I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriends for weeks. I was so overwhelmed with housework and children’s activities that I couldn’t remember the last time I had picked up the phone just to chat. That was going to change.|
My friends are all as time-starved as I am though, so getting together was going to take some creativity. Since women are born to multi-task, combining social time with exercise seemed like a natural fit, so I decided to throw a fitness party—I’d bring the fitness and the fun right to my own living room. But where to start?
My stack of yoga DVDs was gathering dust and I was anxious to try something new. If each guest brought one exercise video to the fitness party, we could hold a swap, so each woman would get a new workout routine without shelling out any cash for new videos. (I’m all for saving money as much as possible.)
So I dug out some old Jane Fonda tapes that I’d never had the heart to throw away and decided it was finally time to say goodbye to the 80’s forever—someone else could enjoy them now. The routines were retro, but they would be good for a laugh at the very least. All that hair! All that spandex!
But I didn’t want us to spend the whole evening in front of the TV. I was dying to try belly dancing, but even though I hadn’t worked up the nerve to join a class, I'd feel more comfortable shaking my hips with my friends than with strangers. So I contacted the instructor from my gym and made arrangements for a private demonstration the night of the party. This way, we could all shimmy to our hearts' content and not have to worry about looking out of place. Look out, Shakira!
A party’s not a party without food and being the magazine junkie that I am, I had stacks of healthy recipes at my fingertips. I decided to continue the Eastern theme with a menu of exotic foods like mango, persimmons and guava—things I’d always seen at the grocery store but had never tried. I added a curried chicken dish and brown rice to round out the meal and made sure I had lots of fresh vegetables and low-fat dip to munch on too. I even pulled out my blender so we could make protein-rich smoothies, which are just as tasty as Pina Coladas—but without all the empty alcohol calories.