Yup, my new twice-a-week workouts with Brian are so great, I took myself out of commission for the next four or five days. In yesterday's workout we focused on interval training on full-body weights (low weight, high reps), engaging mostly legs, abs and back, followed by three-minute intervals on the rower, treadmill and bike. It was a difficult and rewarding workout. I definitely pushed myself.

Five hours later as I sat at my computer, I made a slight turn to look at something and my lower back seized up. The pain was so intense it took my breath away, and I felt like I was going to throw up. So, I am off the exercise for the next few days until my lower back muscles recover. Pushing hard during my training session feels great, but I need to be more aware of my limits to avoid sidelining myself for days—I am in a good amount of pain just sitting and walking.

Aside from the back issue, all is well. I feel the new habits settling in and evolving from new habits into new desires. I have the same feeling of craving and satisfaction for a workout or a great salad as I use to feel for a pizza or bag of chips.

Bob—thank you for the delivery of health foods. We are really enjoying the Flatout wraps for lunches for Kerry, and the kids love a cinnamon Flatout with peanut butter. The cases of Slim Fast have also come in handy. We were already stocking Slim Fast in the house, as I find them to be a great breakfast with a piece of fruit for the mornings when I am running late or a midday snack—instead of the a bag of chips—as I am driving in between clubs.

I know the next few days will be frustrating, as I will be unable to exercise. But, like anything else, this will pass. I just need to be patient. Keep moving forward,

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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