Buglover -- I am in the same rowboat with you. I have put on 30 lbs. from stress eating and lack of exercise. I was in that awful back brace from Oct. to the end of Dec. No exercise for me!! I can take reasonable walks now and stand on my feet for some time, but this injury will haunt me, I am afraid, for the rest of my life. I've also been down the depression road....but for me it means going to bed and eating very little. Maybe we can be each other's support group!! I'm going back to my yoga class today to see if I can do it. It is a great help with stress, and our instructor makes it a bit more like a workout with some spiritual stuff thrown in. Namaste, my friend.