Finesse Your Future: Slight Changes, Big Impacts


Survivor’s Guide to a Healthier Life

Laurie Hatch, Registered Dietitian, Author

Oncology Dietitian for 16 years

Breast Cancer Survivor 8 years

It happens all the time, usually after you finish treatment. Your cancer doctor says, “you need to lose some weight” or “get more exercise”, but has she offered any help or guidance? What if you had the guidance you want and need after treatment to nudge you toward a healthier life? This book is for you if you are ready to improve your health and need truthful nutrition, genuine, PASSIONATE guidance. Years of improving the nutritional health of cancer surivors and her personal encounter with breast cancer is all in this book to finesse your future to health and vitality. Laurie has written this book for you. Due out in Fall of 2022. Check back for launch details !!!

An excerpt from first chapter, Begin with Gratitude: “My own cancer story began with tears of my plight and disappointment in myself because as a cancer dietitian, a cancer diagnosis may imply that I am not very good at what I do. The day I received my diagnosis, I curled up on the floor of my husband’s car and sobbed as he drove me to my surgeon’s office to begin planning for treatment.  It was a day without gratitude and many more followed. ” I have walked the path you have walked. I get it and I pour out my own story and professional expertise so you can see that changing bad habits to good habits is possible. Light-as-a-feather changes is all you need. Let me show you how.

by Laurie Hatch






APRIL 23, 2022 –A diagnosis of breast cancer rocks us backward. Once treatment is complete, we find ourselves far away from where we began.  If you are like me, you found yourself stripped of your sense of life’s purpose. Without a sense of direction, moving forward toward a better eating style or getting more exercise, like your doctor recommends, is near impossible.

It does not have to be this way. You CAN find your purpose, your why, which gives the direction you need to finally eat less sugar, use your lunch hour to walk for 15 minutes, or finally manage stress better. What you want and need is a sense of purpose. Social– or health-driven purposes are most common for survivors. My initial purpose after breast cancer was to return to working with the cancer patients I cared for passionately, lovingly to make sure their nutrition was top-notch. This was my social-driven purpose. But after awhile back in the cancer center helping all of those patients, my personal purpose was less clear. I needed another more powerful reason to make changes, like losing the 20 pounds that was hanging around after treatment. (Nope, I am not a dietitian who eats perfectly). I then needed a health-driven purpose.

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I looked around, what did I see?  My  grandsons I loved to giggle with and make cookies on weekends. And three thriving young adult kids who stood behind me and a husband who is and continues to be my rock. Soon it was clear that I had found my Why, the reason I wanted to be a thriving breast cancer survivor.  My plans to improve my own eating habits was soon driven by the ones around me who believed I had value  for their lives. I needed better health, less stress.

Consider for a minute: who or what makes you want to live healthier?  What do these persons mean to you? Do you have  an unfinished role to play in their lives? 

Find Your Why and begin the process of  finessing your future.  With a sense of purpose, there is nothing that can stand in your way of moving forward toward improving your health.






As you can see, I prefer to flop sweat!

Which do you prefer?  Flop sweat or glisten?

For more than 15 years, I was an exercise instructor working in a variety of fitness facilities to include cardiac rehabilitation, a YMCA, a university physical fitness department, and a women’s health center. My exercise niche was to lead women, mostly ages 40 plus, toward greater fitness through aerobic dance, resistance training and inspiration. Creativity, inventiveness, and sensitivity to their needs was far more important than any dance moves or hand weight routine I planned. What these women wanted most was to just “get it done” and move on with their day and sweat, but not too much. My classes ended with each participant making a mental check mark on their day. Exercise, check. Stimulating music, cleverly matched to preferences and capabilities, also served to move them through yet another exercise class.

 There is a vast array of responses to exercise and what it means to women everywhere. Some women delight in a sopping sweat as they bop in a dance exercise class, while other women are disgusted with sweat trickling down their face and onto their neck while they walk the neighborhood. Depending on your current fitness level, culture, race or ethnicity, age, geographical location of the country, family values, or social status, exercise is pure drudgery or delight or somewhere in between. A little personal disclosure here: Exercise makes me feel empowered, capable, and gritty. I like to sweat.

“Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going.”

               Finding your own tempo, rhythm, and pace are key to making physical movement a part of your daily life. Too many breast cancer survivors end conversations about becoming more active with something like, “I just don’t have time/energy/gym membership/money to do it”.  My favorite saying: “mejor que nada” or something is better than nothing, applies to all who think that physical activity involves grand plans. They believe that unless a marathon, monster-size hike, or swimming the English Channel are involved, then you did not really exercise. The truth is that physical movement that makes you glisten is enough and far better than nothing. Motivation to start moving more can be as simple as knowing that you don’t have to flop sweat to make it count. You can start with walking or dancing for 5 minutes three times a day and you are making an impact on your health.  Soon you will be glistening!





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I admit it. I have seen all of the Mandalorian episodes and I visited Disney World to verify my knowledge of the Star Wars series. I still have a lot to learn. Have you seen all the episodes of how to get healthier, lose weight, avoid more cancer and still don’t know what to do? You are not alone. As survivors of cancer, we are vulnerable to all kinds of messages, good, bad, and downright evil. So, when you are seeking The Way, make sure the advice or information you are getting is based on good evidence and not on quack medicine, snake oil-type supplements, or questionable eating plans. Only with truthful and genuine guidance can you begin to Finesse Your Future. My book to give you more of the way will be out in late 2022. Come back here to find out when!

Finesse Your Future: The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Guide to a Healthier Life

Laurie Hatch