You're at least on the right track in searching for answers. From what you've shared, it sounds as though you're basing your results on generalities more than measurable specifics.
I recommend having very specific parameters for measuring progress from hereon. I mean: weight, body fat percentage (a good trainer will know how to measure best with calipers, and there are less invasive methods, like bio-impendance scales), then girth measures on specific locations across your chest, torso, abdomen, and hips.
At the very least, having these will show you where you have improved, given your efforts. As a formerly obese kid, I can tell you that my subjective view of looking better or feeling better DID NOT correlate to my actual progress. Keep that in mind.
Lastly, since you're keeping measurements in check, you might as well keep track of the exact changes you're making in your food/drink intake, and exercise. There's a website and app that's most frequently used right now, called MyFitnessPal. I use it to see what my clients have been up to. You'll be surprised how a food/weight/exercise log makes a big difference.
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