Caitlin Daugherty - December Member of the Month
I continued this routine and lost about 55 pounds when I decided to join Anchor in early September 2019. I had just hit my first goal of reaching 160 pounds and made the decision to introduce strength training into my routine to build muscle, metabolism and in turn shed the remaining pounds until my main goal of losing 80 pounds. I was ready to bring mindfulness and awareness to how I treat my body for the remainder of my life so that I could avoid falling into old patterns. I had just learned that food was fuel - I knew how to physically nourish myself - but it was time to learn how to mentally nourish myself, build my confidence and explore what my new body could do. I would learn in the weeks to come how my body handles pressure, balance, and how much I can (literally) carry. I started lifting 16 kg and worked my way up to 28 kg; I still surprise myself every day with how strong my body is now. During the 6 week transformation challenge at Anchor I set my intention in yoga to practice “discipline”. That was the word that constantly popped into my head and the feeling it gave me each time was “empowerment”. Both words mean a lot to me through this journey and gave me strength to push forward. A few months ago I struggled with seeing myself (physically and mentally) as 215 pounds when I was actually 160 pounds but I can honestly say that Anchor has helped me shape how I see myself now. I see myself as a stronger, more confident and healthier person. Although the number on the scale is still significant to me as I strive to reach my final goal (with only 13 pounds to go!) I no longer wake up every morning to weigh myself nor do I look at myself in the mirror and struggle to see the physical changes because Anchor has helped me feel the mental and physical changes within myself.
Looking forward to 2020, I plan to use my time at Anchor not only to aid me in the loss of the remaining weight I’d like to shed but I hope to get stronger as I strive to push myself to lift heavier and learn new techniques from our awesome trainers while perfecting the ones I’ve learned along the way. Anchor was the best “next step” in my weight loss journey to get me to the mental place I needed to finish out strong and maintain the significant changes I have made. The 6 week transformation challenge itself leading up to my full membership at Anchor really set in stone my desire to continue my strength training journey. I learned how far to push myself, how much I enjoy morning workouts, my love for yoga and it made me comfortable with the routine of training every day. It was a tough challenge that taught me a lot about my new body’s limits but also its strengths and I’m excited to continue exploring that.