Day 61 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Finding What Works

I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~Thomas A. Edison

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If you have ever been to a kids bowling party you have probably seen the BuMpErS that are placed on both sides of the lane ensuring that the bowling ball will knock over at least one pin and not go in the gutter.

This system of bumpers on the lanes GuArAnTeEs that these kiddos will all have some level of success at the game of bowling.

There is a principle here, providing us with a GrEaT LeSsOn for life:

Implementing effective systems in our lives will ensure that we’ll be successful at the game of life.

Ever since Lara and I started on the Peace with Food journey we have been experimenting with systems – food and non-food related.  Some of those systems worked and were adopted and others failed and were abandoned.  Implementing the systems that worked for us individually is what has brought us SuCcEsS.

Let me share a few of my systems:

  • EaTiNg BrEaKfAsT – In the past, I would eat a high-carb breakfast at 6 a.m. which left me famished by 9:30 a.m. and made me feel like I was on a diet {because “the rules” said I couldn’t eat until at least 11 a.m.}.  This made me feel so defeated I would just throw in the towel and eat.  And since I was already breaking one rule I would go all out and chow down!
  • SnAcKiNg – One bad habit I had was to graze like crazy until I had no idea how much I had eaten.  Now I snack on fruits and vegetables.
  • CrEaTiNg TeMpTaTiOn FrEe SpAcEs – I don’t keep chips, sweets, and tempting foods in my pantry or fridge.  I only have them when they are truly a Mr. Right food, have made a plan to enjoy them in moderation, and then remove what’s left.
  • BeInG InTeNtIoNaL – Spending time with my planner each evening, planning the next day.
  • IdEa CaTcHeRs – Keeping note pads and pens around the house, my wallet, and in my car so that I can jot down the many ideas that pop in my head.  These include:  exciting ideas that I want to pursue professionally, mental reminders to complete a task such as, “I really need  to pick up the dry-cleaning.”  Or an inspiring thought.

Those are just some of my systems.  With every “failure” and new experience I keep adding new ones.

What are your systems that help KeEp YoU On TrAcK?

Your Robynn



P.S. For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

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Day 58 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} How to Stream-Line

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.  Failure is delay, not defeat.  It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.  Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
~Denis Waitley

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Do you ever feel like you are SpInNiNg pLaTeS and it won’t be long until they all come crashing down?  I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in that predicament.  My personality type has tendencies to over-commit.  I impulsively say “Yes” to something and then realize shortly thereafter, “Oops.  I should have never agreed to this!”

In the last few years I have taken some time to learn more about myself.  After all, one of the principles of Peace with Food is KnOw YoUrSeLf.  In this process I have come to understand HoW I Am WiReD and the strengths and weaknesses inherent with that wiring.  And I have also had a lot of failures.

But these failures have served a HiGhEr PuRpOsE.  They have helped me peel the onion so to speak – getting me more StReAm-LiNeD aNd SmArTeR as to what works and what doesn’t.

When I started this journey I began with a huge gap between where I was regarding Peace With Food and where I wanted to be.  With each “failure” {a.k.a mess up, throw in the towel, slip up} I close that gap a little bit more by CrEaTiNg A sYsTeM that eliminates the little foxes that tripped me up.   (I talked about little foxes – those little things that seem so insignificant, but that make the biggest difference – in my last post.)

This is what stream lining is all about.  It is removing those little things that cause the biggest problems and instead creating what my mentor, John C. Maxwell, calls systems.  Here is his definition of a system:

A process for predictably achieving a goal based on specific, orderly, repeatable principles and practices.
{From The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth page 109}

One example of a system that you no doubt will be able to relate to is our system of traffic lights in the US.  When you approach an intersection, you don’t have to think about what you need to do.  You just AuToMaTiCaLLy go if the light is green and stop if it is red.  No indecisiveness.  No hesitancy.  Instead you know exactly what to do.

How would you like to have systems in place that take away the second guessing and indecisiveness?  Systems that are intentional and purposeful, ultimately helping you AcHiEvE YoRr GoaLs and honor your priorities?

Life just runs smoother with systems.

Stay tuned to my next post.  I will share with you some of my systems to help give you ideas for creating your own systems.  But in the meantime, ask yourself:

What systems do I have in place?

System for BrEaFfAsT?

System for snacking?

System for getting my kids up and OuT tHe DoOr to school in the morning and doing it in P E A C E!

System for dealing with temptation?

System for going to the grocery store?

Do you have systems?  Are they EfFeCtiVe?

Your Robynn




P.S. For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.

Day 55 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Catch the Little Foxes

Failure, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.  One fails forward toward success.
~C.S. Lewis

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I love this quote because, to me, it EpiToMiZes tHe JoUrNeY I have been on.  My failures were indeed the finger posts pointing me to achievement.  When I was TeAcHabLe and maintained the right attitude, they served as incredible and effective teachers.  Then, and only then, did I learn the valuable lesson they were teaching me!  And as crazy as it sounds, they are responsible for helping me find Peace with Food.

One of the reasons failure is So PoWerFuL {if you let it teach you} is because it requires you to take a long look at the little things tripping you up and keeping you from success.  I like to call these little things tHe LiTtLe FoXeS which I got from a passage found in Song of Solomon 2:15 (CJB) which says,

Catch the foxes for us, yes, the little foxes!  They are ruining the vineyards when our vineyards are in bloom! 

It truly is the little things that make All tHe DiFfErEnCe.  Ever since I started the Peace with Food journey I have been identifying the difference makers – my little foxes.

In my next post I will talk about how I use those little foxes to help me StReAm LiNe and CrEaTe SuCcEsSfUl SyStEmS, but in the meantime, let me ask you this:

Can you identify the little foxes in your life?

What trips you up in PeAcE WiTh FoOd?

Your FiNaNcEs?




Answering this question is Step #1.  It TaKeS CoUrAgE to look inside and admit your weaknesses, but without it you can never MoVe FoRwArD, so be courageous!

What are your “little foxes”?

Your Robynn




P.S. For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.

Day 52 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Funkville

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.
~Dale Carnegie

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Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed to be humming along just fine when {{BAMB!}} out of the blue you get hijacked by those obnoxious intruders also known as cruddy feelings?

Well, that describes my day today.  Talk about being blind-sided.  Just a few hours earlier I had a convo with Lara that had fired us both up as we talked about the future of Peace with Food and plans for the future.

Life was great!

Then came ThE HiJaCk.

I really don’t know what brought it on, but instantly I was transported to Funkville.  Ever been there?  I was overcome with ambivalent, vague, and LoUsY FeeLiNgS.

Is this really happening?  Just hours ago I was on a high and now I am feeling pretty low – no energy, no motivation, no spark whatsoever.

So I did the only thing I knew to do.  SaiD a PrAyEr and then RiPpEd It LiKe a BaNd-AiD.  Yes, I  got to work. There was no way I was going to let the Funk get the best of me.

And true to form, after awhile I realized that those crazy intruders were gone.  I was living life in color again.

Next time you encounter the hijack, why not give this system a try?  Or come up with your own.  Just find that something that helps you ExiT OuT Of FuNkViLLe.

Your Robynn


Take-Home Message:  Battle the funk with action.

P.S. For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.



Day 43 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Won’t Let Go

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
~William Feather

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Boy, oh boy, am I struggling.  I don’t see any progress and I want to quit, but where in the world would I go and what would I do?  I am so hungry for my dream.  It propels me forward.  My PuRpOsE PuShEs Me OnWaRd. I know for me, quitting would amount to about a day and then I would be back at it.  So what else can I do but keep pressing on?


But seriously, I am seeing nooooooo progress.  I feel like I am expending so much energy with nothing to show for it.  This is so unbearable that I just want to explode out of my own skin.  Can I let out a big AHHHGGGGGHHH!!!!  

GeT a gRiP, RoByNn!

SoMeHoW, SoMeWaY this challenge is going to catapult you forward, but how in the world is it going to do that?!  I don’t know, but I just know that there is a higher purpose for me going through this difficulty, so I’m HaNgiNg On.  Won’t let go.

Hashtag to self:  #wontletgo

Your Robynn

P.S. For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.

Day 37 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Who Are Your Mentors?

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
~Jim Rohn

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So, if you are the average of the FiVe PeOpLe you spend the most time with, what kind of person are you?  Do you like the person you have become?

That’s a deep question, I know, but it is definitely worth taking the time to think about.  What kind of people do you HaNg OuT WiTh?  Are they people you aspire to be like?  Do they challenge you to do better than you are doing and go further than you are going?

If you’ve been reading my 1% Change {90-Day Challenge}, you may have noticed that I talk about My MeNtOrS from time to time.  These are individuals that in many ways are living the life that I want to live.  They have a vast amount of wisdom.  And because they are further down the road than I am, their input is of utmost importance.

I remember when I first read Jack Canfield (author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) talk about the importance of mentors in his book The Success Principles.  It stirred in me the desire to have mentors of my own.  I didn’t have any mentors at the time, and really didn’t know who even to ask.  So I UsEd tHe ReSoUrCeS I HaD and enlisted mentors whose material I could read, watch, or listen to.  People like John C. Maxwell, who although they didn’t know me, were passing on their wisdom and experience.

That was a few years ago and today I now have a handful of personal mentors, but it all began by using what I had.

Who are your mentors?  Maybe the first question to ask is, “What kind of person do you AsPiRe To BeCoMe?”  Once you know that question, then you can find the mentor that best fits and begin to learn from them.

It really is true.  You become like the people you spend your time with.  So ChOoSe WiSeLy.  🙂

P.S. You are seeing a snapshot of my life taken earlier this summer.  For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.

Your Robynn

Day 35 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Pursuit Mode

Day 35

Whew!  Life’s been challenging and sometimes you have to move from the PuRsUiT MoDe to survival mode.

That was me last week.

With everything going on – Dad’s situation and an over-extended schedule (that’s my fault but there’s a great lesson there – maybe sometime I can share) – I have had to put my goal of 1% Change On HoLd.  Not for long, but when your head is under water the only thing you care about is getting it above water and gasping for a breath.

That was me last week.  But now I am getting back on schedule and back to pursuing my 1% Change – focusing on the process of perseverance.

Back to pursuit mode.

Hashtag to self:  #backinthegame

Your Robynn


P.S. You are seeing a snapshot of my life taken earlier this summer.  For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.


Day 31 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Embrace the Moment

Day 31 JE

I’ve had a ReVeLaTiOn, an “Aha” moment and it is so good!

My response to trials and difficulties has been to try to get out of them as quickly as possible.  But I’ve come to realize that God’s right here in this hard place.  ThAt’s where HiS gRaCe iS for me.  So if I want to try to get out of this trial I’ll be on my own.  I won’t be where His grace and power are for my life. Journal

So, Girl, sit back and relax!  EmBrAcE tHiS pLaCe and this moment.  God’s got you here and this is where He is at.  .  .

There’s no other place I’d rather be!

DaY 31 PeRseVerAnCe RaTinG:  4

Hashtag to self:  #embracethemoment

Your Robynn

P.S. You are seeing a snapshot of my life taken earlier this summer.  For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this series click HERE.


Day 30 – 1% Change {90-Day Challenge} Life in Focus

(This is a post from earlier this summer during a very challenging time.  Miraculously, my dad made a full recovery.  I share this clip of my life for those of you who are going through difficult, sad, and/or uncertain times.)


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (KJ21)

Day 30 - 90Fighting back the tears today as I’m visiting Dad in the hospital a few weeks after his brain surgery.  Times like this bring LiFe InTo FoCuS.

Not sure how his recovery will go.  Will I ever have my Dad back?

Life is just tough for me now.  But I am determined to persevere.  All I know to do is lean on my faith and PuT oNe FoOt iN FrOnT oF tHe OtHeR day after day.  It is anything but pretty. But what are my options?

How is life going for you?  Maybe everything is going great.  If so AwEsOmE!  If, not, use this as a time to take stock of what is important and get LiFe iNtO FoCuS.  Nothing does that better than ChaLLeNgiNg TiMeS.

What can you do today to make that 1% Change?

Hashtag to self:  #refusingtoquit

Your Robynn

P.S. You are seeing a snapshot of my life taken earlier this summer.  For the previous post in this series click  HERE.

For the next post in this 1% Change series, click HERE.