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Sandra Mallon

RTE's Operation Transformation comes to emotional end as leaders show off final results

All five leaders of Operation Transformation lost a combined total of over almost eight stone on the show.

After eights weeks of mental and physical challenges, the leaders ended their weight loss journey on Wednesday night.

This year’s group was made up of Stephanie Bowden, Marie Clear, Thomas Hynes, Lorraine Dempsey and Andrea Daly.

And after eight weeks of mental, physical and emotional challenges, the group had their friends and families in the studio, and viewers at home in tears as they finished their journey with a celebration on the catwalk.

The episode kicked off with the final 5k run in the capital’s Phoenix Park on Saturday, which saw Ryan Tubridy take part in his first 5KM run.

Then the leaders turned their attention to the catwalk, where they had their final check-ins to see just how far they have come.

Speaking at the finale of the show, host Kathryn Thomas said: “That is it from us. A huge thank you to these five amazing humans who so bravely opened up their homes and their lives to us and to all of you at home who have started your own health and wealth stories. We literally couldn’t do any of this without you.

“The cameras must stop rolling tonight but for these guys, their journeys are only just beginning.

“They’ve shown us that transformation isn’t just for January, it is for a better, healthier life,” she added.

Andrea Daly

Start weight: 14st 9lbs

End eight: 13st 4lbs

Total weight loss: 1st 5lbs

She said: “It was something that I wanted to do for me.

“I feel happier. I suppose I’ve more motivation. I feel good,” she said.

Marie Clear

Start weight: 10st 3lbs

End weight: 9st 4lbs

Total weight loss: 1st and half a pound.

She said: “I can finally look in the mirror at myself. I can finally accept myself. That’s a huge thing for me. I’m after opening everyone’s eyes, what it’s like to be a little person.

“The support has been amazing.”

Thomas Hynes

Start weight: 14st 9 and half pounds

End weight: 12st 13lbs

Total weight loss: 1st 8 and a half pounds.

Thomas said: “I feel great. I feel a million dollars.

“Particularly during this journey, I’ve been talking to a lot of men. I think men get into their 40s and they do have that sense of invincibility about themselves.”

Lorraine Dempsey

Start weight: 15st 2lbs

End weight: 13st 11lb

Total weight loss: 1st 5lbs

Speaking about the last eight weeks, she said: “It’s just been a whirlwind, it’s just been incredible.

“It’s future proofing my health going forward.

“It’s made such a difference to the family and to me personally.”

Stephanie Bowden

Start weight: 19st 3lbs

End weight: 16st 13.5 pounds.

Total weight loss: 2st 3 and a half pounds.

“I feel great. I do. I feel 100 percent.”

“I enjoyed the moments with the experts. “

Her husband Brian said: “I’ve seen her a couple of times looking fantastic, I’ve never seen her looking that good. I really need to up my game.

“I’m really proud of her.”


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