Thursday 29 September 2016

'Mentally I was stripped bare but that was a huge part of my healing' - Operation Transformation leaders have final weigh-in and reflect on series

Published 26/02/2016 | 08:16

Pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week were Noeleen Lynam, John Conmy, Lucy Dillon, Dan Kennedy and Clare Scanlan. Picture Andres Poveda
Pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week were Noeleen Lynam, John Conmy, Lucy Dillon, Dan Kennedy and Clare Scanlan. Picture Andres Poveda
Pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week were Dr Ciara Kelly, Karl Henry, Lucy Dillon, John Conmy, Kathryn Thomas, Dan Kennedy, Clare Scanlan, Noeleen Lynam, Aoife Kennedy and DR Eddie Murphy. Picture Andres Poveda
Noeleen Lynam pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week. Picture Andres Poveda
Lucy Dillon pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week. Picture Andres Poveda
John Conmy pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week. Picture Andres Poveda
Clare Scanlan pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale filmed in RTÉ this week. Picture Andres Poveda
Pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016 finale - Dr Eddie Murphy, Dr Ciara Kelly, Kathryn Thomas, Aoife Hearne and Karl Henry. Picture Andres Poveda
Kathryn Thomas pictured at the Operation Transformation 2016. Picture: Andres Poveda

The four Operation Transformation leaders had their final weigh in in last night's show - here's how they got on and what they're planning for the future...

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John Conmy

Starting weight: 22 stone 6 lbs

Current weight: 19 stone 13 lbs

Weight loss: 2 stone 7 lbs

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John had a rollercoaster ride on the show with a big weight loss of 12 lbs in the first week but faced a couple of weeks where he missed his target. John later revealed he was hugely stressed over problems with revenue relating to his Mayo restaurant.

"[I'm] in a better place to face it," he said.  "Facing all these problems two months ago at nearly 23 stone, drinking and eating pizzas, it's tough you'd be in a darker place.  At least I feel a bit lighter now a bit better health in good shapes, diabetes in good shape, ready to meet the next challenges head on."

John said he's looking forward to going back to day one of the plan and continuing to lose weight so he can spend more quality time with his very active 5 year-old.

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Clare Scanlan

Starting weight: 17 stone

Current weight: 15 stone 3.5 lbs

Weight loss: 1 stone 10.5 lbs

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It was an emotional process for Clare, whose son Darra was just 15 when he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome four years ago, and she had been struggling to fully live life while struggling with all-consuming grief.

"Mentally I was stripped very bare but that was a huge part of my healing," she said, adding that she "would do it again in the morning.  They look after you so well.  They really really really do have your best interests at heart.

"I know a lot of people think oh, the lycra... but there's a reason for all that. You do start off and think oh Jesus, the lycra, mother of God I'll be a pure show, but it's the furthest thing on your mind."

She said, "I've gone through a massive shift, I suppose now I see a bit of a future there.  I was in a very dark place and had been for a while, I was still getting on with what I had to do, but grief is crippling, it kind of gets into your bones, Its very hard to shake it off."

However, she feels she has turned a corner after Operation Transformation, adding, "I'm much happier than I was."

 

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Lucy Dillon

Starting weight: 16 stone 13.5 lbs

Current weight: 15 stone 3 lbs

Weight loss: 1 stone 10.5 lbs

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Mum of one Lucy (27) from Meath says she has found a "different outlook on life" and is planning to continue with the plan and help others.

"There's no going back now as far as I'm concerned and I'd actually like to help others.  Often, people are just stuck in a rut and all they need is that little nudge to get going."

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Noeleen Lynam

Starting weight: 11 stone 11.5 lbs

Current weight: 10 stone 9.5 lbs

Weight loss: 1 stone 2 lbs

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Noeleen had gained two stone in the last two years and wanted to change her lifestyle.  The 50-year old primary school vice principal went on a blind date set up by the Ray D'Arcy Show but says she felt it wasn't the right time to meet someone when she was in the depths of the Operation Transformation plan.

"It would be quite drastic to go through all this to meet someone.  Tinder would be much easier!" she jokes.

"It would be lovely to meet someone but I have a very good life and if I meet someone who adds to my life and who has the same interests that I have absolutely fantastic bring it on, but if I don't I'm still going to continue doing the things I'm doing.

In terms of health and fitness, Noeleen says she's surprised to have a new found love of running and she's aiming to run the mini marathon this summer.

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Dan Kennedy

In the first week he lost over 12 stone but Dan was struck down by colitis and had to abandon the programme.  He's currently back to his starting weight of 19 stone but is determined to get back on track in the coming months and would like to weigh 14 stone by next year.

Dan revealed he "just wanted to die" when he was at his worst with colitis and awaiting his diagnosis in hospital, but he is on the mend and has since received lots of Facebook messages from women offering to take him out.

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