Your experience is similar to mine. The cholesterol drop is substantial and very rapid when the Esselstyn plan is followed 100%. I had a blood test scheduled only 16 days after starting the program. My previous chol, which was of the lowest ever, was 247. My number after 16 days was 120, which was amazing.
Dr. Esselstlyn's experience is that just about everybody will get below 150 pretty quickly if they are compliant. I can't recall where I saw the graph, but cholesterol drops very rapidly with the program.
And yet, Esselstyn and McDougall are essentially the same. I did what I thought was the right thing for so long with mediocre results, but it turns out I was not doing it "right" because of my frequent cheats with peanut butter and nuts. It has to be 100% all the way, all the time. MWL all the time with "cheats" into 12 Day, like Dr. McDougall says. My hypothyroidism no doubt played a role too.
What did it for me was seeing the pictures of the open arteries and Dr Ess saying No oil, Not A Drop. Oh, and seeing my relatives all with varying degrees of dementia and cardiac insufficiency and needing more stents helped too.
Faith, I have NOT been walking but I really need to get going on that. In the past I have done Leslie Sansone and just love it. Tomorrow morning, I promise myself to start!