LiveFit Challenge Week 7: 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.

Surgical scrubs are the bane of caregivers. Everyone who works in a healthcare environment knows this in his or her heart. It starts out as a love affair: comfortable, no need to make a decision about what to wear, free and somebody else cleans them. We get seduced into how great they are; it’s like wearing pajamas to work. They have even evolved into a fashion statement with regular opportunities to buy unique versions of the basic outfit. Regardless of how you dress them up scrubs remain highly adjustable baggy coverings with lots of elastic.

And that is the rub. It has happened to most of us; insidiously we grow into our scrubs. It’s a variation of the idiom nature abhors a vacuum. The corollary is caregivers will expand to fill their scrubs. To make matters worse they are visibly color coded so your size is there for all to see. The collars and drawstrings are more visible than the patch on a pair of Levis. I remember the day it happened, standing in the locker room feeling bloated in scrubs. Holy crap, I was compelled to go up a size just to breathe. The logical conclusion was we had a new vendor and the sizes were smaller. Accepting that rationalization, the years went by and confirmed the law of scrub expansion.

The wake of the past seven weeks has carried a lot of sweat and lifestyle reengineering. Working out and planning to work out creates opportunity for random thoughts and for some reason thinking about scrubs got stuck in my head.

It’s been fun to see my teammates getting ready for the tri classes starting next month. They all don’t have the pleasure of wearing scrubs but we all understand our goal. Seeing positive changes and results is exciting and rewarding. It is great being an observer and a participant.

This week I got to change scrub colors!

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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