We had the opportunity to interview Ruby Gettinger this week. Ruby, who has lost a whopping 400 pounds and hosted a reality show on "The Style" Network about her wellness journey, will share her inspirational story at the Crescent Auditorium on Wed., Sept. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
She also will host a two-evening bootcamp at the YMCA on Thursday-Friday, Sept. 27-28 from 6:30-9 p.m. for a small fee. The events are being sponsored by the Greene County Health Council, of which Takoma is a member. For more information, please call Bob Kamieneski, Takoma's wellness director, at 798-8414.
Here are a few of our questions and her answers:
What’s going on with you these days?
Ruby: I've been working on several projects that hopefully everyone will hear about soon. I am traveling, speaking at different events. I've been doing Boot Camps and Realtime with Ruby, which you can check out at www.RubyGettiner.net
Any new projects in the works?
Ruby: I have something in the makings right now and hopefully will be able to announce it soon.
How are you doing on your wellness journey? How much weight have you lost to date, etc.?
Ruby: I've lost 400 pounds and I need to lose the final 100. The last 100 has been the hardest for me. When you get closer to your goal, it comes off slower so I am having to push myself harder. I've had set backs with the emotional loss of my mentally challenge brother who was the love of my life (John) and other things...but I know I am beating the beast because I get back up. I never give up. Some days all I want to do is crawl in my bed and never get out. I pray and have to talk to myself and say "You can do this! Time will not stop for you! You can beat this! You have the strength!" My setbacks really haven't been as much about the food but more about the exercising, so now I am just having to make myself do it! The lower in weight you get, the more you have to push in the exercising! Just like the palate has to change, so does the exercising and before you know it, it becomes a routine.
What is your daily regimen? What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks? Do you exercise every day? If so, what do you do?
Ruby: I try to eat every 2 to 3 hours a day. I set the alarm on my phone to remind me. I found that it prevents me from getting hungry! I make sure to eat protein with every meal. I measure everything. The foods I eat vary, but here are some of my favorites: oatmeal, egg whites with spinach and peppers, a Visalus shake with soy or almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, apples, grapefruit, grilled chicken, fish, shrimp, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus and Carbmaster yogurt. I work out five days a week, finding things I love to do so I do not get bored and stop: riding my bike, the treadmill, boxing, interval training and dancing. I try to fit in three or four 10-15 minute workouts during the day to keep my metabolism active!
What are your top tips for being persistent with this weight loss journey? How do you stay on track for the long term?
Ruby: It is definitely hard, but being healthy feels so much better. I have to work with the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical. If I fail, I need to start over right away and never wait for the next day. If I wait until tomorrow, it will never happen. I document everything I put in my mouth on my phone app and in a notebook/journal. It will not only keep me accountable but it is an eye opener!
What is your advice for someone who needs to lose weight, but can’t seem to get started?
Ruby: To start NOW, not tomorrow. Yes you can do this! You can beat this! Remember: food is only a moment of pleasure! Find out what you are truly feeding and face whatever the food is trying to help you avoid…some emptiness (the hole in your soul). I never realized how food was my best friend for all things! It is an addiction just like drugs, alcohol, a man or a woman! I am learning to make food more about feeding the body instead of feeding the mood or emotions. Food, just like any other substance, becomes poison to your mind, body and soul! We can't cover up or push away what is truly happening with us. We must deal with it or it WILL deal with us. It will come up eventually, so deal with what is going on with you. Talk to someone. We have so many ways to get help now. We must reach out before it kills us. If you do not deal with it now, eventually you will be dealing with this same problem you've ignored for years and on top of that, the addiction you formed trying to ignore it. If you are reading this and need help, prayer or someone to talk with please go to www.RubyGettinger.net and click on HELP!