Monday, October 01, 2007

Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative

I've been cranky lately (see last post) and prone to complaining. I'm having a hard time seeing the good in anything this week. Everything just makes me kind of mad:

1. The Elementary School Carnival was Friday. The tickets were a dollar apiece. Highway robbery, if you ask me. Especially since the Go Fish game cost 2 Tickets and all Chloe got was a stupid little ball from the Oriental Trading Company that costs about 10 cents, if that. I'd rather take my 2 dollars and buy her something she really cares about.

2. We drove up to Provo yesterday for Joel's grandmother's 90th birthday celebration and it snowed the entire way up. Well, from about Beaver to Santaquin (if that means anything to you). I want to move back to Arizona.

3. The food at the celebration wasn't very good and it was expensive. And it certainly didn't adhere to my diet.

4. The stupid refs took away our touchdown last night! I don't think I like this new review rule. It seems like a good thing, but it certainly hasn't worked much in BYU's favor, that's for sure! And I still don't think they could have possibly had conclusive evidence on this one....they say he didn't have full control of the ball. Hogwash.

5. I am not losing weight fast enough. I feel like I am putting all this time and effort, not to mention money into it and I should lose like 10 pounds a week or something. It shouldn't matter that I have PCOS and it's almost impossible to lose weight, I am just not happy with the 1 pound a week I have been averaging.

Well, I don't like feeling this way. It's giving me a headache. Or maybe it's just making the headache I already have from lack of sleep worse. Either way, I don't like having a headache. (And here I go complaining again.)

So, in the spirit of accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative:

1. My girls were so excited about the carnival. I mean, Bria skipped and Chloe just bubbled the entire way there. It's hard not to smile and be happy when your children are just beside themselves with joy--it's contagious. Who cares about the tickets being so expensive? Chloe thought the stupid ball she got was the best thing since sliced bread and Bria thoroughly enjoyed herself.

2. Joel and I always love to drive for extended periods because we can really talk. Especially since we see each other so rarely lately. And, also, I guess the snow might mean the drought will be better this year. Even though that's a tough one for me to see positive in. I still want to move back to Arizona.

3. The celebration itself was fun. Always fun to see family members (even if they are in-laws) that you don't get to see very often. And Joel especially loves it, and I need to be better about allowing him the joy of being with his family. After all, we still got to spend some time with my parents and brother too, which I love.

4. At least we still won the game. Go Cougars!

5. At least I'm not gaining weight! 1 pound a week is pretty good. If I can keep it up, eventually it will all come off.

I'm still grumpy, but it does make me feel a little bit better.

And now, I'm off to try to sleep.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Congratulations on your choice to search for the positive.

  2. Losing a pound a week is GOOD. It is healthy. it is also the way to work to keep it off over a lifetime, so be content! I know because I'm going through the same struggle. Forty six pounds to date and thirty three to go. You are doing GREAT! be proud! I know it is hard!

    I've been pretty negative myself lately. Hitting some bumps in the road of life the past two weeks. It is OK to be out of sorts every once in a while as long as you don't stay there! I'm going to look at the positive too! the old lemon saying!

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  3. Alright, one pound a week is ALL I expect, although I did gain 4 pounds over the weekend (?)... I'll just have to work that off.
    You are a rockstar, even in the snow.
    Happy Utah!

  4. I'm totally with you on all accounts. I know it's hard to be positive when you're around negative people, so I will try very hard to be positive too (and you are very rarely negative when I'm around you, so this is my way of apologizing to you for my bad influence).

    Hope you got some sleep last night.

  5. I have been in a negative mood lately too but I am glad you are trying to look at things positively as well. Kudos to you. I know it isn't always easy.

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  7. Please, please, please move back to Arizona!!

  8. You've already forgot the Arizona summers?! I'm not ready for that quite yet :)

  9. Such a good post!! It's nice to be reminded that there is a bright side to just about everything!

    p.s. I so hear you on the kiddie carnival prices! ugh!!

  10. Carnivals are EXPENSIVE..but the kids just have to go.

    I think one pound a week is good...Just think the pounds you will lose by Christmas. Summer is far then you will be feeling good in a swimsuit. Keep it up!

  11. ahhh you know what.. I found this post to be GREAT today.. I NEEDED To hear something like this!!!

    Can I ask what kind of diet you're doing?? If you lose 1lb til Christmas.. you will have lost 12lbs.. GIRL.. that's a WHOLE dress size!!!! You can do this dearheart!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Love long car rides. And 1 pound a week sounds like a pretty healthy rate! Are you a loser pea by any chance? I haven't been on there since August & I'm losing track. I lost over 20 pounds w/the loser peas though!

  13. "One pound a week is great for long term weight loss."...Blah, blah blah. I'm with you on that on sista! I like to see Biggest loser like numbers every week, even though i am not working out 6-8 hours a day like the people on the show. I must say, i am very proud of you for sticking with it, though. 1 pound a week for a month for me, and i'm back at Dairy Queen.

    P.s. I really liked the food at Gram's party, but the price-ouch! Ours was $86!!! (the only thing addtl. was a $5.95 alfredo for Kanoa & a kids drink.)

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