Okay, so I'm at the higher end of the normal range for my height and have been for quite some time. I was this weight while omni and it hasn't changed (but for small fluctuations) since I went veggie about 9 months ago. My question is, should I accept myself as I am or should I do something more extreme than my current regimen to lose weight? (I will give more details, but wanted to get the main question out there).
So, I am 5'4" and 140 lbs and medium boned according to my wrist measurement. My shoulders are roughly the same width as my 6'1" ex-boyfriend's though (though admittedly he's rather thin/ small framed for a guy). My figure's a sort of large hourglass (39-29-39). I definitely have excess fat around my hips, thighs, and upper arms and hate the way I look in the mirror unless there's really soft lighting and I don't have to look at my thighs. But technically I'm within my normal weight range.
Thing is, I was on a medicine a couple years ago that reduced my appetite and increased my metabolism. I lost about 20 pounds and definitely felt better about myself at that weight. While I wasn't a stick even then, it felt great. I don't need the medicine now though, but having been that weight I have a really hard time accepting my less than ideal figure now. Should I, given the eating/exercise routine I am about to describe?
So, in terms of my diet and exercise routine...About 2 months ago, I started a new regimen and have not seen any results. In fact, I've gained about 2 pounds (though that's within my normal fluctuation, being female and all).
So, I have been eating a nearly vegan diet. Most days I eat almost the same things. Breakfast consists of a good amount of Bob's Red Mill oatmeal to which I add banana, blueberries, and ground flax seed. For lunch I have half a can of lentil soup, a piece of seed bread, carrots and hummus and sometimes a glass of light soymilk. For dinner I have whole wheat spaghetti, marinara sauce (sometimes I put in a couple of meatless meatballs or mushrooms), and bunch of broccoli, and another piece of seed bread . Later, I often have an apple with a little peanut butter and cinnamon for dessert. I also take a multivitamin and calcium supplements and drink a lot of tea. Okay, and once or twice a week I'll have a mozzarella tomato sandwich or a latte or some kind of indulgent beverage.
My exercise routine consists of walking 2-3 miles probably 2 out of every 3 days. I also play about 45 minutes of DDR every night.
Go ahead and laugh if you want, but it's serious exercise. I play a range of 6-9 foot songs (I probably average around 7 though because I get worn out on the higher ones and am still learning patterns). I have no idea how many calories this burns but I definitely sweat. And I think my calves have gotten bigger (sigh).
So, what do you all think? I don't want to be bullied, but I do want to know honest opinions. Do I need to suck it up and try harder/ any suggestions for what might work? Or should I be happy with how I am as long as I am healthy and spend my time on other pursuits?
I really appreciate anyone who's managed to make it this far.