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Old 08-30-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hello from Northern Virginia

Back again after an extended absence. "Welcome" to the new guys I haven't met yet, "Hey, y'all" to everybody else. I'll never catch up on the posts I've missed.

The first results are back from the blood I had drawn on Friday. My total cholesterol is down 9 points, and the HDL (good cholesterol) is up 6 points. That results from 4 months of minimizing red meat, eating Cheerios, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit in prodigious amounts, working out every other day, and walking about 5 miles on the days I don't go to the gym. My weight is stable in the low 180s (down from the uppermost 190s), but I still have some visceral fat to shed before my love handles will go away. I'm anxious to see if the other blood-analysis numbers have improved too, especially blood sugar and creatinine.

The doctor scared me? Yes. Visiting my severely stroke-afflicted brother scared me? Yes.

No new barbecue since April, very little grilling except for a bit of chicken. I'll probably venture back slowly, but I may become another salad guy like John A. Not entirely a bummer, but it resembles one.

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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Welcome back Unity. As you can see I'm a newcomer. Lookin' forward to you posts..I see you've contributed plenty in the past.

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Old 08-30-2009, 02:10 PM   #3
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John,

I know that you have been thru a lot. Good to see you back.

I hope your efforts benefit you greatly.
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Cliff H.
thru a lot.
Not really, just eatin' healthier. It is a bit of a change for a bbq hobbyist, for sure.

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(Maybe I should change my avatar to a plate of celery sticks and baby carrots. :P )
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:42 PM   #5
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Welcome back. Not sure where they train them nutty doctors but ya know it's never been proven that dietary cholesterol has any effect on serum cholesterol? Has mo to do with genes and chromosomes etc. My Grandma and Grandpa lived on hawg lard eaten right out of the can with a spoon. They never got such a diagnosis as under discussion. In fact there is a well respected Southern University (Tulane maybe?) which did a study of the diets of a large group of folks who was at least 100 years. The graduate students who did the survey was expecting to find the oldsters surviving on tofu and bean sprouts etc..when much to their surprise they found most of them was making a living off whole milk..red meat..eggs and coffee. Whut a deal huh? Now the raw veganism is a great thang. I am one at heart ya know? Badly back slidden currently. Person needs to have one pig out day a week to eat meat so as to get some B Vitamins. Hard to find B's in the plant kingdom. Know some who claim to be able but suspect they lying about it. Now over in India the Vegatarian types live on the indeginous rice..which happens to have enough rodent droppings and insect parts in it to equal a B-12 supplement. You can also suck about two raw eggs a week if you want. Its real easy to do. My grandpa taught me how.

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Old 08-30-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
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I thought you just took one of those 5000 mi. bike trips.
Good luck and welcome back John.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:12 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:00 PM   #9
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Wow John. Sounds like quite the deal you have been threw. Hang in there and take care.

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Old 09-04-2009, 07:21 PM   #10
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Hey John, Wishing you nothing but the best! I figure even as a semi-vegetarian, yur good fer a few thousand mor posts and I'm lookin forward to reading 'em.
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