Sharon’s super effort
Monday, 28th April, 2014
By Erica Visser
A year ago, 44-year-old Sharon Doubtfire would never have pictured herself standing on stage in a tiny green bikini in front of an expectant crowd.
But this week the mother of three teenagers will do just that after losing a grand total of 28 kilograms in 12 months.
Sharon is set to compete in the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Adelaide Classic competition next weekend, before competing again a fortnight later.
She said that the bold decision to compete topped off her body transformation, which she achieved through regular sessions at the YMCA gym and healthy eating.
“It was originally my way of focussing on something I could control in my life,” Sharon said.
“I’ve lost 28 kilos and at 44 years old, just to get up on the stage is amazing.
“I’m wearing a green bikini on the day, with lots of bling.
“All I want is to know that I did the best I could. I’m not concerned about winning.”
Sharon’s weight loss goal was 60kg, but a recent cut back in carbohydrates has brought her down to a tiny 56kg.
“But that’s not sustainable,” she stressed. “I’m on a strict diet for the competition at the moment where I’ve cut out carbs.”
After her debut on stage, Sharon will allow herself a “cheat meal” and is eagerly preparing for it.
“I’m already trying to decide if I will pick pizza or pasta. It’s the carbs that I miss!”
Local woman Vicki Carlow-Hadfield, a former body building competitor who has appeared in commercials for products such as the Ab Swing Pro, has been helping Sharon prepare to compete.
“Sharon’s just been so dedicated. Anything you ask of her she takes on board,” she said. “I tell her she’s a rock star. It’s about confidence build and having that nice energy on stage.”
What most people didn’t know is that the competition isn’t all about how toned a contestants body is.
“I’ll be judged on my strut and my persona; how I come across,” Sharon said.
But she will also perfect certain poses that show off her “best points.”
Sharon thanked the YMCA for their role in her transformation and plans to compete again later this year.