“I got to a stage where I couldn’t do things that I want and things that I enjoy – I couldn’t really exercise or run,” Dokic tells WHO. “I felt really uncomfortable even to be around people.”
Dokic reveals the turning point for her came in 2018 when she said “enough is enough”.
“I just couldn’t enjoy life and that was when I realised I needed to take control of the situation, because it felt like I was out of control and I couldn’t control what was happening,” Dokic says.
Able to lose around 20kg on her own accord, Dokic says she then enlisted the help of Jenny Craig to educate her on how to shed the remaining weight – and keep it off for good.
“I think we’re all capable of losing a little bit of weight, but it’s about staying with it and I knew that a quick fix was not going to last,” Dokic says. “I didn’t want a diet fix, I wanted more of a program and a lifestyle change. So the 32 kilos that I lost on Jenny Craig, that was the hardest and I think the most important part.”
After having to eat to fuel her body for so many years as a professional athlete, Dokic reveals she essentially had to re-learn how to enjoy balanced meals. “For me it was portion control, that’s where I got out of control after I stopped playing,” she tells WHO. “That transition was really difficult of not having to exercise six, seven hours a day. It was a bit of a shock to the system, because that’s a big adjustment on how much you need to eat when you train as much as I used to.”
In addition to overhauling her diet, Dokic says she’s now exercising regularly and even makes time to hit the tennis court. “When I started [losing weight] I couldn’t run, I couldn’t play tennis, I couldn’t really do anything extreme so I walked a lot which I found really enjoyable,” she says. “Now, I try to go to different classes, so from reformer pilates to spin classes, I find that I really enjoy doing those with other people. I think it really motivates me.”
As well as her impressive 53kg weight loss, Dokic reveals that getting her health back on track has had major mental benefits.
“Battling depression is something that I’ve talked about in the past with everything that I went through, so for me mental health through it all has been really important,” Dokic concedes. “That’s where exercise has also been a key for me, because if it’s something that I can do a little bit of, almost every day, I feel a lot better.”