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The flow of positive change GOLO introduced into my Lifestyle

In the summer of 2009 I broke my right clavicle, and because of my injury, put on close to 40 pounds. The following year I lost my job and was in an unhealthy relationship. All these events weighed on me, and in the beginning of 2011, I knew I needed a change.

I was frustrated with being exhausted going up steps, I was annoyed eating food that just made me more tired, and was disgusted by my wardrobe of clothes that looked very unflattering on me. I was finally ready to do something about it and accepted that I needed to take action. So began my GOLO journey, which continues to this day.

As an early adopter of GOLO in 2011, I set a goal that seemed so ridiculous and impossible to me at the time since I was barely able to run a quarter mile without gasping for air and experiencing shin splints: Complete the Broad Street Run, a 10-mile race held in Philadelphia every May.

The stage was set, the goal in place, and I was ready to make it happen. As I reflect on this goal now, I can clearly see that the hurdles I allowed to block me were of my own doing. My mindset was keeping me from reaching my goals or achieving greater accomplishments.

GOLO not only helped me change this “stinking” thinking, it helped me swing my vantage point and approach life situations with a new vision. I had a new way of looking at the same old problems I faced with my diet, exercise, and overall life.

At first, the commitment was incredibly challenging. The change in diet, or how I even approached food, took time to adjust to. The exercise made my body hurt every day. I struggled with getting up out of bed and with my commute. Thankfully, the encouragement from my peers and friends helped me stay the course.

Then things started to change. I began to have more energy than I had had in years. The recovery time from my exercise program started to shorten and my body started performing better. The length of my runs increased and I was able to do more and more. I was able to lift more weight and I felt stronger,
healthier, and happier than I had in years.

These changes elevated my outlook on life in general. My friends almost immediately noticed the changes in both my attitude and my body. As compliments and encouragement continued coming in, the good feelings they gave me motivated me even more.

In 2011, I reached that “crazy” goal and ran my first Broad Street race. Then I did it again in 2012. I challenged myself with other physical activities in the following years before deciding to make the Broad Street Run my staple race because it changed my life so positively.

I ran it a total of six times, making improvements each year. In 2019 I saw the most dramatic improvement, reducing my overall time by over ten minutes.

If you can take anything away from my success story, remember that YOU CAN DO THIS! Set goals, push yourself, get back up if you stumble and fall. We are all in this together and are here to support each other. We are a community.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and best wishes on your GOLO journey.

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