Today, Ray was joined in studio by dietician Aoife Hearne and on the line was Kathryn Thomas live from Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo as together they revealed the first leader of Operation Transformation 2018. 

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OT 2018
On Monday, Ray joined the Operation Transformation team for their assessment day which saw nineteen hopefuls put through their paces, emotionally and physically. 

Mother of three Mary Diamond was surprised at home in Kiltimagh. A Montessori teacher and owner, Mary's main motivation for applying this year was her eldest son Gary who has Down Syndrome as she wants to be the best mother she can be for him. 

Describing our first leader, Kathryn told Ray that you might call her, 'an absolute gem'. 

First Operation Transformation 2018 leader revealed
Kathryn Thomas with Mary Diamond and her son

Starting Weight
Speaking to Ray this afternoon, Mary told Ray that she was more determined than before after coming away on Monday from the assessment day. "This is really what I need," she said.

Mary (52) is 13 stone and 2 pounds, and she told Ray that before the weight used to fall off a lot easier, but thinks maybe she loves the food just a little bit more now than she did before. 

"I'm a bit worried about the challenges, but I'min it now, and I'm going with it... I know I'll have loads of people behind me here in town," she explained.

Ray suggested that maybe Mary will be able to get Kiltimagh's famous son, Louis Walsh, to join in her challenge ahead.

Listen to the interview in full here:

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