We need to talk…

about Blogfest 2016!!!

If you have been following along on Instagram you have seen all the fun and exciting updates I posted from my trip last week to Los Angeles for the Idea World Fitness Convention and Blogfest.

I was there for five days and met so many inspiring bloggers, fitness professionals and business owners! The first two days were focused around blogging and the second two days I took full advantage of all of the classes and seminars that were offered at Idea World.


Day one started with checking in and getting our AMAZING swag bag that we had to go and drop back off at the hotel because there was just too much goodness to carry around! (I am still managing my way through all of the swag so stay tuned for some reviews on the awesome goodies we got!)


After we had a great breakfast we made our way to our first seminar and I can’t tell you how much I learned. I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty, but needless to say there are some amazing and inspiring bloggers out there. Here are a few that you should follow:

howharditri

sweetandstrongblog

chocolaterunnergirl

fitfoundme

These are just a few blogs who belong to some really cool people that I met during this trip. Which leads me to one of the biggest take aways from the week: everyone was so friendly and you can truly learn from everyone you meet. You may not have the same blog focus or life focus but everyone is so interesting and it really was amazing to see how just one little thing brought us all together.


Friday we had our keynote speaker Jenna Wolfe. Now if you are a Good Morning America viewer you might be wondering who she is too like I shamefully was, but she had such an inspiring story and even though I didn’t know her before last Friday, I got my second biggest take away from the weekend from her: “There are two times in your life: now and too late.” These words really resonated with me because I know sometimes everyday life, the commute to and from work, the drama that is life sometimes holds me back from pursuing what it is that moves me and drives me. She relit a fire under my butt so to speak and I am so excited for the future and what it holds, even though I don’t know what it is! I do know I can choose NOW to start the steps to get me to where my end goal waits.


After the keynote, we had Melissa Hartwig speak on behalf of Vital Proteins and their collagen and touch on Whole30. Now, I have seen the pictures online of friends taking part in a Whole30 challenge but I never really asked any questions about it or found out exactly what it was all about. But after hearing Melissa talk I was intrigued. At our final cocktail party to close out Blogfest she was there giving away her book and answering any questions. She was so helpful and was just so excited that we were interested in learning more about it. I got a book and told the fiancé that we are going to try it. So starting August 1 we will begin our first Whole30…wish us luck!


After these two amazing women gave incredible speeches we traveled down to the expo and got our butts kicked by Gunnar Peterson and his trainers!! 


I have to thank Sweatpink for allowing me the opportunity to travel out to Blogfest and meet with fellow Sweatpink ambassadors. This is truly an amazing and inspiring group of women who have left me with my final take away from Blogfest: Share your passion. I need to share my passion with anyone and everyone who will listen! That was the initial thought behind this blog and my little corner of the internet but we all know moving, and job changes, and new jobs and old jobs and family and friends can leave you wondering where the day went. Listening to some of the other ambassadors and how manage it all was definitely inspiring and I can’t wait to apply what I learned to keep apunchofleopard going!!


Thank you all for your support and check back next week for my recap of Saturday and Sunday at Idea World including my BodyShred training and an amazing photo shoot around downtown LA!!

xoxo,

Marilena

 

 

Skirting the Issue

Hey hey!!! Big news is here! The hiatus is because we just relocated to San Antonio!! The move was bittersweet and I miss the connections I made while in El Paso, but I am thrilled to be back in central Texas and with all the green!!! The one thing I’m not too excited about is the humidity. I know it’s amazing for your skin but man do I miss that dry heat!


Blogfest is coming up in one week (!!!) I can not wait to get out to California and meet so many inspiring bloggers, like my roommate! Since I have packing and outfit making on my mind I wanted to share a post about a piece of active wear that has my full attention – the skirt. I have found so many great options from Nike, Adidas and of course Lululemon.


It’s such a great piece for people like me who don’t necessarily like wearing short tight shorts. The skirt pairs well with all shoes from sneakers to flips and from tanks to long sleeves.

Take a look at my favorites in my closet and those I have found around town. Do you have a go to skirt you throw on? I’m sure there is a brand I’m overlooking so let me know in the comments below!!
Happy Wednesday!!

Nikecourt Power Skirt in Black

-why I love this- this is definitely my go to everyday skirt. The DryFit material is so comfortable. Plus it matches my zip up I’ve had forever that has yet to fade!!

Lululemon City Sky Run by Skirt in camou

-why I love this- it’s slimming and still has a bit of flare with the pleating at the bottom.

Lululemon Pace Rival Skirt II

-why I love this- I don’t own any of the new colors, I actually found a great print about a year ago on sale (double great!) and I can’t stop wearing it. The pleats in the back are a little longer so not only is it slimming but it gives great overage too!

Adidas Barricade Skort
-why I love this- so I don’t have this skirt although the preferated skirt has me interested! What I have found with the Adidas skirts though is they are definitely shorter than all the rest.

For my dream closet::

Monreal Back Flip Skirt

Heroine Sport Training Skirt

Xoxo,

Marilena

It’s been awhile…

since I have shared a workout with you! For today’s #workoutwednesday I am sharing a lower rep workout that you can use to challenge yourself with the weights you choose and give you the time to focus on your form. 

I began this workout with an interval run I had preprogrammed in the Interval Timer app I used in my boot-camp classes.

After the run was completed, I grabbed a heavy and a heavier set of dumbbells so I could switch back and forth depending on the exercise I was completing.I completed each round three times with a 30-60 second rest in between rounds. Try to move from one exercise right in to the next without taking a break. This will keep your heart rate up and keep burning those calories! With each exercise you will see that the rep count is low so use that time to really challenge yourself and focus on your form.

At the end of this workout you should definitely feel it and feel GREAT about leaving it all out on the gym floor!!!

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a few notes:

With your power push ups focus on keeping your core tight as you push through your hands to push off the ground.

For your deadlifts keep a slight bend in your knees and keep your back straight as you lower the weights down along the front of your legs. It is as if you are shaving your legs.

With your triceps extension focus on keeping your elbows glued to the side of your head. You don’t want your elbows facing out you want them facing straight ahead.

For the squat with the bicep curl, keep your knees over your ankles and your chest proud. You can anchor your elbow into your knee as you do the isolated curl.

For my favorite, the man maker, this is an all inclusive move that will really exhaust all that you have left in your tank. With the weights you will fall into a push up (similar to a burpee), do a renegade row on each side, jump your feet in and then push up to a squat, to a curl to an over head press. That is one! Trust me 5 will be enough🙂 Through out make sure you are keeping your core engaged, knees over your ankles and smile on your face🙂

Use the reverse lunges with a twist as a chance to actively recover from the full body move of the manmaker, but don’t forget form. In your lunge you want a 90 degree angle in each leg and your front knee over your ankle.

If you ever have any questions on how to complete exercises you can always send me a note! 

Let me know what you think!!!

Keep sweating!

Marilena

Tasty Tuesday Round Up

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I wanted to theme the round up this week with my favorite recipes that I have posted, in case you missed them, and then some that I have found around the internet and have added to my “to make” list! Let me know what you think and if you have tried any of them in the comments below!!

“if it tastes good, the calories don’t count.”


In case you missed it…

Greek Turkey Burger Tuesday

A Very Berry Baked Oatmeal

Protein Buckeyes

Starbucks Hack #32

What I saved…

Zucchini Chicken Alfredo

Ok so these are not clean eating approved…but they look sooooo amazing!

Fancy water!

Grown up slushies are all the rage!

What I pinned….

Spicy Cilantro Limeade

Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

Game of Thrones Wine Pairings… yes you read that right! Don’t read if you are not caught up!!!

and after all these tasty recipes we will need this circuit!


Hope you all have a very tasty TUESDAY!!!

xoxo,

Marilena

 

Are you still there??

Hey friends!! After a few weeks away from blogging, I am back. It took me a little bit to find my stride with the new job and the initial wedding planning steps but I have found it and I am full of new posts and ideas that I can’t wait to share!

Here is what I have read and posted over the past few weeks…enjoy!!

What I Read:

I am not going to lie, I got super emotional after looking at this….

I love this new collection of nude flats.

Read this before you try the KonMari Method.

Fabletics released their new swim outfits and of course I am obsessed with the one that is already sold out!!

What I Pinned:

Help those avocados ripen up!

Can’t wait to make this skinny carrot cake…yummmmmo!

I love my Shnauzie!


A few weeks back I made a trip up to Dallas to meet my dad and my MOH to search for dresses and we found one!!! It was so amazing and such a relief to mark that off the list. And of course we had to celebrate the remainder of the weekend!!

I had such a great time with some close friends of mine and I know my father was super excited for the day too!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!!

xoxo,

Marilena

Row, Row, Row 

Hello!!!! It’s been a hot minute since I shared a workout so today is your lucky day!!

   

AND ROW!!!

When I first started going to Orange Theory Fitness I had a love/hate relationship with the rower. It hurt my hands, I couldn’t quite get the flow, but I noticed that I was burning a lot of calories when I was on it AND I noticed a difference in my strength all around. 

This isn’t new for those of you who have been rowing for awhile, but for those that still just pass the rower by, jump on it during your next cardio day! Don’t believe how awesome it is? Read this article. We all know spin, or cycle, class TORCHES calories and is an awesome workout. But jumping on the rower is even better!! 

Over the months I have posted a couple row workouts. Here is an OTF inspired run to row workout here. And most recently I posted a row workout with bicep curls

Check them out let me know what you think. I promise you won’t be disappointed! Plus! If you are looking for a new and different cardio workout to kind of surprise your body this is it. You can even do interval training on the rower just like running or spin/cycle. 

Xoxo,

Marilena