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.