Challenge Yourself in 2010

We’re now halfway into January – have you kept your New Year’s resolution?

We’re now halfway into January – have you kept your New Year’s resolution?

Researchers have shown that when people make a New Year’s resolutions, it’s typically related to their health. The beginnings of a new year offer a fresh start to renew our intentions.  But no matter how you go about it, you’ll all face many of the same roadblocks as you attempt to change your lifestyle.

This season, we have created multiple specialized plans to lose weight and get healthy.  In the spirit of recognizing the effort involved, we call these plans challenges.  In these challenges, we break down your tasks and meals by weeks – and even days – so that you can focus on the task at and hand without getting overwhelmed by the big picture.

This incremental approach has allowed our toughest customers – like Steve, “Unhealthiest American” – to succeed. Last week we welcomed Steve back to check on his progress and discuss his journey. As he described the beginnings of this process, Steve communicated the frustration that most people experience during such a momentous undertaking.  With so many steps that need to be taken, Steve doubted himself.

Fortunately, these worries quickly disappeared after Steve met with his team at the Cleveland Clinic. As Steve began to understand the clear steps that he needed to take, he felt invigorated rather than intimidated.  Steve is taking it one day at a time and already is seeing changes that are improving his daily quality of life.

This is a process that I hope will change his life, and may inspire you.  This upcoming year, I invite you to follow Steve’s example. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution at all. Focus instead on the smaller, manageable challenges that will allow you to reach your goals. We hope that our challenges will serve as your guides to a happy, healthy new year.

The #1 Thing to Remember When Caring for a Sick Parent

It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of overwhelming burden.

Caring for an ageing or sick parent at home can be a wonderful act of love — but it can also be a big sacrifice. Along with the new responsibility comes added stress to your life that's probably already taxing. Not to mention, it significantly changes the relationship between the two of you. If you're a caregiver for a parent, or thinking about what next step is best, this is one of the most important things to remember about this life phase. It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of a lot of the burden that comes with the role.

TV and podcast host Maria Menounos is currently taking care of her mother, who has brain cancer. She learned this lesson from a guest on her series "Better Together."

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