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I decided to do an 8-week Thrive challenge. I’m so not into MLMs and network marketing companies. I’m so so so over it all. I’ve sold at one time or another:
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When I bowed out of my latest tries (Senegence and Paparazzi) I swore to myself and the universe that I would. never. EVER. sign. up. for. anything. EVER. again.
I’m not a salesperson. And I’m also on a non-essential spending freezer. Or TRYING to be. I feel like I owe the blog-i-verse and explanation as to why I decided to make this expenditure, at least over the next couple months.
So how in the world did I sign up for Thrive? I’m currently only signed up as a Customer, not a Promoter. I’m not saying I won’t ever decide to become a Promoter, but I’m going to use it longer before I make that decision.
It all started for me when a family friend tried it. This guy has a lot in common with me, two of those things being very overweight, and also type 2 diabetic. He struggled with sluggishness, insomnia, aches and pains, irritability, etc. much like me. He tried Thrive a couple months ago and found it life-changing. He isn’t the MLM/salesperson type at all, and everyone thought someone had hacked his Facebook when he started posting about his Thrive experience. He was compelled to share because he was so amazed. He started losing weight, which usually is so hard for him. I spent about six weeks avoiding this guy, because he always asked me, “Why aren’t you Thriving yet?” and I didn’t want to get sucked in. I am, after all, trying to not spend money on non-essentials.
Finally, I felt my heart softening and something was telling me to at least give it a try, because I really had nothing to lose ~ he was willing to give me a three day trial (which I could have stretched to six days, but I wanted the full dose and I’m a larger girl, so felt it was safe to start off at the top). Le-Vel has a money-back guarantee if you use the product and aren’t satisfied. Really, nothing to lose. His wife (someone I admire and trust) gave me the trial pack after we spent time packing food together for Feed My Starving Children. I tried it. It blew my mind. I used it for two days and I felt better than I have in years. I was alert, I stopped wanting to eat everything in sight, I was not irritable to the point of my husband thinking I no longer love him (truth, I’ve been so irritated with him for NO REASON) and I had fewer aches and pains (I have psoriatic arthritis) and I had actual energy.
Near the end of day 2, I got a rash on my arm. Damn it. Just MY luck, right? I finally found something that makes me feel great without having to take 20 pills a day, and I’m allergic? The rash didn’t go away with Benadryl and cortisone cream, so the next day, I reluctantly skipped Thrive, to see if it was behind the rash (and it wasn’t hives…and not right where I used the patches…so I suspected it was not the Thrive).
Those days without Thrive were a nightmare. I went back to feeling how I’ve felt for months now. I was just dragging, annoyed with everything, hating myself and wanting to eat everything in sight. I couldn’t even compose a blog post without getting pissed off and quitting. And that’s how my life has been for months and years…and it’s why I never really make headway on things, and rarely follow through and get things done!
The rash didn’t go away after stopping Thrive. Apparently it was a coincidence. I went back on Thrive and started using the patch on my legs instead of my arms, to see if I’d get a rash on a leg…and have NOT. It most likely is a contact reaction to another product I’m using (I recently bought scented fabric softener and several new scented body mistsm even though I’m often allergic to such things) and I truly don’t see any logical connection to Thrive.
I’m back on it and the difference is amazing. I actually fall asleep without the TV and stay asleep all night…another huge perk. Truly life altering…and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner. I bit the bullet and ordered a month’s supply, and also picked up an interim supply from another happy user.
Boundless physical and mental energy.
I’ve committed to 8 weeks, and I’ll update weekly. Since I started and stopped and started again, I’m counting my start date as when I started back up after taking that three day break. I’m told the positive effects get better over time, so I’m so excited to see where the next few weeks take me!