Just Lacey

I'm from Boston, i go to the University of Manchester in England. Feel free to say hello :)
HW: 145.8 lbs/66 kg
CW: 140.5 lbs/ 65 kg
GW: 120 to 125 lbs/54 to 56 kg
GW subject to change depending on how i feel when i get there :)

I finished 6 cycles of ABVD chemo for my stage 2a Hodgkin's Lymphoma on November 12, 2013. Now i'm working towards getting my body & fitness back! 6 months cancer free :D

Right I’ve finally had a bit of time to sit so I’m going to give you guys an update.

As I have mentioned and you may have noticed, a lot has changed. Let’s just summarise things to make it more simple:
1) I’m not tracking calories
2) I’m not tracking macros
3) I’m not tracking calories burnt through exercise
4) I’m not weighing myself regularly. (haven’t since mid-late august)

All of this is in an effort to normalize my relationship with food. I’m consciously working towards eating/cooking/making healthy, whole food, but I’m listening to my body more. I’m allowing myself treats and not allowing myself guilt over food. I’m exercising and enjoying it for what it is rather than an abstract number that represents my relationship with gravity.

So I’ve been at this for about…4 weeks, I’d say.
The results are very much positive! Instead of focusing all my energy on the shape of my body, I’ve been working harder to dress well and in a way that makes me feel good about myself. I’ve invested in new makeup and started painting my nails and putting some capital into decorating my new flat. I would say I’ve been quite aware of what I’m eating, but trying quite hard to spare myself any judgement for eating “bad” things.
I’ve felt much better about myself ( self esteem has gone way up! ) And I dare say I’ve even slimmed down a little bit. Which I think may simply be less stress and giving myself over to life more rather than investing all my time in trying to work off or not eat food.
I’m gonna weigh myself at the end of September just to check in and see what kind of effect it has had from that standpoint, but also to reinforce the idea that whatever the number may be, it has no power over me. If I’m happy and healthy, that is enough. I’m keeping with this fitness first approach. It feels sustainable, it feels like the new normal!

In personal terms, I’m back in Manchester and settling into my schedule for my final year of uni. It’s been quite good so far, I’ve gone out with Luke a lot and we’re better than ever :) next week is his birthday and then the week after is our 4 year anniversary. Can you believe it? And I would say we are happier and more in love than ever. Going back to omnivore-ism has been a such a positive move for the both of us, but I would say Luke particularly is thriving these days. He’s a different person than he was 4 months ago, both physically and mentally. I’m so pleased to see him as happy and vibrant as he is now! He also grew a lot of muscles while I was home in America :P :P :P <3 
I’m also a captain of the Manchester riding teams as well, and trials are this Wednesday. I’m a little nervous about ‘judging’ people and picking the teams, but I’m also kind of excited. It’s been nice to be more involved so far in everything, and I’m hoping to ride on the A team this year. I found out too that it will be pretty much cost-neutral for me- one of the perks of being captain! :) so yeah I’ll be quite busy with that this year.
I’m also facing a big task with my masters application. There’s a lot of options going forward, in terms of where I could do it. I would prefer to stay in Manchester for many reasons, not least of which is staying near Luke while he finishes his degree and possibly moving in together next year. I’m not completely turned off the idea of moving somewhere else close (ish) by, like Liverpool or Leeds , or even as far as Birmingham.  But it makes me really anxious to think about that because I’ve built a support network here with all my friends and the staff and the riding stuff… it’s just quite intimidating to think about moving somewhere completely new and being all alone, particularly on a masters course where I don’t think it’s quite as sociable as an undergrad. It’d be good for things like work experience and stuff I suppose , having all that time to myself, but I’m not sure. There’s a lot of pressure from the parents to broaden my horizons (as far as returning back to America…but that’s not on my to do list for the next couple years) so I’m trying to give it a shot for their sake and I guess for mine a bit, but my hearts not totally in it. I’m growing to love Manchester as my home away from home. Luke is willing to make it work wherever I go (though he did say if I went back to America for it it would break his heart. No doubt it would break mine as well) so that’s reassuring. But still. I’m not sure. It gets very overwhelming to think about at times.

Anyway I think that’s a pretty decent summary of my life at the minute! Some stress, some happy things, some things to work on. Overall life’s going fairly well and I’ve not much to complain about :) I hope all of you are well and I hope to post more in the coming weeks!

Posted September 22nd, 2014 with 2 notes.

Unfortunately this didnt come out how i’d have liked. the audio got all messed up so i put a youtube track on it to spare your ears. i may send the footage to my darling Luke because he’s good at editing :P

But here it is in all it’s rawness!

So yeah it goes silent halfway through. Hopefully this allows you to appreciate the serenity of it for now :3 it was so lovely to get out in the world and do these movements and feel confident about it. I included some inversions, but also some split and flexibility work. Hope to make more of these as the seasons draw on :)

Posted September 22nd, 2014.

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Posted September 21st, 2014 with 111 notes .

yoga video coming tomorrow guys!
It’s uploading now :3

Posted September 21st, 2014 with 1 note.

still busy! but things are in the works.

Hey guys. Sorry again for the inactivity this past week! I’m finally settling down, though real life is proving to be more interesting than tumblr at the moment (which is great really haha)

I do have a couple things I want to post though :) a short yoga video luke helped me make the other day, as well as finally filming my whole stretching routine for anyone who’s interested. Plus of course a general written update because my approach to life/fitness/health has dramatically changed in the last 4 weeks.

Overall I’m feeling really great though, about myself and about everything I’m doing. It’s my final year of uni so things are gonna get crazy (I’m also a captain of the riding teams this year, hello responsibility)  but I’m hoping I’ll find a good balance.

Hope you’re all well :)

Posted September 20th, 2014 with 2 notes.

amroyounes:

8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.

Scallions

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 

Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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Posted September 13th, 2014 with 68,080 notes.

sorry for being inactive!
Just settling in to manchester :)
Thanks to those who sent me some well wishes before i left <3

i will give you guys a big update soon i promise! xxxx

Posted September 13th, 2014 with 2 notes.

stress face

stress face

Posted September 9th, 2014 with 4 notes .

packing SUCKS
why is teleportation not a thing :(at least i&#8217;m going to see Luke tomorrow :D

packing SUCKS

why is teleportation not a thing :(

at least i’m going to see Luke tomorrow :D

Posted September 9th, 2014 with 3 notes .

fitstrongkitty:

the-life-of-leah:

jeffreycaluag:

"Anaconda" - Nicki Minaj 

Choreography by: Jeffrey Caluag & Dimitri Mendez

organicallygorgeous we are learning this

I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE

Posted September 9th, 2014 with 319,991 notes.

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