Hola chicas and happy Friday! This week for our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy chatted with the fashionable and fit blogger, Melissa Valmonte of Stylista Fitness. We decided this Phoenix based DNA analyst, lifestyle blogger, fitness instructor and entrepreneur is perfect for our series so check out our Q&A below.
Q: How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A: I teach PIYO Strength, a mix of pilates and yoga, 3 times a week. On the weekends, I take lots of walks with my puppy. I also like to try a new workout/studio every weekend that offer one of a kind workouts such as aerial yoga or barre sculpt.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I was born and raised in LA so I would describe my style as Cali casual. My casual is considered dressy to people in Phoenix Ha ha! I love my style and I feel comfortable wearing flowy dresses (it’s really hot here) and wedges and in the fall light sweaters and Joe jeans.
Q: Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
A: My mom growing up, I loved her style and hair. She was always stylish and had perfect hair and makeup. If she hosted a party or went out with friends, she would show me all her outfits and asked me which one I like the best.
Q: Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A: My greatest fitness influence is Chalene Johnson, the creator of Piyo, Turbokick, Turbofire and Hip Hop Hustle. She is also one of the most amazing business woman and has inspired me to teach Piyo and has influenced me to push for my goals, in business and fitness.
Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: I am not a big fan of push ups! Who is, right? But after a few months of doing them, I noticed what it did for my arms, the toning is amazing.
Q: At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A: Fashionable, for sure! Especially because I teach and ALL EYES ON ME!
Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I generally follow the 80/20 rule. I do have a cheat day, which usually falls on the weekend. I don’t believe in starving yourself or depriving yourself of food. I eat protein with every meal so that I can make it throughout the day with enough energy because I work a 9-5 job and instruct fitness in the evening so I definitely need it.
Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: When I was growing up, I was always teased about being too skinny or too bony. In the beginning of 2013, I decided to change my body shape and get toned. After two months of doing cardio and boxing, I started to see toned muscles and my body changed.
Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge:
A: I am in love with kale chips! My naughty splurge would be cupcakes!
Q: Fill in the Blank: People would be surprised to know that
A: I can speak four languages.
A thin Melissa made a decision to become more fit and loved the changes she saw with her body. Be sure to check out Stylista Fitness
and watch Melissa get healthier one outfit at a time. Follow her on Twitter
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