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My Le-Vel Thrive Experience - Weeks 7 and 8

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:17pm

I've psoted here and on Facebook quite a bit about Thrive and the difference it's made for me. I am so passionate about these products because it is no exaggeration when I say my life has been changed since using them. Let me take some time to share with you the ways in which I have been changed as a person since beginning my 8-week Thrive Experience. 

I'm Sleeping Better

The main reason I had originally agreed to try a sample pack of Thrive was because I absolutely NEEDED more energy. Stress, terrible sleep patterns and poor eating habits had turned me into a zombie. I couldn't function and I knew something had to change. I was sick of sleeping my days away and feeling constantly overwhelmed. No matter how I tried to will myself to make change, it simply wasn't happening. I was't living, just barely surviving. 

The very first day I took my Thrive, I noticed a difference. We call that a Day One Thriver. Not everyone feels it on Day One, and that's okay. Everyone's body is different. We all have nutritional gaps that need to be filled, and the ingredeints in Thrive help to do that. I had A LOT of nutritional gaps! Some people feel tons of energy right away. My experience wasn't like that. I didn't clean my whole house or play outside with my kid that first day. But I did stay awake for most of the day, and I was able to get quite a bit of writing done. That was a huge change for me. I went to bed that night and slept through until morning. In my very own bed, not the couch. That's when I knew there might just be something to this Thrive thing.

I'm More Energetic

Since then, I have experienced sustained energy. I'm able to get through most days with a very short nap, if any, and I can tick through a reasonable to-do list, even having energy to look forward to going out at night for the occasional date. You all know I love my date nights, but even those were a struggle in the past when what I really wanted to do was lay down in front of the TV and be alone due to the depression and fatigue.  Check out the "before" and "after" photo. I think it's apparent that I have more energy after my Thrive Experience. Plus, I lost eight pounds! Bonus. 

I'm Nicer

Yep, nicer. Ask my kids. They'll tell you. Getting good, regular sleep goes a long way toward improving your mood. I'm not so quick to snap when one of the kids asks me a question. Even the littlest thing used to cause a reaction of panic in me. Because I was already feeling so overwhelmed, the small inquiries the kids would have seemed like giant decisions to me and would cause me agitation. Now that I have some energy and a clearer mind, I'm much better able to approach the beauty of life's day to day encounters. I missed chatting with my children, and I'm so grateful to be back to them. 

I'm More Focused

I have adult ADD, so focusing on tasks is a challenge for me to begin wtih. However, before Thrive, it was nearly impossible. My brain was constantly foggy. Lack of sleep and being nutritionally deficient will do that to you, I suppose. Nowadays, I'm able to get through an article or blog post without taking a break to nap or jumping from tab to tab on my computer. I can read a chapter in a book without daydreaming. Best of all, I can create a daily to-do list each day and actually have a hope of tackling it. Before Thrive, I didn't even have the concentration to write the list, let alone think about completing the tasks on it. Attention will always be a struggle for me. Even when I was on my prescription stimulant, it wasn't perfect. That prescription was over $165 a month and didn't give me all the benefits of Thrive. So I'm pretty darn happy with the improved focus I've gained with my Thrive, in addition to everything else it's provided me. 

I'm Less Sore

My improved sleep was the very first thing I noticed after taking Thrive. The second improvement I felt was the lack of pain in my knees. Mornings were always slow for me. Besides being exhausted, my knees were always in pain, causing me to hobble around the house like a woman far older than my 41 years of age. My very first morning after taking Thrive was completely different. It was such a surprise to me to realize I'd just walked from my bedroom to the bathroom without pain and with a normal gait, instead of my former shuffle. The stairs no longer intimidate me. I can sit cross legged with my laptop for hours and not get up wincing in pain. Being pain-free is a game changer that also adds to my improved energy levels. Besides the relief I feel in my knees, my lower back and ankles are also improved. It's nice to walk standing tall, to head out for a stroll with the dog and not be intimidated by the hills that used to keep me from even trying.

I'm More Confident

All of these benefits have combined to make me a more confident person. I know it may sound like an exaggeration, but it's the absolute truth. I am more confident in meeting with people because I feel more clear-headed, able to converse without reaching for the words I want to say. I can go places when invited without worrying that I simply don't have the energy to take on the activity. Leaving the house doesn't seem overwhelming to me. I look for social situations now. Remember those eight pounds I mentioned losing? Well, that's been great. More important than the weight loss, however, is the brightness that has returned to my eyes and the glow to my skin. I used to be really proud of my healthy skin. I take care of it regularly, with facial wash and daily moisturizer. Before Thrive, I knew my skin had begun looking sallow and pasty. Take a look now! People have complimented me, telling me I look years younger. I FEEL years younger, and it makes me happy to see that reflected in my appearance. My hair and nails are healthier, too. Love that!

I'm More Hopeful

I never would have thought that a product could change my outlook on life. When I made the decision to invest in my first month's supply of Thrive, it was because I was at a point of desperation. I just wanted to feel better. I was so tired, sore and depressed. I'd been through a lot over the past year or so, and all the stress had taken its toll. I had lost all ability to be hopeful and optimistic. The idea of dreaming about my future was laughable. It didn't seem that things could get better when I felt so awful, run-down and depressed all the time. Thrive has helped me to regain my confidence. I have struggled for a long time to get past self-esteem issues. Unfortunately, my physical and mental state had begun to allow those old wounds to creep back. A clear head, more energy and less pain has led to a more positive outlook. I feel like I'm back to being the confident, hopeful woman I had been a couple years ago, and I couldn't be more pleased. 

I could really go on and on, but I think this sums up my Thrive Experience pretty well. If you can identify with any of my story, I urge you to consider trying Thrive for yourself. Please visit my site to learn more about the products. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I'm passionate about this product and appreciate you taking the time to learn just why I am.

I'd love to help you get started on your own Thrive Experience. In fact, I am so confident in this product line that I am willing to offer my own personal money-back guarantee. If you make a purchase from my Le-Vel Thrive website and are not satisfied after trying it as directed for two weeks, I will allow you to return the unused product to me for a refund of the cost of that remaining product. What do you think? Is it worth a try now? I hope you'll consider investing in yourself. Regardless, thank you for taking the time to hear my testimonial!

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Find Great Deals with Ann Coupons

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 9:12am

I love to shop online. I've learned a number of tricks over the years when it comes to saving money. One of the biggest is to use coupon or promo code sites beofre checking out when making an online purchase. Always. I always do a quick web search for coupons, promo codes or discounts before I complete my order. Nearly every time, I'll find some bit of savings, even if it's only 10%. I'm pretty familiar with what's out there when it comes to finding a deal. However, I just learned about a coupon site called Ann Coupons, and I must say that I'm impressed. 

The first thing I noticed about the site is the ease of navigation. You can search for specific vendors easily in a number of ways. Click on a category at the top of the page to browse stores or type a specific name in the search box if you know the kind of coupon you're looking for. For example, a search for Red Lobster will get you some of the best Red Lobster coupons online. I was honestly surprised at the variety of coupons available through just that search alone. 

Ann Coupons even has a feature that lets you find gift cards. Visit the blog to browse some of the highest value deals available right now. I think this is an especially good way to find unique gift ideas if you're feeling stumped and don't know what to get that person who has everything. You're buying a gift, you might as well save some money while you're at it! 

I will definitely be using Ann Coupons for my future online shopping excursions. My advice is to never checkout without doing a quick search for a discount or coupon. Ann Coupons seems to be a great place to start that search! 

* This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

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My Le-Vel Thrive Experience - Weeks 5 and 6

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:33pm

Somehow I managed to neglect an update for weeks 5 and 6. I posted a photo on Facebook, but nothing here on the blog. Since that time has come and gone, I will simply post the side by side photo here. My next post will be an in-depth review of my entire 8-week Thrive Experience, with photos. For now, take a look at my photos from week 6.

At this stage, I'd lost about seven pounds, I believe. The biggest difference you can see is in my face, I think. For the first time, I actually chose to purchase a product based on the benefits it offered BESIDES weight loss. When I decided to purchase my first month's supply of Thrive, I had reached a point of desperation. I truly was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew from my experience on my trial pack that this product made a difference in how I felt, so I decided to take the chance and invest in my health. I have absolutely no regrets. 

If you think the time is now for you to invest in yourself and begin to sleep better, feel less pain and have more energy, visit my site and check out the Thrive products. An investment of $150 may seem like a lot; however, you will be surprised at how much better you feel and all of the things you no longer need. I can almost guarantee you won't need to buy energy drinks, coffee, soda or high-sugar snacks to perk you up in the middle of the day. Your Thrive experience is only $5 a day. How much are you spending on all of that other stuff? 

So do yourself a favor and visit my Le-Vel Thrive website to learn more about the product line. You'll find descriptions, ingredient lists and more. You can also visit the Le-Vel Facebook fan page to read hundreds of other testimonials and see how people are benefitting from Thrive.

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My Le-Vel Thrive Experience - Weeks 3 and 4

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:26am

I'm a bit behind on my Thrive updates. But for good reason. I've been busy doing paid client work and spending time with our new dog, Mimi. Here she is hanging out with Brady and the cats. Isn't she pretty? 

I'm hopeful she will help me to be more active. She has a bad leg, but she still loves to go for short walks. So that's a start toward getting me out and moving. Honestly, before Thrive, I'm not sure I would have agreed to taking her in when my friends were in need. I'm pretty sure the idea of taking care of one more living creature would have been too much for me. With the energy and renewed outlook I have since taking Thrive, I didn't think twice about volunteering and was actually excited about the prospect. 

Anyway, let me give you a quick update on my progress. It will be short and sweet, mostly just photos so you can see the difference. I've been feeling prettty much the same as I did in my first and second updates

Week 3 Update 

Here's a side by side before and after of my face. The first is me with makeup, which covers the circles I usually have under my eyes. The second is me at week 3 of my Thrive Experience wearing no makeup. I think these photos really sum up how I'm feeling. My eyes are brighter. My skin no longer looks pasty and pale. My face is thinner. Being able to see these physical changes makes me even more excited about continuing my Thrive Experience. 

Can you see the difference? I think it's amazing. At three weeks, I was still feeling great. Energized, with very little joint pain. I also noticed that my respiratory allergy symptoms were improved. I'm allergic to wheat and milk, both of which make me stuffy with a runny nose. It's been much better since Thrive. Also, I've gotten only one headache since starting this journey., and it wasn't as bad as my usual ones That's pretty darn good for me. 

Week 4 Update

At the beginning of week 4, I noticed I was a bit more tired and had some bad cravings. To be upfront, I haven't really changed my diet thus far, though I have seemed to eat less, feeling full sooner. I've defrinitely been drinking more water this entire experience. I know that has been a really positive thing for my body overall. But back to my tiredness and cravings. Pretty sure that was just hormonal, related to PMS and the start of my period. That's to be expected, and i didn't stress over it much. My weight loss seemed to be at a stand still. However, I also think this is related to my menstrual cycle. Here are before and after photos at four weeks. 

Again, I can mainly see the difference in my face. Oh yeah, and my favorite bra fits comfortably again. Yay! But why is it that you tend to lose weight in your boobs first? i'd kind of like to keep those. Dammit. 

Well, there you have it. Weeks 3 and 4 updates. I am still feeling fantastic, looking better and losing weight gradually. Visit my Le-Vel Thrive website to learn more or please feel free to contact me. I'd love to help you start Thriving, too. If you're like me, you may be thinking it's worth a shot. I knew that nothing was going to change if I didn't do something, and I'm so very glad I did. 

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