Reality is starting to bite on Operation Transformation

Operation Transformation psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy

Reality is starting to bite on Operation Transformation

This year's Operation Transformation leaders

We are moving into the swing of things at this stage of Operation Transformation 2019.

The new lifestyle of the leaders, incorporating food and movement, is all settling in, but the stress of this new way of being is taking its toll.

Operation Transformation (OT) is like a wave, and it takes over the lives of the leaders but also their families.

Having a camera person around you seven days a week means, for many, having these cameras around the family. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Pamela Swayne. Age: 36. Youghal, Co Cork. Lost 0lbs

Pamela lost no weight this week. Shock, horror!

Not really — we are assured by Karl and Aoife that Pam lost 2lbs of fat and gained 2lbs of muscle. Apparently all is OK, this week anyway.

More importantly Pam’s life is moving towards being smoke free. That’s a big achievement.

Pam, no doubt, will redouble her efforts. I think the explanation won’t be enough next week if Pam doesn’t hit her target.

Pam is going to work with Aoife as she is trying to embrace the food plan, but needs guidance on this for her children.

Jean Tierney. Age: 33. Bruff, Co Limerick.
Lost 2lbs

Jean lost 2lbs but her target was 3lbs. This was associated with Jean’s menstrual cycle and fluid retention. So it was totally understandable.

This is a tough time for Jean as it’s the anniversary of her and Paddy’s baby daughter’s death.

The key message from me is that I trust Jean and Paddy, that their grief does not need to be pathologized or seen as abnormal. Too often when people are grieving, they are advised to undergo counselling.

Jean is very interested in looking a personal goals and I hope to do a coaching session with Jean — you can check this out on the telly!

Cathal Gallagher.
Age: 48. Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. Lost 4lbs

It was a tough week for Cathal. Aoife went up to Donegal to explore the OT motto of One Family One Meal.

However, OT seeks to encourage flexibility, and OT needs to be flexible itself.

Cathal’s wife Agi is Polish and the One Family One Meal motto is too rigid for this family.

Agi fears the Irish diet for her daughter, and its repercussions — after all she can see where it got Cathal.

Despite the stress and strain, instead of turning to food and wine Cathal turned to exercise.

Siobhán O'Brien. Age: 30. Clonsilla, Dublin 15. Lost 3lb

Siobhan was the only woman to hit her target this week. Well done.

Siobhan is an ex Irish taekwondo champion. She is working her way back to sport.

Often in life we stop doing things that we previously enjoyed in our younger days. Can you think of something similar in your life?

Sometimes I see this as akin to a joyful hobby locked away in a drawer.

I encourage you to open this drawer now, and get going, to recapture the feelgood factor the hobby once gave you.

Paul Murphy. Age: 41. Tubbercurry, Co Sligo. Lost 4lbs

I went to Sligo to see Paul. He no doubt will hit his targets week on week.

He has loads of muscle, meaning he will burn more calories than most.

As he is on his feet most of the day, he walks greater than 15,000 steps daily, which is way more than the normal person.

However, the tragedy of Paul’s transformation is it will fail, I fear, if he continues to work an unsustainable number of hours every week.

On his wheel of life, 80% of his time was in work with 20% family time of which 5% is quality time. If Paul can’t give himself a day off, what is his transformation all about? All work and no play makes Paul... well, you can fill in the missing sentiment yourself.

Come along and join us on the Operation Transformation journey each Wednesday on RTE 1 at 9.30pm

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