WE ARE ALFAs because we are strong alone. But as Mom & Daughter together we are stronger.
Photography: ALI SOHRAB
Tanning by: COAST LUXE
Coaching: Custom Built Training
Venue: OLYMPIAN GYM
T: I am a mother to two beautiful children. Health and fitness has always been a substantial part of my life. Our family has always been very active and participated in sport activities. We motivate, inspire and support each other through our group chats daily workouts.
After the sudden passing of my husband more than three years ago, my life spiraled out of control. As I struggled to come to terms with my new life. I became dependent on alcohol to cope with my grief and anguish. I was very unhappy and afraid of my future. This all changed when I started sharing my story on my health and fitness blog. In the summer of 2019, I began my personal transformation, focusing on my health, fitness and life goals. Whenever I felt lost or alone, I could enter the gym and feel a sense of courage, strength and empowerment with whichever situation I was struggling to endure. The feeling I got when I was lifting weights in the gym seemed to relieve any anxiety and uncertainty I was experiencing. To this day, I feel a sense of calmness and contentment when I train. Now instead of being afraid of my future, I am excited of the endless possibilities. It’s been a long road of self- discovery but I am finally living the life that was meant for me.
I AM ALFA because I have overcome many obstacles. I have learned to accept the things I cannot change. I have realized that each and every one of us are faced with challenges daily. How we react to those challenges is pivotal to ones, vitality. I am on a mission to become to best version of me.
J: Following my dad’s sudden passing in 2017, I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD. It would be diﬃcult to do the smallest tasks such as, getting out of bed, going to the gym, and sometimes finding the will to live. Exercising would boost my mood but I did not have the motivation to go regularly. After a long two years of coping with my mental illnesses, I decided to enter my first Fitness Competition. It gave me a reason to get out of bed and start being accountable for my own self-care. It was a great experience and gave me the escape that I needed. Although my path was starting to look brighter, I would watch my mother struggle with her addiction and grief. Worried for her health, I convinced her to jo