The other day I was looking down at the top of my legs when I was rowing and I made the assessment that I was getting too fluffy. The first place jiggle shows up on my body is my hips (kinda like the saddlebag area). The rest of me isn’t showing a problem…yet. I made the decision, right then and there, to increase my cardio in order to de-fluff. That’s the way I do it. If I see a potential problem looming, I address it while it’s still easy to head off. I’m not a perfectionist, I’m a realist. What I always keep in mind is that it’s far easier to tighten up when you’re dealing with shedding 2-5lbs than it is to wait until you have 20 or more to lose. A 20lb fat loss seems much more daunting and I don’t want to have to put that much effort into it. Goodness knows, I want to take the easier fitness path when I can! I suggest doing the same to anyone who asks how I stay relatively lean all the time, year after year. Don’t wait until teensy, hardly noticeable unwanted gains turn into big, fat, hard to deal with problems. There’s no reason to wait and you only make it hard on yourself if you do.