523 days ago, I took an assessment. When I first weighed in on my Wii Fit Balance Board, my Body Mass Index (BMI) registered in the Obese zone at 270 lbs. Over the past year and a half, I have slowly but consistently improved my BMI ranking. I now weigh 221 lbs., registering in the Overweight zone, having lost 49 lbs over that time period. And to eventually reach my BMI target of 172.5 lbs. – the Normal zone – I still need to lose an additional 49.5 lbs. Nicely improving. With more improvement needed to complete 98.5 laps. (One lb. lost = 1 lap completed).
1 day ago, I took a different assessment. (Read “Wellbeing: Easy As 1 2 3 4 5″). I went online and started my journey into Gallup’s Wellbeing program. I completed the Wellbeing Finder, a fifteen-minute assessment, measuring my wellbeing and the quality of my daily experiences. Before I share my assessment results, a brief overview of the Wellbeing Finder assessment:
“The following questions are about you as an individual and about your life overall. Gallup’s Wellbeing program is designed to help you hold yourself accountable for your wellbeing, so we encourage you to be as candid as possible when answering each question. Keep in mind that your responses and results are completely confidential. At no time will Gallup disclose your individually identified results to others without your permission. When you have completed the Wellbeing Finder, you will receive a personalized guide to use to improve your wellbeing in each of the five essential elements revealed by Gallup’s research: Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing.”
My assessment results were grim.
Using a grading system of 0-10 (with 10 being the best or highest assessment), here are my individual scores for the five essential elements of Wellbeing:
4.0 = Physical Wellbeing
2.0 = Financial Wellbeing
2.0 = Community Wellbeing
0.0 = Social Wellbeing
0.0 = Career Wellbeing
The Overall Wellbeing grading system combines the scores of the five elements and plots into one of three categories:
70-100 = Thriving Wellbeing (strong, consistent, progressing)
40-69 = Struggling Wellbeing (moderate or inconsistent)
00-39 = Suffering Wellbeing (at high risk)
My Overall Wellbeing score?
My wellbeing is at high risk!
No need to add insulting comment at this point. Very unhealthy situation. Just restate the uncomfortable facts. I’m bottomed out in Social and Career Wellbeing; I’m teetering in Financial and Community Wellbeing; and although my Physical Wellbeing is the bright spot in my overall wellbeing assessment, it is still struggling.
Am I confident to confront this monumental and life-changing wellbeing challenge? Definitely confident. I look forward to receiving my personalized guide to improving my wellbeing. And I realistically expect it will include a much more involved wellness approach than “eat less, exercise more” … stay tuned for improving results.
Either by guessing or by actually buying the Well Being book and taking the assessment, which of the five wellbeing elements do you predict will be your brightest spot in your Overall Wellbeing assessment grades?
Each “98.5 laps” blog entry also features
wellness success stories and key resources
located throughout Waukesha County and southeast Wisconsin:
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
105 N. Main Street
Dousman, WI 53118
Come join us to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and raise money for Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program and the Davis Phinney Foundation. Enjoy one of the four great rides or a walk around the beautiful lake country of southeastern Wisconsin. Fall colors will abound.
- A heart-pumping 100K ride into the lake country. 8:30am start.
- A 30-mile pedal through the fall colors. 9:30am start.
- A less hilly, scenic 10-mile ride. 10:30am start.
- A 5K “Fun Run” (not timed) on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. 11:00am start.
- A 2-4 mile walk on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail for our Parkinson’s friends and families. 11:00am start.
Food and festivities from 11:30am to 2:30pm.
Benefiting Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin and Davis Phinney Foundation
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Thanks for visiting …
The next weekly post will open up on Tuesday 10/12