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Losing It: --And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time
Losing It --And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time Author:Valerie Bertinelli America's Sweetheart turned working mother gives a frank and inspiring account of her life backstage and in the spotlight. — We all knew and loved Valerie Bertinelli years ago when she played the girl-next-door cutie, Barbara Cooper, in the hit TV show One Day at a Time. From wholesome primetime in America's living rooms, Valerie moved to... more » late nights with the hardest partying band of the decadent 80s when she married rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen at the age of 20. Here are the ups and downs of teen stardom, of her complicated marriage, and of her very public struggle with weight.
Surprising, uplifting, and empowering, Losing It takes you behind the scenes in Valerie's acting career and marriage. Despite Valerie's celebrity, her voice is so down-to-earth, honest, and appealing that you'll feel as if you're talking with a girlfriend over coffee. Funny and candid, Valerie recounts her attempts to maintain a healthy self-image while dealing with social pressures to look and act a certain way, and to overcome career insecurities and relationship problems familiar to the millions of women who struggle every day with these same issues.
From marital turmoil to the joys of a new career, from being named among Penthouse's ten sexiest women in the world to overhearing whispers about her weight gain in the grocery store, this is Valerie's inspiring journey as she finds new love, raises a terrific kid, and motivates other women as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.« less
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Jeanine N. (Neene) - reviewed Losing It: --And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time on
Helpful Score: 5
I too watched Valerie Bertinelli in One Day at a Time. Love her and was so excited to see that she wrote a book. The beginning was good, the middle was excellent, however, the end of the book was disappointing to me. To me the last part of the book sounded like a big commerical for Jenny Craig. That is all she talked about is her experience with Jenny Craig. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for her to finally find the way in life that she has been looking for. It's just that I wanted to know more about her not about Jenny Craig. Very disappointed...
I like Valerie Bertinelli, and I especially enjoy autobiographies. But this was more about her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen than it was about her. Her background and childhood info was slight, even her foray into television was quickly dispersed. THe majority of the focus was on her relationship with Ed.
Of course, it is my own fault. She is only in her late 40's so really is it too early for an autobiography? She was signed to a huge weight Loss contract, so writing a book when she is "in the news" is a total publicity stunt. It worked.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The thing I liked the most about it is her honesty in the way she presents her marital problems and battle with her weight. I do wish she would have gone a little more in depth about certain issues, but it was a quick read that kept me interested throughout. I would recommend this book.
I always liked watching Valerie Bertinelli on One Day At A Time, then later I was a huge Van Halen fan. I was swept up in the romantic notion of the good girl marrying the rock star. So when this book came out I snatched it up...and enjoyed it very much.
Written as if she's sitting with you chatting girlfriend to girlfriend. Very honest and forthright and I'm still rooting for her.
I grew up watching Valerie Bertinelli on "One Day at a Time". Only a couple years younger than her, I have always felt she was one celebrity that I could most relate to. No, I didn't marry a rock star, but I have experienced the ups and downs of weight gain/loss. I have always thought Valerie is beautiful. She isn't the cookie cutter shape of many of the younger actresses on TV and in the movies. Her book spoke volumes to me. I understood how she measured and remembered parts of her life by her weight. Anything I have ever read has mentioned her great love for her son. There is no doubt in my mind being a mother was always a top priority for her. I give her credit for staying in her marriage as long as she did. I feel like this book was an honest look at Valerie's life, with all of the negatives and positives that befall anyone whether an actress married to a rock star, or your next door neighbor. It took courage to write a book listing body weights throughout time. When you read this book, you will feel like you are sitting down with her in your living room. A must read for Valerie Bertinelli fans or anyone who has experienced any weight issues.
I enjoyed this. Bought it in the bargain bin 'cause I'm always looking for books to read and add to my PBS library and because when I was a teen, I wanted to be her ha-ha. I never thought it would be a diet book so I didn't have the disappointment that some seem to have had. She actually only mentions Jenny Craig in the last 15-20 pages.
It was much more about her lifelong BATTLE with her weight which I think is far more interesting since in my opinion, there isn't any method that is best for everyone. The plan that worked for her isn't what worked for me or maybe what you or you or you need. She had the same issues that 75% of the rest of us have--not knowing WHY you eat. A lot more difficult to conquer than just the eating too much part right? Anyway, I thought she had a good voice and I enjoyed the book. (Oh...I also think she wanted to cover a teeny bit of "You know, my marriage could have worked if my husband wasn't so messed up".)