What to Pack for Blogfest 2017

Hello, Hello! 

As I am writing this we are 4 weeks and two days out from Blogfest 2017 and the excitement is growing!! I started thinking about what I packed last year, what I didn’t pack that I wish I had and what I definitely OVER packed. It was my first year to attend any sort of fitness convention, partake in multiple amazing workouts and learn from very knowledgeable influencers/bloggers. So I definitely made some packing loses but a few wins that I want to share with you!!

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Hear me out… yes we are heading to the desert this year and it just so happens the hottest day of the year is usually July 19th, but don’t let this desert heat fool you. I GUARANTEE inside the convention center and meeting rooms the a/c will be blasting. Make sure you stay comfortable and focused with whatever extra jacket/sweater/poncho you need to bring. 


Obviously you will change outfits everyday, but something that helped me not FREEZE my behind off was changing after any workout that we had especially if I knew we were walking into another seated lecture/presentation. The extra set of pants, top, sports bra and yes underwear made all the difference. TRUST ME.

BlogFest 2016 Swag Bag we received upon check in


This one makes me laugh because I was really proud of myself for fitting all of my workout wear, multiple running/training shoes, toiletries, etc…. in one bag. Yay!! NOT. Both me and my roommate Esther took turns running to the Target that was several blocks away to buy a SECOND piece of luggage. The amount of product/swag/goodies you will accumulate is INSANE!! In a very, very, very good way. I was exposed to product I have never heard of that has now made its way in to my daily life. Pack that extra duffle in your suitcase so you can fill it up with all of the things!

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My everyday duffle that housed my change of clothes, snacks, cell phone, water, etc…


Yes you should pack enough outfits to wear you can change after every workout and pack enough underwear to last you through my second tip, but we are going to FITNESS CONVENTION. The vendors at the expo are amazing and many of them are pop up shops! Last year I found pieces from Lorna Jane, Yoga Smoga and even SweatPink! Just to name a few. You don’t need to bring EVERY black pair of leggings you own (do you hear me Marilena??) just enough to get you by. Save the room for your swag!

Esther and I were set…


Since last year was my first year to attend I didn’t know what the eating situation was going to be like. So in my duffle I not only carted around multiple outfits, underwear, a shoe change, socks, but I also had a jar of nutbutter, complete cookies, fig bars, protein bars, beef jerky, etc, etc… You really don’t need this. I remember hearing a comment from a presenter last year mention that we were the “best fed group at IDEA!!!” #truth There are snacks on snacks on snacks. Breakfast is offered, lunch is offered in addition to the snack breaks they have planned for us. And did I mention, the freebies you will receive in your swag bag and from vendors?! Unless you have a very strict diet/allergies you can go light on the snacks you pack, I didn’t eat everything I packed and you guessed it, had to cart it right back with me! So, again, save the room for your swag!!

I hope these tips have helped you in your packing plan! Many people brought their laptops and iPads to take notes during the lectures and presentations and the set up was amazing! There are definitely enough outlets to go around so don’t worry about battery life 🙂 If you have been to Blogfest before I would love to hear what your packing tips are! Leave them down in the comments with any questions you may have. See you in fabulous Las Vegas!!



The Struggle is REAL

just do it // Washington, DC

Back in 2015 I had a wild idea about starting a blog about my fit life and all of the fit fashion that was taking over my life. I was studying to be a certified ACE group fitness instructor, finally following my dream to teach potentially at Lifetime Fitness and managing a long distance relationship and full time job.

Then I moved. To El Paso. It was a totally different city where I didnt know a single soul. But that was ok; I made friends at the gym, discovered Pure Barre, and pursued some of my first teaching opportunities.

We made yet another move to San Antonio and I disappeared!!! #whereinTexasisMarilena

The move proved to be a challenge on my work life balance and I fell in the same old routine that most of us keep. Wake up, get ready, go to work, possibly work out before or after, head home, eat, sleep, repeate, etc.

I did manage to pursue a recent dream of mine during this monotonous routine. I became a Pure Barre Teacher!!! It was the most challenging format I have studied and studied and studied. Teachers make it look so EASY!! Although, it was the most difficult, it has been the most rewarding. And to think it has only been a few months!

I tell you this because even during the busiest times of your life, there are cracks of time where you can fit in your dreams. I lost sight of this. Focusing only on the 8-5p (read: 7a-6p), while important, it is not my motivation. Helping women and men challenge their bodies, change their bodies and see those changes is what motivates me. Being the person they hate during the moment but love when they see the results, that’s the part I love.

I tell you all of this to remind you to still pursue your dreams. No dream is a small dream if you believe in it and work for it. You got this!

Ok, so now that you are all inspired and I am inspired let’s get this whole blogging thing going, again! After all, I am going to BlogFest 2017 and need to have something to show for it 🙂

Stay fit,


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:





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!!



Fitness Find Friday – My Sweat Style

Hey everyone!!!

I am back from my travels and ready to get back to business 🙂

I want to share my most recent box from My Sweat Style. If you missed my last review, don’t worry because I have a new one for you! Continue reading “Fitness Find Friday – My Sweat Style”



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: the quality or state of being healthy

What does wellness mean to you? Is it just related to nutrition? Physical strength or mental stability?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Yes, you read that right! We are a month out and what better way to help your special someone stay motivated than with a fitness related Valentine’s Day Gift!! We are in the coldest months of the year and it may be easy to fall off the wagon. So if their resolution included getting healthy, fit or becoming more active these items will help remind them to stay motivated and stick to their goals. This list might give you ideas for anyone celebrating their birthday this month too!! (Hint, hint…lol j/k :))

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It’s official…

At the end of last week I received this email…
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Thank you!!!

Today is the last day of 2015!!!! Can you believe it? I sure can’t! I wanted to write a quick post, since I have been dark a few weeks, to say thank you to all my followers and everyone that has stopped by my little corner of the blogging world! 2015 has been a crazy year and I was able to mark two things off my list – obtain my GFI certification and start this blog! I truly appreciate every visitor, every view and every follower so much!! The past few weeks have allowed me to spend time with my family, take a ton of classes for inspiration and brainstorm posts for next year! (TOMORROW!) Have a wonderful New Years Eve and I’ll see you in 2016! 

My Best Practices for a Successful Morning Workout

I am a definite Rose

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My Everyday – Lemon Water

Welcome back everyone! I wanted to start a series that highlighted different routines/rituals that I have picked up over the years that have positively impacted my day-to-day living. The first post in this series is centered around that little yellow fruit – Lemons!!!

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