Tuesday night, earlier this week, was New Year’s Eve. My husband and I had been invited to a black tie event at the local country club. With two small children, the idea of going to an adult event seemed like such a great occasion. It was also an opportunity for me to buy a new cocktail dress, which I have not done since before I was pregnant the first time, nearly four years ago and to have my hair done.
We arrived at the location, a valet parked our car, and we joined the party. When mingling the conversation always begins with what you do, how many children you have, and what are your plans for the new year. My husband was off talking to a couple of the other men, probably about football, but I don’t know for sure. I chatted with a couple of the women, both of whom I had met only once or twice before. One said something about being glad that the holidays were over so she could stop eating the wrong things. That’s when the other woman said that she was looking forward to the girls’ retreat that they would be doing in mid January.
Now I was curious because what was this all about, so I asked. As it turned out the two of them were leaving their children with parents and doing a one week visit to a health spa in California. I had seen both women at our health club and while I do the machine circuit, they routinely do yoga. I have to admit, the idea of sleeping on two inch thick mats and doing yoga for a week didn’t sound too appealing.
“So it’s like a yoga camp?” I asked innocently enough.
“It’s more than that because there is no alcohol, meat, or caffeine allowed. It is pretty strict.”
“I guess,” I said watching them sip their mimosas.
“No, really. You work out regularly. You’d probably enjoy it. You get to get rid of all the toxins that you’ve been taking in over the holidays.”
“That does have some appeal,” I said thinking that I probably gained a couple of unneeded pounds in the past couple of weeks. Needless to say I was still proud of the weight I'd lost since the birth of my son nearly a year ago.
“Every morning we will start with a healthy exotic fruit smoothie that contains flax. Then we all get to do a lemon juice enema before going to yoga class.”
“An enema every morning?” I asked. "And why lemon juice?"
“It helps rid your body of that unwanted stuff. The lemon juice is all natural and very effective.”
I thought about doing an enema with my husband right after the New Year, but that was for fun. I just couldn’t imagine being off with a group of women who had to do a morning enema. At that point, dinner was about to be served and the conversation ended.