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Alan Mullen

'I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm mentally determined to do it for myself'

When I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into, writes Alan Mullen.

WE ARE IN week four and I hope that someone is getting help from my advice every week.

Yet again, a Tuesday morning doesn’t pass without a weigh in and we’re down 7 and a ½ pounds, which is yet another great week of hard work in the gym and on the road.

So, during the weekend I headed off to Manchester for some time to chill, but been determined to get the pounds down I was out running and exercising for the time I was there. Yes of course I had a night out and I ate a Sunday dinner. They are a rare treat to me.

England was great. Whatever restaurant I went to there are free salad bars for the customer to use as much as they feel like. I’ve never seen this done before and I think it’s a great idea for businesses, because of some people that might want to try and eat healthy do go out for a night.


I got back from Manchester on Monday morning and headed straight back to the gym as I felt my body was craving it.

I suppose just to get a good burnout and clear the mind. I feel like it’s some sort of drug that gives you a high and it’s an even better high when you see the weight dropping.

I don’t mind saying that I used to have to shop in Tesco for my clothes because it was the only place that fitted me now. For a 20 or 21-year-old,  that is a terrible knock to your confidence that you can’t shop where all your mates shop.

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For someone as heavy as myself, you blame everyone else, but yourself. When you really sit down and think about it you realise no one made you eat that food, that was your decision. It wasn’t forced down your neck and you have to be able to understand that.

No one else can help you lose the weight only yourself. It’s your mind that chooses what you want to do in life. You just have to pick the right path for you. I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m mentally determined to do it for myself.

Some people on this planet hate to see others succeed in life, because they can’t succeed. All you can ever do for these people is just laugh, because in the long term you will always be the better person.

'I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm mentally determined to do it for myself'
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  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

  • Alan's meal diary

So, I watched RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live on Monday with the debate about reality weight loss shows and Operation Transformation and there were some brilliant facts from both parties on it.

Something that stood out for me was, when I applied for Operation Transformation I knew what I was getting myself into. It never crossed my mind about being made a show of for wearing Lycra, and to be honest it never crossed my mind because it is all part and parcel of the programme.

Operation Transformation changed my life. I’ll admit that, but no one did this for me, only myself. I was giving the tools to lose the pounds and that’s what I have done. I will always carry those tools.

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In my opinion, I think it’s a great thing to be able to get all the towns and villages in the country out on them cold nights in January and February and get that health kick started for people.

My motivation for you guys this week is very simple, but very effective: When you feel like you want to quit, think about why you started this journey.

Anyone with any questions or wants to follow my plan and see my progress can check me out on Facebook at Alan Mullen OT Leader 2015 and until next week enjoy your health.

Alan Murph Mullen will  be keeping us up to date on his progress as he follows this year’s Operation Transformation. He’ll be writing about his fitness, his meals and his motivations. Keep up on Operation Transformation on their website here and catch up with the videos on YouTube here. You can also stay up to date on Facebook.

He’s also now on Snapchat:


Tune in to the programme every  Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ ONE. Catch up on episodes on the RTÉ Player.

Read: ‘I weighed a colossal 27 stone aged 21. I was one of the fattest people ever on RTE’s Operation Transformation’>

Read: ‘Looking back at how much weight I’ve lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals’>

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