By completing the wellness plan, I learned a lot about slowly pushing my limits. It’s been so long since I’ve actually exercised every day throughout the week. It felt great to take thirty minutes out of my day to exercise and get moving! After each of my mini goals, I always felt good about myself.

I was glad that I started out with small goals such as walking around the neighborhood for 15 minutes a day, and then slowly progressing upwards to jogging every day, running every day, riding my bike every day, jump roping or playing basketball, jumping on the trampoline, etc. It was fun to mix all of these activities around and work out different areas of my body.

At the beginning, it was very difficult to motivate myself to get up and go outside. I just wanted to stay inside and watch TV, but I convinced myself that in order to improve my health, I had to do this. So looking back at my journal, I was somewhat successful the first week. However, as I continued, my motivation increased and I was able to complete the mini-goals I had set myself up for the following weeks.

I learned that if I want to live a healthy life then I will find ways to fit exercising into my schedule. My brothers have helped me greatly throughout these past few weeks. Every day, they would remind me to go outside to play with them. I’m glad that we’ll always be work-out buddies in the future too!

Overall, I feel that the wellness plan was successful! I hope to continue this wellness plan throughout my life! 🙂


The wellness plan was overall a success for me. Many of the times when I felt unmotivated to do a certain task it felt better to accomplish a goal if there was a reward at the end of it. A lot of the times, because most of my short goals were to finish exercises and train harder, the best reward I could give myself was a well earned rest. For those goals like eating healthy and doing things right,  i would punish myself with exercise and reward finishing a punishment with rest. The stress of school work, projects, essays, and work made these goals a lot more difficult to accomplish because I would always have to fit in the right time to exercise and do what I had to do.  A person should not always depend on external goals, but also look at internal goals as well. Because it is exercise and hard work together, one should look at these goals as accomplishments within the person. Doing better decisions, and being a better person overall. The time you finish goals without rewards is when you are doing things for yourself and not for what you’re getting in return. Overall my success and failures in goals, I learned that it never hurts to try to accomplish something, whether the outcome is accomplishing a goal, or not meeting it. At least you know within yourself that you tried your best. If you know you didn’t do your best then you’re only left with regret.

What I learned about myself through the wellness plan process was how to become successful in reaching your goals. The behavior that I wished to change was to exercise more and to eat healthier. I wanted to make a change in these areas because I want to be healthy and I want to teach my family how to become healthy as well. Diabetes is a very scary disease that runs in our family; that’s just another reason for this change.

I did have some challenges along the way; some of these mini-goals weren’t too easy. Running for thirty minutes at first wasn’t too bad, but running for one hour was a challenge. What had me going was watching YouTube videos while exercising; I especially love watching The Ellen DeGeneres show. I would get so into the show I would lose track of time, or I would just stay on the treadmill a bit longer until the show was over.

Another challenge was not eating after 6pm; it was a challenge because of my busy schedule. If my day was busy, I would get home till after 6pm. I could not help myself from eating because I was so hungry. What I did instead was changed my cutoff time to 7pm.

My final goal in this wellness plan was to reach my ideal weight of 130-135 by this month. Unfortunately I was not able to, once again because of my hectic schedule. I am happy to say I have loss over 15 lbs and I’m only 5 lbs away from my goal. Since this wellness plan was so successful, I will start another one to help me reach my ideal weight.

I was able to accomplish most of my goals throughout the wellness journaling activity. Even though I had a few set backs along the way in the end I feel like I really accomplished a lot and made some very good changes in my life. When I started one of my main goals was to lose some weight and I am proud to say I did just that. I feel so much better and confident with myself, and I feel like I can lose more if I set my mind to it.

Another one of my goals was to get into a good sleeping pattern that way I would have more energy and so that I wouldn’t feel so lazy and tired all the time because I thought I might just be oversleeping .Throughout the journaling I accomplished this goal, for the most part, and got into normal sleeping pattern, aside from the weekends when it was hard to actually go to sleep at a decent time.

I am very glad I took this class because it helped me learn a lot about myself and also helped me make the changes I needed to make in my life, and I feel like I am now living better, im not as stressed as I was and I feel like I can do anything I want when it comes to my health as long as I put my heart and mind to it.

I believe that I have sung the praises of my wonderful transformation throughout my journal writing these past few weeks. Due to the inspiring challenge that took upon myself I have really seen a much more beautiful side of me, temporally and spiritually. Not to boast of my accomplishments and my strengths, I am merely giving credit where credit is due. In my previous writings I have shared my accomplishments in my physical and temporal changes. I’d like to now share my spiritual experiences.

Since I started this assignment I just brushed it off as if it was going to be just another assignment that I had to overcome. I really didn’t think nothing of it, but the night that I sat down to set my goals and challenges something hit me, and a thought rushed through my head that said overcome this obstacle to the best of your abilities. From than on I was game. I am naturally competitive from my football days, I simply just challenged myself to be better period in every aspect of my life.

Never thought I can feel the way I do today. I have gained so much happiness, because I put away all the small and unnecessary things in life aside and focused the things that matter most in life and I ended up with true joy. I can honestly say I feel true joy. My relationship with my wife has blossomed as we just first met. The love I have for my sweet little girl is all a father can ask for. My life has changed so much in such a short amount of time and it will continue to do so. 

I am glad that I put my thoughts and goals to action and I am reaping its rewards. Life just seems so much more easier. Don’t get me wrong it is not perfect in any sense of the imagination, it has simple improved in a very drastic way. I honestly didn’t see any challenges, maybe because I was so focused on the positive aspect of the whole thing I didn’t notice any challenge and I hope for that to continue. LIfe is too short to dwell on the everything thats not happiness. Well, I can go on for days. But I’m over my 200 words.  

This class really helped me to change my lifestyle. Now, I knew that I took the right decision when I decided to be in this class. I feel healthier active. But, although I did not follow with my goal of swimming each week, this was something that made me feel better. I remember that after go to swim, the next day I felt more energetic. This activity will be one of my goals I want to continue doing more often. But I feel proud that I completed most of my goals.

On the other hand, I realized that I achieved sleep soundly every night. I already had many years without enjoying a pleasant dream. Also, I was always tired and I did not want to do anything. Also, I was terribly upset and angry for everything. But what I most wanted to be doing was to be asleep. All around me were saying I needed to change them to leave my problems.

In principle not I had very little energy and desire to start exercising. But now I have to do and all thanks to this class and my wellness plan. Now I feel more strength and with more eager to perform the duties of my house and my work. In truth, I do not know where I got the strength to begin exercising. It is really quite simple: bad habits equal bad health.  But according to a separate research report from the UK, “over 40% of cancers could be prevented by a healthier lifestyle because 34% of cancers in 2010 were linked to smoking, diet, excess alcohol or excess weight. If you want to be healthy, you need to have healthy habits.”  I’ll definitely be changing my lifestyle to a better level.

Wow, it’s amazing how far we’ve all come through!  When I began my wellness plan, I didn’t think I would have made the amount of progress that I have made. Honestly, as I look back, I’ve made so much progress from starting off with 15 minutes walking around the block to my main goal of exercising more than 45 minutes. Let’s face it, exercising is a hard task to do, if you’re lazy like me. Now look at me, I’m actually really into my exercising! Even though the wellness plan is over, it doesn’t mean I’m about to go back to my old ways of sitting around and not getting up to exercise. No way, Jose! Sure, I’ve had some excuses along the way like Week 2, where I used the excuse of blaming it on the rainy weather. I plan to continue my exercising by running around the block everyday! I’m actually excited to begin. I just need to get my running shoes out and BAM, the running will begin. The great thing is my mom and sister will also be joining me, the more the merrier! I think the best strategy that worked for me was to keep my goal in mind and also I wanted to be healthier. I volunteer at the hospital and I see a lot of people who don’t exercise and the effects of what it can do. I want to live long and continue to stay healthy, so this is why it’s important for me to incorporate exercising in my daily activities.  Truly, this wellness plan was exactly what I needed to start off my exercising! Well, it’s been nice updating you guys on my progress, but it’s time to say goodbye. I leave you all with an inspiration quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Always push yourself beyond your perceived limits . Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”