I essentially took a step back and evaluated everything in terms of what is important to me, my goals, etc.
My current goal was to set the Iowa records for deadlift and squat, raw, drug free, UPA. I was going to accomplish this in the July meet, barring anything major.
However, I needed to cut down to the 308 weight class to set these records, still not an issue.
However, eating at a deficit and training for powerlifting I found to be too difficult, I was doing weight that was very hard, and I caused repeat injuries.
I took a step back and evaluated what is more important to me - an Iowa record, or going down water slides with my girls (generally a weight limit on those things).
My decision was I'd rather live my immediate lift going down slides with my girls, and doing things I couldn't do before with them. I'm not done powerlifting, but I am done until I get down to the 275 weight class or so.
Because of this, I changed my training. I removed anything that puts strain on my lower back, the bone in my left arm above my elbow (bone edema in the marrow, stress reaction on top, always hurts after squatting to the amount of unable to turn on a blinker), and left shoulder (broke both my collar bones twice in my life, never healed right).
I don't bench anymore (shoulder pain gone), I don't squat anymore (arm pain gone), and I don't deadlift anymore (back pain gone).
I'm still training, just more bodybuilding type of stuff with a focus on losing weight. I'm currently at around 315, down about 20 lbs, body fat is around 22%, down from around 27. it's ultimately a healthier lifestyle for me and my family.
Some may see this as a cop out, maybe it is, but to me, it's just more important for me to say to my girls "Yes, daddy can do that" instead of "sorry, daddy's too big to go on that ride".