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

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  4,979 ratings  ·  553 reviews
Book Description Publication Date: February 25, 2008 Valerie Bertinelli, then: bubbly sitcom star and America's Sweetheart turned tabloid headline and rock star wife. Now: actress, single working mother of teenage rock star, and weight-loss inspiration to millions. We all knew and loved Valerie Bertinelli years ago when she played girl-next-door cutie Barbara Cooper in the ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by Free Press
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Ken
Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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Mary Beth
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tara D-K
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lennie
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Amanda
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jen
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Katherine Coble
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Absolutely dull.

I dont read celeb bios for the dirt on fleeting sexual encounters--not that there is much of that here--or the name dropping.

I read them to find out what it was like to work on a hit TV show for a decade. What it was like to be a child with a highly lucrative and intense job and what it is like now that those days are in the rearview.

This vapid volume glosses over those details, and instead gives a seemingly endless litany of Bertinelli's poundage and pant size at every major
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Suzanne
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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David Jay
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Sandy
Jan 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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Janie
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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."
Gina
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked 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.
Cooksonmom
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mybooks
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.
SouthWestZippy
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Boring! She starts a story and leaves you hanging or stops and tell a joke(tries) or jumps ahead in time and starts another one to add to the one she is telling. I can't stand that. She almost sounds like she is bragging about all the men she has sleep with. I was so highly disappointed in this book.
Kellie
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
Marie
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Valerie Bertinelli or Van Halen
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction, women
I debated between giving this one 2 or 3 stars, because it was incredibly light and a very fast read...but I guess I did enjoy it, mostly because of my childhood fondness for Valerie Bertinelli. It was not particularly well written--just okay.

I loved One Day at a Time as a young teen, and I loved the fact that Bertinelli played a goody two shoes, sweet teenager and made it look cool. I still remember our shared love of Elton John and her impersonation of him and singing "Don't Go Breaking My Hea
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Debra
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Lauren
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mediaman
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
This actress is nothing like her on-screen image: she is a super-liberal, raunchy, immoral celebrity who doesn't think her cheating on her husband is a problem, nor does she think her taking volumes of illegal drugs is a problem, nor does she apparently think allowing 14-year-old boys to drink is a problem. What does she think is a problem? Weighing more than 120 pounds!

The book is filled with her exploits of having lots of sex with various people, including cheating on her husband a few times.
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Elaine
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
Wendy
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2010, biography
I have always liked Valerie Bertinelli, and this book didn't change my mind about that. There's always a surprise in store in an autobiography, and this one is replete with them. Barbara Cooper did drugs? Had premarital sex? Wasn't raised strict Catholic, as I had understood? Was impulsive and insecure, and had terrible body-image issues? Well, who knew?

I remember being surprised when her split with Eddie Van Halen was announced, after more than twenty years of marriage, but having read this, I
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Reannan
While reading this book was enlightening I felt there were portions left out. I'm going to be honest, I expected more dirt. In my mind there are two reasons celebrities write biographies: money and to set some record straight. There wasn't any real drama with Ms. Bertinelli. The book is called "Losing it" for a reason. I get that. It is more about her weight struggle and less about her life. I appreciate celebrities letting us girls in on the pressures of Hollywood. In my opinion she glosses ove ...more
Susan
I switched to this autobiography from Valerie Bertinelli and found it to be an interesting insight to one of the people who I enjoyed watching on TV when I was younger.You could almost say we grew up together as she is only a few years older than myself. We spend our time watching celebrities on tv or in movies, but we really don't know who they are at all except for what we see on tv or in movies. Who they are in that realm is not who they really are in life at all. This book really proved that ...more
Jo (Bloomin'Chick)
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2008, memoir
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
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Jackie
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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'
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Mary
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book. I thought it would be a lot of Jenny Craig blah blah blah, but no it really wasn't. Valerie mentions Jenny towards the end of the book but very little throughout the book. She talks about her struggle with her weight through out her life. Being with what her career is, I can understand why she was always concerned about her weight, I kept shaking my head whenever she would say she was "fat" at 160, 170. Sad that the pressure of being an actress ...more
Alaskan
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Valerie Bertinelli's frank depictions of her childhood and adult life as she chroniciles the beginning of her stardom up to the few years after her divorce from Eddie Van Halen. I was surprised at some of the things she chose to reveal, but maybe that's what she felt she needed to do (cleansing). I know I was wanting more of the experiences she was having - the gamut of emotions at the start of her Jenny Craig program. The book title attests to gaining her life back one pound a ...more
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Gato
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always been a Bertinelli fan - and was sort of surprised at how unsure and self critical she is. This is not the impression I had of her at all. The weight loss parts of this book are completely overshadowed by her admission of multiple affairs while married to EVH (gasp!) and the fact that she mentions over and over that they never had sex. How is this possible you ask? Well, it appears to have been possible because: they were constantly apart; Ed was (when able) hittin' it elsewhere, th ...more
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