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

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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 fiancĂ© 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