CLARA man Ronan Scully is one of the participants in RTE programme Operation Transformation. He will be keeping Offaly Express readers up to date on his efforts to lose weight and get fit in a weekly column.
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 three weeks 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.
It was a tough week on Operation Transformation this week with a lot of tough love from the experts and I wasn't an exception when it came to that.
The experts were giving off to me last week for pushing myself too hard and I don't think I was listening to them as I lost over 8lbs. I basically was told off by Karl for trying to lose weight. He told me to slow down a bit and to cop myself on as losing too much weight too quickly is as bad for you as being overweight and that it puts too much pressure on your heart.
I am doing the North Pole Marathon for my charity GOAL in April and I suppose that's why I was trying to get more training in. But Karl said he will help me to get in shape for that in a safe and healthy way and he has told me to ease off a bit on the training and to follow the Operation Transformation Plan and not the Ronan Plan.
There is a history of cardiovascular disease in my family and my waist is 44 inches and Karl said I am a heart attack waiting to happen. If you are over 40 and have a waist of over 40 inches and are male then it's time to get moving and get fitter.
Some people have said to me that I am too slim to be one of the leaders, but the reality is that I am about 3 stone overweight when I started and according to Dr. Eva that is equally as dangerous as being 10 stone overweight.
I have finally listened to what Karl has been saying to me and I have stopped trying to go hell for leather. I have to remember too that people are following me so I have to set a good example for them. Because of all this I have to take it a bit easier.
It was my birthday this week too. I turned 44 on Monday and my wife took me too a beautiful restaurant called the Malthouse in Galway. I had a delicious steak dinner with vegetables and then nearly had a heart attack for real when Dr. Eva walked out from the kitchen of the restaurant with a pint of Guinness as my dessert. I drank the Guinness but after that Dr. Eva went into her Television role and proceeded to tell me in no certain terms about the calories I had just eaten and drank.
My wife Jacqui was also given a bit of an ear bashing. It could have been worse, I could have had the glass of complimentary champagne at the start of the meal also!
This week's army challenge involved carrying logs around the Curragh camp and I didn't think it was quite as hard as the icy water test!
We worked far better as a team this week. It is all about encouraging and supporting one another and the four other leaders have been really great to me. On Saturday we had the Operation national walks and I did the walk in Galway and was nearly blown into the sea in Salthill.
In spite of the weather thousands upon thousands of people took part in the walks all over the country including Galway and the Midlands.
Also work with GOAL was very busy last week and I was on the go a lot which also helped with my weight loss. Now I am down to 14 stones and one pound and I want to get down to 13 and a half stone or 13 stone which is the ideal weight for my height at the end of the programme.
I love the way I am feeling at the minute. I am sleeping well and I am enjoying my meals with my family. I am revitalising my relationships with my wife and children and with my extended family and friends and I am being more productive at work. I have a lot more energy and have even started writing another book similar to the book 'Hold That Thought' which I had published last year.
I only have two pounds to lose again this week and I am going to try to stick to that because if I don't I know I will be in for another tough love session with Karl and Dr. Eva and Dr. Eddie.
So far so good but I am still nervous of what is to come. Watch me and the other four leaders on Wednesday night as we face up to our 3rd army challenge and see how we got on during our fourth week and face into our fifth week on Operation Transformation.
There will always be a few surprises and hopefully some treats in store. Thanks again for all your support and kind wishes. You can follow my diet and fitness regime by signing up on line or looking at www.rte.ie/ot
Healthy living - that's my GOAL