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

  • Written by: Valerie Bertinelli
  • Narrated by: Valerie Bertinelli
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Kim
  • 2022-06-24

Honest conversation about her life

Valerie opens up about her life as a wife of a rockstar and a mother dealing with real life issues. All Moms will understand her story. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Unfortunately very boring.

I really like Valerie but this book has no depth. It is a chronology of her acting jobs and how much she weighed during each performance.

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Honest and Relatable!

I didn't want to stop listening... well written, and beautifully narrated! This "girl next door" grew into a well-rounded woman on all fronts. A charmed life with the ups-and-downs of celebrity and fame; it was interesting to hear first-hand about her experiences: her young acting success on One Day at a Time, her love story with EVH, her challenges with her career into womanhood, her dedication to motherhood, and her personal struggles with her weight and self-esteem. A very open, vulnerable, and telling account of her life - full of love and grace, conflicted with uncertainty and self-doubt. Valerie paints a vivid picture of her beauty and her flaws, never once sounding like a victim, but sounding like a woman who has finally found and accepted herself. Loved this book, thanks Valerie!

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  • Eileen
  • 2008-04-01

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.

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  • Sunny Side Up
  • 2019-09-04

Interesting listen but abridged

Valerie’s self deprecating humor, as well as her ability to call herself out for the behaviors towards Ed and others, which her insecurities had driven, was impressive. It speaks to the with she’s put into improving herself and understanding the root of those insecurities. As someone who’s done it, and thereby lost 40 pounds, I can say it’s no easy feat.

Maybe celebrities get used to their lives on display but still, I can only imagine the strength it must have taken Valerie to call herself out and be so honest in a book. Money is incentive but it takes more than a lucrative book contract to be thus transparent about her weight struggles. Well done, Valerie.

Some reviewers mentioned disappointment because they felt the book was not mainly about Valerie’s weight loss. I disagree. I thought that the book did a great job tracking Valerie’s life long weight struggles, highlighting periods in her life where her eating demons were apparent. It walked you through Valerie’s mindset and journey to get to honesty with herself about her weight. The book was well written and delivered the message Valerie intended.

Why I deducted a star:
At the end, it was mentioned that the book was an ABRIDGED version of the audiobook version, which was a let down. I had thought that by purchasing the audiobook, I was buying a the complete book, versus the cliffs notes. Oh, well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-27

Politics

I give this a low rating because Hollywood thinks we care about what they think. Bye bye Bal

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  • SvvyShpr
  • 2008-03-23

Terrible - totally misleading title

It should be titled autobiography - I would have not bought it if I knew it was about this!

Total time spent on the actual weight loss was about 5 minutes out of 4+ hours. What a waste of money.

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  • W. E. Horner III
  • 2008-05-07

Interesting, but disappointing

This book delivers a lot of what it promises, but it also provides plenty of stuff I wasn't as interested in..especially the number of men Valerie Bertinelli slept with along her path from "Barbara Cooper" to Eddie Van Halen's ex. Every man she discusses is described by his physical characteristics, and she was pretty eager to jump in the sack with all of them. I loved "One Day at a Time" back in the day (Val and I are about the same age) but I no longer have a crush on her...instead I feel sorry for her many, many insecurities.

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  • Colleen Ellis
  • 2021-08-07

Loved it!

I've always loved Valerie's work from TV, movies, and cooking shows. I never thought that a celebrity could be so relatable! I know, she was the wife of the greatest guitar players of all time (in my humble opinion), but the struggles she faced are really no different than so many people. This was a great book and highly recommend!

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  • Beth R G
  • 2015-03-13

Entertaining

Delightful look at Valerie's life and struggles with weight. I think much of what makes an audible book good is the readers tone and connection with the listener. Valerie did an awesome job narrating, it wasn't like she was reading, it was more like you were sitting with her chatting about her life.

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  • Jason
  • 2011-05-29

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.

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  • A A
  • 2009-08-13

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.

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  • Suzanne
  • 2008-05-26

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.

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