FIVE years ago Chris Greene tipped the scales at 15st. The 2FM DJ blames it on his sedentary lifestyle at the time. 

“None of it was muscle tone it was pure unnecessary and, looking back, unhealthy weight.

“It was during my very early 20s and I said to myself I can’t start out life with all this extra weight.

“I started going to the gym three or four times a week — there was no drastic change in my diet. Once I started really exercising at all my body started responding. I lost a few stone.”

Given that his dad Michael is still running and winning marathons in his 60s, he didn’t have to look far for inspiration. 

At the time I thought: “If he can do this so can I”.

Born near Spiddal, his Connemara Gaeltacht roots are not far from the surface. 

“There are some phrases I’ve noticed that I’ll say in English that are just direct translations of Irish. An lá deireadh — the last day — applies to anything that has happened in the past... In English it sounds like you’re a bit weird but in Irish it makes perfect sense.”

Asked if he’s single or in a relationship, he kicks for touch: “If I say I’m in a relationship with one girl then the others will all get jealous,” he replies.

Fear clíste, as they might say in the west. 

* Chris and Ciara RTÉ, 2FM, 10pm Sunday to Thursday.

What shape are you in?

I would say I’m between C-plus and B-minus. I’m not an A student but I’m certainly not failing either. If I can’t go to the gym I’ll try and walk as much as possible.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I don’t care what people say, healthy eating takes a huge amount of preparation. To eat properly takes an awful lot of co-ordination. 

So a few days a week I’m on a meal plan, there’s one particularly good place that I use in Donnybrook. 

At the start of the week, I go up and collect everything — breakfast, lunch, dinner — and don’t eat anything else. It does make life a lot easier.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

Definitely Burger King — Bacon Double XL. But the problem is that I’ll go up to the counter and say ‘I’ll also have some of the cheese bites and I’ll have curry...’ You eat with your eyes when you’re in those places.

What would keep you awake at night?

If I don’t exercise I find I’m a lot more restless and anxious. The exercise brings a great comfort. When you go to the gym you wear yourself out and then you’re ready for the bed.

How do you relax?

I play games on the PC. At the moment I’m playing a game called Dark Soul — it’s a few years old so I’m late to the party.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I’d just love to have loads of my relatives from way back, like the 17th century. I think that would be really cool.

What’s your favourite smell?

Definitely Nag Champa. It’s the go-to incense. It might sound pretentious but my God I absolutely love it.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

No. It is the way it is. It’s grand, it’ll do.

When is the last time you cried?

Properly cried? I don’t even remember. But the last time I felt close to crying was watching a TV show called Futurama. 

It was an episode where the lead character reminisces about the pet dog that he had before he visits the future. It was just very sad and very touching. 

I had two dogs growing up. I was an only child and they were my two youngest siblings. We had great fun together.

What traits do you least like in others?


What traits do you least like about yourself?

Sometimes I’m guilty of being negative, and lacking in discipline — I could get stuff done quicker. Also, not being as empathetic as I could. We can all be a little self-absorbed.

Do you pray?

No I don’t. But about eight years ago I stumbled across mindfulness long before it was the cool thing. 

In a way prayer is giving thanks for what you have and I always give thanks but I don’t rhyme off Hail Marys.

What would cheer up your day?

Talking to someone I haven’t heard in a while, anyone. Unfortunately as you go through life you lose contact with some of your friends. With the internet and social media and Viber the world is so small now.


Kevin O’Hanrahan, clinical psychologist, HSEWorking life: HSE clinical psychologist Kevin O’Hanrahan

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