Who has impacted you greatly, but has no idea?

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Cleopatra Lee has completely changed my life. One day I was on the explore page of Instagram and I saw that my friend liked a photo. It looked like a painting and I like art so I decided to click on it.

from @thecleopatralee

It was Cleopatra clad in body paint, but it was so tastefully done. I decided to check out her Instagram page and I realized that she was a fitness instructor. Just what I needed to see at the time. See, I was in the process of starting my own fitness journey. For the most part, I was doing everything on my own. The workouts, the meal prepping and planning out my sleeping schedule.

Cleopatra had what I wanted. She was an inspiration to me. Two years her senior I thought, why can’t I do the same. Why can’t I take control of my healthy lifestyles as she does. I started reading her blog, watching her YouTube videos and I followed her on all social media. I wanted to follow in her footsteps, but also make my own decisions about my body.

I started going to the gym almost everyday and when I wasn’t in the gym, I either walked or ran the trail around where I lived on campus. I made goals for my body and body type. I also started talking to friends and family who were likeminded and got support from them. I started to lift heavy, plan a strict diet that was hard to stick to but it was done nevertheless, and I drank more water than I usually do.

I looked in the mirror one day and had to take a second look because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My friends and family were making comments about how good I looked, but of course I didn’t believe them being the humble person that I am. I wondered if I would be so committed to my health and fitness if I hadn’t seen that Instagram post.

One day, when I got off of work and I was walking around Soho with my friend, I saw Cleopatra and I freaked out. Talk about fangirling. She was so sweet and she even gave me a hug. Now, I’m back on my journey after falling off a little, thanks to the post grad depression. And I’m excited to see where I go from here.


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