Daughter: So here I am, in 2018 and just turned 48! 4……8….WTH?? Where did all those years go of life being easy? Now of course, back when I was living those “easy” years I certainly didn’t think they were easy at the time, lol. It’s all in perspective, right?? Anywho….Here I am…..on the backside of 40!!!! Now when I was but a young pup, making my way through grade school, there were these commercials on TV. Depending on your age you’ll remember them too! They were commercials for albums….yes, the vinyl kind that needed a record player to play them, lol. And in these commercials, they would play snippets of songs that were on the albums. These commercials were played so often that you could sing all the snippets of the songs as the commercial played. And the one song that I still remember singing is, “I”m on the backside of 30”. Now I cannot tell you who sang this song, though I’m sure a quick Google search could rectify that but no time for that, nor could I tell you any other words to that song, I only remembered that one little part of the song. I actually had no idea, at the time, what that even meant…….until about six months ago it hit me like a ton of bricks…….that I…..me…..was on the backside of 40!!!!!! I was closer to the big 5….0 then the overlooked 4….0!!!! Wow, that sure happened fast!!
I have experienced a slow gradual change in myself over the past eight years. First, it started with some minor aches and pains, then a few grey hairs made themselves known. Then, my flexibility seemed to disappear as my belly and hips decided to make sure they were not ignored! In addition, I felt like all my years and years of multitasking had taken its toll on my brain. I couldn’t focus, it took longer to finish mental tasks and to learn new skills. It was even hard to make the smallest of decisions which drove my hubby cray cray! In a nutshell, I was mentally and physically exhausted every minute of every day! It was all I could to make it to 9:30 pm so I could fall into bed. Then I would wake up in the middle of the night with my PJs soaked and stuck to me…..this is not a feeling I like waking up to…….yuck! Luckily the night sweats and hot flashes are not as prominent as they once were. Walking around daily in a fog is no way to live life but I had no idea what to do to change it. I joined a gym and was going 3 times a week. The only thing that did was make me more physically exhausted. But I kept thinking it would get easier, well guess what….it never did 🙁
Then last year, a friend posted on FB this new supplement she was taking……Thrive by Le-vel. She was having great success with it so I looked into it. For a 30 days supply of the vitamins and patches, it was $120 with shipping. That was a little more than I wanted to pay so I brushed the idea off. Until my friend offered up samples!! It was a three-day sample for $20. Yes, a little pricey but so much better than forking over $120 on something you weren’t sure would work. Well, on day 2 I was SOLD!!!! On day two I could already tell a MAJOR difference in my energy and focus levels! The fog had lifted and I was ecstatic!!! I could not believe it! I felt so good after day 3 that I ordered my first months worth and all was great!
Around November and putting together our Christmas budget, I decided I was going to forego my future orders of Thrive in order to save money for Christmas. Plus, by this time I was starting to doubt that the products were still working. Maybe my body had just gotten used to it and needed something different to jump start me again. So I finished off my last few packets and went on about life. Which brings us to right now, the end of February with my 48-year-old self. I’m back to being mentally and physically exhausted every minute of every day.
Today, in the mail, arrived my new supply of Thrive!!!! Looking back over the past year, I was my best while Thriving! No, I didn’t lose weight like some but I was nursing a torn meniscus and had to put the brakes on working out. Now that I’m almost totally recovered from that injury and have been released to start back at the gym, I’m hoping to change that!
For the past 3-4 months that I have been off of Thrive, I did start some new supplements that were said to help with energy and cognitive issues. I started drinking Collagen in my water daily and putting MCT oil in my morning coffee along with taking a multitude of other vitamins. Needless to say, none of these remotely made me feel as good as I did while Thriving!
And now for the BEST part!!!! When Thriving all I have to do it take two capsules first thing in the morning then I have a cup of coffee, take my shower then slap on my Thrive patch………that’s it!!!! I don’t have to remember to take anything else throughout the day, it’s all done after I get out of the shower……..the simplicity of it is what I LOVE most!! I did try their shakes for a short time but really didn’t see any benefit so it wasn’t worth the extra money for me.
When I was considering ordering more Thrive, I went back and forth due to the cost. But then I got to thinking about all the major “going-ons” in my world. My husband’s job has an unclear future, mother and her husband have a difficult road ahead of them, my girls are still trying to find their way in the world and do value my input, though not always followed, lol. And with all this uncertainty in life, I definitely need to be at my best so I can be of value where I’m needed within my family! In short, I want to be the best ME for THEM!!! Plus, in the bigger scheme of things $120 a month is totally worth me feeling my best and being able to enjoy my life how I want to!
So tomorrow, or today for you reading this, my better life begins!! I’m determined to make The Rest of My Life The Best of My Life!! I’ll be posting updates on my Thrive journey so stay tuned!