Friday 15 December 2017

Operation Transformation Diary: 'I believe our show saved Alan's life'

In the final instalment of his 'Operation Transformation' diary, Karl Henry reflects on the series highs and lows

Leaders Mark McArdle, Veronica Horgan, Eilish Kavanagh, Presenter Kathryn Thomas, leaders Louise Ormsby, and Alan Mullen pictured at the Operation Transformation catwalk finale.
Leaders Mark McArdle, Veronica Horgan, Eilish Kavanagh, Presenter Kathryn Thomas, leaders Louise Ormsby, and Alan Mullen pictured at the Operation Transformation catwalk finale.
Karl Henry

Karl Henry

This is my last 'Operation Transformation' diary for 2015. The last eight weeks have flown by, and our five leaders have transformed their lives and become healthier and happier. Our goal was that they would lose 10pc of their body weight, and they all achieved this.

Alan was representative of how this country is going - people getting bigger at a younger age. I fought to get him his place and I believe that the show has saved his life. Eight weeks ago, he was incredibly unfit and very immature, but he has since become a man. One of the real highlights of this season was when he went back to playing Gaelic football. That's his tool for continuing to live a healthy lifestyle.

Mark's continuing motivation will come from his family. They all got really involved in 'OT'. He is the typical Irish male who works too hard, but once we made him pull back and follow the plan rather than risk injury by over-exercising, he still achieved his goals.

Louise needed support so she surrounded herself with fit, motivated people, such as her dad. She really wants to get pregnant, but because she has Polycystic Ovary Sundrome (PCOS) she thought she couldn't lose weight. But actually the lighter you are with PCOS, the quicker you lose weight because your metabolic rate improves, and so it happened with Louise. And she was the first leader over the line in the 5k run.

It was a shame that Eilish couldn't do the 5k, but she did really well. She was about two stone overweight and her waistline was over 40 inches, which put her into the high-risk category for health problems.

Veronica was also an apple shape, but following the plan gave her a waist back, and she looked brilliant and really confident on the catwalk for the show's finale.

 

What's next?

If the show comes back next year, I'd like to do more live web chats and more 5k runs. I think we could double or treble the numbers involved if we had additional locations around the country.

How to stay motivated

1) Regularly set new targets for yourself.

2) Reward yourself when you hit each target.

3) Stay out of your comfort zone. Buy the clothes you want to fit into, and do it now, don't put it off.

Irish Independent

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