August 06, 2015 10:00 AM

Bigger, better and even more fabulous than ever.

That’s how Whitney Thore, the star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life, would likely describe how things are going for her in this exclusive first look at the show’s second season. After all, there’s a new house, new challenges and possibly even a new romance on the horizon – how could she not be excited?

“The fact of the matter is, my life is the best it’s been in a long time,” Thore says, and between performing on the Greensboro Grasshopper baseball field and flying out to Los Angeles for a dance party with the Dancing Man, she’s not lying.

But with all of the ups in Thore’s life, there are a few downs, too. After being diagnosed with pre-diabetes last season, Thore is more focused on her health than ever before. She’s even running a 5K, which might be her biggest undertaking yet.

Well, second biggest: Thore is finally dipping her toes into the dating pool for the first time, and it seems like the water is heating up quickly.

“There’s going to be a lot of temptation in that house!” Thore’s friend Tal teases about her best friend – and new roommate – Buddy. (We totally ship it.)

No matter what happens, Thore isn’t letting anything stand in her way of living a life that she loves. “Maybe everything before was just the prologue,” she says. “And now I’m getting into all of the good stuff, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.”

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Season 2 of My Big Fat Fabulous Life premieres Sept. 9 on TLC.

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