Are you feeling strong and healthy? Do you have good energy levels? Are you happy (aside from the annoyance from the scale)?
If you are then perhaps your body needs to have that 4-5 pounds of wiggle room to keep you running (physically and emotionally) at your best.
I get your frustration, though. You want to find a way to actually measure your successes/failures and the scale gives you a neat little number. But our bodies aren't neat little numbers. They're frustrating living things that are going to do what they want even if we do everything "right" to make them change.
Stop doubting yourself. You KNOW you have made healthy changes and now is when you PROVE it to yourself.
(and a tip I use is to set a "never again" number--I don't mean a "goal weight" but a slightly high number that you NEVER want to see again. For you it could be 145-150 perhaps? And as long as you stay below your "never again number" then you KNOW you're ok. But if that "never again" starts to get close, you know you need to pay better attention to things so you don't hit it)
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There may be many reasons as the other posters have pointed out. But also, since you have stopped counting the calories, you might have simply gained weight due to a positive caloric difference every day. "Eating healthy" is not the same as "staying at or below the max. allowable caloric intake". I think to keep or to lose the weight, it is unavoidable to track the food eaten, and balance out every single week. One may get tired of tracking the food intake, but the body will never get tired of storing the excess calories.
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Remember our weight is not a static number. This has to do with the composition of our body being well over 50% and the fitter we are the more water our body hangs onto fluid, so if there is any shift in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones, this can lead to a shift on the scale.
If you allow the scale to control your success you are going to be in for a long ride. I attended a workout a few years ago led by renowned Sports Registered Dietitian Nancy Clark and she recommends to her clients not to have a goal weight, but a goal weight range of 2-3 pounds because of the things I mentioned above.
There comes a point that you have to stay away from the scale and trust that you a living a healthy lifestyle, otherwise you will be a slave to the scale which will keep you trapped in a diet mentality.
I hope this helps! Coach Nancy
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Maybe you are gaining muscles if your not gaining inches. You look amazing!
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I don't get it?? I was at maintenance weight for a few month and I was happy. I stopped counting calories, but made sure I was eating healthy. This past week I started to count again, to make sure I'm staying on track. I have been exercising more and doing more strength training,but the weight is still creeping up. I was at 137 for months and months, now I'm at 141. The wight, every week seems to be going up a pound. I don't get it. I am so frustrated and I don't know what to do. My measurements have been about the same. Why the weight gain. Yes I have had a few cookies, but I am staying within goal ranges. What do I do? I'm afraid I'm going to gain the weight back that took me two years to lose. Help, I feel out of control!
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