It Was Me All Along

It Was Me All Along

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780770433246
Branch Call Number: 616.398 MIT
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 cm.

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Cynthia_N Mar 11, 2017

This was an interesting read. I liked reading about Andie's weight gain/loss journey and I was impressed with some of her insights. That being said, I just didn't connect with the story so I'm knocking it down half a star.

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

I laughed. I cried. Then I laughed again. Then I cried even more.

Thank you, Andie Mitchell for writing about your own battle with an eating disorder and for being so honest and raw. You have officially inspired me to seek more balance in my own life as well. I hope to meet you one day and give you a giant hug with big thanks!

AL_APRIL Dec 26, 2016

An intimate and honest look into a woman's weight loss journey. Even after she loses weight she doesn't like herself. Losing weight won't automatically make you gain self- confidence. This book is worth the read just to find out if Andie does find happiness in the end, regardless of her size.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 16, 2016

In order to write a memoir, the author needs more self-awareness than Andie Mitchell displays here. Even after her extreme weight loss, she didn't seem like she had reached a healthy place, either physically or emotionally. She comes across as selfish and downright cruel. It's impossible to like an author who physically hits her boyfriend. Her mother works multiple jobs her whole life, yet Andie feels no guilt about letting her mother withdraw $15,000 from a retirement account to pay for her elective surgery. I just couldn't like this book since it was so hard to like Andie.

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 20, 2016

Great and interesting read . Would recommend it . If you like to read a real book you can hold and turn pages like I do , get it through Interlibrary Hold . That's what I did .
Wouldn't mind if this Author wrote another book , she writes very well .

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claireswazey
Jan 18, 2016

What a wonderful memoir. Her depiction of her childhood is heartfelt and deeply moving. I think her adoption of a new viewpoint about food and exercise is quite interesting.

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loretta8brains
Dec 20, 2015

My favorite read of 2015. This book was deeply touching and such a helpful read. Cannot recommend enough!

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hey44
Oct 21, 2015

I loved this book. The pain, the passion, the struggle, and the love come shining through on every page. The author had me on her side, rooting for her, right from the get go.

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FerndaleAdultSRC
Jun 23, 2015

As someone who constantly battles weight gain, I could relate to the writer. Eating to fill the space left by emotional loss, she reaches a point where she faces the reality (and mortality) of living as an obese person. I loved reading about her weight loss adventure.

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writermala
Apr 22, 2015

Andie Mitchell, in her memoir, "It was me all along," tells of her battle with weight and body image. She was a chubby little toddler and there was no looking back from then on. she ate because food numbed her, she ate because food made her forget the pain of living in a dysfunctional family. Andie cries out that the bigger she grew the smaller she felt.

Does she battle out of this weight problem? I wouldn't want to be a spoiler. I would certainly encourage everyone to read and find out for themselves. Indeed a poignant read.

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TheresaAJ
Mar 17, 2015

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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