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     The wellness wheel couldn’t have come at a better time because I’ve recently been trying to change my dieting and exercising habits, as well as the way in which I feel and look at myself. Knowing that my answers to some of these questions could be completely bias, I realize that the wellness wheel is how I look at myself in my perspective. Others could have different opinions about how I score myself.
     I found that I did very well on section eight, scoring a perfect twenty. Now, that is just how I felt at the time I took the test. Different answers and scores could appear at different times depending on my mood. Section eight was about wellness with playing and working. I feel I did very well on this particular section because I know how to separate work from play. I know when and how to work hard; and I’m very proud of the things I do and my accomplishments. On the other hand, I know when I’ve been working too much, and personal enjoyment away from work is almost like therapy to me. I think that the way I work is what enabled me to do so well in this section. I usually enjoy work, and I always try to turn work into an enjoyable activity, instead of “work”. I feel that if you work hard, you should play hard too.
     The main areas that I scored low in are the areas surrounding diet and exercise. Throughout my life, up until the past couple of years, I’ve always been extremely athletic and did some form of exercise regularly. However, now that I have more responsibilities; working full-time and going to school full-time, I’ve notice that I have slipped from exercising regularly, to not exercising at all. I’ve become a couch potato, figuring that I put so much time and effort into work, that when I get home I should sit on the sofa and plop my feet on the coffee table, eating junk food till my stomach erupts. I know this isn’t me, and I don’t want to be a couch potato for the rest of my life. However, this horrible habit that I’ve developed is a cycle that spirals downward leading me to unhealthy obesity. I’m only 170 pounds, still in shape, but on the verge of gaining an actual beer belly. I need to break the cycle and set a routine exercise plan for myself that will also include a relaxed diet.

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I’ve always eaten unhealthy foods: candy, bacon, greasy foods, fast food; tending to shy away from fruits and vegetables. However, fruits and vegetables are main parts of my food group, and I need to eat a lot more of them, rather than fatty carbohydrates.
     I think I need to get myself more involved in an extra curricular activity such as basketball. Along with taking health this term, I’m also taking basketball for my PE credit. I used to play basketball throughout high school, and only if my coach saw me now, he would make me run laps till I puked. I used to be in top physical condition, but look at me now. In order for me to get back in shape by the summer, (so I can take off my shirt at the pool without hesitation) I need to start lifting weights again. My basketball class should take care of my cardiovascular, but I also need to regain muscle mass. I want to set a goal to lift weights three days a week for an hour at a time. I play basketball for an hour and a half, twice a week, which is a good start for running and burning off the fat. I should eventually start to take time out of my day to run on my own though. My goal is to be able to bench press 220 pounds (I could bench 250 in high school), and to be able to run a six minute mile by the end of this term. For my dieting portion, I think that a starter goal would be to not eat at any fast food restaurants at least until the end of this term. If I don’t achieve these goals I think you should give me an F, but if I do complete my goals you should give me an A!!
     Enough about how bad my exercising and dieting habits are; I’m actually surprised that my self wellness scores weren’t as bad as my exercising and dieting scores. I’ve been going through some tough growing pains lately due to a lot of responsibility changes and just growing up in general. All my family just moved away from Portland after my parents go divorced and since I’ve been going to college for the last two years, and holding down a job here, I decided to stay. My family was an important strong hold to my security and wellness, and sometimes without them I almost feel naked. However, over the past year without them here I’ve been learning a lot about myself. I felt very out of place and even depressed when I didn’t have my family in Portland to turn to. Sure, they were just a phone call away, but that doesn’t replace having them here. I became very introverted, staying home a lot, not socializing, and not going places in my life. I like to think of life as a constant progression, not regression.
     I finally got out of my “funk” by talking about it and opening up to friends. One of my best friends, Mo, told me that he thought I was acting a lot differently and that I was my cheerful, outgoing self that I used to be. We talked for a while and I finally told someone how I was truly feeling. There were a lot of other things going on in my life at the time too, not only my family moving away, but understandably, when you have problems, most people turn to their family, but mine wasn’t here. So I was fortunate enough to have a few good friends that I could talk to that helped me out. Now, as of late, I’m finding out who I am, and continuing to search for the person I want to be. I want to be in touch with the wellness of all of the sections that I took the test on. Surprisingly, I did very well on a lot of them. I say surprisingly because just six months ago, I was going through some of the most “different” times of my life. I don’t know if I was truly depressed or if I even had depression, but I know I wasn’t myself, and I’m slowly, but surely trying to change me. Like my friend Mo said, “If you don’t like something, you have to shake things up.” That’s what I’m trying to do, shake things up. Change things in my life that I don’t like or want. Push myself to do the things that I want to do, not just hope to do them.
     The data in the wellness inventory wheel was fairly accurate; of course it was accurate to the mood I was in at the time I took the test. If I was in a terrible mood I’m sure that I would have scored very low on the test. However, I was in a good mood when I took it so I scored very high on most things. I think the experiment is always going to be bias if you are grading yourself on something. Not many people will allow themselves to truly admit that they are as bad as they are. It kind of goes against human nature to under cut your personality. Usually people thinks more highly of themselves than they think low. Overall, I feel that I was honest in my answers and scoring. This activity gave me good insight to what I really need to work on. Besides working on getting in touch with myself, I should also definitely work on exercising and having a better diet.
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