Jill Knapp came to the public eye when she embarked on a weight loss journey. When she got married, she weighed 137, and over the course of the next ten years she gained 100 pounds. A few months after the birth of her third child, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. With the guidance of her doctor, she incorporated diet and exercise to lose weight. She was on oral medication, but her goal was to control diabetes through diet and exercise.
A neighbor suggested to her that she should compete in the Mrs. Idaho pageant. Preparing for it motivated her to continue to work hard on her health goals and she reached 100 pounds of weight loss prior to contest. She also worked with a trainer to get in shape. At age 45, she was second runner up. She held the title of Mrs. Nampa.
She created a blog to share her journey and television’s Dr. Oz found it and invited her to come to New York City and be featured on his show. She has been featured in Guide to Diabetes magazine, Huffington Post, First Woman Magazine, and WebMD.
She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.