Sharon: Hi, I am SHARON SIMMONS and I am 55 years young. I live in Carrollton, Texas with my husband and Toy Miniature Schnauzer, Harley. I have two adult children (37 and 26) and two grandchildren (9 and 5) that also live in the Dallas area.
Sharon: I went through a complete transformation when I hit age 49; I remember it well. I was a single mom for many years and put myself through the Associate Degree program in my 30’s. Then I went on to pursue the Bachelor’s in my 40’s and finally graduated with my Master’s Degree at 50. I had a defining moment at 49 right after a full hysterectomy. I decided to compete in fitness at age 50; I didn’t even know what a fitness competition was at the time with no background in gymnastics or cheerleading. I hired a personal trainer and choreographer and trained for a year, and I hit the stage at age 50 — right after I graduated with my Master’s. It was awesome!
Sharon: I had both my children very young, and I worked out before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy once the doctor had cleared me to begin my workouts. I watched my nutrition closely staying away from unnecessary fats and junk food. Years ago, that was the extent of what I knew about nutrition. I always worked out even through the 8th month of pregnancy.
Sharon: At 55, I am still going strong in the competition arena. I am now also competing in Bikini — too cool! I published my first book “Triple F – Fifty Fit and Fabulous” - my daughter gave me the title Triple F my first year of competing. I am now studying acting, and I just did a shoot with the TV show “DALLAS” which will be aired on TNT June 2012. I am beginning to believe that life begins after age 50. Everybody out there — it’s OK to age. Stay in shape, eat proper nutrition, always strive for excellence in all that you do, and never give up. Try new things. What an incredible thing to do a cheerleading jump with my granddaughter in a bikini, which I did at my 55th birthday party.
Sharon: I love breakfast and dinner. My standard breakfast is oatmeal covered with walnuts, blueberries, and a dash of cinnamon — along with a side of 3 egg whites cooked like a big pancake. Absolutely delicious. Dinner is either chicken or fish, 1/2 plate veggies, and a sweet potato. I do love chocolate, so I have to be careful. A Luna bar (or a couple bites) will satisfy, or sometimes I have to just go there and have a cup of chocolate ice cream.
Sharon: I totally enjoy working in the yard with my husband which requires me to do lots of bending, stooping, jumping, and whatever it takes to get the weeds, trimming, hauling, etc. Being a fitness competitor has saved me a couple of times in the yard when I have tripped and turned to catch myself with my hands and didn’t even get hurt — much like our fitness moves. It is so true as you age to stay in shape to prevent injuries. That being said, I work out EVERY DAY at the gym. I work full-time managing commercial office buildings, and I leave at noon and workout on my lunch hour. That short time is the part of my day that I reserve as “me-time.”