a thoughtful indulgance

I have made many good choices over the last two months, I have challenged myself to say no to things and situations that I thought would not be good for me mentally or physically or both. However, tonight I am writing about something I am choosing to indulge in tomorrow.

For the past three years my mom and I have joined some dear friends to take a cooking class at Jungle Jim’s in November. It is a day of laughter, and learning and sampling some good food. What happens is there might be 10-12 things that are prepared everything from soups to fresh chutneys and yes there is always a few sweet things on the menu. As I thought about if I wanted to take part in the class this year, the answer was a resounding yes, and I will tell you why.

They pass out your “tastings” in very small individual portions, so there is no binging on any item, no serving yourself huge scoops, slices, or plates stuffed full.  This is a good test for me, my plan is to adjust my day and have oatmeal in the morning with fruit, then have the class offerings for lunch and then a very light dinner I am thinking maybe a fresh vegetable egg white omelet. I will end the day with a swim. My goal is not to overeat.

The other reason being this is an experience that I share with my mom every year, something that makes a memory for us of doing something together that we love…a tradition. I don’t have many traditions in my world and if I have learned one thing from losing my Dad fairly young is that sometimes the memories become your reality when they are gone.

Tomorrow I will enjoy the time with my mom and the food, but will keep in the front of my mind the task at hand and that I still have much work left to do.




  1. Moody says:

    Enjoy your time with your mom, Lori. This journey is about you, and about your life. Your mom is part of you and part of your life. Your mom isn’t a bad habit you should give up on in order to achieve your goals. A once a year, one-day cooking class with single servings of new and tasty things, isn’t one either.
    Have fun, learn, discover and by all means ….. SHARE!!!
    Share the yummy recipes and share the memories. It’s so nice to be able to read them again afterwards. Days, weeks, months and sometimes even years later. You’ll be able to relive it, over and over again, any time you come across them.

    And when Alzheimer catches up with you, those are the ones it won’t steal ;o)

    • dogl2324 says:

      We had such a fun time and I would not give up the memories made with her for anything. All about choices and making good decisions that are part of the big picture! I will be posting more recipes soon…with pics! 🙂

  2. Veronica says:

    I just found this blog Lori. WOW you are amazing at writing too! I’m so proud to know you even though our paths cross much to rarely. I hope you have a wonderful time with your mom!

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