Mary J. Blige, covers the December 2013 issue of Shape magazine.

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Check out a few excerpts from her interview below:

On recently learning how to swim: “At first it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating.”

On quitting drinking following Whitney Houston’s death: “Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.”

On her workout routine: “My main exercise is cardio. The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to log 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.”

Mary’s SHAPE cover hits newsstands on November 25.