Good luck everyone
Froggie, I wanted to try and answer your questions as we are about the same size and my goal was also 130. I picked 130 out of the air when I went on my plan. My plan was to eat less calories (1200 a day) and I successfully went from 156 to 130 in 5 months. Once I hit 130, I quit restricting calories so drastically and kept losing weight and now weigh 123. I did this by eating the serving size of everything I eat. I NEVER EVER eat more than the serving size of anything.
I've been at 123 for about 4-5 months now so it must be where I'm going to stay.
To answer your question about eating pizza. Go ahead!! Just don't over do it. I eat pizza a couple times a month but never eat more than 2 slices. I don't count calories anymore as after doing it for so long I can tell when I'm eating too much. I still weigh every day. My plan is, if I get to or over 125 I will resume eating less calories.
I think when you get to 130, look at yourself in the mirror and take inventory. Do you look thin enough to you? Do you have to hold in your stomach so it doesn't bulge? 130lbs at 5'5" is not fat but we all carry it differently. I still had a gut at 130 but I don't at 123. I would have been perfectly satisfied with 130 pounds but heck I kept losing so I figured I needed to. I wasn't restricting calories, I was just eating a normal serving size of food.
To lose your weight you've had to eat less than you burn so that you could burn off that fat. Once you've hit a place where you want to stay you can add more calories to your diet as you're not trying to create a deficit anymore. I'd guess I added about 200-300 calories a day to my diet when I hit 130 yet I still lost 7 more pounds. I seldom go over roughly 1500 calories a day and most day's I eat less than 1500. I do zero exercise though so I need to eat less than someone who exercises regularly. I'm a lazy butt.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble. It is hard to know when to stop. Like I said, take inventory of yourself at 130 and see what you think.
Again, good luck to all of you. You can do it folks. Hang in there, don't give up.