You are eating well. You are getting your vegetables and limiting the processed foods. And yet, the waist does not reduce!

You love your job and are great at it. But work keeps accumulating and the pandemic keeps throwing curveballs at you. How many can you keep dodging and solving?!

You've made it a habit of getting an activity. And you are starting to love it, and how you feel after doing it. But it is bringing along niggles and aches and blisters and such. And the blasted waist is still not reducing?!!?

It is okay to get annoyed and angry and feel helpless and throw a tantrum. Get it out of your system.

But what's next? That's the crucial part. That is going to determine long-term success. You have to look ahead and plan for the next week and month.

If you think what you are doing is working, well, the waist should come down. Or whatever it is you have identified as the one thing to measure. If that is not progressing in the right direction, you don't have to throw everything out and start again.

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But you do need to take a closer look at your methods and assumptions. Maybe you need to calorie count for a week or two. Maybe you need to up your activity levels. Make a change, observe the outcomes and see if that gets things moving in the right direction.

Getting frustrated is absolutely fine. Wanting to punch a wall and/or scream in annoyance - all okay. Get it out of your system.

But at the end of it, your first job is to plan the next step. Breathe. Compose yourself. And take a look at things.

Remember, you are not going through this alone. Everyone around you is if that makes you feel any better. But it is up to you.

You cannot control the outcome. But you control the probability of the outcome you want. So, figure it out. That part - the figuring out - only you control.

It doesn't mean you have to be a lone warrior and it is you against the world. Your community, your friends, your family - all can play a role. But you have to keep your eye on the ball and be honest. If things are not moving in the way you want, you have to figure it out and change it up.

So, get that tantrum out of you and let's do this!