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Doug Jardine, Dept of Plant Pathology

172 pounds! Wow, I never weighed that much before. Even worse news, my cholesterol level was 235!

It was time for action. Following a strict low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, my cholesterol level dropped to 175. As a bonus benefit, I lost 25 pounds.

A while later, I read Lance Armstrong's book, It's Not About the Bike. I was inspired to take up bicycling as a fitness program.  In the past five years, I have ridden nearly 10,000 miles.

I have gained back some weight, but mostly it's muscle and I continue to keep my cholesterol near 200. My doctor is happy...so am I!