NO ORDINARY DAY !

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I can relate to the famous C. S. Lewis quotation ‘Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but you look back and everything is different’; part of the reason why a quarter of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions by the end of January is because they expect too much, too quickly. We live in a fast-paced ‘disposable’ society – instant gratification is consumed, then we’re off in search of our next hit! When I learned of the Starbucks No Ordinary Day Latte campaign (which caters for all sorts of customisations!), it made me consider the fix. To make these resolutions stick, I think the key is to decidedly kick off the change by planning an extraordinary day – and then repeating parts of it ever-more regularly whilst having patience! It’s not about one giant leap (dramatic as that may sound), but rather small steps and consistency, and 366 of these will sum to No Ordinary Year! Click MORE to see my thoughts on how to plan it out! 

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‘NOW-ism’ is upon us! If we order something online, we expect it to arrive the next day; if the browser window doesn’t open within 2 seconds we’ve already closed it in a bout of impatient frustration. Consistency and long-termism are becoming foreign concepts, yet I’m convinced that they remain the key to success. Aiming to achieve consistent small steps will see you notice in 3 months times how much fitter and stronger you’ve become; right now however it may seem as though ‘nothing has changed’…

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You might remember my recent post about the benefits of coffee HERE; sitting down with my coffee (in the picture above, a delicious Starbucks custom-configured Colombian Nariño-bean Latte with coconut milk and a dusting of cross-hatched chocolate powder which I did myself, all at no extra cost during January!) and taking a relaxed moment for myself is one of the most enjoyable times during my day; it enables me to look back on progress, which I try to do each time. It’s so important and hugely gratifying, as well as motivating for future achievement. [[And by the way, thanks to YOU for following my adventures on this blog – without your support, none of it would be possible :) x ]] Whilst focusing on the ‘here and now’ (we’ve all heard that a million times) is important, I’d argue that focusing on the change you’ve already seen is just as important. Recognising how everyday is important and makes a huge difference in the long run.

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My fitness challenge to you is to be consistent and do something everyday to stay active! My interpretation of No Ordinary Day is one that’s simply more active; bound up the stairs two-at-a-time rather than lazing into the lift; walk to work and avoid the bus; get out and have a run around the city after the office closes!

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I WAS WEARING:

Bag: Balenciaga
Blue Top: Gap (sold out) Similar HERE
Leggings: Adidas (sold out) similar HERE
Trainers: Nike Flyknit Zoom Agility

THIS POST INCLUDED A SPONSORED COLLABORATION WITH STARBUCKS AROUND THEIR NO ORDINARY DAY LATTE CAMPAIGN – FOR MORE ABOUT WHY I TAKE ON SUCH PROJECTS, PLEASE SEE MY DISCLOSURE PAGE HERE.
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43 Responses to “NO ORDINARY DAY !”

  1. I love your post. Sometimes we tend to get busy with life and put things of till tomorrow. It sounds easy when you say it like that. A little bit every day, but it can be that easy to anyone. It just a case of committing to our commitments and being consistent. :)

  2. Great Post Faya, and beautiful pics as ever, although now I’m craving a Starbucks.
    I really like that Starbucks have done this campaign, I think they have a bad rep for being greedy corporate chain (so people say) so its great to see them promoting ideas like these.
    Hope your well my dear.

    x tink jayne x
    allabouttink.co.uk

  3. Great post Faya and something I’ve been talking about with one of my friends over the past couple of days.

    Every new year people go from one extreme of doing nothing to trying to go to the gym every night for 2 hours rather than those small incremental steps you talk about.

    I could be wrong but I would suspect that the number of people that give up on their New Years Resolutions is much higher than what’s actually reported as people rarely want to admit they’ve given up.

  4. You’re totally right Faya, the “want it now” culture is getting completely out of control; I’ve even noticed in my day job as a doctor that people’s expectations of health care have changed with our changing expectations in society; for example, many people find it hard to accept that they can’t lose weight immediately and have to make active changes over a long period of time (which is often my fault, of course!) I’ve set various goals for myself this year and have tried to set acheivable targets along the way which I hope will lead to success. Fingers crossed!

    • Thanks for the message Jess. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the progress that increased availability has brought society, but there’s something reassuringly old-fashioned about having to work for something over a long period of time, and gradually seeing results. Wishing you the best of luck with your goals this year :)

  5. I decided to challenge myself to run 5km everyday in January. On day 12 and has become part of my day it’s no longer a challenge it’s a habit! Consistency is everything!
    Great post and gorgeous pictures as always. Xo

  6. Hi Faya, I love this post – you are so right! I’ve discovered fitness in my 30s after trying every fad going. I believe so much in builiding fitness into your lifestyle that I decided to create my own piece of equipment called a Tuffit! (2 years in the making!) Please check it out at http://www.fitforkeeps.com I’d love to know what you think. I love your blog, it’s so inspiring and while I’ve been working on my project I keep checking back and looking at your adventures for inspiration! Also, I had no idea I could have coconut milk in Starbucks, great news, because I can’t have dairy! Keep posting! Sarah x

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