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

Day 61 - 90

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



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How to Make It Through the Thanksgiving Feast – Unscathed

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Do the holidays stress you out in the area of eating? Do you feel panic set in with Thanksgiving just around the corner?

If that describes you, take a deep breath, relax, and imagine making it through the holidays relaxed and calm, thankful for the many blessings you have been given rather than being focused on the mistakes you made and the pounds you gained.

You can make it through the holidays unscathed. How? Here’s how we plan to do just that.

Sure, we are going to do everything on the front end to set our selves up for success. We’ll have a plan – one that includes enjoying (in moderation) our favorite dishes of sweet potatoes with brown sugar & pecans, dressing, green bean casserole, and of course, pumpkin pie. Then we will try to cut out any unnecessary calories that we might consume just because those foods are available – you know, those tempting appetizers and sweets that sit out hours before and after the feast. And we will even probably try to get in a run or two if at all possible.

These are just a few of the strategies we will employ to help us stay on course.

And although these things are all good, in our opinion, they aren’t the primary factor ensuring victory. We think there is something even better to guarantee success during these challenging eating occasions and it is this:

Reframe your definition of failure.

Remember that famous Thomas Edison quote that says, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Would you take the Thomas Edison approach this Thanksgiving and be your own scientist – experimenting with what works and what doesn’t regarding Peace with Food?

Regardless of whether or not we stick to our plan, (and let’s all admit it, there are times where the best-laid plans get tossed to the wayside in the heat of the moment) we can learn what works and what doesn’t and then do it better next time.

Sure, we will do our best to follow peace this Thanksgiving and be wise, but if things don’t go exactly as we had planned, we will come out with data regarding what worked and what didn’t.

And in our mind, that is not failure, it is just one step further down the path of Peace with Food.

Have a Happy (And Peaceful) Thanksgiving!!

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Take-Home Message:

Take the Thomas Edison approach and see every mistake not as a failure, but just one more way that doesn’t work. When you make failure impossible you can move on wiser and smarter!