It Was Me All Along
A MemoirBook - 2015
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 twentieth 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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It took me a while to get through this book. I'm not sure if it was the author's writing style, tone, or the underlying assumption that she had overcome all of life's obstacles at 28. Her background included obesity, family alcoholism, her father's death at age 9, and a mother who worked at least 4 jobs to keep a roof over her family. The truest part of her tale was lurching from an obsession with food to an equal obsession with exercise and calorie counting after losing more than 100 pounds. My age is showing when I was horrified that her mother cashed in her retirement so the author could have skin removal surgery that her insurance company deemed "elective surgery". I'd be interested in hearing what younger readers thought of this work.
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