Haley Smith (24), from Texas, said the moment her fiancé Matt popped the question last year was the happiest day of her life, until she felt "ashamed" at seeing their engagement photos.
She said seeing the pictures from the proposal made her realise she "needed to change" and embarked on an intense, 12-month long healthy eating and exercise regime where she lost an astonishing 110 pounds - and became an Instagram star in the meantime.
"I saw them and didn’t even recognize myself," she told People.
"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.”
The blushing bride shed the pounds by making "small changes" to her diet every week including not eating after 8pm and eating a maximum of two takeaways per week.
"I started jogging three times a week at just 30-second intervals for about a half hour, and then I added strength training," she said.
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
"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."
Smith said she never thought she'd be able to wear a fitted lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, but was proud to show off her hard-earned figure on her big day.
"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," she added.
#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