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One of my guilt-free pleasures: my collection of mouth-watering, food-scented candles that smell of sweet sugar cookies and pumpkin-spice ...I've learned this week that food can be funny. Wacky, even.
It doesn't get much better than surprise snow on Christmas Day in North Mississippi. Credit: Deidra Jackson The start of 2011 has my ...The start of 2011 has my son, Jack, and me resolving not to spend it like we did Christmas morning -- with flu medications coursing through our veins.
Sweet 'n' spicy popcorn was a tasty treat (and a break from healthy home cooking). Credit: Deidra Jackson As expected, my son was ...As expected, my son was candid when he wrote about my recent attempt at healthy home cooking: "My mom made this shrimp soup and it tasted nasty. I don't mean to be rude."
Deidra uses her own body weight as resistance in a TRX Suspension Training workout. Credit: Jenn Hall At my last weigh-in, the ...At my last weigh-in, the numbers were magic. Nine pounds? Gone. And two-and-one-half inches around my waist have disappeared.
Water-resistance training offers Deidra an extra calorie-burning boost. Credit: Jenn Hall We've said "so long" (temporarily) to ...We've said "so long" (temporarily) to bacon-double cheeseburgers and late-night Slim Jim and sweet tea benders. And we've forced our bodies and minds to fall in line with constant workouts.
if(typeof ...What do you get when you combine a weeklong holiday celebration with a balmy out-of-town travel destination?
Jackson finds another fun way to burn calories. Credit: Deidra Jackson In the hands of my expert health and fitness team, I feel ...In the hands of my expert health and fitness team, I feel like a car that's been winterized.
Camping out or not, Jackson enjoys roasted marshmallows, his favorite sweet treat. Credit: Deidra Jackson It's already been a roller ...It's already been a roller coaster ride for me, filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.
While doing seated ab crunches, Deidra shows off another old pair of running shoes, which are destined for the trash. Credit: Deidra ...As of this writing, I've lost four pounds. The pity party I threw last week with great fanfare is over -- for now, anyway.
I'm not crazy about yogurt, but I find joy when it's vanilla-flavored. Credit: Jackson Reid I hate scales. And after I was ...I hate scales. And after I was weighed two separate times in the same day, I hated them even more.