Mad Like Alyce

My first 10 weeks doing Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping workouts were life changing. Here is the kicker… I lost one pound… and it was 100% worth it. Let me explain.

My Results

During my 10 weeks at Farrell’s, my body completely changed in a way I never thought could be possible and allowed me to achieve things physically that still shock me. But first, the results.

  • Weight: 1 lb lost
  • % Body-fat: 1.6% Body-fat lost
  • Inches: Total of 8.75 inches lost (2.5-thigh, 3-waist, 1.25-arm, 1-chest, 1-hips)
  • Pushups: Improved from 6 pushups (from toes) in one minute to 52 after 10 weeks.
  • Sit-ups: Improved from 26 sit-ups in one minute to 43.
  • Sit and reach: Improved my flexibility from 19 to 24inches in my reach.

I still cannot express how flabbergasted I was at how much my body could change without seeing it on the scale, proof that the scale really is just a number. I can wear clothes I couldn’t before, my leggings are now slightly baggy in a few areas, and I feel amazing at what I had accomplished…. LOOK AT THOSE PUSHUPS!!!! I have never had upper body strength before… and I cannot tell you what a rush it was when I finished that test. I mean, I was dead and my arms were jello for days, but it was so worth it.

The Pics

There is a part of me that dreads wanting to show these, and the other part is so amazingly proud. They certainly are not what I would like it to be, but its also incredible for me to see the difference and know just how much I can accomplish in the next 2 months if I really focus. So here it is, in raw, un-edited glory (eeeeeeek!).

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Left: Jan 8th, 2016 | Right: March 19th, 2016

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I chose to wear my most revealing and, honestly, much too small swimsuit. Why? Because I wanted to see everything. As much as I didn’t want to, I needed to see these pictures. The smile on my face after 10 weeks is genuine… I feel incredible. And I want to show these to you, my readers, to show you the beginning of a new (or renewed?) journey. We all start somewhere. My physical health fell apart 6 years ago, and over the last two years, I have been making steady steps towards getting it back.

My Takeaway

The biggest lesson I have learned in this is that every step towards your goal is success, even if it is just one step. We see someone at the end of the journey who is fit and disciplined and feel like we can never do this. We get online and are barraged by meal planning, fad diets, macro/micro nutrients, weight loss plans, 30 day challenges and more. Its not always possible to completely revamp your life and suddenly adopt all of these ideas, and not all of them are going to work for us anyway. Some changes are just too big and we are not ready… yet.

If you take anything away from this post, take a look at your own successes. I’ve started drinking more water over the last year than I ever thought possible. I cut out coffee creamer and sugar in my coffee and drink it with almond milk instead. I’ve stopped drinking soda. I cook more, and make a relatively decent effort to try to plan meals ahead. These are all small but very huge successes I have made while working up to larger and greater goals. Make sure to celebrate your own successes and don’t let someone else’s journey cast yours in shadow. You can do it!

 

 

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My new favorite IG account... u need to scroll through these posts! #Repost @iamtheswimreaper (@get_repost)
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Lol #justbeingbasic
  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!

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