A heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance.
All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.
It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.
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©2014 Andie Mitchell (P)2014 Random House Audio
"Andie Mitchell draws you in from the first cupcake - you taste the creamy frosting, feel every hunger pang, and your heart aches right along with hers. She beautifully exposes the dark and painful struggles of weight loss, food addiction, and self-hate that so many in this country face. Read this book because it offers wonderful lessons for healthy living, being kind to yourself, and finding balance. Read it because it's heartbreakingly honest and endearingly educational. (Alison Sweeney, host of NBC's The Biggest Loser)
"Loving yourself is the bravest thing, and I'm so glad Andie found her bravery and was willing to share it. Cheers to chocolate cake in moderation and happiness in abundance!" (Giada De Laurentiis, author of Giada's Feel Good Food)
"Andie's story, in which she takes us along for her 135-pound weight loss journey and makes peace with food, is remarkable. She chooses to see the positives from her past, and she realizes that who she was when she was bigger molded her into the person she is today. Andie is an inspiration to anyone who struggles with the challenges of dieting and weight loss." (Gina Homolka, author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook)
this lady knows the struggle of binge eating disorder and her story in overcoming it has been explored in ways that is so so helpful. do yourself a favour and listen
One of my favourites so far, and i don't really like biographies. This was a superb listen very detailed. I felt like I was there with her, at the turning points in her book.
Main Character, she does not hold back all the thought processes she had
I have not listened to any other books from this author. However, this has lead me on the band wagon
its a long time since i have got lost in a book. Thank you
"Wanted to love this..."
I really wanted to love this because I've enjoyed Andie Mitchell's blog over the years. At first I was on board with her (the author's) narration but, as the book, progressed, the over. emphasizing. of. every. word. flat out got on my nerves. I understand this was her journey (which is more than food and losing weight) but I was hoping for more about her weight-loss process. What worked for her and why. It was included in the book but really only took up about 45 minutes of the narration, all told. Decent listen but I was hoping for so much more and I wish a professional had narrated it
YES, I would recommend this book because it is honest. It also made me think and relate to the author. I had a revelation about eating reading this book.
None that I can think of, I haven't read many diet/weight loss books to compare - the ones I have read never really inspired me like this one did. I think it's because Andie is realistic.
She has a bright, positive voice that you want to listen to. Not monotone.
Revelation and inspiration is a life-long lesson in being healthy
I did adore this book, and I enjoy her recipes on her blog. Honestly, she really makes sense in her idea about being healthy and binge eating. She maintains that nothing will ever fill you up when you're binge eating. I also found it interesting about after losing weight, after finally realizing she was emotional eating, she had nothing to turn to except to deal with the emotion. Very interesting.
I bookmarked a great passage of the book for motivation and inspiration, it's very rare that I find a book that In find this inspiring and one I think about often.
"Heartfelt, touching and well-written"
I enjoyed this honest, heartbreaking and very wise book by a young and intelligent woman struggling to establish a healthy lifestyle on all fronts. She succeeds admirably.
Fell in love with Andie and her story. I am very glad that I purchased the audio book. Hearing her tell her story was unforgettable!
"Enjoyed her story."
An honest look into the power of overeating. Andrea's voice is pleasant to listen to. Her insight is valuable and her determination is admirable.
"Overloaded with adjectives"
Couldn't get past the introduction. There is such a thing as being too descriptive. I really wanted to hear what she had to say, but she wouldn't get to the point. Adjectives were overused to the point it felt like a grade school assignment of "Name as many words as you can think of to describe cake." I was nauseated and bored two minutes in.
Anything but this.
It felt like author/narrator was trying to be sexy and breathless, which was out of place for this book. It only made the extra adjectives that much worse.
Thankful that audible allows you to return a book.
I enjoyed this book, very much. There are so many people that I would love to read/listen to this book. What truth and honesty about her life. It will be one of my new top books! This book will not be forgotten on my shelf!
"Couldn't put it down, rather turn it off"
I loved how raw and real Andie was in this book, and how her personality really came through while she read the book aloud. I don't even think I can put into words how much this book means to me, and I only started listening to it yesterday. And now today I sit here with a sad realization that the book is finished. So many realizations were brought to the surface for me while listening to her story. Though we had different reasons for our unhealthy lifestyles the binges were all too similar. I am finally at a point in life where my binges don't take over my life, I still binge but not like before. I know now there is hope for me, and for others that deal with these same issues. Before reading this I thought I was alone in my battle. Thank you for being so open and honest with the whole world. Definitely would recommend this to anyone and everyone that suffers with an unhealthy relationship with food.
"so very real"
I really enjoyed her book and her very real sharing of her story of using food to comfort her over the first 20+ years of her life. yes, incredibly sad at times as she shares a very dysfunctional childhood and beautiful too as she shares what she learns and how much she enjoys her life.
"Beautiful, raw, vulnerable"
Thank you Andie, for sharing your story! I'm sure you touched many readers with this book, myself included. I appreciate you're level of vulnerability and honesty.
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