Challenge Yourself Blog: Cindy Cervantes

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Cynthia Cervantes, 33, is a first-grade teacher in Austin, Texas. Cindy is getting married in May and is on a mission to lose weight to look fantastic on her big day. She's 5'4" and weighs 165 pounds. Last year, Cindy lost more than 20 pounds but has hit a weight-loss plateau. She's hoping the Self Challenge will get her over the hump. This is her blog.

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Week 12 -- I'm a Card-Carrying Mrs.

Well, this past Saturday, May 19, 2007, Marco and I said our "I do's" after five years of courtship. We ending up changing our plans a little and had our ceremony at our reception site so that both sides of the family could attend. Everything was beautiful and it was wonderful to have so many loving and caring friends and family members present. We said our vows against a backdrop of lighted votive candles. It couldn't have been more perfect.

I can honestly say that many of the details of the day seem like such a blur except for the crystal clear moment when we looked into each others eyes and publicly professed our vows and our love for each other. I was hoping I wouldn't cry as much as I did, but being the last living hopeless romantic, I sure used a lot of tissue that day. The food was great, I ate cake, and we danced to our song "Solamente Una Vez." As soon as I get some digital photos, I will send them right away. I've never felt more beautiful or more self-confident. I've never seen Marco look at me the way he did that day! He had tears in his eyes when I walked up and joined him. To be honest, I couldn't wait for my dad to hand me over.

I'm so happy to have participated in the Self Challenge! Everyone gave me compliments about my weight and how good I looked. That made it all worthwhile. As of my wedding, I was officially at 145 pounds, a weight loss of 20 pounds!

Well, we haven't gone on a honeymoon because we both have to move out of our apartments and into a new one this week, but we are looking forward to that later this summer.

More news later!

-- Cindy Villasenor

Week 10 -- Feeling Good

I feel good, nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, I knew that I would....

Yes, if there was a song to how I'm feeling that would be it! It has been a great few days! I had a wonderful time at my bridal shower. Marco and I decided on a very family-friendly couples' shower. We had a fabulous time with our closest friends. My bridesmaids, Esther Arreola and Yuki Miyamoto, are the best a girl could ever ask for.

As far as the food, we were smart and had some Texas barbecue with all the fixin's' catered in. And yes, I did have some. I planned ahead and knew what and how much I would eat. I stuck to chicken and beans and had half of slice of shower cake. Treats like cake should be for special occasions, and my shower was definitely a special occasion!

Monday night, Marco and I had a date night. No wedding planning, just he and I enjoying a Flamenco performance. It was a blast.

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