BY: Grace Gavilanes

January 3, 2019

@QueenCitySweat’s Erin Thomas: ‘The Scale Doesn’t Need to Dictate Your Life’

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.

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Lively sat down with the fitness influencer to discuss her journey, her favorite workout and what she would tell her younger self.

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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.

LIs 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. 

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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. 

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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.

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