For four seasons, we watched as Ruby Gettinger worked with nutritionists, doctors, and trainers to lose weight on her hit Style series Ruby. In 2008, the redhead started the show at 550 pounds, and ended up dropping more than 220 pounds.
Nearly seven years after the final episode aired, we caught up with Ruby to find out what life is like for her now, and whether she’s still looking to lose weight. “I am happy to report that I am back on track!” Ruby tells Life & Style in an exclusive interview. “With that being said, my weight loss journey will always be a thorn in my side. I will always have to battle with my weight, but the more I battle and do not give up, the stronger I become.”
The Georgia native even started hosting Ruby Retreats, which are “for anyone who is ready to renew your mind, encourage your soul, and move your body,” she writes on her website. “At my first retreat, I was ashamed and nervous to show up because I had gained over 150 pounds since the end of my show,” Ruby admits. “Why would anyone want to follow or listen to me? To my surprise, they did.”
Since then, Ruby has lost over 130 pounds and is close to being at her lowest weight again. “I’ve been eating a clean, healthy diet made up of greens, lean proteins, and healthy carbs,” she shares. “My goal weight is no longer a number for me, it is about becoming healthy and able to live my life with no restrictions.”
As for her dating life, Ruby confesses it’s been a struggle. “In my imagination, I’ve dated Josh Holloway and Garrett Hedlund,” she teases before adding, “I’ve had no serious relationships to speak of. I had one that was getting close, but the weight was still an issue. Even now I hear, ‘If you lose weight you would be the perfect girl. I love everything about you, but the weight issue is still a problem.’ I guess I’ve learned something because I kicked his ‘astronaut’ to the curb, and I’m like, ‘Hello…I AM the PERFECT girl!!!'”
For those hoping to see Ruby on TV again, you may be in luck! The outgoing life coach reveals she’s working with a new production company. “We are working towards a new show,” she tells Life & Style. “I’ve had so many fans asking me to do another show. Many have [signed] petitions on social media! They started a group called, ‘We want the Ruby show back,’ and over a hundred thousand signed up. Crazy!!”
If you’re interested in learning more about Ruby’s life coaching, you can email her at Rubysmanager@gmail.com.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Life & Style.