After the 2006 accident that claimed her husband and children, Abby Rike fell into a deep depression, resulting in a major weight gain. After a stint on The Biggest Loser, where she lost 100 pounds and gained a new perspective on life, Abby quit teaching and now travels around the country speaking to a variety of different groups about her physical and emotional journey.
Abby Rike's story is not easy to wrap your mind around. She
suffered a loss that seemed impossible to move forward from, but
she has not only moved forward, she has thrived. She came to the
ranch wanting to find her purpose, she now lives that truth and
proves that you can too. After reading, WORKING IT OUT, I felt like
I knew Abby's family and had walked those agonizing steps with her.
I look at that smile that radiates from within her today and know
that the transformation I was lucky enough to be a part of goes
much deeper than her appearance.---Jillian Michaels, trainer for
The Biggest Loser and author of Master Your Metabolism
Deeply moving...yes. Inspirational...absolutely. Life changing...without a doubt. Abby Rike's story is birthed from the depths of human tragedy. But her hope and joy radiates in the midst of her tears and fears. After reading this beautifully visceral and compelling story, you will not be the same.---Jill Kelly, author of New York Times bestseller Without a Word
WORKING IT OUT is a powerful message of hope over despair - with a lot about weight loss to boot. Abby, a resilient woman who beautifully chronicles her climb up from the depths of despair, has a personal message for all who've let themselves go: 'the scary thing (was for me) to continue living out my days in the mindless, emotionless, purposeless state in which I'd been living. Some things are worse than death.'---Dr. Rob Huizenga, Associate Professor of Medicine UCLA
WORKING IT OUTis no starry eyed Pollyanna faith story. This is real, raw and refreshingly hopeful all at once. I truly couldn't stop reading once I started. Abby Rike grabs you, invites you into her story and gives you hope that your story can end well too. Because Abby is uncompromisingly real with you, she gives you permission and even inspiration to get real with yourself, your issues, your disappointments and your potential. If you need someone to show you the powerful person who lives within you, then you need this book. You will not be disappointed!---Jennifer Rothschild Author of Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself and Lessons Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking by Faith Not by Sight