Since December '07 my weight has remained stable, in the 271-274 range.
Ulcerations on my leg have finally healed so will be beginning swimming program immediately.
Cholesterol and triglycerides remain elevated, almost no change in my previously quoted numbers. My "good" cholesterol chronically remains low, which I put down to lack of exercise due to my physical handicaps and discomfort issues.
Had stopped taking the Cholestipol after a brief period. Painful constipation with liver/gall bladder discomfort. Gall bladder is currently a tad sludgy, with polyps, but no actual stones. Since the medication can promote gallstone formation, am reluctant to restart it. Cholecystectomies are not part of my approved weekend activities.
Naturally, my physician recommends I restart the medication at twice the previous dosage, or return to some sort of statin drug use.
Have been trying to follow McCully heart diet, but suspect I have proportions wrong. Will review texts again and make alterations.
Typical meals include chicken broth, ground turkey or chicken, all sorts of beans, including lentils and chickpeas, oatmeal, bran muffins, egg whites, skim milk, and steamed or blended vegetables including carrots, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli, fish such as cod, snapper and maui maui. Almost no breads, potatoes, rices, or pastas. Occasionally I wll allow myself a plain hamburger with no dressing, a can of Pringles, or a stack of pancakes with sugarless syrup and turkey bacon.
Perhaps if I try smaller more frequent meals with exercise my weight and cholesterol numbers will improve. My physician remains convinced they will not improve without medication.
Despite my weight loss and dietary changes am frustrated that my numbers remain so stubbornly high.
Comments and advice welcome.