How did I not know about this show until now? Seriously. As much of a freak as I am about reality tv, much less anything with a plus size star in it, I should have been all over this a year ago.
For those who don't know, Ruby is a reality documentary of the life of Ruby Gettinger, a formerly 700+ pound vibrant gal about my age (and about my height) who is on her way to losing the weight and figuring out the reasons behind her getting so large in the first place. I believe she started her Ruby journey around the 460 pound mark, and is down over 100 pounds through the first season and beginning the 2nd.
In addition to Ruby being about my age and my height, she is from Savannah, GA, where my momma is from. I was born in Augusta, GA and spent lots of time in Savannah, so when Ruby has a visit to one of Savannah's finest candy shoppes, I can truly relate (because those caramel apples are damn good).
There are so many things I love about Ruby. She has broken into the main stream media and has exposed herself and the struggles of being so large and nearly every word out of her mouth I can relate to. I feel like she's some long lost fat sister who I just want to jump through the TV and hug and cry with. She was on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show today and a girl called in saying how Ruby made her realize that people who are overweight aren't lazy or whatever- they're people just the same as she is, and shouldn't be treated differently. The photogs over at TMZ even had her on their site a couple of days ago with fans coming up to her in LA and her just being so sweet and appreciative. Love it.
Check out a 2 minute clip that could have easily been me. I share all of Ruby's fears, frustrations and embarrassment over situations like this:
I just ordered the Ruby DVD which has episodes from season 1 on it. I would like to watch it with friends so they might be able to better understand the feelings and struggles that go on with being so large.
Ruby is on the Style network at 8pm on Sundays (but is also re-played all the time on that network). I hope I can live my life with as much determination and zest that Ruby does, no matter what weight I'm at.