Q&A with Ruby: The 500-Pound Reality TV Star

Ruby courtesy of The Style Network

What would you ask a 500-pound woman? Last Friday, CafeMoms weighed in with thoughtful, pressing questions for Ruby Gettinger, the 500-pound woman from Savannah, Georgia, who stars in a new reality show.

I loved getting to know her this week, and I am rooting for her. Check out her brutally honest responses to your questions below.

Ruby's truly a warm, caring person in serious health trouble. Watch her work her way back to a thriving and sound weight starting this Sunday night when Ruby premieres on the Style Network at 8 p.m. EST.


1. What made you want to be on TV while you are trying to lose 350 pounds? --Krystal.Ingalls
I wanted to be the guinea pig and see if it was possible to be 700 pounds and lose all your weight and look normal. I want to find out why we are overweight and what actually works.  Perhaps by sharing my story on national television and taking this journey in the public eye, I can help others confront the truth and lies behind obesity. And if I can do it, then anyone can conquer their beasts.

2. I am also trying to lose weight, I've lost almost 50 pounds and have another
65 or 75 to go. I did well for six months, but the last five months, I just stopped
pushing my self and have been sitting at the same weight. I would like to
know how you plan to stay on track?

  • I take one day at a time! I am facing my beast head-on for the first time in my life. I want to finally reach my goal weight, so I am working very hard to find out what my problem is mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Here are some things I'm doing:
  • I write everything I eat in a journal and would advise everyone to do the same. 
  • As my journey progresses, I continue to learn more about eating right and engaging in healthy exercises appropriate for someone my size.
  • I stay away from foods that make me crazy and seek out alternatives that keep me on track with my diet. 
  • To keep myself on track, I leave myself little notes around the house… “Don’t give in to the beast,” or “One taste, one moment of pleasure, is not worth it.”
  • My greatest motivator is taking this journey with my friends and family.

3. What did you tell yourself when you knew you were losing control over your
weight, but you didn't do anything about it?

When I lost control of my weight in the past, I was so unaware of it until it was
too late. You find a way to convince yourself it’s alright; you'll be fine; there is
always tomorrow. It is crazy, but true. You turn a blind eye for a brief moment of
The beast has snuck up and, once again, taken control.  That is
why I must stay aware at all times and take back control.

 4. How many calories do you consume in a day? And how many do you plan on
consuming to lose weight?
When I wasn't dieting, I consumed about 2500 to 4500 calories a day.  With that amount of calories and no physical activity, it was easy for the pounds to add up.  In order to lose weight, I am currently eating about 1700 calories a day.  As I work towards my goal weight, my calorie count will be adjusted. It is very important not to cut your calories too drastically or your body will go into starvation mode; your metabolism will slow; and it will be very hard to lose weight. Most importantly, you must write in a journal everything you eat, or you will lie to yourself!

5. Wow. Can I follow you around? I'd love to lose a couple of pounds myself. --FIVEHAPPYHEARTS

Yes you can! Everything I learn and experience, I want to share with others. I am on the journey not only for my life, but also for the truth. I hope we all will find the truth and beat this beast once and for all. Join me as we take control of our minds and emotions, while strengthening our physical bodies, as well as our spirits.

Let's send her props. What words of encouragement do you have for Ruby?

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