Philadelphia Magazine’s Fitness Challenge 2010: Devon Montgomery-Bender

A 25-year-old just-married caterer who wants to begin the greatest adventure of her life looking good and feeling great. “I don’t feel beautiful because I know I’m not healthy. I want to start my married life as a healthy, beautiful woman.”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27

10:00 a.m. OK so I should probably preface today and tomorrow’s post by saying that I’m in a cooking competition. The competition is tomorrow and I’ve been prepping for this since October. Tonight we meet the other contestants. I’m starting to get super nervous since there is so much I have to get done today to get ready but I don’t want to slack on the working out. I’m also a little worried because there is a big dinner tonight and while I would usually enjoy such a lavish meal I need some tips to get me through without ruining my day….


11:33 p.m. 
So the meeting went well. Dinner was delightful. Holly told me to drink lots of water so that I would feel full. It was a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings at Fish restaurant. If you’re curious it was just reviewed in Philly Mag not too long ago. Everything was fantastic and since it was a tasting menu the portions were very small, so I could felt like I could enjoy it. As far as the wine went I just had a sip or two with each course to enjoy the flavor. Still, since tomorrow is my off day I couldn’t slack off I got home and changed and went walking. And by walking I mean one time up the Art Museum Stairs for each course. So right now I’m feeling really good and tired. Tomorrow it’s time to kick some butt in the kitchen!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

 Competition day and day off from the gym. I woke up with a sore throat and I think it put me off my game all day. I did my best but someone else came away with the win. Totally disappointing. So I went out to drown my sorrows. I’m sorry to say that bourbon and sweet potato fries happened. I’ll definitely be paying for this later.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
Woke up sick as a dog. Can’t breathe, running a fever. I know some of you are thinking hangover but this is definitely a cold. Got the doctor to call me in some meds but it looks like I won’t see the outside of my house today.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30

Still sick today. Spent the day on the couch drinking tea and watching Mad Men. Went through an entire box of tissues.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

 Better today but not great. Went to the gym to run on the treadmill for a while and I think I over did it a little. I was so cold when I left the house I only wore sweats and I think I may of sweated off almost 3 pounds. Not my greatest move, it left me a little dehydrated. My hubby went out for Gatorade and more tissues. Franks and beans for dinner. Wish I could taste it.

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  • aunt dana

    Devon, you are a beautiful woman inside and out. Best of luck. We are routing for ya!

  • Alexandra

    GO Devon! We are rooting for you! We know you will be great! So proud of you!

  • kym

    You got this girlfriend!

  • BBJ

    kick butt devon, I know you’ll do great!

  • Bob

    Like I told you before,there isn’t a thing that “you” Cannot do once you put your mind to it.

  • Judi

    Devon, we love you sooo much and are 100% behind you!! This victory is yours!! We’re so proud of you! Aunt Judi

  • Shay

    Devon, I know this is yours. Claim it and it shall be yours. San is another story lol. I’m behind you 100%

  • Holly

    Let’s do this Devon!! You’ve already impressed me, and from the looks of it you impress everyone around you! See you tomorrow!!

  • Fred

    I am so proud of you my wonderful beautiful and amazing wife. Now go kick some butt!

  • Zoe

    You are going to blow the competition out of the water! You are so beautiful and you’ve got your family (the ultimate power, really) and your bmc ladies (another ridiculous group) behind you all the way! GO DEVON!!

  • Holly

    Nice water guns today Devon!

  • Holly

    now get your sleep girl! you’ve got a big day ahead of you! Go get it!

  • Judith

    I’m cheering for you all the way from Germany!!! Go cuz!!!

  • BBJ

    Good work Devon, I’m so impressed!! I know you’ll keep kicking butt.

  • KCT

    I know Holly very well and she has transformed me into a shape I didn’t think was possible!! You are in very good hands, go girl!!! (ps, I have been a patient of multiple members of your family and they are awesome!!!)

  • Devon

    I just want to say thank you for all of the love and motivation! I’m down 2 inches on my wait AND a few pounds! Keep the posts coming!

  • Becca

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH DEVON! YOU’RE INCREDIBLE!! I KNOW YOU’LL WIN!!!!

    love becca

  • Kathleen

    I was so happy to see you on the TV. Best of luck from your fifth grade teacher!! I know that you can do it!!
    Love,
    Miss Tait

  • Tommy

    You can do it! You can do anything you put your mind to!!!

  • BBJ

    Awesome Dev, you look great & I know you’ll win, those girls got nothing on you. I’m so excited for you!

  • Coleman

    Devon Keep up the excellent work! It has been a pleasure to see you around the gym! Thanks for supporting me last week. See you soon.

  • sheryl

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK….Holly’s mom

  • Shadia

    You’re such an inspiration! You’ll always be beautiful, strong, and full of that BM spirit. Rooting for you!