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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  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound
  • “Oh Chucky look at us. We belong dead”
Last one of Tiffany.... which iconic horror villain should I do next? Tell me your favorites! #horrormovies #brideofchucky #tiffanyvalentine #chucky #brideofchuckymakeup #horrorfan
  • “I’ll kill anybody, but I’ll only sleep with someone I love.”
A girl has to have standards!!! 😂
Personally I loved Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine, how about you? #brideofchucky #tiffanyvalentine #chucky #chuckycosplay
  • "Barbie, eat your heart out."
You can't do Chucky without Tiffany! I apparently have super thick eyebrows because I felt they were incredibly difficult to cover properly, though I probably just need more practice blocking them out. I also know the doll didn't have bangs, but the actress did, so I felt like this blonde wig still did the trick. #brideofchucky #chucky #brideofchuckymakeup #tiffanyvalentine #cosplay
  • This anatomy work was a ton of fun to do! I might have to try something like it again soon. I also liked that I could keep it on much longer than I do any of my face makeup, and even left it on overnight (with liberal amounts of barrier spray) to show family the next day. I usually have to wash it off and head to bed, so it was a rare treat to show it to others! #bodyartist #anatomyart #anatomymakeup #sciencenerd
  • My first look over 200 likes!! 🤩🤩 Seriously, I 💜you guys, and it couldn’t be on a more special makeup to me. I’ve wanted to do this makeup for awhile now, because I actually struggle greatly with my hands. While this isn’t 100% anatomically correct, all of the structures in my wrists that I have had surgery on (on both hands!) are here. Because of a neck injury when I was young, I’ve had a ton of nerve and tendon issues stemming from where in my neck was damaged and I’m lucky to have had good surgeons and insurance to do what was necessary to keep me healthy. I do have to do a lot to keep my hands and arms in the best of shape (daily stretches, wearing braces at night, KT tape) but I’m so thankful that I can keep doing the things I love... like doing makeup! #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #anatomyart #anatomymakeup #bodypaint

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