Op transformation - life lessons

Operation Transformation Series 7:  Dr Eddie Murphy,  Principal Clinical Pyschologist with the HSE Aoife Hearne - a registered dietician and a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute Dr. Ciara Kelly, GP and expert in family health  Karl Henry, fitness expert 8:30pm RT� One Tuesday January 7th and Wednesday January 8th 2014
Our Leaders are more than halfway there, increasing the intensity of their workouts and gearing up for the 5km run.

Our Leaders are more than halfway there, increasing the intensity of their workouts and gearing up for the 5km run.


Paudie hit his target of losing 3lbs, a remarkable achievement given that he is the oldest leader.

He was asked to slow down and given extra rest days. He was concerned that he would not achieve his target, but learned a valuable lesson – “the slower you go the faster you get there”

More importantly Paudie acknowledges that life is good. There is a remarkable change in his mood, he was depressed, lost, and binge drinking. Now he “doesn’t need a chemical to get on with people anymore” or to “take a drop to deal with the issues of life”. His relationships are better with himelf, family and community. Paudie is blossoming.


Deirdre from Cork didn’t hit her target of 3lbs, losing 1½ lbs. The experts are perplexed and Deirdre is too. She experiences food addiction and compulsive overeating, and is an emotional eater. An alcoholic can give up drink, but we need to eat. Whether Deirdre is up or down she craves junk like biscuits, chocolates, icecream, chips. Tackling this is about having structure and strength of mind. It’s back to basics for Deirdre. She has to complete a food diary, use the weighing scales, focus on planning. By not hitting her target two weeks in a row, she is very vulnerable, and must “stick to the plan like glue” .


Jennifer didn’t hit her target of 2lb, losing 1.5lbs. She was incredibly disappointed and annoyed. Jennifer is the lightest leader, but injured her hamstring which restricted her exercise and is coping with irritable bowel syndrome. She is annoyed for not hitting her target but previously she would have given up, and that’s the difference. When the going gets tough Jennifer gets going. Focus on the solutions not the obstacles.


Siobhan blow her target out of the water losing 6lbs. Well done. She struggles with the pressures of work and family life. Siobhan has successfully integrated the program into her life, she has embraced the process and is working really hard.


Marc lost 4lbs. In the past two weeks he has lost 11lbs . He is now on plan. He is making an impact in his life and his community. He made big shifts psychologically and is now less critical on himself. Marc is showing leadership for himself and for others. He has moved from being pre-diabetic type II to being in the normal range. Operation Transformation not only makes differences to your weight but differences to your life.


Sarah had the flu last week and managed to lose 6½ pounds. She is on track. This was the first week that the experts saw Sarah happy. Her life had got small, her home become a comfortable prison.

I set Sarah the challenge to go to rugby training and not waiting for the feeling but go now. It was great to see Sarah having fun.

Top tips this week

• You are never too old to change

• The slower you go the faster you get there

• Measure your life not by loss on the scales but by quality of life and relationships

• It’s not what you’re eating it’s what eating you

• Don’t let setbacks throw you off the plan.

• Focus on the solutions not the obstacles.

• You can change your life, lose weight and have fun.

• Don’t wait for the feeling to do something, do it and let the positive feelings flow

• Food addiction is a serious problem that needs a serious solution.

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