Ronan Scully here who works for the Charity GOAL, and one of the leaders in the RTE programme Operation Transformation for 2011. For the next few weeks or so with fiveweeks already down I will be giving you the lowdown on what I got up to on the show leading up to the Wednesday night viewing of the programme at 8pm on RTE.
So this will be my final diary as my Operation Transformation experience on television has come to an end but my operation transformation experince is just really begiining for the rest of my lfie away from the cameras. I lost a stone and 12lbs during my eight weeks on the series and almost three stone since I applied for the series back at the end of November and it has been fantastic for me. But this isn’t the end of my fitness regime.
Right now I feel good even though the finale was very emotional and I am very grateful for all the support I got. I like the way I look now and I want to keep it up going forward, but as well as my looks, my life has changed too. I am now more available to my wife and two daughters and Jacqui has actually lost two dress sizes helping me stick to my eating and training regime and she looks great.
We’re going to have a date night every Wednesday night now that the show is over and Mia says my cuddly belly has gone but she still likes my cuddles. But I have the North Pole Marathon coming up in April which I am doing for charity so I can’t afford letting things slide.
I have begun training for that recently. It will be a 26 mile stretch across the North Pole in the snow and I have got all my thermal clothes and a big jacket and goggles. I will be practising running on the beach more as the sand is more like the snow and terrain I will be on.
It will still be very cold so what I am doing now is upping my game and starting to run about 12 miles a few times this week, then up to 14 next week and hopefully i will do a 20 miler or two before I go.
On the marathon itself this year I will be the only one from Ireland taking part in a field of about 32 people. Every penny I raise will be going to charity. All my flights and accomodation has been kindly sponsored by the race organisers meaning that 100% of the funds raised will go to charity.
If I complete the North Pole marathon it will be a big achievement for me and I am really looking forward to it. If you want to sponsor me you can visit mycharity.ie and type in ronan scully or email me directly if you would like to take a sponsorship card at firstname.lastname@example.org and also see www.npmarathon.com
Thanks again for all your support and kind wishes during the eight weeks of the series of Operation Transformation and who knows you might be seeing a follow up on your tv screens in June, September and December to see how we have been getting on away from the cameras.
My fitness regime and diet recipies can still be found for the next year on the RTE Operation website.