Rike excited to share message with Greenville

Published 2:30 pm Monday, February 13, 2012

Abby Rike has traveled the country sharing a simple but profound message.

No matter how difficult things are at the moment, there is always hope.

The former “The Biggest Loser” contestant speaks from experience. Five years ago, she lost her husband, her daughter and son in a fatal car crash.

“I felt alone for so many years following the wreck,” Rike said. “People were very uncomfortable with what had happened and didn’t know what to say.”

From that experience, Rike learned that people are all basically the same. That everyone has events – both good and bad – that shape their lives.

On Saturday, Rike will share her story as the keynote speaker at a first anniversary celebration for Healthy Woman. Rike has been working with the Healthy Woman program for more than a year and said it is truly a fantastic program for women to get solid information, tangible resources and a connection with other people.

“I am so humbled that they invited me,” Rike said. “I really want people to go out with a sense that they’re not stuck in their current circumstances.”

Rike said will touch on the wreck and her time on the “Biggest Loser.”

“The show played a huge role in the health aspect of my life, but I also talk more importantly about overcoming obstacles,” Rike said. “I definitely touch on losing my family five years ago, but I also talk about that you can know joy and my faith and that role in that healing process.”

Rike said her time on “The Biggest Loser” was life changing in a number of ways.

“It was far more than just the weight loss,” she said. “It was a time where I think the biggest thing that it taught me was that I was physically capable of doing so much more than thought possible.”

Rike, who dropped 100 pounds while on the show, said she said had been successful in other aspects of her life, but the show enabled her to come out of her comfort zone and grow.

“I think it’s just paramount how the body, mind and spirit work together,” Rike said. “Sometimes, our tripod of life gets out of balance, so I think it’s paramount to focus on not just one aspect but to find that balance.”

Rike will participate in a 5K run that will start at the L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital’s physical therapy building at 8 a.m. There is an application and a fee of $20 for the run. After the run, there will be a health fair and women’s expo from 4-6 p.m., and lastly, there will be a dinner at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rike speaking at 7 p.m. Tickets for the expo and the dinner are $20.