The back problems continue, so I have been wearing a back brace. It is not attractive (though more attractive than braces).
The main pro of wearing the brace: It constricts my stomach so I eat a little less.
The main con of wearing the brace: Because it is so ugly, I've taken to wearing a shirt under it (so it's not directly against my skin) and a shirt over it. This makes me look thick.
In other news, today is the ninth anniversary of my move to New York City.