Donegal’s own Operation Transformation leader Cathal Gallagher fought tears during his weigh-in after a tough week on the RTE lifestyle programme.
The Ballyshannon paramedic stuck to his goals to successfully reach his target weight loss of 4lbs. After shedding 16lbs last week, Cathal is well on his way to a healthy new start.
Cathal, who has been inspiring entire communities to get active and eat well, earned high admiration from the OT experts which brought him to tears during Wednesday night’s weigh in.
Fitness expert Karl Henry and the team were eager to tell Cathal how proud they were of his journey so far, particularly after a tough week. With the support of his wife Agi, Cathal acknowledged that he was finally ‘stepping up’ to the challenge.
This week’s episode challenged the leaders to focus on food and cooking. Expert dietitian Aoife Hearne travelled to Donegal to visit Cathal, Agi and their 2 year-old daughter Maja and check on their food plan. The visit led to tearful moments as Agi opened up on not wanting to see Maja go down the same unhealthy route as Cathal, whose weight had risen to over 26stone after an accident.
Cathal, who is the heaviest leader to ever appear on the show, is now inspiring countless other men and women to change their diet and exercise habits.
He has a dedicated page on the Operation Transformation website to share his workout and food plans for others to follow: ot.rte.ie/leaders/cathal-gallagherv2