Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 8

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 8

Thrive Le-vel Review

Changed my shake up a bit this morning. I love my smoothies, so I decided to add the vanilla shake powder to one of my tropical fruit smoothies. It was okay. I think a banana, peanut butter with chocolate shake powder would be better. I will be trying that one. 

I had decided on the smoothie because I generally add my supplements to them. With the aches and vertigo, I felt that I needed to add back in the turmeric, glucosamine and raw honey that I normally add to my daily smoothies. Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, glucosamine for joint health and raw honey for sinus/allergies. I'll let you know if I notice a difference.

The substantiated energy has been great but its hard to enjoy it with the other health issues I've had going on; back pain and vertigo. 

We've been told that Le-vel has teamed up with to donate to Harvey victims. They are Matching Donations, made through them, 2 to 1. If you donate $10, Le-vel will match it with a $20 donation. You will have to create a log-in, but you do not have to sign up for, or purchase anything.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 7

Thrive Le-vel:  Day 7 Review

Thrive Le-vel Review
Left, used patches; Right, new patches

Not sure about you, but I thought, there's nothing in those stupid patches; they're just glorified stickers. I just wanted to show the difference between the new and used patches. I'm showing the side of the patch that sticks to the skin. The left patches are used, and the right, are new. The difference is astonishing, and kinda nasty looking, but it's obvious that there's some active ingredients in the patches.

Started today with my thrive routine of capsules, a shake and fresh patches. Yesterday was full of energy until I had a case of vertigo catch up with me. This is nothing new, and something that I've battled, on and off, for years. It's debilitating and puts a halt to your entire schedule. Hoping it's gone and that I can get everything accomplished today, that I couldn't yesterday.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 6 ~ A Pessimist's Journey

Thrive Le-vel:   Day 6 Review

Thrive Review

Folks, I honestly thought that Thrive products were just a money making scheme, cooked-up by some dishonest people to get rich quick. I envisioned a bunch of men, in suits, throwing powdered leaves into packages and capsules, and getting them out the door as quick as possible. I'm really rethinking that logic. The past few days have had its highs and lows, from the adjusting of the meds to their effects, but I think it was worth the effort. I seem to have it figured out and - I can't believe that I'm about to say this - this stuff is Really Working.

My energy level is up and consistent, as well as, my appetite curbed. It may just be all in my head, but I honestly think that I've dropped some weight, but I dare not weigh, in fear of sabotaging myself. I'm notorious for getting discouraged, and giving up a diet, after stepping off a scale that didn't tell me what I wanted. My goal is to weigh at the end of the 30 days, and not before.

I'm on a regular schedule of starting my day with the Thrive regiment of 2 capsules with water, a shake, and then placing full sized patches. The rest of the day, I do not take or drink anything else with the Thrive name on it. I do drink water throughout the day, otherwise, I feel parched in the evenings. I have been told that I may want to add another shake in the afternoon, but I haven't felt the need. If I notice my appetite increase, or my energy drop, I will consider another shake.

Check back in for updates. Feel free to send my any questions that I haven't answered.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 5

Thrive Le-vel:  Day 5 of Review

Thrive Le-vel Honest Review

Woke up at 5:40 this morning with my back killing me. No surprise there, as I have severe back issues, and I didn't have much down time yesterday. Took muscle relaxer and laid on heat pad until I fell back asleep. Woke up the second time feeling much better, and now, back to my regularly scheduled day.

Normal Thrive Morning Routine:
2 Capsules with water, drank a shake and placed full size patches.

What I've learned so far about Thriving:
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
  • The Full size Patch is Too Strong from some to start with.
  • You're probably going to need the Full regiment (pills, shake and full size patches) to get the Full Effect.
  • It Does curb your appetite.
  • It Does give you lots of energy when using as suggested.
  • You Do need to Learn to Pace yourself, if you're out of shape, or you will pay with aches and pains.
  • It will Not effect your Sleep, except possible waking up to urinate if you've drank a lot of water before bed, so stay hydrated throughout the day.
Okay, this pessimist is really buying into this stuff. I've had so much more energy and its allowed me to get a lot accomplished. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 4

Thrive Le-vel 4 Day:

Normal Thrive Routine:  Got up, Took 2 Capsules with water, drank shake, but today I put full sized patches on. Let's see if I can get back to that first day's energy level without the irratibility. 

Yes, there's that energy I was looking for, and I'm so happy to report - No irritability! I must say, it has taken me a few days to figure it out, with my body, but I truly think that its worth the effort.

No crash and no issue falling asleep! I think, by the time I go to bed, I'm just wore out from going all day.

I want to take a moment to ask all who's reading this to remember Texas as Hurricane Harvey is causing devastation there. Please say a prayer for all in its path.
May God bless and protect them.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 3

Thrive Le-vel Day 3 Review:
Here's the real test: a day at the Georgia Aquarium.

Did the morning routine:
Got up, took capsules, drank shake and made coffee. Cut patch in half and placed on arms. I had a hard time getting going but I chalked that up to only getting 6 hours sleep.

Headed out with the hubby for a day in Atlanta. We spent a few hours enjoying the beautiful aquarium, and energy was great, until we ate lunch. 

When we left the aquarium, we went to a wonderful Italian restaurant and that did me in. All the carbs zapped my energy, and I've spent the rest of the afternoon struggling, just to stay awake. I'm going to go back to an entire patch tomorrow and see how it effects me. I'm so disappointed that I haven't been able to reach that same energy level as the first day; it has to be the patch adjustment!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 2

Day 2 of Thrive 30 Day Review:

Thrive Le-vel Patches
Each patch comes from the manufacturer cut in 1/2. I'm 1/2 each half, hence the 1/4 patch, I'm referring to.
Woke up, made up bed, went to bathroom, then took the 2 Capsules with 8 ounces of water. Made chocolate shake with 12 ounces of Almond-Cashew Milk. Trying to ward off the adverse reaction I had yesterday (irritability) I drank half of the shake and put the rest in the fridge. While drinking my coffee, I took off the 1/2 patch from yesterday. I cut 1 of the new patches in half, so I end up with (2) 1/4 patches that I placed on a different place on my body; today.

Sleep last night came quickly and it was only interrupted once from the call of nature. I did get up feeling draggy this morning. I'm not sure if that will get better as days go by; I sure hope so.

I wasn't getting that jolt of energy like I got yesterday, so I went back and finished off the shake. That seems to have helped. But remember, I started out on smaller patches today, so I'm sure that has something to do with it, as well. That's something I may have to adjust again.

Much different experience today:  My energy level is low and I'm wondering what's the difference. I placed the patches on my lower back and I'm thinking that may be part of the problem. May try placing the rest of the patch there to see if that helps.

Applied the rest of the patch and drinking lots of water. Energy has picked up and I can't help but guess that water is going to be a key part of the Thrive regiment. 

Ask me your questions that I haven't covered. I'll do my best to get them answered.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day One

Day 1:  Thrive Routine:

Woke up, made my bed, went to the bathroom, and then to the kitchen.
Before making my morning coffee, I took the 2 Thrive W capsules with 8 oz of water. Because I'm one of those that gets sick from taking meds on an empty stomach, I made a shake. Pouring 1 packet of the Chocolate Lifestyle Mix, and about 10 ounces of Almond-Cashew Milk (Because that's what I prefer) into a pint Mason Jar, I applied the lid, and shook. I set my coffee to brew, while I drank the shake. Surprising, but it actually tasted good, but the small chucks of unmixed powder was getting to me, so I reapplied the mason jar lid and shook a little longer. That did the trick and I finished off the shake.

While sitting down to coffee, I decided where I'd place the DFT Duo patches, then remembered the lotion I had applied to my entire body the night before. I went to get a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a wash cloth and rubbed down the areas I wanted to place the patches. After drying, I applied patches to my left and right shoulders. Done.

Thrive Le-vel Day One of 30 Review
My Fat Freckly Arm

Haven't noticed any fat falling off, and I don't feel like the energizer bunny, yet, but.... 😜

Okay, energizer bunny has begun. Only problem? I've got computer work to do and computer is Not fast enough to keep up with me. No jittery feeling, just energy, so far. Wondering what the crash is going to be like. 

No crash but feeling a bit irritable. Talked with my coach and she advised to cut patches in half for a few days. It's strange but I haven't experienced jitteriness; only energy and irritability. I'm down to 1/4 of a patch and my mood seems to be leveling off, but the energy remains.

It's well into the lunch hour here and I'm not the least bit hungry. Food doesn't even sound appealing. My energy level is still up and the irritability is gone; thank God!

2pm here and I'm finally eating lunch. This is more because of the fear of a sugar crash than I'm hungry. If you've never experienced your sugar level bottom out, count yourself blessed. Not even sure if this would happen, while taking Thrive, but I'm not going to chance it. Usually, if I eat breakfast and don't eat again by 2:00, it happens.

Almost 5pm, energy still up, but extremely thirsty; on my second bottle of water in 30 minutes. Getting a lot accomplished today. 

Still thirsty and drinking lots of water. Also, urinating at least once an hour. At this rate, I should lose a lot of water weight.

Very thrilled to report, no crash! I will say that I'm pleasantly surprised by my first day's experience. I really thought that I would be saying I didn't notice any difference but nothing could be further from the truth. 

What I've learned from today:
  • Take the pills and drink the shake, as soon as I wake up.
  • Cut the patches in half for the first few days.
  • Drink more water throughout the day, whether I'm thirsty or not.
  • Stick close to a bathroom in the evening, because it seems to work as a diuretic.
  • If you want to get your house clean, and don't have the energy, ask a representative for a sample.

Check back, tomorrow for updates on Effects and noticeable Differences. I will also report about how my sleep was effected; if at all.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thrive Le-vel - a Pessimist's 30 day Honest Review

Thrive Le-vel Products

I know many of you have seen some of your friends' Facebook posts, tweets and shares of Thrive and have wondered, "does that stuff really work?" Are they trying to sell me something, or do they really love it? I've had my doubts; even when acquaintances swear by it.

Okay, I'm a natural born pessimist, especially when it comes to MLM. So when someone I love dearly, offered to buy me a month's supply, I tried to talk her out of it. I told her that from my research, it was a waste of money. She wasn't having it - because someone else that she loves - was using it and loved the results. And yes; I have researched it. It boils down to this: reviews state that there's No research that shows that the active ingredients in Thrive does what Le-vel says that they do. With that information, she was not deterred. She insisted that we give it a try.

Alright, I give . . . Buy it for me and I'll give it a try. 
Yes, I'm overweight. 
Yes, I feel tired a lot. 
Yes, I'm in Perimenopause, so that effects my moods.
But this stuff has got to knock my socks clean off before I spend my hard earned $ on it! 

Well, the box arrived today and I will start the regiment tomorrow. I figured this would be a great opportunity to share this 30 day journey with you, the optimists, and all other pessimists; like me. I'm going to follow the instructions, to the letter, and make an honest attempt at this Thrive "miracle cure" for weight loss and energetic living. If you haven't already figured it out, I'm not putting much stock into this working.

My reservations are:
The costs (which yes, the benefits could outweigh the costs; if it works)
It's a MLM (those are notorious for being scams)
The phrase "all natural" is used a lot, which makes me fear things like ephedra; that I have been reassured is Not in Thrive.
EVERYONE that sells it, LOVES it! And everyone that BUYS it, seems to SELL it.
And frankly, I'm tired of all the selfie posts on Facebook, advertising it. Seems everyone is doing it and selling it!
It also makes you think that if so many people are buying it, using it, and selling it, maybe it IS worth a try.

Fair Warning: I'm not one for selfies! I hate having my picture taken! In fact, I hate it so much, I had to take the electrical tape off my phone's inside camera (long story) just to take this picture. So trust me when I say, I'm Only doing this to give this product a Fair and Honest review.

First day of Thrive Picture

Since my face isn't shown, I wanted to wear a shirt that is unusual. I can't grab a picture off the Internet of Jane Doe, in the same shirt, only thinner.. Also, I love that shirt! I hate that I've "outgrown" it. It was my favorite go-to shirt for summer parties; wispy, cool and pretty. I haven't the heart to donate it and give into this frumpy body I've woke up to. I'd love for the magic wand called Thrive to whisk me back into that shirt at the end of 30 days and I'd be Able to Button it Once More! Sorry, got carried away! A bonus would be for that pudgy belly to be flatter, but let's be honest; that's going take more than a pill, a shake and a patch. 

So here goes nothing! Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Check back with me for daily updates on my Thrive experience.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hiccup Cure That Works Every Time (No Kidding)

Simple Easy 3 Ingredient Hiccup Cure Recipe

I can't count the times I've gotten the hiccups at the worst possible moment; meeting, speech, bed time. What's worse, if I don't get rid of them, almost immediately, I will continue until I get a splitting headache. Stumbling across this cure, I couldn't believe that something this simple could work, but it does.

How I discovered this cure:
I'm sure many of you have seen the medicinal uses for vinegar and baking soda, all over the Internet. I never would have imagined that the mixture I used to clean clogged drains, and to give them a fresh scent, could help me get rid of my tummy, but I decided to give it a try. The second night I was to try this bed-time mixture, I had the hiccups when I drank it. Immediately, the hiccups went away. 
Coincident? First time, maybe, but after three times, I was convinced enough to share this with others . . . And now, they too are convinced. Try it, next time you have the hiccups. I bet you will use nothing else, after you do.

1, 2, 3 Recipe
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 oz of water

Pour 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a cup. Pour 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar over the baking soda. Allow baking soda to grow. When bubbles stop growing, add 3 oz of cool water and drink. Hiccups should stop immediately.