It Was Me All Along: A Memoir

It Was Me All Along: A Memoir

by Andie Mitchell

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ISBN-13: 9780770433253
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 56,599
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

ANDIE MITCHELL is a writer, recipe developer, and lover of cake. Her popular blog, CanYouStayForDinner.com, shares the inspiring story of her successful weight loss and continued passion for good food. She lives in New York City, where she is the social media director for ShriverReport.org. 

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It Was Me All Along: A Memoir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many health books are about meal plans, loving the gym, and everything in your life being easier once you are healthy. This is not one of those books. It is real. Because not everyone loves the gym, and never struggles with weight once they lose it. What Andie so perfectly explains in her story is that living healthy isn't just a physical journey, its an emotional one. So no, this is not your book if you are looking for a day to day plan on exercise or a strict eating plan. If you are looking for rules you won't find it here, move on. But, if you are looking for some emotion in a subject that has been turned into numbers and percentages you'll find it here. If you are looking to be understood in a world where over-weight people are ignored till they are healthy look no further. If you are looking for someone to cheer for, Andie is your girl. Because not only will you find a fellow girl learning, growing, and changing, you will also find a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so inspired by Andie, she is an amazing writer. I have read the book and recently bought the audio version. I cannot get enough of this audio version, which I have listened to again and again. I find myself anxious to get back to it whenever I have to stop it while listening. I can't explain the peace it brings me, the soothing voice, the beautiful pronunciation of each and every word. Andie will never know how much of an impact her book has had on my life, my feelings about food and acceptance of myself. For once an open and honest version of real weight loss issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing memoir that takes you into the life of disordered eating and weight loss. Andie Mitchell does not leave any detail out when describing the struggles of having an alcoholic father, consistent weight gain, and binge eating disorder. Her story of weight loss and finding a balance with body positivity is enlightening and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book! Very well written; the author really lets you in and doesn't hold back. Cant wait to read more by Andie Mitchell
RWDVD More than 1 year ago
I loved It Was Me All Along. I have battled with body image problems myself so I found this material very interesting. Food addiction is a very real disease. Andie Mitchell is very brave for sharing her story.
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This is a must read for anyone who has ever felt alone with their eating disorder
Lisa_Calcasola More than 1 year ago
From the creator of popular food blog Can You Stay for Dinner? comes a standout memoir that shines. When you spend the first twenty years of your life as the ‘big girl’, it’s hard to imagine any other world exists. At twenty years old and 268 pounds, Andie Mitchell realizes that it is time, once and for all, to change her relationship with food and, ultimately, her life. But changing proves to be no small task for a woman who’s used food as her emotional crutch for as long as she can remember. Whether it’s to ease the pain of a family tragedy during childhood or to bond with college friends as a young adult, Andie has unfailingly turned to food to cope with all of life’s highs and lows. Yet this obsessive and volatile relationship with food, ranging from uncontrollable binge eating to severe restriction, has left her body and mind in shambles. It Was Me All Along chronicles Andie’s journey from self-loathing to self-empowered, from shameful to proud, from evading happiness to finding it in the most unlikely of places – in the kitchen, cultivating a startling new passion for cooking and baking. Searing and heartbreakingly honest, this is no mere weight loss book; it is the story of one woman who went through the full spectrum of eating disorders and came out on the other side, who realized that health and happiness are so much more important than numbers on a scale. This book is for anyone who has tried the world over to look beautiful on the outside, only to realize that true beauty comes from within. Readers will laugh, cry, and cheer for Andie in all her cake-loving, self-effacing glory.
BrittanyRosbaugh More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved this book!! I related to so much in this book! Hands down one of my favorites!! If you have ever struggled with food and your weight this is a must read!
Merloo More than 1 year ago
I was prepared for something else. The fact that she told us the story of why she was the way she was and the way she told her story was incredible. And Mitchell has a way with a story and her family history was riveting.  I hope she continues to write - maybe move to fiction.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Finished it in 2 days.
ballb8 More than 1 year ago
This book was so inspiring and thought provoking. It gives new meaning to "food for thought"!
Trinka More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book, and not just because author Andie Mitchell's descriptions of the delicious meals she consumed in Italy (and then the healthy foods she began preparing for herself) were so flavorful and savory. Yes, she is a food blogger to be envied; I literally wanted to lick the pages of my book she made the meals sound so tantalizing!! But beyond the beautiful food descriptions was Andie's struggle with the food that comforted her and soothed her and helped her grow to obese proportions. I applaud Andie's journey and the strategies she applied to finally change her life, change her bad eating habits, love herself and find peace once and for all. This is a must read for anyone who has struggled with weight and food issues - and really, that's most of us, isn't it? It's a beautiful story of one Woman's journey... I would recommend it to all my friends!
Asilverstone1 More than 1 year ago
Such a good book. I had problems with dieting and eating all the time. I would say I was on a diet then I would start to eat again. This is such a successful and inspiring story, great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up It Was Me All Along, I expected to find a story about weight loss. Instead, I found a beautifully written and touching story about joy, pain, and self-discovery. Andie Mitchell is relatable and honest, revealing her deepest inner-thoughts. She describes her life and her constant struggle with food. For most of her life, she was overweight and struggled to become thinner, suffering from bullying in her childhood years. When she returned home from school, Andie was almost always alone, causing her to find solace and friendship in food. When she finally moves away for college, she begins to lose weight. However, once she has lost the weight, Andie obsesses over calories and pounds, consumed by a fear of the scale. Finally, after much trial and error, she discovers eating in the middle. Andie imparts this mantra to the reader, teaching moderation. When reading her memoir, Andie’s victory over her eating disorders is a shared experience. I was cheering for her from afar, ecstatic that she was successful. Her writing is poignant throughout the book and captures the reader when describing all kinds of situations, ranging from the making of a chocolate cake to her issues with her alcoholic father. Much more than a weight loss story, this memoir holds a depth of emotions. No matter what your relationship is with food and self-love, this story will resonate with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was like she was living my life and has been walking in my shoes . I highly recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing. I suffer from an eating disorder as well and am still trying to figure a way to find balance and sanity. This book inspired me. I couldn't put it down. Andie has a special way of writing. Brilliant book; it brought tears to my eyes.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
Andie had weight problems as far back as she can remember and in this book she tells that story in an honest, nothing is taboo way. She shares her ups and downs, her struggles and victories. She not only shares the physical battle she went through, but also the mental battles she fought. She had to deal with her fathers alcohol addiction and frequent trips away from the house, plus her mother working all the time. She was called names by some of her classmates but she also had a great group of friends. She was even taken to the prom by a very popular boy and was crowned homecoming queen, something unusual for someone her size. Andie spent a semester in Rome, which I found fascinating. It was there, in a city I think would be very hard to eat healthy, that she found her way to a healthier way of eating and a love of exercise. Overall she ends up losing 135 pounds. For most of the book she has a boyfriend, Daniel, (who is also dealing with a weight problem) who loves her very much. He moves from place to place with her due to her career in film production. They are together for years but in the end she feels she has fallen out of love with and breaks up with him. I found this very sad. In this book Andie tells us what she did to lose weight, how her eating habits changed, and how her life in college and after were. When she leaves the film industry she starts a blog, Can You Stay For Dinner? where she shares recipes and posts about her weight loss journey. There are also section for her most popular posts,  reader q& a, calorie examples, and more under the “Weight Loss” tab. In the back of the book there is a recipe for Sour Cream Fudge Cake with Simple Chocolate Buttercream. I haven’t made it yet but I plan to. It sounds amazing. I loved this book. Not only is she quite open about her struggles, she also has a great sense of humor and you see that throughout the book. I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who loves memoirs or anyone who is struggling with their weight.
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It felt like a shameless plug for her blog at the end, but a good read.
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