Instagram chronicled a bride’s journey to health and weight loss

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She was thrilled to be engaged, to marry the love of her life, but what she saw in her proposal photos did not thrill her. She weighed much more than she wanted, and was seeing health issues because of her excess weight. As she looked at her life, she was tired of being embarrassed about how she looked, being unable to participate in activities that required physical activity, felt that she had difficulty moving and at times lazy.

Haley Smith (@haley_j_smith)

For Haley Smith, from Amarillo, a proposal transformed her life in more than one way. In July 2015 her journey started and she documented it on Instagram.

She decided to change her life, with her wedding day being her goal date. She started at 277 pounds and had issues with high blood pressure, significant sweating, body aches, and other negative symptoms. She found that it all affected her socially as well, being less likely to do things with her loved ones because she felt embarrassed about how she looked.

In 15 months, Haley made huge changes in her life. She started eating better, and discovering her reasons for eating. Prior to starting this journey, she ate for many reasons not related to hunger. After she analyzed it, she realized that she ate when she was bored, when she was happy, and even when she was sad. She found that many things could trigger her eating.

In 15 months, Haley made huge changes in her life. She started eating better, and discovering her reasons for eating. Prior to starting this journey, she ate for many reasons not related to hunger. After she analyzed it, she realized that she ate when she was bored, when she was happy, and even when she was sad. She found that many things could trigger her eating.

She began exercise challenges, and now her working out is a habit, one that she loves. She even calls herself a fitness buff. She runs three times a week and works out twice daily. She has no plans on stopping these activities and has built them into her lifestyle. She plans physically active days, and for their honeymoon, she and her new husband continued these goals. They enjoyed hiking, snorkeling and mountain climbing in New Zealand. On her wedding day, Haley weighed 165 and was by then able to do so many things she could not have done when she started the journey. Not only did she feel beautiful on her wedding day, but was much healthier.

Her journey became very popular on Instagram and has been a huge inspiration to so many. She not only changed her weight, but her life, her health, and impacted others as well!

Visit Haley’s Instagram profile: instagram.com/haley_j_smith/

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