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My biggest dilemma is that I have to take medicine in the morning. I don't want to eat until around 11 am because I like to have a late night snack of 100 calorie pack of cocoa dusted almonds. I've been putting off taking my medicine but the one I can't put off is an anti biotic.

I guess I can share this ,lol. I have to take an antibiotic before have sex or I will get a UTI.I have to take it with food.< /p>

I guess half of a Greek Yogurt would be 50 calories. I need to look up string cheese and baby bell light.

How about you? Is the 5:2 plan working with your life? I also don't like working out with my trainer on an empty stomach.

Will this not work if you have 11 hours in between instead of 12? There must be some reason you have to have 12 hours off.

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OK, I think I have it figured out now!

Yesterday was my fast day and it went well, although all I really wanted to do was eat yesterday! Not down anymore this morning, but not up either, so that puts me as of this morning 6.2 lbs down from the highest that I hit and only 2 lbs away from what I was before I gained weight. I am trying not to get my hopes up thinking this might be the answer for me, but it is hard not to get excited. I might even try to get down a little lower than I was before and see how it goes. And I can tell I have lost some because my pants feel a little less tight then they did a few weeks ago...hooray!!

I hope you can figure out how to take your meds, like I mentioned, is it possible to take later in the day with lunch or something like that??

Have a great weekend! I am on my 3 normal days and enjoyed every bite of my Breakfast this morning!

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Ok I think I might have it figured out too! On my mobile app I just have to click over to "full site" and I can see everything! Oregon every time? That truly sucks!

Ok I'm up 2 pounds I guess that Fiber One Bar and my early morning tablespoon of Peanut Butter didn't help. I felt so in the groove with this several weeks ago I need to get my head back in the game!

Oh Leeann wants an invite (she's been on the thread doing it)

And so does Fiddleman?? He PMed my all butt hurt :P

Oh if you join sorry fiddle! :D I meant butt hurt in the nicest way!

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I invited Leeann and Fiddleman. I don't want to leave anyone out. I also pmed Susan and asked her how to make you moderator. I don't want to be the only one , or one at all for that matter, who approves people.

I want anyone who wants to be a part of this to be able to join. I just don't want newbies in here who are under a year and need to follow their surgeon's plan.

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I hope you can find a way to take your meds that won't cause an issue. I take mine with coffee or if I must, with a sip of milk. But antibiotics are tricky and the ones I was on in April would make me horribly sick if I didn't take them with at least a few crackers or something.

I weighed this morning and I'm happy to report that I didn't destroy the scale, scream at the scale, cry when I saw the number on the scale or even kick the scale on the way out the door.

I am not happy to report that I bounced - another TWO pounds over yesterday's weight. So the tally for the week so far = + 2 tenths of a pound.

I chalk it up to mindless, drunken snacking last night and emotional eating. Calorie wise I think I logged in around 1,500 yesterday which isn't terrible for me and shouldn't have caused a gain. For now, I'll put the blame squarely on Water and stress. Husband came home from work yesterday with news of a pending deployment...not a happy evening for us, that's for sure. Follow that up with a night of poor sleep and it's actually not really surprising I bounced.

I'm still not happy about it, though.

Today is a normal day, and it's also a busy weekend. I think we'll do a museum tomorrow (gotta do the tourist thing with the stepkids) and pack a picnic lunch so I'll be in pretty good control tomorrow.

But today we're hitting the mall and I'm taking my stepdaughters shopping for school clothes. Man. You know what I like to get at the mall? Soft pretzels. I can always make my own, sure, but being able to walk up and buy one already made is wonderful. Wonderfully tempting. That's okay, I'll avoid it today. It's not a forbidden food, no, but goodness knows I only need an excuse to fall of and start feeding my stress.

I'm starting out with a Protein coffee and trying to get my sh*t together.

The sun is shining (first time in days!) and I'm off to get the kids ready so we can head out. I hope everyone else is doing okay today. I'm feeling a little off, myself.

~Cheri

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Oh, and congrats on being our moderator, Laura. :P

~Cheri

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I am sorry to hear about your hubby Cheri. I have no idea what that must be like, especially with a young family. The longest my husband has been away is a week, and that was difficult. My thoughts are with you during this hard time.

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I'm sorry to hear that Cheri. I didn't realize that was a possibility.

I am contemplating going to the gym. I used to go every saturday but then got so busy on saturdays. I really should go because monday I am having a root canal so I probably won't be exercising much at the beginning of next week.

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Thursday I did a fast day and lost 2 lbs. Today I got on the scale and it said that I was down from 144lbs to 132.2 lbs....Then 5 minutes later I weighed again and the scale said 144.9 lbs. Confusing. Anyways I went to a support group today with other members from VST and some that are 2 years post op mentioned that they would like to join our group too. Iegal and sleeve4me and darla. They are excited about this group too. Thankful I can finally access this vst again. Boy have I missed you guys..... :P

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Yes! The more the merrier! I want everyone who wants to be a part of the group to be sure to let someone know so they can come here.

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...Anyways I went to a support group today with other members from VST and some that are 2 years post op mentioned that they would like to join our group too. Iegal and sleeve4me and darla. They are excited about this group too. Thankful I can finally access this vst again. Boy have I missed you guys..... :P

I invited Iegal, sleeve4me, and I think I invited darla, but not sure it it was the right person....

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I am able to finally post on here wooo hooo lol. my phone is the only thing having the problem now. I will try and get it going on there. Thank you Laura. I missed everyone the past couple of days, I hope everyone is doing ok.

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How's everyone doing this weekend? I did pretty good today. I had to post my 3 year update and it's been keeping me on track these past few weeks. Now that determination to see goal again is carrying me!

I walked and walked and walked some more today. Then I came home and cooked dinner: sweet and sour chicken (from scratch, of course) and ate the chicken until I felt a little more full than I'd like. I dodged the rice - still hate that rice and what it does to me after three years. But I am still pretty darn low on calories so I'll need to do something else later. I'm too high for a fast day but too low for a normal day. I was at roughly 750 when I logged earlier.

I'll fast tomorrow. Normally I wouldn't but DH won't be home for dinner so it'll be even easier than usual to just grab a Protein snack and go on about my business. It's easier to fast when I'm ready for it, too, so planning my tomorrow tonight will help me have my head in the right place when I wake up.

We'll see what happens with the hubs. It's not a matter of if but when he'll go, so we should know more next week. I can't really complain. I mean, I can and I will. I'm a pro. But I shouldn't. We've been lucky the last ten years and he's only had one deployment, even if we've spent 6 weeks to 4 months apart several times. We'll manage. I just hate that it's happening now.

As if I'd be happier at some other time, like it would be more convenient at a later date!

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well. I'm okay. I didn't realize how insecure I'm feeling and how much of that is bleeding out into my every day but my husband pulled me aside today to tell me how great I'm doing (at everything - motherhood, the weight loss, managing the house, etc.) and how much he appreciates me. Apparently, I really needed it. I'm just amazed that after so many years of trying to be a better person and so many years of really improving myself in external and internal ways that I'm such a slave to insecurity and periods of really low self esteem. It's crazy.

Bleh. I'm in a mood, clearly. I hope everyone else is doing better than me!!

~Cheri

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