Face of FITNESS Contest Finalists
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- GRAND-PRIZE WINNER: Phylicia Jackson, 27, Los Angeles
- READERS' CHOICE FINALIST: Melissa Bender, 30, Pittsburgh
- Trinity Salazar, 28, Spring Lake, North Carolina
- Sunita Goldstein, 43, Foster City, California
- Jessica Mason, 27, San Diego
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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