Mad Like Alyce

Fall Fit Challenge: Week 1 & 2

Lesson learned from week 1 of the FIT challenge… you can always work harder. In addition my workouts, I pushed myself harder than I have in weeks… really in months. Some people tackled an entire challenge in one day. I’m talking doing 100 bicep curls, 250 pushups, and 25 pull-ups in one day… on top of their workout. Sure, it’s possible for me to do that, and I certainly would love to try.

That’s the biggest problem with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome… you don’t always feel the consequences right away. I can’t tell you how many times I crushed a workout and felt great…. right up until I was barely able to walk the next day… or had such pain that flared up every nerve that I had managed to forget. So while others crushed a challenge a day, I worked on bits and pieces of each challenge, working up to finally finish one on Friday.


  • 100 roundhouses
  • 10 burpees
  • 50 oblique crunches
  • 25 push-ups
  • 1 minute plank


  • 100 bicep curls
  • 50 push-ups
  • 30 burpees
  • 2 pull ups
  • 2 minute plank
  • 50 burpees


Tuesday had been leg day, and I pushed myself harder than usual… and apparently my hamstrings couldn’t take it… I was barely able to hobble around the next day and decided to take a day off. Afterwards, I kind of wish I had gone to class… sometimes working out, even if it isn’t my all, is a better way to heal.


  • 23 pull-ups
  • 50 speed skaters
  • 20 squat jumps with a medicine ball
  • 30 leg extensions with resistance band
  • 10 burpees
  • 75 pushups


Go time… I was 100 pushups away from finishing the above mentioned challenge and I knew I wasn’t going to make the Saturday class so I powered through them… and got my first cache clue!

Week 2 & Spoon Theory

With Labor Day taking out Monday’s workout, I made it to Tuesday’s class and completed another challenge after finishing 100 burpees, 100 speed skaters and 100 squat jumps. But sometimes, you have to know when to preserve your energy.


When it comes to chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome, we often reference “spoon theory.” This is the concept that we start each day with a finite number of spoons, used as currency towards the events of the day. You can use them evenly over the day, or use more for a specific event in the day. You can even borrow spoons from other days, but know that you will be costing yourself the energy from that day. If you borrow to many spoons, you will inevitably crash, and often times, have fewer spoons for the next few days as you recover from that crash.

Wednesday, I met up with friends to discuss writing… something that replenishes me and makes me feel re-energized for my own projects. I could have left early to go to the gym, but decided not to worry on it. Thursday, I spent the day tending to Damir after his surgery and dealing with a cold so by Friday, I was so drained that I knew any exercise would wipe me out. It would normally be fine, if I hadn’t had a full day of work ahead of me Saturday. And after a full day on my feet, I knew there would be no “running to make up for it” like I had promised myself earlier in the day.

While I am certainly disappointed that I didn’t keep up with my momentum I am also just as proud that I have accomplished as much as I did this week. I know what overexerting my energy does to me and I don’t want to crash. I’m getting better at understanding that a week of poor exercise and eating will not undo all of my hard work, just as a week of hard work does not undo all of my poor eating… as long as I get back on track. So I will give my self permission to relax and start fresh next week… I still have quite a few challenges to complete!


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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