Jill Knapp loses 100 pounds and then gives hope to others living with type 2 diabetes

237 to 137

237 to 137

Jill Knapp loses 100 pounds and then gives hope to others living with type 2 diabetes

How I gained it: During my first pregnancy, I gained 50 pounds, and after childbirth, my weight gradually began increasing.

As with most women, I became busy with life and forgot the importance of taking care of myself. I was young, and my body didn't feel the extra 100 pounds I had gradually put on over the years.

I had bad eating habits, no time for exercise and no real desire to be healthy. Here are some stats...

Name: Jill Knapp

Age: 43

Height: 5'8"

Before weight: 237

Breaking point:I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy at age 37. I was having headaches after the pregnancy, and I thought it was from having a sick newborn.

Finally, at six months, I went to see the doctor to be checked for the headaches, and I found out I had put on 15 extra pounds. It was so depressing. I also found out I have Type 2 diabetes.

I was determined to get the weight off, and I did! My husband and kids mean the world to me. Being able to live a long life was an important factor and motivation to lose the weight.

In January 2008, I even broke my ankle after slipping on black ice, and I was still able to lose the weight -- my mind was made up that no matter what, it was coming off.

How I lost it:I logged my food, ate six small meals a day and had no refined sugar. Finding out I had Type 2 diabetes helped me have a paradigm shift in the way I think, and I did a lifestyle change versus a diet.

Five days a week, cardio mixed with weight training was my exercise routine. In January, I had a personal trainer sponsor me training sessions to get ready for the Mrs. Idaho pageant I did.

It was wonderful to learn from a trainer, and now I can do what she taught me on my own.

I did the Mrs. Idaho International pageant after losing a total of 100 pounds, she made the top 5 our of 18 beautiful ladies.

I am also now a public speaker, and I motivate others to lose weight. I am a diabetes advocate, and it brings me great joy to share my story with others -- and in doing so, I inspire them to "get up and get moving!"

After weight: 137
Jill has kept the weight off for 1 yr and 4 months.
Visit her at http://getupandgetmoving.net

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Nov 12, 2015
by: Darrel

I have to lose weight my dr said so I have been surfing the web to see how people with diabetes do it. Good job and it sound like I just have stick to eating right and moving.

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Thanks for sharing your story to us, this inspires us to persevere and take care of our health.

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Nov 20, 2014
Yes that is me.
by: Jill

Hi, It's me!! I just have make up on so my eyes stand out more. My glasses do make them look darker. Here is a video link so you can see them again. My glasses have a slight tint so I think that is why they look so dark.

Copy and put this link in your browser and you can see the video.

Happy Holidays,



Nov 13, 2014
How did your eyes go from brown to blue
by: Anonymous

That's not you in the before picture

Feb 08, 2013
this post gave me some good thoughts
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with type 2 a little while ago. I have been so down but this gave me some hope.

Dec 30, 2010
by: Jim Porter

I am losing weight and trying to get my numbers down. By Feb I hope I can be taken off of my meds. Very inspiring story.

Nov 29, 2010
by: Kelly G

I just read this story and wondered why its up a few times. ?? Anyway its great and you must be so happy the weight is off. My mom has been Ill with diabetes since I was very young. Bummer

Nov 23, 2010
class of your own
by: Ronald

OMG what an amazing transformation. Ty[e 2 sucks and I have it bad. Bet you have worked very hard.

Nov 22, 2010
Very moving
by: Jennifer Woods

I was so down today about my diabetes and weight. Loved this post. It really did give me hope that I am ready to do this.

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