So, I had kinda quick my old log a while ago. Been going through a lot of stress. Selling a house that wiped out much of my savings. Ridiculous pressure from VPs at work and too much travel keeping me away from home and my wife. All 3 of our cars broke. Then I started having health problems.
Basically, I went to the doctor about the vision problems and headaches, and got my cholesterol checked while they were drawing blood anyway and had a rude wake up call.
As background, when I first had my cholesterol checked I had a total of 360. I was somewhere around 300 LDL, 30 HDL, 125 triglycerides. I went on to a really strict standard â??lower your cholesterolâ?? diet (low saturated fat, low cholesterol, est) and over a year had my total down in the mid 200s with higher HDL.
Since then I have been adding back in saturated fats with each new article that comes out on their benefits. To the point I have been eating a very clean, but high saturated fat and cholesterol, diet. Farm eggs, grass-fed beef, no grains, fruits and veggies, est. I am much leaner and stronger than I had been, but getting my numbers back from Saturday (Sept. 15th) makes it not seem worth it.
Basic numbers (approximate from memory)
Total cholesterol 480
Everything else in the normal range.
This log is basically going to be dedicated more to diet and getting healthy than lifting, but Iâ??ll including lifting highlights. Plan to get retested in a month and see where I am and find out where I am on particle size.
Goal for next month:
LDL in the 300s
HDL in the 30s
Triglycerides in the 120s.
Drop 20 pounds (weighed in at 220 on Saturday)
Lean meats and proteins only (skim milk, no real cheeses, est.)
Get back on Niacin
Plant sterols before meals with cholesterol
No more coffee
Cut back on my MCTs
Small glass of red wine every night (no other alcohol)
Focus on conditioning and steady state cardio in training and on â??offâ?? days
Get fiber with every meal
A lot of these methods are huge sacrifices. This is going to be tough to put size and strength second to health, but sitting in an MRI getting checked for arterial blockages to your brain at the age of 29 is pretty awesome motivation.