Saturday 27 May 2017

Operation Transformation weight-loss leaders shed 10st for final

‘Operation Transformation’ presenter Kathryn Thomas, centre, with, from left, Chris McElligott, Yvonne Keenan-Ross, Marie Grace, Mairead Redmond and Sean Daly. Photo: Andres Poveda
‘Operation Transformation’ presenter Kathryn Thomas, centre, with, from left, Chris McElligott, Yvonne Keenan-Ross, Marie Grace, Mairead Redmond and Sean Daly. Photo: Andres Poveda

Sean O'Grady

Hours of gym slog have paid off for RTÉ's 'Operation Transformation' leaders who have lost almost 10st between them.

For many, the transformative experience was also therapeutic.

Marie Grace (32), from Co Tipperary, started the series at 14st 1lbs and finished at 12st 10lbs.

She said the show helped her deal with the death of her daughter Michaela, who died two hours after she was born in 2014. "I would've always spoken about Michaela but no one really knew how I was feeling. I never would have spoke about it. I find it easier now. I cried for the first four weeks of the show," she said. 

Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly
Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly

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"I hadn't gone to her grave. When I had her first I did but then I got pregnant with Daisy soon after that and since I got pregnant with Daisy I hadn't gone. I didn't go Christmas or her anniversary, which was November 13. I went away. It was an excuse whereas now I'm planning. I'm looking at gravestones."

Dubliner Sean Daly (25) became known to viewers for his larger than life personality.

The Specsavers manager admitted he got several letters from viewers who appreciated how open he was in regard to his homosexuality.

"I have started some conversations around people's sexualities in their homes which I didn't set out to do but I'm glad it happened," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Daly started the show at 24st 3lbs and finished at 21st 5.5lbs and hopes the weight loss will improve his love life.

"I feel more confident in myself. I think when you feel good, confidence will follow - so I definitely will date," he said.

Chris McElligott (47) started the show at 17st 11lbs and finished at 15st 8.5lbs. He hopes to lose a total of 4st by October to be considered for the Irish Amputee Football Team for the Euros.

Yvonne Keenan-Ross (48) began the show at 16st 10lbs and finished at 14st 11lbs, while Mairead Redmond (22) began at 16st 4.5lbs and finished at 14st 12lbs.

The final programme airs tonight on RTÉ One at 7pm.

Irish Independent

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