Haley Smith was overjoyed when her now-husband Matt popped the question last year until she saw photos of the proposal.
I saw them and didnt even recognize myself, Smith, 24, tells PEOPLE. I cried because this was one of the happiest moments of my life, but I was just so ashamed. I didnt understand how Matt could want to be with someone like me. After seeing those, I knew I needed to change.
The graduate student in psychology decided to make slow habit changes to effectively lose weight.
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, Id pick two more.
Her hard work paid off last week, Smith got married in the wedding dress of her dreams and felt more confident than ever.