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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  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.
  • "I'm just being dramatic
In fact
I'm only at it again
As an addict with a pen
Who's addicted to the wind
As it blows me back and forth
Mindless, spineless, and pretend
Of course I'll be here again
See you tomorrow
But it's the end of today"
- "Addict with a Pen," Twenty One Pilots
This song is hands down my absolute favorite. I can't decide if it is the lyrics alone, or haunting piano. It was this song that inspired my take on the cover art for their self titled album.
  • "I-I-I I've got a migraine
And my pain will range from up, down, and sideways."
- Twenty One Pilots
Something about the lyrics captures me on so many levels. From the literal chronic pain interpretation, to the deeper meaning of living with mental illness.... this idea hit me as such a powerful vision.
This look was created using @mehronmakeup  water activated paints for the white base and grey and black "sketching". Tears were created by adding food coloring to liquid latex. Wig is the the Long Curly in Silver from @ardawigs.
  • "Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone"
-Migraine, Twenty One Pilots

This looks is one I have had planned for quite some time now, and I finally sat down and completed it last night! he inspiration is from the cover artwork for Twenty One Pilots' self titled album (I know these lyrics are not on this album) but my absolute favorite TOP song is, "Addict with a Pen." What is your favorite TOP song?

This look was created using @mehronmakeup  water activated paints for the white base and grey and black "sketching". Tears were created by adding food coloring to liquid latex. The idea for using the latex is from Glam and Gore's "Death Stranding" makeup tutorial, so go and see how Mykie did it! 
As a quick safety note, be VERY careful working this close to your eyes, and make sure to apply vaseline to your lashes to prevent the latex from sticking. Also note, food dyes can temporarily discolor skin, so don't try this before an important event ;)
  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!

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