Friday 31 October 2014

Show transformed bride-to-be from size 20 to 14 for wedding

Published 26/02/2014 | 02:30

Repro Free: pictured during the Operation Transformation Series 7 finale airing on RTÃ? One on Wednesday February 26th at 8:30pm. Picture Andres Poveda
The Operation Transformation Series 7 finale

SHE dropped four dress sizes and now Sarah Campbell is counting down the minutes to her wedding day.

Before Christmas, the Kildare native was considering forgoing a wedding photographer as she was so concerned about her weight.

But the 'Operation Transformation' leader has bolstered her sense of confidence and she loves the limelight again.

"When I first went in I was trying on a size 20, but the wedding dress I have just ordered is a size 14," she told the Irish Independent. "It was amazing."

Ms Campbell (24) and fiance Mark will tie the knot in Clane this year and plan to go to LA on honeymoon.

The couple tragically lost their son Patrick two years ago. "I thought because I lost a child I shouldn't be happy," Sarah said.

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"Being on the show felt like some sort of permission to feel happy again."

Meanwhile, following his total weight loss of two stone and five pounds over the seven-week duration of the show's regime, father-of-five Marc Gibbs (44) has signed with modelling agent Rebecca Morgan.

'Morgan the Agency' handles some of the country's most in-demand models including Thalia Heffernan and Louise O'Reilly and Gibbs is delighted to be on her books.

Appearing on the weight loss show proved to be an incredibly emotional experience for most of the contestants, and former GAA player Paudie O'Mahony (61) described it as a "journey of rediscovery".

"I've come back from the dead," he said. "I had lost my way, and had to rediscover myself."

Paudie lost 38 pounds in less than two months after radically changing his diet and exercise regime.

"This was my All-Ireland medal. I'm happy to put that medal on my pedestal and show people that improving your physical and mental well-being is as important as winning an All-Ireland medal for Kerry."

"I'm 61 and I feel 41, so that is a big change in itself," he said.

Since appearing on the show, Paudie has garnered a huge level of support from viewers and has been asked to write an autobiography.

The book will chart his GAA career, his work problems and descent into alcohol abuse, as well as his 'Operation Transformation' journey.

Jennifer Bonus (37) felt lost following the death of her husband Noel O'Donovan.

"I forgot who I was," she said. "My mum, Pauline Bonus, died of a heart attack when she was 46. I don't want to go the same way and leave my daughter Tara without a parent. That was my reason for doing it."

'Operation Transformation' received strong ratings again this year, pulling in average audiences of 522,000 per show.

Irish Independent

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