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A Powerful Image In So Many Ways...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Earlier this week, I saw this post and picture on Chris Powell's (Extreme Weight Loss) Facebook Page.

Chris wrote "Such a powerful image. We are all the same underneath it all! Body fat is just a 'blanket of energy' covering our bones, organs, and muscles. When we eat less energy (food) and move (exercise), the blanket of energy get smaller!!"



Even a week later -- I keep going back to this picture in my head.



  
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KRISZTA11 10/2/2014 4:03AM

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Great image indeed!
I often remember that obese people have this beautiful gracious bones inside.
Compared to this picture, I only had a thin "energy blanket" around me, but I'm happy it is now replaced by muscles.
Muscles give more power than what they weigh and I can feel them moving.
Extra fat was only dead weight to carry around, without power or feeling.


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2014TODAY 10/2/2014 3:28AM

    Thank you for sharing. I miss the muscles in this picture.

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SWEDE_SU 10/2/2014 3:25AM

    impressive! what an interesting way to view things...

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INFLATED 10/2/2014 1:44AM

    I needed to see that. I never feel full. I told my doctor a long time ago, I could eat myself to death. I watch a show, "My 600-pound Life." I could be one of those people. I love food. It will always be a battle for me not to binge, to stick with the program. If I don't control my eating, it will control me.

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SHAMROCKY2K 10/2/2014 12:01AM

    emoticon That picture is worth a thousand words.

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/1/2014 11:32PM

    Powerful!

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LYNNIERN 10/1/2014 10:22PM

    Wow, that really gives you something to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/1/2014 9:44PM

    That is thought provoking - thanks for sharing

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COFFEELS 10/1/2014 9:29PM

    Awesome picture! Thanks for sharing!

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Good News/Bad News...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good news: I lost another pound.
Bad news: This bronchitis is getting old! Yesterday I went to work and felt fine until lunchtime. The tired feeling hit me all at once. I thought my split pea soup might uplift me - it did not, though it tasted quite yummy! I did a little bit of more work, then went home and took a nap! Later I made dinner then went back to the couch.

This is driving me nuts! I not used to so much sitting. My doctor ordered me a refill on my antibiotic. I am hoping it kicks in soon. I miss my run!




  
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FIT4MEIN2013 10/1/2014 11:32PM

    Get some Thyme out of the kitchen and brew up a tea of it. Sweeten with honey. Thyme is anti-spasmodic and will calm the paroxysms of coughing.

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LYNNIERN 10/1/2014 10:23PM

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INFLATED 9/30/2014 9:43PM

    You are doing the right thing to rest.

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MAWMAW101 9/30/2014 8:48PM

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WONDERGALE 9/30/2014 6:09PM

    Congratulations on the lost pound. When I had bronchitis, I was off work for almost two weeks. It's a hard thing to shake. emoticon

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KIWIANN 9/30/2014 5:37PM

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WONDERWISH1 9/30/2014 5:05PM

    Feeling ill is certainly awful. I wish you a speedy recovery and that when you do feel better you have lots of energy emoticon emoticon

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PLMITCH 9/30/2014 4:42PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I had a nasty cold in August that was stubborn and finally required antibiotics due to it going into my ears.

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MBTEPP 9/30/2014 10:45AM

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It stinks to slow down, but the sooner you rest, the sooner you will be 100 percent.

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KRISZTA11 9/30/2014 9:58AM

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I hope the new antibiotic course will help.
Some of these bugs are resistant to many drugs and are hard to get rid of.
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FORZACHANDMATT 9/30/2014 9:53AM

    Hope you feel better soon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/30/2014 9:12AM

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MWWENSIN 9/30/2014 9:11AM

    Hang in there. The bad days help you gauge your good days

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MAINEALI 9/30/2014 9:03AM

    Your body will thank you when you're all well again and ready to go!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/30/2014 8:35AM

    Rest and recuperate! Difficult to do..... emoticon

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EDENZMOM 9/30/2014 8:34AM

    I feel for you! and I think you got me sick too ;)
I'm going to head to the doctor at some point this week.. but my "allergies" turned into a chest cough that has a lot of.. movement of fluids.. lol
I've been running a lot-grade fever for over a week. just no time to get to a doctor and take care of me.
Almost positive it's also bronchitis!
I hope you feel better, and raw garlic also works wonderfully as an antibiotic if you want to boost the effectiveness of your antibiotics.. and if you can handle it!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/30/2014 8:33AM

    Congrats on the pound loss!

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TERI-RIFIC 9/30/2014 7:34AM

    Hang in there. emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/30/2014 7:26AM

    feel better soon. emoticon

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JAROL7 9/30/2014 7:25AM

    Work your plan.

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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2014 7:24AM

    Taking time to heal -- essential!! It's OK to slow down while it happens.

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A Great First Week S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g To An Awesome Second Week...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I lost 2 pounds during week 1 of the 5% challenge. I have 6 more to lose (in 7 weeks) to hit my goal. I am feeling good and feel like I am going to do this!

I was sick last week, and in fact, ended up with bronchitis. I still need a nap in the afternoons, but, I definitely feel better and am starting to get my energy back. I am not feeling body aches anymore. I am eager to run again - as soon as I get over my cough. In the meantime, I am walking and today I even tried hoola-hooping! I am going to work on it every day until I get it figured out. I am going to look on line for direction!!

Last week, I made minestrone soup. I had bought the dry bean pack at Marshall's - I love that store! I ate it every day for lunch. Salad just doesn't taste good while I am sick. The pack made so much that I ended up freezing 4 pints. So this week I made split pea soup from another dry bean pack I bought at Marshalls. I prefer to use dry beans to avoid all the salt that come with canned beans. I added fresh onion, fresh garlic and a little bit of deli-ham. I will end up freezing half of that batch as well, and alternate the two soups this week for lunch.

My husband, Roxy and I went out on the Sassafras River by boat Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Another couple we know, and their doggie, went on their boat and met up with us. It was very hot during the day - the minute the sun went down it got cold. We hung out on the deck of a restaurant and watched the sun go down. We walked around a lot. I was very mindful of my portions and drank a lot of water. The dogs went everywhere with us. They were so good.

Here they are sunning on my friend's boat...



Tomorrow is my older son's 26th birthday. Last year I didn't think he was going to make it to his 25th. He says he loves his new job and new apartment in San Diego. I am so relieved. He is already bugging us to come visit him and he has only been gone a little over 3 weeks!! His grandparents are going out for Thanksgiving so he is going to have to be fine with that. California is way too far from Maryland to be visiting all the time. And, my hubby and I are planning to go to Missouri for my younger son's graduation from boot camp in early November. We have received one quick phone call and one letter telling us how to send a letter to him. I spotted him in a couple photos - the site reminds me of the ones I am linked with when I run a half marathons.

Now that I am done getting my son's house ready to rent, I am going to focus on my own house and change all of my décor to Fall. It will take me two days. I find working on my house so relaxing.

Have a great week!!

  
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INFLATED 9/30/2014 9:41PM

    I am glad you are on the mend. This is such a wonderful blog to read about your sons. It is funny how life has its ups and downs. We had such a good time over the weekend. Hubby was happy as we drove home, then later in the evening he got sick.

We don't get weighed at the diabetes management classes, but there is an electronic scale outside the classroom door. I turned it on and got on it today during a break. I had put on weight during our trip because we didn't exercise. I suppose it was water retention.

Please take care of yourself. Sometimes bronchitis leaves a cough.

Roxy is so cute with her buddy.

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EDENZMOM 9/29/2014 10:30AM

    I'm so happy for you and your family (your sons). they have some so far and so have you with everything that you have stood by them and helped them to achieve. Which 5% team did you join? I'm still on the Spirited Underdogs, the management team there is wonderful. Last week i pretty much didnt lose anything, but it was a tough week. I am looking forward to rocking it one way or another this week :)


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KIWIANN 9/29/2014 8:44AM

    I am so happy that you are feeling better!! And I am happy to hear that your sons are well!! Best wishes for Week 2!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 9/29/2014 7:40AM

    What a great week. What type of hula hoop do you have? My friend made one that was heavier, and much easier to hoop with than the kid's versions. This is a good thought for me, I'll bet it's a great ab workout. Congrats to your sons, it must be wonderful to watch them succeed in life emoticon

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MNABOY 9/29/2014 1:03AM

    Busy week to be under the weather but it didn't slow you down.

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WONDERWISH1 9/28/2014 11:33PM

    Congrats on your progress. The boating sounds so relaxing. emoticon emoticon

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WONDERGALE 9/28/2014 11:15PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. I hope you can get rid of that bronchitis soon. Have fun working on your decor. emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/28/2014 11:05PM

    So glad you're on the mend! Hula hooping is on my must learn how list!

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/28/2014 10:17PM

    Good times! Hard to believe the changes in temp during the day.
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IHCSURVIVOR80 9/28/2014 10:15PM

    You are an amazing inspiration...thank you for the peace sign, too...one of my favorite symbols ;-)

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JAMBABY0 9/28/2014 10:03PM

    good for you and love the pic

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A Doctor's Visit I Didn't Expect...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Part 2!!

So, earlier today I shared that I was avoiding my family Doctor because I was worried he was going to suggest medication for high cholesterol. I have been battling it for a while - I have bad genes!!



But...after remaining sick for a whole week, I decided to bite the bullet and go.

I found out I now have bronchitis, so it is good that I went. I am now armed with an antibiotic. I can't wait to get my energy back!


Then my Doctor then shared my latest cholesterol results...

LDL - 156 (was 162 last time)
HDL - 85 (was 94 last time)
Total = 241 - yeah, it's borderline - but look how high my HDL (good one) is!



We talked about my diet and everything I have been doing. I asked if I could get metabolic testing. Turns out my Doctor had it done a couple months ago and has lost 30 pounds!! My Doctor is going to set it up for me -- and my insurance pays for it! emoticon I don't have a lot to lose, but am just so tired of having to eat 1200 cals a day just to maintain and having to battle the same 10-15 pounds over and over again. I don't eat sweets, snacks at night, etc and it is still a struggle. I eat oatmeal and salads every day. I hardly ever eat anything fried. Ugh!! I am clearly missing something.

I am super excited to meet with a nutritionist. Thanks so much to Robert Wadhams - ON2VICTORY - for filling me in on his experience!

So... a visit I was avoiding ended up being a big positive! And...my Doctor didn't even bring up cholesterol medication. He wants to check it again in January. emoticon

Thanks to all of you for your support earlier today.
I really appreciate it!
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EDENZMOM 9/29/2014 10:26AM

    I'm catching up on the blogs, forgive me :)
This is amazing news on your increasingly better numbers! I'm so curious about this metabolic testing, I'm going to chat with my endocrinologist about it in November when I go see her. Thank you for the idea!

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SPARKED2BFIT 9/28/2014 8:43PM

    that is great!!! congrats on a great HDL...it shows you're working out alot. now you have me wondering...what's metabolic testing and how does it affect one's weight... as it did with your doctor?



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TX_WILDHEART 9/28/2014 8:40PM

    wow... great news on the doctor visit and lab work. What all is included in the metabolism labwork? I've never heard of that before.

Thanks for the blog comments btw. I understand what you mean about folks that eat all day long.... and don't seem to have any concern about it. OF course they will be the first one to anything FREE... and sadly - their clothes are insanely tight. Which I don't see how they stand it OR function for that matter. Very odd. Sad too. Glad to know Im not the only one.
RHonda


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NEVERGIVEUP57 9/27/2014 5:23AM

    So glad to hear all is went well..what is metabolic testing and how is it done do you know?

Sounds like you are doing all the right things. I watched the Extreme Weight loss and one person on there had a resting rate so lose she only could consume 1200 cals a day which means she had to work triple hard to lose the weight.

Glad you'll be feeling better soon!

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SHARON10002 9/27/2014 12:34AM

    Your numbers are great! Sorry to hear that you're under the weather with bronchitis. Don't forget a good probiotic or yogurt to replenish the good bacteria in your gut that the antibiotic is rooting out along with the bad stuff!
Good luck with the testing, and keep us posted!

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2014 9:50PM

    Such great news on so many different fronts -- hope you'll keep us posted on how the nutritionist works out for you!!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/26/2014 9:42PM

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Great News! This metabolic testing sounds interesting..

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SPAMUNDY 9/26/2014 12:59PM

    Great news! Hope you'll be feeling well soon.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/26/2014 11:36AM

    Sounds like great news all around. You are rocking it. Good luck with the nutritionist.

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SBEAR5 9/26/2014 8:32AM

    Yeah! So glad it was a good visit and things are being done to help you! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 9/26/2014 7:17AM

    Get well soon!

I'm really interested in the metabolic testing results, it always bothered me how you can maintain and not lose on 1200 calories only, while being so active.
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INFLATED 9/26/2014 3:44AM

    I forgot to put in my blog that I bought a pair of jeans and three packages of socks for my husband.

You are very conscious about your health. I am glad you got an antibiotic for your bronchitis. Way to go on that good cholesterol! I have been on a pill for it for a long time. I think I was on that one pill that can cause diabetes, but my doctor changed it, and then denied that I was.

Get well soon, but try to rest. If you walk instead of running, you are still exercising.

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MNABOY 9/26/2014 12:19AM

    What will the metabolic testing show?

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/25/2014 11:45PM

    That is great news about your cholesterol!!!!! I hope you feel 100% realsoon. Take good care of yourself

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MAINEALI 9/25/2014 10:44PM

    emoticon I'm glad you went to see the doc!

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LIVIN4LISH 9/25/2014 10:34PM

    Good news on the cholesterol, sorry about the bronchitis. Hopefully the antibiotic kicks it out fast! Metabolic testing sounds interesting, perhaps you can blog about the whole procedure emoticon . I sure would like to know why I can't seem to move weight, especially around my middle emoticon . Feel well soon!

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KIWIANN 9/25/2014 9:10PM

    Isn't it great when something we dread turns out to be so good!! I am so happy for you!!! Hopefully you will get some good results with the metabolic testing!

(And are you a Dr. Who fan? I smiled big when I saw your "Keep Calm and Call the Doctor!" My family watched the old BBC series every Saturday on PBS and I am just as big a fan of the new!)

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Avoiding The Family Doctor...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have been fighting flu-like symptoms all week. And now I am having coughing fits. Guess I am going to have to wave the white flag and go to my Doctor. Truth is that I have been procrastinating because I know he is going to tell me I need to take cholesterol medication. Yes, I never went in to see him when they called me! I read up on statins, my brother had bad side affects when he took them - so, I don't feel comfortable about them.

I have tweaked my diet more and am taking my Cholestoff (all natural) faithfully now so I am going to see what happens 3 months later with my testing.

And now that I have been sick for almost a whole week I guess I will have to have that conversation with my Doctor!!

Wish me luck!!

  
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NEVERGIVEUP57 9/27/2014 5:16AM

    I had issues with taking the meds as well....but I am trying Crestor but only .5 mg (lowest) on Mon/Wed/Fri. I have read that most people do not have to take the full dose. So if I have the same issues as in the past I'll stop taking them. But I already have 50% blockage in my cortid arteries and it is hereditary for me, my father and brother both have high cholesterol and take meds and are fine, I did terrible on liptor and zetia. Lost both grandparents to heart disease.

Keep me posted if the natural stuff works, I'll give that a shot...

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SPAMUNDY 9/25/2014 5:54PM

    Good luck at your Dr office. Trust your instincts on whether you should take drugs or not.....your body may be informing your mind!
Hope you get well soon!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 9/25/2014 5:18PM

    Hope you get better quick.

Don't like to give medical advice but do have to share that I am quite aware of the what the statin drugs can do. We just went through a year with Mom having the strangest symptoms to the point where she woke up one day and felt she would die that day. She shared her story with her sister who immediately identified with her feelings she'd had that day and told her she'd had the same when she was on them. So Mom stopped taking the drug and you guessed it. The symptoms weren't symptoms at all. They were side effects. It all in all gave her quite a scare. I won't get into all the side effects but I have learned of many other people who have experienced bad side effects from these drugs.

Take care.

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/25/2014 11:24AM

    I wish you luck at your doctors office.
I would let him know how you feel about taking
the meds and side effects. Give your natural some time.
Wishing you a quick recovery from you flu like/ cough symptoms.
I also heard COQ10 100 mg is suppose to help too?


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MAINEALI 9/25/2014 11:21AM

    Just be honest with him about your feelings regarding the meds. Maybe he'll work with you using the natural stuff. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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MAWMAW101 9/25/2014 10:42AM

    Just remember you are the one in charge here! Unless your numbers are going up instead of down you can rest assured you are on the right path.
Good luck and get well soon!
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SHAMROCKY2K 9/25/2014 10:10AM

    I can so relate to avoiding the doctor. no fun. Are you having aches and/or a fever? Maybe you can get in and out of there THIS visit without all the discussion and set up your physical for later!

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WONDERGALE 9/25/2014 10:04AM

    Good Luck! When the doctor's office call you back after a test, it's best to go back, at least to see what they suggest you do. My brother in law didn't go back when they kept calling him and now he is in a position, that he probably wouldn't be in, had he gone back. I hope you feel better.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/25/2014 9:36AM

    I've only had one doctor suggest statins - all others have told me my ratio is excellent. Does your doctor consider your HDL levels?


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KIWIANN 9/25/2014 9:00AM

    Good luck with your doctor's appointment. I hope that your flu-like symptoms improve soon, and that your cholesterol levels are in the healthy range again with your amazing salad and running streaks!! emoticon

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SBEAR5 9/25/2014 8:38AM

    I hope you start feeling better and are able to get your cholesterol levels down naturally. I had to so something similar with my high blood pressure. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/25/2014 8:04AM

    I DO wish you luck -- and glad you're getting the flu/cough attended to. Maybe your cholesterol levels have responded to your nutrition/exercise/natural supplement regime??

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