In­stant Ho­tel’s Bondi opens up about her weight bat­tle

THE SYD­NEY LO­CAL RE­VEALS THE EMO­TIONAL PAIN BE­HIND HER WEIGHT BAT­TLE

New Idea - - News - By Ali Cro­marty

Babe and Bondi, the out­spo­ken, colour­ful and fun-lov­ing mother-daugh­ter duo on In­stant Ho­tel, made a splash when they hit our screens last week.

But af­ter film­ing wrapped, Babe’s 20-year-old daugh­ter Bondi de­cided to trans­form her life and her health – los­ing an as­tound­ing 23kg in five months. With her weight al­ways on her mind, it took quit­ting her job in a bar to kick­start the jour­ney.

‘I wanted to lose weight be­fore, but it was re­ally hard with the long hours at work,’ Bondi ex­plains. ‘While we were film­ing, I lost weight be­cause we were run­ning around all the time. When we came home, I quit my job and I stopped eat­ing junk food.

‘Where I was work­ing, you only get a 30-minute break at like 1am, so all I ate was junk food. Quit­ting got me back into

a reg­u­lar sleep­ing and healthy eat­ing pat­tern. I started walk­ing and cook­ing for my­self. I drop weight re­ally fast for some rea­son. Mum’s al­ways like: “I’m so jeal­ous of you!” But then I put it on re­ally fast, so that’s not great.’

Babe, who ad­mits she and her daugh­ter are more like best friends, has watched Bondi’s weight fluc­tu­ate over the years, which she ad­mits is al­ways re­flec­tive of her level of hap­pi­ness.

‘Bondi’s weight has been very up and down,’ the 50year-old mother-of-one re­veals. ‘It’s an emo­tional barom­e­ter.’

The self-con­fessed ‘in­ter­na­tional gyp­sies’ moved back to Syd­ney two years ago af­ter a decade in Man­hat­tan, New York, and the move took a toll on Bondi’s hap­pi­ness.

‘I was pretty big in New York and when we moved over here, I gained tons of weight. I didn’t want to move back. I lit­er­ally had to recre­ate my life. I had no friends, no job, I had noth­ing, I wasn’t in school,’ Bondi re­calls, be­fore Babe adds: ‘She was a bit lost. But now she loves it.’

Hap­pily set­tled in Syd­ney, Bondi fi­nally feels at home and loves her new body.

‘I feel great. I’m in a happy place and I’m just try­ing to tone my body now,’ Bondi says, as Babe adds: ‘She doesn’t need to lose any­more, she’s a size six to eight now.’

One thing Bondi does need to do is go shop­ping.

‘Now I have to buy a whole new wardrobe. It’s a great ex­cuse to buy new clothes,’ she laughs.

‘That’s my favourite form of ex­er­cise; walk­ing from shop to shop.’

Babe and Bondi look to be the ladies to beat in the com­pe­ti­tion, with ri­vals Brent and Leroy hot on their tails.

‘We do butt heads. They [Brent and Leroy]... oh my gosh they def­i­nitely had it in for us. I think you need a team of trained psy­chi­a­trists to work them out,’ Babe cheek­ily grins. ‘The con­fronta­tion is def­i­nitely real.

‘I had to learn how to throw in a bit of a ver­bal Molo­tov here and there, be­cause oth­er­wise you be­come a door­mat.’

Babe The pair ad­mit they are more like best friends than mother and daugh­ter. Bondi Bondi has shed a huge amount of weight in only five months, drop­ping mul­ti­ple dress sizes.

In­stant Ho­tel airs Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Chan­nel Seven. Bondi and Babe face fierce com­pe­ti­tion, go­ing up against teams from all over Aus­tralia.

‘Mar­gar­i­taville’ is one of the Syd­neysiders’ many homes in Bondi. The duo boast a large prop­erty port­fo­lio.

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