- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 01:43
- Written by Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com
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From AJ Johnson:
TRANSITION21 Day 1
Today is Day 1 of the new you! The fact that you are here means you are ready for a change? You are curious about what has to be done to create your better? You've tried everything you think should work, it hasn't and before you give up, here you are? Your answer may be one of these reasons or all of the above. The great news is you are here and we are excited to help you find your better!
Better means different things for different people. In THE AJ ZONE, we believe that the first step to correcting things-righting the wrongs- is to properly identify the issue! Let's take today and do some self research. Where are you blocked? What, who is in the way of your better? BE HONEST! All we want to do today, day 1, is to simply acknowledge where we are blocked. Write it down. I do this daily, as each day presents new obstacles, so I constantly redesign the way to MY better. Is it nutritional? Spiritual? Mental? Decide what's blocking your better. We'll get to work on unblocking tomorrow!
Click here for daily instructions on THE AJ ZONE.
Dozens of celebrities and athletes don’t set foot on a stage or in a sports venue before working with celebrity lifestylist AJ Johnson.
Johnson, known for her roles in several movies, including “Baby Boy,” “House Party” and “The Inkwell,” is also founder of THE AJ ZONE, an ultimate experience for those truly serious about improving their nutritional and spiritual lifestyles.
“As a celebrity lifestylist I can tell you this, just when you think you’ve reached your best, we help you reach your better,” Johnson said in a statement announcing “A Day with AJ,” a traveling tour Johnson took to obese cities and colleges across the country, to get the message out about fitness and nutrition.
She has said her goal is to improve the health and wellness – physically and spiritually – of others, one community at a time.
On Aug. 8, Johnson kicks off a “Transform in 21” challenge on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Detailed weekly instructions will be posted on her website.
At age 17, Johnson lost her mother to cancer and her father several years later. She has been a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society, hosted the VH1 reality fitness competition “From Flab to Fab” and conducts numerous magazine interviews, as well as television and personal appearances, to promote healthy living.
On his death bed, Johnson’s father told her, “You’re not able to save me, but take all of who you are and what you know and go save the world.”
Johnson majored in psychology and chemistry major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. , graduating Magna cum Laude in Psychology, but she chose Hollywood over med school, found a job within two months of her arrival and has been working ever since.
Johnson also hosts seminars and classes for corporations and magazines and even led a group of celebrity clients in sunrise yoga classes during an island retreat. She has taken her talents to a wide range of venues, including Spelman College, the CIAA Conference, the Black Lawyers Association, the Black MBA Association and the Proctor & Gamble My Black Is Beautiful tour.
Her celebrity clients include actress Gabrielle Union, NBA star Dwayne Wade, entertainers Chaka Khan, Beyonce, India Arie, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Testimonials on Johnson’s website, range from people who lost weight because they wanted to look better to a woman who, with her doctor’s supervision, is on track to get off blood pressure medication by following the plan.
“I’ve just been helping people get healthy, stay healthy. So THE AJ ZONE is where you go to get your better,” Johnson told Hello Beautiful in an interview.
“I think too many people try to diet. That’s not what THE AJ ZONE is about. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle. So when you choose better you are better.”
I'm a 55-year-old male & I'd like to build my upper body. What must I do?
Building is food! Protein. Eat more lean proteins (chicken/fish) and shape with weight training-chest presses, push ups.
My coworkers and I are taking turns conducting a boot camp. I need some ideas for tomorrow. Any suggestions?
Do circuit moves to work a variety of body parts together (legs/shoulders/chest) but slow high reps (sets of 25) that'll get the heart rate up but also shape.
What are the best supplements to take while trying to lose weight? What's AJ's website?
Checkout our natural supplements at www.theajzone.com. I use all of them butmy personal favorite is AKEA live enzymes and healthy Metabo TRIM.
All my life I was skinny. I'm 5'3" and 134lbs. I hate the little fat belly I have now. But when I work out, I lose weight every where and go back to being skinny at 115lbs. Any way to just lose the belly?
It's hard to know what needs fixing. It may be the foods you're eating, the wrong serving sizes, wrong time of day. It's tricky! Let us customize a plan to guarantee your goals. Try AJ's ABS at www.theajzone.com.
What do you think about the Paleo way of eating?
It depends on your goals. If it helps you stay consistent and gets you results, work it!!
What's a good way to start my journey to be fit and healthy? Those cookie cutter diets just don't work for me.
In MY zone of better, customizing guarantees results. Try one of our plans at www.theajzone.com or try our 21 day challenge-#TRANSFORMN21! Today is day 1-daily instruction right here.
What is the best way to lose belly fat?
Eat fresh foods, low fat, low sodium, low sugar and daily cardio at least 30 minutes a day in your fat burning zone.
What is the best way to lose belly fat? Cardio, crunches, resistance training or what? I'm really confused. I've lost 25 lbs but my gut is still awful.
Have you seen MY abs? I only do ab exercises to fine tune. Great abs are clean food and cardio consistently. Checkout our ab plan, AJ's Abs at www.theajzone.com.
What's the best & quickest way for men to lose belly fat?
Male or female, bad food does NOT discriminate. Eat clean, more fresh foods/less sodium and sugar. Consistent cardio burns that stored fat while you build your better with better food.
I'm trying to get back to jogging. My problem is shin splints and the horrible cramps I get in my feet. Can you recommend stretches for this issue and a good running shoe for flat feet?
Ooooowee, I have flat feet too, so I know foot pain! I say walk inclines on a treadmill instead and 30 second walk-jog 30 seconds.
Are there any line dancing dvds that I can purchase?
Most line dancing gives you the instruction in the song. Listen and dance! Meet me at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion so we can jam together!
I want to lose weight. I think it's partly due to pre-menopausal issues. What do I do?
See what your doctor says. If it is hormonal, the plan would be different. Get your blood work done, then try one of our weight loss plans at www.theajzone.com.
Is being a vegan healthy?
Healthy is defined a lot of ways. It definitely helps with eating quality food, but be careful with starches and make sure you get in lean proteins.
How can I work out with bad knees?
Let us customize a plan for you! Try our 'Workout but see NO results" plan. You need floor work and to strengthen the muscles around your knees. Go to www.theajzone.com.
I'm a size 4 had two babies & can't do enough crunches to get rid of my gut. I eat whole wheat & avoid sugars. Help.
We don't do abs to reduce, just to fine tune.Sounds like it's time to change what you eat. You may even be allergic! Try no heavy carbs after 2 p.m. and 3 liters of water daily.
How much does sleep play in losing weight? What suggestions do you have when someone has tried everything to lose weight & nothing works?
Rest is key to weight loss. Change is in the healing, not the work! Try our customized weight loss plan. You need a plan that is designed specifically for YOU and your goals!
Everyone else wants to talk about losing weight. I want to know how to gain a little. I'm a 42-year-old black woman who weighs 125 pounds. I would like to gain at least 10 lbs., but I wanted to look healthy. What can I do?
You need our Mighty Mouse plan, the plan that helps you gain healthy weight! Healthy weight gain comes from healthy foods in healthy amounts with consistency. Let's design YOUR plan to guarantee YOUR goals!
Please suggest an exercise for a person with diabetes and asthma. My allergies are trees, grass, dust and molds.
It depends on your levels, meds, doses of meds. The basic: walk 30 minutes daily.
I'm a female over 40. What is the best way to tone the stomach?
MY way, AJ's Abs. It's all about your food. Get the program at www.theajzone.com.
I had my thyroid removed and am on meds. It is so hard to lose. What can I do?
Be disciplined with what you're eating. Are you moving consistently? Healthy food choices, no junk. Walk daily is a GREAT start!
I'm getting married in four weeks. How can I tighten up my abs in time?
AJ's ABS! I just launched MY routine, but we customize the plan for you with a food plan! Abs are 90% food. TRUST ME!
Which is better, a little exercise everyday or intense every other workout?
If your better is weight loss, a combination-walk 30-45 daily AND do more intense 3-4 days/week.
What is the best detox to use prior to engaging in a weight loss plan?
THE AJ ZONE detox plan, then our weight loss plan with our supplements. It's what I use! Check it out at www.theajzone.com.
I have lost 40 lbs over the past seven months. I still have belly fat. Is there anyway to target the tummy area and lose inches?
YES! The focus is food! We need to get you a meal plan that stops you from storing food. Belly fat is you eating the wrong foods in the wrong amounts so you're storing it.
I lost a lot of weight by exercising and cutting back on food. I still can't get rid of my belly fat .Any suggestions?
We need to adjust what foods, the amounts, time of day you eat, all of it! How about a customized version of MY personal ab program, AJ's Abs, available at www.theajzone.com.
I'm feel low on energy and need a boost to get started.
Follow our #TRANSFORMN21 program. My daily instruction will post right here for the next 21 days!
How do I cut my sugar addiction?
One day at a time. Try to eat more natural sugar fruits then slowly lessen your intake.
My wife has to have two knee replacements and she has a back problem. She takes pain pills everyday. She needs to lose a hundred pounds before her doctor will operate. Besides eating right, what can she do?
Embrace that one change that will lead to great results. Better food will reduce inflammation so better food equals less pain. Decide to be consistent with eating better!
Should or how beneficial is whey protein to a weight loss regiment?
Whey is great! It's a light vegetable protein that digests fast. I use it as a snack and before bed. Be careful. It can cause a little bloat with some folks, but try it and see how it works in YOUR system. We have a natural one called Healing Whey Powder.
What type of exercise should I do if I have arthritis in the knees?
Do floor work, yoga, stretch classes, anything that relieves pressure on your knee joints.
Is it true that diet change is helpful with chronic pain, and if so what do you recommend?
Nutrition can DEFINITELY reduce inflammation and therefore chronic pain. You may also be allergic to some food or have a virus. I suggest getting your blood checked for allergies. See what the chronic pain is then work at healing through food.
I'm 42 years old and I'm trying to get pregnant. One professional said to quit my crossfit workouts & stick with Yoga & Pilates. Another said keep doing the crossfit.
Why not rest your mind/spirit? Less stress may help you conceive! You've heard of those women who conceived once they stopped 'trying'? I like the idea of yoga and peaceful meditation-focus of now is NO STRESS!
What's the best safest way to lose weight without having to visit a doctor? I have no medical conditions.
Change your nutritional lifestyle. Notice I did not say diet! Stop eating processed foods. If it has a shelf life of over four days, don't eat it. Drink 3 liters of water daily. These two tips will take off 10 lbs in 2 weeks!
I was a personal trainer (Detroit is not a place where many women work out) and ladies would be more concerned about their hairstyle than their health. What do you say to potential clients like that?
A healthy spirit and mind is always more attractive than a fly hairstyle. Better starts on the inside! Even for me, once I got healthy on the inside, my outside showed the healthy and my body became a focus. Hair was less important.
How do you lose weight with fatigue from menopause?
It's easier if you are on a natural hormone supplement therapy. Have you investigated this?
I'm a two-year breast cancer survivor, currently n stage one reconstruction. Are there any standing positions two lose belly fat?
Blessings in your recovery! We lose belly fat through nutrition, not exercise. Get my AJ's Abs program and we'll customize a meal plan for you! Go to www.theajzone.com.
I need a good work out while dealing with a bad Achilles heel. I attend a water aerobics class twice a week, but I want a 15-30 minute activity while at home (until I have surgery). Please help.
Try our "Workout with Just a Chair" video, only $5 at www.theajzone.com.
I'm walking Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays but nothing is happening. I even change the way I eat. Also I drink a lot of water. Why am I not losing?
You may need more walking, more intensely or even a more intense movement. A dance class? Yoga? More change with your food. More change=more loss!
Is it true there are foods that can help burn the fat in your midsection? I thought only exercise did that.
VERY TRUE!! I don't do ab exercises. I eat for great abs. Consistent cardio burns the fat ,but clean food builds the healthy lean muscle there. Checkout AJ's Abs at www.theajzone.com.
I've stopped smoking a week now and am ready to exercise. What exercises should I start with to build my wind back up and how often?
LOVE that you stopped smoking! I say start slow. This is a new lifestyle for you so walk daily and/or dance. Do something fun and building up your duration and pace will be a result of your fun. Gradually, you'll build the wind to do more.
I want to lose weight and get fit. I don't know where to start. Also I need a exercise regimen to stick to.
Sounds like we need to customize a lifestyle plan for you. Try our Weight Loss plan and a 1-week meal plan at www.theajzone.com.
I lost 21 lbs, I am within five lbs of goal but I have been stuck there for two weeks! What are some tips to get over the hump?
Weight loss in MY zone is 90% food, NOT exercise. Try no processed foods-eat fresh, cutting heavy carbs (pasta,
potatoes), drink 2-3L of water.
I am active, but I am a truck driver. What can I eat on the road to melt this little bit of belly fat?
Stick to fresh fruits/veggies. Your belly is probably from preservatives in on the road foods.
I have a very high thyroid reading, is that a reason I can't lose weight?
Could be, but the best way to learn is process of elimination! Cut out the bad stuff and see what happens!
I work 17-18 hours a day. What can I do to exercise?
Focus on clean food until you have time/energy to move! Remember IN MY ZONE better health/weight management is 90% food!
Good morning, I am in the process of losing weight and becoming more fit. Which is best initially to lose the lbs before toning, cardio or weights?
CARDIO-CARDIO-CARDIO but in your fat burning zone!
How can I get my ABS looking like AJ's?
LOL!! Use my AJ's ABS program! let us customize a program to guarantee YOUR goals! go to www.theajzone.com but a start? I eat NO processed foods/no sugar!
What is a good way to get rid of belly fat?
Eat clean (no processed/no preservatives/low sodium) and cardio! Be patient and consistent!
I am classified as being diabetic , I plan to dance and pray the weight away.
Depending on your levels, it is possible to lessen your meds by changing your nutritional life style!
How can you lose some pounds when you are driving a semi truck about 10 hours a day?
Walk during a few breaks. Also, snack on more fruits/veggies.
I had the lap band surgery ,but am having problems losing my stomach.
Stomach weight is bad food and no movement. Even after this surgery you MUST eat low fat/low cal foods AND move-CONSISTENTLY!
Any suggestions on how to get rid of the extra fat on my stomach? I am slender but cannot get rid of it.
Try our AJ's ABS plan! belly fat is stubborn but try our customized plan!
How do I get started exercising, I'm 46 and want to lose weight?
I believe losing weight happens with nutrition. Try no more than 1,400 calories of fruits/veggies/lean proteins/water and start with simply walking 30 min/day.
I have lost 40 lbs over the past 7 months. I still have belly fat. Is there anyway to target the tummy area and lose inches?
Congrats on this loss! WOW! We'd have to evaluate YOUR specific lifestyle-try our AJ's ABS or WEIGHT LOSS plans on www.theajzone.com.
How do you get rid of a sweet tooth?
Understand the bad the sweets are causing in your body! Sugar is super glue (not Elmer's) to fat and can cause cancer.
How do I lose the muffin top around the armpits so my bra doesn't look like extra meat is there?
Eat more water based fruits and veggies (berries and leafy greens) for less calories and more nutrients.
ow often should you work out your abs ?
I don't do ab exercises! IN MY zone, great abs are from clean food(non processed) and cardio in your fat burning zone! if it has a shelf life of more than 4 days-don't eat it!