At a time when many New Year’s resolutions are waning, the community of Ardmore is going from strength to strength with their mission to get active and lose weight. Helped along by RTÉ’s Operation Transformation programme, the committee of Ardmore Pattern Festival set about organising weekly walks, official weigh-ins, exercise classes and health talks for everyone.
One a cold night in early January almost 120 people signed up to join the Ardmore Pattern group for Operation Transformation; fast forward five weeks and the group has lost a staggering amount of weight… over 600 pounds, that’s more than forty two stone! The group has recorded so much weight loss in the ‘Million Pound Challenge’ that they’re topping the group weight-loss leader board for the whole of Ireland. The Million Pound Challenge is an initiative that started in the USA and has made its way to Ireland. The target is for Ireland as a nation to lose one million pounds of weight during 2016, championed by the Operation Transformation platform.
The successes of the group in West Waterford lead to a visit from Operation Transformation’s film crew on Saturday 6th February to capture a glimpse of the group in action. By 1pm the community hall was filled full of Ardmore’s Operation Transformation group members ready to showcase Ardmore to the film crew. Everyone was well wrapped up as a gale blew outside however there was a break in the rain and blue skies could be seen while the group walked a section of the village.
Following this, Edwin Flavin of EnergyHealing.ie (and son of Ardmore parents) ran a relaxing taster session on meditation which was followed by high octane circuit training with Peter Coady from Youghal. Future talks and classes include samples of yoga and an introduction to good nutrition; these are provided free of charge to group members.
The production team interviewed many people from Ardmore’s group which includes a diverse cross section of the community, some young in years and others young at heart. Some of the group have even recorded a weight loss of over 20 pounds which is a huge personal achievement. John Supple, one of the group organisers has lost over a stone and says he’s “already feeling the benefit of it”.
Rounding off the day the equivalent weight loss from the whole group was displayed in Ardmore locally grown vegetables, it was a hugely impressive sight to see. An official Operation Transformation flag was presented to the community and it can be seen proudly flying from The Round Tower Hotel.
Want to join in? It’s never too late. Here’s what you need to know:
Weekly weigh-in by Triona Hennessy from 6.30pm in St. Declan’s Hall (€2)
Weekday walks: Mon 7.30pm and Wed 7pm (Hi-Viz and torches required)
Weekend walks: Sat 1pm and Sun 11.30am (family friendly)
There are two routes for walks offering 3km and 5km options, leaving from St. Declan’s Hall.
The committee of Ardmore Pattern Festival want to congratulate everyone who’s join the group and gotten involved. Special thanks to everyone who has helped in the organisation and weight-tracking. Stay tuned to RTÉ’s Operation Transformation in the coming weeks to see Ardmore featured. To get involved in the group visit Ardmore Pattern Festival’s facebook page and get in touch.