Jennifer Cutlip lost 31 lbs. with a variety of Beachbody fitness programs, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 25th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before this journey wasn’t miserable until I see it in hindsight. I felt fat and unhealthy, but I didn’t hate myself. I had a happy life, but I wanted to like the way I looked. I hated shopping for clothes, because nothing looked good. I had no energy and slept a lot, but didn’t realize just how miserable that was until I got healthier. I had digestive problems for more than 10 years and didn’t realize what healthy actually felt like. My abnormal digestion became normal for me even though I dealt with pain and cramping on a daily basis for years. I’ve never succeeded at losing weight before. I would lose and gain it all, plus some, right back. I tried a weight-loss diet that worked temporarily, but I also lost more than 50 percent of my hair, which caused a depression and obsession with my hair. I gained everything back, plus 10 more pounds, and spent a fortune on hair regrowth products. I tried losing weight on numerous occasions but realized I was destined to be fat.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My mind was set in “I can’t look that good” mode and I had given up. Then Beachbody started popping up everywhere on my Facebook. My cousins were posting their healthy lifestyles every day. I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t think I had much confidence in it at first, but I didn’t have anything to lose in trying. I ordered 21 Day Fix and signed up under one of my cousins and “stuff” got real overnight. She held me accountable every single day. She required that I send her a sweaty selfie every day after my workouts. That became my new obsession. I did not want to let her down. After a couple of weeks, the most painful and miserable weeks, it became that I didn’t want to let myself down.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was being able to stick to a program. I had no accountability. I didn’t know how to eat healthy. The Coach aspect of Beachbody was the very best invention of all time. When you have someone dedicated to keeping you on track every day, it makes a huge difference. It made all the difference in my life. I have never been healthier. My cholesterol is better than perfect.2 My digestive problems, the daily pain and cramping, are completely gone.2 Shakeology has been a lifesaver for me. I can’t live without it. Autumn’s portion-control containers… I don’t have words. Everything about my Beachbody experience has been the very best thing to ever happen in my life (aside from my family, of course). I am healthier and happier than I ever thought possible. I feel better about myself to the point that it has made my relationship with my husband over-the-top incredible, and I thought is was great before. I had no idea how miserable I was before Beachbody until after Beachbody found me.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It was a beginner’s pace. I had P90X from years ago and couldn’t succeed. It was too hard. 21 Day Fix was the perfect fit for my exercise level. After I started getting stronger and had more endurance, I purchased 21 Day Fix EXTREME. I loved the weights in everything. After that, I tried P90X again and it was so much easier to stick to. I love the more individualized (to specific areas of the body) workouts. Now I’m working on 22 Minute Hard Corps. I love the 22-minute workouts. I usually do more than one every day but the fast pace is awesome.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am 31 pounds lighter, four pant sizes smaller, and two shirt sizes smaller. I eat healthier. I have more energy. I’m happier and less moody. Shopping is more fun. I bought a bikini and wear it without insecurities for the first time since I was a teenager. My posture is better. My aches and pains are better. I’m sooo much stronger. My digestion is better, which was a complete surprise. I didn’t expect that to change at all. I am proud of all of these achievements. When I saw my “before” and “after” pictures side-by-side, I was floored. I knew I was progressing but I had no idea the change was that drastic physically. I am proud of everything about me now.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Everything is different. I eat different. My activity level is high now as opposed to being almost nothing before. I think differently. I stand more proud. My husband and three children have embraced the changes within me. I am constantly thinking about nutrition and physical activity. I am in love with life and fitness.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I don’t think I would have succeeded without the Challenge Groups. My Coach Tana was amazing! She, along with all the others, held me accountable. The group was available for encouragement during the bad days and acknowledgment during the good days. They were there to help me learn what I needed to about nutrition and proper mechanics for various exercises. The daily connection was so important to my progress.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Tana is the very best. She talked to me every single day during the beginning when it was the hardest to want to keep going. She asked for post-workout sweaty selfies. At first this was awkward for me, but I started to feel like I had to make sure she saw them. I couldn’t let her down. Then I couldn’t let myself down. She kept me motivated. She answered my questions. She helped me be creative in my eating. Everything about it was helpful and inspiring. I thank Tana every day for helping me get to where I am. She is amazing, and I love her.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
Shakeology is the very best product I have ever tried. I truly wish that it could be less expensive, because I feel like I can’t live without it. My energy is better. My moods are far less up and down. My digestion is insanely better.2 I’ve had digestion problems that included pain and cramping on a daily basis. I dealt with needing to be near a bathroom within 30 minutes of eating. All of these problems were a part of my daily life for over 10 years. I expected it would be something I’d live with for the rest of my life.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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