If you aren’t following Erin Thomas on Instagram – check her out @queencitysweat! – you’re seriously missing out. On top of sharing her workout routines, the exercise enthusiast is no stranger when it comes to inspiring her over-50K followers. Most recently, Thomas candidly opened up about leading a balanced lifestyle after being “addicted to counting calories and burning them.” She’s now stronger, healthier and more confident than ever.
Lively sat down with the fitness influencer to discuss her journey, her favorite workout and what she would tell her younger self.
Lively: Can you tell us a little bit about your fitness journey? What sparked it?
Erin Thomas: I’ve always been an athlete. I played three sports growing up and ended up playing Division 1 lacrosse in college. After college, I sort of fell off the wagon. I knew I was missing something in my life, but I couldn’t quite pin down what it was. Ultimately, I realized that it was fitness I missed. I had been so used to being “fit” and training (literally, for 10+ years) so when I didn’t have it, I felt out of place.
L: Is there a fitness goal you’re currently trying to achieve?
ET: For the first time in a long time, I don’t have any goals that I’m trying to achieve physically. I’ve realized that when I set goals (i.e. run a marathon or lose X pounds), I become obsessive and it becomes unhealthy. Right now, I’m really just focusing on the mental part of fitness and striving to live a balanced lifestyle.
L: Do you have a favorite workout you think is super effective?
ET: I LOVE strength training. I currently train and teach at MADabolic Inc. in Charlotte, NC. I personally feel that there isn’t one workout that’s super effective for one person. It’s all about finding what YOU love and what works for you personally.
L: We admire you for sharing your story on how you started following a balanced lifestyle. What do you wish you could tell yourself back then?
ET: I would tell myself that the scale doesn’t need to dictate your life. I would also just ask myself “why?” Why was it so important to be as skinny as possible because I don’t think I would even have an answer. I’ve learned to have a much healthier relationship with food and instead of seeing it as the enemy, I see it as fuel. I eat healthy 80% of the time and I leave 20% for treats like cookies and candy. I’m a sucker for gummy bears.
L: How do you motivate yourself to work out when you really don’t want to?
ET: I remind myself how I feel after. No matter what kind of day I’m having, a workout can completely flip it around.