On reflection, it occurred to me that I didn't want to lose the weight for losing weight's sake. What I rather wanted was a change in body shape, to feel vital and to be healthy.
So I looked at a few self-created measures and indices other than the scale. Admittedly, some are more qualitative than quantitative, but what I noticed was:
- Body shape change self-perception index: 70% change for the better
- Vitality and feeling good about self index: 70 - 80% change for the better
- Overall health: Excellent
- Purposefulness and commitment index: 60% improvement