I ordered a #1 Captains of Crush gripper. Should that prove too difficult, I'll thereby order the 100 lbs. trainer. It is doubtful that I will have to do that.
I was able to rep deep squats today for the first time in months. My rear was nearly touching my heels. I was only at 135 lbs. when I decided to stop for the day. In a completely unrelated issue, my knees were feeling sore. This is from kneeling in front of my computer on the floor, in an attempt to escape the back discomfort that my chair brings. They weren't detracting from the quality of the movement, but I decided to be safe on this. I plan to only spend 15 minutes a day online from now on to check with homework assignments and to update this log, and then move my laptop to the bed when I need to type essays or read articles. Overall, the condition of my back is slowly improving.
Rather than discouragement, I left with a sense of accomplishment and eagerness. Additionally, I weighed in at 219, and I still have a long way to go.