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The book is shipping! (And a New York Times blog mention)

My book, Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir, is now shipping from Amazon! Several people have e-mailed me to say they’ve received the following e-mail:

The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected:

Jennette Fulda (Author) “Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir”


Estimated arrival date: 04/21/2008

The Amazon book page lists the book as “In stock.” They’re still offering it at the $10.85 pre-order price too.

A couple people have asked me where is the best place to buy the book so I make the most money. First off, thanks for thinking of my financial well-being! We all know food ain’t cheap and those weird fruits and vegetables can be expensive. I make the most money if you buy the book directly from me because that cuts out the middle man. However, I’m not selling copies until I actually have them in hand, which will hopefully be soon. If you just can’t wait, the next best thing is to purchase it from Amazon using my affiliate link or any of the links on this page. I get a percentage of the price of the book, plus a percentage of anything else you put in your cart and buy at the same time. If neither one of those options works for you, buy the book new from a bookstore and I’ll get a royalty. If you buy it used, I don’t get a penny. Pennies don’t buy much these days, but I could still use one to ride the mechanical pony at the front of the Meijer store.

Also in the news today, Marci Alboher from the Shifting Careers blog/column at the New York Times wrote a great article about the blog, the book and how weight loss has affected my career. Thanks, Marci! Marci’s got a great blog too (and she just got a cute little puppy), so be sure to check it out.

Things are starting to gear up with book promotions, plus I still have a full-time job to go to every day and a personal life to maintain and a mini-marathon to train for (who’s bright idea was it to take on all this stuff?), so blog posting might start to get erratic in the month of May. I will do my best to keep writing fresh, funny, relevant entries, but if I disappear for days at a time just assume that I have collapsed on my bed with my running shoes still on. I thought your comments on my last post were better than the post itself, so I’m sure you all can handle things even if I’m unconscious.

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losing jusme • April 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm

i was so excited to see the email from amazon.

will have the book hopefully Monday!


Amy • April 16, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I just ordered your book today and can’t wait to get it. You are awesome.



Comrade GoGo • April 16, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I am so seriously, seriously excited :). YAY!!


Andrew is getting fit • April 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Ooh! I’m looking forward to this one. I loved Dietgirl’s book and I’m fairly sure I’ll love yours.


Kalyn • April 16, 2008 at 11:23 pm

The New York Times, that is seriously cool. Cannot wait to see the book.


Red • April 17, 2008 at 1:08 am

Congratulations, that’s got to be a great feeling of accomplishment.


Boilergrad1993 • April 17, 2008 at 5:47 am

CONGRATS!!! How exciting!! It’s killing me to wait, because I’m the ultimate impulse buyer, but I’ll be a good girl and wait until you are selling copies of the book yourself. Hopefully that will be very soon.


Jim Purdy • April 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

On the Amazon site, they have this quote from Kirkus Reviews:

“Fulda provides a fair amount of weight-loss information only the diet-and-fitness-obsessed could really love, but the book is redeemed by the engaging account of her personal history interwoven throughout.”

A book for the “diet-and-fitness-obsessed?” Well, Duh!

Maybe their comment was intended as a negative, but there are a lot of us in that category, which is why diet books sell so well. I’m going to have to buy a copy.


Christine Willemsen • April 17, 2008 at 7:11 am

Writing from eastern Canada. Great article about your blog in the national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. You blog is very well done and inspirational.Congrats on your weight loss success and your running milestones. I am battling a few (many) kgs myself.


Nancy • April 17, 2008 at 7:58 am

I wonder if the pony would count as any sort of ab work out!


nancy • April 17, 2008 at 7:59 am

I wonder if the pony would count as any sort of ab work out!


dietgirl • April 17, 2008 at 8:14 am

holy wild excitement, batman! congratulations! i cannae wait to read it! :)


Becca • April 17, 2008 at 9:05 am

First – visual image of you riding the pony at Meijer will keep me grinning all day. (Speaking of ridiculous Meijer related amusements – have you seen the new carts for kids where the kid sits under the cart and watches TV while you shop? These were designed to CREATE grocery store temper tantrums. Heaven help you if your kid wanted the Thomas the Train Engine cart and the only one still left available is the Dora the Explorer cart.)

Second – practical question – will you have copies of the book at the release party? I’m assuming so – and am forcing myself to wait so I can buy one directly from you.

And finally – Shauna (I see you there!) any way you could fly from Scotland to the release party here in Indianapolis and bring copies of YOUR book? This way I could check 2 things off my to-do list at the same time.


Country Chicken • April 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

I just ordered your book on Amazon. I look forward to reading it.


G.G. • April 17, 2008 at 10:24 am

Hey! Just got a message from Amazon saying the book had actually shipped. Glad to know you get a percentage of the other stuff that was in my cart at the time, too. Looking forward to reading it!


Merry • April 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

I read somewhere that it mattered which store you bought a book in. In some stores, the purchase would contribute to the book’s ranking in the NY Best Seller’s list.

If it’s not an issue, I think cutting out the middleman sounds like a good way to go. In any case, I am looking forward to reading this book. I don’t know what the Amazon reviewer was expecting — a diet/weight loss book that actually focused on diet and weight loss a good part of the time? How shocking! :)


Mom • April 17, 2008 at 11:14 am

What a fantastic article in the NY Times! As a footnote to the article’s question about truth of the book. . . The book is very accurate and truthful. I was there for the entire experience and have read several drafts of the material that is in the book. Believe me when I say that there is not a lie in the entire finished product. Yall would not believe the quiet shy personality that has written this very open view of such private issues! Jennette is the fantastic young lady that we all love. I happen to love her dearly. Proud beyond extremely, Mom


Jon Gray • April 17, 2008 at 11:19 am

Congratulations Jennette!


L • April 17, 2008 at 11:25 am

Question – as a former fat woman who has lost so much weight and now considers herself thin, do you ever think that people who see you for the first time consider you fat?

What I mean is, you and those who knew you in your heavier days see you as a thin person now. But, those who’ve never met you may think you’re “heavy or chubby” because they’ve got nothing to compare to. Also, for some people (who like to live up to today’s ridiculous beauty “standards”) a size 12 or 14 is considered heavy – which means that a size 18 or 24 is considered outrageous. So, if they see a woman who looks like a size 12, they might think she’s husky.

So, I’m sure you’ll say you don’t care what other people think, etc. etc., but in general – do you think you are considered chubby by those who don’t know that you used to weigh much more?



victoria • April 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

YAY! Congratulations! You’re a celebrity. Do you ever stop & compare where you are now with where you were just under 5 years ago? In your first post you wrote, “Ignoring your weight is pretty easy to do. I basically stay at home a lot and only go out for errands or work.” It took a lot of courage, and a lot of self-respect, to say that. For those of us who struggle with our weight, the silence and shame around the issue can be a real obstacle.

I am so inspired by your story. Thank you for writing about your experience here and in your book.


G.G. • April 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

Your mom is awesome!


PastaQueen • April 17, 2008 at 11:48 am

I honestly don’t know what other people think of me, so you’d have to ask them. However, considering that I saw an episode of “Project Runway” where Tim Gunn called a size-6 model fat, I’m sure there will always be someone happy to call me fat no matter how tiny I am.


PastaQueen • April 17, 2008 at 11:51 am

I agree!


coraspartan • April 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I got an email early this morning telling me that the book has shipped. I can’t wait to read it–should arrive Tuesday! Yay!


sara • April 17, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Well i came on your site hoping something would perk me up ….Yes the books are out! I feel better already.


Janice • April 17, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations! That is very exciting!


Kyle • April 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Dude, nobody sent me an email. I’m going to cry, why don’t they love Chile???

By the way, I loved the take the NYT took writing about your life. It was interesting to see a different perspective about you, not coming from you.


Sayre • April 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I got my email!!!! Can’t wait!


VerseFameBeauty • April 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm

My book is on the way from Amazon, too! :-)


jae • April 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I too got an email telling me my book was on it’s way. I had just ordered it (snuck and put it on hubby’s credit card–Thanks for the gift, hon!) So I just thought it was an order conformation email. But Yay, it truely is on it’s way!!!! ~j


MizFit • April 17, 2008 at 5:53 pm

dont know you




lorraine • April 17, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Ordered my book tonite and bought some memory for the kids new cell phone to get free shipping from Amazon. Cant wait to read your story.


Shelladawn • April 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Congratulations and loud whoop whoops.I shall wait to get a signed copy from the monarch of all pasta.May take awhile to get to Australia but patience is a virtue blah blah.Congrats again and what your Mum said was very touching.You are lucky to have family support.


PastaQueen • April 17, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I don’t know enough about how the bestseller’s lists are created to know if that’s true, though it could be possible. As long as you are buying it new instead of used, I will get a royalty no matter what store you’re buying it from.


Helen • April 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Congratulations, Jennette, this is so exciting!! I’ll keep stopping by to know when you get your copies and will buy right from YOU. :-)


PastaQueen • April 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Yes! There will copies of the book at the release party. If you buy one I will personally sign it for you.


PastaQueen • April 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Well, 5 years ago I had just graduated from college in a gown barely large enough for my 372 pounds, I was unemployed, I had $6000 in credit card debt and I was still living at home. So, I have definitely come a long way.


Rachel • April 17, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Just found your blog today and am addicted to it already. Congratulations, and I am very tempted to look into buying a copy.


Jenn • April 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Congrats Jennette! Def ordering a copy. Or you sign me one!


Cindy • April 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Wow! It seems rare to me, to have a mother be so supportive of a daughter…I might just be jealous! But it explains a lot about Jeanette (or PQ, as we know her!). You two are both amazing.


cara • April 17, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Wow! I was so psyched to see the email from Amazon that it’s shipping early. I totally didn’t expect that. I’m just finishing up a book now, so the timing is perfect. I’ll have th skip the next book I had already bought (Brain Boosting Foods by Janet Maccaro) to read yours first.

I’m totally going to be half-assed one of these days. Maybe you should start a Half Assed Club??!! I probably won’t qualify for membership until next year some time. But I’ll be a dedicated member! Dedicated to staying half the woman I was once!

What do you think??


jae • April 18, 2008 at 2:18 am

I just read the article that you linked. I especially liked when she asked about the truthfullness of your stories. All she would have to do is look at your pictures to see the work and progress you truly accomplished. Again, I can’t wait for my copy to come. ~j

PS, your mom’s comment made me cry a little. It must be so awesome for her to see how far you’ve come and what an inspiration you are to others.


Erin • April 18, 2008 at 9:51 am

the book was delivered by courier last night to my office! I can’t wait until finals are over and I can actually sit down and read it!


punxylola • April 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm

I just got my book in the mail and started reading it today…made my DMV wait fly by!


punxylola • April 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

I just got my book today! It made waiting in line at the DMV WAY more fun!! Great job, and I really like what you say about the FA movement.


DWT • April 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Your book just landed on my doorstep!!!

My 4 y.o. twin boys were really pissed it wasn’t their latest Marvel Super Hero Squad toys, but I am thrilled! :-)

I’m a latecomer to your blog . . . and I’m an old fashioned person (just plain old too) who likes words on paper . . . so I’m really excited to start reading your story on the page.


Donna B • April 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Your book was in my mail box tonight! I know what I am going to do in between innings of watching the baseball game tonight!


Cheryl • April 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Awesome NYT blog mention! And that’s effing weird that Rachel Kramer Bussel reads your blog. I know her from a Juliana Hatfield mailing list in like 1997.


Poppy Buxom • April 19, 2008 at 9:11 am

That earthquake that hit the midwest? Was me jumping for joy when I got the email from Amazon.


BrightAngel • April 19, 2008 at 10:59 am

I followed your link, ordered your book along with a couple of other books.

Looking forward to reading it.


sassafras • April 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Your book arrived yesterday, and I read the whole thing last night. It’s great! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story…your attitude and your writing style are absolutely wonderful. *~Congratulations~* on all your successes! (I’m doing South Beach, too, and I’ve hit a little plateau, so needed some inspiration, and reading your book motivated me all over again.)


PastaQueen • April 19, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Hmmm, well I’m already commander in chief of the macaroni military. Would this interfere with my duties?


Janell • April 22, 2008 at 11:35 am

I got the book yesterday – April 21st having pre-ordered it just by the title alone. Had a difficult time putting it down last night. I am laughing. The writing is very honest. I can relate to a lot of the FATness of it and the constant struggle to stay healthy.


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Jennette Fulda tells stories to the Internet about her life as a smartass, writer, weight-loss inspiration, chronic headache sufferer, and overall nice person (who is silently judging you). She does this at JennetteFulda.com now, but you can still have fun perusing her past here.

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