'My friends are doing marathons and I’m struggling to tie my laces' - Ireland's famous faces sign up for first ever series of Celebrity Operation Transformation
TV3 Midday host Elaine Crowley, Comedian Katherine Lynch, and solicitor Gerald Kean are among Ireland’s celebrities to sign up to the first series of Celebrity Operation Transformation.
The series of three episodes will be presented by Kathryn Thomas and will air in early autumn on RTÉ One.
The show will shadow five celebrities – also including RTÉ Radio 1 reporter Brenda Donohue and comedian Karl Spain - over a period of one month.
Solicitor Gerald Kean admitted today that he needs help in changing his lifestyle.
“I've probably never said yes so quickly to any programme because I’m 58 years of age, I have Type 2 Diabetes, I’m the happiest person in the world, I’m really positive but I’m disappointed in the way I’ve let myself go."
"Friends of mine are doing marathons and I’m struggling to tie the laces on my shoes. I’m over 19 stone and while my mind is very sharp, physically I’m a shambles," he said.
"My lifestyle is bad, my eating habits are bad, I know that and I need to do something about it. I think the great advantage of this programme is that I’m with others in the same position. It’s a habit I think, a change of habit is needed and I need somebody to help me.”
While TV3 Midday host Elaine Crowley feels she needs to get back on track after a bad chest infection last April.
“I’m always up for a challenge to be quite honest. Realistically speaking I want to get fit and I want to get consistently fit. It’s very easy to go on health kicks now and again and you can do it for a couple of weeks but I want to get myself motivated. So hopefully this will give me the tools to do it consistently and long-term. I did a 10k race in December but in April I got a bad chest infection so my fitness levels are pretty much at zero now.”
Comedian Karl Spain claims he used to be a gym buff but he fell off the wagon a few years ago.
“My New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, to get healthier and I've kind of put it off... well it was my New Year’s resolution in 1994. So this is me finally catching up with myself."
"I have dieted loads over the years. Thirteen years ago I was going to the gym five times a week. I was three or four stone lighter than I am now and I was loving it but then I took a break for a couple of weeks and those weeks ended up being a couple of years. My weight used to fluctuate and now it’s just gone up and up. I’ve kept all my clothes from when I was skinny and I’ve a pair of white jeans I’m determined to get back into.”
Host Kathryn Thomas said the celebrities will help to reignite Ireland's Million Pound Challenge which began earlier this year to challenge the population to lose that amount of weight collectively.
“Each week our celebrities will be totting up the pounds they are losing and we will be adding the pounds their followers are shedding to the country’s overall total weight loss.”
“So don’t forget to pick a celebrity to follow and start losing the pounds together. We've got a great bunch of leaders on board and I have every confidence that they will inspire the nation to get up and get moving this autumn.”
“This autumn along with introducing our new celebrity leaders we will also be reigniting our Million Pound Challenge, where we challenge the nation to lose a million pounds in weight.”