Ok so this is completely self centered, and a little ridiculous, but I'm pretty happy about this, so I thought I'd share.
about a year ago, I bought some new clothes, all the shirts I bought were 17.5" neck, and 35/36 so I guess thats like an XL or 2XL in dress shirt size. One of them, a Ben Sherman shirt, was the same size, but just didn't fit, the buttons looked like they were going to pop off when i put it on, so I put it away in hopes that I would one day be "slim" enough to wear said 2XL shirt. By the by, I was 245lbs at that point.
Today, being just a shade under 260lbs, I wore that year old, brand new shirt to work today.
I know, its trivial, but its a little assurance that I'm heading in the right direction, even though the scale is going higher.