'Our fans kept us going to the finish line', says Rachel
OPERATION Transformation leader Rachel Walker has revealed that the support she received from thousands of fans spurred her on in her five-kilometre run in the Phoenix Park over the weekend.
The Tallaght woman, who had rarely exercised before the diet programme, had no trouble completing the run on Saturday with the support of around 5,000 Dubliners who ran, jogged and walked beside her.
"It's great to have such support, we needed that kind of final push before the end of the show," the mum-of-three said.
The RTE show's experts, nutrition specialist Dr Eva Orsmond, psychologist Eddie Murphy and fitness guru Karl Henry, donned their trainers to take part, as did presenter Kathryn Thomas.
The final episode of the show will air this Wednesday.
Rachel (36) told the Herald that although the series was ending, she had every intention of following the strict regime imposed on her while she was filmed.
"I want to start wearing nice dresses and skirts for my birthday in May and build on all I've achieved with Operation Transformation so I'm going to need small weekly targets like we've been doing for the last two months," she said.
"I'm not sure yet where I'll do the weigh-ins but someone else has to do it so that I feel the pressure like I do now."
The 5ft4 brunette has also found that plenty of her relations were keen to help her keep on track.
"My brother Stephen is really fit and he'll be helping me stick to my exercise routine," she said.
Since the diet programme started in January, the Tallaght native has shed an impressive 1st4lbs and is now only one small pound away from her 12st 6lbs target for the series.
Having lost two dress sizes and four bra cups, Rachel is now slimmer than she has been in the last two years.
"I've gone from a size 18 to trousers that are size 14, I still can't quite believe it but it makes me confident that I can reach my next target, I want to be around 10st," she added.