Healthy Is The New Sexy

All of my adult life I weighed 105. Except when I was expecting and I always gained 15 to 20 pounds with my pregnancies. Before 6 weeks, I was back down to 105 post labor and delivery. I wanted to weigh 110 but no matter how much I ate, I could not gain weight. I blame it on a high metabolism. I couldn’t be still. I just couldn’t. A friend of mine told me not to worry about the sharp hip bones and bony knees because she was convinced as I got older I’d gain weight and then would complain about it. And she was right. I have been slowly putting on weight over the past couple of years. In fact, I weigh the same weight as I did with my last pregnancy. 120 lbs and rising. Although I like having some curves, my back has been screaming at me. I’ve got to shed the weight that I longed to gain for years. Just walking around my home is torturous on most days due to the area of my back injuries. I did have back surgery after being turned down for it by 17 specialists who were convinced it would fail. It did. But my main pain is from an SI Joint injury that happened at the time of my other injuries, and the gap is widening slowly but surely. Surgery is not an option. There isn’t a doctor anywhere who will touch my other back injuries. They’re non-fixable.

I’m a stubborn old coot. Even when my surgery failed and I was bedbound for years afterward, I woke up one day and decided I wasn’t going to live my life in the bed, no matter how painful it was to get up and no matter how much more damage it could possibly do. Years later, I’m able to do many things that were unimaginable at one time. So I know, that I have the willpower to shed the extra pounds that’s causing me unimaginable pain. I’m a warrior. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “I am woman, hear me roar” that’s me. “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.” I’m roaring and I’m on a mission.

Healthy Is The New Sexy

After having a consult with my doctor to determine the best route for me in my weight loss quest, he recommended I start walking which could potentially help strengthen my back in the area of my injuries, and with luck, it might even prevent the area from widening. Because I can’t hold up like a normal person (imagine someone stabbing a knife in your back every time you take a step), 1/4 of a mile has been a challenge. I wanted some “tools” to get the most out of my walk. I might as well work on firming up while I’m losing the weight. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right. Keeping in mind that I can’t lift over 5 pounds, I came up with three items that I knew would help me to shed the pounds without breaking the bank and more importantly, my back.

If you decide to take this journey with me to shed some extra weight of your own, and you make a purchase using my links, I will make a small commission. The FTC requires I tell you that. So I have.

Moving on along.

My 3 must have items:

Pedomiter. I’m the kind of person that has to see for myself that I’m making progress. A fitbit wasn’t in the budget (I have some exciting trips and vacations coming up) but my new Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology does everything I want it to do for a small price. I’m a budget shopper, what can I say.

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Swing Weights (3 lb pair). There’s a big difference between chronic pain and soreness. These weights make me sore in a good way. I know that they’re working to boost cardio fitness, burn more calories in less time, and are strengthening and toning my arms & shoulders. I can feel it. In a really good way. To start with, I didn’t use these to walk. I used them as I would weights. I wanted to get used to the weights without overdoing it so I gradually worked my way up to using them while walking. I have to do everything in baby steps. Another inexpensive product I feel adds to my weight loss journey.

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Ankle/Wrist Wraps (2 lbs). Every move I make will be felt in my back. I wanted to start small with ankle weights and work my way up. I was torn between 2 lbs and 3 lbs but the 2 lbs won out. I don’t want to injure my back, I want to help strengthen it. I’ve spent all the time I plan to in the bed and I’m not going to do anything that could jeopardize that. So 2 lbs it is. One day I hope to be able to wear these all day. It’s going to take time. Again, baby steps.

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Healthy Is The New Sexy

Healthy Is The New Sexy

If you’re on your own weight loss journey, I’d love to hear about what helps and inspires you to stay on track. What weight loss tools do you rely on to help you reach your goals?


  1. Honestly I am not that healthy but I loved testing out the apple watch. It was so cool to see how many steps a day I was taking.

  2. I agree with you totally. I am thinner now in my 40’s than I was in my 20’s and 30’s. My hubby says I definitely look better in my older years at a more healthy weight than I did in my younger years. I tend to agree with him. Bonus, I also have more energy now than I did in my 20″s.

  3. It is definitely better to be healthy and our bodies know what weight is healthy for us… We often sabotage that by over eating or under exercising, but with a proper balance of both, our bodies will be exactly where they are supposed to be .

  4. I’ve been working at dropping the 50 I’ve put on since I got out of the Army myself, maybe I need to enlist some digital help.

  5. “Healthy is the new sexy!” – Love that line! 🙂 I’m already skinny so I don’t need to shed pounds, but I do try my very best to eat healthy. 🙂

  6. good advice for the walking gadgets! I’m glad you went into warrior woman mentality to help the rest of you, that takes strength and determination (you’re a walking inspiration!) keep it up!

  7. My New Year Resolution was to be more healthier. I am working more and more on it every day. I love this post and it has given me a few new tips.

  8. I am right there with you on the back surgery not helping my chronic low back pain. I had a discogram that told drs the pain came from the disc between L5-S1. Drs claimed that my MRI wasn’t that bad. I ended up begging for the surgery to have a shot at a pain free life. It didn’t work out and I am okay with it. My surgery kept my bones from degenerating more and crushing the disc. Plus it stabilized my spine. I am not working with my drs to determine if my pain is coming from my SI Joints. My dr told me that the fusion increased the load on my si joints five times the normal limits. Ill keep you posted if they figure out a solution for the si joint pain. Right now it is physical therapy, a cortisone injection/block, and my rheumatoid arthritis meds with my other meds.

    I need to lose more weight too. This winter has been so hard. My rheumatoid symptoms are showing their ugly head and causing new problems. (Its always something)

    I am hoping this summer temperatures will help so that I can walk again.

  9. It’s definitely better to be healthy! I feel so much better about myself when I eat right. It’s not just about losing weight, it’s feeling energized, productive, and able. Exercise is a huge factor as well.

  10. I love my Fitbit, I check the pedometer every night and I usually average between 10,000 and 15,000 steps a day. On days I have 15-20K I can really feel how much more tired I am! Great job getting healthy!

  11. Great recommendations! Weight is such a difficult issue. You were feeling too thin your whole life but that is what your body needed I guess. You were not meant to have the curves. Some of us have the curves and want to be thinner but maybe they were not mean to be thinner. We are all unique and lovely though. So proud of you for pushing through the pain! Being bed ridden is horrible!

  12. That Ozeri sounds great! I love that it has excellent technology without a crazy high price. Thanks for sharing all of this great gear!

  13. I’ve been getting into better shape alongside my wife over the past few months, and if we’re any indication, healthy is, indeed, the new sexy. Great post!

  14. I love this post! I’ve been on the road to better health for about a year, and I’m feeling so much better. It’s THE sexiest feeling!

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