“I had waited decades to have the wedding of my dreams, perfectly planned and orchestrated to the last cue, and even started saving up nearly ten years prior to getting engaged or even dating “The One.” When the time finally came to find the perfect dress, it happened exactly like a dream – I had tried on countless dresses to find the top two contenders, and from somewhere in the rafters the sales associate brought down a gorgeous creation that landed us all in tears of joy when I tried it on. And as cliché as it sounds, it was a truly extraordinary experience.
“Everything was practically perfect until my first dress fitting for alterations.
Even though it fit perfectly when I purchased it only a few months back, my fairytale gown WOULD NOT zip up! I felt like a sweaty sardine in a can, barely able to breathe, recoiling in horror when the well-meaning seamstress gently poked at my rib cage saying, “need to lose there.” Reality hit that I needed to lose about twenty pounds, and FAST, as the wedding was nearly two months away. But how…?
“Fate intervened as I was venting my frustration to my massage therapist, when she excitedly told me about a program that could help me. She had just enrolled in the program herself, only a week before, and was already seeing results. The program was Will’s 90 Day Challenge, and she directed me to Facebook where I met Coach Will Tofilski. I needed to lose weight in 60 days, so I was an unusual case, but Coach Will accepted me into the program, confident that we could achieve my weight loss goals with an aggressive plan combining strict food intake and exercise.
“I wasn’t sure the plan would work for me, as I have a plethora of food allergies and must also eat a nonstandard low foodmap diet. The beauty of Coach Will’s program is that he customizes every meal plan to your individual needs, and mine required a host of substitutions from the norm. But after a short period of trial and error, we found one that worked for me, and it was game on!
“Now this plan was not easy, as I was super busy at work and also planning my upcoming wedding, so finding time to prep meals and exercise every day was extremely difficult. I admit I was extremely skeptical at first. But where there’s a (coach) Will, there’s a way, and he was adamant that he could help me fit into my exquisite wedding dress comfortably. I cringed at the thought of weighing in daily; however, when I stepped on the scale the second day, I was surprised I had already lost half a pound! Coach Will encouraged me every morning, answered all my incessant questions, and inspired me to tackle the challenge wholeheartedly. My initial skepticism quickly melted into sheer determination, backed by solid evidence the plan was working. With Coach Will holding me accountable for my gains and losses, I finally believed we could achieve this goal together.
“I carved out time on the weekends for meal prep, froze measured portions for easy assembly, and even brought my own food on trips as needed. I discovered that orange roughy is the tastiest fish on the planet, and can be prepared without using any oils or salt while still maintaining perfect flavor and texture. I found that eating large meals three times a day doesn’t cut it, as our bodies need sustained fuel throughout the day, and cutting portions and eating more often kicked my metabolism into high gear.
“In 30 days I lost ten pounds, and there is no better motivator than seeing concrete results. I had my second dress fitting, and this time the dress zipped up! However, I still could not breathe normally, so knew I had more work to do. After all, I wanted to enjoy every moment of my wedding day, not count the minutes until I could breathe again.
When I had my third and final fitting a week before the wedding, I could breathe easy, and didn’t want to lose any more weight for fear of the dress then becoming too loose! What an amazing feeling that was! At that point I worked with Coach Will to maintain my weight, and he adjusted my food and exercise program to suit this new goal.
“In all honestly, this was one of the most difficult goals I’ve ever accomplished; however, my hard work and dedication paid off in dividends, boosting my emotional health along with my physical. Not only did I fit into my dream dress as comfortable as anything in my closet, but also I received so many compliments, as I developed a waistline that I hadn’t seen since college! This entire journey allowed me to thoroughly enjoy my wedding day and truly love my wedding photos without an ounce of self-criticism. I will treasure them always.
“Thank you, Coach Will, for helping me have the best wedding day ever!” — Janice Miller