‘How I lost 36kg – and there’s more to come!’

The for­mer Idol star is glow­ing with health and hap­pi­ness af­ter drop­ping five dress sizes

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Celebrity News -

Casey Dono­van hasn’t felt this good since win­ning Aus­tralian Idol 13 years ago – and she’s al­most back to the weight she was as the shy 16-year-old school­girl from Syd­ney’s west­ern sub­urbs who sang her way into our hearts.

“I can’t re­mem­ber the last time I bought a size 18 pair of jeans,” smiles Casey.

“It’s been amaz­ing go­ing into shops and grab­bing the ex­tra large sizes and find­ing I can fit into medium and large now. My skin h has started df feel­ing li and look­ing bet­ter and I’m more alert and I have a lot more en­ergy.

“I’ve even started to jog!”

WEIGHT-LOSS VOW

Casey ex­clu­sively re­veals to Wo­man’s Day she has lost an­other 19kg since win­ning I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in March af­ter start­ing a sim­ple Face­book weight-loss pro­gram. She’s now lost 36kg since Jan­uary. Casey ad­mits that af­ter sur­viv­ing on beans and rice in the jun­gle, she stacked 7kg back on in just six weeks eat­ing Mcdon­ald’s and drink­ing al­co­hol when she re­turned home. Casey then de­cided she couldn’t give up on her vow to get her weight un­der 100kg af­ter the show. “I could see my­self mak­ing all the same mis­takes and I knew I had to do some­thing,” she says, ex­plain­ing that she signed up for WLCW (Weight Loss Coach­ing Works) in June. The on­line pro­gram pro­vided her with diet and ex­er­cise ad­vice, a men­tor and a dream team made up of two coaches, who pro­vided sup­port and coun­selling as Casey, 29, em­braced some huge life­style changes. The singer swapped a diet of fast food and carb-heavy meals for a high-pro­tein diet and started to walk up to 15,000 steps a day – in­clud­ing 5000 steps be­fore break­fast and of­ten also walk­ing up to 90 min­utes at night to com­plete the chal­lenge. “Ev­ery­one has no­ticed the weight loss, and ev­ery­one has been re­ally nice about it,” Casey says. “And I’m cer­tainly not fin­ished yet. I re­alise it’s time to in­crease my ex­er­cise, and I’m about to start box­ing and weights. I love swim­ming and I’m go­ing to start do­ing laps again. I def­i­nitely feel the best I’ve felt in a very long time.”

It isn’t just her body that has changed this year.

“The jun­gle put me back on the map,” ad­mits Casey, who was flown to London to film a lu­cra­tive tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial for Coles and has re­leased a new EP, Off The Grid & Some­where In Be­tween, on top of ap­pear­ances on TV and per­form­ing at the Rugby League World Cup.

“I learned a lot about my­self in the jun­gle, in­clud­ing that I couldn’t run from my prob­lems any­more, and my big­gest prob­lem was, by far, my weight. It be­came a form or self-loathing. I was eat­ing my prob­lems.”

Casey says she re­alised her de­ter­mi­na­tion for peo­ple to hear her voice rather than judge her body shape as she ef­fec­tively grew up in the show­biz in­dus­try, ul­ti­mately only ended up “hurt­ing” her and holding back her ca­reer.

Ad­mit­ting that she’s “scared of the new me” af­ter re­fus­ing to deal with her demons for such a long time, Casey says she’s grow­ing in con­fi­dence thanks to her re­cent weight loss and that walk­ing has helped her keep her anx­i­ety at bay.

TIME FOR RO­MANCE

“I haven’t been this light since the Idol days,” she says, proudly show­ing off her new body in ev­ery­thing from fig­ure-hug­ging frocks to swimwear and ex­er­cise gear dur­ing a pho­to­shoot to mark her shed­ding suc­cess.

The new-look Casey now even feels con­fi­dent enough to ex­plore ro­mance, de­spite giv­ing up on dat­ing sites.

“I’d love to meet some­one,” she says.

‘I learned a lot about my­self... I was eat­ing my prob­lems’

“I’m al­most 30. I’ve never been in a re­la­tion­ship ex­cept a fake one for six years [when a fe­male friend conned her into be­liev­ing she was her boyfriend dur­ing an on­line re­la­tion­ship], so yes, I’d love to meet some­one when the time’s right.”

But for now Casey has a dif­fer­ent dream to achieve. “I’ve al­ways wanted to go on a ride at Dream­world,” she says, be­fore ad­mit­ting she’s al­ways been wor­ried the safety cage at­tached to the rides wouldn’t fit over her body.

“I’m re­ally proud of what I’ve achieved – I’m get­ting a col­lar­bone and I’ve never had one, or been able to see it,” she says.

“I know what it’s like to try and give up but I’ve fi­nally found some­thing that works for me, and it’s not even that dif­fi­cult. I can do this, stick to it and still have fun. I’m not go­ing to give up!”

‘I can do this, stick to it and still have fun. I’m not go­ing to give up!’

“It’s taken me a long time to grow into a con­fi­dent wo­man,” says Casey.

The se­cret be­hind her weight loss? “It’s about find­ing bal­ance in day-to­day life and want­ing to do it.”

The Idol win­ner (pic­tured in 2007) says the last time she weighed un­der 100kg was when she was 14.

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