We had front-row seats at the forum where Valerie Bertinelli talked about her new memoir, Losing It, And Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time. Her book is about food and weight loss, yes, but the overarching theme is Valerie’s spiritual quest for a lightness of being.
Valerie’s an engaging speaker – casual and honest, sometimes to the point of being raw. I especially enjoyed the Q&A session, where her personality took center stage. And although I would have enjoyed a deeper response, I got a kick out of her pithy answer to my
ponderous serious question:
Me: Being on Jenny Craig probably meant comfort food wasn’t an option. So what coping mechanisms helped you work through, and then write about, the most painful parts of your story?
What do you do, when you’re writing difficult scenes? How do you shake off the painful elements when your writing session ends? I’ve always enjoyed working in the garden, but I’ve recently rediscovered aerobic exercise as a way to release some of my emotions. When I’m doing interval training on the Precor, sometimes the tears start flowing…uninvited but not unwelcome. At first, I wiped them away quickly, but now I just let them flow. Most gym rats probably mistake the tears for sweat, anyway. And even if they don’t, how much does it really matter?
*Yes, I know, I still need to post my notes. Next week, I promise…