I met Ruby :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I met my idol Ruby Gettinger and she was even more amazing and personable than I thought she would be. She was doing a book signing for her book "Ruby's Diary" and before the signing she had a question and answer panel. She looked amazing and you can tell she has lost even more weight than when the show wrapped.

Jeff, Jim and Georgia were all there with her along with her mom, sister and many women from the women's fat night as well. Georgia has really lost alot of weight-I was surprised at how tiny she was in person. Jim is even cuter up close and personal :) Ruby introduced everyone and brought them up on stage--you can tell she has a ton of support behind her and she loves them all so much. Dr. Bradley was there as well and talked briefly.

She spent some time talking about her struggle, how she got started on her journey and her book. She encouraged all of us there and listened intently to everyone's proud stories of beating their own beast. There was a woman there who had lost 180 pounds and was still going. Lots of other people shared their stories about weight loss and there are so many people were dropping some serious pounds out there! It was really emotional to be a part of that event.

There were hundreds of people there and Ruby was amazing enough to take the time to talk with everyone. She spent a good 10 minutes talking with me and another 5 minutes with my mom who went up before me. I told her my story about how I had lost 80 pounds and she encouraged me beyond belief. She held my hand pretty much the entire time and gave me a hug when I told her I lost 80 pounds and then another hug when I went to leave. She talked with me about my struggle to get near and break 350 and how she faced her own. She was amazing. I left her with a card that she promised to read and thanked me for. She was just so super sweet and you can honestly tell she really cares.

There were camera crews there during the entire thing filming all of it. It will be interesting to see what shows up on tv. She wrote the sweetest and most personal message in my book and I definitely will always cherish my meeting with her :)

I asked about the show as well--she said it will start back again in January and the episodes will be an hour long. So get ready :) I am attaching some of the photos I took.

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    Oh, what a very special treat for you! She sounds so sincere, so heartfelt...I'm so glad you had this opportunity to meet her! - Susan
    2940 days ago
  • JEAN524
    That must have been an awe-inspiring experience. I should imagine that will have made your motivation reach the sky. Congratulations on losing 80 lbs. emoticon emoticon Jean
    2941 days ago
    that's so great you got to meet Ruby and spend some quality time with her. most of us only dream about that. maybe one day she'll decide to visit hawaii.

    so glad to hear she'll be back up in january with hr long epis! can't wait! emoticon
    2942 days ago
  • PAIGE367
    What an awesome and inspiring experience that was for you! Ruby is amazing. I "heart" her!
    2943 days ago
    Oh my gosh, how absolutely AWESOME!!!
    I always watch Ruby and most of the episodes make me laugh and cry - like the "fat camp" one! She is AMAZING and I'm so glad that she's sharing her journey the way she is.
    2943 days ago
    WOW that is awesome!!! Would love to meet her she sounds like such a great person!!
    2943 days ago
    How Cool!!
    2943 days ago
    I would love to meet her and spend one on one time with her. Lucky you! You can tell from watching her show what a real, sweet person she is. Congrats to you for 80 lbs down!

    2943 days ago
    I'm so jealous that you got to meet Ruby in person! Thanks for sharing with us and the pictures too. I am thrilled to hear that the show will be back in January and that it will be an hour long!!! emoticon
    2943 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experience. So glad to hear that the episodes will be one hour.
    2943 days ago
    That is sooo cool!! What a great memory that will make!!
    2943 days ago
    That was a super great opportunity for you. Right on!!

    2943 days ago
    WOW! I would love to have been in your shoe's. Now that's a person to look up to. Thanx for sharing your story with us. If it ever air's and you are seen on it, let us all know.
    2943 days ago
  • LISALYNN1960
    I love that show! She is amazing!!!! I need to order her book. Great pics!

    Also - congrats on your weight loss. That is amazing!!!! I'm sure that Ruby was very "hacky" for you. LOL!
    2943 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/27/2009 6:59:14 PM
    I can't wait till the new season starts, and will be happy it is an hour long, Sounds like you had a great time and she sounds like such a beautiful person inside and out, (of course we knew she was anyhow)
    2943 days ago
    Wow! That's fantastic! She seems so sweet! I'm so happy that you got to meet her and she was everything you thought she would be! emoticon Mindy
    2943 days ago
    OMG.....U are so lucky!!!!! That must of been awesome, she is such an inspiration to all.......I love her attitude, that u need to live ur life no matter what size u are!!!!
    2943 days ago
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