I know I should avoid daily check-ins on the scale. Actual weight is, after all, just one very minor indication of the progress I am making in terms of my body composition and health. But seeing the numbers go down is such a rush that it is hard not hoping on the scale on an almost daily basis.
And therein lies the frustration. I'm losing about 2 pounds a week on average and in the long run. But the actual change comes in fits and starts. I've gone a week without dropping a single pound. And I've gone through stretches where I've lost 4 pounds in 48 hours. By and large it seems to be two steps forward and one step back. Overtime that will get me where I'm going.
Nevertheless, watching the scale for good news would be mind numbing if I did not use other indicators to track my progress.
I keep a "reach" shirt in the front of my closet. It is too small for me but gets closer and closer to fitting on a steady basis -- I try it on about once per week. Once I am able to wear it, I'll get another goal shirt and start measuring my progress against that garment.