Dissertation excitement + I said YES to the dress + strength!

I was kind of dragging a little bit yesterday mid-morning, but I had already finished off our pot of coffee and I didn’t want to make more. I mixed a little bit of these three together and it seemed to help. I hadn’t had this Almond Coconut blend before and I really liked it!
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I also sipped on this, which was so delicious and it kind of reminds me of komucha. I love apple cider vinegar, so I like that you can sort of taste that in this drink. It usually takes me about 3-4 days to finish one of these.
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After my breakfast casserole and waffle, I was still hungry, so I had a banana with PB. Then about an hour later, I got hungry again. I had a lunch meeting with a women who is going to help edit my dissertation, so I didn’t want to eat too much and be full, but I knew I wasn’t going to make it to lunch without eating something. I remembered we had sausage links and pepperoni leftover from meal prep, so I made a little snack. These sausage links are seriously amazing. I think they’re Applegate, but I can’t remember for sure. This one is chicken and apple, but they make a variety of flavors.
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I met a woman who is going to help me edit my dissertation paper at McAlister’s for lunch. It was a wonderful meeting and she is so knowledgable about APA (the format I have to use) and will even check all my references and different things like that. Using her skills will definitely take some stress off of me as I finish up my study and start analyzing data. I hadn’t been to McAlister’s in a LONG time, so I was excited when she suggested we meet there. I had the Savannah Chopped Salad, which is one of my favorites. It’s SO good.
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Mmm. McAlister’s tea. Yes, please.
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After lunch, I headed to my parents’ to try on wedding dresses! Jake and I like to do things our own way, which reflects who we are and what is important to us, so in doing that, I decided I didn’t really want a traditional wedding dress. Plus, we are going to be outside for our ceremony in Colorado, and a big, fluffy dress would probably get filthy. I found 6 dresses that I liked and ordered all of them. They came in on Monday afternoon, so we planned a try-on party for yesterday! My Mom, my sister, Jake’s Mom, and Jake’s sister all met at my parents’ to help me choose THE dress. When I got there, my Momma had champagne waiting. She gets me.
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I said “YES”! I fell in love with the second dress I tried on. I just knew it was THE dress. There were two others that I really liked, as well, but the second dress was MY dress. I didn’t want to take it off! It’s perfect and exactly what I was wanting. I’m SO excited and the whole process made me even more excited for our wedding!
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Our new 2018 calendar finally came in the mail! These had been on backorder when I ordered it a few weeks ago, so I’m excited to get caught up on the ones we missed. I had heard great things about the book with this same title, so I probably need to check that out, too.
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We had leftovers planned for dinner and as I was getting ready to warm everything up, Jake got called into work. He’s on call this week, so he has to be ready to go to work at all times. I was hungry, so I went ahead and ate my dinner. Leftover stuffed acorn squash and the rest of my salad from lunch. The stuffed squash was still super good! I am going to have to remember this recipe. We need to make it again. Maybe next week… ; )
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I got up to do something and realized that I didn’t match. At all. I think I had almost every color on, but no piece of clothing had the same color. Very high fashion, right?
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I found a couple of exercises on Runner’s World for activating/strengthening glutes, so I spent about 30-minutes doing those last night after dinner. I’m going to ask my PT about them when I see her tomorrow. I’m the worst patient…I’m sure she loves that I’m researching things before seeing her. NOT. I grabbed a little kettlebell to add some resistance on the couple of the moves. I was SO shaky doing some of these moves. It was crazy. I had no idea how weak I was in those problem areas…

​I love this little kettlebell -it’s so cute!

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I was TERRIBLE at these. Single-leg deadlifts. I didn’t have a wide range of motion at all and I shook basically the whole time. I definitely need to be more serious about my strength training.
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After working on some of those glute moves, I got out my trusty lacrosse ball. Jake was home at this point, so he ate dinner while I rolled out. We also watched an episode of Bloodline, which was super intense! Things are getting crazy in this show. My hips and feet have SO many knots in them, I never realized how bad they were just using my foam roller. This ball makes you feel EVERYTHING…whether you want to or not. I did manage to get one huge knot taken care of in my right foot and it feels SO much better. I highly recommend rolling out with one of these. They’re a life saver!
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I don’t think Jake will ever get his recliner back from this furball. She loves it.
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I started reading my book last night! It was amazing. I have really missed reading for enjoyment. I also have some exciting(ish) news about my degree – I was trying to figure up what hours I have left to meet my minimum to graduate – there’s no way I am taking hours over the minimum if I don’t have to. I want to be finished ASAP. I got an email saying I hadn’t signed up for spring 2018 courses, and since I’m not taking courses, I have to sign up for dissertation hours. I can pick how many credit hours I want/need to take, I just pay more for additional hours. So I counted up all my previous classes and tried to figure out what I needed to sign up for. Well, I was short 3 hours somehow – cue mild panic attack. I began a very thorough investigation of my entire program at Mizzou and I found a class I had taken that my committee and myself had forgotten about! BOOM. So, there are those 3 hours. But now I have another dilemma…technically, if I can finish my dissertation, I can graduate in May. I just don’t know if it’s doable. But if I don’t graduate in May, I have to wait until August or December. If I graduate in August, I will have to walk in May (before I actually graduate, which I will hate) or I wait and walk in December, which I would rather do, if they’ll let me. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not THAT big of a deal, but I just REALLY want to be finished and graduated. So that’s my dilemma for the day! The good news is that I have enough hours, so even if I have to pay for one more semester (ugh), it won’t be the end of the world. There’s a lot of rambling there…I hope you could follow that, ha!

I’m headed to yoga, then it’s home to work, conduct an interview, then go to a nutrition talk with Kayla and Jyssica this evening at Brew Co!

 

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Becky Strzalkowski

    Hi Chelsea, I have been reading your blog daily since you posted about your amazing engagement story in the hungryrunnergirl blog! Congratulations!! I love reading about all your fun adventures, workouts, food prep (I love spicy food too), and brewery hang outs (also love craft beer!). I just wanted to share with you that I think you are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your ideas and tips for a healthy, productive, joyful life. Can’t wait to hear more about the wedding and training!

    • Chelsea

      Oh, Becky! You are SO sweet. Thank you for your kind words – they mean so much to me! Spicy food and beer – heck yeah. 🙂 I love having you as a reader! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

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