A great lesson I learned about maintaining a healthy weight (or losing the weight you need to lose to get you into a healthy range) is realizing that nibbling here and there really does pack on the pounds. Without realizing it, you might be snacking all day and what seems like a little bit might end up being a whole lot. I used to look at the size of something and think "oh, this can't be that many calories look how small it is". Take a moment to look up the calories in chocolate truffles, cookies, size small whole milk mochas. I only speak in chocolate, so for anyone else reading the same idea might apply to chips or anything else. I know you've probably heard it before, but I'm speaking from experience and this truly works...SUBSTITUTE. Find a healthier choice and consciously choose that instead of those tricky tiny treats that ruin your diet. Recently, I've been choosing cherries as a snack. They are sweet and delicious and much healthier than a lot of other options I probably would have previously chosen. Always order skin milk, whole wheat, dressing on the side. It's the little things that make a big difference.

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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