I’ve been going back and forth about whether I should introduce myself in the first post or if I should just launch into it but what’s the fun of starting a conversation without you knowing who I am first.

I’m a 30 something (okay, I’m 35) year old stay-at-home mom of 2 girls under 5. I have a law degree that I don’t use other than for bargaining with my kids or trying to out-logic them which is frequently more difficult than you would think. My little family and I live the charming town of Hopewell, NJ in an old old house that constantly needs work. I’m a sort-of-vegetarian who eats fish and secretly the occasional hot dog.

And I have recently started the long-overdue process of whipping my ass into shape but in the kindest sense possible. In January 2013, I joined a gym  having no fitness goals beyond going 3 days a week. I showed up, moved on the elliptical, lifted a few weights (upper body one day, lower the next) and saw a little improvement. Then I did the Couch to 5K program and ran my first 5K in May — what an accomplishment! It was proof that I can challenge myself and my body to do things I never thought possible. Starting in this June 2013, I’ve embarked on the LiveFit trainer through and am already seeing some remarkable success. As cheesy as it sounds: a law degree, a marriage, 2 houses, and 2 kids later, I’m on the (long) road to being my best self.

I have a selfie problem.
I have a selfie problem.

Merritt, my co-blogger and I met … well, she tells it best in her post but what she doesn’t mention is that our first “mom date” was on my 31st birthday. I was almost too embarrassed to tell her that it was my birthday because I didn’t have any plans beyond going for a stroller-walk looping around a local park with her, a person I didn’t know. What she doesn’t even know (I don’t think I ever mentioned this to her) is that before our date, I did some quick internet snooping to find out more about her, found her work bio, instantly loved it and decided we would be become great friends. Because I’m a crazy person like that.

We started this blog to track some of our fitness successes and failures and share with others what works and doesn’t (drinking wine all the time is a bad idea but often necessary). In this blog, I’ll probably talk about fitness, mommyhoood, nonsense, child-rearing, and social issues like who the next Bachelor will be (spoiler alert: Juan Pablo).

Next articleThe one where we meet.
Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.