Hi! I’m Andie Mitchell. I’m a 31-year-old writer, recipe developer, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along,and proud to say, the only living person who openly admits that Titanic is still her favorite movie.
Ten years ago, I weighed nearly 300 pounds. After 20 years of being big, that was my turning point. I started eating better and exercising regularly. I overhauled my life. A little over a year after I began, I had lost 135 pounds. I didn’t know it at the time, but my journey to understand, and work on, my emotional eating was just beginning. [Take a look at my weight loss posts]
Losing weight didn’t make me stop loving food, though. So I started cooking—remaking the foods I had always loved in healthier, more wholesome ways—and slowly, I started to feel like I was transitioning from a diet to a life. I started to work in cupcakes once in a while. And over time, the more I practiced, I learned how to do that crazy “balance” dance that I’d always heard so much about. [Check out my healthy recipe section]
This blog is where I share what that balance is (and how to achieve it), because I know that before you own balance for yourself, it can appear to be some dreamy mansion you only wish you could afford. I’ve been there, hopeless. If I hadn’t found peace around food and a happy weight that allows me to eat cake pretty regularly, I would’ve gone on assuming some people were just perfect (hi, Gisele Bündchen), or lying.
I’m sharing every lesson to getting there—not as a drill sergeant and definitely not as a guru—as a friend who gets it and never wants anyone else to struggle alone. I’ve learned more in the last ten years than I ever thought possible, and I’m laying it bare here, one post a time—every lesson I’ve learned on losing weight, real advice on maintenance, thoughts on depression, how I’ve moved beyond binge eating, lifestyle bits that make me feel good inside and out, and all the healthy recipes I make regularly.
I want you to know how happy I am that you’re here. If you read the comment sections on many of the weight loss posts, you’ll see how many amazing people are here, sharing their own stories, supporting one another, and offering hope and encouragement. I read every single comment that comes through here, and the kindness, the openness, just blows me away. I hope you’ll feel comfortable joining in the conversation, too.
Other notes about me: I live in northern New Jersey with my fiance, Daniel. I started dating Daniel 12 years ago, in college, and our relationship is a big part of my book. In the past 10 years, I’ve moved from Massachusetts, where I grew up, to Philadelphia, then Hamden (CT), Seattle, New York City, and now a sweet little town in New Jersey. I’ve had the same small group of best girlfriends for at least a dozen years. Every year, we go on a big trip together to celebrate our best friendship. I love dogs, doughnuts, coffee, Leonardo DiCaprio, movies, and podcasts. I have a dream of starting a makeup/hair YouTube channel.
My cookbook, Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook, will be released on March 29, 2016!
My story and work has been featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The Better Show, The View, The New York Post, The Daily Mail, People Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, Shape, Glamour, Southern Living, and many more. My blog was recently called the best weight loss blog by Health Magazine (Oct 2015 issue).
Get in touch with me: [email protected]
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