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.”

Monday, February 1st – February 7th


 Better today, but still going through a box of tissues. My poor nose is so raw. Bummer. Anyway, I decided even in all this cold to go power walking with the dog. He loved it, especially trying to catch me running up the Art Museum stairs. He stayed at the top for the next set. Poor thing, I think I wore him out because I pretty much had to carry him home. Does carrying a 13lb dog half a mile count as weight lifting? For dinner I made a Cajun pasta dish with pepper, onions, chicken sausage, and shrimp. All in all a pretty low cal dish since I used fake butter and only ate about ½ cup of actual pasta. Mmm spicy!


 Water aerobics this morning, plus extra laps because I had time. I love that class. I feel like I can really give my all without hurting my joints. It rocks. The best part is I’m not as sore, which is a good thing. I also think it must be working because from the gym to the car (Arch to Vine st) three different men stopped and ‘hollad’ at my booty. I don’t care what anyone says it feels good when you’re getting cat calls on the street. I could get used to this.
French [cooking] class tonight means drinking a lot of water so as not to be tempted by cream sauces and rich preparations. I think I did alright, only a few bites here and there but that Coq au Vin was hard to resist….


 Workout with Holly today…and I thought the first one was bad. She really made me work it today. We did boxing and a lot of work with something called a kettle bell. It was brutal and I think I scared some guy in the workout room because I was grunting and screaming so loud. Everything hurts. I can’t wait for a nice hot shower tonight. I will say that my arms are starting to develop some muscle…..might be selling tickets to the gun show soon.

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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 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!!
    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!