Kathie Lee & Hoda: Joy’s Fit Club
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb introduced the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Jenny Hodges, who lost 212 pounds while going from 369 pounds and now weighs 157 pounds.
Jenny Hodges: Biggest Person In The Room
When she had a hard time being the mother she wanted to be to her children, Jenny Hodges realized she needed to do something fast. She used to weigh 369 pounds, but now she weighs 157 pounds. Jenny said that at 369 pounds, she was always the biggest person in the room. She always tried to make jokes about her weight and was always thought of as the funny fat girl with the pretty face.
She said when she became a mother for the third time in three years her weight really started to take a toll on her. It was very hard for her to take care of her children’s basic needs. She couldn’t bathe them in the bathtub because she couldn’t get off the bathroom floor from kneeling, so they got their nightly bath in the kitchen sink. She couldn’t get on the floor and play with them and it was a struggle to take them to the park.
In the summer of 2008, she fell in the backyard when she was attempting to play kickball with her kids. She couldn’t get off the ground and the kids had to run for Daddy, who rolled her on a blanket and drug her into the house. She was humiliated and scared. She knew she was going to leave her kids without a mother and no way was she going to let that happen.
Jenny Hodges: Woman on a Mission
She said she had to learn how to put herself first and leave the guilt of the past 37 years behind. She was a woman on a mission. Her weight loss has given her the confidence that she can do anything and her family is so proud of her, but more importantly she is proud of herself.
Joy Bauer: The Joy Fit Club
Joy said that Jenny allowed herself a treat after dinner every night, but she kept it consistent. She said that through people reporting and research, we know that if you don’t have a lot of variety in your diet it is easier to rein in your sweet tooth. Jenny’s go-to snack is a Greek yogurt pop. Joy said in Jenny’s past life she never cooked, but her husband taught her how to cook.
Jenny Hodges: The Reveal
She said it took 30 months to do it. She said it is amazing the things they can do now as a family. Jenny said she found exercises that she loves to do and then involved the kids. She looks great and good for her!