Louise's Operation Transformation - 3 months on

Following her time on Operation Transformation earlier this year Louise Ormsby is a fitter, healthier, non-smoker with a BMI under 30. As a result she is in the early stages of her much longed for fertility treatment. Read on to see how Louise has fared since the show ended… 

Can you tell us a little bit about how life has gone for you since the show ended?

Life has been good the last couple of months. I’d love to tell you all that there is an Op Trans baby on the way but not quite yet I’m afraid. But don’t worry, I’m in a much better position and at least now I have a better chance. I’m on medication now to help with my PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) to try to regulate my hormones. This in turn should try to help me with my fertility. I’m waiting to get some more scans before I can be put on further treatment, so it’s all positive.  

Since the show has ended I’ve joined Insanity Fit Zone in Palmerstown where I take regular classes. They are high intensity but they are so much fun! I usually run 5k twice a week, one with the running club and then Park Runs on Saturday mornings. I'm also due to take part in the 10k women's marathon on bank holiday Monday too  - something I never thought I'd be able for. 

What were your initial goals when you became a leader? Do you feel you achieved these?

My initial goals were to get my BMI to 30, to give up smoking, get healthier, take up exercise and embrace the plan. I didn’t look to much beyond that. I never thought I could last with the cigarettes and I’m delighted to say I have! I never thought I’d also pick up a new hobby in running. In the past I could hardly run for a bus!

How has your weight been since the show ended?

I've gone on to lose 11lbs since the show ended. It not a huge amount but I can see a huge change in my body shape since the finale. 

Have you found it easy or difficult to stay on track?

At first it was difficult enough to stay motivated to be honest - I didn't have a camera watching me so I didn't have to do Aoife’s plan or Karl's workout, but at the same time I  was so afraid to go back to the life I used to have. I loved my new healthy lifestyle and I was determined those 7 weeks would not have been in vain.

Louise Ormsby and OT contestants on their marks

What has motivated you to keep going?

The fertility clinic told me although I’ve reached a  BMI of 30 I had to keep going or at least maintain it so this was motivation enough. Other important motivators were the feeling I got after working out and when I tried on clothes and things started to fit, or when I see how I looked in photos. These were all reason enough to keep going, and of course my classes are so rewarding.

What are the things that have worked well for you in terms of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

One of my proudest achievements is staying off the cigarettes. I still can't believe it. A bad habit I’ve had for almost 20 years.

Has your transformation influenced your partner/kids/family/friends or work colleagues?               

A couple of my close friends have given up cigarettes along-side me and were encouraging each other to stay off them. My aunt and cousins have taking up running and have continued. 

Have you any advice for other people who are trying to lead a healthier life?

People are asking "How do you do it?". I think the answer is different for everyone. You just have to be in the right frame of mind, know the reason you are doing it and just do it. It’s hard at first but once you start to get into it, it is just so rewarding. My body, mind and mood was changing for the better. I’m so lucky though, I’ve got great support and people motivating me all the time.

And finally, looking back, what is the best thing that came out of your time on Operation Transformation?

Best thing is hope. I went into Operation Transformation a smoker, over weight, unfit, with high blood pressure and high BMI which meant I couldn't get my much longed for fertility treatment. I'm now a fitter, healthier non-smoker who is in a much better position with a lower BMI. 

Is there anything you would like to add that's not covered above? 

I suppose I'd love to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their well wishes and support through the process and since then. The amount of people that give me a little wink and a nudge and say well done is so encouraging and much appreciated.

 

Posted: 27/05/2015 10:49:44 by Louise Ormsby
Filed under: BMI, Operation Transformation


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Louise Ormsby
Following my time on Operation Transformation earlier this year I am a fitter, healthier, non-smoker with a BMI under 30. As a result I am in the early stages of my much longed for fertility treatment.