Bride loses 50 kg before wedding after engagement pics left her 'so ashamed'

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24 October 2016

Haley made one small change at a time – and the kilos started to slip off.

It should have been one of the happiest days of her life.

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But when Haley Smith saw photos of the moment her childhood sweetheart Matt popped the question, all she wanted to do was cry. "I saw them and didn’t even recognise myself," the 24-year-old from Texas told US PEOPLE magazine. "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."

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So the psychology graduate student did.

Haley had battled with her weight since childhood, and it had spiraled out of control when she started university. But in the run-up to her wedding, she made one small change at a time – and the kilos started to slip off.
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"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," she told the outlet. For example, she started tracking how much food she ate, not eating after 8 pm in the evening, and cutting back on eating out.

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She also started running three times a week, until she could run for 5 km at a time.

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It took a year of hard work -- but Haley lost an incredible 110 pounds (49,89 kg). She chronicled the journey on Instagram.
And her wedding day was everything she hoped it would be. "I never thought I would look as good as I did. I expected and hoped just to look 'normal,' but I felt beautiful -- like a real bride should."
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Now, the newlyweds are honeymooning in New Zealand, and Haley is over the moon about how healthy and happy she is.

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"A year ago, I wouldn't have been able to hike on a glacier, go mountain climbing, feel confident snorkelling and many of the other activities we have planned," she gushed.

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Sources: People.com, Mirror.co.uk, Instagram

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