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Hello, my name is Charlene

My weight gain, like many women experience, was gradual — a few pounds in college, a few more in law school. My weight continued to increase steadily, and I weighed much more than I had dreamt of for my wedding day. I remember tearfully telling my best friend that I couldn’t believe I weighed 170 pounds. Despite trying everything from Atkins to Weight Watchers, the scale continued to climb, and to my shock and horror, one day I hit 208 pounds.

After losing close to 100 pounds, I was featured as a weight loss and fitness success story in Good Housekeeping Magazine and I was inundated with people messaging me to ask “how did you do it?” I started answering all kinds of questions on Facebook, and eventually became know as FBJ (a nickname which was short for Facebook Jillian, after Jillian Michaels as I was always trying to encourage and inspire people to lose weight and to get fit and healthy.) It took on a life of its own and I created a separate Facebook page called FBJ Fit where I give fun, funny, but firm fitness and diet tips and advice to thousands of followers.

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La Fille Colette…Fashionably Fit!
La Fille Colette…Fashionably Fit!

My relationship with fashion has had its ups and downs which, not surprisingly, seem to have a direct correlation with the ups...

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What I Learned About Passion and Protein from Actor Steve Burton…
What I Learned About Passion and Protein from Actor Steve Burton…

If I told you I sat down with Steve Burton to talk with him about passion and cheating, you may think that I was asking the...

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This Is What Happens When You Meet Your Fitness Idol
This Is What Happens When You Meet Your Fitness Idol

I like to think that my first step into a fitter lifestyle is along the lines of Newton’s law of motion where, “An object at...

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My Journey

I Lost 96 Pounds: Here’s What No One Told Me About Losing A Lot Of Weight

My “aha” moment that I needed to change my life came after a receptionist at a day spa embarrassed me when I had to ask for a larger robe because the “one size fits all” robe quite simply didn’t fit. It was in that moment that I realized I no longer recognized myself, and I began my relentless assault on the 96 pounds that had gradually crept onto my body.

by Charlene Bazarian

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