Why I Fit

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” I love my body .” I’ve always hated when people use that excuse for them being unhealthy/overweight. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those people, but if you truly loved your body, you would do what’s right for.  If you are properly taking care of your body you won’t be overweight. I’m not saying you’ll be skinny either. Some people are meant to be thick, others aren’t. Lita Lewis is an example of a fit woman who isn’t skinny. That’s why her hashtag is #THICKFIT.

I am simply saying if you truly love your body, let it be in its natural healthy state. That means a more natural diet and exercise.

I can understand the feeling of not being placed under society’s idea of beautiful. I am a black female with stretch marks on her but, a face that isn’t slim like a super model and I’m very short. So it doesn’t make sense to me when people say  that they don’t care about being skinny because that’s what society wants them to be. . .

Listen, it’s not about being skinny and don’t do it for anyone else but yourself. Being healthy and fit is all about self-love. If you love your body, you would want what’s best for it. Healthy diet and exercise is truly what is best for your body. That will remain true until the end of time.

This is WHY I FIT. I stay healthy and fit not to be skinny but to be at my best. I want my body to reach its full potential and be capable to do many different things. I don’t want to eat things that aren’t good for me because I’d rather spend more time doing what I love then getting sick from being unhealthy. I embrace my body, no matter what society thinks. I do this for myself and you should too!

Photos Taken by Shevon Miller.

The Armored Core Challenge

Many of you have been asking for some tips to improve your abs, well today I have a challenge for you all to complete. I created the “Armored Core” challenge for you, yes you, to obtain a stronger core! Now you can have a little taste of what I do when I train.

Are you Cleopatra’s Army ready? If you are, complete this challenge:

30 SECOND PLANK

30 SECOND V HOLD

30 SIT UPS

30 SECOND RUSSIAN TWISTS

30 CRUNCHES

15 LEG LIFTS

30 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

REPEAT 3 TIMES WITH A ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECOND BREAK IN BETWEEN.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a video in time for you guys to follow in the event you are unsure of how to do one of the workouts.  So use Youtube or something like that if necessary and make sure it’s a credible source. Also remember that while you’re doing this workout take DEEP BREATHS!

Good luck soldiers! Let me know how the workout goes for you. I always appreciate feedback. If you’re advanced go for 4 reps, if you’re beginner- try for two.

 

In My Healthy Skin I Win

I believe I am correct when I say everyone desires clear skin. Acne isn’t deemed attractive and sometimes it even hurts. Photo Oct 23I am pretty sure a lot of people are not going to like the post because my solution isn’t some quick fix, it takes some time to adjust to. In order to get rid of pimples and other blemishes you have to have a healthy diet!

Drinking soda, eating fast foods, too many sweets and all kind of other stuff that is harmful to your body will only make things worse. If you swap that bacon egg and cheese for breakfast for some oatmeal and a banana, you’re already making progress!

You have to wash your face at least twice daily. I use Derma E products and Dr Bronner’s peppermint soap (you can buy both brands at Whole Foods) to properly clean my skin. On top of that I maintain a healthy diet and consume plenty of water daily. I know this might not be a fast solution like a product with heavy chemicals but it is THE BEST SOLUTION. Guaranteed results, you just have to be dedicated to a healthier diet.

I used these pictures specifically because the Photographer, Andy Mac, didn’t airbrush my skin or anything like that. What you see is what you get.

Mission Statement

Seeing what is wrong with the world is only half the battle, trying to change it is the other half.

IMG_6223 IMG_6227 IMG_6228 IMG_6237 IMG_6243 IMG_6250 IMG_6251 IMG_6258 IMG_6267 IMG_6269 IMG_6279 IMG_6216I , Cleopatra Lee am writing this, so incase I die tomorrow you all know what I stood for.

My mission, and the mission of My army, Cleopatra’s Army is very important. My plan is to help make the world healthier and stronger. I want to show people that the human body is capable of so many things and it is a waste to just lay your body on the couch all day and eat food full of harmful chemicals. I want to show men and women that it is your body and you choose what you want to do with it, but making helpful choices won’t hurt. I want people to say “Wow that Cleopatra is really passionate about her work, she means what she says,” because I really do. I want to bring the world closer to nature like we were before. I will change the world from what it is today to its greatest potential or die trying.

So leave all the hateful comments you want, make inappropriate pages about me, disclaim my movement, twist my words, and all other types of terrible things. . . But you will not stop me or my army. My mission is what I am choosing to fight for, if you want the same things as I do- you’re already apart of the movement. Now let’s work towards greatness together.

Story behind the pictures: Ajani and I woke up yesterday, put on some of our workout gear and trooped over to the Bronx. We finally arrived at a spot we have been trying to take pictures at for almost a year now, by some train tracks. Then we moved on to take pictures in front of some dope graffiti. And of course this wasn’t my first time standing on top of a truck, via my last post. Happy 1 year Anniversary to Ajani and I though.

 

Cleopatra’s Army Prepares For Battle

IMG_6063IMG_6054IMG_6074 IMG_6103 IMG_6119 IMG_6124 IMG_6142 IMG_6169I am proud to announce that this weekend, Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th, I will be holding my first bootcamp. Cleopatra’s Army Bootcamp is not my first experience as an instructor but I have never instructed alone, this will be my first time. I wanted to do something aside from Double A Fitness, that would work all parts of the body so I decided to create this beginners bootcamp.

People tend to complain about being outdoors for more than 5 minutes when the weather gets colder. I am here to tell you that even though the bootcamp is outdoors during November, if you do the workouts as instructed you won’t be cold. You will be bringing your body temperature up and working up a sweat.

As far as clothing goes what I’m wearing in the awesome pics above will do just fine.  I’ll be wearing pretty much the same outfit during the two sessions this weekend.  A hoodie (not to be worn while training however), a long sleeve fitted shirt, spandex, and sneakers that are made to train in (not Roshe Run sneakers, they are strictly a lifestyle shoe).

The sneakers are train in are heavenly. IMG_6070The Nike Zoom Agility sneakers are so comfortable to train in. I tried them for the first time at a Nike Training Club event and just knew I had to have them. My favorite part of the sneaker is definitely the bottom. The hexagons make so many exercises easier because they add cushioning where your feet hit the ground the most. Now I am not saying you have to wear these sneakers, these are just my top choice.

I cannot wait to see everyone who will be joining me at the Cleopatra’s Army Bootcamp this weekend. It is only $10 per session and will only require a little over an hour of your time. Come out, and sweat with me!

Again, thank you to Ajani for taking these amazing photos. Also a big shootouts to the artist Vew who created the Nike design on the truck. As for the flyer in the header, thank you to Andy Mac for capturing me. I am surrounded by talented people!

My Untitled Diet

I have been asked so many questions about my diet so this is me covering some FAQs.


 

Grabbing a quick drink at Rejuvenate.
Grabbing a quick drink at Rejuvenate.

I was raised as a vegetarian and the first time I ever had any kind of junk food, I was six years old and it was the fun size bag of skittles. My eating went downhill from there up until about a few years ago, I decided it was time to do the smart thing and take care of my body.

Now, I have pretty much tried it all and I am no longer a vegetarian, so to speak. Although I have tried a lot of junk food I AM OVER IT. I don’t drink soda, eat fried foods, or any kind of food that contains ingredients that even google barely knows.  I especially DO NOT EAT FAST FOOD. My diet is pretty simply yet intricate. I am aware that kind of makes no sense.

My reason for saying “so to speak” to the vegetarian part is because I will not eat any kind of meat unless I know every detail of the slain animal’s life. For example, place like McDonald’s, Burger King, or even Boar’s Head meat from the Bodega don’t fly with me anymore. I’ve seen the movies like Food Inc. and Supersize Me and I have even read the book Fast Food Nation. I am way too educated to sit around and poison my body. In order for me to eat meat, I need it to be as fresh as possible and for it to have been properly taken care of. Properly taken care of means it was kept in clean conditions and fed proper food (food not made by humans). I’ll stop there because, what they feed the animals is another discussion entirely.

I have been drinking soy milk since my mother stopped breast feeding, I couldn’t drink real milk even if I tried. Now I am transitioning to Almond Milk because I am slightly spooked about the new found dangers of soy milk. When I make my protein shakes, I make them with almond milk now. In addition, I don’t drink anything aside from water/coconut water, DripDrop, and the juices from Rejuvenate Juice Bar. These are all healthy choices to keep me away from horrible things like grape soda.

What makes it easy for me to have this kind of diet is I was already raised on it, so it’s merely a “coming home” for me. I realize it could be a lot harder for someone who has been eating junk most of their life. I eat this way because I care about my body. I hope this covered most, if not all, of your questions.

Free The Nipple

It’s your body and you choose what you want to do with it. Know that all your actions have consequences good or bad.

It took me about a year to figure out where I stand on this topic. Trust me when I tell you I could not fit all my thoughts into one blog post but I am open to discussion and feedback. To be quite honest, I even hesitated to make this post!

I’m not quite sure what to label it but it’s the problem about women’s nudity. How a man’s chest is approved for the public to see but it’s not quite the same for women. Why is that?

People may or may not judge me for this post, I don’t care. I agree with the whole “free the nipple” concept to a certain extent. I don’t agree with it when it’s over sexualized and raunchy however, if men can walk around topless, women should be able to as well. I know I’m only 18 and my friends and family are probably having mini heart attacks right now from the picture I used for instagram but, I think this is important.

If you want to be covered up that is your choice. Me personally, I would rather have a shirt on. The pictures I took are for support but, I’d rather keep my chest covered. You will never catch me outside completely topless. I just feel women who choose to be topless should not be criticized. What happened to the human body being a work of art? What happened to equality?

There are many reasons why people find this inappropriate “It’s not lady like, what about rape, you’re supposed to leave men guessing, etc.” Think about all this before you even go outside with your boobs out or post a picture like that. It is up to you to decide.

I think the human body is a beautiful thing no matter whose body it is. That’s part of the reason why being a trainer is important to me, people are trusting me to help sculpt their body, their work of art.

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