Marie Osmond talks about weight loss, self-care and mental health

Having worked in the entertainment industry for six decades, Marie Osmond knows a thing or two about not only performing with legends, but about being one. But recently it is the death of the legendary actress and her Maybe this time co-star Betty White, who makes the 62-year-old singer, actress and author reflect on her own place in the world.

Osmond tells Yahoo Life that White, who died weeks before her 100th birthday in December 2021, was “like a second mother” to her. During one of their last conversations, Osmond says, she and White talked about getting nervous before a performance and how to use those feelings for good.

“She always had those nerves behind her,” says Osmond. “And we both said that when people lose that [they] lose [their] passion, right? You have to want – you have to have that energy behind you so you can go out there and do a good job. She always had and we both said if you lost you should retire and try something new.”

Osmond, who spoke to Yahoo Life as part of her job as a Nutrisystem ambassador, says her key to not losing her passion for performance is finding a good work-life balance.

“I am very blessed to see my work as work and my life as life,” she says. “I think that’s where a lot of people get lost in show business. Perhaps their self-worth is only invested in their work. But I love life and I don’t have to be on stage to be happy. I can always be happy.”

Osmond wasn’t always happy, however. The former talk show host wrote candidly about her battle with postpartum depression in Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression and says that when her then-18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide in 2010, she found fulfillment in serving others. She has learned to share her stories with the world and has heard firsthand how her openness has helped others.

“I felt like sharing could help people,” she says. “And you know, it really touched me when I did my book signings: I would close Barnes and Noble — I would stay there for hours because I really, genuinely wanted to help people.”

During an emotional encounter with two of her readers, Osmond received confirmation that she was right.

“They had me sign a book and she said, ‘Can I give you a hug?’ And I said, ‘Of course you can hug me,'” recalls Osmond. “She said, ‘I wish you’d written that a year ago because maybe our daughter was still alive.

“If we can [speak] of things like that and maybe just helping one person, it’s worth it,” she adds. “That’s why I’ve shared things in my life — whether it’s the loss of my son or whatever — because I feel like if it can help one person, then we should. As women, we’re meant to complement each other, not compete.”

As women, we’re meant to complement each other, not compete.”Marie Osmond

When it comes to her own mental health journey, Osmond says she’s learned the importance of practicing mindfulness, setting boundaries, and knowing when to take a moment for yourself. She’s also not afraid to let go of toxic relationships.

“As you become and evolve every decade, so does the group around you, and you’re like, ‘You know, you’re some kind of bloodsucker, you have to go,’ or ‘You know, you bring me energy, I want you have more around,'” she explains. “I’m never afraid to shut the door. And I believe that God — whatever you want to call it, to me it’s God — will help you go and to find a better way.”

Still, one of Osmond’s most treasured relationships is the one she has with herself. The mother-of-eight children (three biological, five adopted) says she’s found peace with her body image over the years, having grown up in what she calls the “worst era” for women’s self-esteem.

Osmond credits Nutrisystem with helping her get “healthy, not skinny.” (Photo: Nutrisystem)

“I call it the ‘Twiggy era,’ where you wouldn’t have a job unless you were under a hundred pounds,” she says. “This is literally the era I grew up in. So you grow up doing head trips and that’s why I’ve been on a diet my whole life – or I have been.”

Now acting as a Nutrisystem ambassador, Osmond credits the meal plan with helping her get “healthy, not skinny.”

“I do healthy because long-term health is what you want, especially at my age and older,” Osmond shares. “And that doesn’t come from agreeing with everything — it comes from making sure you have a healthy heart, body and mind.”

Osmond’s healthy spirit comes from the joy in her life.

“Happiness is a choice,” she says. “You choose it. We’ve all been through horrible things in our lives – I know I’ve done it – but you can let you do better Joy is better. A choice is better. It’s better to say, ‘What can I take away from this experience that took my breath away, and how can I help other people who may be going through it to know that they will be fine?’”

Osmond continues, “You have to surround yourself with joy. Get rid of negativity because negativity is a spiral.”

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