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Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  579 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
A humorous and highly personal tale of a continuing search for answers to life's big questions, an emotional story crossing three generations
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Free Press (first published 2009)
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Mar 14, 2010 Vilo rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
You've all heard that you should not go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. Well, for me stopping by the library to pick up a book for Dave after a 10-hour work day is equivalent. I ended up with about 5 books for me all grabbed from various display shelves on the way to the reserved books rack. This one was a surprisingly satisfying read (no pun intended). Valerie Bertinelli is down to earth, honest, and funny. She wrote an earlier book about losing weight. This one is about "maintenance, ...more
May 24, 2015 Cyndi rated it liked it
Valerie Bertinelli is the quintessential girl-next-door & America's Sweetheart. This second book is about her struggle to keep her weight off as well as juggling marriage, motherhood, aging parents & just getting older in general. Towards the end of the book she went into a lot of details about how she got in shape for a bikini shoot for Jenny Craig. I skimmed through most of that which is why I only gave it 3 stars. I still don't understand why she let her 16-year-old son go on tour wit ...more
Richard Collins
Feb 18, 2014 Richard Collins rated it really liked it
Can a TV and movie personality married to a rock star and living in Beverly Hills lead a wholesome life?

Well, yes. At least in Valerie Bertinelli's case.

Her second and logically titled auto-biographical book, Finding It, follows an inspirational and successful first book, Losing It. Both books tell of her Jenny Craig affiliation. In Losing It she sheds 40 pounds; In Finding It she fights the demons who threaten to thwart her efforts at maintaining her hard-won weight loss.

I bought Finding It ass
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it did not like it
To be fair, I tried; honestly, I tried to read this book with the same fervor and joy I employed while reading her first book. However, this book was downright awful. It surprised me that Val, who admits to being uneducated, blathers on and on about politics. I absolutely believe that everyone is entitled to a political opinion, but I thought this was a book on maintaining weight, not bashing the president. That irritation aside, I also felt like I was reading something written by a 9 year old. ...more
Erin Martin
Dec 08, 2011 Erin Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Ok I love Valerie Bertinelli. But for crying out, I really could have done without her talking on and on about her political views. That was NOT why I wanted to read this book. I DON'T CARE! And her comparisons to the government and her weight loss were so far-fetched that you could just tell she was only doing it to get her political agenda out there. It was SO annoying. She did have some good points and I learned some valuable things from her. But if I wanted to know who she voted for and why, ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it
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JoAnn Jordan
Oct 27, 2009 JoAnn Jordan rated it really liked it
This is a very good book about Valerie's adventures in maintaining her weight and living her life more fully. She overcomes obstacles and comes to a better understanding of what her life means.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with weight or simply with the difficulties of daily life.
Dec 17, 2009 Heidi added it
I loved it and I got some good ideas from her. I enjoyed this book as much as her first.
.tiffany Northrup
Nov 09, 2009 .tiffany Northrup rated it did not like it
Seriously if I wanted to read a political rant then I would've bought a different book!!!
Feb 17, 2010 Patti rated it it was ok
Not as good as "Losing It".
Oct 07, 2011 Marsha rated it liked it
Valerie is quite normal for a celebrity and in this book she shows just how normal she is by exposing her insecurities, her temper when she gets upset or frustrated, her disbelief in “how lucky” she has been with her career, and her struggle to keep weight off and in good shape, despite her past struggles to use food to comfort her when she was upset. As a Jenny Craig spokeswoman, she was asked to model in a bikini and Valerie writes about her exercise training and dieting to meet this goal.

Nov 12, 2009 Tanya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Others who struggle with weight maintenance
Shelves: 2009-books
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Losing It was the story about growing up, getting married, getting fat, getting divorced, and finally, getting the weight off, with Jenny Craig's help. There's a good deal of growing self-awareness in that book, some of the self-discovery that's expected in any "how I lost the weight" story; one of the tools of losing the weight is identifying how and why you put it on in the first place, what your triggers and bad habits are, what attitudes you've developed about food and life and self that nee ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one much more than the first one (Losing It). I'm not sure why....maybe because this one didn't read like a "Behind the Music" for Van Halen! This one was all aroung more interesting to me; less like a biography and more sharing of her everyday experiences and struggles. Honestly, I'm not sure why I ever picked up Losing It in the first place. I was too young to be a fan of One Day at a Time, and I only had a vague idea of who Valerie was to begin with. After reading this one, howev ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
Here's the thing. I got this book at the dollar store! Why do some books end up at the dollar store? In the case of this book, the easy answer is the frequent English grammar problems. But why did this book have so many technical problems? Thats a harder question, and I don't have the answer. What I do know, is that I really liked it anyway. I liked it enough, that when my three request books from the library came in, I finished this one first, even though the countdown clock had started on my l ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's about Valerie Bertineli's struggle to keep off her weight, and get into bikini shape for a magazine cover. She talks about her personal struggles, and how she worked on her thoughts and feelings to be able to not use food for her emotions.
Debra Oehlberg
Aug 03, 2011 Debra Oehlberg rated it really liked it
I can identify with Valerie Bertinelli in so many ways. We are close in age, and struggle with weight gain. But, unlike Valerie, my accumulated weight came after several health problems that went undiagnosed for years, and simple exercise alone does not make my pounds fall off quickly. I'm also like her in the fact that I really enjoy good food, and want my eating experience to be worth it. But, unlike her, I am not an emotional eater. And, finally, I know the fear of a bikini. But with me, it's ...more
Kellyanne Lynch
Mar 01, 2014 Kellyanne Lynch rated it really liked it
It's a little disjointed - particularly in comparison to the first one - but I appreciate the way she talks about what "maintenance" after weight loss means. She also seems as genuine in this book as she did in the last.
Apr 24, 2013 Cherri rated it it was ok
Valerie was miserable being 40 pounds overweight and losing the weight didn't just change her body, it changed her demeanor, her self-esteem and her outlook on life. I guess, if I were a TV actress, I'd be obsessed with my body too. Luckily, I'm not.
I just finished this audio book today. It was good, but not great. Valerie's philosophy and advice about weight loss are not universal. Not everyone is miserable with themselves because of being overweight and not everyone who loses has all their pr
Apr 24, 2016 Gail rated it it was ok
Full disclosure, I only read this to fulfill the read "a book written by a celebrity" part of a book challenge. Needless to say it was an easy, breezy beach read, but not exactly challenging.
Oct 31, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gave it 2 stars due to all the political talk. This has nothing to do with maintaining weight. This brought the book down a few notches for me. DON'T GET ANGRY. Just my opinion.
Katie Christian
Jul 06, 2010 Katie Christian rated it liked it
While I did find this book entertaining for the most part, every once in a while she would just go off on such an odd tangent that it's hard to 'get' at times. She was basically mocking her boyfriend's religion until she decided to have some faith herself. I have a theory that it's something chemical in some people's brains that makes them relate everything to food. I don't believe she was doing it for the book, I think she actually have a different brain process than I do when thinking about fo ...more
Tim Chavel
Jan 02, 2012 Tim Chavel rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Valerie Bertinelli since I was a kid watching "One Day at A Time." In this follow up book from "Losing It," Valerie tells how she not only kept the weight off but how she lost even more. This book is more then losing weight and maintaining weight lost, but it is more about her life. I found it very interesting that she seems to be seeking a relationship with the Savior. She mentions several times how she knows there is a higher power and sometimes prays. I know I will contin ...more
I really enjoyed her stories about the kids and maintaining her weight loss. Could have done without the heavy political hammer.
Feb 03, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valerie B. is as cute in this book as she is on screen. Sadly, she's also as beige as she is on TV, too.
Jan 22, 2016 Joni rated it liked it
She's a real person with real problems...not just the celebrity type.
Tricia Andrews
Apr 28, 2013 Tricia Andrews rated it liked it
I didn't like this audiobook as much as her first book (Losing It). This is the follow up on how she has managed to keep the weight off while being a Jenny Craig spokesperson and her new marriage. There isn't as much depth and history in this book. It seems like it was thrown together as a followup but it only covers a few years of her life. She talks alot about her son in this book with lots of personal details of his life. Just what every teenage wants his mom to do. I do like that she read th ...more
Wendy Dawn
Not a huge fan of Bertinelli, but have developed more respect with the reading of this book. I recently experienced a huge weight loss and wanted to read her take on life "maintaining."

Realistic and down to earth as you would expect from Bertinelli. She essentially reaches the commonality in many of us who struggle with maintaining more than weightloss, but life.

Humorous and poignant. Worth a read, especially for middle-aged women who are realizing the longer we live, the less we know, but the
Feb 13, 2016 Jill rated it liked it
Inspiring. Toward the end, when she was working hard to get ready for a bikini photo shoot, I thought she went overboard - it didn't seem like a workout plan that would be reasonable to follow.
Aug 15, 2015 Angi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Valerie Bertinelli is a breathe of fresh air!! She has the same crazy thoughts I have about parenting, dieting and bathing suits!! Searching for her first book!
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Valerie Anne Bertinelli is an American film and television actress best known for her role as Bonnie Franklin's smart, nice, and lovable daughter, Barbara Jean Cooper, on the long-running television series One Day at a Time.
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