Welcome back to My Thrive Experience. If you missed Day 1, you can find it here.
I’ve always been a skeptic. It isn’t because I don’t believe in things, but rather because I’m familiar human nature. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is, and all things should require a time of proving before you trust it. And I know I’m going to get shade for this, but the whole point of me blogging about my experience is honesty, so I have to say: I don’t like direct sales or people who are in it. I know it’s a viable option for a lot of stay-at-home parents, people with limited mobility, and others who want a home-based job, but it irks me. Too many times, it’s just a scam, and people buy into a promise that is nowhere close to delivered. Now they are hundreds of dollars in the hole with nothing but debt and frustration to show for it.
So when it comes products, I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist but rather a realist. Needless to say, when I began the Thrive journey, my expectations were realistic, even if a tad tinged in jaded sarcasm.
“This may work; it may not. If it does work, it will likely be slowly, over time, and probably not to the degree everyone says it will. Let’s be honest after all. People who sell a product oversell their product, because, well, money. If my livelihood was based in my sales figures, I’d be pushing it, too.”
In the spirit of honesty and transparency, when you sign up to buy Thrive, you are immediately part of a “team” if you choose it. Others can order through you, and you will get a monetary or product kickback. I’m not telling you to buy Thrive, and I’m definitely not telling you to buy it from me, but you know I’m being transparent. This isn’t my job, I don’t want it to be my job, and I’m not trying to make money. It’s all about my journey.
Which bring us to, drum roll please…
I started the day the same as Day 1. I took one capsule with 8 ounces of water upon waking. Thirty minutes later, I followed it with the vanilla shake mixed with 10-12 ounces of low-fat milk. The shakes are seriously so good, and you can adjust how you drink them. They can be mixed with more or less milk. You can substitute milk for a different base like water or coconut/almond milk. You can add fruit to make it more like a smoothie. But just the base shake is yummy. It does have a little bit of a gritty texture, but that doesn’t bother me. I also love that there is no icky aftertaste like you get with a lot of “healthy” drinks.
Today, I also added the Thrive DFT patch. According to Thrive, it aids in absorption, weight management, mental acuity, appetite management, supports energy and circulation, and adds nutritional support. Within an hour of slapping that colorful little patch on, I was intensely aware of everything going on around me. Almost too much. Upon speaking to my coach Megan, she told me I need to eat something with my shake/patch usage to avoid feeling overstimulated. She suggestion a small portion of fruit, a protein bar, boiled egg, etc. I will try that tomorrow as I’m already hypersensitive and easily overstimulated.
By lunch time, because I was away from the house all day, I decided to have a meal instead of a second shake. So I had a turkey Subway sandwich and water to avoid crashing or jacking up my metabolism. My energy at this point is fantastic. I’ve sustained a full morning of stable, non-hyper (aside from the intense awareness) focus.
Around 4 PM, I noticed my energy levels falling. I assume this is because I skipped my lunchtime shake and opted for tryptophan-laced turkey and carbs. It still wasn’t the crash I’m used to, but it was a lull. I decided not to have a shake for dinner for concern I’d have too much energy come bedtime.
My opinion after a full day on the patch (without a 2nd shake) is as follows: improved mental focus; my body overall felt better (no headaches or aches of any kind that I noticed); over-stimulation but no jitters or racing heart; and appetite was manageable but the shakes seem to work better than the patch for that. Also, there was no reaction to the patch site whatsoever. No redness, itchiness, or even residue. I’m definitely a fan so far.
All in all, day 2 has been fantastic. I’m still experimenting with the products. I will continue to alter how much and how often I use each part in the system until I find the maximized version that works best for me. As always, talk to your doctor if you’re considering trying out any new supplements or nutritional products.