4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

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Taking small steps towards your goals

This is the time of year when we tend to entertain the idea of resolutions that will begin January 1 and take us into the rest of our lives. Don’t take that to mean that I don’t support looking into the future with healthful goals in mind–but I know from experience that it is the crafting of the fine print of those goals that will set us up for successful achievement or a sense of overwhelm and challenge that will thwart our best intention.

Resolutions tend to be a broad stroke approach to a desired outcome, whereas small step goals are specific daily behaviors that allow for success to be experienced. As opposed to “I am going to get into shape in 2010”, two small goals would be created such as “I will eat a mixed and colorful salad for lunch twice per week”, and “I will walk after work, for 15 minutes, three times per week”; these two goals may seem insignificant and not likely to lead to measurable success, but these small-step goals are actually the first steps towards lifetime success. Imagine a client who eats a packaged sandwich from the cafeteria most days, and who does not engage in routine physical activity–committing to these two small-step goals will invite immediate and pleasant success, thereby creating the platform upon which more challenging goals will be considered in the future. “Getting into shape” is a goal that will take months to realize, while tracking daily behaviors of adding in healthful foods and routine body movement are measurable and realistic goals that can be modified every couple of weeks, as success becomes the familiar response to behavior change commitment.

What small steps will you be taking that will lead to your optimal health and well-being?

Robin’s effectiveness for promoting healthy lifestyle…

“Robin’s effectiveness for promoting healthy lifestyle is borne out of her personal commitment to health. She is not only a knowledgeable nursing expert regarding the varied aspects of cardiac health, she also promotes cardiac health through her own life choices. She role models life-balance for her clients and colleagues through healthy eating, consistent and varied exercise, work/recreation/stress management and information seeking behaviors. Robin has a thorough understanding of the health behavior change process and uses the process to help clients find motivation and satisfaction in selecting healthy life choices. Robin is a cardiac health content expert whose wisdom and knowledge is solicited by professional colleagues. She is an organized and charismatic presenter who can impart complex concepts in easily understandable terms.”
—Susie Petrillo, RN, MSN

As Hospital Administrator, I have witnessed firsthand Robin’s commitment to her clients …

“As Hospital Administrator, I have witnessed firsthand Robin’s commitment to her clients as well as the health and wellbeing of everyone on our staff. In Robin’s role as the Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager, she has created a very efficient Cardiac Rehab Department, which is important to me as an Administrator. Our patients—Robin’s clients—have experienced Robin’s passion, drive, compassion and immense caring for their health and wellbeing.”
—Katherine A. Medeiros, President and CEO

"When my husband of 34 years died I lost my interest in cooking.  Instead I began relying on quick frozen organic entrees and dinners. After three years I decide to improve the quality of my diet, so I contacted Robin Mallery. Robin helped me create a more nourishing and healthful diet that took my busy teaching and consulting schedule into consideration.

It was a joy to work with Robin. She is knowledgeable, supportive, intuitive, and warm.  I highly recommend her as a Heart Healthy Coach.

Through lifestyle counseling, the sharing of her delicious and healthy family recipes, and an informative and fun "field trip" to a local whole food market, I have shifted to an eating plan that is healthy, delicious, and swiftly prepared. The key to swift and healthy meal preparation for me has been Robin's 90-minute Sunday afternoon food prep model, a strategy that assures quick and delicious high quality meals throughout the week. I consider my leisurely Sunday afternoon food preparation time as self-indulgent "me" time, and enjoy chopping, baking, and sauteing against the backdrop of classical music and a glass of wine.  I also love the fact that a nutritious and delicious dinner is ready when I walk through the door every night of my work week.  It's as if I finally have that personal chef I have always coveted, only it's me!"  ---Patricia J., Nevada City

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