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Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time

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The New York Times #1 bestseller (3 weeks running) is now available in paperback. Losing It is popular actress, Jenny Craig spokeswoman, and America’s sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli's headline-making account of her complicated past and how she took control of her own life to gain self-esteem and happiness.

Valerie Bertinelli, then: bubbly sitcom star and America's
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Atria Books (first published February 25th 2008)
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Celebrity biographies can be enjoyable if they reward the reader with bits of insight and honesty about the writers life. We're looking for something that we haven't heard before and stories that make them more human/real. Valerie Bertinelli offers us an incredibly candid story of her life (so far) that runs along the thread of how she handled weight gain. This book was actually loaned to my wife but as a Van Halen fan I scanned it for annedotes on the Rock and Roll lifestyle and ended up readin ...more
The full title here is Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time by Valerie Bertinelli. Yes, that's right. I read an autobiography by Valerie Bertinelli, she of One Day at a Time fame, countless made-for-TV movies, and a marriage to a certain Van Halen member. Let's chalk it up to expanding my horizons and stepping outside my usual reading comfort zone.

And actually, it's not a particularly BAD book. Bertinelli tells her life's story (so far), following what I can only assume is the
There are pros and cons to this one, and I am not sure that the pros outweigh the cons enough to recommend this book. Also, to be fair, I really don't think I read this book for the right reasons. Originally, I was more interested in the rock and roll gossip, and not Valerie Bertinelli's story. Then, over the course of the book, I did become more interested in her journey. Towards the end, I was really rooting for her. I liked the brutal honesty in which she describes her life. I also appreciate ...more
David Jay
Proof, were it needed, that I will read just about anything. And in the world of celebrity autobiographies, will not only read anything but will enjoy it as well!

I have always loved Valerie Bertinelli,(I never missed an episode of "One Day at a Time")and she comes across in her book pretty much the way she always has on TV. Written with real warmth and honesty (tons about her difficult marriage to Eddie Van Halen and really written from a place of kindness), I found her struggles with compulsive
Valerie Bertinelli seems to be the kind of person I would like and hang out with. Her weight loss story had as much to do with food as it did the things in her life that kept her eating...and eating and eating. I read this book in less than 24 hours, I passed this on to my MIL and she will be done with done with it in less time than that! Great, fun read.
Tara D-K
LOVED. THIS. BOOK. I went to her booksigning and waited on line for 2 hours- it was that good. I read it in two days. It's just so down-to-earth and honest. She comes off as a real person and very likable. She tells it all- nothing vague.
Mary Beth
I remember as a child watching One Day at a Time and my family sitting around the TV watching the show. Barbara was my favorite character on the show, since she was a huge Elton John fan. Later, I remember hearing the band Van Halen and being blown away. In high school I had a huge crush on Eddie and had my locker covered in pictures of him. When I found out that my favorite actress and favorite musician married, it was like the "best of both worlds".

Valerie's writing in this book is like she i
In this memoir, Valerie Bertinelli describes her life as a Hollywood actress as well as her 20-year marriage to Eddie, the guitarist for the band Van Halen. At one point, it seemed like she was living a charmed life but the truth was that she was miserable. During their marriage, she fought with her husband about his drinking and the extramarital affairs he was having and their fighting both wore them out. In the end she felt like she couldn’t compete for attention with his rock-n-roll lifestyle ...more
I enjoy reading about the lives of actors told from their voice. One of my vices. There is really no literary value by reading these type of books. I like to read about celebrities lives, especially those that were in shows back when I was a kid. I always have a picture in my mind about what this person is really like. The books put it in perspective and confirm whether I had the right picture or not. With Valerie, I was close but not right on. I always viewed her as a girl who seemed to have he ...more
picked up 2/27. so far very personable! conversational reading! started last night (2/29) and am more than 90 pgs into it already!

update: (3/4) finished! a very easy, interesting, relate-able read! her writing is very conversational and i could hear her voice in my mind as i read. i've also had relationships w/musicians (infamous & not!) & relationships that i lost myself in trying to force them to work, i'm now over weight (for me) for the 1st time since grade school & i've always h
Maybe I missed most of this because she is from my mom's generation. I felt like I did at the end of Eat, Pray, Love-- get over yourself already! I appreciate her battle with weight and how she was able to retrospectfully examine her eating habits and attitudes. That is true for a lot of women. But I felt for the rest of the book it was all about how when she did drugs and slept around, it was justified (she admitted it was wrong, but then justified it) but when her ex-husband did it, that was h ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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I'm being generous with two stars. I suppose if you are interested in hearing about a star's life, you might enjoy this book. I didn't choose it because of the star but to hear about her weight loss, yet I found I couldn't bear it anymore. Maybe if I finished it I would get what I wanted out of it, but I felt my time would be better spent somewhere else.

I had to create a shelf and marked this as "Abandoned." But it is hardly "Read."
I'm not sure it's fair to judge someone's perspective of their own life. It is exactly what it is...their story to tell. I found it interesting that she spends the entire book relating her life to her issues with food and weight but skimmed over her drug use as if it were no big deal, as if "easy come...easy go".

It took me a very long time to read this book. Not because I didn't enjoy it. I enjoyed reading while I was reading but once I put it down it didn't call for me to pick it back up. I wa
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. I always was a fan of Valerie Bertinelli so I was sure I would like her book. Honestly it is one of the worst books I have ever read.
It reads like a high school diary. Bertinelli spends most of the book name dropping and blaming everyone she can for her feelings and her overeating. Her experience with the Jenny Craig program is saved for the very end and is incredibly vague. She went on the program and with seemingly no big hurdles or stumbling blocks l
I don't know why I was surprised that a book about weight loss would be so much about weight, but my overall impression after reading this book was that it would have been a much better book if the weight loss part was left out. It seemed to be a standard celebrity biography with "at this point, I weighed 132" and "now I wasn't working out at all and gained 15 pounds" thrown in at the appropriate time. Yeah, we've all gained and lost weight, worked out and fallen off the wagon, but hopefully tha ...more
I have always been a "fan" of Valerie Bertinelli and enjoyed reading her life story. She always had a squeaky clean reputation but opened up in the book about her own drug use and heavy drinking. I liked her honesty. She was also honest about her overeating and weight gain which she did when she was emotional and stressed. Her marriage to Eddie VanHalen was rocky from the start and affected her well-being. She wrote respectfully of friends and family who she could have shone in a bad light but r ...more
Mixed Review -
Agonizing and Inspiring.
I was hoping for more of what I found in the last chapter or two of this book but, after some consideration I realized the journey of getting to those last few chapters and what it took for Valerie to finally get there was the point. Becoming, a child bride and a child actress was not an easy road to take. It may have taken a looonnngggg time to realize life wasn't working out as she had hoped but, Bravo for finally facing the truth and moving forward. It'
For some reason, I thought by the title and blurbs on the cover itself that this book would be about her journey in losing weight. Not so. Most of the book was about feeling heavy her entire life and yoyoing with dieting (or cocaine) and her dysfunctional marriage to Eddie Van Halen. It wasn't until the last few chapters that she spoke of her Jenny Craig experience. It was an okay book- just not what I expected.
Listening to this on audio was such a blast! Valerie reads it herself and it REALLY is like one of the reviews i read - like sitting and having a drink with your girlfriend, dishing the dirt. She dishes some dirt, she struggles with self-esteem and weight, her career ebbs and flows. Stars.....they're just like us!
Hillary Saylor
I picked up this book because I wanted something quick and juicy, and I love reading the lives of celebrities. The book was supposed to be about weight loss, but I don't think she was through processing what happened with her relationship with her husband enough to confront her eating issues. It read like she wrote a very honest and thoughtful account of her life so far, while processing some serious stuff that thankfully the memoir allowed her to do, but then it feels like she gave it to her pu ...more
Although the book delivered what I was expecting (details and perspective on previously private life events), and I appreciate the civility and longevity maintained by the characters (similar memoirs tend to be more vicious and contain more tragic outcomes), I found the link between personal milestones and overeating to be unconvincing. I also was disillusioned to recognize Ms. Bertinelli is much less mysterious than simply unimaginative (book choices and kitchen decorating defined by Oprah?) An ...more
This was a really great book. Chapters are named after Van Halen songs which was pretty funny since it pretty much titled what Valerie was going through at that point in time. She is really down to earth and funny.
I actually didn't get very far before I quit reading. I wanted to learn about her weight loss journey, but instead found this book to be a tell-all about her sexual partners. Bummer.
Really enjoyed this book. Valerie Bertinelli seems so down to earth and so honest. Like someone I'd having as a friend.
Ke Huang
A light read about the coming of age journey of a child actress, rock star wife, and rock star mother, all at different stages of her life. As the title says, it is also about Bertinelli's coming to terms with eating and dieting.

What I really like about this book is that the narrator/author is quite likable. She is sensitive to the feelings of others. What I least liked about this book is its repetitiveness. I know the facts may be real but some painful relationship patterns just went on and on,
Valerie Bertinelli is a TV star who grew up in front of the cameras. From child star to teenage sitcom queen, Valerie has had a long history of fame, but all that time spent in front of the cameras has its drawbacks. Her public divorce and weight gain, splashed on the front page of the tabloids, left serious scars on her self-esteem that took her years to erase. In this, her first memoir, Valerie recounts how she became a child star, the struggles she faced in the public eye, and how she gradual ...more
Good, but only if you're a fan already

Growing up, I was such a big fan of Valerie Bertinelli, so I knew I'd have to read this eventually. I also had a major crush on Eddie Van Halen (her husband for 20 years). The book is very revealing - she tells it all (sex, drugs and rock-n-roll), leaving nothing out. There were a few times where I sort of felt like I was prying - definitely a bit of TMI (too much information). But it was quite a fascinating look into the life of someone I had an interest in
To be honest, I didn't know much about Valerie Bertinelli other than she'd married Eddy Valen and stared in One Day at A Time back in the 1975's-84's. But I have to admit I wanted to read her book. I'm about six years older than her, but when her show debuted I was in my heyday 20's and the memories are strong. People used to mistake me for her TV sister, Mackenzie Phillips.

Plus, I have an interest in rock and roll marriages. I mean, how do they handle women throwing themselves at their husbands
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