Welcome to the new and improved JennyLaBaw.com! First, let me preface this initial blog by telling you that this isn’t just another place to flood your brain with information about not eating sugar, squatting technique, meditation and all those health-related things. Let’s be honest, the internet is overwhelming in this arena. I’ve been in the industry for 15 years and I still get lost with the plethora of info out there. But, yes, to help you navigate this crazy maze, I will regularly give my tips and tricks on health-related topics that have shown to be effective and true, but this is intended to be so much more.
In addition to all that health mumbo jumbo, also be prepared to read some meaty, vulnerable, funny stuff to make you think, to make you question, to make you grow! My goal is to blog once a week (maybe more if I get a wild hair). With each blog I will be posting some of my “favorites” of the week. Favorite recipes, exercises, articles, quotes, experiences, etc.
I also want to hear from you! I want this to be a tribe where we all can share and learn from each other, so please feel free to comment, participate in the conversations and if you like what you read, please share with others. I ask that you keep it positive though. We don’t need haters, judgement or negativity in general. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
With that said, let’s dive right in! Here is a bit of my world right now and why this blog is coming into fruition (again) and how it’s purpose has transformed!
If you have followed our life at all in the last couple years, you know that we have a great home near Chico, California (where Marcus is from). We built our home (with our own hands) on a private lake in the country, with room for our dogs to run free and grow our own garden. There’s no noise from traffic and we have the ability to skinny dip when we want. Well, that last one only holds true as long as his family isn’t home (we live on a family compound) and if I don’t have clients in the gym (aka: our downstairs/garage). Basically, if we didn’t have to buy meat and didn’t care about being considered socially awkward, we wouldn’t ever have to leave here. Except one thing… my heart and soul is in the mountains… and our house is not.
Our Backyard in CA
Again, if you know me or if you follow my life on Instagram or Facebook, it’s no secret that I was made for being in nature. Any nature is awesome, but the power the mountains have over my very being is overwhelming. And not just any mountains, the Colorado mountains. My mountains. My home. Marcus and I just spent 7 weeks home in Colorado, living out of our camper and loving every moment of it. We bathed in the creek, disconnected from the busyness of everyday life, and had time to actually be. I worked out mostly with a heavy rock and spent endless time exploring trails. We lived simply. We both worked, well Marcus probably more than I. But we took time to be with my family, to look at the stars, to breathe the fresh air and to get our feet dirty. We took time to live.
Me Living and Loving Life
Every time I spend time in nature (especially alone), I have epiphanies. Which, as you follow along you will probably see several posts created as results of these times. I get motivated to do what I don’t have time to do when I’m in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I think of ideas that I want to share with the world. And this is why I’m back in action on www.jennylabaw.com. This is why I have started www.thewildwomen.com (which you will hear A LOT more about in the upcoming weeks and is my new passion project). I know it is time to revamp what I am doing. To share what I am passionate about. To answer questions. To ask questions. To get answers.
So here we go on this wild ride… there will be ups and downs, there will be laughter and tears, there will be slaps in the face and major high fives. It may be bumpy…but, I promise, it will be worth it! Hang on and thanks ahead of time for being a part of my world.
This Week’s Favorites:
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” ~Rob Siltanen
Exercise: Straight Arm Plank
In the next several weeks I am going to be focusing my “favorite exercise” on core strength. Starting out with one of the most basic tests of core strength and shoulder stability we are focusing on a Straight Arm Plank. Core strength (muscles that stabilize our spine) are called our “core” for a reason… it should be the “core” of our movement. It’s where all movement should begin from. A strong midline (or core) helps to protect our spine, improve our posture and enhance our performance.
Recipe: DandyBlend Black Tea
I’m on my no coffee kick again and per the suggestion of my good friend, I now start every morning with this cup of deliciousness. It really does resemble the taste of coffee, but without the acidity and the caffeine surge. It’s ahhhhhhmazing!
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- 1 packet of organic black tea
- 8-10 oz hot water
- 1 Tbsp of Dandyblend
- 2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1 tsp Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
- *Optional 1 tsp local honey
- Heat water
- Pour over tea and let steep for 3-5 minutes
- Add Dandyblend, collagen, heavy whipping cream and honey
- Stir and enjoy!