Angela Adara

I AM ALFA because I am a survivor of abuse. I am a woman of strength and integrity whose purpose is to inspire others to believe.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Hair and Make up By: SHANNON PAYNE

Fitness has not always been a part of my life. It wasn’t until my late 20’s when I decided to change my life and use fitness as a way to work through some of my tragedies. Turning to fitness has changed my life. I have competed in over 9 shows all with 1st and 2nd place rankings. In the past 5 years of my fitness ambitions I have also been published in over 8 magazines and am working on more! I have also had photoshoots with several top photographers in North America, worked for supplement companies as well as clothing lines. My passion is to make a difference in the Fitness Industry as a fit over 40 woman, and the opportunity to share my fitness journey, to inspire others through my writing and to impact lives through my interactions with others. Fitness is not just me focusing on my physical body. It has been the one thing that has allowed me to overcome several tragedies and dark places in my life.

I AM ALFA because I am a survivor of abuse. I am a woman of strength and integrity whose purpose is to inspire others to believe.

When was the most alfa moment in your life, and why? Where do I begin? As a young girl, I was always the one who was hiding. I was quiet, always self-conscious and never felt I was good enough. I accepted God into my life when I was in grade 3 and this helped with my sadness. I was always sad. I was scared of my own shadow. At a very young age and through my teenage years I was severely mentally and emotionally abused by my stepfather. It was so severe that I was a prisoner in my own mind for several years. I felt dirty. I felt I was a horrible person. That I was no good for anyone. I could not accept love and I found myself in my 20’s getting into an abusive relationship.

The cycle started all over again through my college years. I felt so unworthy of love and the more I tried to seek it the worse it got. I started to cut, and to this day I have scars on my arms and legs. I was crying out for help but felt so alone. My mind had me trapped from all the abuse. I felt that no matter how open I was, how loving I was I could not be accepted for me. I was severely depressed and my questioning for a deeper meaning in life never left me. My faith in God never left me. I still continued through my everyday life goals regardless of all the pain. I went to University for 6.5. years, obtained two Bachelor Degrees and became a teacher. A job that fulfilled me in every way. During this time, I had met my husband. We married in 2005, but the marriage started off terribly as my brother who I had not heard from did not show up for my wedding. In fact, we never heard from him. It has been over 15 years he has been gone. My grief for the loss of my brother was extremely difficult. I could not be a wife, nor could I love myself. Everything in my life was falling apart. I did not love myself, my brother was missing and my marriage was emotionless. I had jumped into a marriage hoping this would take away the sadness my life always held.