I have almost 20 lbs to lose to get down to my summer, feel-good weight. I know I can get to this weight, I've been there as recently as last summer. Even if I could lose 15 lbs, I'd feel much better about myself - I'm REALLY struggling with my body image lately.
Starting 5 weeks ago on Monday, I began working out and watching what I eat. I already eat fairly healthy - mostly whole grains, lots of proteins, good carbs, etc, so I just really started to track how many calories I was taking in. I found that I was averaging about 1100 calories a day, so have tried to up that to between 1300-1500. I drink at least 100 oz of water every day. I rarely drink soda - maybe 1 can 2x/week.
I run or walk on my treadmill (depending on how my leg feels - I'm nursing a mysterious calf "injury" that doesn't want to go away) at least 5 nights a week. When I'm running I run 2.5-3.5 miles at no incline, when walking I walk 1 - 1.5 miles at an incline of 4 or 5. I do Jillian's 30DS or NMTZ (circuits 1-4) at least 4 nights a week, sometimes 5-6.
I have been consistent with this exercise routine and eating for the past 5 weeks. I had hoped to lose 2 lbs/week, which would put me down 10 lbs this week...yet I'm only down 2-3. My scale says that my bodyfat % has dropped, which is encouraging, but my pants all fit the same (and that is NOT a good thing, since they barely fit right now!).
I want to be fit, and I want to lose this weight. I'm 5'8" and currently weight 151-152. My goal is to get to 135, though I would be happy at 140. I KNOW I'm currently within my healthy range, but I'm not happy with the way my body currently looks, and my goal weight is still within the healthy range. What am I doing wrong? What can I do to kick-start my weight loss?