Saturday 1 October 2016

Disappointment for Operation Transformation leader Noeleen Lynam as she gains half a pound

Published 11/02/2016 | 21:00

Noeleen Lynam
Noeleen Lynam

There was disappointment for Operation Transformation leader Noeleen Lynam as she gained half a pound at this week’s weigh-in.

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Up until tonight, Noeleen (51) has been one of the most consistent leaders on this year’s show, hitting her target every week.

But disappointment arose when her latest weigh-in it showed she gained half a pound.

Noeleen is the second leader this week to miss their target and gain weight.

Chef John Conmy (47) was utterly devastated last night when his weigh-in showed that he had gained a pound-and-a-half this week.

Noeleen’s surprise weight gain was revealed after she said she was due a bad week having had a clean slate so far.

Early in the episode she told viewers: “The initial high of starting this has waned a little bit because you are getting more used to the programme and you are getting so used to everything. I keep waiting for the week that I don’t lose any weight, even if I have followed the plan. I hope it doesn’t happen because before this I’ve gotten very disheartened when that has happened”.

At the weigh-in, Noeleen said she was surprised to have put on weight because she had been following the plan.

Karl Henry told her: “Week six, sometimes people take the eye off the ball, relax a little bit and I think possibly that is what happened. When you don’t work hard, you won’t get the numbers. You will in the first couple of weeks but now week six, week seven, and the final weigh-in, you won’t unless you work as hard as you possibly can. Previously, you have tried to lose weight, you have fallen off the wagon, let’s not let that happen. You need to come back here next week, strut your stuff down there, get on the scales and overachieve your target”.

Noeleen laughed as Kathryn Thomas said: “I think that’s called a kick in the a**e!”

Afterward Noeleen told her followers:  “We are rounding the bend into the home strait and it’s a case of ‘let’s give it everything we’ve got, up the intensity’”.

There was good news, however, for youngest leader Lucy Dillon who hit her target for this week.

Meanwhile, leaders Clare Scanlan, John Conmy, Lucy Dillon and Noeleen Lynam emerged victorious after a pitched battle in the freezing cold water at Howth Harbour.

They faced off against Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas and Karl Henry and Dr Eddie Murphy.

Cheering them on from the sidelines were Operation Transformation experts Aoife Hearne, who couldn’t take part because she is pregnant, and Dr Ciara Kelly, who was unable to participate due to illness.

Dr Ciara joked: “I have never been happier to be sick in my whole life, it’s fantastic!”

To help balance the teams out, the experts were joined by “Neil”, a body shaped weight that they had to bring with them as they carried out the challenge.

The challenge saw the leaders and experts plunge 20 feet into the freezing water at Howth Harbour before swimming out to a pontoon and then pull themselves back to the harbour wall by rope.

It looked like the experts were on their way to victory but Karl Henry forgot to bring “Neil” up the final ladder leaving the competition wide open and the leader John Conmy swooped in to snatch victory by seconds.

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