Jill Knapp had to lose her addiction to food to get off 100 pounds.

Jill Knapp

Wife,Mom,Diabetes Advocate
Before weight: 237

For years I was depressed about being over weight. I had know Idea about food addiction back then. Now I do. So I am always trying to help others get the help they need to change their life and lose their addiction to food as I did.

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 about 8 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 that 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.

How I Did It:

I logged my food, ate six small meals a day and had no refined sugar. Cutting out sugar was the best thing I have ever done.

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.

Support groups are of benefit as well. I went to TOPS. Teaches you about being accountable for what you eat.

I did the Mrs. Idaho pageant after losing a total of 100 pounds, I was 2nd runner up. Won Best Interview and Mrs. Congeniality.

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!"

Learn more about Jill by visiting her web site at:
http://getupandgetmoving.net to get motivated today.

After Weight: 137

A few tips that may help.

* Be consistent
* Believe in yourself
* Find support- weight loss group like take off pounds sensibly. It did help. Being accountable once a week is a big deal and will aid you to success.
* 6 small healthy meals a day
* Exercise a min of 4 days a week
* Drink your 8 glasses of water a day
* Baby steps! Be proud of every pound gone. It took along time to put the weight on and it will take some time to get it off.
* Best wishes!!

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Apr 28, 2011
Giving up sugar
by: Susie Castillo

OMG lady you look so different! I am just getting off sugar for the first time in my life. Hard work is a understatement.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Apr 26, 2011
by: Skinny Cate

This has been a real problem for me. Your story is inspiring. I refer myself as Skinny Cate in hopes I will get this weight off. 43 kg to go.

Dec 31, 2010
by: Chole

I am a full on food addict. Great to know to have hope. remarkable story.

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