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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2015: Andie Mitchell is irresistible. And by that I mean she’s irresistible no matter whether she weighs 268 (at the start of this delightful memoir) or 133 (by its end.) She’s so funny, so bouncy, so full of wit and energy and kindness (even or especially to the parents who contributed, in various ways, to her obsession with food) that even readers who would never think they’d read a “weight loss memoir” would be charmed by this one. How’s this for an opening line: “If you were not able to attend my twentieth birthday party, you missed a fabulous cake. . . . And if, by chance, you were able to attend my twentieth birthday party, you, too, missed a fabulous cake.” See? Somebody else might have begun her mournful story of bingeing and dieting and other eating disorders with an admonition or a complaint: Mitchell starts it with a joke. (Some things, as a friend of mine once said, are too serious NOT to joke about.) She then goes on to tell us the whole sad-and-funny story: of a father who loved her but not, ultimately, as much as his alcohol, about a caterer-mother who taught, perhaps too well, the young Andie to bake, about the friends who stuck by her as she careened from mood to mood and weight to weight, of the boys who did, too (and a few who did not). There are a lot of anecdotes here, many of them poignant, but also, usually leavened with sly self-knowledge: “I wish I remembered his face as precisely as I remember eating the muffins,” Mitchell writes about the eating binge she embarked upon learning that her father had died. Now a health and food blogger at, Mitchell has become an inspiring thin person – but to readers of this delightful memoir, she’s also always going to be the girl with the big, fat heart. --Sara Nelson


“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. Her journey to mental and physical health—the long road to overcoming her obsessive behavior—is so relatable you can’t help but love and cheer for her. 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. Just READ IT!”
—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

 “A charming memoir about weight loss and self-discovery.”
People magazine
 “The book’s biggest surprise is how relatable it is: Beneath the extreme eating scenarios Mitchell describes some universal truths about how women connect and clash with food. …It Was Me All Along is the perfect book to read in January, because Mitchell’s total bluntness will inspire you to have a more honest year.”
 “Anyone embarking on New Year’s resolutions of eating healthier and losing weight will be humbled by reading Andie Mitchell’s memoir, a poetically written, honest account of her struggles with binging, obesity and the traumatic childhood that led her to seek solace in food.”
“In a moving new memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell describes how her life became a prison of calorie-counting, cravings and self-consciousness until she found a comfortable weight.”
Daily Mail
 “Mitchell’s journey towards acceptance, chronicled in her new memoir, It Was Me All Along, has struck a chord with women everywhere.”
—Yahoo! News
It Was Me All Along is the strikingly honest story of one woman’s long journey to self-acceptance. It’s a must-read memoir for anyone who has used food to numb the pain rather than nourish the body.”
“A candid and inspiring memoir.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (January 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770433243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770433246
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andie Mitchell is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, which shares her journey to lose 135 pounds and her lifelong struggle with food, weight, and body image. Today, she is a writer, speaker, Yahoo Health columnist, and recipe developer whose inspiring story and work has been featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The Better Show, The View, and in magazines like People, Marie Claire, Elle, Shape, Glamour, Southern Living, and many more. She lives in New York City where she maintains the blog that started it all: Find Andie on social media @andiemmitchell

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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on September 23, 2014
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Be forewarned, this is not a light-hearted account of weight loss. Andie Mitchell is a beautiful writer, but make no mistake, her story is heart-wrenching, painful and intense. I sort of regard this book as an addition to Mitchell's blog. It starts with her youth and the foundation of her eating disorder. Mitchell doesn't have the famous bulimia or anorexia, she has what is defined as a miscellaneous eating disorder - essentially, she has an unhealthy relationship with food. In fact, her therapist tells her, she has never learned what a healthy food relationship looks like. And that is Mitchell's journey in "It Was Me All Along - learning how to eat normally.

Once the book emerges out of Mitchell's youth and into her adult disordered eating, things start to fly by, and this is where it starts to blend in with Mitchell's blog. Essentially, Mitchell loses a lot of weight and in order to keep it off without living a monkish existence, she learns to see food not in terms of good or bad, right or wrong, but just as food. Something to be enjoyed and something to sustain life without all of the awful adornments that society ties food down with. I felt like Mitchell could spend more time on her journey from thin-and-disordered to thin-and-healthy, because her emotional journey is so interesting, but alas, the pages just fly by. It's for the best, really, that much emotion can start to feel heavy.

If you suffer from disordered eating or have in the past, or know someone who has, this is a beautiful memoir that will enlighten you, challenge you and give you hope. Beautifully written, achingly poignant, charming throughout, this isn't a guide or a how-to and it isn't a diet book. But that's the point of learning to eat normally, isn't it?
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 30, 2014
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Most memoirs are written by people with many more years under their belts than 29-year-old Andie Mitchell. But Andie has experienced so much in her life so far that this memoir is packed with interesting insights on weight loss and life in general. I love her writing style and her sometimes heartbreaking honesty about her struggle with her weight and how she lost 133 pounds. This isn't a diet book. She doesn't give instructions on how many calories to eat in order to lose weight, or even what to eat. She tells her own story and the struggles she went through and the important things she learned on her journey. In doing so, I think this is probably one of the most enlightening books on weight loss that I have read. (And I've read like a gazillion diet books over the years!)

Andie Mitchell has a way of writing that is very open and accessible. She bares her soul, so to speak, and doesn't hold back. There were a lot of "Aha!" moments in this book, where the things she writes about really connected with things I've experienced in my relationship with food but haven't been able to put into words. I have about 20 pounds to lose, but they are the same 20 pounds that I've lost over and over again over the years. I think Andie's book may just be the inspiration I need to get them off once and for all.

Andie has a blog which I've discovered by reading this book called canyoustayfordinner which I will be following for the recipes and her upbeat attitude toward food. She writes about her weight loss on her blog but there is much, much more about it in this book. I also have to add that her mom, who she writes about in her book, sounds like the most unconditionally loving mom, and truly the wind beneath her wings. I loved this book.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By C. Caplinger on January 26, 2015
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I follow Andie's blog, mostly for her writing style, nice photography, and good-looking recipes (although I've never tried them). I, like many other women, have some body issues, but I've never been overweight or had disordered eating... that being said, Andie's struggle with food resonated with me, and a lot of what she says about it rings true in my own life experience. She is a good writer, certainly.

But here are my issues with the book:

1) I think it's odd for someone who is 28 (or so) years old to be writing a memoir. What happens when she's 38 years old, 48, etc, and has had more life experiences and has matured more? Memoir part 2? I guess there's nothing wrong with it, but it's odd to me.

2) the food descriptions were at times overbearing. i get it, doughnuts are delicious, french fries are heavenly... but sometimes the overly wordy descriptions were distracting. I understand why she does that- to demonstrate how important food is to her, and this descriptive style gets the point across, but it was too much.

3) so many moments where she describes what's going on in her life... getting voted prom queen while being quite overweight, meeting leo dicaprio, working on movie sets, having a wonderful mother who paid $15000 for plastic surgery after the weight loss, a loyal boyfriend who put up with WAY too much in my opinion (packing up and moving on Andie's every whim)... and yet she is still feeling like a victim. people around her have enabled her all her life, and i wished she had gone into that more, and maybe the reasons for that. (surely she talked about that with her therapist). Sadly, my opinion on Andie declined after reading this, and she came across to me as an incredibly selfish brat in this book.

She's a good, but not a great, writer. But, I found this book overall lacking in substance and showcased the author as a child who always gets what she wants from the people around her.
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