You're ahead of the game here, exercising at the gym, walking, eat veggies, good work. Is there a possibility that you have picked up a habit of munching something that is not ordinarily in your diet? Sometimes things sneak in. I got on a yogurt kick, started craving sugar, told myself that is was a great protein food. Wanted more and more. Had to ban it from the house. Now got that spensy Greek yogurt, yum yum, it costs more because they take the whey out, and it is so creamy, and not sweet, I got vanilla and can eat that little half cup and be satisfied.
I gained about 10# a year, and after 5 yrs, you guessed it, I was a blimp. The doctor insists that it is NOT the fault of the drug, that its possible to maintain yourself if you're work at it. I didn't find that to be true. Did develop a why bother attitude, its the med ! - and ate more than I knew I should. Self-sabotaging at that point. Brilliant
You are very wise to tackle this thing the best you can in the early stages. Hate to say it, but maybe adding something to your routine, at my Curves they have Zumba, lots of girls love it. I'm from the Jazzercise era, and don't move that quick anymore for nothin !
Not understanding why you are in pain. You should be in good shape from your regular exercise habits, and a little weight shouldn't actually "hurt". Have you checked it out with the GP?
Hope that your mood will stay up, You have lots of energy
It's what you learn after you think you know it all - from my rusty AA toolbox.