Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Angi Abercrombie
Founder & Owner of: Abercrombie & Fitness
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Health & Fitness Writer
Good morning and please don’t get your panties in a big twist because of the racy title. I intend for this post to be a finger-pointing, shaking in your face kind of post. Ladies and gents, how many of you have acquired a Fall fluff??? Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m saying. You know…the FLUFF!
What the FLUFF are you talking about??
The fluff is that layer or in some cases, several layers that are mere remnants of the celebratory lazy days of Fall. Fluff is beyond irritating because it slowly creeps in and outta nowhere rears its ugly head. One morning you’re simply dressing for the day and suddenly realize you can barely button your snug pants. The uncomfortable way your top grips your rib cage and pushes the skin up or down is yucky. You pause, feeling perplexed you wonder how this could have happened?
After all, didn’t we dive into Summer like COW PLOW!! Feeling hard, lean and like a FITness queen? Now, just a few short months later, we are carrying around an extra 3-5, 6-8 or maybe even 10-15 pounds acquired during the last several monumental months. Blame it on the…
Go ahead honey let’s spill it. Blame it on the unorthodox lifestyle and wheels off routine. Blame it on all of the unhealthy snacks you have stock piled in the house “for the KIDS lunches”! Blame it on the business travel and sugary happy hour umbrella drinks. Blame it on the bulky fall clothes that allow you to hide and cover up in. Blame it on the chardonnay because at the end of the day you are just wrecked. Blame it on FOOTBALL and the irresistible ice-cold beer and for some reason the queso just keeps coming. Blame it on the bacon and big family style meals. Blame it on the countless trips to Starbucks and the mocha double dutch fudge fraps for crying out loud. Blame it on the lousy fast food stops from all of the family or business road trips. Blame it on your Aunt Jo or Uncle Bob for that matter.
I can really get specific! In my case, the fluff comes from and not limited to insurmountable pieces of sweet treats like lemon cake, bottles of champagne, chocolate chips cookies, bread, champagne, chips and extraordinary amounts of guacamole and did I mention champagne?
So at least you are not alone! WE…(goose), we all feel it!
It’s time to take the fluff off! The fluff has got to go! It’s time to ditch the bloat and wave goodbye to water retention. Here is what you/we are going to do:
Lock up or toss out all tempting bottles of wine or alcohol. You are entering a no wine/whine zone. Sunday through Thursday go alcohol free. You can’t believe how residual alcohol use and a nightly glass or two of wine, adds up and contributes to unwanted fluff, better known as the muffin top! It ain’t called the WINE waist for nothing girlfriend. Clean out your wine stock. Keep your wine rack empty Sunday thru Thursday. If you don’t have it in your house, you can’t drink it! And try not to blow it on the weekends. Vodka soda, champagne are low in sugar. Try to stay away from frozen margaritas or buttery liquor drinks.
Wine isn’t the only thing you need to clean out. Get your pantry in order. Get back on that clean weekly meal plan you were on. Replace the wine drinking with sparkling water and lots of movement! Instead of sipping from the couch…
Get out and move! The weather is cooling off so there is no excuse not to get out and pound the pavement. Power walk and talk. Jog and listen to a motivational podcast or The Branch Church Watch and Listen. Listening to a 30 minute sermon usually stirs my soul and I feel rejuvenated. Other times I might be more in the mood to let loose and listen to a heavy metal rock band. Get back on your weekly workout routine.
Hydrate and detoxify! Flush out the fluff. Check out this previous post on how to eat and drink your way to a beautiful tight 6 Pack! Drinking or chugging massive amounts of water is beneficial for organs, skin and cells. It helps sluff off the swollen fluffy feeling. If you want to go the extra mile invest in a bottle of Dandelion. Dandelion is a natural root known to extract water basically used as a non harsh diuretic.
Take a bathroom selfie. I know, I know you’re thinking no way Jose…bad idea. WRONG and stop that grimace it will give you wrinkles! I didn’t say you have to be naked for goodness sake. Wear panties and bra or your swim suit or workout shorts and spots bra. Pictures are proof because they don’t lie. On the other hand, pictures prove progress. You don’t have to publish them on social media, or share them with your spouse or friend. Just take it for YOURSELF! Take a selfie in two-week increments and watch and see how the fluff disappears!
Don’t beat yourself up! At the end of the day or at the end of Summer in this case, it’s just a little fluff! You got it off once and you can do it again. You had a splendid break. You let loose. It’s ok. In two short weeks, you can tighten up your diet and get back in the swing of your FITness routine. Time to do the work now before you panic and boom it’s March 2017!
Now, say it with me…FLUFF OFF! Here we go…
Love, peace and no more cheese!!!!
Article Credits: Angi Abercrombie
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor