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It Was Me All Along

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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 her
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Clarkson Potter
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Whitney Atkinson
3.5 Stars

I closed this book and literally went, out loud, "Huh."

I have very mixed feelings, and just a warning, this is a highly more subjective review than my typical ones because this book is so hard hitting. There were parts of it that I loathed because of the tone used, but then later on I would realize why she did that and how it supports her message. Nevertheless, this was a bittersweet book for me.

At the beginning, this book made me highly uncomfortable. (See my update for this book when
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Melissa Marin
I read some good reviews of this but it was not my cup of tea. Overwritten. Seriously, some sections were very high school creative writing class style pile of adjectives. While I could relate to struggling with a relationship to food and the beginning chapters about her childhood were sad and compelling, it felt like she kind of glossed over the actual weight loss aspect of her story. It read like, "Poof, then I lost 55 lbs by walking around Italy." Um, okay. I just didn't feel a connection wit ...more
Heidi The Hippie Reader
Andie Mitchell used food to entertain and provide comfort for herself during a childhood with an artistic but alcoholic father and absent (because she was working three or four jobs) mother. This is her journey through the rocky early years and realization that if she didn't lose the weight, she was going to suffering serious health problems for the rest of her life.

"What begins as hating the cake for all its multiple layers of luscious temptation spirals quickly into hating myself and all my fa
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Diane
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, meh
Blah blah boring blah.

I had wanted to like this book, but it was meandering and dull. Maybe you will like it more.

If you are looking for a good memoir about someone's weight-loss journey, I recommend Portia de Rossi's "Unbearable Lightness."
Dana
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, meh, netgalley, memoir
I wanted to like this book, because for one I have been in many of the same situations as the author. I got fat and then I got thin and struggled to stay thin. However our similarities seemingly end there. It was hard for me to feel sympathetic towards this narrator. Although she arguably has sympathetic situations she herself is rather unlikable.

I thought that her early years were very interesting and I did understand what she was going through, I admit it was a lot for a young child, however o
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Cher
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

On one hand, it is impressive and inspiring to witness the life changes the author made and I sincerely applaud her success. As an RN that works in outpatient cardiac rehab teaching people to change their dietary habits and begin an exercise regiment, her story touches directly on what I love to do.

Sadly, reading about her obsessive compulsive disorder (which seems to have been the root of her eating problem, then see her obsession with Titanic, and current obsessio
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Kitten Kisser
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Despite being able to relate with some of the food issues the author experienced she came across as a rather spoiled individual who I had difficulty relating too. Her mother sacrificed everything for her only wanting her to be happy. She meets a young man who will do anything for her including putting up with her manic behavior. Morbidly obese or obsessively thin, he loves her unconditionally. She loves him for what she can get out of him, not for who he is. Despite being the "fat girl" her life ...more
Eve Nolon
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
At 36, I think I am too old for this memoir, that I am not the target audience. I deeply identified with Andie's early childhood but by the time she got to college, I found myself wondering about her decisions and life choices. I also found that I enjoyed hearing about the people who populated Andie's life before college a lot more than the college and post-college crowd. Like other reviewers, I am stumped at why she went on for pages about some things (Leonardo DiCaprio) and skipped over so man ...more
Cassie
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it. 100% from start to finish. This is a book that I will read again and again, I'm sure of it. Not only for the motivation, but for the emotional honesty and amazing storytelling. I recommend this book not only to anyone who has ever struggled with weight, but to anyone who has struggled to really find themselves and be at home in their own skin.
Rich
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am not sure what compelled me to check out this book from the library, but something did. I've struggled with weight my whole life so I know that's part of it, but more so, I just found myself curious about this person's story.

The first half is decently compelling. Mitchell's writing isn't complex but interesting enough to get me to the next page. And I felt for the struggles she had a young girl.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

But then I just found it tough to buy her struggles. In her weight loss efforts, h
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Courtney Lindwall
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction
Whelp -- that was some pretty awful writing.

This is Andie Mitchell's memoir about her eating disorder as a young adult, her morbid obesity, the subsequent weight loss, and her finally-stable relationship with food.

In many ways, Mitchell's story mirrored my own. I've always had a fucked up way of eating. I yo-yo dieted, binged, exercised obsessively, compulsively counted calories, etc. The whole enchilada of "body hate/diet hate/food love/food fear" was basically my existence for 10ish years. H
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Dianne
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Heartfelt, chatty memoir by a young women who has a unhealthy relationship with food. Actually less of a relationship and more of an obsession. Although lessons are learned, weight is lost and the end of the book is upbeat, you know she will always struggle with this issue.

Interesting, but will not linger long in my memory.
Ladyslott

Andie Mitchell is apparently a well known food and health blogger but I had never heard of her until this book caught my eye. I’m very glad something made me pick it up because I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Andie’s childhood was difficult; her father was an alcoholic and it fell to her mother to support the family, which also included Andie’s older brother. With her dad often disappearing for months at a time, her mother working four jobs and her older brother largely ignoring her she found her solac
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KJ Grow
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, crown
Right book at the right time. Andie Mitchell (canyoustayfordinner.com) writes bravely and honestly about her path to a healthy relationship with food, her self, and her body, boldly facing the emotional undercurrents that influenced those imbalances. I really hope that this book finds an audience outside those interested in weight loss, because it is so much more than that - it's a family story of comfort and loss, a coming of age story of adventure and triumph, and a heroic journey of getting k ...more
Cathy Williams
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although Andie's struggle with overeating and food addiction did ring true, some of the basic elements of her story did not match. Her family was so poor growing up that they were constantly worried about the electricity being shut off, but they could afford dinner and a movie every Saturday night, an expensive prom gown and joining Weight Watchers. These are all things that could be expendable if you really were in a dire situation. Also, she states that her mom worked constantly to support her ...more
Susan
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
I thought I would read this book and come away with some incredible insights about why so many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food and tips for finding a better path. Instead, I came away thinking that all this author did was whine about how her weight issues were everyone else's fault while her eventual loss of weight was her success, despite the support she received from others, especially her boyfriend who loved her even though she treated him terribly for years with her tantrums a ...more
Tara
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This memoir was a little frustrating to read. The writing was a bit over-the-top and honestly, I think the author might just be too young to be telling her life story in this format. By the time the story ends she is 29 years old. I read a review that this would translate better to a blog series and I would have to agree. Clearly she had a very difficult and sad childhood, unfortunately many people do. She turned to food for comfort and always had a very unhealthy relationship to it. The frustra ...more
Jeff
Jun 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars - I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either

This book was just ok for me, because to me if when you are reading a memoir and you find that you ultimately don't like the person that the book is about then your opinion of said book will naturally suffer. As I was read this book I was already not that crazy about Andie because of her completely irrational way of looking at things related to her weight. For example when she had hit tipping point of sorts and was going to start losing we
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Amanda
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle
I discovered this blogger a few years back when a friend sent me a link. We both marveled at her honesty and uncensored thoughts. The way she described her feelings and relationship with food was unlike any other I had seen before. I don't read her blog too often (I am lousy at cooking and would rather read!) but I just love her personality and style and sense of compassion and grace. Her underlying message of her being the same person is vitally important. I wish more people saw it that way. My ...more
Vicky
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The absolute honesty of this memoir made it a remarkable piece that I wouldn't mind reading again. I really loved this novel. The author is extremely dedicated to revealing the nitty gritty details of her obsessive food binging and her process of learning to gain control of her health.

I saw many negative reviews along the lines of 'well she had a difficult life but everyone does,' and I feel compelled to argue that we shouldn't neglect the author's pathways into abusing food. The author experie
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Karen
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am really not certain how I feel about this book. I admire the courage that it took to put herself out there through writing. I also admire the fortitude that I know it must have taken to lose the weight that she did. It is a huge struggle for many people and addictions are never easy to manage. Her early childhood was very sad, I am sure that it has left scars on her and I do hope that her sharing the struggle of her childhood has been cathartic. That too, took courage.

With that being said, t
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Rosanna
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an advanced copy from the publisher.

This is a memoir of a girl who was fat, became morbidly obese, and then lost weight. I mean lots and lots of weight. You would think her problems would be gone after that, right? Well they weren’t.
Andie Mitchell grew up with an alcoholic brother, a hard-working mother, and brother. Food was always around to comfort her, whether it was a processed snack cake or cupcake, lovingly made by her mother. Eventually her father died, and her bro
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Natalie
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, and I did like parts of it. Mitchell and I share some childhood traumas, and I thought this would endear me to her, but I just did not really enjoy this book. I hate to say it, but after she loses the weight, she comes across as extremely selfish and arrogant. Her boyfriend stuck around WAAAAY too long, and she seems callous in her regard for him. I completely root for her and give her two thumbs up for losing such an amazing amount of weight, but it seems she lost so ...more
D.J.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews

It Was Me All Along is the memoir of a girl who grew up eating as much as she wanted, without any supervision. Her family – especially her mother – provided her with plenty of junk food.

I was eager to read this memoir, believing it might show some insight into a lasting plan for weight loss; instead, I was bombarded with a disgusting description of a junk food diet, alcoholism, abuse, and obsession.

Andie traded her obsession with eating food and lying around watching television – to “not” eating
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Jane
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an ordinary person's story of a difficult childhood, overeating throughout her life and weighing almost 300 pounds by 20 years old and then losing the excess weight. That was all I was expecting from the book and would have been satisfied and given it 3 stars. I don't expect memoirs like these to be great works of literature so the first 3 stars are easy to get from me in a memoir.

I've read other books where people talked about their weight struggles but I am usually left not understand
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Kaley
Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
I was excited to read this memoir after I watched Mitchell's TED talk...But then I started listening to the audiobook and the bubble burst. Halfway into the novel I felt disillusioned and somewhat tricked. I think Mitchell garnered a ton of attention from her blog, and that translated into a book deal. But how did this pass an editor's desk?

This memoir reads like an unskilled attempt at high school creative writing. There's a saying that writers should toss out the first ten metaphors/similes/pl
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Jenny (adultishbooks)
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I had a really hard time with this audiobook.

I mean I finished it and it wasn’t painful. However, I really disliked the memoirist. This memoir definitely came off as self-indulgent and self-involved. While one can expect that from memoirs, a sign of a well-written memoir is that trait doesn’t grate on your nerves. I didn’t find her sympathetic at all. I mean, I wouldn’t let my mother withdraw 15k from her retirement account to pay for my plastic surgery. I did this; I will get myself out of it.

I
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Amy
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It Was Me All Along chronicles Andie’s lifelong difficulties with healthy eating and her transformative journey of losing 135 pounds and finally finding the balance she was missing with food.

Andie really illustrates what so many struggle with and how often our best memories and our greatest comfort comes from food. She writes in a raw and honest way about how difficult it was to have a healthy perspective on eating and why so many of her hurdles with her food addiction were deeply rooted in her
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Meghan
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I felt like the author is probably a really interesting, vibrant, fun woman, but the writing didn't really work as a way to bring her character to life.

The beginning chapters were vivid, covering her childhood and her father's alcoholism and eventual death. But then the story started feeling flat, especially the end - (view spoiler)
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Marnie
Feb 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
I almost didn't finish this book. By the time I got to the last chapter, I just skimmed it. Overall, the author just seems like a self absorbed, cry baby. When she used her mother's retirement savings to pay for her plastic surgery, I almost put the book down for good. After stating more than once how her mother sometimes worked four jobs, and still had a hard time making ends meet, I found it an incredibly selfish thing for her to do. I just was not impressed with her story whatsoever.
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“I was trying to lose weight on the surface, but deeper, I was acknowledging that I’d been wrong for sixteen years and had to work to right myself. How do you walk away from all you’ve ever been?” 8 likes
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