"I'm not trying to impress nobody or nothing like that," Joe told MTV News. "I'm just trying to get healthy so I can be here for my family and take care of my kids and live the life that was intended for me to live, so it was crazy when I started getting all this attention. Two weeks from now, CNN is coming to my house, Sanjay Gupta, a big special, and all this attention is crazy."
Joe said he was 360 pounds when he started losing weight, and after finding himself at much-more-manageable 260 pounds a year later, he still wasn't satisfied. Initially, he wanted to lose weight because in the past year, several of his friends have lost their lives due to their weight. Joe recalled attending one of his friends' funerals and seeing himself in that position. He knew then it was time to make a change.
"I went to my friend's funeral in the Bronx, and he was just the funniest, coolest dude on earth," Joe recalled. "He's got a daughter, she's the same age as my daughter, and it just felt like I was there, and I could just see my family in the funeral and I was like, 'Damn, he left his daughter, and she's only 5,' " he explained.
"That was the wake-up call. Then I just jumped on that treadmill and started eating right. It's not rocket science: It's the same thing they keep telling you to do, you actually just have to do it."
Joe said he always asked God why he continued to bless him, despite his past and him not being a perfect person. And then he realized his weight-loss battle might be his calling. He hopes that he can inspire others to do the same.
"One of my boys lives in Detroit, he said he came out his building, he got two dudes that been the fattest dudes on the block forever, they have weights outside and was running around the block, and he was like, 'Yo, what's up?' and they were like, 'We on that Fat Joe wave!' "