Turkey Tuesday – Clean Penne Pasta

Welcome to a new week! I originally had this set to post on Tuesday, you know for “Turkey Tuesday!” But then I thought, why not post it a day early?? You know so you can run to the store tonight, get all of the ingredients and enjoy “Turkey Tuesday” properly!! You are welcome!

I recently completed an Arbonne 30 Day detox and one of the requirements was to eat clean. No preservatives, no packaged food, no sugar, no processed, no nothing…. I don’t think we eat terribly bad, but I definitely rely on my frozen vegetables that I Continue reading “Turkey Tuesday – Clean Penne Pasta”

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Sparkles and Stripes

Happy Tuesday!! I am bring another installment of stripes and sparkles that I am currently wearing and that I have my eye on! These will surely keep you focused on your goals whether at the barre or during your favorite sweat session!  Continue reading “Sparkles and Stripes”

The Struggle is REAL

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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,

Marilena

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

The Countdown is Over!!

Hey everyone! I wanted to share really quick that I am about to board my flight to L.A. for Blogfest!!!!


It is finally here and I can not wait! Follow me along on Instagram (@apunchofleopard) and Snapchat (@apunchofleopard) to stay up to date on all the fun!

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