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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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • 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

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