I was very surprised and chuffed to be asked by some Operation Transformation groups to come and talk to their members. I would never put myself forward as an expert on exercise and food. But what I can bring is an honest account of my "journey" to health and fitness and hopefully someone will get a bit of inspiration and motivation from it.
My first port of call was to Kilclonfert GAA in Co.Offaly where my cousin Jannette is organising the group again this year. After our talk we started the walk. However we were soon overtaken by the football team. Keep her lit lads!
The next evening I went to Moore in Co. Roscommon. It is being run by Laura Higgins who I met this year on the Great Dublin Bike Ride.
I came home from both events with a completely new respect for the work that these groups do all around the country. I was totally blown away by the lengths that these organisers are going to, to promote healthy living among their communities. Yes there are weekly weigh in and 5k walks. But on top of that both groups are measuring BMI, blood pressure, carrying out ECGs as well as coordinating aerobic, spinning and cycling classes. And all on a totally VOLUNTARY basis!
I came home humbled by the selflessness of people.
I really hadn't realised the full impact that Operation Transformation has on the nation. Thankfully it is not just a case of watching five people on TV striving to lose weight. It actually does have a huge positive impact on the health of the nation. I am so proud to have been even a small part of it.