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Overview


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Overview


“If you're at the point where you want to change your life, Abby's message is a must.”

Sherri Kayser- CEO Peace Lights

 
 

Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, a loyal, hard working, lover of life, faced an unfathomable tragedy in October 2006 when her beloved husband, 5 ½ year old daughter, and 2 ½ week old son were killed in a fatal car crash. With God’s grace, she chose to forge ahead in her new life. 

Following the wreck, Abby graduated with a Master’s of Education degree maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Deciding there was more living to do in this life, in May of 2009, God led Abby on a very public journey of healing and wellness. 

Abby began her journey on NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser” weighing in at 247 pounds. Through blood, sweat, and tears, she stood on the scale at the December finale weighing in at 147 pounds. 

In the years following, Abby has had the privilege of sharing the many lessons she learned along the way with hundreds of corporations, hospitals, churches, grief groups, universities, and schools.

Abby feels blessed to have had the opportunity to realize God’s grace full circle and feels compelled to share with others what she experienced firsthand.

The Biggest Loser served as the catalyst to jumpstart her back in to living, and Abby feels like the best has just begun. She continues her healthy lifestyle and vigor for life and is a living example that even in your darkest hour, there is always hope.

Abby remarried in 2011. She and her husband, TJ, call Rockenbaugh Mountain in Nashville home, along with their gaggle of four-legged friends including dogs, chickens, and fainting goats. They are active members at their home church, First Baptist Joelton. If you're in the area, they'll save you a seat!

Abby published her first book, Working It Out in 2011. She has appeared on the Ellen Show, Jay Leno, The Today Show, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Better TV, The 700 Club, Praise the Lord, and numerous others. She also has been featured on the cover of Life & Style Magazine, Woman’s Day, and was featured in People magazine.

 
 

Check out Abby's Today Show Interview Below.

 

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I really appreciated Abby’s heart felt connection with the audience She was exactly who she described herself to be and never have I ever been so touched and invigorated by such a powerful message. I have had six HW speaker events and none of them were anywhere near as good as this one.
— Eileen McVary Inness, Director, Galesburg Cottage Hospital
 
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As Seen On


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As Seen On


Television Coverage

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Print Coverage

 
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10 Things You Don't Know About Me


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10 Things You Don't Know About Me


10 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. It's been over 7 years since I was on the Biggest Loser.... and maintenance is HARD!
  2. I have a slight addiction to Sugar Free Red Bull.... yes, I know it's terrible for me.... I'm probably still gonna drink it.
  3. I hate surprises. Really. I think half the fun is looking forward to something.
  4. I tear up every time I hear "Amazing Grace." It truly is amazing.
  5. TJ and I met through mutual friends, and our first meeting was watching an LSU bowl game. We were truly friends first, and then we fell in love and got married. Boom!
  6. Reading is my JAM! (I will neither confirm nor deny I recently turned 42, and my age is showing...) I am a voracious reader... but I'm uber picky about what I read. Because I ponder on the things I read, I have to make sure it's something I want to be pondering on...
  7. Other than Jesus, my top 3 people I want to meet from the Bible are Enoch, the 38 year old man Jesus healed by the Pool of Bethesda, and Rahab.
  8. My favorite food is chocolate cake with equal parts icing and cake... a layer of chocolate ganache sends it over the top.
  9. You may know that I live on a mountain outside of Nashville and have 2 dogs, 3 full grown hens, a rooster named Elvis, 10 baby chicks growing large and in charge by the day, 6 adult fainting goats, and 6 baby fainting goats.... or maybe you didn't. ;)
  10. I've grown more in my walk with the Lord in the past 3 years than in the first 36.... Thank God for forgiveness and unending GRACE!

P.S. I'm blogging over at my new site rockthis.org. I'd love for you to join me there.