There are lots of ways to tell how you're doing without a scale, although admittedly the scale is probably the gold standard for a dieter. One way to check is with your wardrobe, how are your clothes feeling, looser, tighter, baggier? If you have a flexible tape measure you can take your measurements and chart them here on fitday.com. As your weight goes down you should see a decrease in some of the measurements, my calves and forearms haven't changed much, but my bust, waist, hip and thigh measurements have gone down quite a bit. A reliable scale does not need to be all that expensive, the one in our bathroom was $30 at Wal-Mart and it's fine. One thing I would caution you on is to weigh yourself not more than once/day and to make it the same time every day, because your weight will fluctuate a little every time you eat, drink or void. I weigh myself every morning, naked, after I've peed but before I do anything else.
Also when you get to campus, there should be a gym of some sort and usually they have a really good scale hidden somewhere. My gym is really small and sort of cheap, but they sport a top notch scale in the corner behind the kettle balls.
Starting weight: 244.6 lbs. 10/01/09
Pounds lost: 80.6 lbs
Current weight: 164 lbs
Goal weight: 120 lbs
Weight to go: 44 lbs
Goal Date: 1/1/13
Last edited by almeeker; 08-24-2011 at 12:51 PM.