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Jill Lost 100 Pounds

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Jill's amazing story...

Age: 43
Height: 5'8"
Before weight: 237

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.

Unfortunately I had to hear "You have type ll diabetes." I am hoping others will lose weight before they have to hear those words. It's very depressing getting the diagnoses of type ll. It changes everything.

I logged my food, ate six small meals a day and had no refined sugar. Finding out I had Type ll 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. I never skipped a day.

I broke my both sides of my ankle after slipping on black ice. I had to have surgery and a plate with 6 screws put in my Tibia bone. I thought "How will I ever get the weight off now?" I was so determined that I sure did not let my ankle stop me. It took 9 months total to heal from that fall I could not exercise, but I kept eating 6 small meals a day and reached my goal.

My neighbor and friend Alishia who works behind the scenes of the Mrs. Idaho Pageant said I have a great platform. I am living my platform.  What a great way to bring awareness to type ll diabetes and get others motivated to make change. In the months before the pageant I spoke at schools, offices, weight loss challenges and after school programs. It was a wonderful feeling to share my personal journey to help others.

The pageant was fun and it was the first time I have been on a stage in over 20 years.  I placed 2nd runner up. I won the best interview award, community service award, and most years married award and was voted Mrs. Congeniality.  It was such a great thing to do the pageant after losing 100 pounds. I am so glad I did.

Currently I am a diabetes advocate.  I am still carrying my message as far and wide as I can.  I am also a motivational speaker and love it.  It brings me great joy to share my story and in doing so inspire them to "get up and get moving!'

My health now is great! I take no medication for my diabetes I have it under control through eating right and exercising.  I feel wonderful! I have more energy now and it's because I am living a whole new lifestyle. I have the energy to keep up with my 3 kids but especially my 5 year old. I have more drive to live and am happier with myself.  I remember how it felt carrying that extra 100 pounds around.  I remember being very depressed.  I will never go back and live that way again. 

I want to let others know YOU can lose weight. No matter what your circumstances. No matter what your age. YOU can start living a healthier lifestyle right now.  Take one day at a time and you will reach your goals.

After Weight: 137
I have maintained my weight loss for 1 yr 6 mo.

To learn more about Jill visit her site at www.getupandgetmoving.net. Is that the cutest name EVER??

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avatar Sheri
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Holy Cannoli!! She looks incredible. I just heard those dreaded words about 6 weeks ago. You have type 2 diabetes. No mom of 5 wants to here those words. HEr story gives me hope.
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avatar Linda Rivers
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I do love that name. Very inspired. I will make it to the gym in the morning because I read this tonight.
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avatar Bethany
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I sure needed to hear this. Age 45 and just got diagnosed with the big Type 2. I have been so depressed since. Thank you for having her. She has inspired me not to give up and throw in the towel. I will fight. What a inspiring story.
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avatar Sarah Cloe
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Amazing and so inspiring!
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avatar Patty B
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Fantastic message. I found this on welsphere. I really have been bummed since my diagnoses of
Type II. Glad to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you
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A wonderfully inspirational story! I hope a lot of people hear your story and lose the excess weight before getting something as terrible as diabetes. My dad has diabetes, and I was heading in the same direction at one point. Thank goodness I made changes in my life and am no longer at risk!
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avatar Jill Knapp
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I just noticed all the comments. Thank you so much. Your all so kind. As I say if I can do this so can you!
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avatar Breanna Bybee
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My dear mom has diabetes and is still young yet she has not done much change. I really really worry about her. It runs in our family so I have decided since her diagnosis to set an example to her. I eat many raw foods and in moderation. I am so happy to say I am down 22 pounds since her diagnosis. Keep up the good work. Your journey is inspiring. I am sending my mom to read this.
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avatar Cammi Moore
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My sister, and 3 of my cousins and 2 of my Aunts have type 2 diabetes. I have lost 22 pounds so far and have found this story to be so inspiring. I did not want to be a statistic so I started taking off the pounds before I got this horrible disease. Congrats you look amazing!
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