"I did not want to be a morbidly obese person on national television. That was not what I wanted to be when I was 6," Abby Rike said.
Abby Rike's life changed drastically 7 years ago when her husband, 5 and half year old daughter and 2 and half week old son were killed in a car accident.
"Everyone talks about that life is so short, life is so short, but I was 32 years old and I found myself a widow, and I thought, life's too long to live like this," she said.
In season 8, Abby joined the Biggest Loser cast, stealing viewers hearts.
"Four years ago I embarked on this crazy journey of learning how to truly be healthy and balanced and eat well and exercise, and it was just very healing for me," she said.
A process she now passes on to thousands of other women around the country.
"The focus is really not on the 'ins and outs' of how to lose weight. We all know how to lose weight, you eat healthy and you move more. But it's about finding that desire to make that commitment to not just be interested, but to find what do you really want to do with your life?"
A question she's now able to answer, after taking a giant leap of faith.
"I had to learn to count my blessings, I had to dream a little and realize that I wasn't stuck in my life, and then I had to be fearless and do those things that were so uncomfortable, because in order to grow you have growing pains," Rike said.
You can read more of Abby's story in her book, "Working It Out, A Journey of Love, Loss, and Hope."