'I worried so much about Celebrity Operation Transformation that I ate myself almost two stone heavier' - TV3's Elaine Crowley
While TV3's Elaine Crowley is delighted that she signed up for RTE's Celebrity Operation Transformation, she said that the stress of saying 'yes' to producers caused her to put on two stone in weight.
The Midday presenter (39) is competing in the weight-loss series alongside fellow celebs Gerald Kean, Karl Spain, Brenda Donohue and Katherine Lynch.
While she's happy with the progress she's making, the TV star admitted agreeing to do the show was no easy decision.
"I got the phone call to come on and I was thinking, 'What? I'm not doing this' and then I worried so much about the decision that I ate myself almost two stone heavier," she told the Herald.
"Then I had to. I was like, 'Oh I thought I was grand, but I must not be'."
The TV3 host had never watched a single episode of the series before she signed up, but is glad to be part of the important message the series is sending to viewers.
"I was more amused than offended [when I was asked]. I haven't watched the show before because I don't watch these types of shows," she said.
"But I've been told it's not like The Biggest Loser, where you have fat people lined up on the scales in a thong or something awful like that.
"The message of getting out and about is important, because like it or not, as a nation we're getting fatter and fatter."
Crowley said her main hurdle has been adjusting to her new cooking regime.
"I practised a couple of the meals last month and I can't cook - I've really no idea at all. I gave myself food poisoning from prawns," she said.
"I'm exhausted from all the cooking and I don't have a dishwasher either. My friend teases me saying I use the oven to store my shoes."
Meanwhile, legal eagle Kean (58), whose starting weight was 19 stone, revealed saying 'yes' to the show was a no-brainer.
"It took me about two seconds to decide to do the show. It doesn't bother me that people know what I weigh.
"I felt that I was fat... I'm disappointed that I let myself go. I enjoy life too much. I still think you can enjoy life and just be a bit more conscious."
The show airs tomorrow at 9.35pm on RTE One