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,


Well, we DID IT, at least the hard part!

I'm excited, proud, and somewhat shocked by the ending to the juice cleanse.  I'm anxious to hear how some of you are feeling. What Casey and experienced is somewhat unexpected. 

Yesterday I began feeling good, really good, enough to ask Casey if he would like to continue for a few days.  I'm sure you could guess his reply.  But in the few short days of doing this, by day three I was energized, felt clean, un-inflammed which is something I struggle with constantly begin celiac and my skin, oh my skin, it was beginning a transformation-soft, like my 1 year old's, glowing, and the bags under my eyes were slowly fading. All these things physical but my husband had somewhat of a psychological transformation. Casey struggles with moodiness, chronically, and this is exacerbated when he is hungry. I like to utilize the medical term "hangry," so you can imagine my fear going into a juice fast. The only other thing that dramatically affects his mood is not having coffee. I can safely say he is a full blown caffeine addict.  The night before he began telling me he would do everything except cut coffee out.  Needless to say he did, and probably for the first time in his adult life. I'm not sure what did it, the potent nutrient intake, the lack of caffeine or all of the above, but he was more patient and less irritable than I have ever known him to be.  Frustrating situations would come and go without so much as a huff.  

We decided to stay up last night until midnight and eat a European style dinner and planned our breakfast this morning.  Dinner was delicious but we both noticed we have lost our desire for much meat.  When we awoke this morning, instead of making eggs and bacon like we had planned and prepared for, we opted for more juice and skipped it.  Not out of any form of will, just intrinsic desire.  

This juice fast has affected the way we live, and what we naturally want to put in our bodies. We are hoping to incorporate it into our lifestyle from here out but are unsure of the best way for us. 

I'm so anxious to hear about your experiences and what the final outcome are. And welcome into the Whole30! I have made a meal plan for this week mainly using recipes from Against the Grain.  I will post it if anyone is interested. 

Be well,

My Greatest Peachness

I seem to be cruising through day two, although it is only 11:30 in the morning. Yesterday though, more specifically last night, was challenging. I sent Casey, my husband to the store to get more veggies because let's face it, I didn't have the energy.  I was starving, withdrawing, craving and did I mention starving. He apparently found some ideas for tasty "dessert" juices.  You know where this is going, I cheated without technically cheating. I thought it best to share the recipe because, well, it was delicious.  In an ideal world, during our juice cleanse we would keep our juicing to include foods on the low end of the sugar index.. This one however, is not and frankly, sometimes I don't live up to ideal world standards.  But it is packed full of nutrients.  Which for tonight, is enough for me. 

My Greatest Peachness:

Simply juice and combine 1 sweet potato, 2 ripe peaces, 1 apple, some blueberries and a tiny bit of cinnamon.  We also removed our screen (masticating juicer) for this one so it was a little more fluffy in consistency. Enjoy, I know you will.

How is your juicing going?