AFTER capturing the hearts of thousands of television viewers, no way is the ‘Operation Transformation’ over yet for Edenderry’s Adrian Brereton.
The 40 year old started the RTE health and fitness programme with a 51 inch waist, weighing 18 stone and 11 pounds when he first got on the scales at the start of the series.
However, this week, the pet shop owner broke the 16 stone barrier and registered yet another weight loss.
And, with the eight programme airing tonight (Wednesday, February 22), the audience will see Adrian weighing at 15 stone and 11 1/2 pounds on the show’s concluding episode.
It has certainly been a whirlwind six weeks for the father of four. As well as losing a staggering amount of weight, Adrian has accomplished many other feats including the weekly Curragh Challenge, the commissioning of new family photographs and completing various walks and runs during the programme’s duration.
The support for the Edenderry leader has been phenomenal over the course of the show and he whipped up some what of a frenzy in the north Offaly town.
Songs and poems have even penned in his honour as well as being installed as the first grand marshall of the forthcoming St Patrick’s day parade in the town.
Many of his supporters have credited him with giving Edenderry a lift with his positive attitude and Adrian has warned that in no way is it over as the “feel good mood” continued this week for him.
It was yet another action packed week with Adrian and his fellow leaders finished the 5km run in the Phoenix Park as well as getting their glad rags for the show’s final episode.
“It was great craic altogether,” he enthused.
However, Adrian was quick to say that he has continued on his diet and is keeping up the walking. Talking about the entire experience, Adrian said he was “so lucky” to have even been chosen to appear on the show.
“I have gotten a new body. I got a great chance. I have loved every bit of it. It was a great start.”
He also enthused that his very supportive wife, Anna, has also lost almost two stone during his operation transformation.
To mark the end of the programme, the Edenderry leader is now looking forward to hosting a community party in Edenderry GAA centre this Friday, February 24.
According to Adrian, it is promises to be a great night of celebration with the local community. There also could be a possible appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday night show this weekend.
Looking to the coming weeks, Adrian now hopes to complete the last 10km of the non stop 100km run being undertaken by Rhode native, Niall Murphy as part of a fundraising effort for Irish Autism Action on April 1 next.