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Bride Loses 110 Lbs. Between Engagement and Wedding After Being ‘Ashamed’ of Proposal Photos

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When you’re determined, anything can happen! This is the case for newly wed Haley Smith. Haley was overjoyed when her now-husband Matt popped the question last year, until she saw photos of the proposal.

“I saw them and didn’t even recognize myself,” the 24 year old tells People Magazine. “I cried because this was one of the happiest moments of my life, but I was just so ashamed. I didn’t understand how Matt could want to be with someone like me. After seeing those, I knew I needed to change.”

“I had tried drastic diets or workouts in the past and always failed after a matter of weeks,” says Smith. “With the small changes, I would just pick two habits and after about a week or two of sticking to it, I’d pick two more.”

The Texas-based newlywed started with not eating after 8 p.m. and only eating out twice a week. Then she began and tracking her food and water intake.

“Tackling those small, feasible changes made snowballing into running three times a week and adding strength training so much more doable,” she says.

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In just over a year, Haley lost about 110 lbs  but it definitely wasn’t easy for her to always stay on track.

“Motivation has been such a tricky thing,” explains Haley. “Even with the small habit changes, I go through so many cycles of being bored or discouraged. When I am, I really try to find different ways of staying motivated. For example, I have decorated my scale, I hang motivational quotes and signs all over my house, I love daily goal charts that I can physically check off having completed a task, I bought a Fitbit, and one of my biggest motivations has been starting my fitness Instagram account. It really helps to keep me mindful of all of this while being held accountable.”

Her hard work paid off – last week, Haley got married in the wedding dress of her dreams and felt more confident than ever.

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“It is so surreal,” she says. “I thought for sure I would get married in a long-sleeve ball gown dress to hide my whole body, but I ended up picking a strapless mermaid dress. I felt so beautiful in it! Instead of being self-conscious and hiding or sweating the whole time, I was able to feel confident, relax, enjoy my family and friends.”

“I honestly never thought I would feel so happy and carefree about myself on my wedding day,” She adds.

Source: People, Instagram | @haley_j_smith

10 Comments

  1. Mz Titilitious

    October 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Wow!

  2. tito

    October 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Lack of motivation the main issue affecting my weight loss journey. Reading this has lifted my spirit. I can do it.

    • Cocolette

      October 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Yes you can!!!

    • Chi

      October 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

      You most definitely can.

  3. Tyra

    October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Inspiring!!!

  4. Iris

    October 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Ooo I scrolled to the bottom looking to see what product was sponsoring this little article. Turns out it was a genuine story. Imagine that, no adverts or anything

  5. Sisi

    October 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Yeess, go girl!

  6. Serene

    October 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

    She has such a pure infectious smile

  7. Uk

    October 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Wish I could do this, even when i start the process and don’t see results immediately i just give up.

    • zeezee

      October 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

      dont give up!! The results will come. trying to loose 20kg as we speak,. i know I will get there. 1st plan is to loose 3 kg a month till January. You can do as the story says : eat clean & green, half food intake & walk 30 mins 3 times a day you will see the diff.

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