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How I Let Go of My Cardio Obsession

How I let go of my cardio addiction (and how you can too) At the height of my competition days I had a serious cardio addiction. I’m talking 1.5-2 hours a day of cardio, every day. It didn’t matter if I was tired or busy, I was going to wake up early and get my cardio in. I knew it wasn’t good for me and that I was way overdoing it, I just didn’t know how to stop.

I was addicted to my routine and addicted to the number on the scale. I was scared of doing less because I thought my metabolism depended on it🤦🏻‍♀️. But I knew I had to make a serious change if I wanted a normal relationship with my body again. So finally one day I started backing off. I knew I couldn’t quit cold turkey without massive anxiety, so I took baby steps (as I advise with everything). The first few weeks I limited myself to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Then, 1 hour 10 minutes, then only an hour, and so on. I started to feel better, recover better, and dislike cardio more and more. After a few months I had gotten myself down to 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This was huge progress. Did I gain weight in the process? Absolutely. But I definitely needed it. My period came back, my mood improved, and I felt more like “Leah” than I had in years! Eventua