Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The post about a very happy New Year!

My main goal for 2014 even though I didn't write it down? To stay within
5 pounds of my current weight of 157 pounds. And I'm 5'7" in case anyone
is wondering! Dreams really can come true...if you work hard for them:)

  • So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year's over. And a new one's just begun! Sing it John (Lennon)! What have I done this past year? Well, let's recap shall we?
  1. I started the year out at my "goal" weight of 165 pounds. Just in case you're curious, I started 2012 at a weight of 250 pounds.
  2. In March 2013, I ran my first 1/2 marathon with a finishing time of 2:19:47. I was aiming for the sub 2:15 half, but had to abandon that dream at the 14K point when my toes cramped so badly that I had to walk for about a half a kilometer before I could run again.
  3. On March 9th 2013, I celebrated my 1 year runniversary:)
  4. At the end of March, hubby and I ran the Around the Bay 30K as a 2-person relay. His furthest distance to date, and I ran all the hills on the back half!
  5. In the spring of 2013, I taught my 3rd running clinic at the Running Room. The 10K clinic with some really awesome people!
  6. In the spring of 2013, I started to eat strictly, The Paleo Diet for Athletes. It changed my life. That is all.
  7. On June 2nd, I ran my 2nd half marathon in Niagara Falls, Ontario with a finishing time of 2:22:35. I ran with my running mentor Carol and tried for the sub 2:15 half again, but had to abandon it when my toes cramped at the 15K mark. We did a lot more walking than running after that.
  8. After the Niagara Falls Women's half, I began training for my 1st marathon and coached hubby to train for his first half marathon. Exciting times!!!!!
  9. On September 4th, I broke my right ankle:( Womp, womp, womp...I spent six weeks in a cast and freaked out! I was convinced that I would gain weight during the 10 weeks I had to take off from running! I didn't gain weight, and actually managed to lose a few pounds, but that was only due to SEVERE diligence. I did lose muscle mass though.
  10. In October, I was diagnosed with Morton's Neuroma which explained the crampy toes and pain during long runs. Womp, womp, womp:(
  11. I began running again in November...and for the first time in my life, I lost weight without even trying to! Never thought I would see the 150's ever...but here I am sitting at 157. Running again kick started my metabolism:)
  12. Had to say goodbye to my beautiful boy Finn at the end of November. The hardest thing I had to contend with this year for sure. I still miss him and I think of him every single day. He has a piece of my heart forever:(
  13. I began training for the Around the Bay 30K a few weeks ago. Hubby and I are going to run the entire distance together. Our furthest distance to date.
  14. I begin 2014 at my lowest adult weight ever. I'm sitting at 157, and I'm good as long as I stay that weight within a 5 pound radius (I tend to gain weight when I'm training hard due to water retention). And I just realized, that I am FINALLY considered a healthy BMI (even though BMI is a crock of shit if you ask me). Can I get my certificate now Dr. Poon??????
  • Wishing you and yours a very healthy and happy New Year! Cheers! And remember...it's just one day, and it's just food. Don't do anything you'll regret in the morning! And BE SAFE!!!!!!!!

My late Christmas gift to myself. My all leather Steve Madden
boots from Value Village in near mint condition for (drum roll
please)...$14.99!!! Those are 4.25 inch heels!!!


  1. Happy new year to you and yours too ! You're such a huge inspiration to me!

  2. Great year...except for the broken ankle of course....but you are did great! Looking forward to reading about your 2014!

  3. i have never commented before but read your bog all the time. You are a constant inspiration to me. Thank you SO SO much. You give me hope i can do it and have inspired me to start the long journey a few months ago and its going good!. So THANK YOU for everything!!. May 2014 be a beautiful happy gorgeous year for you and your family. Best wishes to you and THANK YOU AGAIN! :)

  4. Happy New Year and best wishes!!! 2013 is going to be a year to remember for the Costa's. Will 2014 be more ambitious that 2013?

  5. Wow those heels look cool !

    Happy New Year Leigh

    All the best Jan

  6. Happy new year, beautiful woman inside and out!!!

  7. Happy new year, Leigh! I wish the very best for you and your family! <3

  8. What a wonderful year! :) Hope 2014 is all you hope it to be!
    (love those boots!)

  9. Happy New Year, Leigh, to you and your family. :)

  10. You did so many great things. That list is incredible. You've changed your life completely, and it's ALL you. You should be sooooo proud, and I bet you are :D Happy new year!

  11. Happy New Year, Leigh!! Hoping your ankle continues to heal well. Awesome shopping finds!!! :)