Let me start by saying that I should never have posted about my dress size. I only did so because A. I have diet secrets to share and wanted to give people an excuse to believe me, and B. at the time I didn’t realize I’d actually lose friends over a cut of cloth. Tanya. 

Now for the proof. The little black dress I so lovingly spoke of in my last post was not purchased; the hem line was a wee bit too short. Yes, this made me slightly tearful (because we all know how much I love a short hemline). However, the Lord rewards modesty, and I was not left empty handed. Shortly after parting with that glorious piece of cloth, I was practically handed two other size “2”s, both longer, wiser, cheaper choices (one of which is pictured below).

Since you’ve already scrutinized the photos, don’t you feel better? See how awful I look? See the idiotic expression on my face? One of the many side effects of too much salami. The dress, however, is really cute. It is actually much cuter over something other than my pit-stained jamie shirt, but you asked for it. 

I thought I’d throw in the backside view so you can see that yes, it does zip. Personally, I don’t think size “2” is as small as we all think it is. I don’t look undernourished, underfed, or unhealthy. Just slightly simple minded (what is with that look?). Plus I refused to pick up (kick out of sight) the toys at my feet so you wouldn’t get the wrong impression and think that my playroom is clean. It is not. 

Sometime in the near future I will share an updated version of my Salami Secrets, unless you don’t want to hear another word about it. If that’s the case, I’ll gladly keep the sausage to myself. 

And by the way, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more scrutinized than I do at this very moment. Even standing in front of 2000 people in a swim suit wasn’t as bad as all this. Why did I post my dress size? Would you stop looking at me? I swear the shadow adds half an inch on my right side. Dang. You’re looking again.


  1. Off I go to read about your salami secrets. I don’t really LIKE salami. Hope that’s not a problem with the secret working or anything . . .

  2. (Oh, and can I say I LOVE you for not cleaning up the toys first?!)

  3. I love it!! You pull it off!! And look adorable!!

    I recently became a size 2 and I am apologizing for it all the time! What’s up with that? I became a size 2 because of a health problem thingy (NOT anorexia). I have ALWAYS been a size 10-12! From the 7th grade on…..true story!

  4. Congrats on size 2! That has to feel soooo good! You don’t look under nourished, you look fabulous!

  5. Good for you. I have to admit it took me a day of deep breathing to be able to comment. But I am over my size envy. You obviously worked hard for this. So yay you. And just wondering, will getting pregnant again be hard to know that you will gain weight again. Just a little rain on your parade. Sorry.

    Seriously you look awesome. And others should not make you feel bad, it is just jealously you kow.

  6. You look great! I’ll never be a two. Ever. I’m okay with it, though. I WOULD look under-everything-you-said.

    I’ve been gone for a couple weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed getting the Annie Update. Missed ya.

    And I must agree with the whole sizing thing. I’m a size 6 but I don’t FEEL like a size 6. Isn’t that supposed to be the ideal number? Well, hrumph. Then I want the ideal body. Because I’m the lumpiest 6 I’VE ever seen ….

  7. Hey, I lost readers after my global warming rant. We can go be unpopular together, heh.

  8. Remember how I hate you already! This does nothing for said hatred.

  9. I don’t get why people hate you for what they want? Then do they want people to hate them when they get it? Just weird to me…
    You shouldn’t feel bad, you look AWESOME! Good for you! 🙂

  10. You look way cute. I have some serious work to do before I let you see me at our Biggest Loser finale party.

  11. WOW…I”m really so impressed, because I for sure would have kicked the toys out of the way! You are so down to earth and I love it!

    Except that you are a size 2…when I lose weight from your salami secrets…I’ll love you again, but just remember..behind your back, I HATE you!

    So now I’m going to go read about the secrets and your love or not love of salami…and I’ll let you know my progress!!!

    Really though


  12. annie valentine says:

    Pat – One of the reasons I’m so small is my attempt to GET pregnant. With my fertility problems, going sugar and carb free is the only chance I’ve got.

    Brazil! Glad to see you back.

    Barbara, you’re already committed so no backing out.

  13. Way to go, girl! You are so fun….I need to go get some salami.

  14. You do look awful perty.

  15. Size two, wow I did not know there were real adults that fit that size. Congrats, I am very impressed. I think I would be thrilled with a size 12.

  16. That is quite awesome. Pit stained jammie shirt and all.

  17. girlsmama says:

    I love Salami. I must figure out how to do this. Four little ones later I am 40, well 50, pounds heavier than I should be to be healthy. But seriously, can I really loose it eating Salami?

  18. Hey, Annie. I LOVE your posts. You have such a way with words. Lest I ever -again- believe you are perfect, I will come here and look at the toys on the floor. What a hoot you are! (umm, I didn’t mean for that to rhyme)

    I read and enjoyed your salami secrets, and would love to hear more. Do you think I could substitute a piece of hot dog or a handful of almonds, though, since I don’t actually like salami. at all. I think I might actually be a lost cause, except for the inspiration you provide!

  19. Girl, you look hot! And your legs, WOW! Of course I believed you, why do you ask? I wanted to see how great you looked. I’ll still be your friend. Are you coming to see me? A trip all the way to the East is worth a trip to NC. And bring Tanya with you.

  20. annie valentine says:

    girlsmama – Trust me on this one. A low carb diet is so doable if you have some kind of good snack like Salami. You actually feel treated all the time. I eat the Hillshire summer sausage when I have a craving and it kills it. Gotta be sure to eat the veggies everyday, but with salami on the menu, who can complain?

  21. you’re such a purdy lady! good for you and pass me some SALAMI!

  22. I have to say Ann Taylor is my all time favorite store. For the simple fact that there I can fit into a size 6, instead of an 8. But a 2? Ha! Forget it.

  23. What is a size 2 — you left off the 1 in the front (12). There, that’s better.

  24. I was totally kidding about not loving you! We just met and I totally really love you already.

    Anyone that posts about their dress size, small or large, is my hero!!

    I’m headed over to your secret diet. For real!

    I really should have thought about that random drawing thing when picking out numbers fro my candy drawing…dang…more thoughts next time!

  25. PS I guess Alaska is good or bad depending on what you are going to do up here and where.

    I’m not really a fan of cold so this is not the place for me. But my husband LOVES it because he hunts, fishes, hikes, and all things outdoor. I am more of the home body type so even the outdoors isn’t fun to me.

    Ask away specific questions if you want more info. I wish you were up here now and we could diet together and then go shopping together!!

    Oh there isn’t a lot of shopping to do up here. NO outlet malls. There are two malls, neither are anything compared to the ones in Washington state.

  26. I love the fact that you share with us not just normal stuff but everything. It makes you Annie and keeps me coming back to see what is going on in your life. Good luck on baby making. can’t wait to read that post. LOL

  27. Wait? Did you say you look bad?

    COME ONE, Annie Valentine! Salami totally agrees with you!

    And I’m glad you wore those shoes, they made your calves look hot.

  28. You look gooooood.

    Btw, I love seeing all the bits of children paraphernalia about your feet in the photo.

    This is my proof that you are a regular person and are not about to step onto a catwalk.

  29. I love every once of your size 2.

  30. that’s ounce. It just looks like once because it’s missing the u.

  31. You are totally cute and totally funny. What’s with the salami talk?

  32. I have to tell you this. Every time I read “salami” I just think “Bleh!” THEN I read in your comment here about Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage and THAT’S AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THING in my mind. YUM!! I could totally do your diet!! Although I’d never get down to a 2, I don’t think. And I vote you starte calling it “Summer Sausage Slimming” or something. Anything but salami!!

  33. Annie-
    Okay….I feel like stranger danger weirdo commenting on your blog…..but, I just found your blog and I’m so happy! Haha! I can’t get enough of it! I “accidentally” found it at work, and have spent the last 1/2 hour backtracking reading older posts. I have occasional bursts of laughter, which I cover over with looking up sternly from my computer screen as if someone else just interrupted my ever so important computer work. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I can’t wait to hear more Sausage Secrets, as I’ve started to go into panic mode when getting dressed in the morning, we’re getting a little tight in there.

  34. Sorry but I just can’t wrap my mind around the 130 lbs = size 2 idea. In my world, that’s closer to a size 8. Are you like 6 feet tall or something?

    I say that in the nicest possible way… I’m not challenging you or anything. Just curious. 🙂

  35. annie valentine says:

    For the record, I’m 127 pounds, 5’7″. Junior Jean size – 5. Grown up jean size – 2 or 4.

    I have sadly narrow hips and no butt. It’s heartbreaking, I know.

    And I would NEVER lie about my weight or my pant/dress size on my blog.

  36. I can’t wait to call you in one year when I am a size 4!! Twelve weeks to go… Can I just brag to you that I’m NOT gaining 50 pounds this pregnancy. This is a HUGE accomplishment. I’m going to hit somewhere around 40… but its not going to be 50!!!!

  37. You look fabulous. I refuse to be the fat sister, though! I’ve been going to the gym 4 days a week. I also loved that you didn’t pick up the toys, it was very thoughtful of you for your more Amelia Bedelia readers like myself! =)