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.”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

 Ouch! Everything hurts from last night and I went and did more water aerobics this morning. It’s so much harder to do the night after getting worked over by Holly. Now my back is so tight I’m hunched over like an old woman. Very attractive. I met with my nutritionist today. She tried to find some insight into why I eat what I eat. I know why I eat…it’s because I like eating. I like the sensation of having food in my mouth. The different flavors and textures… it’s such a nice sensation that it’s difficult to stop. And you eat so fast because you like it that you don’t realize how much you’ve eaten until it’s too late and you’re really really full. I’ve started drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables. I’ve also started eating small meals throughout the day. More fiber seems to be the key but I think we all know the side affects to extra fiber….and I’m sorry but it’s just not lady like. Then again…the fiber keeps you really full so you don’t seem to need to eat more. The key to this seems to be to keep your stomach full or liquids and broths and salads so when you sit down to eat regular food, you don’t eat as much. Also, giving you body time to digest in between bites allows you stomach time to send the signals to your brain that you’re done eating. Seems simple enough…now I just have to see if it works.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

 Got ready for the snow today. Went to the market with just about everyone else in the city and stocked up on fruit and supplies. Went walking in the afternoon and tried to work up a sweat to ward off the cold. The dog definitely enjoyed it. Looking forward to being snowed in tomorrow.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

 Snow Day! For some reason I felt it was ok to impose a break from this whole thing today. I feel totally guilty about it but even though the gym was open I felt like it was ok not going. With over a foot of snow outside the front door it felt nice to cozy up on the couch with Fred and watch TV and snuggle. I tried to do an exercise tape but it felt weird doing it in the living room. I think the snow may have sapped my enthusiasm. Ate like a bird all day to enjoy a nice big dinner. That felt nice too. I miss big dinners. I think I just need to get my head on straight and remember why I’m doing this.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7

 Made it to the gym today and did a total of 30 minutes on the rower! It was 10 minutes and then 5 laps around the track, then 5 minutes rowing and 4 laps, etc etc and I felt really amazing about that workout. Holly checked in from Vegas and said she was really proud. I felt so good that Fred and I walked over to the Reading Terminal to go food shopping. We bought lots of yummy fruits and veggies and some fresh fish but it wasn’t all healthy. We went and got a cookie from 4th Street and it was so warm and fresh out of the oven. Fred split I with me so I didn’t feel so bad. And yes I did watch the Super Bowl but without snacking! A victory for me and New Orleans I would say.

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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!