AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Only days ago, an Amarillo bride said 'I do' to the love of her life. But first, she said goodbye to unwanted weight.
For the past 15 months, 24-year-old Haley Smith has documented her body transformation on social media through a series of photos at the gym and on the scale. Through P90X and proper meal portions, Smith dropped more than 100 pounds just in time for her wedding.
Smith said on Instagram she was inspired to make the change after seeing a photo of herself the day was proposed to, July 18, 2015.
"On that day, I made up my mind to make a change. I was tired of hiding in pictures, getting winded walking across a parking lot, skipping out on activities, feeling lazy, and most of all being embarrassed of myself," Smith said.
Smith's public Instagram account, @haley_j_smith, showcases the moments that brought her to 165 pounds a week before her big day - down from a starting weight of 277. She has since accrued a following of nearly 25,000 people, many of whom are embarking on their own weight loss journey.
And of course, Smith is eager to give them advice to reach their own goals.
"So when you are feeling discouraged because there is no progress on the scale, give it time! It's not all about numbers. Cheat meals aren't the answer of course, but trust in the process, keep working and be patient!"
The new bride and her husband have since traveled to New Zealand for their honeymoon.
Even though she lost the weight, Smith said her journey isn't over yet.
"In the last year, I've made some big life choices and huge lifestyle changes, and I couldn't be more happy with myself," she wrote. "I still have a long way to go on this journey, and I'm not giving up."