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The Jacksons, That's All Folks! We're Ready, So Bring on Tomorrow

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I'm craving roasted-garlic hummus with toasted pita chips right now.
I mean, I really want some. Longing for pulverized garbanzo beans, lemon juice and various spices is a far cry from some of the...
I'm craving roasted-garlic hummus with toasted pita chips right now.

The Jacksons, Week 33: Mother and Son, 2.0

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A Japanese steakhouse chef has a grilled egg to throw? Jackson's there to catch it. He enjoyed a friends' wild dinner birthday party at Kabuki' Sushi Bar and Steak House in Oxford, Miss....
I like to tell people who see the new me that I'm an upgrade of my former self.

The Jacksons, Week 32: Spinning Poultry, Waiting Family

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Jackson: Maybe if I stare at them they'll cook faster! Credit: Deidra Jackson
Go ahead and say something negative about rotisserie bird. I dare you.
Is it really possible to utter a...
Go ahead and say something negative about rotisserie bird. I dare you.

The Jacksons, Week 31: Running for My Life

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I have arrived. Credit: Deidra Jackson
What makes me think I can run a 10k?
I mean, I just finished my first-ever race, a 5k, a little more than two months ago. My personal trainer, Jenn...
What makes me think I can run a 10k?

The Jacksons, Week 30: Knowledge Is Bliss

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Look at how happy I am in my healthy state! Credit: Jenn Hall
How do I know I've reached a sort of health and fitness nirvana? I have absolutely no regrets about eating, period.
I mean,...
How do I know I've reached a sort of health and fitness nirvana? I have absolutely no regrets about eating, period.

The Jacksons, Week 29: The Scale Does Not Tell All

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I'm still losing it. Weight, that is. And it feels good. For a brief moment, I also shed a little baggage, albeit temporarily, when I let go of a longtime source of anxiety: namely, the scale,...
I'm still losing it. Weight, that is. And it feels good.

The Jacksons, Week 28: Walk This Way

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Mississippi has the country's highest heart disease death rate. I joined a campus walk as part of a national initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association. Credit: Deidra Jackson A...
A gorgeous clear, blue sky and the promise of burned calories was enough to lure me out of my office for a short spell -- and for a great national cause.

The Jacksons, Week 27: Much Respect Due -- to Fruits and Veggies

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It was a pleasure to dig into all this leafy freshness at dinner the other day. Jack's is the one without the carrots. Credit: Deidra Jackson With the apples, oranges and peaches piled...
With the apples, oranges and peaches piled high, gleaming and arched toward the ceiling, and the broccoli crowns and string beans looking fresh and crisp, Jack and I couldn't resist heading in their direction.

The Jacksons, Week 26: The Season of Sacrifice

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The family that does push-ups together stays healthy together. Credit: Deidra Jackson Jack and I both are giving up chocolate for Lent. No, we've never gorged ourselves on it, but boy, did...
Jack and I both are giving up chocolate for Lent. No, we've never gorged ourselves on it, but boy, did we find pleasure in eating it.

The Jacksons, Week 25: Revving Up the Lawnmower -- The Blood, Sweat and Tears

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It took long enough, but spring is finally here.
And, thankfully, with it comes more chances for us to exercise and to tell the fat, "You're not wanted here no more." I thought about this...
Most yardwork chores are instant calorie-burners, due to the rigorous exertion; but for Jackson, this day, it also was a trial by fire, as my dad showed him the "proper" way to mow the lawn.

The Jacksons, Week 24: Relative Models of Health

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Nana gives Jack, then 5, a defensive challenge on the basketball court in 2003. Credit: Deidra Jackson Jackson and I don't have far to look when it comes to robust health and fitness role models....

The Jacksons, Week 23: A Rutabaga Saves the Day

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There are few things better than the lush, orange flesh of a rutabaga served up just right on a plate. Credit: Deidra Jackson When it comes to losing weight, some of us really don't stand a...

The Jacksons, Week 22: What's Better Than Meeting Goals? Beating Them!

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A steady stream of electronica through my ear buds and a boost of self-confidence helped quell my pre-race jitters before the start of my first 5K. Credit: Deidra Jackson I aimed to finish the...
I aimed to finish the race in at least 48 minutes; however, I crossed the goal of my first 5K competition in about 43. And, in my mind, because of that, I won, even if I was far from nabbing first place.

The Jacksons, Week 21: A Health and Fitness Code of Ethics

If practice makes perfect, Jackson is well on his way to being the next Shaun White -- at some point. Credit: Deidra Jackson
I was thrilled when my son, Jackson, asked me to take him to the Oxford Skate Park.
No lazy Saturday spent...
No lazy Saturday spent parked in front of the TV; this day, my son Jackson opted instead to grab his board and try to ride the ramps, rails and half-pipes.

The Jacksons, Week 20: The Awaiting Race

Don't look for the Jacksons' health-and-fitness behavior last week to be on any highlights reel. Not many shining moments were had this last go 'round.
Cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, chicken strips and assorted snacks ruled more days than I...
Don't look for the Jacksons' health-and-fitness behavior last week to be on any highlights reel. Not many shining moments were had this last go 'round.

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