If you’re into fitness or follow fitness gurus on Instagram you should be familiar with the concept of a “cheat day.” The premise is that working out and eating healthy becomes more consistent as a lifestyle change what you know that you have a certain day that you can “cheat” and eat whatever you like. Abolishing deprivation that could lead to binges.
I understand the concept of a “cheat day” but I never joined the bandwagon despite understanding the benefits. I couldn’t figure out why a designated “cheat day” didn’t resonate with me until today. Today I went to yoga in Central Park at Atlantic Station and decided to make a post yoga run to IKEA which is very close by. Walking through IKEA I often get decor inspiration and I need book shelves so I wanted to compare what they offer to having it built. The store was closing and I started to feel hungry so I went down to the fast food section to grab a hot dog (FYI they are made of turkey). I decided to walk around and look at the unfamiliar Swedish foods and stumbled upon the wall of Swedish candies. The sign said “Lördagsgodis: Saturday Candy” and went on to explain the Swedish tradition of families taking their children to get sweets on Saturdays, the day designated for trips to the many candy shops in Sweden. I was intrigued. It resonated with me because it was a positive way to frame a “cheat day.” The day is set aside for a fun trip to the candy shop. I could instantly visualize myself at a favorite doughnut shop Saturday morning and then later in the day passing by IKEA to try an unusual Swedish candy flavor combination. Suddenly I’m on a taste bud adventure in my head! Oh the chocolates and other treats I could sample on Lördagsgodis. Lördagsgodis wouldn’t just be for Swedish fare, I could explore the world through their confections. I would travel the would one sweet treat at a time. But that’s not all, Lördagsgodis resonates with me because I have always considered myself an adventurous eater and Internationally minded, and with Lördagsgodis, I can be both sweetly.
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A beloved Scandinavian tradition has come to IKEA (we’re calling it “Pick & Mix”). Stop by the Swedish Food Market to customize your own perfect mix of candy by scooping all your favorites into one bag.
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“The ebb and flow of life can knock you down, as long as it doesn’t take you out.” ~Inga O
That is what I tell myself. That is why I am not afraid to share the reinventions of Inga O, no matter how many times I have to do it. I’ll be the first one to admit I don’t have it all figured out and smile when I say (truthfully) that I no longer care to figure it all out but instead choose to live in the now. I feel like a self inflicted burden, like a too heavy weight around one ankle was removed when I decided strive to have experiences that I can accumulate that will add up to a life well lived.
I thought it fitting that on the first day of the month and the first day of the week I will relaunch a better version of myself. I call it Inga O 5.0!
Inga O 5.0 does all of the great stuff the former versions did but now with the added features of focusing on being more present while setting and accomplishing lofty goals.
I read that we have about 30,000 days to live and that when we count our time left in days rather than years we realize that we don’t have as much time as we may think we have. Counting by years makes us feel like we have lots of time, counting by days doesn’t. So, I’m learning to love everyday and make it count. Here’s what I did:
- I figured our how long I expect to live and came up with 35,770 days. I subtracted how many years I’ve already used and converted them to days along with how many days I should have left and I got 19,710 days. Starting today, each one of those days needs to count! I choose to live on purpose. I will have fun everyday.
- I reverse engineered my 19,710 days so I can figure out what I need to get done and by when to have the end goals I want. For example, if you want to have certain goal by age 70, what do you have to do at age 68, 66, 65, 50 etc.
- I gave myself a mantra. Susie Orman said “People first, then money, then things.” I like it and I know a good mantra is a nice, quick reminder to keep me on track. This is really important for me because I can get down on myself when things don’t go according to plan and I can get stuck when the key is to get back in motion.
The above made this one of my best days ever. Perspective is everything. I hope you are inspired and will set and reach for your own goals.
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