Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Christmas already?!?



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So I went shopping today and noticed there were Christmas decorations in the shops. Now, I know what you're thinking... tonight's blog will be about how I think September's too early for Christmas decorations.... nope, sorry - I love it!

I love Christmas. I love that I get to see my whole family, I love that people in general are nicer to each other at Christmas time, I love giving (and receiving!) presents, I think Christmas trees and lights are beautiful, I would sing Christmas carols all year if people wouldn't think I was crazy, and I am very excited that this year is Sophie's first Christmas - even if she doesn't understand it, I will be loving it for her!

My only problem with Christmas is that I can't seem to keep up with it! Every year it seems to creep up on me, then zoom past, and before I know it the boxing day sales are on - and I haven't sent any Christmas cards to people again.

I've been trying to get on top of sending Christmas cards for the past 3 years now - with no luck. I start every year with a list of who I will send cards to. Then I write out the cards. Then I put them aside until I buy some stamps. Then I forget to buy stamps, and realise it's January. Awkward.

And I should mention the slight disagreement Ben and I are having on our Christmas decorating at home. I think we should put our Christmas decorations up when the shops put them up (so... now). Ben thinks we should put them up.... at Christmas time. I know! Crazy. You barely have enough time to enjoy them that way! But don't worry, after a few... discussions, we have reached a compromise - we'll decorate on the first of December. I did win though on the 'how long can we keep them up' discussion - they stay until January 8 (my Dad's Christmas is January 7)!

But hey, if that stuff is the worst of my Christmas problems, I'm lucky. And I swear, I'll be sending out cards in time this year - in fact, I bought some today, so I have started off well.... so far so good!

So for all you other Christmas lovers out there, this blog's for you. Merry (3 months early) Christmas!

See you next time,

xo Marissa.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Things that are great in the long run, but annoying at the time...







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So I was trying to fold our fitted bed sheets yesterday - they bug me. So hard to fold! But so easy to make the bed once they are on :) So in honour of this, tonight's blog is a simple one - here is my list of 'Things that are great in the long run, but annoying at the time':




  1. Fitted sheets: a real pain to fold and iron, but so handy when making the bed

  2. 5 cent pieces: take up too much room in my wallet, but boy do I love it when I realise I have enough for a snickers

  3. Liquid eyeliner: great product - once I finally draw the line straight (after 4 attempts)

  4. Braces: The teeth kind. It just seems like everyone notices when you have braces, but when you finally get them off and wait for the compliments to roll in - no one notices that you 've had them taken off!

  5. Recycle bins: all that extra effort, but I suppose the environment is worth it

  6. Leave in conditioner: it's so cold to spray it on in winter, but makes my hair look way better

  7. 'Green' shopping bags: again with the environmental benefits, but let's face it, it's a struggle to remember to take them to the supermarket, so I end up buying 2 new ones every shopping trip

  8. Exercise: doesn't need any explanation

  9. Carl from the today show: didn't like him at first, but he grows on you - I like how he laughs at his own jokes

  10. Flu shots: they hurt, but if you go to the right doctor, they give you a lolly to make up for it. Plus, it helps you avoid the flu.

I'll be honest with you - when I started this list I thought fitted sheets would be the only entry. I'm a bit shocked I was able to come up with 10!


Do you have any others? Leave a comment and let me know what you think is great in the long run but annoying at the time :)


See you next time...


xo Marissa


Monday, September 28, 2009

Update: The great 'lose baby weight' challenge!



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So, it's time for an update on the great 'lose baby weight' challenge. You may remember from my previous challenge post that I was going to try to change my habits, rather than go on a diet.

(So yes Ben, we can still have dessert tonight! Just a smaller portion for me thanks...)

Here is how I went this week...

Last week's habit - Portion control: hasn't gone too bad, but I would be lying if I said I never slipped up. Have you ever done that thing where you are snacking (chips, pretzels, etc) and you lose track of how much you have? Then you look down and the packet is empty! I double checked my chip packet for holes in the bottom, thinking maybe the chips just fell out... but no, apparently I ate them!

On the bright side though, I have gotten better at serving myself smaller portions of meals, for example I switched to 1 slice of toast most mornings instead of two - and didn't miss the 2nd slice. I also served up less dinner and cut out second helpings altogether, so far so good with this one!

This week's habit - routine: I love a good routine (just ask my daughter). Routines make my days go smoother, I am less stressed and I seem to have more time to relax while still getting all my other stuff done. So this week I thought, why not apply this on my weight loss challenge?

My routine focuses on one of my trickiest times of the day... Morning Tea. I love biscuits dunked in a cup of tea, but my problem is that they disappear too fast and I still feel hungry. So for this week I am changing to a new routine - I will be a person that has an apple for morning tea every day (unless I don't feel hungry - unlikely...). Yep, I'm keeping it that simple - fake it till you make it :) If I want biscuits instead of an apple? Tough - I am now a person who eats apples for morning tea - no room for biscuits!

Now remember, I don't like to diet. If I really, really feel like a biscuit, I can always have one later that day if I'm hungry - but only if I am hungry and that's what I really feel like... let's see how I go!

Apart from that, here's how my week has been re the weight loss challenge:

Baking: I am obsessed with baking right now. I know, weird. Especially as there are only 2 of us in my house that can eat anything I bake. So I have been sending Ben to work with baked goods (this morning it was cupcakes). Hope his work mates don't mind :) Better than me eating them 'so they don't go to waste'!

My clothes: Ok, I know one week won't make a difference to how my clothes fit, but I think deep down I was hoping for a miracle :) I'll keep trying my pre-pregnancy clothes on each week and hope for the best, but for now, no change..

Ice Cream: You may have seen my ice cream mention in my first challenge post. Well - I have only had ice cream once this week! Seems after talking about it last week, I got it out of my system (the craving, not the ice cream)! Although I did have some tonight - but a smaller portion!

My updates: I was going to do daily updates on twitter about how I am going with the challenge. It was harder than I thought, most days I forgot to do it - but I'll try again this week (I'll make up a little song about it to help me remember!). Feel free to follow me on twitter if you would like to see how I am going everyday - my twitter link is on this page.

I'll also do another blog update next Monday - in the meantime, if you have any suggestions on what I can try as my habit change next week, please leave a comment and let me know :)

See you next time,

xo Marissa.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

my interesting manicure experience...







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So last week I went and had my nails done. Manicure and pedicure. I love getting my nails done :)


Sorry guys (or gals that are not fond of manicures)... this post's a girly one!


I don't get anything fancy, just a regular manicure with a bit of colour (usually pink) and a matching pedicure. You would think nothing could go wrong here, right?


Well, it started off really well - I went with my sister Mel, it was a great opportunity for us to catch up on each other's latest news. We didn't have an appointment, but they could fit us in anyway. So far so good!


The first thing we did was pick our colours. I love this part because the salon uses OPI polish and OPI has the cutest names for every colour. I think the one I went with was 'Dusk over Cairo'... sounds like a movie :) It was a very pretty pink, not too light, not too dark, perfect!


So we picked our colours, sat down in those cool massage chairs and waited to have our pedicures. Here's where things started to go a little off plan....


If you have ever had a pedicure where they have the massage chairs, you'll know that the chairs have a basin at the bottom for you to put your feet into. These sinks have taps and a shower head and they fill up the basin while you sit in the chair.


Clearly, I should have been paying more attention to my shower head, but I thought the nail lady had it covered, so I was just sitting there, chatting away to my sister. Imagine my shock when the shower head fell and twisted around, sending a fountain of water into the air!


Now, if I had good reflexes, I would have quickly lent down and flipped the shower head back over so the water simply went down into the basin again. But no. I was more worried about avoiding the spray of water - so I just ducked.


Looking back, I now realise that I am not a good person to count on in an emergency. I thought I was, but no, it seems not. Thanks to my ducking, the water kept spraying over me, leaving me relatively dry, and proceeded to soak the person next to me... my sister.... :( It went everywhere. I think it even got 3 or 4 other ladies in the salon. Oh Dear. Awkward for everybody... sorry Mel!


Luckily, the rest of the mani-pedi went well, and I can happily say that we are still fans of manicures and pedicures (and we have gorgeous toes!). But why, why does this stuff happen to me?


It's not the only time. I still remember my short lived netball career in primary school. Let's just say, when I'm on the team, the team can't win. If you pass me the ball, I get too stressed out from the pressure. Did I catch it right? Was it meant to come to me or did I get in someone else's way? Have I taken a step while holding the ball? You can do it Marissa, just pass the ball to whoever calls your name - uh oh, that person was from the opposing team... and now they've scored a goal... when did they learn my name anyway?!?


Am I the only one? Have any of you been stuck in an awkward situation before?


See you next time,


xo Marissa.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why it's important to have a good memory...







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So, I can't remember what I was going to write about tonight... hmm, awkward.




Let's see if I can get away with posting my favourite "How to improve your memory" tips from over the years...




the piece of string trick: Sounds relatively simple - you tie a piece of string around your finger to remind you not to forget the thing you are trying to remember. Works great - except that I can't remember what it is that i am meant to be remembering, I only remember that I am meant to remember something. (Just a side note - have you noticed how after you use the word remember so many times, it doesn't seem like a real word anymore? ......Remember.) That's the last time I take memory tip advice from Bert and Ernie.




Write it down on a piece of paper: Great! Done. Now where did I put that piece of paper?




Say as much as you can remember out loud in the hope that the rest will just come out at the end of your sentence: For example, "I was going into the kitchen to...." (turns out I was going into the kitchen to look for my piece of paper).




"Just have a good memory.": Thanks Ben, that helped a lot :)




Make a little song out of it: "I'm go-ing to the kit-chen (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)... "To find my piece of pa-per....." (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)...."I wo-nder where I put - it" (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)..... "I might look for it la-ter" (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap). (Have you noticed how after you use the word 'clap' so many times, it doesn't seem like a real word anymore....)




Well, not sure these have helped my memory... but they did give me something to blog about!




See - ee you next - time (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap),




xo Marissa.






Friday, September 25, 2009

Football...






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So Friday night in our house means Friday night football. Hmm.... what can I say about football?

I have to be honest, I have never really understood the game. I have made efforts to watch it in the past, but I can't fake an attraction to it. I am proud of all my friends that love football and I admire their passion for it, but for me, the magics just not there...

I have, however, made a happy compromise in our household. Friday night is football night, every time. Ben is husband of the year, so the right to the remote on the weekend is his :) My compromise - I get the laptop. I'm still in the lounge room, thus available for comment on the game, replay watching, and conversation during ad breaks / half time, but I retain my freedom as far as my own entertainment is concerned.

Having control of the laptop opens up a whole new world for me at football time. I can multi task to my heart's content - go on facebook / twitter, put together my ultimate online shopping wish list (and save it to favourites for when Ben is looking for birthday / xmas present ideas), watch online tv, play games, update photos... so many possibilities!

Now, football fans: Before you freak out and ditch reading this blog altogether, hear me out - there are a number of reasons why football and I are just not meant to be together. However, if the NRL is interested in taking on a few of my suggestions to improve the game, I think I could become more of a fan.

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Play the half time entertainment on tv.

  • Have cute, girl - friendly ads on those side banners on the field, not boring ones like beer and telstra and toyota (note: have nothing against telstra and toyota - or beer, but the signs are a bit boring, that's all I'm saying...).

  • Give an option to select a different style of commentating for the game - like a comedy style, rap version, cool voices like Elvis doing the commentary. Maybe have a button on the remote to select this - I understand improvements in technology need to be made in order for this to be possible, but I think it's well worth it.

  • If the referees are going to wear pink shirts (and I have no problem with them supporting their cause), they should have matching shoes. Better yet, make a rule that all football player shoes must go with their outfits (sorry, uniforms).

  • Make doing a funny dance after you score a try mandatory, not optional. Even better, have every player come up with a 'signature' move that they do for every try they get themselves, and when they do it, their whole team does their dance move with them.

Not an unreasonable list, I feel... although I do understand if you are not all in agreement with me tonight. But keep in mind, me not liking football doesn't have to be a deal breaker between us. We should embrace each others' differences, not force our interests on each other. It's about finding that compromise that leaves all of us happy.

Which is why, although I love romantic comedies, celebrity gossip and maltesers, I will understand if you don't feel the same way. More maltesers for me then anyway :)

See you next time,

xo Marissa.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dramas with the washing...







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So I have had the worst week this week when it comes to the washing! So many dramas that I have all but decided to give up washing clothes and just start wearing things twice, then buy new ones (Why twice you ask? Well, you can wear them once normally, then once inside out.... what, doesn't everyone do that?). Kidding!

Seriously though, while the laundry isn't my favourite household task at any time, there is something going on this week with my washing, I swear. Here are a few of the dramas:

Extra stained clothes: Well, I now know that sweet chili, chocolate and some sort of weird pine residue (Ben's shirt, not mine...I'm not very outdoorsy...) are all likely to cause stains. Not normal stains, but very, very, very stubborn ones. I have tried 2 different stain removers, with no luck.


Speaking of stain removers: I don't want to sound like a crabby old washing lady (well, anymore than I have already...), but my local supermarket has changed their stain remover....and I'm not happy. I loved the old one - in fact, I adored the old one. It was one of those ones where you didn't have to determine what type of stain it was and then treat accordingly, you could just spray the stain, wash the clothes, and by the time you hung them out, it was like the stain was just a bad dream! In fact, I rarely even had to to aim very well at the stain, I just sprayed the stain remover vaguely in the direction of the shirt and it disappeared (the stain, not the shirt... that would be weird...)! And the old one was the cheapest one. And the bottle was prettier. So I'll be writing them a letter.

My 'magic' (bad magic) washing hamper: It's always full. Always. I have no explanation for this. Surely we don't wear that much? And baby Sophie's things are so tiny, how could they take up so much hamper space? An how do towels get so dirty so fast? Aren't we clean when we use them, having just got out of the shower and all?

My peg shortage: On the one hand, I love that baby Sophie's clothes are so small they only need 1 peg each to hang them. On the other hand, because I sort my washing and wait until I have a load of Sophie's clothes to wash together, all those tiny clothes add up and use up all the pegs anyway! I know, I could just get more pegs.... but I have the cutest peg basket and it only holds the amount I have now :)

Sheets and windy days: You know those days that are so windy your clothes seem to have a life of their own? I pegged them so neatly (and colour co-ordinated the pegs, I might add), so carefully, in the hope that I wouldn't have to iron them as much, and then went out for the day. I come home to sheets hanging half off the line, one on the ground, 2 all twisted up around the line I pegged them on, pegs had fallen off - it's a disaster! It's like the sheets had a wild party while I was away, and left me to clean up after them (again!)... and speaking of windy days - here is the big one....

The Dust Storm: Ooh, that dust storm. What a day. I woke up to a flaming red sky, dust flying around everywhere, and to tell the truth, I was excited! "Well," I said to Ben, "I guess that means no washing today!". It was like my birthday. Couldn't go out, couldn't do the housework, so Baby Sophie and I had to stay in and spend our day napping and playing (and I watched a movie!). Best day ever! Until this morning - when we realised that the Dust Storm got past our shed windows and filled our whole garage with dust. The garage that was holding an entire load of baby Sophie's washing. Washing that would have been completely dry by today. And don't even start me on the state of the washing line! We had to take a wet cloth out and clean each and every line (ok, ok, by 'we', I mean Ben. So I delegated - wouldn't you? Now I owe him!)

Aah... the end of my washing rant. That feels better. So spare a thought for me next time you see me wearing my clothes inside out :)

See you next time,

xo Marissa

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Embarrassing Moments...







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So I'm hoping I'm not the only one who has these - embarrassing moments. Moments when you say something the wrong way, or do something strange, or get stuck in a situation you would prefer not to be in!


I have accumulated a few myself over the years, some even date back to high school. I'm sure some of you already know a few of them...

Anyway, in case anyone out there can relate, I thought I would share mine with you today. Better you hear them from me and not anyone else. And to be completely honest, now that enough time has passed since they happened - I think they are kind of funny :)

Before I begin, let me clarify: I am a regular, smart, nice person (at least, I think so!). These are not things I do everyday. I'm not a silly person, I have just had a few awkward moments!
My most embarrassing moments, in no particular order, include the time I:
  1. Called my teacher 'Mum'


  2. Thought my car had been stolen from a car park... but I had actually just forgotten where I had parked


  3. Thought I had forgotten where I parked... but my car had actually been stolen


  4. Went to rent a Tom Cruise movie and asked the guy behind the counter if he could tell me where I could find 'A Few Good Men'


  5. Asked the lady at the post office how much 4 cent stamps cost (note: I was very young here... as far as I recall...)


  6. Was so deeply involved in my shopping that I bumped into a mirror.... and said sorry (before I realised I was talking to my reflection)


  7. Was talking on my mobile and bumped into a statue of a man reading a paper (those of you who have shopped at Charlestown Square will know the one)... and said sorry...


  8. Got caught pretending I had my own cooking show while cooking dinner (Ok, I still do this one all the time, just cause it's so much fun - no camera though, I just imagine there is one!)

So, what are some of your embarrassing moments?

See you next time,

xo Marissa


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How I watch TV...








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So I'm feeling sorry for anyone who has in the past, or will in the future watch television with me in the same room.


You see, I have.... how should I put it? I have a bit of a problem not talking while watching tv. And I don't mean I just talk while the tv is on, I mean I talk to the tv as well.


I do this in a number of different ways - here are the most common:


I answer questions that the host / character asks another host / character: and try to get in before the other one answers first, as if they have actually asked for my opinion (and can hear my reply). Sometimes, if the other person on the show doesn't give the same answer - I 'boo' them.


I talk to the hosts / characters by name, like they're my friends - or at least acquaintances: This includes giving my opinion what's wrong with their show, and how to make their show better (e.g. "Tracey, Tracey, Tracey - Today Tonight just did a story on this 20 minutes ago and now you guys are doing it too?!?"). Also includes agreeing with them in the style of a corny sitcom (e.g. "They sure do Jerry, they sure do.")


I sometimes say "bo-ring" if I don't like the chosen show


I try to have a conversation with other tv watchers (either about the show or about anything else) during the show: In fact, I just got caught doing that one now (Me: "Ben.... what sort of ways do you notice I talk around the tv?" Ben: "You mean like you are doing now?" - we are currently watching 'Survivor' ..).


When I see something funny, I immediately tell the person next to me about what I just saw and how funny it was... even though they just saw it too


I have an overwhelming urge to tell everyone all the other movies or shows that the stars have been in before: For example, "Hey that's the girl from 'Clueless'! And she was in 'Blast from the Past'! And 'Batman and Robin'! And I think she had a tv show too...." etc




Hmmm... may be I should try to tone it down a little, so that I don't end up having to watch tv all by myself.


On the other hand, there must be worse habits out there...




See you next time,


xo Marissa.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Ben!





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So today is Ben's birthday (Happy Birthday Ben!). I love birthdays, so I hope today was a great day for him. Here is how it went...

4:30am: Baby Sophie wakes up. We got up and I gave her a bottle, but secretly I think she actually woke up to say happy birthday to her father :)

7:30am: Ben feeds Baby Sophie, and she is a dream baby - no crying when her bottle is finished - it must be his birthday! She usually does, it's this adorable 'how could you take it away??' cry that stops as soon as she is distracted with some talking or out of tune singing - then she gives one of her brilliant smiles!

In the meantime, I made surprise pancakes for breakfast. Well, they were meant to be surprise pancakes, but I'm not very subtle, I have discovered. Our kitchen is next to our lounge room, so every time the phone rang and I walked into the lounge room to answer it, I would forget to put the pancake flipper (or whatever it's called!) down and Ben saw it - totally giving away the surprise pancakes! How embarrassing. Lucky I'm not a spy, I would be 'made' pretty quickly....

10am: Ben goes to work, where he gets a happy birthday message displayed on the electronic noticeboard... I love when they do that! But, the bad news....

No cake! Poor Ben, this is the second time he has missed out on getting a birthday cake at work. I think he may have some sort of birthday jinx on him...

The first year was my fault (we both work in the same office), it was my job to get the cake and I totally forgot (I know, wife of the year....). This year, I'm on maternity leave so cake is in the hands of everyone else at work :)

Rest of the day: Ben gets about a thousand happy birthday messages via Facebook - very sweet of everyone! It's nice to know people take the time to write a birthday message. Part of me wonders if Facebook will have to shut down tonight because of birthday message overload :)

Dinner: Ben's mum and dad come over for dinner -and they bring cake! I knew someone would come through for him! I did get him a cake too but the one from his mum and dad was nicer so we used that. Yes we had candles, no there was no singing. Weird - I can talk to a room full of people, I love being centre of attention, but I am too shy to sing in front of people (except Soph)... Anyway, it looks like I get to have cake for the rest of the week now... ok, ok, Ben gets cake for the rest of the week... I know, I have the weight loss challenge going on. But cake doesn't count when it's a special occasion, right? So technically, if I eat cake tomorrow, it's still birthday cake, so I am still allowed. It's a rule. Trust me.

So all that, plus presents, not a bad birthday, hopefully.

What did I get him as a present? Well, I dedicated tonight's blog to him...


Don't worry, he got a real present too! And he liked it... but you'll have to ask him what it was :)

See you next time,

xo Marissa

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Technologically challenged...







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So, I have realised tonight that I am not great with technology... specifically, the internet.

Don't get me wrong, I am so proud that I have figured out how to put this blog together - but tonight I tried doing a few things to make it a bit more interesting and it took forever. Still, after about an hour and a half, I have now created a Facebook Fan page for the blog, and I am feeling pretty pleased that I managed to do it. Now, I just need fans on it!

Currently I have 2 fans on my 'marissa writes a blog' Facebook page....

Fan #1: Me. I know, it's like voting for yourself in an election. I stand by the decision - if I don't want to be a fan, who else would? Besides, I bet K Rudd did it (Ok, was that uncool - calling him K Rudd? Ok, was it uncool using the word uncool?).

Fan #2: My husband (Ben). Alright, I admit it, I asked him if he would do it :) And, husband of the year that he is, he said yes. Poor thing - now he has to read my blog everyday (and I'll probably quiz him on it to make sure he has.... hey, he knew what I was like when he married me!)

So I'm hoping I get some more fans (yes mum, that means you too), and I am looking forward to seeing some followers on the blog as well. On that note I would also like to say a huge thanks to all that have left me a comment on previous posts and on Facebook - you have made my day (and thanks for being so nice and supportive... I love nice comments!).

As for the rest of my technology issues, I'll keep working on them....very slowly..

See you next time...

xo Marissa





Saturday, September 19, 2009

The great "lose baby weight" challenge!






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So, 2 days ago I decided to lose the weight I gained while I was pregnant with baby Sophie. She's 3 months old now, so it's time. Can't stay in my maternity clothes forever, especially now that TWO people have asked me when I am having my baby! Can't blame them, I would have asked me that too :)





Although, I will miss my maternity jeans... I am seriously considering keeping them as my 'buffet' jeans - you know, for when you go out for an 'all you can eat' meal and need more clothes room.... don't give me that look, you know I'm not the only one who does that :)





Anyway, I am getting off topic....





Now I, like many others, have tried weight loss before, on a number of diets, with varied success.





But, to be perfectly honest with you, I don't like to diet. As soon as I decide a type of food is forbidden, it's all I can think about. Take ice cream. 3 weeks ago I was talking to my husband about giving up junk food, and he happened to mention 'why not give up ice cream?'. Before this conversation I ate ice cream maybe once a week. After the conversation, I wanted ice cream every night. I became ice cream obsessed (and ice magic topping obsessed!). Right now, I am typing this blog, thinking about ice cream.... and I only had ice cream an hour ago.... I know, I know - obsessed!





So back to my point, I don't like to diet. It just leaves me craving the exact foods I am trying to cut out. So I'm trying something a bit different this time. I'm going to use very obvious forms of motivation, and I'm going to start looking at my habits and work on changing them for the long run, even if it means starting with baby steps!





Motivation: Facebook, Twitter and this Blog. I had Ben take 2 'before' pictures of me and have posted them on all of the above. A big thanks to my Facebook friends who gave me some very encouraging comments on the photos and my getting into shape plan :) Now I have to follow through - the whole world knows about it!






















Habit changing: I'll start with one habit at a time. Habit #1 is portion size - smaller servings, no second helpings, no finishing what's on my plate if I'm not hungry anymore. I started this one tonight, by only getting a small chips with my burger instead of a large (I told you I was starting with baby steps!), and it went well, I didn't miss the extra chips!





So wish me luck, I'll let you know how I go. I am aiming for daily updates on Twitter, regular updates on Facebook, and occasional updates on this blog.





See you next time...






xo Marissa.

Friday, September 18, 2009

marissa writes a blog






Here's a bit of background to start with in case you don't know me very well yet...






I am a normal young(ish) lady, a working (well, usually) wife and mother with a great, big family and good friends. I enjoy my family, my job and my life... and I have one of those personalities where everything has a bright side (and if not, I look for one)!




I can't lie, I like to talk... a lot. So this is me doing the same thing on paper (except it's not actually paper... well you get the idea). After all, I am addicted to Facebook and Twitter, and always have much more to say than will fit in those little boxes!




So my posts will be about my everyday life, and my perspective on it. Let me know what you think - but keep it nice, please... it's my blog, and I like things nice :)



P.S. Still learning as I go, so if the blog looks funny, words are missing, or you get the feeling I am technologically challenged, you are right. But stay with me, I'll get better at it!






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