No Excuses

There’s something I’ve been meaning to mention for a few days, but I keep getting sidetracked. Last week some time I had an email from WordPress saying I could have 30% off a premium account subscription, so I bit off the metaphorical hand. The main draw for me is a proper domain name, followed closely by being ad-free. So now my website is simply wordsbyhayley.com, which feels proper. Plus I can now add videos and gifs I’ve made myself, rather than having to put everything through YouTube first, which is just that much neater. I’m easily pleased.

Unfortunately I have been very short on funds this month, and as is usual with me, if one area of my life is going well (specifically diet and exercise) then something else is falling by the wayside. I have spent much more money than I’ve actually earned, so I’ve put myself quite a bit back as far as my ‘living within my means’ and ‘reducing debt’ resolutions go. I could have done without buying a WordPress subscription, but there you go. What’s done is done.

What’s also done is me buying a load of exercise clothing, make-up, crystal wine glasses, a new travel mug, a new dress for the work’s night out and bits for the car. Plus other stuff I’ve probably forgotten about.

Yes. I’ve been very, very naughty.

I don’t actually regret any of these purchases as such though. I did need a new travel mug because even though my current one is supposed to fit a tall/medium/regular whatever from Starbucks or Costa, it doesn’t, and some always gets thrown away. My new ‘mug’ is huge and should easily fit a grande and just about by a smidgen perhaps a venti. According the interwebs anyway.

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It’s also spill-proof and speaks words of wisdom to me. All you need IS in fact coffee.

The other most important thing is this rather lary excuse-remover which comes in the form of a waterproof running jacket.

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It should keep me dry and perfectly visible on these grey and rainy days. I (very briskly) walked into town and back today so I reckon I’ll have a rest day tomorrow and train on Thursday, come what may.

My walk to town was actually lovely. It was chucking it down on the way there, but I always enjoy the sound of the rain on my brolly. Until it broke that is, but by that time it was the kind of rain that’s more like a mist which just covers everything in dew drops. My brolly was ancient anyway, it had a good run!

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Of course I stopped to take a couple of (rather disappointing) pictures, so I waited till the return journey to turn on MapMyRun and get an updated idea of what my brisk walking pace is like. The first time I checked was in May 2017, and the best I did then was 18:30. The last time I checked my average mile time was on the 26th of February and it was 16:59. Today it was 15:21 which is quite an excellent, considering I wasn’t actually trying. My heart rate was elevated, and I was definitely breathing harder than usual, but I could have easily held a normal conversation the whole time. Yay for improvements!

It’s time for dinner so I’d best sign off for now.

Thanks for reading,

Hayley x

About Hayleyhttp://wordsbyhayley.comCrazy bird lady, vegan, weight loss and fitness enthusiast, lover of photography

8 thoughts on “No Excuses

    • I’ve been getting better lately but when I started buying some things I genuinely needed I found it hard to stop 🙈

      You’re right though, hell week makes it especially hard

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      • Top money saving tip for starbucks – buy a mug that’s venti, ask for a tall filter coffee and they’ll pretty much always say ‘room for milk?’ at which point you say no and they usually give you a full venti mug while still only charging for a tall size. Stay in the shop to consume the drink and then ask for a complimentary refill to get your second venti drink of the day for free, which you can save for later in your thermos flask.

        Oh – and you also get a 25p cup discount taking the price of two Venti coffees down from £1.55 (the price of a Tall filter) to £1.30.

        You’re welcome x

        (alternatively if you have a Weatherspoons nearby they now do UNLIMITED refills on the self serve Lavazza coffee for £1.25, and don’t seem to mind you drinking from your provided mug until you twitch like you’re strapped to a wobble board and then using it to fill a flask. They even told me I could do it if I wanted to!)

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      • With me it really helps to be saving for something. We are going to Disney World in November, which costs a massive amount of money. So overspending is a big no, no right now. ^__^” perhaps you could set yourself a savings goal to help motivate you? 🙂

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