Before this bout of pain kicked in, I was working out five days a week...a mixture of cardio and circuit training. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, so that was my original motivation, but over the last six months, I've really come to enjoy my time at the gym. My neighbor and I would had over about 5:30am, before our spouses left for work and our little ones filled the rest if our day. It was total me time...my only me time, really. I had to stop about 6 weeks ago when the pain became too much. Walking around the house is a struggle now, much less hopping on an elliptical. That's one of the things I don't understand about TMS recovery. Am I supposed to jump right back into my workout routine? How can I do that when I'm limping around in severe pain? When Dr. Sarno advises returning to normal activity, does he mean after the pain subsides? I'm not concerned about hurting myself further with physical activity, just being able to do the activity with the pain.