Hi, I’m Andie Mitchell
I’m a 32-year-old writer, healthy recipe developer, New York Times bestselling author, a sometimes public speaker, and I’m proud to say, the only living person who openly admits that Titanic is still her favorite movie.
What you should know: I believe in balancing health and happiness.
Twelve years ago, I weighed nearly 300 pounds. After 20 years of being big, knowing I needed to change—and trying to, but failing—hitting 268 on the scale was my turning point. I started eating better, learning about nutrition for the first time in my life. I started exercising regularly. In short, I overhauled my life. A little over a year after I began, I lost 135 pounds. It was the hardest and most rewarding experience, and although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was only at the beginning. This story—the 20 year lead-up, the weight loss, and the lessons learned long after—is all in my memoir, It Was Me All Along.
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When I lost weight, I started cooking, remaking the foods I had always loved in lighter, more wholesome ways, and slowly, I started to feel like I was transitioning from a diet to a life. I started to work through my relationship with food and emotional eating, learning how to weave in some indulgences here and there to keep me happy. And over time, the more I practiced, the more I was able to achieve that mystical “balance” I’d always heard about.
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I started this blog in 2010 to share that balance, because I know that before you achieve 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 born perfect (hi, Chrissy Teigen) or lying.
I’m sharing every lesson to getting there—not as a drill sergeant and definitely not as a guru—but as a friend who gets it and never wants anyone else to struggle alone.
I’ve learned more in the last decade than I ever thought possible, and I’m laying it bare here, one post a time—every lesson I’ve taken away from losing 135 pounds, my real advice on maintenance, thoughts on depression and anxiety, exactly how I’ve moved beyond binge eating, the lifestyle odds and ends that inspire me, and all the healthy recipes that allow me to eat what I crave while still feeling good inside and out.
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 Massachusetts with my husband, Daniel. I started dating him 15 years ago in college and our relationship is a big part of my first book. In the past 10 years, I’ve moved from Massachusetts, where I grew up (and live now), to Philadelphia, then Hamden, Connecticut, to Seattle, to New York City, and New Jersey. I’ve had the same close 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, frosting-filled doughnuts, coffee, Leonardo DiCaprio, my mother, seeing movies in the theater, lipstick, Zach Galifianakis, Shake Shack, White’s Bakery in Massachusetts (specifically the white cake with white frosting), and podcasts. I have a someday dream of starting a makeup/hair YouTube channel, but it scares the daylights out of me.
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:
- Instagram is my favorite place, so I’m there most often.
- Find me wasting time on Facebook.
- Tweet with me on Twitter.
- Let’s pin things we’ll never make on Pinterest!
- Hang out with me on Google+, if that’s your thing. But is it anybody’s?
Aran Goyoaga of the completely gorgeous Cannelle et Vanille photographed my cookbook, and took almost all of the photos of me that are seen on this site. Food photography: Unless otherwise noted, I shoot all food and lifestyle pictures using my Canon 6D with a Canon 100mm lens. I should note that this tripod is my assistant.