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I know one thing for a fact, it is NEVER good to have something your doctor has never seen before.
So, this, from, what I can see can’t be good news. Doctor, however, is not worried. My cholesterol numbers, other than this CRAZY negative number, are passable.
Yes, they have come down from last year. SMILE.
What does it mean?
The risk factor is a multiplier.
You multiply your average risk of heart disease by this risk factor.
So, let’s say that my chance of getting heart disease was 99%. And doctors have always said I was a heart attack waiting to happen.
Now it is -99% — whatever that means.
Am I worried. Heck no. I know I am going to die. So, why worry?
Yes, I changed my diet, quite dramatically, on March 8, 2019 — the day after my knee surgery.
Yes, I still eat meat. I eat more meat than most people, even Donald Trump. I eat meat every day, at least for one meal a day. I am a born carnivore. Better than I used to be. Yes, I eat more fruits and vegetables than most too. SMILE.
I also take a ton — nah, that is an exaggeration (let’s call it ‘quarter of a ton’) of Metamucil. OK. No jokes. I take about 9 teaspoons of the ‘sugar free‘ a day. That is supposed to be fair dose of fiber.
Yes, I still drink my ONE LARGE (maybe borderline huge) glass of slightly diluted red wine. I do NOT function without red wine (and something else — but that is NOT fattening).
Cut way, way, way back on cheese. Sigh.
Cut out nuts altogether. That was another huge sacrifice too.
Also no more oatmeal. More Metamucil in its place.
I exercise some. SMILE. Around 7.5 miles a day of walking and maybe 20+ on a stationary bike. Also, on average, climb the equivalent of 51 floors a day. Much more on most days — like 80.
I will be HAPPY to share my diet and exercise regime with any of you.
I eat a LOT. I kid you not.
But, I don’t eat bread, rice, pasta, chocolate, cake, muffins, bagels, donuts, cookies. Yes, TWICE a month, when we are eating away, I MIGHT cheat and eat what is leftover of Teischan’s ice cream. There is a reason for that. Ice cream does help my digestion. But, that is the only time I eat it. There is plenty in the house if I wanted. But, I don’t. I don’t cheat on my diet because that is cheating on myself.
OK. Another confession. Since my surgery I have lost 26-pounds. I am hovering at 150 pounds. If I manage to lose another 5 that will be as think as I have ever been in my adult life. In 1983, on a starvation diet and tons of running, I got down to 145 pounds.
So, that is the story.