Biggest Loser Rehab

By Sarah

Thanks to the Costa Blanca for its natural fat-burning wonders. I am in utter bliss atop mountains.

There are only remnants of blubber left on my tummy!  After four months of traveling with scarce exercise, massive meals with endless beer and wine (it’s amazing how you can justify unruly eating and drinking abroad by claiming you HAVE to sample the best food in each city), I have rehabbed my body back into moderate health in just two weeks.

The last day of climbing I finally mastered a level six (out of 10) climb! I could barely walk after and my fingers trembled too much for me to hold my dinner fork that night, but I did it!

Getting rid of the belly rolls wasn’t easy.  But on my first trip up a cliff a male guest told me I was really going to need some better ab muscles if I ever wanted to climb any realcliffs.  Having no HR to complain to — and noting the 8-pack abs surrounding me — I resolved to build that muscle power I was clearly lacking.

NBC’s Biggest Loser should schedule a Sella session in the near future.  Fellow Wwoofer, Kiwi Fran, boot camped me.  Every day was filled with about seven hours of intense physical activity, from mountain biking straight uphill to lumbering up steep forest cliffs to jack down wood for future fires to rock climbing up cliffs that seemingly reached the clouds.  Afterwards I led the group in hour and a half yoga sessions that left all our legs wobbling.  At night we cooked fruits and vegetables for every meal.

I know it’s corny, but this healthy stay has changed my life.  I have Rod Stewart’s energy and a stressfree mind. I have realized on this trip that I’m actually OK with an office job.  But I must live in a place with access to constant outdoor activity.  No more West 4th St Manhattan for me.

Why do spin classes when you can bike here?

Before I tackle permanent living decisions, though, I am doing a two week tour of Spain with friends from home and I want to keep up my fitness level on the road.  My new challenge.  Stay tuned for hostel-made workouts 🙂


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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5 Responses to Biggest Loser Rehab

  1. Hans Flinch says:

    Hey Sarah!
    Glad to see your having fun! (Old friend of Perrins here-in case you don’t remember me).
    Tip-in your future living search give Colorado a whirl, it may help with all of the above your looking for….

    • haha thanks, Hans! My mom tells me to move to Colorado every day so it’s definitely on my radar. I appreciate the tip though, I am definitely heading West upon my return!

  2. Andy says:

    You know I’m all about some fitness so we can weave a few things in between tapas and wine sessions.


  3. AnderMorgan says:

    Hey guys — love the posts from La Espana. Now that you have worked on the farms, we are ready for you to come back to La Suisse and help us in the fall plantings! However, the tapas won’t be nearly as good. Your continuing over, under, around, and beyond adventure is an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up and remember to put compost in the apple tree holes and don’t plant them too deep or too shallow. Some deep meaning somewhere in that thought.

    Clarisse & Scott

  4. Jenny says:

    Sometimes – I do wish I could have a professional life in the gym – and in the outdoors. Yoga outside is AMAZING! Zach and I did yoga 1-2 times a week while living in Miami, out by the water. It’s a pure peace and serenity feeling.

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