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What’s A Girl T Do?

by Maxine Davis

Geez, I just finished the leftover Halloween candy corn.  Okay, so I hid it, and now I’m forced to eat it so no one will know I hid it.  Whatever!  And now we are getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s that time of year, my friends, and “stuffing” takes on another meaning, other than just a side dish for turkey.  Food!  What’s a girl to do?


To make matters worse, it is also the time of year when everyone wants to lose a few pounds for that special Christmas Dress or the New Year’s sparkle-and-shine outfit.  Well, my need to be a few pounds thinner came last month.  I attended a wedding—fancy wedding.  It was at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville,NC, on a balcony, late afternoon, cool weather and fall colors everywhere.  Simply gorgeous!  And my dress of choice?  Well, I couldn’t decide, so I boughttwo.  They were almost identical except one was long and the other was street-length.  I tried on both several times.  I loved the long one, and my dh said I looked fantastic in it (yep, that made up my mind.)  However, every time I tried on the long one, I walked gently and breathed very slowly.  If I had taken a deep breath, I was afraid the seams would burst.  The short one had much more of that wonderful invention called spandex, but I had not made up my mind.


With the dress of choice hanging in my closet, I pushed back from the dinner table at every meal.  I was on a mission to squeeze into that long dress.  After all, they were having dinner after the wedding, and the bride is supposed to always be the focus of attention, not the lady sitting there, turning blue from the waist up.


Hard to do?  Oh, yes.  But I kept my eye on the goal – me in the dress of choice.  Did I mention it was a size smaller than I normally buy?  What can I say?  I saw it, loved it, and it was the only one.  And then it was mine, and it was too small.  I had it hemmed, and that meant there was no turning back!  My stomach growled, and my trainer marveled at my willingness to really sweat.


Having a tiny bit of common sense remaining, I took both dresses, just in case.  I knew I had lost weight.  I had a hint when I grew lightheaded around the smell of food.


Then there was the evening of the wedding.  Showered, makeup in place, and smelling lightly of perfume, I slowly pulled the dress over my head, inhaled as deeply as I could, and said in my determined, no-nonsense tone, “Zip me up.”  Zi-i-i-ip.  Not even a tug!  Room to spare.  Yay!


I wish I could say I kept the fourteen pounds off.  I have kept ten off and am now slo-o-wly going back down.  I’ll never be svelte.  I accept that.  But it feels good to accomplish one goal and aim for another.  And now I’m off to eat an apple.  Sure, cookies would taste better, but coming up I have Christmas and New Year’s Eve for sparkling and shining.  After that?  Well, I’ll deal with those pesky resolutions when the time comes.


Marilyn Baron - November 8, 2011 - 6:23 am


This was a great post. Great voice. I especially loved the line about the stuffing. I’m proud of you for losing weight. I just keep eating cookies and candy instead of making better choices.I attended a wonderful wedding at The Grove Park Inn a few years ago. Last weekend, I went to a wedding in Sarasota and I brought three dresses to choose from, none of them new. One was my favorite, but it made me look like a stuffed artichoke. I ended up wearing it anyway. Oh well. Congratulations on losing the weight.

Maxine Davis - November 8, 2011 - 7:48 am

Thank you so much for the compliments. You could not look like a stuffed artichokeif you tried! I know you were beautiful!

Pam Asberry - November 8, 2011 - 8:05 am

Maxine, I am so proud of you! And I bet you looked like a princess in your long dress! Sometimes I say “nothing tastes as good as being thin feels” but then I eat the chocolate and drink the red wine anybody, so I’m not sure about that. Anyway, good luck managing it all over the holidays – this is a tough time for us all when it comes to weight loss, but we can do it! (((hugs)))

Christine - November 8, 2011 - 8:19 am

I’m so happy for you about the weight loss. It gets harder and harder to maintain, but you’re going about this the right way. I lose 2 and gain a bit back seems to be my weight loss trend. So far I’m between 14 and 15 pounds lighter depending on the scale’s mood.


Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 8:34 am

I like that “nothing tastes as good as being think feels.” I tend to get very forgetful with a mouth full of something delicious:) Thank you so much for commenting.

Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 8:36 am

Well, you can see where my mind was. I meant THIN not THINK.

Sandra Elzie - November 8, 2011 - 8:38 am

I’m so proud of you. That’s the key…have a goal and push back from the table. (oh, and don’t hide the candy corn…throw it in the trash like I did) Did I forget to mention that I kept the chocolate? grrrrrrr

Congrats and please share a picture of you in your new dress!!

Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 8:38 am

Hi Christine,
You are so right. The older I get, the harder it is to lose. Oh, well, we do what we can and accept the rest. Congratulations on your loss!

Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 11:57 am

Hi Sandy,
I’ll just wait and show you the picture at GRW. Just a little shy.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dianna Love - November 8, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Good for you, Maxine! I find that I only like a couple things – M&M peanuts are one downfall – so I won’t bring them in the house. If it’s not one of my fave vices then you can leave it all over the house and I won’t touch it. I get kidded about the fact that I’m too lazy to shop and would rather drop the weight than face shopping – that’s my motivation and it works “most” of the time. You’ll probably do great during the holidays because you’ve seen the results of working so hard.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - November 8, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Yay, Maxine! I know how hard it is to push back from that table or not go back for just a teensy bit more (okay another full helping). I had tons of Halloween candy leftover – only one T-or-T kid. But I’ll only allow myself two small pieces a day as dessert after dinner. I need to lose 15 lbs. Ack!

Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 3:02 pm

That’s funny about the M&Ms. Nobody would believe it, but I don’t crave chocolate. It’s NOT funny how many things out there that have a gazillion calories have no chocolate!

Maxine - November 8, 2011 - 3:03 pm

I can’t believe you want to lose a single pound! Geez, if I looked like that, I’d get arrested for dressing “skimpy.”

Tamara LeBlanc - November 8, 2011 - 4:14 pm

What a great post Maxine!!
I bet you looked fantastic in that dress. What color was it? You have that great peaches and cream complexion that goes with any shade so I’m sure whatever the color it looked great!
And about the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years over eating worries…I’ve got plenty. I eat way too much at normal times of the year, but holidays are the worst for me.
My favorite holiday treats are, Almond Joy and Reeces-Halloween, my mother’s homemade stuffing and peacan pie-Thanksgiving, my sister’s sweet potato casserole & my other sister’s pumpkin cheesecake-Christmas, and last but certainly not least, peanut-butter chocolate balls & my mother’s lasagna for New Years…um, YUMO!!
Yes, this time of year is tough, there’s just too much good food to eat:)
Best of luck to you on your reaching weight loss goals.
But just remember, what ever size you may be or hope to be, I still think your one of the seetest ladies I know!
Have a great evening,

Tami Brothers - November 8, 2011 - 9:28 pm

Oh man! Tamara made me hungry just reading her post. :)

Maxine you did a great job. I have a tough time doing exactly what you did. I usually end up sabotaging myself. AND I tend to pack that one dress thinking it will be my motivation then hating the whole evening because it was too tight. :(

I love this story and can’t wait to see the pictures. I’m sure hubby had an amazing time, too. ;)


Sia Huff - November 8, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Good for you, Maxine. Accomplishing a goal is always a good feeling. I bet you looked gorgeous in your long gown. I too would love to see a picture.
I always know I’ll be gaining five pounds over the holidays. Oh well.

Linsey Lanier - November 8, 2011 - 10:40 pm

What an amazing accomplishment, Maxine. Fourteen pounds is awesome and I know you looked fabulous in that long dress.

Can’t believe you don’t love chocolate. I’ve been hooked on dark chocolate Hershey’s nuggets with almonds for months now. I gave them up when my blood pressure started soaring and my cardiologist lectured me about losing weight. It’s funny what motivates you…

I’ve even started exercising. My goal is to be like Dorene Graham – a svelte marathoner. (But on a recumbent bike. For now, anyway.)

Maxine - November 9, 2011 - 8:10 am

Tamara, Tami, Sia, Linsey,

I apologize for not replying yesterday afternoon. I went to Warner Robins to hold a sign and “wave” at people outside a voting place for my brother-in-law Mike Davis who WON by a landslide in his run for Councilman! He’s a good man!

Maxine - November 9, 2011 - 8:12 am

OMG I’m coming to your house for the holidays – and never leaving. Sounds like you and your relatives are great cooks – and you know my favorites!!

Of course if I looked like you, there would be no need to EVER worry about what I eat. You are beautiful my friend.

Maxine - November 9, 2011 - 8:15 am

Actually you were my inspiration. You’ve lost weight, reached goals and always look good.

Yes, Lanny did good. He gave away the bride – they are dear friends.

(Have fun on your vacation!)

Maxine - November 9, 2011 - 8:16 am

Thank you so much! You are so cute and tiny – what is five pounds on you?! I bet you take it right back off, too. I appreciate you commenting.

Maxine - November 9, 2011 - 8:24 am

It’s funny what those pesky doctors can get us to do! Actually, you look great. That was funny about the bike! I’ll be on the sidelines cheering you on!

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