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Publisher's Summary

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 20th 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.
©2014 Andie Mitchell (P)2014 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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. 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. (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)
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By AndreaJane on 01-16-15

Wanted to love this...

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to love this because I've enjoyed Andie Mitchell's blog over the years. At first I was on board with her (the author's) narration but, as the book, progressed, the over. emphasizing. of. every. word. flat out got on my nerves. I understand this was her journey (which is more than food and losing weight) but I was hoping for more about her weight-loss process. What worked for her and why. It was included in the book but really only took up about 45 minutes of the narration, all told. Decent listen but I was hoping for so much more and I wish a professional had narrated it

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By Jennifer Labriola on 01-21-15


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES, I would recommend this book because it is honest. It also made me think and relate to the author. I had a revelation about eating reading this book.

What other book might you compare It Was Me All Along to and why?

None that I can think of, I haven't read many diet/weight loss books to compare - the ones I have read never really inspired me like this one did. I think it's because Andie is realistic.

What about Andie Mitchell’s performance did you like?

She has a bright, positive voice that you want to listen to. Not monotone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Revelation and inspiration is a life-long lesson in being healthy

Any additional comments?

I did adore this book, and I enjoy her recipes on her blog. Honestly, she really makes sense in her idea about being healthy and binge eating. She maintains that nothing will ever fill you up when you're binge eating. I also found it interesting about after losing weight, after finally realizing she was emotional eating, she had nothing to turn to except to deal with the emotion. Very interesting.

I bookmarked a great passage of the book for motivation and inspiration, it's very rare that I find a book that In find this inspiring and one I think about often.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By sam on 07-14-16


this lady knows the struggle of binge eating disorder and her story in overcoming it has been explored in ways that is so so helpful. do yourself a favour and listen

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By Shadia Dobson on 05-27-15

It should have been read along time ago

Where does It Was Me All Along rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favourites so far, and i don't really like biographies. This was a superb listen very detailed. I felt like I was there with her, at the turning points in her book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main Character, she does not hold back all the thought processes she had

Have you listened to any of Andie Mitchell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other books from this author. However, this has lead me on the band wagon

Any additional comments?

its a long time since i have got lost in a book. Thank you

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