Bridget O’Dwyer, coach to Fethard’s ‘Operation Transformation’ group was delighted with the turnout for the initial weigh-in at the Convent Community Hall on January 292
Seventy-four people signed up, with many more just joining in for the exercise. Bridget is a qualified fitness instructor already taking classes in Ballingarry and Mullinahone.
Bridget has personal experience in weight loss when she piled on the weight after having her children, 14 months apart. She set to work, gave up smoking and lost five stone. She then trained as a fitness instructor in 2010 and in the same year she achieved a black belt in Taekwondo. Bridget uses the ‘KISS’ (Keep it Simple Stupid) approach to health and fitness, no quick fixes just on-going lifestyle changes and good habits using lots of tips that really work.
SOCIAL ASPECT IS ALSO
Operation Transformation has been great in local communities like Fethard to get people out meeting, walking and talking. The social aspect is also very important as people end up walking at the same pace as someone they didn’t really know and get chatting.
What takes place is a ‘private’ weigh-in, followed by a 10-minute chat, giving tips on how to make positive changes. Then a walk around the town, the circuit is one mile and people can do it as many times as they feel up to. She recommends that people time themselves and try to improve on that time the following week. You are not competing against anyone but yourself. People can join at anytime. Some don’t want to weigh-in but come for the walk, which is great too. There is a €100 prize for the person that loses the most weight at the end of the programme. Weekly walks take place on Wednesday nights, leaving the Ballroom at 8pm.