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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  • My new favorite IG account... u need to scroll through these posts! #Repost @iamtheswimreaper (@get_repost)
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Lol #justbeingbasic
  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • 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!

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