I started out around 170 or 180 pounds (I’m like 5’4 and change), and at first I thought if I lost 40 pounds I’d be in good shape. When I lost 30 pounds, I didn’t like how I looked. So then I figured… 130 is a good weight. Once I got to 130, I didn’t look how I thought I’d look. It took me getting down to about 105ish before I was… okay with how I looked, but then I needed more definition. I realized I didn’t like that I was just… mushy, or skinny fat, despite the scale telling me how much I weighed. So I had to add muscle. I’m around 115 now, but my pants still fit about the same as they did as when I was 105… (except for my bum, because I had no bum and I did a lot of work to gain some muscle there for shape, so they’re more snug there but that’s obviously fine for me).
Everyone carries weight differently. Some people carry weight more obviously and right under the skin (subcutaneous fat), and some more between organs (visceral fat), and some people have more muscle than others (which weighs more than fat per square inch), or sometimes larger bone structures (which matters significantly less than most people think), etc. Your 130lbs will look different from someone else’s 130lbs, even if you’re both 5’6.
So… You might be 130 and 5’6 but have kind of a skinny fat issue, and you’d benefit from losing a bit more “mush” and adding on some healthy muscle. You may be the same weight on the scale or even more, but you’ll look much different. Try not to go by the scale so much. Try and go by the way your pants fit you, or yes… start measuring your waist and thighs and hips and any trouble areas you’re concerned about.
It’s almost impossible for most people to see less than 5lbs (of course it depends on your current stature), and generally 10lbs is one clothing-size difference. So most people own’t notice 15lbs because it’s (typically) not even two clothing sizes… especially if they see you every day. And the taller you are, the more your fat is distributed, so a person who is 5’6 who loses 15lbs might look like they lost 7, and a person who is 5’1 and loses 15lbs might look like they lost 22. So don’t be discouraged! It’s totally normal =)
My advice is definitely start lifting weights. Get together with someone you know who lifts weights, or head to a gym and get a trainer for a while to show you how, take some weight lifting classes, or do some research, etc… But definitely start lifting weight; that will almost definitely get you closer to what you’re looking for when you look in the mirror. Whatever you do, make SURE your form is correct! It’s really best to get with someone who really knows what they’re doing, if at all possible. Otherwise, watch videos online. Form is essential to success and also to not hurting yourself.
DON’T BE DISCOURAGED. It’s totally okay, and totally normal. You’re doing great =)