Today I’m reviewing It Was Me All Along, by Andie Mitchell. Here is a brief synopsis:
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 herself for it-she was stunned. How had she gotten there?
Without following wild diet trends, she lost 135 pounds over thirteen months and has kept it off for six years. It Was Me All Along shares the at times heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting and motivating, story of how Andie kicked her habit of binge eating, which she developed during a traumatic childhood, and developed a healthy relationship with food, which she still loves to cook and enjoy.
Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.
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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 food and exercising to excess.
I agreed to write an honest review… and to me, the details she shares don’t have a ring of truthfulness. Oh, much of it might be pulled from real facts, but there is far too much exaggeration. Andie describes herself as morbidly obese… but reading her memoir, I discovered she was only describing herself as such because of the typical weight charts for someone her height and weight.
I thought she was truly what we picture today as morbidly obese. You know, the people who weigh 500 pounds or more and can’t get around without help. I have friends who are 100 pounds heavier than her highest weight – 268 – and they are beautiful, healthy people who stay active and enjoy life! Yes, my friends enjoy dessert on occasion, but they also adhere to a well-balanced diet.
Honestly, I can’t understand why she wasn’t over 400 or 500 pounds by adulthood, if she really ate as much junk food all her life, as she says. How did she keep from getting fatter, if she ate the foods (and quantities) she describes? I have known young children who weighed over 200 pounds; why didn’t she?
This memoir reads much like a diary would… with far more details of family problems than most people are comfortable sharing with others. Unless this was her way of hurting her family for “making her fat”, I cannot imagine why she would share such vivid, intimate details.
Surprisingly enough, I found her likable… but I don’t think her book would have had any chance of being published, if not for the “family secrets” shared in the book.
God bless you!
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