Update; still plodding along. Back is still aching from time to time. Still trying to get back to those weights but as taking it easy on some of the lifts for my back, the other lifts are not progressing as planned. Just goes to show that the body grows together and that if you don't target all areas it affects your overall gains.

Running 2-3 days a week trying to get my cardio up. Burning a lot of calories and can see that in my body. Abs are looking really good and have been showing them off by mowing the lawn wihtout a shirt. Wife really liking them too. I believe I am on par to do the necessary physical test but want to ensure I am at an even higher level.

Moving forward even with the hurdles of my back. It will all be for a good cause.
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"IF I COME ... I'M BRINGING THE PAIN WITH ME"