At 55 Sharon Simmons proves that age is just a number, and an irrelevant one at that! Sharon has worked hard and not only become an athlete and actor, but also a published author-all in her 50’s! Sharon is a success at everything she sets out to do, and proves that there are no excuses. I’m honored to have met Sharon; she is beautiful, full of energy, and has a wealth of knowledge. For those of you who feel too old for a new goal or feel that becoming a mother or even a grandmother mean your best and fittest days are over, take another look at this picture! Thank you Sharon for taking the time to share your story and for being an incredible fitness, lifestyle, and healthy role model for people of any age.
Kim: Share a little about you.
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!
Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?
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.
Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
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.
Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
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.
Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?
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.”
Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Sharon: I thrive on goals and being the best at whatever I attempt, so that equals the opportunity to stay fit with my crazy schedule. I treat my workouts and fitness pursuits just like I do my career. I have always kept the two as separate as possible, so I can devote the attention that each deserves. I have studied and achieved most of the certifications that I can possibly get in my career, and I approach being fit the same way. I read about nutrition, exercise, and inspiring people who help keep me straight with my goals and then I go for it.
Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
Sharon: You can achieve anything that you set your mind to, but you have to want it really bad AND believe in YOU. Never allow anybody else to set your limitations for you. Opportunity only knocks once or even briefly, so you have to grab it and make the most of it. Never think you can’t do something, because you can.
Women are wonderful creatures, and we help make the world go round. It is good for mommies to stay fit. You should do it not only for yourself, but do it for your family. You’ll feel better and look as good as you feel. When you feel good, this will come through with your attitude towards your family and everyone wins. When I was a young single mom, working out kept me sane.