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A five-year difference and a big mental shift': Woman who worked out so hard she broke her foot transforms her body after being forced to ease up on running

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/18/2019 Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia

© DailyMail When it comes to getting your dream figure, often it's less about how many hours you put in at the gym than what you actually do with those hours.

No one knows this better than Rebecca Gawthorne. 

The 28-year-old dietitian from Sydney spent years "overtraining" and running faster and harder, until she realized that she didn't have the body she wanted - and she wasn't doing her physique any favors.

It wasn't until she broke her foot five years ago that Rebecca was advised by her physio to ease up on the running, buy some dumbbells and do some light strength training instead. 

a group of people standing on a beach: 28-year-old dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured five years ago and today) spent years 'overtraining' and running faster and harder, until she injured her foot and changed training

28-year-old dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured five years ago and today) spent years 'overtraining' and running faster and harder, until she injured her foot and changed training
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"There's a five year difference and a big mental shift between these two photos," Rebecca captioned a recent comparison snap on Instagram

"The difference between these two pictures isn't just a physical change to me; it's a mental change.

"I went from being incredibly shy and body conscious to being strong mentally, loving my body for what it can do, appreciating and being thankful for every move it can make and not caring what others think."

a woman standing next to a tree: Rebecca (pictured) discovered running in year 10 as an escape from her study, and before she knew it she was fixated with it

Rebecca (pictured) discovered running in year 10 as an escape from her study, and before she knew it she was fixated with it
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Speaking about her changing physique, Rebecca said that she was always a sporty child, enjoying dancing and calisthenics.

She discovered running in year 10 as an escape from her study, and before she knew it she was fixated with it.

"I loved it! It made me feel good, de-stressed me and gave me a challenge and focus outside of school," Rebecca wrote on her blog

Over the next few years, she continued to improve and got faster and ran for longer periods of time.

The weight fell off, but running was her only form of exercise:

"Whilst I loved it, looking back now, only doing cardio wasn't the best thing for my body (I just didn't know it at the time)," she wrote.

"I needed to strengthen my muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, but all I knew was cardio."

Consequently, she explained, she "overtrained," injured her foot and "had to wear a moon boot for weeks."

a woman holding a glass of wine: 'Whilst I loved it, looking back now, only doing cardio wasn't the best thing for my body (I just didn't know it at the time),' Rebecca (pictured) said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Whilst I loved it, looking back now, only doing cardio wasn't the best thing for my body (I just didn't know it at the time),' Rebecca (pictured) said a person standing on a beach: When she injured her foot, she was advised to take up weight training - and since then her frame has completely changed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited When she injured her foot, she was advised to take up weight training - and since then her frame has completely changed

Being in the moon boot introduced Rebecca to strength training. 

"I wasn't able to run, but the physio advised me to do weights, so I went and bought some 1kg dumbbells and started doing upper body weights," she said. 

With a combination of running and weight training, Rebecca said she "started to notice real changes with my body."

"I started getting stronger in both my upper and lower body, leaner and more toned."

While she still loves running, Rebecca has made a point of adding in plenty of weights, as well as plyometric exercises like interval jump training. 

"I'm currently at a stage where I feel the fittest, strongest and healthiest I ever have, both physically and mentally," Rebecca said.

"However, this didn’t happen overnight; it was a journey and I've definitely had my ups and downs with training."

Video: Sit back and relax: Sauna use may be as good as cardio (Courtesy: Buzz60) 

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To read more from Rebecca Gawthorne, you can visit her blog here

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