THREE months ago she didn’t really like looking at herself in the mirror.
Now, Kayleigh Yeoman, the young star of the RTE show Operation Transformation, is happy posing in front of the camera, after losing another stone since the show ended.
Ms Yeoman, 18, from Corbally, has now been signed up to the books of model agent Hilary Thompson in Limerick and the Assets agency in Dublin.
“I’m not normally a picture person,” she told the Limerick Leader. “I try to avoid the camera, but I love these [modelling] shots. I’ve been really busy with Hilary at the moment in local shows and I’m really enjoying it.” While she has now lost three stone overall since her transformation began, her decision to take part in the top-rating show has had numerous positive benefits. “Before I was avoiding people and now they’re looking for me to come to this event and that event. I feel like a made a good impact on people and it’s a really positive thing to take with me.”
The cameras stopped filming a month ago, but the sociology student is still committed to her diet and exercise regime. “I go running in UL every day, doing about 5km, and go to the gym too. I try to mix it up, and change the routes so I don’t get bored,” she said. Her weight has now dropped to 13 stone, as well as dropping several dress sizes and she says she “feels great” in her own skin. She ideally wants to weigh between 11.5-12 stone. Since the show she has made great friends with Gerard Burke, of the UK show The Biggest Loser, and both have become ambassadors of the upcoming Great Limerick Run. “It has been a brilliant experience. There has been no negatives,” she said.