In Working It Out, Abby Rike, one of the stars of "The Biggest Loser" Season 8, shares her journey to overcome the grief brought on when her husband, five-year-old daughter, and two-and-a-half week old son were killed in an auto accident in 2006. Describing her journey from brokenness to peace, she offers insight from the loss of her family and the loss of 100 pounds. Sharing journal entries and personal memories, she encourages readers struggling through anything, including obesity, to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives and begin to heal from the inside out.
In 2006, Abby Rike lost the life she knew and loved when her husband and two young children were killed in a car accident. Devastated and numb, she shut down. For nearly three years she walked through life like a spectre, present in body only. As she descended, so did her health.
Fortunately, Abby was not alone. She had loving parents, supportive friends, and a faith that continued to sustain her. Little by little she found the courage to return to life. Joining The Biggest Loser proved a catalyst for the physical and emotional changes she needed to make. In fact, against all odds Abby gained strength, courage, wisdom, and continued her steadfast relationship with God. Instead of anger, she found herself slowly but steadily healing. She lost a hundred pounds but gained hope.
In this riveting book, Abby tells her story--from her joyous life before the accident to the unbearable pain that followed it and her eventual emergence as a woman reinvigorated by her faith in God. Today Abby's resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.
Abby Rike was a high school drama teacher before the 2006 accident that changed her life. After losing her two children and husband in a tragic accident, Abby journeyed through the trials of grief, and ultimately decided she needed a life change. After a stint on The Biggest Loser, where she lost 100 pounds and gained a new perspective on life, Abby quit her teaching job and now travels around the country speaking full-time to a variety of different groups about her physical and emotional journey.
Rike--star of the eighth season of The Biggest Loser--tells all in this honest, openhearted tale of tragedy and healing. She married Rick Rike in July 2003: "So began our journey together in the greatest partnership that ever was." Their dream ended on October 13, 2006, when Rick; Abby's daughter, Macy, 5; and their two-week-old son, Caleb, were killed on a Texas road. "I was never angry," she says, but healing was another story. She went back to work three months later, joined a poker league, earned a master's degree, and moved to Louisiana. After nearly three years of struggle, Abby made it onto TBL. "The person on that scale was broken, and that's what I was there to fix." Despite being eliminated, she continued to work out and eventually lost 100 pounds. Abby's journey from tragedy to health (and thinness) is inspiring, the details of TBL fascinating, her exuberance and passion invigorating. Letters between Abby and Rick, as well as Facebook entries and eulogies, are included. (May) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
"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
"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
"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 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
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