No Days Off Results In 27 Pounds Lost In Two Months

by Andres Fuentes

I started working with Walter through a recommendation by my sister-in-law. She had been working with him for a few months in his bootcamps, so I thought I’d give it a try. When I saw on his website that he also offered a virtual training and coaching option, which included access to bootcamps, I decided to enroll.

I started my journey on January 2, with the expectation of losing around 20 lbs in the four months I had signed up to work with him. I remember getting our first week assignment… 40 min of cardio for three days. My first reaction, “the most I’ve ever done in a single workout was 25 min, and he expects 15 min more? And consistently?” I did it the first day, and it wasn’t too bad. I really didn’t want to do it the second day, but through his app, I saw my fellow warriors committing, and it gave me the motivation to do it again. That was my first takeaway from working with Walter. He fosters a sense of community for his warriors, even though we’re dispersed across the area.

The first week of working out was tough, but I started seeing results right away, four pounds the first week. At the bootcamp I told Walter the great news, and like any great coach, he congratulated me but also challenged me to keep going. To capitalize on this small win to really get exponential results. So I kept on my exercise journey. In our weekly group meetings, Walter exposed us to nutritionists, dieticians, and psychologists to help us understand what beyond exercise we needed to consider as we worked towards a healthier lifestyle. In our 1-on-1s, we discuss the topics and he would help me adjust my food choices. That is the second takeaway of working with Walter, that even though he is working with numerous clients, he still takes time to focus on your individual progression.

Even though I started this journey two months ago with the expectation of losing 20 pounds, I’ve already lost 27 pounds, and will hopefully reach my long term goal of losing 60 pounds total in the next the three months. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve such success or keep the motivation to keep going at my pace without Walter’s guidance or support. I knew that losing weight meant looking and feeling better, but there are other benefits that I hadn’t thought about. I travel for work, and I’ve noticed that I fit in those airplane seats so much easier!

For those that are thinking of starting their own personal journeys, I have a few pieces of advice that have helped me in my journey:

If you’re trying to really push yourself in a workout, chunk the extra amount of time you want to workout. For example, I’ll sometimes tell myself, just one minute more over and over again if I’m trying to do a long workout but losing steam or motivation.

  • Have realistic short term weight loss goals and stretch goals, but work towards the stretch goals. You’ll push yourself a little harder and even if you don’t meet your stretch goal, you can still have success.
  • When you go out to eat have a game plan. Look at the menu beforehand to see what’s available to eat and adjust your other meals before and after in case it’s heavier than you’d like, or if it’s saltier than you’d like.
  • Even though you have rest days, that doesn’t mean do absolutely nothing. I still do at least a 30 min workout on my rest days just so I can feel like I’m keeping my momentum.
  • If you do cardio on a machine (e.g. I do my cardio on an elliptical), invest in a show that you can watch while working out. I’ve found that funny or light hearted shows are great to workout to. If I’m in a good mood when I workout, I associate that activity with my good mood. It also helps you mentally preparing for your workout (e.g. saying you’re going to work out for 45 min vs. saying you’re going to workout and watch one episode of a 45 min show). There have been times where I’ve kept going with my workout because the show wasn’t done.
  • My biggest struggle is meal planning. It’s especially hard if you’re really the only one dieting. What I’ve found helps is building your meals to ensure proteins, veggies, and good carbs are included. It really comes in handy when you’re not in the mood to meal prep, but can easily make a hearty salad with hard boiled eggs, avocado, blueberries and spring mix.

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!