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.

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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

Friday

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.

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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!

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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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