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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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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