Monday, February 29, 2016

Art imitating life.....

I met up with my good friend Sinéad at the weekend. I hadn't seen her since the start of Operation Transformation so we were due a catch up. She brought this fabulous card that her 10 year old niece had made for me.
Here is me before OT. Blonde hair....and on my own!
And here is me after OT. Red haired and with a suitor!

Sinead then told me that her niece had used an online step-by-step guide to drawing and that this was actually Niall Horan. She just changed the microphone he was holding into a more appropriate bunch of flowers.
I hope she never realises that I fancied Niall Horan's FATHER when I was 16 years old, as he worked with my brother's best friend.
That's just plain scary!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

I fell into a burning ring of fire.

The  aspect of Operation Transformation that caused the most controversy was the Fire brigade challenge. Most people said that they were far too difficult and that we would never have to do anything like that in real life so they couldn't see the point of them.

















Having survived them, I totally appreciate why we had to do them. Having been pushed to my physical limits and beyond, I feel there is nothing now that I cannot do....or at least attempt.

About 3k into our 5k run last Saturday, I felt really tired and thought
"I don't know if I can do this".
Then I said
"Hold on a minute. I pulled a fire truck, of course I can do this."



And I did!

Later in the week I was going for my run. I looked out and it had started to rain.
Good old Irish weather.
The old me would have said
"Oh feck, it's raining. I can't go out."
The new me said
"I jumped into the freezing water off Howth pier. A little bit of rain isn't going to harm me."

And off I ran.

We were put into emergency situations, and for those 30 minutes they were real to us.

I would like to think that if, God forbid, I was to be put in a life threatening situation, I wouldn't totally freak out but would have some experience to fall back on.

There are no words to describe how brilliant I felt when a challenge was complete!


I'm still glad I don't have to do any more of them!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A life transformed.

Little did I realise that when I filled in the application form for Operation transformation last October, just how life changing it would be.
Before....

After....


Sure I wanted it to help me lose that dreaded stone and a half that I had been carrying around for the past two years and had been unable to shift, but I hadn't counted on the emotional and psychological decluttering that would happen as well. It was as if the pieces of my life were thrown up in the air like a jigsaw puzzle and when they landed, they rearranged themselves into a completely new picture...a much better one, by the way.

I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who helped me along the way.
To my family and friends who were a rock of support for me. And to all the new friends I made along the way, the experts for their invaluable advice and the occasional kick in the a**@ , the production team for all their patience and their "Let's do it one more time"!, and most especially to the other four leaders who shared this most fantastic experience with me.
 Friends for life!