#MondayMotivation for sure. And most Mondays you can look no further than Eminem to provide that.
In a new feature with Men’s Journal released this weekend, Eminem revealed the addiction that helped him overcome his addiction. The former is to cardio and working out and the latter is his drugs and alcohol addiction that led him to rehab in 2007.
The entire feature is written in Eminem’s first person account so naturally, it’s a pretty interesting read. On top of that, if you’re a workout freak, you’ll probably enjoy the image of Eminem doing things like the Insanity workout at home by himself. Hey, he’s just like us!
Here’s an excerpt:
Recovery = Running
In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.
When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober. Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away. I became a fucking hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors.