Hi there gmaritter. I too got a real wake-up call when I saw my blood levels going to bad places. My overall cholesterol was not so bad, but the ratios were. Sounds like you have a good plan to get started on changing the direction of things.
FYI, I found when I just did the traditional low fat, high fiber approach, I did not have any real success in changing the direction of the numbers. But eliminating ALL refined carbs; sugar, flour, rice...all those white foods...made a big difference. I was struggling to lose the pounds still, and things are moving a little better with Atkins, but it is still a struggle to lose the weight now, compared to when I was younger.
Best of luck in your new lifestyle.
A bad moment does not have to be a bad day, bad week, or a sign that you can't do this. It is a moment. Just that. Pause and go back to the person who really wants to be healthier and happier.