier place. They each shared their #MyAnytimeStory with us, completing the sentence “I knew it was time when…”. And they’ve made inspiring strides!
Rachel R. from Appleton East, WI
I knew it was time when… “I was asked to pay more for extra material when I ordered a bridesmaid dress.”
“In the past 2 years, I have lost 53 lbs, 21 inches all over, and 6 dress sizes. Jacole taught me about different movements to help tone and build muscle so that I can get the most out of my workouts. I have also found a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that includes better nutrition and a steady workout routine!! I like to tell people that my outside appearance now matches my inside perception. With patience, persistence, and perseverance, anything is possible!!!” [Pictured above: Rachel paddle boarding.]
Read Rachel’s full story.
Dawn E. from Phenix City, AL
I knew it was time when… “I saw the photos from my son’s wedding.”
“I was feeling sluggish, working in an office environment. I wasn’t getting the stress release needed… Since March 2015 I have lost 15 pounds, but the increase in energy has been awesome. Now at 50 I feel much younger, my clothes fit great and I am happy to have achieved another goal!”
Read Dawn’s full story.
Tara B. from Monticello, MN
I knew it was time when… “My wedding dress did not fit 4 months before my wedding.”
“I am now down ten pounds and feel better than I ever have! I fit in my dress and am happier when I look in the mirror. I used to be afraid of the gym equipment other than cardio machines. Now I am hardly ever caught doing cardio. I love lifting weights!”
Read Tara’s full story.
Betty F. from Fernley, NV
I knew it was time when… “I went to my son’s wedding and I looked so horribly fat, and it was so embarrassing.”
“I kept a goal for myself that if I lost a good amount of weight I would go to Hawaii with my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. We went to Hawaii on July 9th 2015. I wore a bathing suit everyday and loved my cloths. I liked having my picture taken for the first time in my life. I know I will be around for my children and grandchildren and that’s a great feeling!”
Read Betty’s full story.
Read more stories, and submit your own, at MyAnytimeStory.com.
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