Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs stretched out the waist of the size 5X pants she called her “Jasmine” pants — a nod to the flowy garment worn by the Disney princess in “Aladdin.” The band ran the length of her arm. Eight years and more than 300 pounds ago, those pants were a staple of the Hartselle woman’s wardrobe. Now, the clothing serves as a reminder and an inspiration.

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