Monday 20 November 2017

Operation Transformation leader wins battle of the bulge this week - but now must quit cigarettes

Sarah Campbell, 24, from Kildare
Sarah Campbell, 24, from Kildare

Operation Transformation leader Sarah this week faces a new battle – to quit smoking.

Inspirational Sarah, now weighs 15 stone 6.5 pounds after losing six pounds this week, and has quickly become a recognisable household name.

Today, she faces possibly her toughest task yet, as she kicks the habit.

“I feel a lot better in myself, I feel a lot happier this week,” she told RTE’s John Murray.

“I’ve a plan set in place [to give up cigarettes] so hopefully this time next week... I’m coming off them completely so I’m really looking forward to that...I’m saying it’s going to be easy and I’ll stick to it, but I’m looking forward to coming off them.”

Thousands of people joined in Operation Transformation walks nationwide on Saturday. When Sarah led a walk in Naas, scores of fans asked her for her autographs.

“There were people there actually asking for my autographs...It was a really good buzz.”

Up until now, Sarah hadn’t quit the cigarettes fully and she had been using nicotine replacement products.

Meanwhile, another leader had a weigh-in on the John Murray Show yesterday. His target had been to lose five pounds, but he surpassed that and lost 5.5 pounds. He now weighs 19 stone 3.5 pounds.

The show’s fitness expert Karl Henry advised Paudie that he had been overdoing it and had added additional exercise into the regime – doing a 10km walk instead of a 6km walk.

“Stick to the plan. It’s built for a reason and you’ll continue to get results.”

Paudie described the walk in Kerry as being like a Munster final.

“I got a great adrenaline rush out of it... it was really sensational. It was like playing a Munster final all over again.”

Operation Transformation is on RTE One tonight and Wednesday at 8.30pm.

Meanwhile, National Blood Pressure Day takes place on Thursday. Blood pressure screening will be taking place across the country:

Dublin - Blanchardstown Centre

Dublin - Dundrum Town Centre

Dundalk - Longwalk Shopping Centre

Kilkenny - McDonagh Shopping Centre

Cork - Mahon Point Shopping Centre

Limerick - Parkway Shopping Centre

Galway - Galway Shopping Centre

Athlone - Athlone Shopping Centre

Letterkenny - Letterkenny Shopping Centre

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