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'Looking back at how much weight I've lost, it makes me realise that you really can achieve your goals'

Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. In week three he tells us how he is staying on track.

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WEEK THREE HAS passed and yet again another astonishing 11 pounds have been taken off the body. I am absolutely over the moon with the results I am getting from Rahan Fitness and I can really start to see the results.

My fitness levels are increasing day by day, which is a massive plus and the inches are starting to go off my body.

I decided to do a bit of spring cleaning today in the house and managed to stumble on the very first t-shirt I wore on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation and it’s only now that I can actually see the results.


People always say to me, look what you have achieved and look at how much weight you have lost, but I normally just nod and thank them and never take much notice of it. But today really opened my eyes to what I have achieved and what I can do to achieve my goals.

It’s been a busy week for me as I have been doing a lot of motivational talks around the country and it’s always good to hear other people’s stories as well as my own.


I particularly had the pleasure of meeting Minister James Reilly the other night at one of my talks. Some people say it’s difficult to have a working life and keep up your fitness.

For me, I have to make sure I can get to the gym each morning and night to make sure I’m keeping up my own personal standard.


I have my own business at the moment doing fuel and yes, it is very physical at times, but it’s burning the calories all the same.

It’s a busy weekend ahead for me as I am heading to England, but exercise and clean eating cannot stop just because it’s a holiday. That running gear and shoes are packed into the bag to keep the body ticking over.

My diet has also been incredibly good so the first stop will be to a local supermarket to make sure I have everything I need and I suppose a change of scenery is always good for the head.


You know, you think it’s bad with weight problems, but one of my good friend’s mam was diagnosed with breast cancer before Christmas. She is an absolute gem. Her family was very worried about her, but she didn’t let this affect her for some reason and stayed strong and active through the whole lot.

It’s not two months that have passed since her diagnosis and we have our own local Operation Transformation walk in our local town of Clara every Monday and Wednesday and she, without doubt, never misses it.

That’s determination and that’s what I call willpower. She could have laid down and tried to make sure that everyone felt sorry for her, but no, she took the bull by the horns and just drove on. A person like this makes me drive on to know if they can do it I can do it.

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People are really starting to worry about health in this day and age and it is great to see. But for me, I would really like to start it at a young age and teach kids the impact it can have on you through school.

It was a big problem for me going through the years. It might not suit everyone, but maybe if I could just help one person through it, I would be so happy.

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But listen, that’s my opinion and I’m sure others have a different one, but at the end of the day, these are the kids that will lead the next generation.

My motivation tip for this week is ‘success is a state of mind. If you want success in life – start thinking of yourself as a success’.

Always keep that in your head and it will push you on leaps and bounds.

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 was a leader on last year’s Operation Transformation. He 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. Tune in to the programme every  Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ ONE. Catch up on episodes on the RTÉ Player.  

Originally published at 12.30pm

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