Hey, who am I to judge? I am part Russian - ergo, genetically long-winded in speaking and writing. Seriously, this is wonderful, and I appreciate your input. You are very brave, I think - first, because you pushed through what must have been very painful and very exhausting; and second, because you had the guts to stop and take stock. I have a rare, weird skeletal defect - my spine sits too high with respect to my pelvis. So... it's sort of like a wobbly flag pole or fence post. I have to constantly keep track of whether I am doing enough to exercise my core and abdominal muscles, because they have to do some of the job of keeping me upright that the spine is supposed to do but can't do. This defect is inoperable, so it's pretty much the life of exercise for the rest of my days for me. It's not a bad thing, but it requires a lot of checks and balances - how stiff am I going to be tomorrow if I don't stretch today? How wobbly am I today because I had no core exercises yesterday? And so on.