Needing motivation

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been here on Invigorating Self-Esteem, couple weeks I think. Just started getting into the school routine again, on top of working just about full-time and planning my wedding. Haven’t had much time to spare, even on my days off from school and/or work. I can barely keep up with myself!

Stress has gotten the best of me… I have been up all night due to stress, cried, been easily irritated or pissed off, and completely and utterly tired. Also, been sick A LOT! Getting over a cold, have had vomiting pretty frequently. My body and mind are just exhausted. Even my exercising has been slacking. I’ve only really been finding time to exercise maybe three times a week? And my workouts are short. Maybe just a run, or a short swim, and that’s just about it. Recently, I reduced my hours at work to part-time, hoping that I can somehow make time for myself in all this chaos. Maybe even be able to do a little strength training during my workout days. I feel low on energy and that I haven’t been progressively getting better in my runs (by the way, last week, I PRed on my run: 4.8 miles in 44:38, which is the longest and fastest I have ever run!). Even though I kicked ass on a single run, I feel out of shape.

Really need motivation from my fellow runners and fitness bloggers! How do I keep going? Lately, in order to have time to relax for myself, I have been wanting to take that time from my exercise since that’s the only time I do have to myself.


A must-try speed running workout! (super good for beginner runners)

My running habits have developed immensely! To the point where I really LOVE and enjoy the sport. Been going on about 8 weeks of running regularly now, and I don’t think I ever want to stop. But, in order to start growing and improving in the sport, I need to start challenging myself. Every single run I go on, I try to go a little farther. And yes, that’s good, and a great way to push myself (especially since I eventually want to compete in longer distance racing). However, in order to be the best runner I can possibly be, incorporating speed and other types of exercise is crucial! And I found a relatively easy plan to follow for a speed workout. One that actually seems and FEELS do-able, where I’m literally not going to have my heart explode in the middle of it. This speed run is actually a pyramid build. It goes like this.

Pyramid Run

Warm up – 5 minutes easy (I fast walked half, and jogged my typical run pace for the other)

Run for 18 minutes

1 minute hard

1 minute easy

2 minutes hard

2 minutes easy

3 minutes hard

3 minutes easy (this is the top of the pyramid)

Move back down the pattern and finish at one minute easy

Cool down – 5 minutes easy jog pace, fast walk

Seriously the best speed workout for beginners (or any runner)! I highly recommend you give it a try. And plus, the extra speed makes you sweat WAY more. I was dripping all over. LOVE!


ALSO! I made a terrific dinner again tonight. Ground turkey and sweet potato hash. Here’s what’s in it and how it’s done.


Ground turkey and sweet potato hash:


2 tbsp. olive oil

1 lb. extra-lean ground turkey

1 tsp. garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup onion, diced

1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced

1-1/2 cup sweet potato, diced

Salt and pepper

Dash of chili pepper

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Fresh parsley and green onion for garnish


Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the ground turkey and garlic, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add in the onion and yellow peppers. Cook for a few minutes, until the onions start to sautee and brown. Add in the sweet potato, cover the skillet and cook until the potatoes are tender. Extra olive oil and/or some water may help to cook the sweet potato. Here is when I added the desired amount of salt and pepper, along with a couple dashes of chili powder. While the sweet potatoes are cooking in the skillet, pre-heat the oven to 40 degrees. Once the potatoes are cooked, pour skillet into oven-proof dish (unless skillet is oven-proof already), top with mozzarella and bake for a couple minutes until cheese is fully melted. Remove the dish and garnish with green onion and parsley. Serve immediately. DELISH!!

You’re welcome. Good night!


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See, this blog already pushes me

I ran early this morning. I woke up at 6AM and went for a jog. However, it wasn’t my best run, that’s for sure. In fact, it rather sucked. But as my mom has told me, and my dad has told her, “a crappy workout is better than NO workout.” Was definitely the cheerer-upper that I was in need of. Although I felt so tired and sleepy (as I literally woke up and went for the run immediately) since I didn’t have the natural time to let my body wake up, it smelled good and the crisp air was wonderful to be out in.

Definitely the time of day that I enjoy. However, I would’ve enjoyed it if I could’ve been awake a little longer first, and obviously succeeded a little more on the run first. But everybody has their bad runs. Reminding myself that even the world-class runners have their pitfalls occasionally gives me the hope to press on and not kick myself for my minor setback.

One of my struggles for pursuing this desire to become a runner and become more physically fit, is the fact that I need to continue to cross train and regularly accomplish core and strengthening work. I understand that in order for me to become a stronger and faster runner, I need to workout other areas of my body. I really don’t enjoy other cardio options that I actually have the time for though. I love swimming, I love rowing, and I really like doing things outdoors, however I’m a full-time student, full-time employee, and planning a wedding on top of all of that, so I don’t have the time to go do all those activities (unless I wake up at 4AM, which isn’t gonna happen). I am definitely not a huge fan of biking, the elliptical isn’t terrible, and the erg is relatively fun, but I don’t get that “high” sensation with those like I do with running. I don’t always feel that “second wind,” which I have never experienced until developing my running habit (it’s amazing!). Core and strengthening aren’t my favorite either. I feel as if I need to spend a significant amount of time doing these types of workouts, but I worry that I won’t get stronger or faster as a runner if I don’t spend that amount of time completing those workouts.

Any runners out there that experience these feelings? How often and how much time should I spend on strengthening and core? Also, how do I enjoy performing other types of cardio so that it doesn’t seem like a “have to” and more like a “want to”?