You're so wise Fairie, I think we all need to take a step back and remind ourselves of why we're putting ourselves through all this. I like the old saying "If it's worth having, it's worth fighting for". I think of how much better my life will be when I'm fit and healthy and have more confidence and can wear nice clothes, and I know that I have a long way to go and it's going to take a lot of effort and determination and it won't be easy and I'll want to give up, but how can I ever respect myself if I can't even consider myself worth the effort? I know injuries are really hard on motivation Julie. For the last couple of weeks I have had hip and knee pain, I guess I've overdone it at the gym and I've also had some shoulder pain as I had RSI from my last job and it doesn't take much to upset it. For a few days last week I could barely walk when I got up in the morning as the pain was really quite bad. So I've given myself permission to rest and I have started to take glucosamine supplements which are supposed to be good for joint health. Whilst I did fall off the wagon a bit with my diet last week, being unable to exercise doesn't mean you have to throw it all away. Stick to your diet and do what little exercise you can manage, even if you just walk to the bottom of the street and back. Then when you're rested and feeling better and ready to start working out again, ease yourself back into it and take it nice and slow. Have a little faith in yourself because you are worth the effort.