After my last medical encounter , the doctors didn't want me doing anything physical . I sat and waisted away for almost a year and a half . As things were , I was not worth talking to so I sat quietly waiting ! I weren't gonna come here and cry but I did cry alone . I finally got the OK from my doctors to slowly get back to life . They had removed a tumor from my brain and getting my strength back was out of the question for a time . About ten weeks ago , it's time to get up and do things . Still jelly in the legs , I figured I'd crank up my leaf blower . It's the lightest , easiest to pull start out of all my Stihl tools so I'm gonna blow some leaves around . I was so weak , I could not start it ! ........... OK dammit , time to get physical ....! Broke out my small bars and plates from 1 1/2 lbs through 10 lbs . . Small old fashion dum-bells . Three times a week , never looked back and ten weeks later , that leaf blower , weed-wacker and chain saw are buzzing away ! I was not gonna come here and snivel like a little b---h ....! I am getting stronger and better each and every day ! Being physical my whole life only made getting back all the easier . I missed you all very much and have a lot of catching up to do . Let's do this ! Oh , a picture of these old weights I been lugging around forever seems proper . I've got 8 bars with collars and about 200 lbs in various poundage plates from 1 1/2 lbs thru 10 lbs so It's more than enough for this old fart to work with !