AN Edenderry man was chosen to be one of the five leaders in the forthcoming RTE’s Operation Transformation when it returns to television screens in the New Year.
Adrian Brereton from Edenderry was delighted when he was chosen for the weight loss programme.
The 40 year old is a popular figure in the local community. The pet shop owner explained that he came from a famliy of eight brothers all of which were made into fitness particularly boxing. He outlined, however, how his life style and eating habits began to change as he got older.
“Four years ago, I got family portraits done. All my family got into the photos and I wouldn’t go into the pictures. I used to go into the sitting room and I wasn’t there. That was one thing I noticed.”
Continuing, Adrian overheard a child shout out at one of his exotic animal shows “isn’t the man really fat.”
“All the kids laughed and his daughter was embarrassed,” he said, adding that he wanted “the ground to open up and swallow him.”
It was then Adrian decided to do something and entered Operation Transformation.
However, he didn’t think that he would be made one of its leaders. “I am looking forward to it,” the 40 year enthused. “There is no getting away for it. There is literally no where to go or no way you can fall off the wagon.”
Adrian explained there will be television cameras following him around most of the time, and that he will have do exactly what he is told and follow their strict regime. “Everyone is behind me. My family, my friends and in fact the whole town.”
One leader was revealed each morning of the ‘The John Murray Show’ on RTE Radio 1 and television presenter, Kathryn Thomas was on hand around the country to deliver the news in person to each of the leaders at their homes and report back to John.
Operation Transformation will return to our television screens Wednesday, January 4 and the finale airs eight weeks later on 22 February on RTÉ One.
With the help of Karl Henry, fitness expert, Dr Eva Orsmond, Medical Doctor, Dr Eddie Murphy, a Principle Clinical Psychologist with the HSE and Kathryn and John, the five leaders will drastically change their eating and exercise habits, and inspire listeners and viewers to follow them on their journey.
The five leaders were chosen from hundreds of applicants. The final 24 applicants were invited to come to Santry Sportslink on November 25 to be put through their paces and were assessed on their physical and emotional suitability for the television series.
RTÉ Radio 1 presenter John Murray said: “We have a great bunch of people once again; all strong personalities who are determined to transform their lives over the next few months and inspire thousands of others to do likewise. We will be doing our utmost on the radio show to help them achieve their goals.”
Speaking about the leaders, Kathryn Thomas said: “Congratulations to all five leaders on being chosen to take part in this life changing experience. I am looking forward to encouraging them along the way and working alongside them. I hope that Karl, Dr Eddie Murphy, Dr Eva Orsmond, John Murray and I can be that special support team for someone who wants to change their life for the better. We are also pleased to announce that and for the first time ever an Operation Transformation App will also be available which will enable followers to track their progress.”