Haley Smith began her fitness journey after feeling "ashamed" of her engagement photos, and ended up shedding 110 pounds for the wedding.

The Texas newlywed told People magazine, “I saw them and didn’t even recognize myself...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.”

Smith started with small changes of tracking her food and water intake, ultimately working up to running three times a week and adding strength training.

She even worked out with her then-fiancé, now-husband.

To keep herself motivated, and to inspire others, Smith chronicled the journey on Instagram, posting Motivation Mondays and be coming a full-on fitness guru with over 30,000 followers.

The hard work paid off, as Smith feels healthier, happier, and got married in the dress of her dreams.

“It is so surreal,” she told People, “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.”


Thinking of my awesome parents today. 😊

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Sources: People Magazine