It Was Me All Along

It Was Me All Along

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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All her life, 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: her life was at stake. She tells us how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world, finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.
Publisher: New York :, Clarkson Potter/Publishers,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780770433246
Branch Call Number: BIO MITCHELL A. Mitchell 01/2015
Characteristics: 232 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

Excellent book - I could not put it down. Every chapter is gripping and her life story in general is very interesting. Since I also struggle with food, I can relate in many ways to this wonderful book. I agree with one of the other comments below - would love to see a sequel memoir by this wonderful author.

Nov 24, 2019

This book made me sick like eating too much chocolate. Like the feeling after Thanksgiving dinner. Like forcing yourself to down what’s on your plate so you don’t offend your mother-in-law.

Way too much description of food, gross food, eating food, licking beaters, overindulging, nutritionally devoid of anything beneficial to your body kind of food, and alcoholism besides. I felt like I never wanted to eat again.

And felt really sad for people, like my super-skinny dad, who grew up in a household where food is gross yet food is love and it’s all so heavy and laden with emotion. So empty, in a way. But I understand now why my dad is so thin and my aunt is so fat, just like the author - you buy into it or you rebel against it. But it is so, so, sad that, just like my grandma’s meals, there’s no way to attempt to finish it without making yourself sick.

ArapahoeKati Jan 22, 2019

Solid four stars. It’s not just about food and dieting but also personal growth and loving yourself. A great food memoir.

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.

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!

ArapahoeApril 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.

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.

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 .

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.

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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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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