Sharkey turns clock back |

Sharkey turns clock back

On her 47th birthday, right before school started, Cyd Sharkey made a life-transforming decision: She decided to shape up! No more denial about her own needs – the bathroom scale kept climbing! No more procrastination. No more excuses about lack of time – she’d have to squeeze it in between work and family. No more vacillation – it would only get harder.

Sharkey announced the decision to Rick, her husband, and two daughters – Taylor, 11, and Devin, 14. Next, she set goals for herself and got help – Weight Watchers. Although her job takes 40 hours a week Sharkey does have flexibility in scheduling, so she began working out at the gym after her daughters were in school.

Changing eating and cooking habits was necessary – more chicken and fish – along with monitoring the consumption of “points,” a system used by Weight Watchers to manage caloric intake. Each day, Sharkey has a specific number of points to spend on food. No foods are forbidden, but she must make trade-offs throughout the day to keep within her food budget.

By mid-October, Sharkey reached her first goal – a loss of 15 pounds. By the end of year, she reached her second goal: 25 pounds. By the end of the quarter, she anticipates she’ll be right on target – a loss of 40 pounds.

By achieving these goals over seven months, Sharkey developed eating and exercise habits that will guide her through the next 50 years to her 97th birthday. Even more important, she’s created a powerful role model for her daughters!

– Carol Carson

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