LiveFit Challenge Week 8: 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.

The Ides of March are closing in. Hard to believe the fitness training has been in full swing for more than 8 weeks. This week marked the end of all the personal attention and we are going to move forward to group training. June 3 sits about 13 weeks in the future and I am starting to believe this whole thing will work out. It’s funny how the mind works to manipulate our fates. Transforming talk into action is always more difficult than one imagines. Never would I have guessed the power of having skilled personal training. Going from a state where bending over to tie my shoes left me breathless to being able to trot on a treadmill has been amazing. I would like to say it is invigorating and fun but it is more like a daily struggle.

Struggle to make time, struggle to avoid unnecessary food, and struggle to prioritize exercise. The whole process feels like moving an immovable wall. The wall does move it’s just very slow and subject to the whims of impatience. One thing that has remained consistent is the wall. No matter what training I start doing there’s this wall thing creeping to defeat the activity. Treadmill, elliptical, stretching or bike it doesn’t matter, this insidious voice starts out in my head telling me to slow down or stop. It’s a real battle for the first five minutes of any activity having to deal with the active voice telling me to quit. The next five minutes become harder as the voice recruits body parts to ad to the excuse making. After ten minutes the positive feedback starts and you enter this zone to keep going until heart rate gets too high and adjustments are made.

The internal fight to stop or continue obscures reality and overcoming the negative is challenging. I suspicion this early battle is the wall seasoned athletes speak of and it takes a fair amount of work to bust through. The team members and trainers really help with keeping everyone on task and it contributes to initiating big changes. Success would be much harder without motivation and knowledgeable help.

Thirteen weeks to go.

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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