I'm gutted but won't quit -- Natalie
TOUGH: Operation Transformation mum fights on
OPERATION Transformation leader Natalie Cox has insisted that she will not quit the reality show despite some setbacks this week.
The Dublin mum admitted that she was "extremely disappointed" with her weigh-in, which will be shown on RTE tonight.
However, she said that there was simply "no option to fall behind or quit" the programme.
Natalie (24), lost an impressive eight pounds last week, but her progress stalled in the last few days due to her snacking, according to nutrition expert Dr Eva Orsmond.
"It's been a very tough week and I was really upset [with my result] this week but I felt that I was sticking to the plan and I exercised more than I was supposed to," Natalie told the Herald.
"But I wasn't sticking to the exact plan and I wasn't rested so I didn't achieve what I wanted.
"It's a big learning curve but I'm not going to quit," she said.
"I don't think there's an option to fall back or quit on the show -- if you quit, you will be known forever as the quitter, so none of the leaders can quit.
"We just support each other to keep on track."
The mum-of-one, who lives in Dolphin's Barn with her partner Michael Roach (26) and their son Joshua (4), explained that the last fortnight had been emotionally and physically draining.
In the first episode of the show, Natalie revealed that she was just 17 years-old when her mother died of septicemia.
She explained that it was very tough to watch herself on television opening up about such a difficult time in her life.
"It was very difficult to watch [the interviews again]," she said.
"I try not to look back, and to always move forward in my life.
"When [her diet and new fitness routine started along with the show], I didn't want to look into the tough times in my life compiled in one episode.
"People were sending me messages telling me that they were crying but that's not the leader I want to be, I'm very positive person and I want to be a positive leader, someone that will encourage people to change their lives."
Natalie first tried cigarettes when she was just 12 years old and she admitted that one of the hardest parts of her transformation has been to give up cigarettes.
"I miss smoking a lot, I used to work from morning until night, drink diet coke to make it through the day, come home and have a big dinner at 9pm or 9.30pm and then have a cigarette.
"It was a habit, something that comforted me and it's been very hard to give it up.
"Now I try to eat my dinner around 6.30pm or 7pm and I feel like I'm starving, it keeps me awake at night.
"Not following the usual [routine] keeps me awake so I'm exhausted and it makes this new [routine] even harder to stick to."