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I feel free; no longer a slave to my old health and my old body…

October 9, 2017 3 Comments

It was June of 2016 when my husband convinced me to join a new gym opening in Sparta called Eupraxia. We were a busy family with four young boys, I ran a business from home, served on two local Boards of Directors and volunteered at a local non-profit . . . I was exhausted, but he convinced me it was something we could do together. If I was honest with myself, I would admit that at that point in my life it had been years since I had felt good at all. I had recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that left me feeling continually tired; I had no mental clarity and struggled with fogginess and poor memory. I had gained significant weight, I had eczema on my abdomen and my adult acne was the worst it had ever been. I was struggling with depression. Every fall I would be plagued with bronchitis that would last for six to eight weeks and would take several prescription antibiotics to finally clear. At just thirty six years old, I was beginning to realize that if I didn’t address my health, I wasn’t going to live the life I desired. I was ready for change, and Eupraxia would find me at just the right time.


I remember sitting in on the nutrition talk with Dr. Czys and listening to his evidence on the problems with sugar, grains and dairy. I started going through my favorite family recipes in my head and substituting yellow potatoes for sweet potatoes, pasta for zucchini noodles, ditching the side of bread, my roasted chicken with vegetables, favorite kale soup, and best meatloaf could all be tweaked to work. I felt the mental shift . . . I COULD DO THIS! Unlike every other diet I had tried, which focused on deprivation (low fat, low calorie), I could enjoy healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and meat and eat when I felt hungry. My husband and I would start that day. We would begin just cutting out sugar and grains . . . because I needed a “Keep it simple stupid” approach. The first ten days were the hardest, but soon new habits were forming, and it would become more like second nature. I would eventually cut out dairy a few months later.


Within the first month of sticking to the new dietary changes and working out 3-5 days a week at Eupraxia, I would lose 6 pounds of body fat and 6 inches off my waist. I started supplementing with the

fish oil, vitamin D and the quality probiotics offered at Eupraxia to optimize my health. Within five months, I would be down over twenty pounds in body fat, and had lowered my cholesterol from 236 to 205, my energy would increase, my sleep improved, my mental clarity would improve, and my depression would start to lift. Over a year into this life change now, I am down 38 pounds of body fat, I am stronger, doing full floor pushups and conquering those box jumps. Every single one of my health struggles has been dramatically improved, if not eliminated by changing how I eat and move.


The ability to improve my health and well being through food and exercise has felt immensely empowering. I feel free; no longer a slave to my old health and my old body, or some uncontrollable situation. I could grab the bull by the horns, put in the hard work with consistency and effort and change my life. I was in control. Looking to the future, I feel hopeful about what the next 36 years will look like. It’s the kind of thing that starts to impact every other area of your life. I am still amazed by it, and grateful for it every single day.

Marianne Rice

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At Eupraxia we not only teach the best way to exercise, we also teach our members about nutrition and food. Our goal is to help people take control of their own health!

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  1. Rick Marx says:

    If I join can I go to any of the gym locations listed, or is it for just one location? I’m asking because I live in Sparta and work in Onalaska and La Crosse. Thanks

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