The Summer of Living Lean — My Story: Walfredo Reyes, Jr.

I've been cutting out the after-show meal all the guys eat (barbecue, steaks, desserts, etc.) I sometimes drink the Complete Protein Shake as a meal after the show because I'm exhausted and hungry. I've been eating salads at catering before the show and I feel really good but it's very hard so I go to go to my bunk with my shake and talk on the phone while these guys eat. When it's over, I come out to be with the guys. This reminds me of an AA musician that couldn't stand being with Steve Winwood's band in the bus while all of us drank and had beers. He couldn't just be around the temptation so he went to his bunk and read to avoid the smell of it. — Walfredo Reyes, Jr.

Walfredo Reyes, Jr.

If you had to put a title to your weight loss story, what would it be?
"Staying Fit for Love, Music, and Life!"

What is your favorite LynFit metabolic boosting weight loss recipe?
I love the French Vanilla Complete Protein Shake! Sometimes I break the "Lisa Lean Law" and add a little bit of banana, blueberry, or mango. Sometimes I just mix Vanilla Complete Protein in my coffeetastes delicious! I crave sugar and I need variety so I change it up every now and then by varying the flavors.

What is your favorite LynFit supplement to use, and why? How has it helped you?
My first love is the Complete Protein Shake. I just love the shake and it helps offset my bad eating days while replacing the nutrients I've lost after playing for 3-4 hours straight. The protein helps heal my body and I need the metabolic boost. I have it for breakfast and sometimes after a concert when everyone is eating junk food backstage.

The Accelerator Advanced is key, especially on my rice and bean days. Being Cuban, it's impossible to resist the foods I grew up on so I make sure to eat them early in the day and to take Accelerator Advanced before indulging.

I also take Pure Omega 3 daily along with the amazing Recovery Agent to help ease inflammation caused by repetitive stress. We play 3½ hours every day during this tour and practice, so the repetitive stress can really take a toll on my body unless special care is taken. I take Pure Omega 3 every night before bed along with Lean Sleep to help relax my body after late shows. I take Pure Omega 3 again in the morning.

Did you encounter any obstacles? If so, how did you overcome them?
Life on the road can be tough. It's tiring and being away from family can be rough at times, so sometimes while losing weight, I get stuck in a rut. I have to be more drastic, on exercise and diet to get back on track and over the top. Lisa calls it cleaning it up and reminds me to re-commit 100%!

How has your life changed since you lost weight?
I can wear my old cool clothes. I feel better, with more clarity and energy to do what I love—play and make more music and to love my family with better quality. 

What did you do during the first two weeks of LynFit that helped you stick to the plan?
Simple... learn how to say NO!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into better shape?
Be disciplined and consistent. They are secrets to your success. For me, because I'm so active, I visualize Lisa's upside down triangle—bigger breakfast, medium lunch (proteins, salads, etc), and fast while you sleep which means NO to late meals. GO to bed hungry if you want flat abs.

What is your favorite way to work out?
Any way that I can get it done! I now see hotel rooms in a whole new way. Lisa is always telling me, "Forget the gym and do it any way you can get it in. Working out is not negotiable." So now I do exercises to keep my 60-year-old body in working order. 

Every day I do push ups in a door jam in my hotel room or on the tour bus. I live in hotel rooms and on the tour bus so working out isn't easy when the bus is moving, but it is also the perfect time to get it done. My workouts have to be portable so I can do them on the road.

I do frog kicks and stretching before I get out of bed for my back and I keep a dumbbell in the bus to do bicep curls. This also allows me to do them whenever I am. 

I also make sure to get outside and walk and hike for exercise to clear my head. This also gets my creative juices flowing. You would think that with all of the exercise I get every night I wouldn't have to do more exercise, but I need to keep my body in working order.

Gotta get those 10K steps in daily. But, the most important exercise I can do is "SAY NO TO JUNK FOOD"!

Walfredo Reyes, Jr.

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