This is the story of Ruby, a nearly 500 pound woman trying to completely overhaul her lifestyle in order to lose weight and save her life. Ruby has come up with a team to help her through this weight loss adventure. Her team consists of personal trainer Reese Brown, and weight loss physician Dr. Bradley (the founder of the Hourglass Weight loss and Fitness wellness program), Dr. Brewerton, a psychiatrist helping Ruby with the mental component for weight loss, her personal physician Dr. Corse, and finally her dietitian Helen Hussey. Ruby will run on the Style Network, where they have a great break down of every aspect of Ruby’s diet and exercise regimen, friends/social support system, her blog, bonus scenes from the show, and more. I will be providing weekly episode recaps for those interested in staying updated on Ruby’s progress.
On this week’s episode, Ruby gets a visit from an ex-boyfriend (Denny) that she loved dearly, but ultimately he left her because he couldn’t accept her physical appearance. There were many mixed feelings about Denny’s arrival. Ruby’s roommate and friend Jeff, and her other good friend Georgia, are very skeptical about Denny because they think he played a huge role in her gaining more weight once he left her six years ago. Denny swore that he was there to support Ruby and help her through this struggle, but ultimately faced her with the same ultimatum he gave her six years ago… lose the weight and I’ll marry you, but if you can’t then we can’t be together. This crushed Ruby six years ago, but today she is stronger and focused on herself and getting healthy for her, not for anyone else.
This entire episode focused on social support, which is so important in successful weight loss and maintenance. Ruby has surrounded herself with a great social system (Georgia, Jeff, her nephew Jim, and Georgia’s sons Ben and Zachary) and knew that having Denny in her life right now wasn’t the best thing for her… good for her! Realizing that the people you surround yourself with will help make or break your lifestyle change is huge, and I’m proud of Ruby for keeping the right people close to her.
If you watched this week’s episode what are your thoughts? Do you think she did the right thing? I welcome you to share your comments and/or questions.
Learn more about Ruby in her videos from Style Network.
November 18th, 2008