RTÉ today revealed the leaders for the second series of Celebrity Operation Transformation. X Factor singer Mary Byrne, chef Gary O'Hanlon, social media influencer James Patrice, singer Kayleigh Cullinan and beauty expert Triona McCarthy are confirmed to take part in the spin-off series.
Kathryn Thomas will present four one-hour episodes airing in September on RTÉ One.
Celebrity Operation Transformation will follow the five leaders across a month as they inspire viewers to get back in shape post summer following a specific food and fitness plan.
Tune in to see Mary, Triona, Gary, James and Kayleigh face the scales and the experts at the weekly weigh in, and experience the highs and lows as they embark on one of their biggest challenges to date.
Triona McCarthy, who is a journalist and mum-of-two, spoke about her reasons to go on the show, and we can relate.
"I actually feel I have the opposite of body dysmorphia. I actually always think I look alright and that it’s other people who seem to be more concerned about my weight – it’s like my mum or my sisters are always saying to me 'Triona if you just lost a few pounds your life would be so much easier' and I have to go 'Guys it’s ok – I’m actually happy.' I don’t see it.
"In this beauty obsessed world – it’s what I do for a living and I don’t have a huge amount of vanity. I prefer writing about other peoples beauty but for myself I think I need to be more vain," explained Triona, who is the proud mum of little Maxi and Mini (what CUTE names!)
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"Also if I see a photo where I look particularly heavy I think 'Oh that’s just a bad angle' or I just stood in a funny position or whatever but then it can get a bit embarrassing if I have to do a photo shoot for something or a job and somebody asks me what size I am and I’ll say I think I’m oh maybe a 10 or 12 and the clothes arrive and the dress can’t get zipped up or the buttons are all open at the back."
Triona also wrote a very honest article for The Independent, explaining her thoughts on her body, and why she thinks going on Celebrity Operation Transformation will help her.
Having lost her sister to breast cancer, Triona spoke about how looking after her body is very important to her, because "in this game of life, we don't get to choose our genetics, we play the cards we're dealt with."
"And, I don't want to get cancer. That's possibly the biggest motivator for me. In fact, I wish there was a way to donate my fat the same way I donate my blood! So I see this as a chance to "upgrade my life" and make the changes now that will benefit me in the long run."
We really love the fact that Triona is speaking about her weight with regards to health, insisting that she is not looking to get "too skinny".
"Though I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again!"
Good woman Triona, we're rooting for you!