Australian radio host Chrissie Swan has opened up about her incredible health transformation in a recent interview on The Imperfects podcast.
The 49-year-old mother-of-three opened up about her decision to overhaul her health, revealing that she had lost a reported 90kg during Melbourne’s relentless Covid lockdowns.
During the candid interview, Swan spoke emotionally about her lowest point before deciding to make a lifestyle change. She revealed that she woke up one day, at 45 years of age, and realized, “I reckon I’m halfway to dying, if I’m lucky.” It was then that she decided to start walking every day, a decision that she says “changed everything.”
“I get emotional thinking about it because walking has absolutely changed my life,” Swan said through tears. “It’s hard to make changes and look at stuff, you know, you don’t want to do it, you want to stay in the whirlpool because it makes everybody happy. But nowadays I’m so attuned, and if something feels wrong, I say, ‘I’m going to walk on it.’ And sometimes that takes an hour, sometimes it takes 10km every day for a month, but I get the answer.”
Swan’s decision to change her lifestyle also involved quitting drinking, which she revealed on The Project back in late 2021. “It was a decision I made for myself after giving it a fair nudge in the first lockdown last year,” she told viewers.
“I haven’t had a drink in about nine months,” she said at the time.
“I do recommend it. If you’re thinking, ‘Oh, maybe I’m drinking a bit much’ or ‘It’s not helping me any more’, I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve taken from it, is that it didn’t help.
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“With the pressures and anxieties and worries and being responsible for kids, and their whole life has changed and you’re their parent, you feel enormous guilt,” she said.
“You kind of feel like having a few drinks will take the edge off – and a couple of drinks does – but eventually it’s at the stage where it doesn’t help and it certainly wasn’t helping me.”
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