I traveled almost eighteen hours each way for this interview; this was officially the longest trip I had taken by car for ‘Finding Thin’. After three years of researching the secret for what it was to truly “find thin”, it was coming to an end.
At first I had only seen Ruby on The Style Network a few times during my fifteen hour work days on the film. But through Facebook, iTunes, Hulu, and YouTube, I was able to find hours of footage to look at and really get a feel for what Ruby was all about.
Originally I was going to simply interview her by phone but after watching her story….there was no way I was not going see this amazing woman in person. I felt like she was someone who I would immediately bond with; and I was exactly right.
With all my pain from the aftermath of my previous accident, every minute in the car felt incredibly daunting. But I refused to give in; this was going to be my final interview for the film, and Ruby was going to be the perfect finish.
When I first arrived, she looked different. Ruby had lost a great deal of weight and looked terrific. She was beautiful on both the inside and outside. I ended up sitting with her on the couch and kitchen table with her family and friends, and I immediately felt at home.
Of course after losing my most beloved dog the other week, I had been in a very depressed state…probably the saddest I had ever been in a long time. Then I met Ruby’s beautiful dog. She sat between us during our first hour on the couch and fell asleep against my leg. It was one of the few interviews that I wanted to cry in. It was ironic that Ruby not only helped me as a person, but her dog got in on the action as well. I even offered her a thousand dollars for the dog; but like me, there wasn’t a price tag big enough for Ruby to let go of her “wo-man’s” best friend.
We shared so much in common and it was comforting. Some might ask, how could a woman who is heavy herself, help me? Well the answer is simple. We both could relate in a way that most thin people could not. We had gone through many of the same experiences and felt the same way about many issues.
Ruby has lost weight and is gaining happiness and hope along the way. I wish I could tell you more about this inspirational woman, but you’ll have to wait until you see the movie.
In the meantime, check out Ruby Gettinger’s show because this is one beautiful, intelligent, and purely sweet person for which I am a better person for knowing.
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Will Ferrell Guest Staring In "The Office" In Order To Take Over Steve Carell's Position. Photo by Chris Haston – © NBC Universal, Inc.
NBC’s television show, The Office, finally took on a real subject last night with a great performance by recent guest star Will Ferrell.
Warning: Small Spoiler Alert!
He can lose 200 pounds, but he can't resist the sweet taste of some delicious cake! Photo by Chris Haston © NBC Universal, Inc.
Ferrell’s character, DeAngelo Vickers, brags about how he lost over two hundred pounds. And because he “beat” obesity, Vickers proclaims he was unstoppable and could take on any obstacle or situation that would come his way.
Well, it all sounds great except for one thing; the question of how he accomplished the weight loss was never really explained.
However, a very disconcerting issue that hits home to more than 90% of America was addressed. While sitting alone in the break room, Ferrell’s character suddenly took notice of Dunder Mifflin’s office vending machine. Filled with nothing but sugary addictive treats, he suddenly starts to fight the temptation of struggling with his old habits and desires. In the end, he finally manages to fight off his urges and walks away.
Towards the end of the show, Ferrell’s character didn’t hesitate to take the first big piece of a cake during an office party. Naturally, everyone gives him that typical look that all people give to dieters. It’s that look that makes you feel like you’ve committed a moral sin whenever you eat anything that isn’t copacetic with a Weight Watchers diet.
Unfortunately for Ferrell’s character, taking that first piece of cake was an ultimate trigger. After eating the first piece, he ended up throwing it in the garbage out of pure disgust and disbelief in his lack of willpower. It triggers the battle between his mind and his body over the cake; he’s grabbing pieces of the cake with his hands and ends up throwing them into the garbage in a repeating power struggle over the delicious yet unhealthy treat.
This kind of outbreak is almost always indicative of food deprivation and poor dieting, not to leave out what I truly believe sugar addiction can do to a person.
Overall, I applaud The Office for creating an episode that brings such a real and serious health issue to the public light in an entertaining way.
Be sure to check out this and other recent full episodes of The Office.
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