If you weigh daily you can see how exercise and sodium and what's in you right at that moment shows on the scale. It's interesting and useful so long as you take a long view of it. If you will use your daily fluctuations to beat yourself up and not give yourself time to see results then you should not be hopping on the scale that often. So it's entirely up to you.
For women it can be best to compare today's weight to your weight four weeks ago (or adjust up or down accordingly) so that you can see where you were at the same stage in your cycle.
1000 calories a day is the deficit that you would need to lose 2 lbs a week, which would be just fine if you had 113 lbs to lose. With 13 lbs to lose, you're looking at topping out around half a pound a week, max, which is 250 calories a day and it could take six weeks for your losses to add up enough to be seen over your day to day weight fluctuations. That doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you, it simply means that you were already pretty much where you needed to be to start. Someone with 100 lbs to lose likely has a few easy changes they can make before they hit the finicky and difficult ones, but with so little weight to lose you don't really have any of those easy steps to take. 125 calories over a day on average is 875 calories a week, which is having one slice of cake or a few extra glasses of wine a week or a little too much creamer and sugar in your coffee or finishing off your children's plates. There very likely isn't one thing that you can change that will fix this, so it's going to be a lot of poking around and figuring out what little tweaks you can make to balance things out. Your options are going to have options, which means that you have to look at a lot of different things and sort out what is going to work best for you. This is going to take time.
Get your bodyfat percentage tested. 13 pounds of muscle is not the same as 13 lbs of fat when it comes to your shape. I am not saying that you gained 13 lbs of muscle, but if you work on building up your muscle mass then the extra muscle mass works on burning off some of the fat. But that also means eating pretty much at maintenance and not creating much of a deficit at all. Speaking of which, a gain of 13 lbs in one year ends up averaging around 125 calories more than you needed a day. What you were doing before isn't really that far off of where you need to be.
Relatively smaller clothing and extra flesh can make it harder to breathe, but do evaluate this and consider speaking to your physician about it to rule out any medical issue that might need to be addressed. If it's gotten dramatically more difficult to breathe you might have something else going on outside of a few extra pounds.
And your metabolism has slowed. Five years ago it was higher and ten years ago was about when it peaked. If you are eating at your maintenance calories of ten years ago that's pretty on par for gaining about ten pounds in a year, everything else being equal. It's only about ten calories a day for every year you get older, but that adds up over time if you don't account for it. Being more active and carrying more muscle can help slow or reverse this glacial creep downward.
Congratulations on the babies!!!! And you are not alone in the weight gain. I made a job change early last year and regained 15 pounds in about 9 months after working hard to lose 10. LOL...I feel your pain.
I think the best place to start would be to start tracking your food intake. Getting restarted on that can be a pain but it gets easier. Once you have been tracking for 2-3 weeks, you can see where you're at. Are you getting enough liquid? Enough fruits and vegetables? Enough lean protein and healthy fat? Eating too much or too little?
From there you can maybe set some baby step goals. For example, if your only eating 2 servings of fruits and/or vegetables, work on increasing until you are getting the recommended 5 to 9 servings.
Hey all, I am back on here after several years and babies later. I’m 13 pounds heavier which doesn’t seem like much but when your short it is. My pants don’t fit and I can’t breathe. I’ve been bummed to go to the dr and get on the scale. This 13 pounds came on in a year. I can’t seem to get even a pound off. I’m doing what I did when I was younger and in shape but it doesn’t seem to be working. Any suggestions on where to start and what to do? I’m feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated. What works for you all? I feel like my metabolism has slowed down