“In July of 2016 I gave birth to my second child which resulted in some serious medical challenges. I had atypical HELLP syndrome, resulting in kidney failure, liver failure, and a blood infection. I spent three weeks in the hospital after delivering, during which I had multiple plasmapheresis (removal and exchange of all blood plasma) and five surgeries. In the 6 months following, I had three additional surgeries, many hours of physical therapy and was off work in order to recover. Once my son was a year old, I was ready, physically and mentally, to get back into shape.
“I went straight to my tried and true method of calorie counting and exercising. No results. I re-grouped, cut more calories, and continued to increase my exercise. No results. I was baffled because I have never had a problem losing weight, even after my first child. As I continued my weight loss efforts (Beachbody, Isagenix, etc.) I reached out to my physician about my concerns. My physician, after reviewing my diet and exercise and tested me for metabolic disorders, thyroid, etc., could not understand why I was not able to lose weight. After consulting a second physician, I was sent to an endocrinologist. After several tests, the endocrinologist concluded that I would just have to accept the weight gain. The damage that my body/metabolism had sustained from the array of serious medical challenges was significant. The endocrinologist even offered a prescription, that could help me lose up to ten pounds, but it would only be sustained as long as I took the medicine. This was not an option for me, as I did not want to take another prescription.
“Extremely frustrated, I told myself I would continue to exercise and eat right, for my health, even if I did not lose weight. I had began training at WillPower and loved the workout and the atmosphere. It was challenging and motivating all in the same session. Will fosters a health community that is accepting, inclusive and encouraging to everyone. Will recognized my commitment to my health and saw how discouraged I was with my doctor’s opinions. He offered to take on the challenge and help me lose the weight that seemed impossible to shed. In 90 days of working directly with Will I was able to transform my body and lose 25 pounds!
“My energy levels have skyrocketed and I have motivation that I thought was lost. Will’s knowledge of nutrition, exercise and the body combined with his encouragement and patience helped me obtain weight loss that I thought was unreachable. I can look at myself in the mirror with confidence and no longer hide when a camera is near. Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for Will and his willingness to take on a challenge that my doctors deemed out of reach. I am forever grateful for his willingness to take on this challenge.” — Katy Dinkelmann