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The Jacksons, Week 6: Four Pounds (and a Pair of Sneakers) Shed!

While doing seated ab crunches, Deidra shows off another old pair of running shoes, which are destined for the trash. Credit: Deidra Jackson
As of this writing, I've lost four pounds. The pity party I threw last week with great fanfa...
As of this writing, I've lost four pounds. The pity party I threw last week with great fanfare is over -- for now, anyway.

The Jacksons, Week 5: Hello, Vanilla Yogurt and Old Anxieties

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 weighed two separate times on the same day, first by Emmy Parkes, my registered dietitian, who is ad...I hate scales. And after I was weighed two separate times in the same day, I hated them even more.

The Jacksons, Week 4: Allergens in the Air, Eyes on the Prize

First things first. Jack and I had minor setbacks this week. He was sidelined briefly by allergies and is still suffering from deep sinus congestion, worsened by one of the driest seasons on record here in the South. I hobbled around with fl...
First things first. Jack and I had minor setbacks this week.

The Jacksons, Week 3: Exercise, My Old Friend, Shows Me Love

Jackson and his teammate end a good match at the Oxford Fencers Club facility. Credit: Deidra Jackson
I reintroduced my body and, by default, my brain, to exercise last week. It's amazing how that old adage, "mind over matter," can...
It's amazing how that old adage, "mind over matter," can be so useful -- or maybe "mind over muscle" is more accurate in my case.

The Jacksons, Week 2: Bright Spots Outshine the Not-So-Pretty

Tai Chi instructor Dan O'Sullivan takes me through some resistance exercises. Credit: Jackson Reid It took everything I had not to lose it, right then and there. When I walked into the human resources training room at the Univers...I told a friend of mine that my Healthy Families Challenge blog would probably feature the good, the bad and the ugly. Here's my ugly for the week: Emmy calculated my BMI to be 40.6.

The Jacksons, Week 1: The Menu Makeover Begins

A trip to visit my parents could have led to a sad series of gastronomical gaffes, but it didn't turn out so badly.
My son Jack and I, accompanied by my father, walked right past the vendors selling deep-fried fair food at the Seventh Aven...
Starting now, we're kicking into high gear with our fitness and nutrition goals.

Healthy Families Challenge: Meet the Jacksons

The last time I checked, Mississippi was still the fattest state in the nation. And, in the 10 years that my son and I have been living here in northern Mississippi -- "hill country," as the natives call it -- the grease-laden cheeseburgers,...The last time I checked, Mississippi was still the fattest state in the nation. And, in the 10 years that my son and I have been living here in northern Mississippi -- "hill country," as the natives call it -- the grease-laden cheeseburgers, country-fried steak, fried catfish and bubbly peach cobbler, have provided a good explanation as to why.

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