I am gettin' better - I can now do ab crunches without gasping.
It is amazing how much work tummy muscles do. You can't sit up without the, or pull yourself up the bed, or roll over in bed even. Even putting arms in the air uses tummy muscles.
But I am almost brand shiny new. Almost like a shop-bought one.
Hooray!!!! (Now to make Christmas cards. And POST them off)