Join me in my #yearofstrong

Exercise.  If you’re my patient you may have wondered why I haven’t emphasized this more.  Well the truth is, it’s because a long time ago I committed to never recommending to patients, something I wasn’t willing or doing myself. I vividly remember sitting across from a fat physician who was telling me about healthy dietary habits because my cholesterol was slightly elevated. Never mind his recommendation was to stop using olive oil and incorporate more canola oil into my diet, and the fact that my cholesterol was elevated because of a poorly managed thyroid problem.

Beside the point but I couldn’t resist. 

What I mean is, I’m not down to sit back and hand out advice like candy at a parade, for something I’m not committed to myself.

I used to work out 6 days a week. It changed my life. My mood, my energy, vitality, and the way I viewed life was on point, but during my second pregnancy everything changed. Despite having worked out full throttle my with my first pregnancy, the next one wouldn’t even allow me to stand on my feet in one position for 5 minutes. When I was 6 months pregnant and flew across the country with my toddler to meet my husband on tour (the music kind not the war kind, thankfully), I had to take a wheelchair through the Austin airport.  If you know how small the Austin airport is, you’ll know how bad off I was.  My body couldn’t even handle the metabolic requirements for daily living, much less exercise. And don’t even go there, this was not a will power thing, believe me.  So during the entirety of my pregnancy I deteriorated physically and since the birth of our Baby Rose, I haven’t tried to reset.  I could give a million excuses as to why, many are super legitimate but ultimately, I would try to regroup on an exercise program and would fail miserably. If I’m being super honest “failing” would mean I ended up rushing to the bathroom to vomit, followed by a solid 20 minutes of bathroom floor bonding while flat on my back with my feet comfortably resting on a seat- at times even a toilet seat. My body has a hard time figuring out what to do with exercise. It always has. So its difficult for me to determine how hard to push myself in a workout, and it honestly just became so discouraging.  But I knew I had come to a Y in the road: either I would continue down this path of health in so many aspects of my life, while still being unable to comfortably hike up a hill with my daughters, or I would need to find a program that would give me the tools to change my path.

I did.  I decided to join the “Transformation” program at a place called Body by Frame.  They have a long-standing reputation for success in changing people’s exercise game in Austin (and actually Dallas now as well).  The “Transformation Program” is the most intense that they offer and it lasts for three months. I mean, why not dive in fully, McCall?  I was scared out of my mind walking in on day one, three weeks ago, but I began feeling and seeing the effects within the first week.  Their method of support and accountability is a game changer.  I essentially have a personal trainer for each structured workout to assist, teach and modify each exercise according to my needs and abilities.  They have several there but I have the same one each day because I go at the same times. His name is Anthony. Seriously, he’s amazing.  He makes a person who is extremely uncomfortable in a gym type environment, feel completely at ease.  He is the perfect balance of 100% encouraging and also delicately nudges me to push myself.  I’m not sure what the other trainers are like, but if they are 1/8th as good as Anthony, Frame is better for it.  My diet is also closely monitored and accounted for so that I can get the best results possible. For those of you who know me personally or professionally, my diet knowledge is on point already, but this takes it to the next level to facilitate a balance of fat loss and muscle building.  The diet component is again, part of the Transformation Program and not a component of the general gym membership.  Thus far, I’m halfway to my goal and literally feel stronger almost by the day.  I’m also using some Xymogen supplement products that have helped increase my workout potential and muscle building but I will save that for another blog. If you’re anxious to get your hands on them, you can email and I’ll get you the deets.

So long story short, I encourage you to find your own system of successful exercise. I know for me, mine is working wonders and I can’t wait to see how strong I’ll be at the end of the program.  If you’d like to join me, or Body By Frame, they have so generously offered a discount to my readers and patients of 20% off of any form of membership for their Austin location. Simply give them the code #YEAROFSTRONG. Find out more at Join me on my #yearofstrong. I’d love to see you and see some familiar faces at Frame and my hilarious lack of coordination should be incentive enough to join in on the fun.   

Be well and be strong,


T-minus 1-day

We have one day until our ny2 begins and let me tell you, I have been preparing.  Not in the sense of making shopping lists and meal plans for each day but more in the format of eating-everything-I-possibly-can.  Otherwise known as having no self control.  I'm certain this will make my venture towards better health increasingly more difficult but I'm telling you, those gluten free donuts were worth it.  

Tomorrow is two things: prep day for the increased amount of work required to get the nutrients you need and also the last day you can eat terrible, bad, unhealthy things.  Not that I am promoting your doing so, because I'm not, and I most certain did not eat (GF) pizza tonight.  Getting back on topic, tomorrow, you'll want to have food available so you're able to hit the ground running.  Below is a list of necessities.  Feel free to expand from there. Again, during this time, everything must be organic.

General Info:

1. Juice base: This gives the bulk of the water content and make up a large portion of the juice itself.
Buy plenty of these products, they will go fast and you will need more than you anticipate. 
    - Good examples are cucumber, romaine lettuce, and celery.

2. Nutrient dense foods:  These are the foods that potently affect your body.  
A variety of these are ideal and this list is by no means, all inclusive.  If it looks good, (and of       course has a low sugar content) juice away!
    - Examples of these are kale,  spinach (I use baby), collard greens, swiss chard, bell peppers of all colors, tomatoes, zucchini/squash, and sprouts of all types.  Use as much of these as you can handle, taste-wise.  Spinach is very mild in taste and you can use a significant amount before it dominates the taste. 

    - If you struggle with a chronic inflammatory condition of some form, use fresh turmeric and ginger consistently. 

3. The taste factor: What makes your juice delicious. (I mean that, I love my juice!)
    -This is what will add sweet or spice to your juice, altering the taste and making it (more) tasty. 
    -These are used in moderation. For example, I only use about 1/2 of a green apple for 2-3 people per (large) serving of juice.  
    -These include green apples, lemon, sweet potatoes, ginger. I think an occasional 1/2 orange is fine as well. Jalapenos can keep things interesting if you begin to bored. 

Tips and Tidbits:

 Juicing can loosen up toxins that may have lied dormant in fat cells for years.  While this is good for your body, it's also important that your body has the ability to mobilize these toxins and flush them out.  Drink water and drink plenty.  Try to keep this separate from your "meal time," allowing the nutrients from the juice to be potently available for absorption. 

Juice fresh.  Unless you have a masticating juicer you need to be juicing for each meal.  Obviously this is more complex for those of you who will be working during the fast.  Juicing during lunch at the office is (semi) impossible.  Can you imagine the memo's you'd be getting??? In those cases I suggest picking up a cold-pressed juice from a local distributor or worse case scenario, you miss out on some the nutrients during lunch and drink one from a centrifugal juicer that you had made that morning. Worse things have happened. 

Ultimately, don't stress yourself out trying to determine the hard, fast rules of juicing. Relax and think of it as more of an art with one underlying component: what is the most amount of nutrients that I can pack into this juice I'm about to drink.  When I started juicing years ago, I began with quite a simple recipe and added from there. It was this one from Joe Cross: 

For links to some more tasty juicing recipes, head over to my Pinterest account by clicking the link at the very bottom of this page.

Please feel free to share any insights, questions or comments you come across on your juice journey.

Most importantly-you CAN do this. 


Juicing Homework

I hope your holidays went well and you thoroughly enjoyed a few goodies.  I know I did! A few too many, or at least enough to make me ready to begin our challenge. The big start date is coming.. While I'm putting details together for you all, I thought it prudent to give you a bit of work too.  To better familiarize yourselves with juicing in general, I'd like you to watch the film "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." This will give you quite a bit of information into juicing as a whole, without you reading through 14 pages of text. I film is available for rent/streaming on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.  Below you will also find a link to the website.


*As the start date is approaching, if you have any medical problems please be sure to check in with your doctor and let him/her know your plans.  If you are pregnant or nursing, please skip the (juice) fasting portion of the program.