Preparation Meets Opportunity

April 1st, 2019

Blaine Ochoa and Leo Johnson, owner of LJ Performance Training.

By Blaine Ochoa

“You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.”

This is one of Leo Johnson’s favorite quotes. Leo (LJ) is the owner of prestigious gym, LJ Performance Training located in Houston.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Leo and training with him for the upcoming beauty pageant I’m competing in, Miss Houston USA. Fitness is 1/3 of the competition score, and I am thrilled to be training with him to help me achieve my fitness goals.

I am a firm believer in following your dreams and never giving up. This will be my third time competing for Miss Houston USA. When going after a dream or trying to accomplish a goal, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and mistakes. However, if you believe in yourself, persevere, work hard, and never give up, there are no limits to what you can achieve. My life is a testament to this and so is Leo’s.

Leo is from Amarillo, where he started training high school and college students. He played college football at Texas Southern, played basketball and ran track. Health and fitness has always been a passion of his, and he knew he wanted to train professionally. He traveled to Miami, then to Los Angeles to get certified and pursue his dream of training professional athletes. He eventually moved to Texas and called Houston home.

Leo Johnson trains one of his clientele on the rings.

“Fitness has been huge my whole life. Coming from a sports background, I had to maintain living a healthy lifestyle for one, and I grew to love it. I’ve always had aspirations for having my own facility for years. Finally preparation met opportunity, and I got the chance to open my own gym on Feb. 1, 2018. I’ve had huge support from Houston; their support has been astronomical. Not being from Houston and to have gotten the support that I’ve had is amazing.”

He loves owning LJ Performance Training and finds joy in helping others. “It’s refreshing and fulfilling to help people reach their goals and help people accomplish what they’re trying to do. I love the atmosphere and the clientele. The clientele is so diverse and I love that people will not only come to workout but to hang out and chill.”

Throughout life’s journey there will be tough times and difficult moments. Focus, perseverance, and patience plays a great role on the journey to success. “Never give up. I’ve been through so much in life, and, literally, the only reason why I’m still here is because I never gave up.”

He remembers the day he told his children that he wanted to pursue his dream of training professional athletes. Years later, one of his proudest moments was when his daughter called him crying, telling him she was so proud of him when his dream came true and he became a gym owner and personal trainer to some of the top professional athletes in the business.

Ultimately what matters is not about how many times you fall down, what matters is getting back up, deciding what to do next, and moving confidently forward in the direction of achieving your dreams.

“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Getting Fit in 2019

January 2nd, 2019

By Blaine Ochoa

Welcome TO 2019! It is the beginning of a new year and the start of new goals. Let’s take a minute to reflect upon the previous year. Did you accomplish what you wanted to accomplish? Was it a great year? Did you step outside your comfort zone? Did you live and love more?

Moving into the new year, I encourage you to start every day with a grateful heart and to step out in faith, believe in yourself, and live life boldly and courageously. You can achieve any goal and anything you set your mind to. Embrace change and embrace that every day is a fresh start.

A common goal most people have at this time of the year is getting in shape. I would love to share with you a few tips that have helped me and my fitness journey.

Blaine’s 5 Fitness Tips:

Balance and discipline
Balance exercising into your lifestyle. Find an appropriate time of the day that works best with you and your schedule and dedicate that time to working out. It can be in the morning, evening or even during a lunch break. Set time aside and make it a priority. If you want change in your life you are going to have to do something you’ve never done and you will have to practice discipline. You will have to make certain sacrifices, but it will be worth it.

Goal setting and planning
Set goals that are attainable. Set a reachable goal for you and make weekly goals along with monthly goals. Get a calendar to plan out the days you work out. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. I would encourage exercising at least three times a week. This is a healthy amount of exercise for the average person.

Workout
Find fitness routines and workouts that you enjoy. Whether it’s walking 30 minutes a day, swimming, or joining a group fitness class – there are many options that aren’t strenuous and are enjoyable to do. I personally love Pilates, Yoga, dancing, and walking.

Attitude
It’s all about positivity, perception and how you look at your journey. Don’t think of working out as a burden or stressful situation. Look at it as a blessing and be thankful you can exercise, some people are less fortunate. Stay positive, and embrace the journey. It takes a strong minded individual to make a change and you will notice yourself becoming stronger daily, physically and mentally the longer you stay committed to your goal.

Accountability partner
Find someone who will push you and better you. Someone who will encourage you and uplift you. It is helpful to have a partner who will exercise with you or at least check in with you to make sure you are sticking to your workout schedule.

I hope these 5 Tips will help you succeed at your fitness goals! Nothing is impossible and always remember to rejoice in your victories, even the small ones! You CAN do it. Happy New Year and have an exceptionally blessed 2019.

If you have any fitness questions please contact me at www.beautywithblaine.com or follow me on Instagram @blainejanell

Remember Your Why

September 1st, 2018

Ana Barron and Blaine Ochoa

By Blaine Ochoa

What are your dreams and goals? Why?

The “why” to these answers is by far more important. “Why” is what drives and motivates you. The dreams and goals you have would mean nothing if you didn’t know why you wanted to pursue them. Every decision you will ever make is fueled by a “why.”

Life is a journey. During your pursuits and adventures in life, you sometimes tend to forget why you started something in the first place. The journey can be exhausting, heartbreaking and confusing when you loose sight of “why.” I have experienced this firsthand and had to pause, refocus and refresh, and really concentrate on my “why” along the road to following my dreams.

On a side note, I believe sometimes God allows you to break, in order to build you back up stronger than before. Personally, in these moments when I have been so weak, I have seen His power and grace revealed. When I let go and look towards Him, He picks me up right where I am and brings me to a better place. Afterwards I am stronger, wiser, more refined, and have a clearer meaning of my purpose and my “why.”

“Do everything with passion and authenticity,” says Ana Barron, co-owner of Sweat 1000 Houston. Sweat is the 1st studio in the United States of its kind. The gym is based on a concept originated from Cape Town, South Africa. Husband and wife, Jordan Strouse and Ana Barron are the proud owners of Sweat 1000 Houston.

Jordan Strouse and Ana Barron, proud owners of Sweat 1000 Houston.

Ana fell in love with fitness while living in South Africa. “It was a way for me to improve myself, and it helped me develop a healthy lifestyle. It has now become more than that. I enjoy inspiring others to live a better and healthy lifestyle and create a healthy environment.”

In 2015, Jordan and Ana meet the founders of Sweat 1000 in South Africa, Paul and Andrew Rothschild. Jordan and Ana decided to partner with them and bring the concept to Houston. “Sweat is a high intensity interval training workout session using treadmills as the base workout, and integrating components of functional training, core stability, and athletic training.” Sweat is a fun and healthy place to work out and achieve goals, and you can burn up to 1,000 calories in one workout class. It is very high energy, and Jordan and Ana typically play EDM, hip hop, and Latin music; Ana loves to incorporate her Hispanic culture into her workout classes. In the future the couple plan to grow and expand to new locations in Houston and beyond.

Fitness and working out reminds me a lot about life. It you want to see results, you have to stay positive, motivated, and consistent. When it gets hard, you have to remember why you started, tell yourself to keep going and push through. You may be sore the next day, but eventually the soreness leaves and you become stronger.

Ana’s advice is to, “believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams. Whatever goal it may be, there is no magic pill, you have to work really hard and stay very consistent.”

When life gets tough, pick yourself up and keep going. It may not get easier, but you will get stronger. You have to remember your passion and your purpose everyday, and never forget your “why.”

You can contact me at Blainejanell@gmail.com or visit www.BeautywithBlaine.com

New Beginnings

June 1st, 2018

Blaine Ochoa

By Blaine Ochoa

Summer is almost here. That means time for the beach, tropical getaways, and summer parties. That also means getting in shape in order to have that “fire hot” summer body that most women dream of having. Achieving and maintaining a rock’n summer bod can be difficult, but absolutely possible. Start where you are and take daily action steps to achieve your goals. It is never too late to achieve your fitness goals, chase your dreams, or live the life you want to live.

For the record, there are beauty treatments that can help contribute to losing weight and maintaining a fabulous body; however, eating healthy and working out is the ultimate, factual and best way to achieve your best body — inside and out. My fitness journey has not been easy, but with sacrifices, dedication and perseverance, I have seen my body transform into a mold that I am very proud of. I have documented my health and fitness secrets to reaching my goals and getting in shape, along with my friend and certified personal trainer, Sandy
Lankford, who shares her knowledge and helpful tips regarding diet and exercise.

One thing I have learned over the years, especially concerning my fitness journey, is to “do it now.” When it comes to health and fitness, work and achieving goals; this motto has made me successful. It was a lesson I had to learn the hard way, but better to learn now than later, or never.

Overcoming the “illness” of procrastination is tough, but doable. Being on a fitness journey is not easy, and it takes courage to step out and start where you are. When speaking with Sandy I learned that her motto is, “new beginnings.” These are words to live by — in the gym, when you wake up in the morning, when you make a mistake, and every day for the rest of your life. Every day is a new beginning and a fresh start. You have the power and tools necessary to create the life you want.

Eating healthy is step No.1. “Eating healthy is a way of life, it is how you keep your body in check, and how you remain energetic and feel good about yourself.” Take each day one day at a time and make better decisions daily.

Changing your meals and incorporating healthy proteins, vegetables and non fat carbohydrates will help you loose weight and create definition and muscle tone.

Eating less unhealthy carbohydrates, sugars, and fats, will result in weight loss, and your body will feel more energized and refreshed. Also, eating six small meals a day will increase your metabolism. Eat lean chicken, turkey breast, brown rice, sweet potatoes and lots of vegetables, for example, and you will start seeing a difference in the way you look.

Working out is step No. 2. Exercising will improve your overall health, physical physique, and build muscle, which burns calories. Decide to commit to exercising at least 20-40 minutes a day, whether that is taking a walk around the block, going for a run, or trying out a fun workout class. A few of my favorite workouts are Pilates, Zumba, Kickboxing, and Yoga. Invite a friend to join you, “you are more likely to excel if you find a friend who can be apart of your fitness journey — someone to hold you accountable.” Also, I have found that working out in the mornings has helped me stay on track with eating healthier throughout the day, and be more productive. Doing cardio in the mornings gets your blood pumping, boosts your metabolism, and gives you energy for the rest of the day.

Try these tips out and in four weeks track your progress and see how far you’ve come. “Find someone in the fitness industry who can strengthen you, lift you up, and help motivate you, there is power in numbers and power in friendship.” Never forget that strength comes from above and from within. You have power with in that is able to conquer and achieve all things.

Now for the fun part! After you start seeing results from eating healthy and working out, complete your summer body with a radiant spray tan. My personal favorite place to get a spray tan is Throwing Copper, located in the Houston Museum District. Throwing Copper offers an all natural and organic airbrush spray tanning solution sure to give you the perfect summer glow.

Change does not happen overnight, it takes time. Do not stress or feel discouraged if you do not see the results you want fast enough. Stay focused, be consistent, and never give up. If you get off track, get back on it. It’s all about having a positive, proactive mindset! I encourage you to incorporate healthy eating and working out into your lifestyle. You will see a drastic change in your overall health, appearance, and the way you feel.