GRAFTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Losing weight is a resolution many make during the new year, but sticking to that goal isn't always easy. For one Taylor County man, he is an inspiration.
"The thought of knowing that you could lose your life because of being overweight and watching your body shut down that was motivation," said Smith.
A year ago, Bryan Smith was determined to change his life. Now a year later, Smith has lost a whopping 193 pounds.
"I had to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes to be able to get into so that was amazing knowing that I had been that big for such a long time. It was depressing, it was kind of sad, but at the same time it was encouraging to know how far you've come and your moving in the right direction to get your life back," said Smith.
Smith started gaining weight after being in and out of the hospital for years from a spider bite. He eventually got approved for gastric bypass surgery and that is when his life started to change. Smith now lives a healthy lifestyle fueled by eating the right foods and exercise.
"It's something that I have to keep on for the rest of my life to continue that change and continue to build muscle back up in my body to get my strength back. It's going to be an active part of my life for the rest of my life," said Smith.
The process wasn't always simple, but it's his family and determination that keeps him going.
"I love my two nieces to death. For the most part of their life I haven't been able to do things with them. This past summer, after losing a good bit of weight, I was able to spend a lot of time outside with them by riding bikes, swimming, going to the beach. They have been one of the biggest encouragements for me is being able to spend time with them," said Smith.
Smith is set to lose around 40 more pounds to reach his goal.
"That will put me right around 200-230 weight wise," said Smith.
His furry friend, Duncan, is always there for inspiration.
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