'I'm too fat and lazy, it's time for a transformation,' says Gerald Kean ahead of RTE show
He can't wait to get stuck in to Operation Transformation, but Gerald Kean is in for a tempting time during a weekend that includes several feasts.
The legal eagle (58) will join comedians Katherine Lynch and Karl Spain, TV3's Elaine Crowley and RTE Radio's Brenda Donohue for the fitness show due to air in September.
Celebrity solicitor Kean said the majority of his meals are eaten at restaurants and social events, making it difficult to stay healthy.
"It's a habit as well. I'm going off to the RDS for lunch later and then I'm speaking at a special needs function," he said yesterday. His diary is packed today too.
"I'm going to a christening and then I've got a barbecue. It's not exactly 'healthy' food options at all those things. I have to be able to discipline myself."
While he may have his work cut out for him, Kean said he was thrilled to be joining the show.
"I'm going around telling everyone I'm fat. I'm too fat and I need to do something," he said. "I wasn't a bit offended - I was delighted."
He admitted, however, that he will find it hard to cut back on his extravagant lifestyle.
"We had a photoshoot the other day and we did a five-minute exercise and I thought, 'Jayus, this is going to be tougher than I thought'," he said.
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"My problem is I love good food. I love dining and I know it's wrong. No one has to tell me I'm eating too much wrong food, I know that already."
Kean revealed that he weighs 19 stone and reckons it will be a struggle to shed the pounds.
"How I get away with it is that I'm six-feet-four, so everyone says, 'Oh, you're looking great', but I'm 19 stone," he said.
"I'm too fat and I'm too lazy. Not mentally - mentally I'm very on the ball.
"I'm hoping this will be a springboard and in six months' time I can say I'm delighted."
While he's prepared to work hard on the show, Kean admitted he will still cut loose every now and then.
"It doesn't mean you can't have a night out, but I'm having seven nights out and that's the main problem," he said.
The celebrities are set to be paid €5,000 for taking part in the series.