Welcome to Promises Promises!

A glib look at diet, fitness and all of the struggles and successes that come with achieving a healthy lifestyle.

The comic updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you’re new here, it helps to start at the beginning, parts of the archives are sequential.



The Cast


 Fiona

A high energy, self-made single gal with a fixation for firemen. Fiona excels in spin and cardio-combat instruction, and although she likes to dance…she probably shouldn’t.

Even if she’s given to overreact and jump to the occasional conclusion, Fiona sees things for their possibilities and her heart’s always in the right place.

Fiona

Trish

Trish is a loving, level headed, married mother of two, Sam and Katie. Her husband, Stü is a pediatric surgeon and volunteer firefighter who put himself through medical school as a model and reads to blind orphans in his spare time (hey, if you’re gonna settle).

Trish tends to be the more straight laced of the girls and dishes out the tough love when it’s needed, but she knows how to cut loose and her Zumba classes are the talk of the town.

 Trish


Shanta
The spiritual voice of Promises Fitness, an accomplished yogini, master of meditation and vocal vegetarian, Shanta does her best to bring inner peace to her, frequently flatulent students.For someone who seeks balance in all things, Shanta is surprisingly quick to temper and voice her complaints, but never belittles genuine effort or holds a grudge.
Shanta
Lance
The first and only male staff member since Promises Fitness went co-ed. Lance is a genial guy who leads great swim classes, shakes his bootie with the best of them and makes a mean protein smoothie.Lance may be a little gullible and fairly easily impressed but insists he was hired for more than squashing spiders.
Lance
The Baroness & Halvor
“The Baroness”, as she’s been nicknamed, is a fabulously wealthy and consequently spoiled rotten, thirty-something (not that she’d admit it), brat. She’s an equal partner in Promises Fitness but she’ll do just about anything to weasel out of any kind of physical activity, so nobody really understands why.What one-percenter is complete without a purse-sized pooch? Halvor, is a rare, pure bread, SpanBoli-PomCorgi-NoYo-SpitziPoo, who follows her everywhere and does everything she does, usually in matching outfits.
Baroness & Halvor


Dom
Dom, short for Domino (but he finds that too formal), is a lonely, co-dependent, little fat with a flare for excuses and a gift for stand-up comedy.He was lost at the gym and has been trying to find someone to go home with or rather, on, ever since.
Dom



Fun Fact:

The original Fiona, Trish, Shanta and Baroness designs were inspired by friends of mine. Just so it’s stated emphatically and for the record, that’s where the similarities end. The real life Fiona, Trish and Shanta are absolute professionals, terrific trainers and all around wonderful women. If you’re ever lucky enough to work with any one of them, you’ll have a great time and their results are undeniable. The real life Baroness on the other hand…well, she doesn’t actually have a little dog.

About the Cartoonist

According to her friends, “Jules barbecues hella good.” Although she may have started Promises Promises back in ’08 as a vain attempt to write off a gym membership as a business expense, she continues to update the comic three times a week. When not cartooning, she divides her time between reading about health and fitness,* and actually going to the gym (occasionally).

*Jules is NOT a fitness professional of any kind.
At all.
Not even a little bit.