So roughly 30 days ago, I got the results of my blood work and things weren't looking too good (see earlier post). I gave up red meat, stopped eating bread products (pasta being a big culprit), and tried to refrain from having refined sugar, though I'm having a hard time avoiding dark chocolate. Red rice yeast was my choice of supplement to help reduce the cholesterol. I also wanted to continue working out and losing weight. That was a struggle as first I had a back spasm and then intense arch pain - both are past now and I'm moving forward.
Monday I went to a new doctor, had my blood drawn and weighed myself. 30 days ago I had a total cholesterol level of 278 and weighed 216 pounds. Now, 30 days later, my total cholesterol has dropped to 221 and I'm down to 208 pounds, both well ahead of my goal of dropping 2.5 points, 1 pound per week. I'm really hoping that I can keep this up and that, one year from now, the photo above will be a distant memory of how things were.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support!