LiveFit Challenge Week 6: John’s Update

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

Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center employees 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.

Things are ramping up. We all got wet this weekend with our first pool workout. We went to the Downtown Y for a torturous spin class led by Junius under the guise of a heart rate monitor lesson. After rinsing off the sweat we went in the pool where you can’t feel sweat or record heart rate and swam. The whole group did great. I am really proud to be associated with such hard working, determined folks. It is very motivating to see everyone working hard towards a goal. Normally I like to do things alone but I was inspired by everyone in the six pack.

So now we have been running (albeit with the air assisted treadmill for me), learning to spin on a bike and now in the pool. Its just a matter of time before they will think of new ways to prepare us for the big event June 3rd at Ashwaubamay park.

Starting to notice a few changes from the training. When I started this adventure with doughnut in hand my goal was to try something I had not done before and feel better. In the ramp up to training it became apparent the only way to pull this off was to lose some weight. My scale only went up to 3 bills so I knew things were out of control. In conjunction with the great training I stopped going through fast food drive ups and have pretty much scrutinized every calorie. The other day I needed to put a new notch in the belt so the weight is slowly leaving and I’m not casting as big a shadow. The biggest change has been markedly reduced cluster headaches. That is worth the price of admission. Normally this time of tear the cluster headaches ramp up. Not sure why but it really doesn’t matter so long as they stay at bay. Might be the absence of a food I don’t eat anymore or the weight loss is letting me sleep better or the endorphins from working out are helping. It is a big difference.

We are scheduled for one more month of personal training then we join the regular tri class at the Sports Center. Group training will be interesting. Still much will be done on our own as we work towards the big event.

I really miss my morning doughnut.

Follow John’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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