Good on ya Will, enjoy the process. I think what you're describing is natural for a lot of people, sometimes the pendulum swings really far right and then swings back really far to the left until it settles down somewhere along the arch, obviously this outcome differs for person to person.
I've done 5-day early spring trips with a full skin out weight of 13lbs., did I enjoy them? Yes. Were there aspects that I didn't like and discomforts along the way? Absolutely. Would I do them again? Probably, maybe even go lighter, but not as an exercise in UL just for the sake of "pushing the boundaries", perhaps if it served a greater purpose in contributing directly to a specific goal oriented end I would whittle things down to the bare bones.
I've learned that meticulously trimming gear down and reducing things down to the gram from my kit just doesn't change the outcome of my trips nor have any real impact on my physical abilities or enjoyment, therefore not worth doing at this point in time. I trim the fat still, just not with a scalpel and a surgeons hand like I used to. When I get old and I'm not fit? Yeah, I might be singing a different tune.