Well done to all who turned out for the Operation Transformation walks. Despite the weather there were thousands who turned out in 42 locations throughout the country.
Cork & Kerry had the best weather and in Killarney over 5000 turned out to raise a cheer and support Paudie’s as a Kerry hero. A key message for Paudie was around pacing as he was inclined to overtrain. He hit his target however overtraining is more likely to lead to injury and prevent you getting to your goal sooner. Paudie who is in his 60’s is a great leader for the older person. He shows that regardless of age you can do it. What’s really powerful in Paudie’s story is his reconnection with himself, family, community and county with this he has more energy, zest and joy in his life. Paudie needs to learn pacing and life in the middle ground.
Sarah came in with another great weigh-in losing 17½ pounds in 2 weeks and her shape is changing before our eyes. People have said she looks older than her age and I can see that she is genuinely looking younger. Sarah is trying to use nicotine patches to address her smoking addiction. I have encouraged her mother and sister to join Sarah in kicking the addiction, getting support will make it more likely to kick the habit. Key learning points for Sarah is that by sticking to the plan she isgetting the results. To kick the smoking addiction get the smokers in your family to give them upwith you.
Siobhan reflects the struggle of a working mum with all the demands on her time. She missed her target. She is struggling with her juggling and this is causing pressure and stress. Siobhan was asked were “her habits good enough to make the target” – eating, snacking, planning, effort level, exercising and organising her shopping? Are your habits good enough to make your target? Nothing worthwhile is easily got.
Jennifer from Cork found this week hard emotionally. She missed her target. This week her battle was not with the scales but with her head. Bereavement is what happened to you Jennifer, the loss of her husband. Profound grief is what she is feeling. Moving forward and letting go the grief is another loss. The only way to get through grief is to go all the way in and the only way to get past grief is to go through it. This can be a very scary thought for the survivor.
Marc missed his target as well! This was a surprise. Normally men lose weight easier than women. Marc went off plan. He had a curry, can you believe it! Marc self-sooths using food to fill an emotional void. Is Marc fully committed to the plan, are you?
Deirdre from Cork hit her target. Fair play, she was working night duty. The exercise is helping her joints and mobility and reversing the effects of early arthritis.
So top tips from this week’s Operation Transformation to make your change sustainable include –
• Don’t Overtrain – Pace yourself
• You are never too old to make changes
• To kick smoking out of your life make sure those around you give up the cigarettes as well.
• Stick to the Plan and you will get the results.
• Are your habits good enough to make the target?
• The only way to get through grief is to go all the way in and the only way to get past grief is to go through it.
• Don’t use food to self-sooth.
• Are you fully committed to your health goals?