Today when I was leaving Spin class (I was the only one left in the room), my instructor told me I looked great and asked how much weight I had lost. Looking over the last few months, the most honest answer is "none," and my body fat scale shows a loss of about 2 pounds of fat. Nothing dramatic.
I do know what she means, though. I am definitely fitter than I was earlier in the summer, and I have more muscle definition. I feel like I look different, though there is no objective data to back that up. I just have the feeling that something has shifted.
I just thanked her for the compliment and said I had been working out outdoors more this summer, which is the truth. I'm sure she didn't want a big analysis. It does feel good to have some confirmation that someone else is seeing the changes, too.