LiveFit Challenge Week 5: Dr. Utrie’s Update

Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center have embarked on a wellness challenge that will change their lives forever! Over the next six months, these people will be coached, trained and transformed into triathlon-level athletes through the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Live Fit program.

Dr. John Utrie is a fellowship-trained urogynecologist and OB/GYN at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Let’s catch up with Dr. John Utrie, who recaps his fifth week of training:

“Aches and pains abound following the week post flu. Things have been in full gear about a month now and although I am using unfamiliar belt settings my energy is surprisingly low. Its become a paradox of noticing positive changes and feeling impatient about the long haul ahead to remediate past indulgences.

The physical activity highlight of the week was a long session as Jack-in-the-box. Ran on the Gravitron treadmill at about 80% of body weight with intervals designed to make you huff and puff while the heart races along. It is fairly exhilarating to do this but it sort of feels like cheating. A positive way to look at things would be to think you are running at your goal weight so it’s more like a sneak preview than cheating. Odd as it is, the experience is wonderful.

Eating and tracking calories is entering into my routine. Entering into an initial obsession about calorie counting was a good way for me to start but after a while you get pretty good at sizing up calories by size and content. Every once in a while you get fooled into thinking the yummy food was low in calories. Had a nice soup with veggies and a little chicken but was shocked to see the 500 calories per cup added by coconut milk. Must be “good calories”.

Looking forward to ending the week with a bang. Our group is getting together to swim and bike on Saturday. That will be our first time in the water and hopefully I won’t sink or need a life buoy. Still need a swimsuit. I wonder if they still make those one piece jobs with suspenders and stripes? It is also concerning to think about how I’ll look in a swim cap. Better than a speedo for sure.

One more month of personal attention with the trainers and then we get into group sessions. By then our initial conditioning should have everyone at a passable level and we may even get a few days outside. Either way,  June is coming quickly.”

Follow Dr. Utrie’s journey with weekly updates here at our fitness blog! 

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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