LOAD #26

The LOAD prompt today was to push myself, so I finally decided to complete the pages that deal with Adrianne’s death. I cut up a pair of jeans for the fabric on the page and wrote the following on the back:

“The last conversation Adrianne and I had was in the hall outside the office. I asked her about the holes in her jeans and she said she couldn’t afford new pants. I asked her what size she wore since my 10s no longer fit me since I had gained a bunch of weight back. Even though she was smaller than that, she appreciated the offer. I told her I would bring the pants when I got back from LA. I had no idea it would be the last time I saw her. She died that weekend in a drunk driving accident. I swore that I would get back into those pants–it took me two years to get my act together, and I almost gave up, but I lost the weight before her class graduated. I now wear a size 8. I will never forget AW!”

On a related side note, the ScrapHappy January 2008 LOAD Challenge taught me that I could do anything for 30 days. I started a cleanse in February of 2008 and lost 45 pounds in 5 months! I’ve kept the weight off and am gearing up for another cleanse this summer with the goal of losing another 10 pounds. The May 2009 LOAD Challenge is almost over–it has been a good reminder that I can accomplish my goals!


  1. Thanks for sharing the story of your student and the jeans. Congrats on getting in shape! That’s awesome. May I ask what kind of cleanse you did?

  2. wow..you are truly amazing! that is such a touching story..and way to go, making it your goal to fit in those size eights! i am beyond impressed. i too am a load participant cranking out pages. congratulations on sharing such a touching sad story with an amazing connection to scrapbooking. well done.

    londondonna on load!

  3. May her Memory be Eternal.

    Sniff, sniff. And you rock those size 8s.

    (my word verification is fight, coincidence? I think not)

  4. Thank you for sharing your story! Congratulations for pushing yourself to do something hard…both the layout and the getting in shape! {hugs}

  5. A truly inspiring story. You are amazing!

    On a lighter note, what cleanse did you do? I need to lose 10-15 lbs. You are right — I can do anything for 30 (31) days!

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