Calmwaters, please Do Not worry about your weight. When fat is converted to muscle, you will gain weight. The dieter stresses then tries to eat an unrealistically low calorie diet, bordering on starvation. Instead, measure both upper and lower arms in the area of the largest muscle/fat. Same with the legs. Chest, waist and hips. Set up a program of exercises that you will do 5 days week, any 5 days so there's no guilt if you miss one to attend a function. Also your body needs the break. Set up your schedule so you work out for perhaps 10 min. 3x day. One for upper body, one for core and one for lower body. If you can ride an ex bike fit this in as one of your exercises. Strength training is cardio. Take your meas. Weekly and record them. As your strength improves you will begin to see a more toned appearance to your body. One very busy summer I helped my welder hubby, doing heavy lifting, etc. I was also getting a horse conditioned for a show. Extra kids for holidays meant more of everything in the house. At the end of the summer we were planning a nice dinner out. None of my good clothes fit, they were huge, yet to my shock I'd gained 23lb. I was lean, well muscled and fit. Lesson learned about the focus on weight.