A little background first. I'm 36 years old, and 5'11" tall. For most of my 20s, I was a yo-yo with my fitness and weight. At my best, when I busted my butt and ate pretty well, I'd weigh about 190, and have about a 36" waist. At my worst, when I was lazy and ate whatever I felt like, I got up to about 225 with a 40" waist. I was never what most people would call "fit" though, and was just average when I was at the top of my game. When I was 30, I was as heavy as I'd ever been, and it wasn't a good looking 225 on my body. I decided to make a change, and bought an eliptical machine for my house and started to eat better. I made a little progress, but then I was hit with a bombshell from my doctor. I was a diabetic. Now, I had to get into shape, and change my diet, there wasn't any choice. So I did. I worked harder than ever before, and with the help of medication, was able to get all the way down in to the high 160s at one point, with a 30" waist. I was really proud of my self, but unfortunately the meds gradually stopped helping with weight loss, and I settled into where for the most part, keeping with my diet and exercise, I was around 175-180 lbs with a 33-34" waist. Last year, I bought a Bowflex so that I could do weight training in addition to my cardio, but I wasn't able to use it quite as much as I would have liked with a lot of changes in my life at that point. Around this past New Years, I was heavier and more out of shape than I had been in a while, at about 190 and a 36" waist. I had just lost my job, and my wife was due with our second baby in February. So, I used my newfound free time to make sure that I exercised as much as possible. Since that point, Ive been doing cardio 5-6 times a week for 30 minutes, and using the Bowflex 3 times a week, while also doing more portion control on my eating habbits (which for me, is the hardest thing of all). I've definately seen results. I got back down from 190 to about 180 and was happy with where things were going when a funny thing happened. Even though I was clearly getting in better shape, with my waist getting smaller and tighter, and my upper body showing positive changes, I was now getting heavier. I realized that I was probably now putting on muscle, and I know that muscle weighs more than fat does. Today, based upon how I feel and how I look in the mirror, Id say that I'm probably in the best shape of my life. I'm back into my 32" pants, and I've actually had to quit wearing a few shirts because although they're loose around my belly, they're too tight on my arms and chest (and isn't that a weird feeling). My body feels great, and I'm really happy with how things are going. The only thing is that I'm back over 190 pounds, leading me to guess that I've put on about 10 pounds of muscle. Since Ive always been a guy who judges how healthy I am mostly based upon what the scale says, what should I do to try and keep track of where I am? Assuming that I stick with the program, is it just a matter of how I feel and how I fit in my clothes? I have no real goals, so to speak. I just want to be the best that I can, and stay as healthy as possible. I'm one of those people who thrives in a routine though, and likes to see a tangible way to track my progress.