I’m Mercedes and I’m a twenty something, veggie loving, two time cat mom happily married to my soulmate of a husband.

I work as an engineer in Pittsburgh, pretending to be an adult and spending a solid 20% of my time trying to remember to not reply all.

I wanted a platform to share my wealth of equally positive and negative experiences as I attempt to navigate my twenties, and maybe get a little preachy here and there about veganism, mental health and LGBTQ+ rights.

At the very least, I hope to make you laugh.

32-Minute Home Workout

32-Minute Home Workout

Exercise is the worst. I don’t think this is a secret.

Here is a quick summary of my fitness past:

I was a competitive gymnastics for 10+ years, broke my ankle and quit, went to college, gained 60 pounds, was utterly lost because I have never exercised outside of gymnastics.

Once I realized I should probably attempt to lose at least one of those 60 pounds, I decided to explore my exercise options. Over the past five years, I’ve given quite a few exercises a chance; some fairly simple, some a little more outside of my comfort zone:

Aerial silks, Elliptical, Running, Zumba, HITT, Circuit training, Cycling, Hiking, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Cross-fit, Insanity, P90X, Does Pokémon GO count?

Some of them I have really enjoyed (ZUMBA!), some of them not so much (Spinning… vagina bruised for literally a month; yoga... major cat interference). But overall, the one that has really stuck with me is running. I NEVER thought I would be someone that enjoyed running. Like if you have any boobs at all, you understand how horrible running with them is. BUT I was able to find an amazing sports bra to lock and load, and now I run all the time!

Unfortunately, I recently developed runner’s knee, which is a fun way to say that my leg feels like it’s being ripped apart if I attempt to run. It’s basically an umbrella term for a bunch of possible knee pain; my specific pain is on the back of my knee and its pretty much unbearable to bend/straighten if I try to run or walk for too long. So since I’m out of the running game for a little while, I’ve been trying to mix it up and fit in some homegrown workouts between icing and resting.

I belong to a gym mostly for the treadmills and Zumba classes, but I hate doing my own workouts there. People always try to correct your form (incorrectly….), hit on you, show off, and it tends to get pretty uncomfortable pretty fast. So when I’m doing my own workouts – I stick to the comfort of my 900 square foot apartment while my cat tries to rub his face on me during mountain climbers, making me accidentally knee him in the eyeball. Oops.

I, like many people, do not have a wealth of exercise equipment lying around my house. So when I do my own workouts at home, I have to make sure that everything I’m doing requires zero equipment. To feel like I get a good workout in, I try to include cardio, ab, arm and leg exercises in most of my workouts. I love this one because it’s time based instead of rep based. 30 minutes and I’m done! If you want something more challenging, you can repeat the workout 3-4 times.


Complete 2X

Unsure of how to do any of these exercises? You can search for them on YouTube and find simple instructional videos.

Happy sweating!



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