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Me, My Health And I

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Yes, I’m sad to say…it officially happened. I would watch the commercials of young women shimmying to get into their skinny leg jeans by jumping up and down, holding in breaths or performing acrobats to fit in their favorite dress. Being entertained, I never imagined that scene would play out in my life or atleast not so soon.

Getting ready for an event I went to my one-of-a-kind dress that my friend designed just for my body type less than five months ago. As I snatched the dress from my closet and stepped my feet into it, I realized the dress wasn’t moving any further after that foot step into it! After screaming and my roommates explaining that I’m not a teenager and my metabolism is slowing down I started to put the puzzle together. One piece that showed me huffing and puffing after climbing the subway stairs, another piece that showed me eating and going straight to bed and the last piece was me making excuses for me not having time to workout all created a final picture of my health lacking!

Not that I’m a weight addict that freaks out if I gain a couple of pounds (Brooklyn summer offers great eats), but it was more of a wake up call that health is the foundation of all the tasks in your life. If you’re not in a healthy mental and physical state you will not be able to perform any other aspects of your life efficiently. It’s important that (especially) women of color stay on top of our health and catch it fast. It’s easier to break bad habits before they start. For instance, if you’re eating unhealthy you have less energy which means you don’t have the amount of fuel you need for your fly lifestyle!

So yes, the cool weather is coming our way and so are health changes. For me, small adjustments have improved my health drastically such as working out on a consistent basis, not eating heavy at night, and increasing my water intake. Take time out of your day and see if there are any type of changes you could make now to improve your health. Don’t ignore signs because they will be instilled into your lifestyle and take longer to turn around.

Just take it step by step!

Miracles & Blessings,

Ellisa Oyewo

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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