Katherine Salcedo, 36, loved calorie-laden Dr Pepper so much shed keep a 330ml can by her bed and a 12 pack constantly in her fridge.
On waking, before even going to the toilet or brushing her teeth, shed neck her Dr P, cherishing the sugar boost and sweet taste. After that, shed have a further three cans throughout the day.
In total shed guzzle 14 litres of the drink, with the slogan Dr Pepper, so misunderstood, each week.
People would say Dr Pepper was misunderstood, but in reality I was, she said. I was constantly mistaken for being pregnant.
It wasnt just Dr Pepper which contains 96 calories a can and 24 grams of sugar per 330ml which made Katherines weight balloon.
She also gorged on a daily cheese burger, with large chips from McDonalds, totalling 745 calories a go.
No morning was complete without a visit to her local drive-thru in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Every day, she would also drive four miles to other fast food restaurants and splash out up to 25 a day on high-calorie food.
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In 2007 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, because of my weight. I was constantly sweaty and jittery all the time. I felt so nauseous when my blood sugar plummeted
Id scoff fried chicken, she said, confessing that she would happily consume 4,000 calories daily.
On an average day, for lunch, shed guzzle a Subway foot-long sandwich and a large bag of crisps always accompanied by her beloved Dr Pepper.
Working as a supervisor for a sleep clinic, Katherine realised her waistline was bulging, while her bank account was shrinking.
She has always been big, but her terrible diet saw her hit 17-stone aged 27.
Just 5ft 3ins tall, she wore a UK size 26 and had to buy her clothes from a plus size section.
It was a nightmare getting anything to fit. Because my middle was so big, clothes would fit my legs and arms but would be so tight and uncomfortable around my belly.
Her hefty bulk also started impacting on her health. She said: In 2007 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, because of my weight. I was constantly sweaty and jittery all the time. I felt so nauseous when my blood sugar plummeted.
My blood pressure was high, too. It really wasnt good.
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But her turning point came one day when she was 28, when someone asked when are you due?, assuming her Dr Pepper belly was a baby.
I was so embarrassed. I tried to brush it off, but something needed to change.
Katherine, who has two sons, Damian, eight, and Adrian, five, was determined to slim down losing nearly four stone in a year and learning how to cook delicious meals from scratch.
By 30 12 months after revamping her diet and eating salads, protein shakes and fresh vegetables, and doing power-walking and work-out games at home she weighed 13 stone and was wearing a UK size 22.
Still eager to lose more weight, in April 2015 Katherine had an 8,000 gastric sleeve operation at Texas General Hospital.
Katherine and her construction worker husband Carlos, 38, financed the operation, which entailed removing part of her stomach leaving a thin vertical sleeve, with a loan.
Under the knife for two hours, she emerged with a stomach half the size.
Unable to eat full portions, in six months her weight plummeted from 13 stone to nine and a half stone and she could wear slinky UK size 10 clothes.
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Unfortunately, though, her rapid weight loss left her with a curtain of excess skin.
No amount of exercise or healthy eating can shift it, making surgery to slice it off, costing 25,000, the only solution but it is money she cant afford.
We dont want to be in more debt, so need to find another way to get the money.
It feels so horrible and is so hard to wear nice clothes because of it.
I want to feel comfortable, but I still have all this excess skin and lots of rashes where it rubs against my clothes.
Desperate for help, so she can finally feel good about herself and be in better shape to look after her kids, Katherine is now appealing for people to help her pay for the surgery.
I wasnt greedy, I had a sugar addiction which took over my life. I have worked so hard to lose the weight, now I feel I could go either way and become a new person with this transformation.
I want to be able to play sports with my children and not have anything flapping about in the wind.
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