It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (January 6, 2015)
A young food blogger shares her inspiring story of incredible weight loss-a journey from nearly 300 pounds to losing more than half her size-and establishing a healthy and confident relationship with food.
On her twentieth birthday, Andie Mitchell stepped on the scale and discovered that she weighed nearly 300 pounds. At 5′ 9″-even knowing that she was big and hating herself for it-she was stunned. How had she gotten there? Without following wild diet trends, she lost 135 pounds over thirteen months and has kept it off for six years. It Was Me All Along shares the at times heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting and motivating, story of how Andie kicked her habit of binge eating, which she developed during a traumatic childhood, and developed a healthy relationship with food, which she still loves to cook and enjoy. Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.
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.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review