Operation Transformation wrapped up last night and each of the leaders spoke about their experiences both good and bad on the show.
Chef John Conmy started out weighing 22 stone 6lbs but finished up on 19 stone 13 lbs after shedding 2 stone 7lbs.
John made headlines when he failed to meet his target a couple of times but last night he said he was feeling confident about the future.
‘[I’m] in a better place to face it,’ he said.
‘Facing all these problems two months ago at nearly 23 stone, drinking and eating pizzas, it’s tough you’d be in a darker place. At least I feel a bit lighter now a bit better health in good shapes, diabetes in good shape, ready to meet the next challenges head on.’
Clare Scanlan started out weighing 17 stone but finished up on 15 stone 3.5lbs after losing 1 stone 10.5 lbs.
Clare revealed she had been struggling to cope since the death of her 15-year-old son from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome four years ago.
‘Mentally I was stripped very bare but that was a huge part of my healing,’ she said.
But then said she “would do it again in the morning. They look after you so well. They really really really do have your best interests at heart.
‘I know a lot of people think oh, the lycra… but there’s a reason for all that. You do start off and think oh Jesus, the lycra, mother of God I’ll be a pure show, but it’s the furthest thing on your mind.’
‘I’ve gone through a massive shift, I suppose now I see a bit of a future there. I was in a very dark place and had been for a while, I was still getting on with what I had to do, but grief is crippling, it kind of gets into your bones, Its very hard to shake it off.’
But she said her time on the show has made a real difference.
‘I’m much happier than I was,’ she said.
Lucy Dillon started out weighing 16 stone 13.5lbs but dropped to 15 stone 3lbs after losing 1 stone 10.5lbs.
Lucy said the show had helped to give her a ‘different outlook on life.’
The 27-year-old mother-of-one from Meath said:’There’s no going back now as far as I’m concerned and I’d actually like to help others. Often, people are just stuck in a rut and all they need is that little nudge to get going.’
Noeleen Lynam started out at 11 stone 11.5lbs but dropped to 10 stone 9.5lbs – a weight loss of 1 stone 2lbs.
After gaining two stone Noeleen wanted to get into shape and possibly find love again.
She even went on a blind date organised by the Ray D’Arcy Show but is not yet ready for a new relationship.
The 50-year-old primary school vice-principal, who plans to run the mini-marathon in the summer, said:
‘It would be quite drastic to go through all this to meet someone. Tinder would be much easier!’ she jokes.
‘It would be lovely to meet someone but I have a very good life and if I meet someone who adds to my life and who has the same interests that I have absolutely fantastic bring it on, but if I don’t I’m still going to continue doing the things I’m doing.’
Dan Kennedy was forced to drop out of the show after being struck down by colitis.
Since then he has returned to his original weight of 19 stone.
On a positive note he says he is determined to reach his goal of 14 stone by next year and he has received offers from women on Facebook to take him out.
For all other news on the health