It's a bit of a buzz to be out I'll be honest! The freedom's a nice feeling, having a little bit of freedom to walk pretty well wherever you want to but it's kind of nice to be able to walk at your own leisure.
I lost precisely 11.2 kilos so the major challenge for me was the lack of dietary intake and that affects your system that makes you a little bit slack, lackadaisical, lacking in energy and you don't feel like doing any exertion so I stopped working out with rocks and things by about day six or seven, I thought 'I've got to conserve my energy, I cannot burn stuff up here cause I'll burn up more than I should be doing.'
It's incomparable. When you're training flat out, you're eating like a horse. I would be working so hard at maintaining that condition, I would get a loaf of bread each lunch time with light calorie fillings and low fat butter and take the crust off each end and eat the entire loaf for lunch and then I'd eat a huge dinner and a very healthy breakfast to start the day and you're burning off the excess.
The operators sprung us all, they caught us! They sent us out to do a challenge and then when we came back to camp I had a look through my bag and I could tell somebody had gone through it. Then they sent us a note that night listing everything they'd seen in our bags which was very clever.
This afternoon I'm just going to go to the local gym here and do a light workout and that will increase my appetite once again. But last night, on the way home to my hotel that I stayed in, I stopped off at the supermarket and bought nothing but junk food and it cost me AU $149. It's very cheap to live here too so I bought so much rubbish it's not funny!
When I saw Sam Dastyari walking up the steps when we were first revealed, I thought, 'That's Sam Dastyari, he's pretty hardcore left-wing,' And I'm nowhere hardcore right, I'm one step to the right from the middle but I can still appreciate the good aspects that the left do when I think they get it right and appreciate the righters when they get it right. And someone like Sam I thought, 'I'm going to battle with him' I found him the most thoroughly entertaining, highly intelligent, hospitable, conversational person I've met in such a long time. Being forced to live in each other's pockets, sleeping three metres away from each other, chatting for hours upon hours to each other for two weeks, we probably packed in a year's friendship into two weeks worth! In fact I called him back in Australia and we're going to catch up in Melbourne soon, he's such a good guy.
I really loved being in there with Jacqui [Lambie] but at times I thought she's too full-throttle for me, sometimes I just like a little out time but I made a great friendship with her.
He's an unusual young man, yeah! After 48 hours in there I thought, 'Is he banging this on or is he the Zoolander stereotype?' And he's not banging it on, that's who he is! I kind of found that I needed time away from him, I was nearing the end of my tether for how I was going to speak with him but I bit my tongue and I'm sure there's a nice young man in there.
I'm hoping Shane will win but I also think he will win. In seasons past you've always had an NRL or AFL player so for Shane and I to both be in there, if we were from different clubs we'd have a point of difference but we're in the same year from the same football club. I got the feeling that we really split our target voter base. Happy to go out with all good grace and happy to think that all those from the AFL fraternity that might've been voting my way might swing over and vote for Shane so hopefully that can double his tally and go all the way.