Slimline Kathryn has dropped dress size as Kilimanjaro trip looms
Kathryn Thomas is the perfect role model for candidates on her new show Operation Transformation after dropping a dress size ahead of her trek to Mount Kilimanjaro next weekend.
The blonde presenter (31) -- who is due to step into late broadcaster Gerry Ryan's shoes this autumn -- explained how she had been pushing her body to the limit with two-hour training sessions, twice weekly at celebrity trainer Paul Byrne's gym for a month.
Kathryn has also been going on daily walks and practice climbs of mountains around the country, as well as cutting out alcohol and junk-food from her diet in preparation for the challenge in Tanzania.
The chatty RTE broadcaster is due to begin working on the forthcoming season of Operation Transformation immediately upon her return and will have her own radio slot in conjunction with the popular programme.
It is expected that she will contribute to newly single Ryan Tubridy's 2fm show. She has previously covered for him on RTE Radio One.
"I can't speak about it yet until the details are finalised but I'm excited about the extra radio opportunities I'm going to have," she told the Diary.
"Right now though my main focus is preparing for next Saturday and doing as much training as I can. I'd say I've lost a couple of pounds. I've definitely lost some body fat. I feel much stronger and I have great muscle definition which is something I never had before. "Paul Byrne's wife Siobhan has been working with me and she's just amazing. She's a brilliant trainer. I'm watching what I eat at the moment but next week when we get up there I'll be tucking into the carbs. I think I'll need all the energy I can get when I'm up there battling the elements."
Kathryn is due to join fellow RTE star Sile Seoige and her former colleague on No Frontiers Jenny Buckley, as well as comedian Alan Shortt, Darren Holden of the High Kings and 2fm's Ruth Scott on the trek.
"I would have known everyone before but there's nothing like spending six days together in those conditions to help you bond for life," she said. "It's 5,895m high, with extremes of temperatures along the way so it will be interesting to see how everyone copes. Not showering doesn't bother me because I'm well used to slumming it over the years on No Frontiers.
"Avoiding altitude sickness is my biggest concern because it can be fatal. We're all taking tablets for it now so fingers crossed we'll all make it without any trouble."
The Winning Streak presenter is set to host a VIP bash for all participants at Lillie's Bordello this Thursday night in order to raise funds for the Children's Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.