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.”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Hit the gym early today to try and shake off this funk. Catering a party for my sis tonight uber excited.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Got home from the party at 2 and made it to the gym by 8 to get my laps in. Who’s hardcore? I AM! It was totally worth it because I got to enjoy a beautiful Valentines Day with my husband, out first as husband and wife. I definitely felt beautiful and renewed in my commitment to win this!

WEEK 4
Monday, February 15th – 21st

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Took my day off today, but I am noticing the definition in my arms and back. Looking forward to kicking some more butt this week and lemongrass soup for dinner!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Felt great in water aerobics today, really starting to turn this around. I’m really feeling that in week 4 I have to step up my game if I want to win. Holly and my family are behind me 100% which is helpful, but there isn’t much time left.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Went to make dinner at the Ronald McDonald House today. I have to say that it was really gratifying to cook dinner for people who need a little joy in their lives. It was really nice. I was a little bad and ate a ton of rice, because it was soo tasty. So, when everyone else went to the bars I headed to the gym and closed that place. I really pushed myself tonight and I know I’ll be sleeping well. Sooo tired.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Water aerobics again this morning, but there weren’t that many people so Holly worked us extra hard. I really had to push through it today. My arms were shaking by the end of the workout but I did stay and do some extra laps to stretch and get in some more time at Sweat before heading home. Excited about my workout with Holly tomorrow.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Weighed in and got in my training session with Holly. Weight down, inches down, and BMI down! Whoot! I was so pumped up I beasted my workout with Holly. We really pushed hard to work everything out and when she thought we were done I begged for more. I told her today that I was done pussy footing around these workouts and that for the next 4 weeks we were going to push as hard as we can. I am really pumped to give it all I have.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Woke up sooo stiff and sore this morning. I guess all this butt kicking comes at a price. I headed to the pool to try and do some laps and stretch out my muscles. I ran into the Mommy and Me class and this little girl named Anna was so sweet. She really brightened my morning, which really helped me with my laps. I was excited to get home because some girlfriends are coming over to watch us on Philly FYI. We’ll see how it goes!

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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!