The Ultimate Fitness Challenge Jumpstarted My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle

By Tracy Smith

I started training with Walter Lewis back in May 2017. I went to his 1 day Ultimate Fitness Challenge with a friend. That’s when I jumpstarted my journey to a healthier lifestyle. It’s been so exciting. I have been receiving so much positive feedback from all of my friends and family. Everyone who sees me have been asking what am I doing.

Really it started with me changing my mindset about fitness and health. I decided that I was going to do something for myself. And I chose to join Walter’s Virtual Fitness Program and his Sunday Boot Camp class. The accountability and support system I’ve received from his program, along with the group motivation calls and meal plans have been phenomenal. Having those people that I can reach out to if I’m not having a great day has been life changing.

I really owe my success to Walter. When I broke my ankle during the course of the program, I cried out to Walter because I felt defeated. He said “Tracy you’ve come so far. Don’t get down on yourself.” And it’s true. I stop getting down on myself and got back out there. I kept moving, even with my walking boot. I kept working out and following the fitness program. By the way, I’ve lost almost 25 pounds thus far.

If there’s anybody out there thinking they can’t do it and don’t have enough time, you can. Take it from me. I’m not a morning person. I’ve been getting up and working out in the mornings; and attending Sunday Morning Boot Camps classes regularly. It’s been life changing. Thank you Walter for helping me get my fitness started again.

Virtual Training and Boot Camp Helped Me Lose 20 Pounds

By Andrea Tanner

I found out about Walter’s program through a friend who looks amazing. I was like “Girl what are you doing?” She told me she had a personal trainer. I thought about it, and asked her to give me his information. I had been thinking about using a trainer for awhile, since I had been unsuccessful of getting in-shape on my own.

I started the journey participating in Walter’s Virtual Weight Loss Program and Boot Camp at the end of July 2017. I’ve lost 20 lbs thus far. But, the journey doesn’t stop there. Walter has these online virtual workout programs that you follow independently and make you accountable. 

He sets up meals plans for you along with one-on-one coaching calls. Also he provides the group motivation calls. On Sundays, a small group of us meet for his boot camp. All of Walter’s programs and support have helped me stay on a successful path of losing the weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

Thank you Walter for all you’ve done. I am going to continue on this journey. I’m just so forever grateful!

Prolonging My Life to Raise My Grandson

By Glenn Spitzer

I am a 71 year old grandfather, and raising a 14 year old grandson who is active in Boy Scout.  I have a history of a pacemaker in 2000, and quadruple by-pass in 2005. Before I joined Merritt and Walter’s Weight Loss Warrior program, I weighed about 220 lbs and had low endurance and strength. My balance seemed to be getting worse too. I needed to get in shape for a Boy Scout trip to Canada for canoeing, hiking, camping, and fishing. I needed to hopefully prolong my life to raise my grandson.

I lost two sons and a daughter-in-law to drug overdose. My grandson Joe didn’t need to lose anyone else in his life. I needed to be able to pass the swimming test for the Boy Scout trip to which I haven’t in two years.

I saw Walter’s sign for joining the Weigh Loss Warrior program, and decided to try it out. It was just what I needed. Walter displayed caring and understanding when leading his sessions. He was able to adapt the activities to each individual depending on their unique situation.

At first, I was not able to perform too many sit-ups, and couldn’t lift more than 5-10 lbs comfortably. I had poor running endurance, and walked most of the time. Since June 2017, I have lost about 25 lbs.

I passed the swimming test and I survived the trip to the Canadian wilderness. We canoed over 50 miles between lakes carrying heavy backpacks and canoes over rocky muddy up-hill terrain.

At the present, I am continuing the Weight Loss Warrior Program. My original goal was to weigh 190 lbs which I am fast approaching. I am continuing to build strength, endurance, and maintain a healthy diet. Here’s to a longer healthier life. Thanks Walter! Sincerely Glenn.

My First 5K

By Erin Sullivan
I had a month before my first 5K race and had not ran more than a mile for years. I didn’t know where to begin. And I hated running.

That is where Walter came in. The first time we ran together I had to stop after 2.37 miles which took me 30+ minutes to do. I was exhausted and discouraged. Even though I had a lot of work to do, Walter had faith that I could reach my goal of running the 5K and he even thought I could run it well. For the next 4 weeks, Walter provided me with a training plan and supported me through it. I went from hating to run to running in the rain. I finished the race  in under 27 minutes and didn’t take one break. I accomplished my goal. Thanks Walter for the constant support and encouragement! You made it feel easy. And I have continued to run post-race, which I never thought would happen! 


I Can’t Believe I Can Run Without Stopping

By Sherry Mobley

If anyone would have told me 6 months ago that I would be running two 5k races in September and that I would be in the best physical shape of my life at age 46, I wouldn’t have believed them! I’ve struggled with my weight for my entire life. I’ve had success on various diets, but never achieved the level of fitness and ideal weight that I desired. I exercised on a regular basis, but still had low energy and poor endurance. Training with Walter for the past several months has changed all of that. Not only have I reached my goal weight, but my body is more

I exercised on a regular basis, but still had low energy and poor endurance. Training with Walter for the past several months has changed all of that. Not only have I reached my goal weight, but my body is more tone and fit, I have gone down several clothing sizes, and I now have the endurance to run 4+ miles at a steady pace without stopping…a HUGE success for me! I look forward to Walter’s classes every week, and enjoy working out more than I ever have. His expertise, encouragement, and amazing workouts motivate me to work hard and, in turn, get the results I wanted.

Over the summer, I pulled both of my quad muscles sprinting. I was devastated. Walter checked on me constantly to see how I was doing, reminded me to keep icing and resting, and helped me safely workout until I recovered. A HUGE THANK YOU to Walter for helping me become the best “ME” I can possibly be!