Greetings, one and all! Only saw a few familiar names posting recently, but just thought I'd pull myself out of the dark ages and give an update.
Still working on SB, have been up and down the same 10 pounds or so since the leg/back issues. Turns out I have 2 bulging discs in my lower back that, when inflamed and swollen, press directly on my sciatic nerve. That particular exercise really, really irritated them, so for the next couple of months I had to take it very, very easy - no exercise beyond careful yoga and pilates a couple of times a week, and I'm strictly forbidden from any full impact exercises like running, plyometrics, even aerobics that involve jumping jacks and the like. Got very, very depressed, as this is a permanent thing and I had to learn how to adjust from being super-active, hard-workout person in progress to ... well ... not. Didn't go very well, and I used food off and on to comfort myself, thus gaining back weight. Have gradually added things back in as I could, had a great stretch of clean eating, got back down to that low before the injury, and then came Christmas. Didn't go crazy, but apparently it doesn't take much for me to regain once I've been eating clean for a while - my body REALLY likes to hang on to weight. Worked really hard, got within a couple of pounds of that low, and then had some major issues happening with marriage/family/finances. Depression=bingeing once again, weight came back on, but I'm back and working to stay on track.
On the positive side, I'm still 10-15 pounds down from where I started; I've never been more than 2 days off track with food before getting right back on the beach, and I've never even contemplated leaving it for good. I'm so grateful for all the help and support these boards (here and SouthBeachFriends.net) have provided me as I try to make healthy eating a lifelong habit rather than a daily struggle.
Hope those of you I remember from way back are still around, still succeeding, still trying! Have a great night, and I hope to say hello to you soon.
Vita brevis ... carpe diem!