Jenny Lynn Hatter is proud to say she lost 100 pounds … four times.
It wasn’t until she had weight loss surgery in 2015 that she was able to maintain the weight loss. “I thought the last thing I wanted to do was have weight loss surgery, but I knew it was my last shot,” she said.
Jenny Lynn had been overweight her whole life. She had “very bad joints and very good health.”
But she was aware of so many things that brought her embarrassment – going upstairs, sitting at ballgames, flying on an airplane.
“I loved to fly but I detested getting on an airplane,” she said. “The inevitable look you get from someone, who really is not trying to be ugly …”
She loves the water, but always hated going to swim. “I just hated the looks,” Jenny Lynn said. “Once, I heard a gentleman say, ‘oh my goodness.’ It hurt … it always hurt.”
So she would try the newest thing for weight loss, but inevitably the weight came back.
“One day, I was at my high school and an alarm went off,” said Jenny Lynn, chief academic officer at Harrison County Schools. “As an administrator, you kick into action. I went up the steps and I thought I was going to die.”
Her mind raced to these questions – “What if there is a real emergency? How am I going to help the students?”
She saw a commercial for the weight loss program at Saint Joseph East and signed up for a seminar. She knew she really had to listen and she would have to do her part. She had the surgery on a school vacation in 2015. She was told it would take two years to achieve her goal weight; she did it in a year.
Watch the video below to hear from Jenny Lynn Hatter.