The final results are in for this year's Operation Transformation.
The 5k run and the grand finale is in sight but there is more work to do. Week six was a bummer with 4 out of 5 leaders not hitting their weight target, but Week Seven changed that story, with five incredible weigh-ins. Well done all.
We decamped from the Tullamore Harriers Club and County Offaly who showed excellent hospitality and a spirit of fun and sport. Given that this week was blackout week where the leaders didn’t have access to their food plans from the OT App. All leaders did very well.
Shane 29yrs – reconnected - lost 6 lbs
Shane has rebounded. When I first met Shane he was disconnected from his family, busy with the distractions of life attending everyone’s else’s needs and not his own. He wasn’t a runner and declared his concerns at the weigh-in that he couldn’t breathe when running. Karl Henry put his hand out and guaranteed Shane that he would run the full 5km and not walk one step. Shane is still in disbelief. For the first time Shane wasn’t scared during the weigh-in. Over the week he went swimming a number of times. This was an important breakthrough for a man who skips every opportunity to swim. People don’t spend a lot of time thinking about others as they are more concerned about themselves. Another amazing week of inner growth for Shane.
Lorraine 46yrs – Oh Yes! - lost 3 lbs
Lorraine' OT journey is characterised by hitting her target, then not hitting her target, which results in Karl Henry going down and doing an intense session and Lorraine comes back and hits her target. So Lorraine needs to keep Karl on speed dial! This was an emotional week as it’s the anniversary of Lorraine’s sister Roisin who died too soon from cancer. Lorraine has a great attitude I believe, and she can see many ways of measuring success not just on the scales.
In fact on the hours of sleep that Lorriane gets she is a pocket dynamo. Kathryn is going to run with Lorraine on the 5k so the competition is hotting up.
Barry & Andrea - Grateful - lost 9lbs total
Thankfully Barry and Andrea walked away from aquaplaning on the motorway back to Cork with minimal injuries. It could have been so much worse and being grateful and thankful is the order of the day. Given that they were naturally shook up rest was the order of the day. They were both very nervous of not hitting their targets, but their weight loss shows one how much their portion sizes were pre -OT and how incredible Aoife Hearne's food plan is, as Barry lost 5lbs and Andrea lost 4lbs. Not bad for sitting and resting.
A graduated walking programme was introduced with no resistance sessions and only 30mins walking was prescribed. On the 5km Aoife is going to stride out with this incredible Cork couple.
After such critical incidents our minds and body can respond - in particular we can get flashbacks and nightmares, avoid certain activities ie driving, and emotionally can experience fear, loss, anxiety and anger and the adrenaline is in our system. The value of walking and talking is critical to discharge these emotions.
Tanya 33yrs – A runner – lost 3lbs
Tanya is shrinking in front of us every week, from week one all I could see was a bloated woman from 12 cans of coke a day to a person who was in a bubble in her whole life. In this bubble she was protected by her wonderful partner Terry and by her older siblings. Tanya rarely felt the her power as an independent inspiring women.
She went running on her own and tested herself, pushed herself and proved that she can do it. From sedentary to a runner.
I am running with Tanya for the 5k and there is a bit of an edge this year between the runners so I hope to power on with Tanya and we cross the line first. Karl won’t like that!
Tanya like many of us is at a turning point on the road, settle for mediocrity or continue pushing ourselves outside the comfort zone, after all when you do this, this is where the magic happens.
An amazing year – brilliant leaders only one more week left what can I say, I will report all the inside inspiring stories from fashion to running next week.