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Face of FITNESS Contest Finalists

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After sorting through more than 2,000 amazing entries and completing several rounds of "narrowing it down," the judges chose these fit and inspiring women as the 2012-2013 Face of Fitness Contest finalists!

GRAND-PRIZE WINNER: Phylicia Jackson, 27, Los Angeles


Not only did Phylicia score an all-new 2013 Ford Escape, she was in a FITNESS photo shoot! You can see her full-page photo in the "Pulse" section of our May 2013 issue.

A recent fitness accomplishment: Climbing to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Personal "I Did It!" moment: Catching a wave and managing to stand up on the surfboard -- on my first try, ever! -- at Surfers Paradise in Australia.

A health challenge she's had to overcome: I have endometriosis and have had two major surgeries for it. Both took several months until I could get back to my normal physical endurance, but I'm much stronger now because of what I went through.

Favorite (healthy) things to eat: I LOVE seafood! So grilled fish, veggies, and rice would be my ultimate meal. I love sushi, too!

Favorite workout: Definitely hiking! I just love a good, long trail. I get so distracted by the nature and scenery that I forget that I'm actually getting a really good workout -- but I definitely feel it the next day!

Personal fitness motto: Everyone has their own body type, like a thumbprint. So just be active, eat right, and rock what you've got.

How she influences others to be healthier: I always encourage my friends and family to cook more instead of eating out. I post a lot about healthy recipes and fitness on my blog, Sexy Domestic.

On her fitness bucket list: Hiking Machu Picchu, Snowdonia, Kauai, Thailand...I have so many!

At-home fit buddies: I have two French Bulldogs, a breed highly susceptible to obesity and breathing problems. I love them so much and want them to live long happy lives, so I keep them on a strict diet and make sure they get tons of exercise every day. They even try to do yoga with me in the backyard -- they might be the fittest Frenchies in town!

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rmcampoli wrote:

Over 50 women want help and guidance to a healthier,stronger and more fit lifestyle too.send help my way at rmcampoli@yahoo.com

4/26/2013 04:33:36 PM Report Abuse
rmcampoli wrote:

Loved the article but would love to see women 50+ who are also living healthy and could pass on some great tips for the over 50 group trying to get to a better,healthier lifestyle too.Would love some feed back from women that have done this and that are still doing this over 50 years old.please let me know!!!

4/26/2013 04:30:24 PM Report Abuse
smartin927 wrote:

Yes, I agree...let's have someone who's in their 50's and 60's!!! I work out regularly and feel that I'm in better shape today than I was in my 20's and 30's...and I'm sure I'm in good company!

4/26/2013 01:43:54 PM Report Abuse
cmazick1 wrote:

I also admire all of these YOUNG women - especially since several had overcome physical problems - but I was in that shape also when I was in my 20's and 30's but there wasn't a lot of encouragement for women over 60. I am 69 retired this year and now take a Zumba class 3 times a week - mow my own lawn with a push mower - walk the golf course at least once a week -still would like some strength training tips cmazick@gmail.com

4/26/2013 01:07:01 PM Report Abuse
beth2150 wrote:

Just reading through this article and realized I went to school with Jessica. Congrats girl!

4/26/2013 12:07:27 PM Report Abuse

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