Croatian born Jelena Dokic shocked the world in 1999 when she defeated world No. 1 Martina Hingis when she was simply 16 within the opening spherical of Wimbledon.
Representing Australia after migrating 5 years earlier, Dokic rapidly climbed the elite tennis ranks to turn into World No. four by the point she was 19.
Compelled to stroll away from her skilled tennis profession in 2014 resulting from damage, the now 36-year-old struggled to regulate to regular life. Over the following 4 years, Dokic’s weight slowly crept up till she’d placed on greater than 50kg.
“I used to be an expert athlete, so for me to then tip the scales at over 120kg was extraordinarily exhausting and very troublesome,” Dokic says.
Talking to WHO, the blonde magnificence reveals how she managed to overtake her life-style to carry her weight again right into a wholesome vary after she hit an all-time low following her battle with melancholy after struggling abuse by the hands of her former coach and father, Damir Dokic.
I obtained to a stage the place I couldn’t do issues that I would like and issues that I take pleasure in – I couldn’t actually train or run,” Dokic tells WHO. “I felt actually uncomfortable even to be around individuals.”
Dokic reveals the turning level for her got here in 2018 when she mentioned “sufficient is sufficient”.
“I simply couldn’t take pleasure in life and that was once I realised I wanted to take management of the state of affairs, as a result of it felt like I used to be uncontrolled and I couldn’t manage what was occurring,” Dokic says.
Capable of losing round 20kg on her personal accord, Dokic says she then enlisted the assistance of Jenny Craig to coach her on the best way to shed the remaining weight – and hold it off for good.
I believe we’re all able to shed a bit little bit of weight, but it surely’s about staying with it and I knew that a fast repair was not going to final,” Dokic says. “I didn’t need a weight loss program repair, I wished extra of a program and a lifestyle change. So the 32 kilos that I misplaced on Jenny Craig, that was the toughest and I believe crucial half.”
After having to eat to gas her physique for therefore a few years as an expert athlete, Dokic reveals she primarily needed to re-learn the best way to take pleasure in balanced meals. “For me it was portion management, that’s the place I obtained uncontrolled after I finished enjoying,” she tells WHO. “That transition was actually troublesome of not having to train six, seven hours a day. It was a little bit of a shock to the system, as a result of that’s a giant adjustment on how a lot you must eat if you practice as a lot as I used to.”
Along with overhauling her weight loss program, Dokic says she’s now exercising usually and even makes time to hit the tennis courtroom. “Once I began [losing weight] I couldn’t run, I couldn’t play tennis, I couldn’t actually do something excessive so I walked loads which I discovered actually pleasurable,” she says. “Now, I attempt to go to totally different lessons, so from reformer pilates to spin lessons, I discover that I actually take pleasure in doing these with different individuals. I believe it actually motivates me.”
In addition to her spectacular 53kg weight reduction, Dokic reveals that getting her well being again on the monitor has had main psychological advantages.
“Battling melancholy is one thing that I’ve talked about previously with all the things that I went by means of, so for me psychological well being by means of all of it has been actually necessary,” Dokic concedes. “That’s the place train has additionally been a key for me, as a result of if it’s one thing that I can perform a little little bit of, nearly every single day, I really feel loads higher.”