She's the face of RTÉ's Operation Transformation, and has been the cheerleader for many people taking on their own health journey. But Kathryn Thomas has opened up about how challenging the lockdown was on her own health and wellbeing.

"It's been such a bloody strange year," Thomas told Independent.ie. "I put on 10 pounds in the first lockdown."

As gyms closed, workers set up shop at home and we all stuck to our own 2km and then 5km, many people saw their bodies change in different ways as they adjusted to the stress and upheaval of the pandemic. Kathryn was frank about how her routines shifted in those months of lockdown.

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"There was definitely a time, mainly when I was without childcare, when I didn't know whether it was a Monday or a Saturday, and the bottle of wine and tube of Pringles in the evening wasn't so much a treat as a requirement", she said.

She added that she wouldn't be one to stress about her body changing too much, as her weight would go up and down without the major life changes a pandemic brings, but it was more the mindset shift that she struggled with.

"My weight would tend to fluctuate anyway, so I wouldn’t necessarily panic in any way, but when I stop running and training and my 80/20 (being 'healthy’ 80pc of the time, and less so 20pc of the time) soon became 60/40, you’re no more in the mood to be good.

"That wasn't sustainable for me. Never mind the pounds — mentally, I wasn’t feeling the best in myself."

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It was then that she turned to Pure Results, the wellness and lifestyle retreat she founded in 2015, that stepped in to get her back on track. Taking inspiration from the boot camp retreats popular across Europe, Kathryn worked with a team of trainers, life coaches and nutritionists to develop a week-long immersive wellness programme.

This programme gradually grew into the thriving online community that lists thousands of people as subscribers.

Kathryn said the community has been a "bloody godsend". She added: "When you can feel you're healing people and you’re providing that bit of structure for people, be it through classes, recipes or workshops, that helped me to be present, to have that connection and to put a shape on the week."