I work full time at an office job, and have a crazy commute. I am also a mother and a wife. I’ve struggled with thyroid and back issues for most of my life. I feel as if I can relate to a lot of women out there. Time management is very difficult, and life keeps throwing obstacles my way. My family is the most important thing to me, and so is my health. I don’t live in a gym 10 hours a day… I live in the real world, and do all the things the real world people do. I struggle trying to fit in a workout just like most people, and have to squeeze it in whenever I can. I am a certified group fitness instructor and have taught exercise classes for many years. My little one goes to bed really early, so right now my schedule doesn’t allow teaching, but I plan on picking it up again once he can manage to stay up a little later.
I was a cheerleader in high school, and on the Dance Team at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I have tried to stay active, but have struggled with my thyroid and back. I was diagnosed at the early age of 19 with three degenerative disks in my upper back. The pain was so bad, I would dig my back into any sharp object I could find in order to relieve the pain. I also have mild scoliosis and a bulging disk in my lower back. Doctors told me to never work out again, and they wanted to do surgery. I didn’t want to take the surgery route, and was determined to find another solution!
Thyroid and Back Issues:
At age 21, I started to feel really sick. My temperature was about 95 degrees and I couldn’t make it through the day without a couple naps. I started to gain weight, no matter how much I exercised. Doctors tested my TSH levels, and everything was within normal range. I knew something was wrong, so I did a little more research. I found a Naturopath doctor who tested my hormones that made up my TSH (both T3 and T4). My issue was that I wasn’t converting T4 into T3. I went on Armour for a short time, and my temperature went back up to between 98.2 and 98.6. I felt great! My Naturopath taught me how important it was to eat healthy, and I started to eliminate a lot of the processed foods out of my diet. I hired a personal trainer, became a group fitness instructor, and read every nutrition book and article I could get my hands on. Through massage, chiropractic care, and exercise I was able to bounce back without surgery, and my degeneration radically improved. Because I don’t have all the time in the world to workout, I wanted to produce workout DVDs for real people struggling with similar issues as myself. I created 50/50 Cardio and Weights and Cardio Interval Circuit so that anyone at any fitness level could feel success! I used real people in my video. Carol was a student of mine at the Park District, Erika works full time, and Karen is a full time working mom.
Pregnancy and Obstacles:
At age 36 I had my first child, and gained 58 lbs during the pregnancy. During the pregnancy I developed slipping rib syndrome. Rib pain is extremely painful, and it is hard to breathe. My workouts were severely limited. Day-to-day tasks were difficult. I would go to the chiropractor, but all of the adjustments would only last a day or so. I saw Dr. Hauser at Caring Medical (www.caringmedical.com). Dr. Hauser performs prolotherapy, which is a non surgical method of repairing ligaments. I had three treatments in my upper back, and the pain is virtually gone! I lost all of my weight and filmed my Ultimate Sweat and Tone video. I love this video, and although the other two are great… I feel that this one really felt like home to me. I use two real people as my backup crew. Michelle lost 72 lbs doing my first two videos, and she is a full time working mom. Danielle works crazy hours and has a 2-3 hour commute to work each day. They both struggle to fit their workouts in, but they make it a priority!
Everyone has obstacles, some harder than others. Regardless of what those obstacles are, I believe that everyone can work harder to become better (both physically and mentally). I want to help people with their journey by providing fun workouts that both energize and motivate. I LOVE fitness and I have a huge passion for it. I hope you come along for the ride with me!
Angie Gorr 🙂