Diabetes was Jill Knapp's wake up call!
Wife,Mom, Diabetes advocate and motivational speaker.
Before weight: 237
After weight: 137
Why did you decide to lose weight?
Unfortunately I had to hear "You have type 2 diabetes." It was depressing to hear those words but as I look back now it was a blessing.
What were your biggest challenges that you faced throughout your weight loss?
I would have to say it was when I broke my ankle. I was half way though my journey. I slipped on black ice breaking both sides of my ankle.
It took 9 months to heal to where I could get back in the gym. I was so bummed it was taking so long but was determined to get the weight off. I stuck to eating 6 small meals a day and lost the last 50 pounds.
What is a typical day like in terms of eating? What are your menu staples?
Breakfast: Eggs with oatmeal or a protein shake
Snacks: Apple and almonds; protein shake; handful of carrots and string cheese
Lunch: Salad with plenty of vegetables, grilled chicken and reduced-calorie dressing
Dinner: Chicken breast with whole wheat pasta, a salad
How has your life changed since losing the weight?
I am 43, and I have more energy to keep up with my kids especially my 6-year-old. I have MORE energy, more drive to live and am happier with myself.
I also feel that I was meant to share my story with others. I remember how it felt to have 100 extra pounds on. I remember being depressed about my weight and life. I want to let others know that losing weight can be done. No matter what the age, or circumstances.
After losing 100 pounds I decided to compete in the Mrs. Idaho pageant. I placed 2nd runner up and won best interview and Mrs. Congeniality. I am now a diabetes advocate and motivational speaker inspiring others to lose weight and get fit.
What role does fitness play in your life? How often do you work out?
Gym time is me time so I love working out.
Working out is now just a part of life. I have to share that my 12 year old son even bought me a Wii fit with his own money as a gift for me so I would not have to leave the house on snowy winter days. I love to work out.
He mowed lawns all summer to save the money. I tried to talk him out of it, but he would not take NO for an answer. It means the world to me that my son knows how important that it is that I exercise that he would spend his own money to see that I have the convenience of not even leaving home to get a good workout in. I am truly blessed having such strong family support.
What advice would you have for someone who is just starting his or her healthy journey?
Make a plan. Stick to it. Be consistent on your journey and you will meet your goals. Most of all, be patient. Results don't come over night. It is hard work and will take a lot of effort. It did not take overnight to put on the weight and it will take sometime to get off the weight. In the end the way you feel will all be worth everything you go though. Best wishes!!
If you would like to learn more about Jill and her journey visit her at Get up and get moving.