Jill Knapp Lost 100 pounds by taking it up a notch!

237 to 137

237 to 137

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From walking, to weight training Jill Knapp was on a journey to lose weight. She did just that.

Name: Jill Knapp
Age: 44
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. 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. 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. Walking 3 days a week and weight training with cardio on the other days.

I did the Mrs. Idaho pageant after losing a total of 100 pounds, and won 2nd runner up along with the best interview award. I am 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

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Aug 06, 2016
inspirational NEW
by: Keisha

I first saw her journey on another web site that had a podcast attached. She talked about how when she was first diagnosed with type 2 walking is all she could do. She was so fat and out of shape she simply could not do anything else. She said still to this day she walks because she loves to exercise out side. She can do harder things but she still walks 3 days a week. In the podcast she talked about how it did not strain her ankle which struggles with other exercising. The low impact is best for her. It's not about the impact she said it's about consistency. Losing 100 pounds is just down right hard. I have lost 40 but can only walk. So what if it's taking me longer then a runner. Walking is great exercise and can still assit you in losing weight.

Great web site by the way.

Mar 11, 2015
by: Amy

Wow… This is quite unbelievable to digest the fact that the day on the right is the same one on the left. The transformation that she has gone through is so amazing and I wonder if walking could really being in change like this.

Jul 01, 2011
by: Stacie - UK

when I fist saw this story I thought I don't know how anyone can lose that much weight but by the end I feel motivated to work harder and get my weight under control.

May 11, 2011
I am giving this a big 10!
by: Breann

Such a wonderful transformation story!

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