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.