These days, it’s hard to escape shows like My 600-lb Life and Revenge Body. But true TV fans will look back fondly on one of the OG weight loss series, Ruby — which first premiered on the Style network in 2008. Across four seasons, we followed Georgia native Ruby Gettinger as she attempted to lose more than 400 pounds.
The now-49-year-old started the show at 550 pounds — at her heaviest, she weighed 750 pounds — and cameras documented the redhead‘s everyday struggles. “The world’s not made for the people our size,” she said in a promo. “It’s time to make a change, it’s time to live healthy.” At the end of Season 4 in 2011, she was down to 328 pounds. Keep scrolling for an update on Ruby in 2018, and to see how much she’s changed!
She currently works as a life coach.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEARS! Hi everyone, The Holidays can be beautiful for some an sad for others. Some of us have families, loved ones, & friends, while others have no family & friends and are toatlly alone. Sometimes the holidays can be the worst time for people,. maybe it is for you. You are missing someone that has died. I know that feeling all too well! Maybe you or someone you love is fighting cancer, heart disease or it could be abandonment, verbal and physical abuse, alcoholism, drug, HIV, addiction, anorexia, bulimia, obesity….the list is long! Maybe you have a heart break that you feel is beyond repair. There is so much pain and loneliness in this world from all ages. BUT…There is also much hackiness as well! People are overcoming, surviving, reaching out for help it is changing their lives. If you need prayer or love, please ask here. No judgment will be found, only love & encouragement! I do believe in God!! Even though we may not agree the same way remember You are not alone! Miracles happen everyday! If you have a need, please share! If you have received a miracle, please share your story here and give everyone inspiration and HOPE! We will turn ourselves around in 2018. Our setbacks will be our greatest victory! I pray you and your families have peace and love! I pray when your Christmas Day ends you feel loved! If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you’ve forgotten you are one. “There is a voice inside of us that whispers all day long, I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong. no teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide" What's Right For You- Just Listen To The Voice That Speaks Inside. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” This Christmas love the unlovable and lovable! For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." I believe in YOU! I love y'all, xoxo, @rubygettinger
Through her website, Ruby offers 45-minute life-coaching sessions over the phone, and the former reality star even posted testimonials from a few satisfied clients. “Having the opportunity to have Ruby as my Life Coach has been the best decision I have every made for MYSELF!!!” one client wrote. “I am learning so much about myself that I never thought I would need to know about me!!”
Another added, “I enjoy life-coaching with Ruby because it causes me to step outside my comfort zone and reevaluate my everyday choices so that I am no longer stuck physically, spiritually, and mentally.”
She’s kept the weight off.
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Before and After and still a lot more to go… That moment when you see an old picture and realize how far you have come. Wowey!!! GASP!!! Yes it's a battle and I've had a few big and small setbacks. I am not where I want to be YET But I am not where I was. I am closer to where I want to be. I can't believe I am saying this but thank you Lord for the battle because if it was easy I would have never known how to start over. During it all I am wiser, I know who my true fins are and love who I am!!! Never give up on you or anyone else. We all go through things great, good and bad. Do not judge anyone you don't know AND Don't judge and condemn anyone for the same things you do. Please remember if you have setbacks do not give up start over!!! I love and believe in you all my fins!!! ❌❤️❌❤️, @rubygettinger RubyGettinger.com #RubyGettinger #xoxoRuby #RubysHackyLifepodcast #TrustGod #BeFree #RubyGettingercom #RubysHackyLifePodcast #BeautifulTruth @entertainmenttonight @dreamcenteratl #focus #justbreathe #FaithinGod #faith #godisgood #Godcares #godgirl #trustingod #GodLovesyou #trustgodstiming #RubyRetreat #godsnotdead #jesuslovesyou #Godisgreat #Dontgiveup @klgandhoda @people @fitnessmagazine @usweekly @aetv @bigtexentertainment @entertainmentweekly #Rubytransformation #Rubysbeautifultruth #RIGbeautifullife
Though Ruby admits that she still struggles with her size, she seems happier than ever! Next to a before and after post shared to Instagram in June 2017, the motivational speaker wrote, “That moment when you see an old picture and realize how far you have come… Yes it’s a battle and I’ve had a few big and small setbacks. I am not where I want to be YET But I am not where I was. I am closer to where I want to be. I can’t believe I am saying this but thank you Lord for the battle because if it was easy I would have never known how to start over.”
Way to go, Ruby! Keep up the amazing work.