elainevdw -- keep up the good work!
I've been a fairly consistent exerciser (at least 5 x per week) and considered myself to be a healthy eater. But the recent changes that have made the most difference in my weight (in a good way!) are these:
1. Increasing the length of my workouts. Instead of 30 minutes on the treadmill, I'll do 60 minutes (that includes my warm-up.) I'm definitely NOT a runner -- so I can't run for 60 minutes straight, but over time, I'm getting a lot better! Even if you can't exercise at a high intensity for longer, at least keep yourself moving... walk for an extra 15 minutes, for example.
2. I'd also suggest slightly altering the intensity of your workout. I think I read somewhere (so may or may not be wholly true) that increasing the incline (of treadmill or hill) by 1 degree increases your calorie burn by 15 percent. Even 1 or 2 degrees of increase over time will have an effect. (If anyone has any real data on this, please share.)
3. Cut way back on alcohol. Don't know if this is even an issue for you, but it was/is for me. I haven't cut out alcohol entirely, but it's a fraction of what it used to be.
4. With weighing yourself -- I agree with daily weigh-ins, but am trying to remind myself to expect fluctuations, based on liquid intake, time of month, etc. And thus not get unneccessarily discouraged.
Anyway, good luck! I'm trying to lose 5 more pounds, too. I think it will be a miracle if I do
but I've already seen more change than I have in years.