Hi! My name is Laurie!

I lost 30 pounds working out at home, and now I help other empty nesters who long to feel comfortable in their own skin.

but what I really do is...

Through a simple, effective approach to fitness and nutrition, I empower you to find strength in the struggle, take back control of your health, and live a confident life. 

Being a mom is the world’s hardest but most rewarding job! I’ve been a mom for nearly 30 years, and a single mom for almost half of that time. And now I’m an Empty Nester. 

My story is paved with many setbacks, but also with tons to celebrate. I truly believe we are all being shaped for our purpose by the good, bad, and the ugly in our lives – but through the struggles we are stronger, just like it says in Joshua 1:9

That’s why I named my fit club Shaped for Strength. For me, it’s a testimony of God’s grace on my life and just how far we can come. It’s definitely been a long & crazy road at times (which I’d love to share with you if you join us) but I’m grateful for it all, because it’s brought me to where I am right now. 

In fact, I kinda feel like the ‘right now’ is really the best chapter (and it’s not over yet)!

laurie kicking during a core de force workout
Yogi family 2017

As our kids have grown up before our very eyes and are now teetering in that sweet spot between kiddo and adulthood, we feel grateful & joyous, under appreciated & overwhelmed, humbled & proud, all at the same time.

And since we all know that parenting is a job that never really ends, let me just take a moment to say thank you, God, for inventing chocolate. And, of course, Chick-fil-A. ;)

You've likely spent SOOOO long wrapped in an identity of who you are to everyone else. With each season, your emotional tank feels a little emptier... and your jeans a little tighter (how DID those years fly by so quickly, anyway?).

If you’re a mom, too, you know that all too often we guilt ourselves into putting our own health needs last because the kids, the house, work, or whatever (fill in the blank with your favorite self-care-saboteur) just seems like it always belongs higher on the priority list.

If you’re approaching this empty nester thing (or are already there), I totally get you when you need to vent about emotions running high or metabolisms running low.

But it’s high time you shift that thinking, my dear. Before it destroys your health.

We're not getting any younger, friends! As women over 40, over 50, or even beyond... NOW is the time to start putting ourselves back on top of the list - with our health, our finances, and our life!

Because Empty Nesting is our time to thrive!

As a “Fit over 50 fitness motivator” (aka coach) I’ve learned that when we keep ourselves strong and healthy, we are equipped for whatever purpose we are called to do. I’ve seen that play out in my life and I’m sure you have, too!

You’ve probably tried some workout or diet program before. It probably worked for a while, and you felt on top of your game.

And then it didn’t. And you lost your “motivation”.

But being fit, happy, healthy, and whole is more than simply dropping a dress size. It’s about making a real shift in the way you think about wellness (and it’s not by following points or lists of rules).

When you shift your mindset, you’ll shift your habits – and THAT will change your momentum. The result? Reclaiming your confidence as you take back control of your own wellness – body, mind, and soul. 

Do I still hate to turn down a fresh plate of cookies or bowl of ice cream? Heck yeah... just like you (because duh.. we're human). But now that the kids have grown & flown, I finally have the time to starting taking care of me again. And it's going pretty well.

My journey isn't always 100%. Not by a long shot. The difference now, though, is I follow a system that works. I'm showing up every day, I help others with their journey, we embrace this next chapter of life, and I can't wait to see what's next!

If you decide you want to work together you'll get encouragement & accountability in these three areas:

MOVEMENT

We'll find ways to utilize your existing calendar to carve out time and space for you to find (and DO) your soulmate workout - to keep your hormones, heart, and stress levels in check.

METABOLISM

You'll learn to view food as fuel to level up your life - helping you decrease gut inflammation, beat sugar addiction, get better sleep, and be happy making choices that work for you.

MINDSET

I'll help you celebrate even the tiniest of victories, and strengthen your belief that you are worthy. There will be lots grace to learn along the way, and no more feeling you're "not enough"!

Let’s get Shaped for strength and #EMPTYNESTSTRONG!

Who Am I?

I’m a single working mom and newly crowned into the “empty nesters” club. I have two twenty-somethings, both Division I college athletes who currently live over 2,500 miles from our home town.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Administration. Working in public education for 25+ years, and in the financial industry for 8 years before that, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many leadership roles in my career, teaching and coaching throughout it all.
I’m a cancer survivor (and never want to get that doctor’s call again!) so I am especially dedicated to preserving my health and helping others do the same.
laurie yogi about me

3 things you may not know about me:

  • I’ve been a single parent since 2006
  • I taught myself web desgin and started a home business
  • I’m semi-addicted to chocolate!

The Duck Story

Have you ever noticed what a duckling looks like as she floats across the water? Nice and calm on the surface, but lots of crazy kicking and flapping going on under the water?

Once upon a time, I was that duck. On the outside, it appeared that I had it all, and there was a time I did – the husband, the great job, the 2 kids, house, and a dog. But on the inside I was broken.

Years of bad habits had contributed to a major lack of balance in my life. Among other things, this led to a weakened immune system, weight gain, a broken marriage, and massive family debt. I truly thought I was doing everything right, when in fact, my life was upside down!

By God’s grace, thankfully the story didn’t end there. And slowly I’m learning ways to embrace my past “failures” to get Shaped for Strength. Some days I do still feel like that duck. Happily today, though, more often than not, I don’t.

I'm really glad you stopped by, and I hope this is just the beginning of us becoming Empty Nester Bffs!

But WAIT! Before you go, wanna learn the best foods to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, feel great & look amazing? Grab the Ultimate Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Foods now (it’s free)! You’ll also get on my email list with free tips, recipes, first dibs on new releases of courses and programs, & more. I usually send out an update about once a week, so don’t worry about me flooding your inbox (unless you register for an online e-course or devotional then I’ll totally flood your inbox – but only for like a week).  :) Can’t wait to meet you!