Jill Knapp Went From Type 2 Diabetes to Beauty Pageants

by Jill Knapp
(Boise, Idaho)

This weight loss story tells how Jill Knapp, a young mother from Boise Idaho, used a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and other health issues as a wake-up call to take off the pounds. Jill started a dedicated campaign to lose 100 pounds and ended up changing her life... and others'.

Read Jill's inspirational weight loss story and how it led her to competing in beauty pageants and a new career as a motivational speaker! If this doesn't inspire you... then nothing will... Kathi, WLSS website owner

Jill's Story

Name: Jill Knapp
Age: 42
Height: 5'8"
Before Weight: 237

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.

Breaking point: I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy at age 37. I was having headaches after the pregnancy and just not feeling well; 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, which was even more depressing.

I was determined right then that I was going 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 on both sides after slipping on black ice; I had to have surgery and 6 screws put in my fibula. I was still so determined 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.

Four days a week, cardio mixed with weight training was my exercise routine. In January, I had a personal trainer to get ready for the Mrs. Idaho pageant. It was wonderful to learn from a trainer, someone who cared about me and saw the potential I could reach and I did.

I did the Mrs. Idaho pageant after losing a total of 100 pounds, and I made the top six out of 16 amazing women. I am now a motivational speaker to motivate others to lose weight and get healthy.

I am a diabetes advocate. It brings me great joy to share my story with others -- and in doing so, I inspire them to "get up and get moving!"

Visit my web site www.getupandgetmoving.net to get motivated today.

I have kept the weight off for 1 year and 4 months so far!


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Sep 22, 2010
by: cheryl

So inspiring. Over 50 and losing 50.

Jul 17, 2010
You CAN Do It!
by: Kathi

Thanks for your comments, Lilly. And congrats to you on what you've lost already. Please don't wait to publish your story here. You're already halfway there and it's not too soon to start celebrating.

Like you, I'm about halfway to my goal and I feel as though I've already succeeded, though I know I still have a ways to go.

Jul 06, 2010
Losing weight and Diabetes.
by: Lilly Bush- MO

I will send my story to you after I get my last 50 pounds off. I have type 2 diabetes and love this story. It really gives me hope. I have lost 63 pounds so far and have 50 to go.

My medication has been going down. My Dr. is very proud of me. Diabetes is a horrible disease and I hope to get to go off of my medication when I get the rest of my weight off. I am 49 and hope to meet my goal by age 50. I like this site. and Jill's journey is wonderful. I also enjoyed reading yours and your blog.

Jul 01, 2010
by: Kathi

Thanks, Tracie, for your comments. And yes, Jill is quite inspirational. I didn't see her on Dr. Oz, but I'll have to take a look.

And my goodness, we're having a regular Boise-fest here on the site!

Good luck in your weight loss efforts, Tracie. I know you can do it, because I am. I'm down 29 pounds, as of today! It's been a very slow process for me, but with hard work and dedication, all things are possible.

Please start your own story on this page:

And by gosh... I better get going on the rest of the site!

Jul 01, 2010
Thank you
by: Tracie Berger- Boise Idaho

I am from Boise as well. I saw this lady on the Dr. OZ show and loved the inspiration she gave. I am over 50 in hopes of dropping about 40 pounds by Sept. I really like this web site.

Jun 26, 2010
Hi Kathi
by: Jill

A friend told me about your site. She fell upon site. BOISE OK!! Small world! I am glad i could contribute. I am really trying to get the word out and help others with type 2 diabetes have hope. I am competing for Mrs. Idaho International Aug 14th in hopes of getting the title and moving my message as far and wide as I can.
I will be back for visits and send friends here for inspiration.
Congratulations on your success and keep up the good work inspiring others!

Jun 26, 2010
Inspirational Story!
by: Kathi

Hi Jill... Kathi, webmistress of this site here. Thanks for contributing the first story here. I've barely even gotten this website going... like you, I created it to journal my own weight loss story and to create a place where other women like us could find inspiration, motivation and support. I can't believe you found me already!

Your story is great... sounds just like the Biggest Loser stories! It is amazing what we can accomplish once we set our minds to it. Though I didn't need to lose as much as you, it took me a few years to get to that breaking point.

But I'm so glad both you and I did. And congrats on your pageant finish and all your subsequent motivational speaker work. And did you realize... we both live in Boise? What are the odds of that?


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