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Ruby: A swift kick in the ass

So I watched a couple episodes of season 4, I think it was 8-9 and 10. It is so difficult to watch her backslide. If any of you are not familiar, google ruby gettinger, she has a show on the Style network about her journey from a high weight of 700+ lbs. She's now down to about 359, but she was down to 302 at one point recently.

I see her struggling and I can FEEL it. I feel the way food has so much control over people like us, with a clear addiction. I can see this past week when I was pmsing and even as I feared for slipping back into old bad habits I still ate things I shouldn't, I pictured myself ending up back at 299 lbs or more and wondering how I got there, but still I ate.

Luckily for me it was only 1 week of maintenance instead of a few months and a 50 lb gain, but to me it was enough to scare me straight back on track. I'm looking to the future, seeing myself riding roller coasters this summer with my sister and bf and other friends at Kennywood,:

I hope next year to fit into the rides at cedar point (I hear they are smaller so I'm waiting), and running sooner than later, joining the JCC gym in June, it's only a week and a half away but feels soooooo far, I want it now. I want all sorts of good things for myself, I'm not gonna sit around and feel sorry for myself that it took me a month to lose 3 lbs, instead I'm going to buckle down, maybe adjust my cals and exercise and keep moving that ticker  ->  in the right direction!

Here I go, picking up and dusting myself off and moving on because sitting here feeling sorry for myself is not going to get me anywhere.


  1. Excellent post ! A good positive attitude gets you alot further than a bag of chips!

  2. I've watched her progress and I can't believe how far she's come! I remember watching her first episode just being drawn by her!

    Good luck with everything!

  3. sweet pea, that's funny but so true! :D

    safire, her first episode is what got me started. :)

  4. It is so weird that you posted about Ruby today - I actually watched the first six episodes today on NetFlix and it was one of these that prompted my blog post today! I am so in awe of what she's done - she is truly a role model for me. I don't care if I get "skinny" but I want to be healthier than I am now. I love roller coasters, and I hate that right now it's very hard for me to ride in one. I can't wait until the day I can get in one, comfortably, and have fun!

    While watching her today, I cried - so much of what she's gone through are things that I've been through myself - and still go through daily. I am so glad that I stumbled across that show.

    GREAT post!!

  5. I've seen her show on but never watched it. I might need to now!

    Lucky for you about the gym!! I am hoping my friend joins with me, but I'm pretty sure our local gym doesn't have a pool. Oh well, guess I can work out and then go jump in the river. :D

  6. Great site and post. I have lost about 50lbs myself and am interested in following your journey. I do not eat animal products but am not a vegan. In any event, I wish you all the best :)
    Burt Del Rio

  7. Wow, I've not seen her before since I haven't had TV since September '09. That's quite a success story!

    Who cares if it took you a month to lose three pounds? They're gone now, and that's what matters! I have been really focusing on the fact that I don't really have a deadline for losing this weight like I always used to. I have genuinely changed my lifestyle, so there's no deadline that would suggest that I am going back to old habits when I get there. I don't want my old habits.

    Three pounds in a month is good news to me! YAY Alicia!

  8. Hey, did you know she's blogging? It's fantastic!!

  9. Alicia,
    I know this is an older post but as I've just started following your blog, I wanted to comment here and say thanks so very much for being real and honest! It brings tears to my eyes 'cause I know exactly how you are feeling. Stay the course and you'll be riding those coasters in no time at all!

  10. Weird...I just ran across this and while I have blogged about Ruby before. My last post of the year was about where she is and what is happening with her. Just as I posted it...she tweeted, but no update on how she is doing. I have followed her for a while and she inspires me to keep going.

  11. Wow, just ran into your blog. Wish we would have met when I lived in Pittsburgh. I am also on a weight loss journey and it's not easy, but I am determined. I was vegan for 10 years,and would like to get back to that. (Im vegetarian now). Best of luck with your goal and reaching it.

    <3 Abbey

  12. Hey! Thanks for the comment, too bad you're gone. Everyone leaves this place. I'll die in this apt. haha.


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