Mad Like Alyce

Back a few months ago, I completely revolutionized the way I looked at my health and fitness. Before that, it was more like… “I’m gunna fit-ness donut in my mouth.” I was incredibly proud of my 10 week results after doing Farrells. But life has a way of throwing a curve ball and reminding you why you can’t count on “your plans.” So I didn’t make nearly as much progress in the following months as I would have liked.

The most important part of a fitness routine

Starting a new job a month ago made a big difference in many ways, from a more steady income to the increased confidence that comes when you have a reason to put on pants… but most importantly of all for me was routine. I’ve had to plan meals ahead, and had something to keep me steadily occupied and challenged through the day. I took the first week of this job off from the gym, but in the last three weeks I’ve been killing it with my nutrition and workout schedule.

Weight really is just a number

Even with the backslides and stagnant progress, I kept up at least 3 days a week at the gym even if I was eating poorly and now 3 weeks in I remember why I love it. The confidence to wear tank tops because IM ACTUALLY PROUD OF MY ARMS YOU GUYS. For the first time in my life. Or the fact I haven’t weighed myself in nearly a month, and honestly, don’t think about it much. I did just this weekend out of curiosity and was pleased to see motion in the right direction, but I wasn’t fazed by the number.

Five years ago I lost 40lbs with Weight Watchers and the scale now shows a number just a hair under that previous starting weight. This time, however, I’m two sizes smaller and have more confidence about myself than I ever could have dreamed. I bought cute shorty shorts and wore them comfortably this summer. I wore tank tops without a care. I sometimes flex at myself in the mirror. It’s awesome to finally love my body! You really do have to invest in yourself… as a way to treat yourself rather than in punishment for a poor diet.

IMG_6740Fall Fitness Challenge

As a way to keep myself accountable, I have considered becoming a coach for one of the upcoming rounds of 10-weekers coming into the Farrells programs. In preparation for that, I also signed up for the fall FIT challenge, and decided to keep myself accountable to YOU my readers.

The FIT challenge consists of a set of workouts that have to be completed (for points) which unlocks the location of a geo-cache that can be found and redeemed for additional points. For example, one challenge is to run 3 miles, another to do 100 alternating roundhouse kicks +200 squats + something else I can’t remember right now. You don’t have to do them all at once, but you do have to complete a total of that number before unlocking the cache. Sooo…. I will do my best to track how many of each I do daily, and post at the end of the week… hopefully with some fun geo-cache finds! (Have you done geo-caching? I’ve heard a lot about it but have never actually tried it.)

Here’s to a healthy body and self esteem!

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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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