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it was me all along book coverReviewed by Kathie Smith

It Was Me All Along is Andie Mitchell’s account of her journey through her relationship with food. It could easily be considered an obsession over food considering Andie was at the point of giving food an identity of “she” or “her”. However, very little of the book is about her weight having a negative impact on her life. Instead, she chose to focus on the positive aspects of her life as much as possible. She always had good friends and an active social life. She played sports in high school and enjoyed a semester abroad during college. She had periods of seemingly genuine comfort and acceptance of her body, but her weight was always in the back of her mind.

Andie’s love of food began early during a difficult home life. Her mother was a wonderful cook and Andie was always eager to sample – and then sample a bit more in secret. Her unemployed father was an alcoholic who left her to her own devices while her mother worked two or three jobs at a time. Cereal became the babysitter during morning cartoons and any number of foods helped her through the after school hours.  Food was her comfort for sadness, loneliness, insecurity and fear.

Numerous diets only left her defeated and ultimately weighing even more. There was a turning point when Andie realized the significance of her unhealthy food choices and that the only way to avoid gaining additional weight was to take measures to make significant changes in her life. She exhibited an admirable amount of willpower and determination once she became serious about following through with those changes. What she didn’t expect, and what most people don’t even think to consider, were the other complicated issues with food and body image that emerged during and after her weight loss journey.

Andie’s story is eye-opening in ways that other weight loss accounts are not in that she addresses more than just weight loss and maintenance. She also seriously confronts topics such as body, changing to a sustainable healthy diet and finding a reasonable exercise program. She is willing to detail her challenges of balancing all of these concerns, both emotionally and physically, which makes It Was Me All Along a valuable resource for an all-encompassing look at weight loss.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.