Interview with Ruby Gettinger: Reality Star Opens Up About Weight Loss and Overcoming Obstacles
In 2008 when the world first met Ruby Gettinger, the star of the hit American reality-documentary television series Ruby, they saw a woman who was nearly 500 lbs. and who was determined to lose the weight. Documenting her weight-loss journey in a public forum was a conscious step for Ruby, as she sought to inspire others to become healthier.
Every week, viewers tuned in to watch Ruby battle her weight as she faced everyday life challenges, like resisting food temptations at restaurants, squeezing into small bathroom stalls, and recovering from diet setbacks. And yet, what resonated most with audiences was Ruby’s refreshing candor and sense of humor throughout it all.
Now, four years later, Ruby is showing the world a different face—one that is happier, healthier… and thinner. And she credits The Challenge for her success.
Since childhood, Ruby struggled with her weight. “In school, I was not only bigger than kids my own age, but I was bigger than my teachers,” she says. “I was definitely not the norm. My biggest challenge was learning how to fit into a world that typically doesn’t accept somebody big like me.”
But even at a young age, Ruby knew that maintaining a positive attitude would help her overcome her challenges and get people to look past her weight. “I was just like any other teenager; I acted like one, dreamed like one, had crushes like one—I just couldn’t dress like one,” she says. “But, I decided that I would not let my weight define me. I wanted to show the world that I was a lot more than my weight.”
A NEW JOURNEY—THE Vi KIND
It wasn’t long after her reality TV show ended that Ruby decided to once again go public with her weight-loss journey—this time with The Challenge. Only a month into her first 90-Day Challenge, Ruby had already started noticing results… beyond just the weight. “People were continually telling me how much healthier I looked and how much more I was moving!” she says. Today, Ruby is still moving. In fact, since she started The Challenge, she has lost over 100 lbs.
She had opted for the Transformation Kit, which is the most comprehensive Kit to help achieve maximum weight-loss results. Her daily routine includes starting her day with the ViSalus GO® Instant Energy Shot and then walking or biking for an hour. She then makes a delicious Vi-Shape® Shake with Vi-Trim® powder to help curb her appetite, along with vitamins and Vi-Slim® to support her metabolism.
SUPPORT THROUGH THE OBSTACLES
Ruby is continually surprised (and encouraged!) by all the support along the way. “I love how the Vi Community cheers each other on—it’s so motivating!”
This support was especially important to Ruby every time she faced challenges. “One of my biggest obstacles in the past few months has been letting the scale control me,” she explains. “It becomes really frustrating when you obsess about a number on the scale and don’t meet that weight for the week. For someone like me, the scale almost becomes my master—that number will determine if I was bad, good or great. And it becomes really discouraging. I could have an incredible week and give 200% of effort, but if that number on the scale doesn’t reflect all the blood, sweat and tears I had put in my workouts for that week, then I allow it to basically erase my hard work.”
Ruby, however, is learning how to overcome that number—one day at a time. “It’s really about mind over matter and a lot of prayer,” she says. “The mind is very powerful; it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Words kill, words give life; they can be either poison or fruit—you choose.”
IT’S ABOUT A POSITIVE MINDSET
For Ruby, the power of positive thinking can make all the difference in not only setting goals, but also in achieving them. What would Ruby say to those who have convinced themselves they have tried everything to lose weight but just can’t?
“First, I would tell them, ‘I totally get it! I completely understand.’ For the majority of us, this IS an addiction, and like any addiction, you need help. I’ve learned that it’s not just about transforming the body—you have to transform your entire self: mind, body and spirit. Don’t focus on what you didn’t do, or what you can’t do, or how many times you’ve failed or will fail. Shift your eyes off that negativity and focus just on what you can do or change today. It’s why I love The Challenge so much! Everybody can set and accomplish a goal in 3 months.”