Inspiring bride loses over 100 pounds after seeing her proposal photos

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Many woman lose weight in anticipation for their wedding, but one woman took it a step beyond.

Texan Haley Smith decided to make a change after she saw her proposal photos. She told PEOPLE, "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," she said on her now-husband Matt proposing. She knew she had to make a change.

#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

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Smith, a psychology grad student, had tried crash diets in the past but they did not work. This time, she decided to make small changes throughout an extended amount of time. She stopped eating after 8:00 pm and tried to eat out less. Smith also started tracking what she ate.

By making these lifestyle changes, Smith was able to lose 110 pounds before her wedding. She said motivation is key, and she would try different things to keep herself going.

PHOTOS: See photos of Smith, her husband, and her wedding

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#transformationtuesday I've been asked to post my story a couple of times, so here goes. The left picture was on my proposal day on July 18, 2015, and the right was my bridal shower on August 6, 2016. 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. 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. No ONE thing made me how I am today. 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. 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. #beforeandafter #motivation #weightloss #weightlossjourney #proposal #bridalshower
#tbt to finishing different races this year! I've done one race per month for the last four months and plan to do it for a full year. It started in April with the Inflatable 5k, May with the BolderBoulder 10k, June with the Spartan Race, and July with the Angel Fire Adventure 5k. This week I am running the CASA Superhero 5k. I am in the worst shape for this run because I've taken off from running for so long, but I'm ready to have some fun! #inflatable5k #insaneinflatable5k #bolderboulder #spartanrace #spartan #angelfire #5k #10k #funrun #couchto5k #couchto10k #c25k #casa #superhero
Finished our Casapalooza Superhero 5k! #CASA #superhero #batman #superman #couch25k #couchto5k #5k #morningrun
#facetofacefriday These pictures are a year apart, and I see beauty and happiness in both. I remember taking both pictures very well. On the left, I remember being covered head to toe in a maxi and long sleeve cardi because I had to hide my body as much as possible, although it was summer in NYC, and I was hot AF. I still felt adorable that day and insisted Matt take a selfie with me. The right picture was in a skimpy little dress, and I kept telling my friend 'No paparazzi!' because I was sure I couldn't look good in a natural, unposed photo. It's funny how confidence works. I've gained the confidence to wear a short dress in the hot summer, but I've trained myself to believe that I can't look good in pictures. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE pictures (esp. group pictures so I can hide in the back) because I love capturing memories. I love looking back at fun times and smiling at the thought, but selfies are different to me. This Instagram has pushed me out of my comfort zone so much. Trying to post a picture daily has taught me to be a little less camera shy. I love my followers and how supportive you are to me and each other! Thank you for being so awesome! #facetoface #transformation #beforeandafter #weightloss #transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation
Perfect morning post-workout breakfast! The @eas milk chocolate shake is sooo dang good! I like the other flavors too, but I just love this one. I personally don't often eat bars unless I'm just wanting to chew my food, but Matt eats bars almost daily. Sometimes ya just get in a 'chew my food' type of mood though. He gets higher carbs and 15g protein with the bars, and I get lower carbs and still 15g protein with the shakes! #morningworkout #proteinshakes #proteingoals #eas #advantedge #proteinbars
This week's #motivationmonday is about tracking your progress by pictures instead of just by the scale. When I first began my journey, I would take progress pictures every two weeks. My body changes more slowly now so I have switched it to once a month. Sometimes the scale just won't budge which can be really discouraging when I'm busting my butt daily, but when I go back to the pictures I took 6 months ago, or even just last month, I feel proud of how hard I've been working. These are my most recent pictures. They motivate me in two big ways. I can see all of the progress I've made, and I can highlight the areas I really want to focus on. It helps me to set goals but also pat myself on the back. So this month try to take some progress pictures either in the mirror or with your accountability partner. Don't be embarrassed or discouraged with what you see; instead, let it guide you to where you want to go, and let it push you harder! #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #fitspiration #motivationmondays #progresspicture #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss
Got our marriage license!! Another big step closer to the wedding👰🏼 #octoberbride #marriagelicense #goingtothechapel #11days
Today is the last day of the September Challenge!! I got a couple days behind so I will actually finish Sunday, but I'm not going to skip those last two days! I hope everyone stuck with it and is either finishing today or soon! 💪🏼💪🏼 Don't forget that tomorrow is a new month! So write your October goals down today and hang them up! I'll post mine either today or tomorrow. #septemberchallenge #30daychallenge #pushupchallenge #squatchallenge #abchallenge #octoberwedding #octoberbride #fitbride #sweatingforthewedding #planetfitness
#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
Our rehearsal dinner was so incredible. It was better than I could have dreamed. Thank you so much to everyone that attended, and Matt's parents who have been amazing to us through our whole engagement. #rehearsaldinner #octoberbride #smithsquared #goingtothechapel
Sorry it took so long to get a picture up! Matt and I actually have ZERO full body pictures of us alone or of just me. 🙄🙄 We have to wait until we get back to get a picture of us together from the photographer, but even from them, there are NO pictures of just me in the dress haha. So if you are getting married, be sure your photographer, family and friends remember to get pictures of just YOU and just YOU and your HUSBAND!! Because unfortunately we didn't, and that sucks haha. So here are pictures from my bridal shots the week before the wedding! I'll post another shortly, and when I get the pictures of Matt and I in like 3 weeks, I'll post that! So until then, I'll post random wedding pictures, and of course, my adventure in New Zealand, starting in Queenstown today! #smithsquared #octoberbride #maggiesottero #maggiesotterobride #bridalpictures #newzealand #honeymoon #queenstown #milfordsound
Here's the back of the dress from the bridal shoot. • • • #smithsquared #octoberbride #maggiesottero #maggiesotterobride #bridalpictures #honeymoon
Thinking of my awesome parents today. 😊
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For example," she told PEOPLE, "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."

Her Instagram does not just motivate herself: she's amassed over 35,000 followers that are inspired as well.

Smith got married last week in the dress of her dreams:

Sorry it took so long to get a picture up! Matt and I actually have ZERO full body pictures of us alone or of just me. 🙄🙄 We have to wait until we get back to get a picture of us together from the photographer, but even from them, there are NO pictures of just me in the dress haha. So if you are getting married, be sure your photographer, family and friends remember to get pictures of just YOU and just YOU and your HUSBAND!! Because unfortunately we didn't, and that sucks haha. So here are pictures from my bridal shots the week before the wedding! I'll post another shortly, and when I get the pictures of Matt and I in like 3 weeks, I'll post that! So until then, I'll post random wedding pictures, and of course, my adventure in New Zealand, starting in Queenstown today! #smithsquared #octoberbride #maggiesottero #maggiesotterobride #bridalpictures #newzealand #honeymoon #queenstown #milfordsound

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She hasn't stopped going after her goals, however. On her honeymoon she went hiking and exploring.

I forgot to do my usual #motivationmonday last week because I got lost in the time change. So this week it's about looking at planning a trip! Knowing my honeymoon was coming up was a huge push for me this year. I wanted to hike, swim, bike, run a 5k, and basically just be able to say yes to anything that came up! These pictures are from some of the activities that I wouldn't have been able to do a year ago. I would have been too tired, not strong enough, or just physically couldn't have handled it. So if you are able, try to plan something that will make you want to move! Go to the lake for spring break this year or plan a backpacking excursion to the mountains. Just pick something that motivates you, and set the date so you don't back out! #motivationmondays #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #fitspiration #fitspo #takeatrip

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"Just pick something that motivates you," she said, "and set the date so you don't back out!"

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