I was never obese, but I was definitely overweight. I started riding my old department store bike last year before the parts on it started failing, then earlier in the spring of this year I decided I wanted to keep riding so I went out and bought a new bike (this time a hybrid from my LBS). I spent most of June and July riding up to 50 miles a day, tapered off to a one or two rides a week for up to 25 miles a day for August and (so far) for September.
Anyway, back to the point of this topic, I was weighing myself every month and watched the scale dip from 225 to 168 (where I've landed now), but looking in the mirror I can still see the spare tire around my waist. But apparently the weight loss IS noticeable as over the past couple months I've seen a a few people I haven't seen in over a year that all gave me compliments about looking slimmer. One even jokingly asked if I went through liposuction - completely baffled at how I lost so much weight just from riding a bicycle. I explained how I just got out and rode 10 miles a day everyday, with a few 25-50 mile rides on the weekends and quit drinking soda (this wasn't easy to do as I was drinking at least 3 cans of the stuff a day!). I've cut back on fast food, and have been adding more fruit/veggies to my meals but my overall diet hasn't changed a whole lot.
So I now ask you, how often do you get complimented on weight loss?