Mad Like Alyce

With a lot of my focus on getting healthier and fit, I have learned a lot about what it takes. Meaning by that, I have had to make allowances for my activity levels due to injury and fatigue, and I know that it holds back my results. I also make a lot of excuses for what I eat. I’m completely aware of this… I know that my goals look different than other people’s and that success will take longer for me to see. I’m in it for the long haul, and, for the most part, I accept this as part of my journey.

I say for the most part, because I know what it takes to really get into shape. I have seen it first hand with my little sister. She is dedicated to high cardio, kickboxing, lifting, running, and above all, hitting her nutrition 90% of the time, which is something I struggle with on a daily basis. Donuts repulse her, and I still have by doubts we are related (JUST KIDDING!).

But in all seriousness, she works out for at least an hour each day and finds a good balance between strength training and cardio. She is relentless with what she eats, and when she does splurge… she has more than earned it at the gym. I have heard her frustrations as she has faced judgements from a whole different perspective. Women she works with make excuses that she is young and it makes it easier for her, when in reality, my sister struggled with her weight just as much as me when she was younger. Sure, there are girls in their 20s, and even 30s who are beyond blessed with metabolisms that stand the test of time, but when you come from a family who’s metabolisms make even looking at a burger dangerous… I can see where she was insulted. Everyone wants a quick fix, a pill, something to “melt the fat in 10 days,” when the truth is it takes work.

Just one thing

The Rock’s new movie with Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence, has a great scene in the trailer that very clearly illustrates this. He meets a friend after 20 years, and the friend (Hart) asks Bob  (The Rock) how he lost 200lbs. He responds, “I only did one thing. I worked out 6 hours a day, every day, for the last 20 years.” And in all reality… The Rock probably does work out just about this much.

I share this with you not as a commentary on how you will never look like The Rock… and honestly, who needs to? What I say this to mean is that it takes years to get to a certain level of fitness. It takes continued dedication to your goals. And it takes failing and getting back up again and again and again. I recently heard a quote that as a former ballerina, I absolutely adore.

Don't judge your backstage by someone else's opening act.

It’s easy to see where the people we look up to or aspire towards are now, be it published writers, athletes, or bloggers. It takes hard work to get what you want in life. Working towards your career, working on a novel, working on your fitness. Working on finding a good balance that allows you to be able to get through your day. Finding a routine that allows you to get more out of life. Making sure you do your physical therapy exercises, or working towards gaining control over PTSD or other mental conditions.

We all move at our own speed

These are all difficult, and successes in them are all worthy of celebrating… whether you are a seasoned veteran or just started today. Don’t judge yourself by those who have gone before you. Don’t let yourself believe you cannot achieve success. Take pride in the successes you see, no matter how small. And never diminish the work that you and others have put towards achieving those goals.

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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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  • 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!
  • Here is my entry for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Inspired by the recent excitement around the movie IT, I wanted to create a character from another of my favorite Stephen King novels, Rose Madder. The book is set in the late 80s or early nineties but I would imagine that it would be produced in the style of many of his older movies from the 70s and 80s such as The Shining, Carrie, or Salem's Lot.
This novel is unique to me because it includes elements of Greek mythology which is a different angle for Stephen King, and also because it covers the topic of domestic abuse, and with October also being domestic abuse awareness month I felt that it was very timely. In the book, Rose Madder is an “almost goddess” that saves the main character, Rosie, by showing her how to empower herself and escape from her abusive husband. 
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.
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.”
  • Super excited to be entering the #StrykingFEAR Contest! It all started when I came across the round one intro video from @miss_stryx back in August. Suddenly I had a deliciously horrifying idea that has led to an awesome collaboration with @jibclimmer and I was more excited about Halloween this year then I have been for any years prior. Thanks @miss_stryx for the inspiration! Since I had to rush everything because of my surgery last week, I'm still working on editing and will actually be posting the rounds in reverse order. Round three coming up soon!
  • It's showtime!!!! It's been an interesting last week recovering  from my recent shoulder surgery, but in between bouts of falling asleep randomly and mindlessly watching television, I've been able to work on some of the video to tutorials I shot prior to the surgery. These are gonna be coming at you here pretty soon! In the meantime, here is my Beetlejuice from last year which you can find a tutorial for on the blog, both make up and costume! Link in bio.
  • I didn't want to say anything, then... or even now. But what someone else decided to do became a part of who I am now. A part of the damage I will always carry. My voice may have been small while I put myself together. Until I learned that the part of me that I am proudest of, the strength in me to overcome, is something you will never take. #metoo
  • Should have known #fridaythe13th would be the PERFECT day to start shooting my next project. You guys... I can't even begin to say how excited I am to share it with you, but for now, a quick peek.
  • Even in death, #pumpkinspice is life! Zombie walks are popping up all around the country, and if you want to wear your costume early as a "zombie" but don't want to actually damage the costume, this basic zombie is perfect! Or for me, it's a casual October Saturday....

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