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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  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • 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.

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