Alright, this is embarrassing but I'm getting desperate here.
I was hit by a drunk driver a year ago. Before the accident, I'd say I was in good shape. I ran several times a week and I could bench my body weight (probably max over 200 if I ever tried). My weight was 155-160 and my height is 5'8".
Since the accident, my back has been a mess and I'm having bad knee issues so I stopped running. I persisted with the weight training several months after physical therapy gave the go-ahead. As expected, I didn't really change my diet and I gained some weight. Following a recent month-long business trip, I REALLY gained weight very quickly probably due to not going to the gym at all. I maxed at a little under 170 and went from a size 31-32 waist to snug fitting into a 34.
I started counting calories 2 weeks ago, emphasizing simple carbs (veggies), limited complex carbs, natural fibers (beans/oats/fruits), and protein from white meat/fish. I've all but eliminated sugars, cholesterol, and unnecessary fats.
After two weeks of consistently keeping my calories at 1500 or lower and using the eliptical for 45+ minutes 3-5 times a week/weight training; I've lost a grand total of 1.5 pounds. I was expecting more along the lines of a pound+ a week. I also know that tracking pounds isn't the best practice and my clothes are already starting to fit better; but I know the high 160's is not a good place for me health-wise.
Is this a matter of my metabolism still being kicked back into gear or should I expect it to take 6 months to lose 10 pounds?