Good question. Last time I had abz was when I was 5. That's always the first place I gain, and the last place I lose, and the more I lose, the smaller I feel. I even did a marathon 7 or 8 years ago, dropped down to the 200lb mark and just looked like a smaller version of myself. I'm closer to abs now than ever, so maybe it will happen this time. But yes, asthetics was definitely a consideration in this cut.
I already feel a ton better, much more athletic, less achy, etc.
If I could lift at 100% right now, I know I would already hit a better total at 242, but would really like to get back to my 275 strength at this weight, and give it another run towards an elite total. I'd also like to be healthy enough to run Smolov again to get my Squat back where it was.