Wednesday 13 December 2017

Maireád gets flak for choosing sofa over steps

‘Wrecked’ leader Maireád Redmond (22) with ‘Operation Transformation’ host
Kathryn Thomas; inset left, Dr Ciara Kelly, who said she was shocked Picture: David Cantwell
‘Wrecked’ leader Maireád Redmond (22) with ‘Operation Transformation’ host Kathryn Thomas; inset left, Dr Ciara Kelly, who said she was shocked Picture: David Cantwell
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Operation Transformation leader Maireád Redmond missed her weight loss target after skipping a walk organised by her community for her.

Maireád (22) skipped the walk as she was "absolutely exhausted" from work, study and her exercise schedule.

While Maireád didn't go on the walk, her parents decided to plough ahead and take part.

Her decision to not partake in the walk left the show's experts questioning her dedication to her weight loss journey.

At the weigh-in, Maireád lost half a pound out of her 3lb target, and the experts were frustrated by what they see as her lack of commitment.

"I don't think you're taking advantage of the opportunity you've been given to be a leader on 'Operation Transformation'," Dr Ciara Kelly said.

"But my greatest disappointment, and I was quite shocked actually, was to see your community organise a walk and you, the leader, didn't bother to turn up for it.

"Your parents went and did the walk with the community and you stayed home and watched TV and it struck me as showing nothing but indifference to your followers and the community that was supporting you.

"I've never seen a leader do that before. I've never seen it."

In response Maireád, the youngest leader on the show, said she was "disappointed" that she missed the walk, but she "physically couldn't go".

"I was wrecked. I was absolutely exhausted so it's not like I've said 'sod the community'," she said.

Dietitian Aoife Hearne also expressed her disappointment in Maireád missing the walk, while Maireád defended her decision.

"You've got such potential to change," Aoife said.

"I think that's why it frustrates me so much to see you rejecting it almost. I need to see you give back to your community a little bit".

But Maireád again defended her choice to stay in, sitting on the sofa.

"It's not that I didn't care. I was absolutely exhausted coming home that evening. It's really frustrating for you to tell me I don't care, I do care," she said.

Kathryn Thomas stepped in to remind Maireád why she applied for the show.

"Every time you don't feel like putting your runners on, and every time that you feel tired, you have got to push through that because you will only change if you change," she said.

At the end of the weigh-in, Maireád promised that the coming week will be more successful. "My target for next week is three pounds, so as of this week I'm on a running plan so I'm going to give that 110pc, I'm going to tick all the boxes," she said.

Irish Independent

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