I was using them as an excuse to not work out at all for too long, losing lots of hard gained strength (again), and it just wasn't okay. I tried working through it, and finally just gave up. Now, I am hitting upper-body six days a week (pushing movements three days a week, alternating between Bench and Dumbbell Bench one day, and Press, Dips and Shrugs [not technically a pushing movement, I know] the other; and pulling movements three days a week, alternating between chins and curls, and chins and rows), resting on Sundays.
As a result, my strength in all of these movements (except for rows, which I am taking easy and slowly due to its reliance on low back muscles being recruited to maintain a neutral spine) are getting strong very quickly. In a fairly short period of time, I was able to reacquire all the strength I lost from my most recent hiatus.
I have now surpassed those previous strength gains and set some pretty satisfying PRs - the biggest of which is one of the Big Four 1RMs I have been chasing for almost a decade: Bench Press 300# 1RM!!! (The other three being Squat 400, DL 500, and a Bodyweight Press.) I can't put into words how stoked I am to finally knock that off the list!
I got two PRs on Press as well: 190x5 and 215x1. 190x5 was pretty difficult, but 215x1 felt a little easy. I don't know what my current bodyweight is, but I imagine it is between 240 and 250, so it will still be a while before I hit that one. Who knows how long it will take for Squat and DL to even be tolerable, much less ready to hit PRs.
Enough rambling - here are some videos: