The news was good.
First -- the news from my trainer. I've managed to hold my weight pretty much stable while getting the body fat down to 15.04%, according to the latest batch of measurements. This made us both very happy.
Second -- the news from my doctor: the most recent bloodwork showed
Total cholesterol: 130
LDL (bad) cholesterol: 66
HDL (good) cholesterol: 36 (that's stable; higher would be better but it's almost 100% genetics-dependent)
This numbers were so good (not only are they way below "healthy maximums," they've been dropping steadily check-up to check-up) that he wants me to try 3 months without taking any statins. I've been on the lowest possible dose of Lipitor for about 5 years now.
So, such good news on the health front coming into my 49th birthday is a pretty good gift. I just have to keep up the eating/exercise regimen.