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My journey in sobriety started in April 2017. After drinking for over twenty (20) years, I never imagined that I would get sober and stay sober. Not drinking is just the beginning of the journey. Staying sober is a day to day challenge. A challenge I have thus far managed to over come with the help of exercise.
When I began my fitness journey, my main goal was to lose weight. Then I discovered my love for lifting weights and I never looked back. My goals changed from losing weight to getting stronger and loving myself in my own skin. Getting stronger in the gym has helped with my mental health, self esteem, and overall self love.
My first competition was fitneswars in August 2018. I remember preparing for this event and at the time I could barely finish 10 squats at 70kgs and my maximum deadlift was 120kgs : I can now do 10 squats at 110kgs and my maximum deadlift is 190kgs.
I was early in my sobriety and early in my fitness journey so at that time winning was everything to me. I lost the desire to compete.
Then I met one of Kenya’s best strength and conditioning coaches : Ian Masinde AKA Ian Raulini and he nurtured my strength and my self confidence. He never pushed me to compete instead he pushed me to be the best version of Aida. Next thing I know, I was registered to compete in Kenya’s Strongest.
Kenya’s Strongest created a platform for me to put my strength to the test and compete with other women in such a male dominated sport. In July 2019, I was crowned Mombasa’s strongest woman and in October 2019 I was named Kenya’s 5th strongest woman.
Video: Road to Kenya Strongman Finals
Winning is no longer the be all and end all. Competing has become an important learning tool and best teacher of humility.
Now, my journey takes me to Dubai to compete in the Middle East’s Strongest Man and Woman 2019 at the Dubai Muscle Show, December 5 - 7.
So what’s next? Addiction doesn’t disappear. I have to live with it everyday but sobriety is a lifetime journey and Strongman is just beginning. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
- Aida Odongo
- Campaign Manager
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