Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Book Review - Losing It and Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time by Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli is a bright light of inspiration

In the interest of finding motivation wherever I could get it, I decided to read Losing It – And Gaining My Life Back One Pound At A Time. The book is not so much a weight loss success story as it is an honest account of Valerie Bertinelli’s struggle with food as she tried to juggle an unhappy marriage and self-image.

Interestingly enough, it appears as though she employed the “laws of attraction” or “The Secret” to start her journey into weight loss, although never coming out and labeling her techniques as such. Things really started to change when for a second or third time she was accosted by Jenny Craig to be a spokes person, and finally decided to give it a shot.

Although she was a beloved TV actress from the 70’s through to the 90’s, she couldn’t be anymore down to earth as she dishes the dirt on her past mistakes and recent growth as a wife, mother and individual. It is apparent that she was vain, na├»ve and insecure, for most of her life, but her willingness to share these flaws publicly, in the hopes of finally being able to break free, be herself and face her demons, shows her true character and strength.

All-in-all a fluff read, and whether it will motivate me to make the necessary changes in my life in order to slim down, remains to be seen.

2.5/5 Snakes

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