This week was a regular fitness week except that my little family and I are taking a 4-day weekend so there were only 3 workout days this week. I’ve been doing a steady routine of high intensity cardio classes lately as a break from my weight lifting routine. I’m lulled into the allure of a huge calorie burn rather than the muscle benefits of lifting. But I’ll get back again. I will. (And spoiler: I pre-purchased my bikini for next summer because Athleta is having a sale. Eeeek!) (Also, I should lean my bicep IN toward the camera if I want it to look impressively large.)

The highlight this week was “Shred It! Cardio.” Holy cardio hell. Actually, if this was hell, then sign my booty up. There were a trillion jumping jacks, skaters, pushups, plank maneuvers just to name a few. I had sweat IN MY EYES. When we cooled down to do abs at the end of the class, my glasses fogged up. In the locker room, as I peeled the sweaty clothes off myself (TMI?), my legs and arms were shaking. Yes. And my Polar FT4, read over a 500 calorie burn for the hour. Boom.

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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.


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