Individual numbers such as total or LDL were once considered important. Since a study in 1997 however, they've been found to be very poor predictors from either a coronary disease or all cause mortality perspective. Other simple ratios, such as the three detailed below, however are highly predictive.
Triglyceride / HDL . . . Should be under 2.0. Ideal would be 1.0 to 1.2.
Total Cholesterol / HDL . . . Should be 4.5 to 5.0. Ideal would be lower than 4.0.
LDL/ HDL . . . Ideally should be below 3.5.
Be sure to compare these ratios with those from your previous test. Subjective measures, that we all rely on for progress, are individually satisfying - like, "I feel so much better, now that I've lost ...". Objective measures such as these ratios prove to everyone else that it's not just an opinion.