Saturday, July 11, 2015

Going to try this Thrive Experience

Well Hello!

Again been awhile since I posted.

The last time I dropped by I posted my new training plan and week one went awesome.  Then I got sent out of town for a few days for work  and then it was Canada Day and another day off two days later for the Stampede Parade and the plan kind of unravelled.  After a 2.6 lb loss after week one of training, on Saturday I had a 1 lb gain due to my unravelled week. Today I was down 0.6 lb. 

This week I found it hard to get back at it but I put my training plan on one page and posted it in my kitchen and at work to give me one heck of a reminder of what I need to accomplish.

This week we dressed Western in honour of the Calgary Stampede. I do own a great deal of plaid and two pairs of cowboy boots.

Now a little while ago a friend was telling me about this vitamin program she was trying called the Thrive Experience, the concept is to do it for 8 weeks. She’s on week 3 so far. I admit I wasn’t too sold when she first told me about it and dismissed it as another fad.

A direct quote from their website “The Thrive Experience is an 8 week premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels”

She told me that some of the reported benefits are supposed to be:
Restful sleep
Weight Management
Increased cognitive performance
Quicker recovery from workouts
Joint Health Support and the list goes on.

Now let me be clear I am super suspicious of any type of “magic” supplement. Of course the reviews on the Thrive by Le Vel website are all glowing. Once you register to order you're given your own link. I also checked reviews on Amazon and on there they were mixed but a lot had to with shipping issues and it's recommended to only by the product directly through the Thrive website or Thrive promoter not a 3rd party. I believe promoters are not supposed to sell via 3rd party like Amazon. They never claim the products to be a replacement for exercise and wise food decisions which I respect.

She’s had a very positive experience, her skin is glowing and she says she no longer gets sore after her kickboxing workouts and says she doesn't get snack attacks.  She’s super enthusiastic about it. 

Now this program is also set up as a bit of a mass market sales thing that you can participate in or not. If you get 2 people to order using your link you save money on your order. She was not by any means trying to sell it to me, she was genuinely excited about it so I decided to try it. I have zero interest in treating this as an income supplement. My mission is to see if this stuff has any impact on me and my current rut.  

She gave me a 3 day sample to check out.  

I figured I’ve been in a bit of a dump for a long time so let’s see what happens. I did go ahead and ordered a month worth after Day One and will blog about my experience on the experience.

The concept:
 Take the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsule  right when you wake up - There’s a version for Women and one for Men. The one pictured below is the Women's version. 

·        20 min later have the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix aka smoothie– alternate days with a regular breakfast

·         Wear the Thrive Lifestyle DFT patch for 24hrs, swap for new one every day.

The DFT now comes in a super sized version that's also available in a few different colours. I'm looking forward to trying that.

On Day One I took the capsules and 20 min later the smoothie. The smoothie comes in one flavour only and that’s vanilla but I did like that it’s 2 PP on Weightwatchers – oh yes I'm still tracking my WW points through this “Experience”. The capsules come two in pack. I decided to start with taking the two in the pack but there’s also the option to start with one and waiting to start wearing the DFT patch. It’s really all about what works for you.

I mixed the smoothie mix with  1 cup  coconut/almond milk but you can use water too. I quite liked it and actually didn't find it had any weird protein powder taste. I stuck on a DFT patch as well.

Day One was Wednesday and I did feel  more energy on my walk to the train station, felt more alert  I didn't feel snacky all day. Only ate when I was legitimately hungry.  Usually I have a cup of coffee in the morning but I didn't all through the 3 day trial run. I did go for coffee after being at work for about an hour and felt no ill effects at all. That was the only cup of caffeine I had all day stuck to just water after that.

Thursday was Day Two so vitamins/ capsules again but no smoothie as it’s regular breakfast day (I decided on one piece of toast and ½ tbsp of Peanut Butter).  Wearing another DFT patch, had no skin issues with the patch at all. Wore it on my right upper chest Day One and Day 2 it was on my ankle.  

Got notification that the one month supply shipped but not sure when it will get to me. So on to Day 3 -Friday. I took the vitamins, had the smoothie and put on another patch this time on the back of my shoulder. I definitely felt more energy when I had the smoothie so interesting to see how that goes during the month. My friend has another friend doing this experience and she has a smoothie everyday. I get the appeal it makes breakfast ridiculously simple and fast. 

I hope this package arrives soon it was supposed to arrive on Friday according to the tracking but look like it was delayed and if it comes Monday I of course won't get it till I get home for work. I'm really looking forward to this test and the next 8 weeks.

Here's to experiencing the experience. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice Reboot

Hello my friends,

Again a bad blogger with far too long between posts. I promise I'll be by more often especially as my training picks up. 

It's the Summer Solstice and as I live in an area that experiences true winter it's always nice to embrace summer. It's time for a health and fitness reboot. I actually began this reboot last week. 
I rejigged my training plan starting this past Monday and rejigged it again for this week to train for my upcoming races and train for this game we call life. 

BodyJam & BodyPump
Walk with Friend, if not walk at Gym
Run/ Walk 
Yoga or 
 Run/ Walk (depending on training plan)
Long Run 

I need to build strength and flexibility for this upcoming Dopey not just cardio.

The back to back BodyJam (think Zumba to hip hop music) and BodyPump (free weights focusing on muscle group per song i.e. biceps, triceps, chest, squats/ lunges) totally kicked my patootie.  Had zero idea of what I was doing in BodyJam, just like Zumba, but it was fun. The two BodyPump classes this past week had feeling muscles I forgot I had. 

Got a new running log, Hello Kitty and Batman were on sale. Hello Kitty just didn't seem appropriate for the marathon, 4 half marathons, 4 10Ks and 4 5Ks I have planned from now till January.  So Batman it is.

Just a matter of days until the annual Calgary Stampede rolls into town.  I was actually down on the grounds for the Theresa Caputo Experience on June 11th and saw that set up has begun. Now it doesn't officially start until July 3rd with the parade.

Now I had expressed interest in being a pacer for the parade which means walking the 4km route along the horses. After thinking about it for awhile I opted not to do it. I'd much prefer to watch it on tv in my pajamas and go for a run afterwards. It’s my tradition to make pancakes  on parade day as during the 10 days of Stampede you can find a free pancake breakfasts every single day, actually there’s an app.  My personal favourite is when they put the cooked bacon inside the pancake…oh yes.

Just celebrated a birthday and was humbled by all the birthday messages on Facebook and Linked In. I’m still mistaken for being 15 years younger than my actual age. I've stopped correcting people J

The 2 year anniversary of my Dad’s passing was on June 16th, while that was a bit of a tough day I'm feeling more like myself than ever before.  I figured out my plan for his house as well. It took me this long to get my head around it and at peace with it. He actually died on Father's Day in 2013 so today was a bit rough as well. 

Our beloved WW leader stepped down as she had too many commitments which I totally respect, but lately is been all substitutes with a promise the new leader is starting the following week and to me the leader makes the meeting. Finally met her on Saturday and she seems cool, her day job is meditation coach which I think is very cool. In fact I love this month's topic in the WW meetings focusing on being mindful. 

Though I do have to say my meeting peeps are great, we've bonded and have a really good interaction.  For the last few weeks I was without them but they were all there last week and with summer approaching it attendance will get spotty. I need to find an alternate meeting for when I go to Dad's house, either earlier on Saturday at a different location or downtown on Thursday mornings. Not sure what I'll do next weekend, I'm leaning towards checking out another location. 

I entered a swelfie (sweaty selfie) contest to win free stuff from SportChek, can't win if you don't enter.

I cancelled my Christmas Cruise as I realized a cruise a few weeks before Dopey is not the wisest plan with all that food and drink. I couldn't imagine doing 20 miles worth of laps on the boat either. I might still go away but after checking out a few options it sure is pricey to travel solo during high season. Our office is closed for two weeks in December, maybe I’m ready to face a Christmas at home and get a tree. We shall see.

So now you're all caught up with me. Back to BodyJam and BodyPump tomorrow.