I know you are wondering; what does 15 by 51 mean?
If you divide 15 by 51 it's a rather small number, 0.2941176471. If you multiply 15 by 51 it equals 765. Someone might try to figure this out and say, "Maybe she is building something with total square footage of 765. What could she be doing?"
Ha, I know you are trying to figure this out. Let's explore...
Last year, during my 50th Birthday gala, "Celebration of Sisterhood", I encouraged the sisters to "be the light". That means showing up in a room, not intending to change or convince anyone to do anything differently, but your mere presence shifts the atmosphere. The light and aura illuminates the room without you ever having to open your mouth. But Baby, when you do open your mouth, you speak truth to power and bring light to every situation. That has been my mode of operation over the past year.
And here's what I really like about shining your light...
My light doesn't put your light out. It merely accentuates what you already have inside of you. We shine together!!! This is why I am very intentional about encouraging other Sisters. I am neither threatened nor am I discouraged, by noticing the accomplishments and growth of other women. And if they are younger than I am, I really want to pour into them by modeling authentic celebration of another woman.
Because I was intentional regarding shining my light, doors opened for me this past year that allowed me to have a lived experience. I've been asked to preach in some great pulpits, speak up for others on various platforms, ran for office and I've been engaging with others on so many fronts just because I dared to shine my light.
Well now it's time to set another intention, as I make my way to 51 in August.
Have you ever complained sooooo much that you have grown tired of hearing yourself talk about it? No one else is talking, but the voice in your head just complains on loop. You understand, right?! Well, it's time to finally shut this voice up! (it's so unnecessary) You have seen me this past year cruising on my bike or walking around the neighborhood (RIP Arby), I have slimmed down a little and my legs are pretty strong, but tthefat has shifted in my upper body. Go figure! My belly and doggone back fat have appeared with a vengeance and they are quite proud of themselves. Ha!
I know that maturity has a way of slowing down metabolism and raising cortisol levels that help us to store fat, but (geesh!) that doesn't mean that I have to accept it! This sister is not going down without a fight. The fight is first in my mind, then it will reflect itself in my actions. In fact, the shift happened this morning. I found an exercise program/ channel that I like on YouTube and I made myself get up and go to the "workout room" that we created during COVID. (Yes, I have everything I need in my own house. Don't judge me. Ha!) I can literally go to the other room in the morning and do a 20-minute workout without even thinking about it. If I go to the gym, swim, ride my bike or go for a walk, that should be the added gravy to my exercise intention. The next step is to champion my nutrition; not with a diet but with intermittent fasting and eating more REAL foods, as opposed to junk food fillers.
So I am calling on my fitness and nutrition oriented Sisters to shine your light this way. I'm going to need encouragement along the journey!!! You are my accountability partners. (Don't bash me or I will mysteriously delete your phone number. Ha!) Know that I have seen your social media posts and YOU have already encouraged me to strive for better in this area. Thank you!
So back to the 15 by 51...
I am setting the intention to round out year 50 by losing 15lbs by my 51st birthday. (August 15th) I already know that I CAN do it... ability is never the question. The concern is whether or not I will make the necessary changes to meet my goal.
Today, I have already made a few very important steps:
1. I got up and exercised,
2. I drank plenty of water,
3. Fasting until noon, and
4. I put my business in the street by informing you... now I have to be accountable. Ha!
Share with me what your intentions are for the rest of the summer. You may have set a different goal for yourself, but I'm sure that you can always use a little encouragement. Let's keep each other lifted in this journey, we call life.
Now walk it out....