(Sacramento Bee)She would buy 5-gallon buckets of vanilla ice cream and consume the entire container, drizzled in chocolate sauce, in less than a week. Bowl after bowl, quart after quart, she felt powerless to stop herself from opening the freezer and digging in.

In January 2007, she saw the 247 pounds on her 5-foot-9 frame and was outgrowing her size 20 pants. At age 59, she could no longer keep up with her grandchildren and decided something needed to change.

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