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Even though the show isn't on the air right now, the crew (and cast!) at Biggest Loser are very hard at work -- filming Season 8 (which will premiere September 15.) Like the rest of the Biggest Loser Medical Expert team (Dr. Rob Huizenga, Dr. Michael Dansinger, Dr Sean Hogan and Sandy Krum), I work mostly off-camera, though our work on the show continues year round.
That said, I was able to squeeze in a vacation last month. I wanted to go far away, but still have internet access (because the contestants send their food journals to me every single day). I also wanted to have a fitness vacation and come home happy and STRONG!
After a very quick decision process, I decided to go hiking in Montenegro.
Where is that you say? I didn't know before I went. Montenegro is in Eastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea. It is also the newest country in Europe (2006). I decided to take a hiking vacation with the Exodus tour group in the UK.
I traveled solo but was surprised to find that the other eight hikers I joined for the tour, had also come individually. Our flights merged in Dubrovnik before we were driven to Montenegro to begin our seven-day trek.
I thought I was in great shape when I left California. I teach nutrition here in Napa at Napafit Bikini Bootcamp with owner, Ines Donnelly. The week before I left I took Dr. Huizenga's advice and had two intensive workouts per day with Ines.
Everyone in our group lived at sea level at home (others joining me were from UK, Scotland and Ireland) so the days we began at 1500 feet (or higher) in 80 degree temperatures, we (well ok some of us, ok maybe it was just me) were huffing and puffing after the first fifteen minutes.
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