By Eliza Shirazi
SHSH I am BACK! As some of you may or may not know I took a little trip to Cape Town, South Africa. I made the biggest decision in my life to get on a plane, go to SA by myself for a semester and make sure I had the best damn time of my life.
…and that is exactly what it was.
EVERYTHING was out of control exciting, scary, amazing and fantastic.
I have done just a bit of traveling in my young life, but Cape Town was unlike anything that I have ever experienced. It could have been the people, or the ocean, or the jungle, or the beer/wine, or better yet… the food.
Now say this out loud with me, OOYYYY!!
Yeah, that is what I said after almost every meal (minus the Gatsby). The food and bev. was unbelievably amazing there are not words to describe. Stellenbosch, which has about 3 million vineyards imbedded into its land, produced the delicious wine. Farmers markets were everywhere, particularly Old Biscuit Mill, which had all organic and delicious vendors.
So to balance out all of this consumption of deliciousness I made sure to teach kick daily–whether it was at the University of Cape Town (which was awesome) or in the back patio of my flat. And, since I have been very fortunate that my body hasn’t changed much since the age of 14, I wasn’t really worried abou–HOLD IT.
Please rewind to the moment I was in my Cape Town flat and could not squeeze my tooshie into my favorite Guess skirt.
Here is my confession… I should have been worried about my eating habits because when I came home I felt like a traditional African Mama–voluptuous and curvy. As I got back into the swing of things I took the gym and my eating regimen very seriously. There was no way I was going to lose grip of my health, but there was also no way I was going to get overly obsessed with it. Within 2-3 weeks I was back to my normal body and I was so proud! I grabbed that skirt and easily slipped it right over my toosh, one little butt cheek at a time.
With that said I feel like I matured mentally and physically from my South African experience. No longer do I have a good physique solely because that’s what I was given, rather I have a solid physique because that’s what I have worked for. When I kick it back at UMass I will be instructing to meet goals and keeping you all determined. And, although I truly did not have many pounds to shed, I hit my personal goal and really wanted to share that with you.
For all UMass kickies, be prepared to feel a vibe of excitement, encouragement and flavor in upcoming classes! IM SO EXCITED TO BE REUNITED, AH!
Now instead of holding South Africa close to my ass, I will hold it close to what I hope is the next big thing… my heart <3