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Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time | [Valerie Bertinelli]

Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time

Losing It is Valerie Bertinelli's frank, motivational look inside the life of one of TV's most adored actresses. It tells the inspiring story of her young stardom as the girl next door - cutie Barbara Cooper on the hit show One Day at a Time - her complicated family life, her struggles to maintain a healthy self-esteem while coping with celebrity, her tumultuous 20-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her struggle with depression, and her life-long battle with weight.
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Losing It is Valerie Bertinelli's frank, motivational look inside the life of one of TV's most adored actresses. It tells the inspiring story of her young stardom as the girl next door - cutie Barbara Cooper on the hit show One Day at a Time - her complicated family life, her struggles to maintain a healthy self-esteem while coping with celebrity, her tumultuous 20-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her struggle with depression, and her life-long battle with weight. With courage and candor, humor and emotion, she shares her fears, insecurities, and triumphs, including how she took control of her own life and gained happiness.

Valerie takes listeners behind the scenes in her acting career and marriage. She discusses the stresses and concerns of being a rock star's wife and the joys of motherhood; the challenges of divorce and becoming a single parent; and the fears she had to address so that she could start dating again, trust a new relationship, allow intimacy, and let herself feel loved again. Through it all are surprising, sometimes shocking anecdotes about the other celebrities she has known, as well as stories of her loyal family and the friends who stood by her.

©2008 Tuxedo Ltd.; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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    Eileen Loxahatchee, FL, USA 04-01-08
    Eileen Loxahatchee, FL, USA 04-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Just Weight Loss"

    This isn't a weight loss book, although she does discuss her weight issues throughout. It's much more than that. She discusses her entire life, pre-fame, One Day at A Time, marriage to Eddie Van Halen, motherhood, with a great deal of honesty. If you came of age watching One Day at a Time, you'll enjoy this book very much. Valerie herself narrates, and does a great job. It's like listening to a good friend talk about her life.
    If you're looking for just another "how to" weight loss book, this is not for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-11
    Jason Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-11
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    "Inviting"

    this is book you can cuddle up with and feel understood. Valerie Bertinelli is honest and understanding while giving you a few incites she has learned along the way through her weight loss journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Richards Ontario, Canada 08-13-09
    Debbie Richards Ontario, Canada 08-13-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Engaging"

    Losing It, mainly deals with Valerie's struggles with her weight and negative self perceptions.

    There are other personal aspects such as her relationship with Eddie and her sitcom life.

    Valerie gives a great read of her book; really drawing you in with a warm and friendly voice. By the time I had finished listening, I felt as though I was hearing a friend speak about her life.

    It goes by quick and even quicker if you're drawn in, like I was.

    The only fault I have is that this is abridged.So, I'll be borrowing the book from the library to see what I missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 05-26-08
    Suzanne 05-26-08
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    "Losing It"

    Plain and simple, if you are curious about Valarie Burtinelli's life, you will enjoy listening to her account. The book is not literary but an easy listen where you can kick back and relax. For those who enjoy autobiographies of the rich and famous, not only do you hear about her life first hand, but gain insight into the mindset of someone who struggles with body weight and how it overtakes your thoughts, in essence your entire being. Her struggle with codependency, her weight, and her own identify are presented very graceously and honestly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deliah the Space Rigger Florida 05-18-08
    Deliah the Space Rigger Florida 05-18-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The girl next door"

    Great autobiography, insights into being an actress and wife of a rock star, and about how weight often reflects inner issues. I disagree with the negative reviews that a) thought this wasn't about weight loss or b) had nothing to say. I would have liked more about her journey with Jenny Craig, but overall it was helpful to hear about sorting it out. Her narration was great and unflinching and added to the sense that even if she was the wife of Eddie Van Halen, the nice girl next door charm that she perfected on "One Day at Time" is really true. The only downside is that this abridged and some of the details are lost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Mclaughlin Iowa 05-10-08
    Misty Mclaughlin Iowa 05-10-08 Member Since 2008

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    "so personable"

    This book was funny and motivating. She really doesn't hold back. She talks to yoou u like you would an old friend. I completely enjoyed this book! I was sad when I was done with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond J Hamel Jr Hampton Beach NH 04-03-14
    Raymond J Hamel Jr Hampton Beach NH 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Valarie"
    If you could sum up Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time in three words, what would they be?

    Her Determination


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning More about Valarie


    Which character – as performed by Valerie Bertinelli – was your favorite?

    One Day at a time
    No clue what her name was I was to busy looking at her JEANS


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no you get in and out if the story easily.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been adoring Valorie forever,She always appeared to be such a real person and after listening to this book she is.Again she is taken, she though not ever talking with her I will never meet the love of my life I am sure,I thinkMy understanding of her challenges now,getting to understand her a little better I give her tremendous credit for her accomplishments and determination thru all your struggles.GOOD LUCK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaula FOLKSTON, GA, United States 03-26-12
    Shaula FOLKSTON, GA, United States 03-26-12
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    "Easy to listen to!"
    Where does Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good - Bertinelli narrarating makes you feel as if you are having a conversation with her in the comfort of your own home.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time?

    Talking about how she emotionally eats - how to be selective.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ABC-familien Copenhagen, Denmark 11-29-11
    ABC-familien Copenhagen, Denmark 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent and fun book"

    An excellent book with humor and seriousness in a good mix. Thank you to Valerie Bertinelli. Nice that she has narrated the book herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alana Mardi, Australia 06-29-11
    Alana Mardi, Australia 06-29-11
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    "What an inspirational story!!!!!"

    I have been wanting to read this book for some time but as I live in Australia not all autobiographies are available here especially if they are from international celebreties!! This solved my problem and I found it a very interesting, enjoyable and inspirational listen. I have always admired Valerie Bertinelli and was even more thrilled when I read she was the narrator. I have recentley gone on my own weight loss journey and could realate to all she was saying and it gives me the boost I need to know that I am doing the right thing by staying focused and keeping up with my lifestyle change. I too have lost 24 kgs that is 52 lbs!!!! I know how she feels and it was just a pleasure listening to her talk about the ups and downs of her life and how she dealt with them....all up a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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