Fitness Goals Update

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I weighed for the first time in a couple of weeks the other day. I’d expected the worst and prepared myself for it, knowing that on top of being sick, I felt I had also been failing in keeping to my routine. I stepped on the scale with our 2 year old staring me down, ready to scold me, I’m sure.

The biggest I’ve been this year (2016) is 372 pounds. Since getting serious and actually following somewhat of a plan over the last, well, nearly 6 weeks now, I weighed in  the other day at a very surprising 354 pounds. That’s a total loss of 18 pounds. I’m happy with that, especially since I was expecting to have gained what I had lost back over the last few weeks.

I am now 54 pounds away from my first goal of 300 pounds. I’m hoping I don’t get too comfortable and sabotage myself.

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If anyone cares, I updated my previous blog post to include additional information that will, hopefully, clarify some bits of information I provided. If anything is still questionable, and you’d like to know more, please post a comment and I’ll reply back and/or update the blog post.

-J

 

Thrive 8 Week Experience (Week 4)

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Updated on 4/19/2016 – added additional information, which is highlighted in red

I made the blog post a few weeks ago about trying the 8 Week Thrive Experience. If you aren’t familiar with what Thrive is, you can check it out yourself by clicking here. I’m not here to sell you anything, I’m just here to share my experience. Do keep in mind that we are all different and will react differently to products such as this. With that said, here I go!

The Premium Lifestyle pack that is recommended for the 8 Week Experience consists of the following: 2 capsules (there’s a men’s and women’s pack), shake mix, and the DFT patch. That’s it. The first month I got for a considerable discount through my first order from a friend’s personalized site. The 2nd month, which just shipped today, was for the full monthly amount of (taxes, s&h incl.) $209. We will discuss this again in a bit. With my first month, I also received a free 1 month supply of Balance, which is a nightly digestive aide, simply put.

The weekly plan is that you take the 2 capsules first thing in the morning. About 30 minutes after (I do not know why they say 30 minutes after) you drink the shake. The shake is the only odd bit as I was told to only drink it for 4 days out of each week. I looked around a bit, but I couldn’t find an explanation. Please note that the shake is not a meal replacement. You still need to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch,  and dinner! This isn’t a weight loss nutrition shake like you would buy at Wal-Mart. Finally, slap on the DFT and you are good to go. (I have had to use waterproof tape to get mine to stay on. Either my skin is super slick, or I just sweat that much, but the DFT easily comes off after a short period of time if I don’t tape it down.) That’s it. I’ve had no problem following these steps. It’s pretty simple. Oh, and drink lots of water, that’s suppose to speed up the absorption rate in your body. No caffeine. The capsules contain caffeine and digesting more through drinks will lead you to a crash and make you sluggish, according to the website.

That’s the basics. How am I doing four weeks in?

Well, starting out, Thrive was pretty amazing. It seemed to focus my thoughts and give me the listed mental clarity that it claims. It definitely curbed my hunger to the point that I wasn’t even feeling hungry throughout the day. I would have to make myself eat something, even if a pack of crackers because I just didn’t desire a big meal. I had energy that I had been lacking. I was at a point, before Thrive, that I would literally be talking to someone one minute, and dozing off the next mid-sentence. It was becoming troublesome at work, as you can imagine. Most importantly, some aches and pains I’d been experiencing faded away as if they never existed. Mainly, I’m talking joint pain. Knees, ankles, hips. I’m sure it isn’t magic, but I was amazed because the joint aches had troubled me for some time. What I found funny is that I posted as much as this on Facebook one day. My friend quickly messaged me and asked that I take the word pain out of my post because the company can not claim that their product cures pains. I laughed because I’m not part of the company but was just sharing my thoughts. I did change my wording so she wouldn’t be held accountable, though.

Now into my 4th week with my second month in the mail, I can share this about my own personal journey:

Thrive isn’t a miracle weight loss routine. If you don’t get up and exercise or eat right, you aren’t going to lose weight. You might feel better, which is the key goal of getting you up and out about your life, but it’s not going to melt the pounds away. I’m proof. Mixing in changes to our daily routine at home, being sick with a  stomach bug that hit each person in our home, and facing a couple of weeks of stress at work – things have been a bit hectic. As such, I’ve been picking up fast food here and there to rush things along. I have been eating under my allotted calories, though not healthily, getting in my walking at work but nothing extra outside of that as exercise, and I’ve lost a total of close to 10 pounds in the whole 5 1/2 weeks I’ve been attempting to cut back on my food intake. That’s 1 1/2 weeks on my own, and 4 under the Thrive program. Honestly, I feel the weight loss has been due to my own work, not because of the supplements. The supplements have helped in that I don’t get hungry, I can focus better, and while the first couple of weeks I had some aches vanish, they’ve made minor reappearances in the last few days, but I’ve also skipped a few days of Thrive due to my being sick with a stomach virus.

Overall, I’m enjoying the Thrive 8 Week Experience, and I can tell some changes that have taken place. Can you get the same burst of energy from multivitamins? Sure, I have with men’s One-A-Day multivitamins and Vitamin D supplements. Is it necessary to use the patch, take both capsules and drink the shake? I don’t know, I may experiment with that in the next 4 weeks to see if I notice any change. Is it worth it? Depends on each individual. Me personally: One side of me doesn’t want to pay out that money every month – although, if you break it down, it is just $7 per day (a fast food meal.) At the same time, another side of my is like, “Yeah, but that’s $7 per day that could stay in my wallet … or buy a fast food meal.”

Will I continue my experience after the 8 weeks I agreed to try it? I honestly don’t know. Right now, I’m thinking probably not, but we’ll see. Considering we are a family of 4 and work is a bit on the slow side, $209 is a lot of money each month to spend on a luxury item such as this. As a side note to that, if you are interested in selling the product, and can get just 2 people to sign up through your personal website, which is provided for free, you can get your monthly product for free as long as the 2 friends are on auto-renew. Something to think about!

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Podcasts Update!

Added several new podcasts that I’ve been listening to lately. Also dropped one down to the “occasionally” section.

 

The Canister

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The Canister

April 10, 2016

 

The first time we sent a man through time, his brain melted. Literally, it melted. When we opened the canister, a grayish-blue jelly dripped from his nose, ears, mouth and the corners of his eyes.

The second time we sent a man through time, after a few adjustments to our equations, he came back a vegetable. His brain was still in tact, but it had nearly shut completely down. Upon closer examination, we found a single incision at the base of his skull where surgery appeared to have been done. A lobotomy of sorts. Our funds were already being threatened, so after some closed-door discussions, his life support was pulled and his family notified.

The third time we sent a dog through time. It came back alive, but rabid. Our tests on the corpse afterward actually detected no sign of rabies, but it had gone mad and lost all of its senses. Three handlers were bitten, thankfully only one suffered any side effects. His family was notified.

The fourth time we sent man through time, he didn’t return. There was no sign of any trouble, no bodily fluids, no damage to the canister, not even a note. His family was notified, and our largest backer pulled out leaving us severely crippled financially.

The fifth time we sent a capsule through time with only a hand written note. It simply said, “Is anyone there and reading this?” When we retrieved the canister, a cold chill ran over us as we read the reply. “Stop.”

We have no more money. The sixth and last time, I will go myself. I’m that desperate to prove that this can work. It has to. We’ve worked too hard on this, it has to. The canister closes around me, the interior lighting flashes to life, a rhythmic hum as oxygen begins to circulate and circuitry begins working out the complicated calculations to power up the pod, initiate the wormhole, and launch itself through time to the specified date we’ve been trying to reach for the last 3 years.

I feel electricity begin to crackle and run up and down my spine from contact with the canister. There’s a slight shake and a rumble. Then nothing. I sit quietly, waiting, cutting my eyes around the confined space and waiting. Finally, a tiny green light flashes on and I reach a trembling finger out to enter the code that will release the latch on the canister and allow me to exit. A mechanical whir and hum as the hatch rumbles and slides away. I reach my arms out and grab each side of the canister to pull myself up and out.

* * *

The sixth time was the last time we sent a man through time. When he returned, he’d gone insane. Strange symbols had been carved into his flesh, down both arms, both legs, across his entire chest and back. His mouth had been sliced and cut into a permanent smile. And the laugh. The chilling laugh of a madman.

Now we prepare. We prepare for whatever awaits us in the near future. Whatever was on the other end of our time travel experiments obviously knows we’re coming, and they have the advantage. They will be waiting. They’re already waiting.