Confident Adrian lifts Edenderry spirits

WITH his usual grit and determination, Adrian Brereton continued on his weekly Operation Transformation with another busy few days along with his weight loss regime.

WITH his usual grit and determination, Adrian Brereton continued on his weekly Operation Transformation with another busy few days along with his weight loss regime.

This week saw Adrian and the other four leaders pitted against the 2011 leaders, which included Clara’s Ronan Scully, as part of the weekly Curragh Challenge.

Closer to home, Adrian squeezed in a visit to a local primary school, did a 10km walk in aid of the Edenderry Town FC as well as finding some time to do a spot of shopping and get new family photographs.

During his visit to Scoil Bride PS, the 41 year old was presented with a Community Recognition Award by the school children. While there, Adrian took the opportunity to speak to the pupils about healthy eating and exercising.

It was a week of doing things he has ‘never done before’, with the Edenderry leader visiting a local men’s shop - Carroll’s Menswear - where he got a new suit.

Adrian enthused that it is the first suit that he has actually owned and he hopes to wear it for the show’s finale next week.

Describing it as “deadly, real cool”, Adrian was delighted when he got a shirt with a neck size 17 inches, having previously worn a 21 inch shirt.

Another milestone was undertaken this week with the commission of a new family portrait. In the past, Adrian was too embarrassed to be included in the family photo.

However, this all changed this week as he posed for a new family portrait, which is already up on the wall.

Chatting about the experience, Adrian admitted that it has taken a little while to get used to but the more he looks at it the more confident he feels.

Many of his supporters are crediting him with given Edenderry a lift with his positive attitude while being a brilliant inspiration to people. And, as the show nears its end, Adrian now just wants to keep going and said that “you never get browned off with people telling you you’ve lost weight.”

Meanwhile, the weekly Curragh Challenge proved to be an interesting outing for the five 2012 leaders when they were pitted against last year’s leaders. Adrian explained that the 2011 leaders were brought back to participate in a challenge against the 2012 leaders. It seems the 2011 leaders were saying that Sgt Mick Mulcahy was being too soft on this year’s leaders.

“It was great craic,” Adrian enthused, adding that the 2012 leaders, of course, succeeded in the challenge. Adrian also continued his preparations for this weekend’s Fun Run in the Phoenix Park, which is expected to draw a crowd of around 5,000 people on Saturday.

Despite his busy schedule, the pet shop owner also managed to register another significant weight loss. “I have another 5 1/2 llbs gone this week,” he beamed as he heads closer to the 16 stone weight bracket.

It seems the weeks have flown by with filming for the last show taken place this weekend and the last 2012 show being aired next Wednesday. Adrian admitted that he will miss it when it is all over. However, he is quick to point out that the show was a “great kick” start for his operation transformation.

And, to mark the completion of the operation transformation programme, the Edenderry leader is looking forward to hosting a community party in the Edenderry GAA centre on Friday, February 24.