The measures that really matter
If you're not counting calories or fat, or poking yourself daily for sugar levels, how can you gauge progress? My approach, at its core, was to develop a deep awareness of how my body functions. For measures directly affecting weight loss and diabetes recovery, I pay attention to three key things:
Energy level: Everyone can feel if they're energetic or not. Pay regular and explicit attention to your energy level, not unlike your awareness of the room temperature. This takes practice ; for me it took well over a month to really lock this in.
Once you do, you'll begin to notice a clear relationship between the food you eat, both type and quantity, and its impact on your energy level. When I looked at a lunch menu and fixated on something large and heavy, once I knew intimately and repeatedly what happens to my energy, the immediate enjoyment factor dropped. This mental shift takes weeks, if not longer, to ingrain in your head.