Fat Girl Wearing Thin

Life beyond the loss.

   Jul 27

Today is a Woman’s Day

Darn.  I wish this post was sitting on a Tuesday.  Then I could title it Tuesday’s Newsday.  Clever, huh?  Not very often you get a catchy title that just jumps out there.  Ah, well.  The above title will have to do. 


Back when I was in college, I happened to be on the phone with a classmate from my painting class.  There were three of us that were pretty tight, and we hung out together after class quite often.  As soon as I answered the phone Annie said, ‘So, who do you think Linda’s bridesmaids will be?’  She was obviously eager to talk about Annie’s recent engagement.  I didn’t know how to answer that question.  Mainly, because   I didn’t know anything about it. 

“Annie’s getting married? How?  When?” I asked while trying to keep my voice within a pleasant range. I didn’t want to give away my bewilderment as to why she hadn’t shared this news with me, although now that I think about it, the subsequent interrogation of questions probably gave me away.  All that night I wondered why she didn’t tell me this news. We’re a team, I thought.  Maybe she was waiting for me to notice the ring on her finger. That was a possibility; still, it would have been nice if she’d told me herself instead of finding out the way I did.

I can understand why some people don’t share things right away.  I remember one occasion when someone mentioned to me that she needed some design work done on a model home. Would I be interested in painting a mural in a child’s bedroom?  ‘It would probably generate a lot of business for you,’ she said.  We shared some details and I went home to tell everyone I knew that my tiny painting business may have just had its ‘big break.’  I was so excited.  Then, the company decided to go into a different direction. 

“Whatever happened with that job you were supposed to get?” I’d get asked. 

*Cough*  “Uh, well….that didn’t work out.”   I’d say, before having to answer umpteen questions as to why the company went another way.  Awkward.   I realized that I shouldn’t have said anything until I was sure it was going to happen.  Lesson learned. 

Fast forward to mid-April of this year.  I was drinking my morning tea and checking email and noticed a message from Woman’s Day Magazine.  It appeared to be from the editor of the Health and Fitness section who wanted to discuss featuring me in an upcoming article.  Yeah, right, I thought. It’s probably Spam Mail; just like the people from Nigeria who want to deposit a bunch of money into my bank account. 

So, I cross-referenced the email address from where it came.  Huh….it’s really from Woman’s Day Magazine. 

Shortly after that email I responded to the editor’s email (deciding it best not to tell her that I originally thought she was a fake) and since then have been interviewed a few times.  I’ve also sent in countless before/during/after photos of my weight at various stages during my loss.  And finally, I was given a date for the release of the article – September issue, 2012. 

Note to self:  I think it’s now safe to share the news. 

As part of my team, I wanted you to know a long time ago, but also wanted to be sure I had something to tell. 

Apparently however,  I didn’t tell my mother enough, because she keeps saying, ‘Oh, Good Lord – I keep telling people you’re going to be in Family Circle.’    Then, one of my mom’s friends called yesterday and asked, ‘So, when are you going to have that article in Cat Fancy Magazine?’ 

Okay, no one called thinking I was going to be in Cat Fancy Magazine.  I made that part up. 

I don’t even have a cat. 

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


  1. E. Jane says:

    This is such exciting news!! Can’t wait for the article, and I think you’re a perfect subject for such a piece. You are such a genuine person–we in the blog world know that, and now magazine readers will be able to share in your amazing journey!

  2. debby says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ELLEN!!!!! Can’t wait to pick that magazine up!

  3. How exciting!! I can’t wait to see it!

    And I totally understand the prudence in waiting…I’ve fallen into the “not waiting” trap too many times and then had to back-pedal and it’s just not fun!

  4. Roxie says:

    Woo Hoo! I’ll be on the lookout for you – right next to the Persian :-)

  5. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Ellen!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to get my copy!!!

  6. Kyra says:

    So, that means it comes out in a few days because they’re always in advance, right? YAY!!!

  7. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your article!

    I did a WD article a couple years ago, and it was a very positive experience.

  8. munchberry says:

    Yay. I am so excited for you… and for me getting to read it.

    I rather like the idea of your being in Cat Fancy Mag. You and two cat scarfing dogs.

    What a lovely and affirming subject WD has picked for Sept.

  9. Val says:

    **Snort** CAT Fancy??!!??

    I’d picture Ellen as a calico 😉

    Can’t wait to snag my copy of Sept Women’s Day!

  10. Connie says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read the article.

  11. Caron says:

    Wow, that’s great! I also can’t wait to read the article but unless I write it on my calendar, I’ll forget all about it. So, I’m writing it on my calendar and then I’m going to keep an eye out for it. :-)

  12. Jill says:

    Wow that’s so exciting!!

  13. Lolly says:

    Congratulations! I have a subscription so can’t wait to get my copy! I just discovered your blog and am loving it. I am on a journey to lose 150 pounds, so am so inspired by your success!


  14. Norma says:

    *virtual high-five* CHYEAHHHHH!!!!

  15. Cindy says:

    Exciting news!!! Congrats, Ellen! I’m looking forward to seeing it come September.

  16. Goodnuff says:

    Big smile on my face, just for you. That is most awesome…just like you. Can not wait to read it and to make sure that everyone I know knows that I know you. Know what I mean?! Okay, time for bed after my nightshift!

  17. Jan says:

    Oh my gosh! How exciting! I cannot wait to read about you! I’ll definitely have to pick up the September magazine. Thanks for sharing your fun news! How very exciting!!! :)

  18. Hanlie says:

    I also have the tendency to share good news with all and sundry right away and have ended up with egg on my face numerous times. Congratulations!

  19. Tim says:

    It serves me right for not reading your posts in order. I already knew about this piece of great news! Congratulations though, I can’t wait to read it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *