Haley Smith’s Instagram is a masterclass in motivation.
She spent the year leading up to her wedding working on getting healthy, and she ultimately lost over 100 pounds before her big day. She did so by eating healthy, exercising and discovering some A+ motivation techniques.
“I didn’t recognize myself at all, and it really made me worry that I would feel that way about my wedding day, too. So I vowed to make a change so that I could be not only a happy bride, but happy with myself.
Smith, who is from Amarillo, Texas, documented the whole process on Instagram.
“When Matt proposed last year, I saw my pictures and didn’t even recognize myself. My whole adult life, I have struggled with my weight, but this was my highest. I had let myself go and didn’t even realize how far I had gotten,” Smith wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
#tbt to my proposal size vs two days before the wedding. It’s been a long 15 months of some hard work. There’s about 110lbs difference in these two pictures. Sometimes I can’t believe the picture on the left was actually me. And sometimes I can’t believe that the picture on the right is me. It’s a weird feeling, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’m not at goal weight or goal size, but I’m going to keep pushing! Don’t quit just because you are starting to feel comfortable with your body! Keep pushing, there’s always room for improvement and always new goals to crush! #throwbackthursday #transformationtuesday #transformation #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter #weightloss #sweatingforthewedding #fitbride
On her Instagram, Smith emphasizes that there isn’t just one weight loss technique that worked for her.
“No ONE thing made me how I am today,” she wrote. “It was a combination of about every health and fitness option I could find. So don’t think there’s some magic pill, wrap, gym membership, meal, vitamin, app, surgery, diet, workout, waist trainer, book, hypnosis, shake, powder or anything else that will just do it for you.”
“It’s finding your own way and using the tools that work for you,” Smith continued. “It’s making the right healthy choices for your body. In the last year, I’ve made some big life choices and huge lifestyle changes, and I couldn’t be more happy with myself. I still have a long way to go on this journey, and I’m not giving up.”
Smith told Mashable more about the techniques she found successful.
My biggest “technique” would be starting small and slow. I have tried all sorts of hard and fast diets, fads and workouts, but I always would get burnt out after a few weeks or so. This time, I decided I needed to make manageable, realistic goals. I started with two habits – not eating after 8pm and only eating out twice a week – and once I got those down, I started with two more. I began tracking every meal in MyFitnessPal and logging my water intake. I did the same on my exercise. I started with Couch-to-5k, running about 30 second intervals for a half hour, three times a week. Then I started to add some strength exercises, like push-up or crunch challenges. Eventually, I was alternating run days with actually hitting the gym.
Some more of Smith’s lifestyle changes and motivation tips include:
Investing in a fitness watch
Rewarding herself for each weight loss goal
Ok so I’m starting a series called #motivationmonday I get asked all the time how I’ve stayed motivated to keep working out and eating healthy. Trust me, it’s not easy! There are days that I skip workouts and eat a whole pizza by myself, but it’s all about getting back on track. Each Monday I’m going to try to post a trick that has helped me keep pushing! Today’s is about rewarding myself! I personally decided to reward myself at each 10lb marker, but you can pick anything. Reward yourself for finishing a month long squat challenge, for making it through a weekend without breaking macros, joining a gym, or for whatever your journey is. I usually picked things that had to do with fitness, because it would encourage me even more. So I got bike gear, a park pass to hike more often, a new yoga mat, etc. Try to come up with a good reward system to keep you going when things get tough! Feel free to tag me when you make your own rewards sheet or meet a goal! #rewardyourself #treatyoself #weightlossjourney #fitnessmotivation #motivation
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