Shawn Johnson East Says Day After the Olympics Was ‘One of the Hardest Days of My Life’

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The 27-year-old said on the #Adulting podcast, “I remember the day after the Olympics being, like, one of the hardest days of my life, because you set this goal and you get so obsessed with something where your entire life revolves around it and then, all of the sudden, it’s done.”

She continued, “And I remember waking up the next morning, and, I always explain it like, I felt like I ran, like, straight into a brick wall at full speed.”

Johnson East — who is expecting her first child with her football player husband Andrew East — said she “felt lost,” and “didn’t know how to eat. I didn’t know how to workout.”

“I didn’t know how to function because I didn’t have this goal that was kind of driving my choices on a daily basis,” said the former athlete. “When all of your choices, all day, every day revolve around the same goal, you kind of pair your identity with it. So, I felt lost.”

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