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

"With you guiding me through the HeartMatters program, I was able to achieve a level of physical fitness that made regular and focused exercise feel more like a natural part of my day. I had slipped into a malaise that meant exercise could be ‘put aside’ for work or other important activities. Getting past this is a subtle but powerful accomplishment.

I really enjoyed playing and exercising with you outdoors (my preferred MO for our time together). The joy you bring to your work is wonderful. This flexibility put a kind of structure into my day that helped me ‘choose’ again – showed me how to take back some control of my schedule for important things like meditation and exercise.  It was also part of my journey of re-learning how to say NO to things. This represents additional forward movement for me.

Thanks Robin – I have really benefited from your work in more ways than just the obvious fitter, leaner, stronger me."

---J.E., Northern California,  Communication Consultant

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