Eminem is Not Afraid about revealing his dirty laundry.
In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, the rapper opened up about his troubled past and his history of drug addiction. However, it seems that the Detroit native is completely dedicated to his new healthy lifestyle.
“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 stomach ache, I was constantly eating ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and eating badly.”
The A-lister certainly looks happier and healthier as of late. That probably has something to do with his work out routine that includes running and boxing. The 8 Mile actor went onto explain his new fitness regimen in the interview and traced his habits back to certain stages in his life.
“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 f**king 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.”
Whoa! That’s pretty intense stuff.
Nonetheless, it seems the controversial celeb’s mellowed out a bit on the constant jogging. Phew, it was making us tired just think about it. WE KID.
“When I was starting to dial back on the treadmill, I tried out some of those workout DVDs you do at home. I know a lot of these DVD guys are wacky, but I’m alone in my gym; I need someone on the TV yelling to motivate me… I guess I’m pretty compulsive working out. I feel like if I step away from it for too long, if I have a crazy week and take a five-day break, it’ll be like starting over. I’m afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation. Once you’re at a place where you’ve made progress and you’ve got some time invested in it, you don’t wanna quit and give up what you started.”
LOLz! What we wouldn’t pay to watch Slim Shady work out to a Jillian Michaels‘ DVD.
Eminem, if you ever need a workout buddy let us know. M’kay?!
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