Andie Mitchell

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.

Andie Mitchell

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.

Take a look at my weight loss posts

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.

Check out my healthy recipes

Andie Mitchell

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.

Andie Mitchell

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.

It Was Me All Along

It Was Me All Along | Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TargetIndiebound

My cookbook, Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook | Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Indiebound


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:

  • contactandiemitchell@gmail.com
  • 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.

318 thoughts on “About

  1. Maryellen Loiacono

    WOW, I love this sight. I can’t believe the food, the pictures and the gorgeous girl that is in them.

    1. Sarah

      You are truly amazing! Thank YOU for sharing your story. It is an inspiration to myself and I am sure to many others!

      Sarah B.

  2. Tenaya Roberts

    Nice story. I found your blog through your comment on my daughter’s page. (beekeats)
    I think you should have some before and after pictures. It would really add to your inspirational story. Great job on the 135 pound loss. I have never been overweight, but I am very conscientious about what goes in my body and healthy eating. Keep up the good work.
    Tenaya Roberts

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Thank you for your sweet words! I appreciate your advice. It’s nice to hear that there are people who have naturally found ways to maintain a healthy weight and mindset- I’d be interested in how you do it!

  3. Steve Fernandes

    If you open a restaurant I will be making reservations for the “chefs table” You have alot of style and your food looks delicious.

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Mr F,
      If I open a restaurant, you’re my business partner! You’ve been brave enough to try all of my baking ‘adventures’ over the years and I know you’re a foodie like me- always looking for a great new restaurant or bakery! I love you.

  4. Susan Fernandes

    I love your blog! I look forward to it everyday and will try your wonderful recipes. So glad you had fun last night, everything looked beautiful. Love you ‘Mrs. F’

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Oh My God, I love you. I love you. I love you. Thanks for always supporting and encouraging me. Your chicken piccata recipe was one of the first recipes I made when learning to cook! I’m so glad you’re reading!

  5. theemptynutjar

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog because it lead me to yours! What a fantastic story and you are absolutely beautiful. I am adding u to my google reader :)

  6. Lu

    Wow! Thank you for the comment on my blog. You are a beautiful woman who has an amazing gift for cooking. I love your story and I can’t wait to read more of your blog.

  7. Kelly

    I just found your blog…via Eat Move Love and I am hooked! You are an amazing person and I love your story! Way to go on losing the weight and keeping it off. You are beautiful!!

  8. Jessie

    I’m so impressed by your story — what an inspiration! I can’t wait to see more of your recipes.

    I live in Connecticut, too! It’s a gorgeous state, isn’t it? :)

  9. EE

    I’m such a fan of people who change their lives. You are officially my dose of inspiration for today. Just . . . way to BE, Andrea!

  10. Steve AKA MR."F"

    Bella facha. How come the Food Network hasn’t come a callin yet. Imagine what my face would look like with those banana muffins. Keep up the goods work you are gainging a fan base.

  11. Lori

    Love this blog!!!! I am always wondering what to make for dinner and now I know where to go to get wonderful, healthy recipes! Also, I love the step-by-step photos! Thanks Andrea!

  12. Suzy Weeks

    Hi Andrea!! Your blog is the BEST!! everything looks so gorgeous and yummy! I want to eat all of the food! Please deliver to DFD ASAP!!! Your favorite uncle is waiting!! Bye for now, love, Suzy

  13. fitandfortysomething

    Did you just add this section? Wow you are BEAUTIFUL! I feel like I just met the woman behind the recipes…..thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and congrats on the successful weight loss.
    You are an inspiration!

  14. Catherine

    Wow! Congratulations on successfully changing your eating habits and losing so much weight. You are inspirational!

    The food you prepare looks like it could be served in a restaurant. The presentation is beautiful and everything must be so much more enjoyable to eat when such care is taken to prepare it. I am inspired to follow in your footsteps.

    I am also excited that you have included the nutrition info for some of your meals. I am trying to lose 15 lbs. so knowing the calorie content of my meals really helps me stay on track.

    Thank you!! :)

  15. angiesappetite

    Hi Andrea! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What a great story. You have achieved something with your weight loss and maintenance that is extremely difficult. You should be so proud of yourself. What an accomplishment!

    I’m so inspired by your story. I look so forward to reading more of your blog! I’ll agree with the others- you are beautiful, by the way. :)

  16. Jennifer

    I live in CT too! Currently up in the Wallingford/Meriden area, but I work (and grew up) down closer to Fairfield county! Great site. I tried your banana/pb quesadilla’s last night and loved them! :)

  17. Kate

    Oh my god. your story of having an alcoholic father is identical to mine. From my birth to the present(sober for a few years, hiding the drinking for a few, now he is out and proud with his drinkin) my dad has been a drunk.

    I am sure you know what I mean when I say I lived through some truly horrific incidents day in and day out.

    I will keep reading your blog I love your insight

  18. Brittany

    Your a film production assistant?! How cool!! I loved the PA’s on Just Friends. I stood in for Amy Smart and the PA always saved life making sure I knew where I was supposed to be. Do you love it? I give you props since so much rides on you and time is money! Any Celeb dirt? haha That’s such an exciting job!

  19. Lauren

    You have such an inspirational story. Anyone who thinks that they can’t do something should take a look at what you have accomplished. You seem so happy now! And your job sounds really exciting too.

  20. Sandy

    Hi Andrea. I found your blog via a recipe you posted for stuffed shells. After reading your weight loss journey story, I’m inspired. I, too, am overweight and have tried many different ways to tackle the weight loss. I really want to make a change this time. I’m keeping my hopes high and fingers crossed. Keep the awesome posts coming.


    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Sandy, thank you so much! I’m so glad you stopped by. I know how hard it can be to make lasting changes and lose the weight. I’m here if you ever have any questions or need support. You can do it, trust me.

  21. Chef Dennis

    Hi Andrea

    thanks so much for your kind words….I am very happy to have found your blog as well!!! and I do have to congratulate you on your incredible achievement, taking care of your body is very important, this is something I need to get back on track with myself….
    It is truly my pleasure to have met you!!
    Best Regards

  22. healthyGLAM

    Hi Andrea!! I love your blog Your story is so inspirational! What you’ve accomplished is so amazing. I love your approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m excited to read more! :)

  23. Sarah (NWH Vol)

    I love your blog. I check it when I can. Your personal story is fascinating and definately inspirational. Your narratives are well written, insightful, informative, and fun. Your recipes are varied, easy to follow, textually interesting, colorful and the food looks absolutely delicious. The pictures are clear and you have a good eye. Your blog looks like a labor of love. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Lauren

    Hi Andrea! I just came across your blog and am already so inspired! You have such an amazing story and I think it is wonderful (and courageous!) of you to share it. You definitely serve as an inspiration! And your recipes look delicious. I love how easy to follow they are. Can’t wait to read more :)

  25. Kristie

    Your story is incredible. Just incredible. I’m so impressed and intrigued by it, I just want to keep reading more! You’ve done such an incredible thing in coming so far. Seriously wow. Congrats! I can’t wait to explore more of your recipes and blog.

  26. Claire Curley

    Andrea you are such an inspiration and your blog is an amazing account of how strong of a woman you truly are!! I am not saying this just because you are soon to be part of my family, but because I am so proud to be a part of yours.

  27. katie

    I am new to this whole ‘blogging’ world, so I just found yours, and I honestly are one of the only people I have ever seen to have a TRUE picture of health …you said you used to be ‘scared’ to eat certain things or stop working out…but now you are trying to TRUST your body, that is exactly where i came from after many years of having eating disorders…and i am so thankful to see other women living this truth successfully and beautifully! You are inspirational and beautiful! Thank you!

  28. passionate purpose

    I am Katie’s sister ^ above… and she told me about your blog. Your blog is JUST what we are trying to figure out right now… “listening to your body”. You are the perfect role model showing how to eat healthy, yet still enjoy certain foods that you love. I really appreciate your honesty and you being an amazing role model to so many people!

  29. Jenn (GH)

    I hopping over here from my good friend, Michelle’s blog. Your story is really fantastic and it sounds like we share a similar philosophy regarding food. Congratulations on your weight loss!!!

  30. Biz

    Hi Andrea!!

    Kate told me about your site the other day and I have been LOVING it ever since. You’re so witty, inspiring, and gorgeous!! I made the red velvet cupcakes for my little brother’s birthday on Sunday and they were a hit. Can’t wait to try more recipes! Hope you’re loving Seattle :)


    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Oh my GOD!! Hiiii Biz! So great to hear from you and I cannot believe you’re actually reading about my shenanigans online. Seriously revealing my madness to the world. Haha. But thank you so much for the support and for your sweet sweet words!

      I’m glad you liked the red velvet cupcakes!

      How are you? Are you still in Philly?

      Lots of love, Andrea

  31. Christina Feeney

    Hi Andrea!! Love love LOVE your blog!!! It’s amazing! You’re writing is captivating and every recipe looks incredible! And you look so fab! Hope you’re loving Seattle – next time you visit Nicole in Boston let me know – would love to see you!

  32. Tammy Wortman

    I love your website and can’t wait to try the recipes! Your article in Woman’s world was very inspirational to me, thanks for sharing your story with all of us!

  33. Terry ford

    I read your blog in woman world. I have been 90 pounds overweight for 33 years and have tried every diet there is, even weight watchers. Your plan is So easy and simple. I no I can do it, I want to be thin so bad. How long did it take you to lose your weight?

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Hi Terry! Thank you for commenting! It took me about 13 months to lose it all. Trust me when I tell you that you can do it. You really can. You just have to believe that and know that it’s worth the time, the energy, and the work. Best of luck to you! Keep in touch if you ever have any questions! Andrea

  34. Annette-Marie

    Hi Andrea….
    I just bought WW because the cover attrated my attention. I am struggling to lose a large amount of weight, and have joined Weight Watcher’s a handful of times. I lost my Mom to complications of Diabetes 10 yrs. ago, and fear I am headed in the same direction. So I try each morning to make better choices in my consumption of food, and exercise. I found that I love ZUMBA class, and have been able to add exercise to my life. It’s my portions and lack of calorie counting that is my problem. I give into temptation, and wind up gaining the 10-15 lbs I lose. I am so excited to have found your website, and I am very inspired by your journey. I am hoping that I will discover a simular journey for myself :o)

    Thank you,

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Hi Annette-Marie! Thank you! It can be overwhelming when you’re at the beginning of losing a lot of weight, but trust me that it only takes you making the decision to change, and then just following through each and every day- knowing that you are worth the time and energy to give it your all. Try not to look at the big picture all the time. I found that just staying present- living fully in each moment of the day- really helped me to make the best decisions and stay with it. I’ve heard the best things about Zumba! What a fabulous way to exercise! And group classes are fantastic for so many reasons! Best of luck to you! Keep in touch! Andrea

  35. Annette-Marie

    Thank you so much Andrea :o) I can’t explain how motivated and inspired I am to make a healthy change to my way of living. It’s day 1 of journaling my food intake, and so far so good. I am trying to fill up on veggies and fruits. Staying away from processed foods would benefit me in more ways then one. I seem to always feel bloated and sluggish after eating some breads, and I am lactose intolerant. So the fruits and veggies seem to make me feel more energetic and lighter feeling. I will keep you posted, might check in every so often to let you know my progress. I am following you on twitter :o) So glad I found you, talked about you all night with my husband. He is very supportive :o)

    Thanks so much,

  36. dreama wetherell

    Andrea… your story is soooo inspirational. I hope your blog helps many others with their food intake. We need a more healthy population.

  37. Javi

    [I’m from Chile, so I will try to write with my best english…]

    Dear Andrea:
    I just found out about this website, and I must say this: I LOVE you already.
    Well, I adore you. (‘Cause I’m a girl and me loving you will be really weird, since I have a boyfriend too :P)

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that your recipes are awesone, and that I’m already thinking on cooking all of them… It will take me a looong time, but I’m just 19 so, I have plenty of time, hahaha.

    Thanks for the amasing recipes !


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  39. Karen

    Love the blog, KerriAnn forwarded it to me. You look Fab! We’re foodies too so I will enjoy your recipes. Keep up the good work and will enjoy reading more. I remember your Mom and love the note you blogged about her using the internet and email. Congrats
    Karen MacNeill

    1. Theresa w Medfield Press

      I am a correspondent with the Medfield Press and we are writing a story this week about Andrea’s great accomplishments. If you’d care to comment, please contact me at theresaknapp315@gmail.com Thank you.
      Medfield Press

  40. gninethree

    Hi Andrea!

    You are absolutely beautiful and inspiring :) I am really glad that I found your blog! Will definitely be trying out your recipes soon! <3

  41. Miren

    Hi. I just found your website through “Stumble” and I think I’ve never found a website so..inspiring.
    I’m going through my own weight loss journey and your story is truly inspiring to me. I still have lots of pounds to lose, but knowing about people like you who had “conquered” a healthy lifestyle is like a powerful push to keep going.
    Thank you.

  42. Rachel Chemerynski


    Just discovered your blog, and I just have to say it is absolutely beautiful! It’s inspirational/touching/motivating/positive/informative and well written. You have a style about your writing that has no words – it’s simply amazing! You really know how to grasp the reader in, and every picture you take of each recipe is gorgeous.

    I can’t wait to add your blog to my “favorites.” You’ve definitely made the cut : )

  43. Janie

    Hi! I read everyday on one email site but I’m going on vacation and can’t access that email so I’ve signed up on another. I really get inspiration and ideas from your postings. Keep up the good work!

  44. Meagan

    I’m so glad that you created this blog. I LOVE all your recipes and get so excited when you post a new one. I love how open and honest (and hilarious) you are on here and you are such an inspiration!

  45. easybaked

    Love your story– in the middle of my journey right now– eating healthier, exercising daily and finally seeing myself in the mirror with a smile :o) Also starting a dessert/baking blog– lol- first blog ever and I’m loving the creative outlet already! Not sure the topic will be helpful in my pursuit of healthy food though! :o) Thanks for sharing- –your yummy bars recipe drew me in and your story made me smile. Thanks!!!!!
    R- (easybaked@wordpress.com)

  46. Tina

    Hi Andrea :)
    So I found your blog last night after a friend on facebook posted one of your recipes (it was the mini lasagnes, so cute!).
    Anyway, I was up all night, and first thing I did when I dropped the kids at school was come back and read some more!
    I am just wondering, do you have any before pictures?
    It’s just so hard to imagine you so much bigger!
    I am currently trying to lose weight and can’t in a million years ever imagine looking as good as you do.
    I have committed to making at least one thing off your blog each week :)

  47. Gina

    Hi Andrea, I just came across your blog on Jessica’s How Sweet post on falafel:) I was reading through your posts and wanted to comment on how wonderful your blog is…then I saw you live in Seattle! I moved to Seattle almost 2 years ago with my boyfriend, we should get together sometime:)

  48. Lea @ Healthy Coconut

    I am pretty sure I left a message on this page when I first started reading your blog.

    But it was a different page then right?

    Anyways…didn’t know you work for Foodista now? So you are not working in the entertainment industry anymore?

    Hope you are having fun at your new job :)

  49. linda

    your blog is wonderful. found it via stumbleupon and the recipes caught my eye but your blog posts, your writing are what is making me stay! keep writing. :)

  50. Liz

    I came across your blog tonight and am sitting here on the verge of tears. Good tears, mind you, but tears nonetheless because I feel like I’m reading words that I’ve written. I’m currently on my own journey to lose weight (60-70lbs) and am terrified that it won’t happen. To be at my goal weight wouldn’t be new to me – the weight I wish to lose is weight that I gained within two years of not exercising, college partying, quitting playing a collegiate sport and really just not being truthful with myself and my lifestyle. And more than being terrified of not being able to lose the weight, which I know is ridiculous if I keep to a plan of moderation and exercise, I’m afraid of not being able to maintain. But your words are wise and so full of inspiration and truth. Being at 150lbs won’t make me happy. That number won’t get rid of my insecurities. I have to do that. That number is just a tool, albeit a powerful one. And day by day I’ll get closer to that, if I just remember that it’s day by day that I have to remember not to lose myself. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of light on the internet.

  51. Rachel

    i just found your site through https://bravenewfood.wordpress.com/ and i love this! the way you write about your day, yourself, your food and your attitude are inspiring! i recently started blogging and am now having to tear myself away from reading every archived post. great stuff! i love the commentary in the kitchen! :)

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  54. Michelle Hankins

    A friend posted a picture of your coffee cake muffins on her facebook after making them. I asked her what they were and she gave me your link. I haven’t been able to stop reading your blogs and recipes for over an hour! You are truely amazing and I giggle everytime I start reading. Keep up the great work!

  55. Stefanie

    Great story! Look forward coming everyday to see new ideas and inspiration.

    I do want to know how did you lose 135 pounds?

  56. Amanda

    Wow, I just found your site, your story is amazing. I love your writing; it’s so honest.

  57. Sara

    I know you probably hear this all the time but I’ll just add to it…your blog is amazing! I sit here laughing & crying & nodding my head. You are beautiful inside & out and so talented in so many ways. I sent the link to a friend today and told her that your words move me like a well written novel. Thank you! Just, thank you!

  58. denise

    i just found your website from someone who posted your buffalo wraps recipe on a thread on mfp.com….your writing brings me to tears and makes me laugh all at the same time….great job with this blog…i will be back regularly for recipes and just a laugh….

  59. Lisa @ lists in my pocket

    Hi Andie! I found your blog on Pinterest and I am so psyched to make those buffalo chicken rolls, but more excited to have found your blog. You are beautiful inside and out and I can’t wait to read more!

  60. catherine

    i’m making my own journey, after a decade of being a big girl. i am so amazed by the wisdom you’re sharing, and even though i’m on the other side of my own 100+ pound weight loss, i want to be able to look at my new self (when i get there) as the same self i’ve always been. you’ve really encouraged me tonight – i don’t want to be a slave to the gym when i’m done, because before i got heavier, i did pretty much the same stuff: walk, stroll, dance when i felt like it, and ate stuff that was good for me. i can’t even express my gratitude at finding your blog. i needed this. i need this.

  61. Meg H

    Congrats on your success finding happiness and gaining health. You’re a very engaging, entertaining, and honest writer, and I feel very grateful to have found this blog and to have read your story. I look forward to interjecting some of your sage advice into my own life (and trying some of your recipes!!).

  62. Sophie

    Hey Andie I just want to say that I love your blog!
    Your food always looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous!
    You are an inspiring woman :-)

  63. myriah

    ou are such a charming and beautiful woman with an amazing story to tell. i love your site and can’t wait to explore it further as i embark on my own weight loss journey (124 lbs… whoohoo). i draw so much inspiration from you and will continue to do so with your recipes and words. what a hero you are :)

  64. MjC

    What a joy to read your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey and your recipes. I’m off to the store right now to get ingredients for the petite lasagnas. :)

  65. Stacie A

    Your blog is so inspiring! You are an amazing writer. I look forward to more inspiring words. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. :)

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  67. Holly

    I just found your blog..and I am in L-O-V-E!
    I just made some of your recipes over the weekend & I cannot wait to try more :)

  68. Lindsay

    I stumbled upon your website and see that you lost 135lbs. I am currently in the early stages of losing about that much myself. How did you do it? Motivate yourself? Any tips or suggestions you might want to share? I am really glad to have found your blog, I need inspiration!!

  69. Paula

    Can’t wait to try some of these recipes! Thanks so much for sharing! You inspire me to cook lighter for myself and my family!

  70. Kathleen

    I’ve just stumbled upon your website, and I am inspired and impressed. Not only do you speak what I feel, but we went to the same college (and I think around the same time)… so I feel even more connected to you!

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  72. @h0neyb

    So here I am at work and sucked into your blog :) What an awesome lady you are! I started my journey at 225 lbs and have come to peace losing 90 lbs, and you’re right we’re the EXACT same people we just get to wear smaller clothes. The working yourself to death at the gym is nor was it ever my thing. I have a goal of 3 days of activity, and I’m content with life, food, cocktails.. So happy to have been connected you! <3

  73. Lynda

    Oh my, I follow you on twitter and know you through foodista, yet now I realize I never knew you. I am so happy to discover your writing and your story. Congratulations on your book!

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  75. Andrea

    Hey Andie,

    I (and I’m sure plenty of others) would love to read a post about your personal journey to feeling settled in your career/job/lifework of editing and such. You mention from time to time what you do from 9-5, but as a recent college graduate feeling personally a little lost in the career world right now… I know I’d love to hear from someone I admire and share interests with on this topic. Just a thought! :)

  76. Casey

    I have to say, your boyfriend is one heck of a lucky guy. I have some buddies coming over this weekend to watch football, and am planning on making the buffalo egg rolls. You don’t happen to have a sister on the east coast, do you?? ;)

    P.s. To the boyfriend: treat this gem well. Buy her flowers, tell her she is beautiful, and appreciate what you have. Cheers, yah lucky dog!

  77. Lori

    I came to look at the buffalo wraps recipe and found someone like my sisters and me. We have all suffered from emotionally eating, for reasons ranging from raising our younger siblings basicly on our own to sexual abuse to watching a another sister die slowly and painfully.
    It is empowering to hear the voice of someone who has found the healthy end of weightloss and is willing to tell the story of the past and not discount it.
    You are an inspiration :)

  78. Jahnavi

    Hi there, didn’t realize you had a blog also. I love your story and your beautiful smile. Looking forward to browsing through more of your blog. I’m a fellow chocoholic who is also passionate about cooking, specifically South Asian cuisine. By the way, good luck on your books!

  79. Andrea Yliniemi

    Hey Andie!
    I am an Andi as well! And I too am 26yo. Thank you for your blog! I don’t have 135lbs to lose but 50 would be amazing! I look forward to reading about your experience and getting your tips (and maybe a few good recipes?!) God Bless!

  80. MJ

    It’s stories like yours that give me the motivation and confidence I need to get into better shape! I gained alot of weight my first year in college and I hated to work out, but I still did it twice a day. I think the stress of having to work out made it hard to lose weight so I gave up the gym and just started cutting portions and walking and the weight all came off. And your right, it’s not being skinny that makes someone happy, it’s how you feel about the person you are on the inside. Your darling! congrats on your weightloss :)

  81. Brian

    just stumbled across your lovely blog while looking for something else! great work! next time you’re in ridgefield stop in and say hi.

  82. Megan

    Andie, I’m not sure how I came across your amazing blog and story, but I’m so greatful to have found you. For the first time, in a very long time, I feel inspired and hopeful. So many things you’ve written about I can relate to. You are beautiful, then and now…

    Ps. Happy to hear that you can enjoy a burger now and then, in moderation.
    Pss. From one Seattlite to another, Red Mill’s with way to go! Oh, and then walk Green lake of corse!

  83. Carole

    I just came across your blog and am amazed by your weight loss and dedication to staying true to yourself instead of being a slave to the scale and gym. And now that I read that you only live about 45 minutes north of me, I want you to come to my house and kick my butt into gear and cook me yummy healthy food :)

  84. Janel

    Wow, what a lucky day it was for me to happen upon your recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to your incredibly witty and thought provoking blog. Nice to meet you, Andie. I look forward to more of your creativity, humor and wit.

  85. Jessamyn Patterson

    Hi there! LOVE the blog! My good friend Lynsay shared it with me and this is what i just shared on my Facebook about you:

    “Um love it! Thank you Lynsay Horton for sharing with me! This is a fabulous new blog I have come across about a woman who didnt let her love for cooking/baking hinder her 135lb weight loss that she has maintained for 5 years. It is incredible how we adapt as we learn about ourselves, our needs, what we can dissolve and what is worth the fight! Definitely check it out! <3"

    Thanks for putting it out there! You are doing an amazing job!

  86. Bridget Berry

    Hello! I stumbled across your awesome blog via Pinterest. I have a 3 year old and gained close to 90 pounds while I was pregnant.3 years later I am still struggling to lose the last 25-20 lbs. Reading your blog has given me new hope! I’ve always been a “bust-your-butt-at-the-gym” kinda gal (and I seriously looooved it, no sarcasm!), but now that we have more important things to do with our money ;) and can’t afford those pricey gym memberships. I am also a lover of food/cooking/baking and cook dinner for my family 6 out of 7 nights a week. Thank you for being “real,” sharing your story, and empowering real people, like me, to feel good about ourselves! You rock! :)

  87. Kelsey

    Someone pinned your blog on Pinterest today, so I followed the link. As someone who adores food just as much as you and has a similar job title (I’m the food editor at a regional magazine in Maryland), but has struggled with weight (including an eating disorder), what you said really resonated with me. This is a fantastic site, and I look forward to reading more from you — you’re a fantastic writer!

  88. Jen

    May I ask what it is you are writing? Do you have a publisher? I always dream of writing for a living – but the process is difficult.

    BTW, just found your blog and read your exercise history…and cried so hard. I can relate. I can more than relate. It’s painful. Too much to say…but not the strength to say it now. Thank you…

  89. Melissa vallejo

    I give you a lot of Kudos. I myself have gone on the weight loss journey. I have lost 245 pounds but still have around 60-70 to lose. I was so proud of myself and what I was able to achieve with a healthy dose of exercise and eating right. I find though the last bit of weight to be very discouraging to lose. It comes off slower, I find it harder to see the end of the tunnel now but about half way through I could see it clearly. Any advice?

  90. Kristin

    I saw your blog posted somewhere….and as a small 5’2 girl whos weight slowlyyy has creeped up about 60lbs in the last 5-6 years I was very intrigued. I then saw that you were at one point in Amherst and now you have me hooked, I’m from Deerfield! I can not wait to read more and see what advice I can gain from you!

  91. Jessica

    I’ve just stumbled upon your blog – and I swear it’s Divine Intervention. :) A couple years ago I lost the extra 50 lbs that was on my 5’9 frame, but with a move to Spokane (we’re so close!) and other life changes I’ve seen a good 20 lbs creep back on…and I needed some inspiration. I, too, belong to the local Y and now wilt hunk of your story when I’m dragging my bum into the gym. Thank you!!

  92. hilary

    i wanted to say thank you so much. Right now i feel like you back when you joined the YMCA.. i have tried a few times with losing weight but nothing worked.. but then again i didnt keep with it.. you have sparked a fire under my butt.. Thank you for sharing your story..

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  94. Danica

    I love your blog, your perspective, your word choices, your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. I just discovered it today. I’ll be sticking around (just try to get rid of me. :)) and when your book(s) comes out, I’ll be the first in line.

    You’ve inspired me to start a weight loss blog. I’ve lost about 30lbs, and I’m having trouble even deciding what my goal weight should be, but I think I have at least 20 more to lose. I really appreciate your inspiration!


  95. Naz

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this. I’ve fought my body my whole life. Much like you, I grew up in the kitchen. Much like you, I adore (good!) food. Much like you, I also have sciatica (although I have that nagging pain in my right buttock- not my left). And much like you, I never really enjoyed the gym, although I love being active (if that makes sense.) I also just recently moved to Seattle, and I sold my car. I walk to work now (2 mi round trip) and everywhere else I can. I hope that my lifestyle change can help me succeed like it has for you. So far, no luck but it’s only been 6 months. You have inspired me to stay positive and keep trying.

  96. Angie

    I can’t even believe how amazing you look. And that you’re keeping it all off by walking…

    You are such an inspiration, and i’m so glad i found your blog. Can’t wait to start going through your recipes!

    I have to ask… in your exercise history, where were those hiking pictures taken? I thought to myself they looked like Mt. Rainier. Then again, every hiking picture makes me think of Mt. Rainier… But i did notice you live in Seattle now, so i thought it wouldn’t be too silly to ask. :)

  97. melissa

    just came to your blog via pinterest…love reading this. i’m at the beginning of my journey. i worked really hard at not gaining much weight with my last pregnancy and only gained 4 pounds(gained 35 with my first). i know i can do this, just don’t have a friend here to partner with. =( i need to lose about 60 to be at a healthy weight. like you, i love to be in the kitchen….i dread this, but reading through your blog gave me some hope.

  98. Lana Jones

    I love this blog…found it just now on pintrest. im 28 and i just had my second child this past june. i gsined a lot of weight when i was pregnant. they puntured my spine during th epidural which caused me to have severe nerve damage on my right leg and back. im just getting back to being more active. i am so glad to find such an inspiring blog. i was planning to start living th healthy life i used to on monday. thank you for sharimg your story.

  99. Katie @ www.ohshineon.com

    Hi Andrea,

    Can you believe I’ve been in the blogging world for over half a year and I hadn’t stumbled across your site until now?! Your blog is incredible – so beautifully-crafted and organized… I simply want to gobble it up! Everything I’ve seen so far looks gorgeous and delectable! Your story is definitely inspirational for all those out there who are looking at weight-loss success stories… I’m glad yours has had a happy ending to share with others. I hope with a few more months of cooking under my belt, I’ll be able to develop into a cook like you. You are definitely being book-marked :)



  100. Mikkayla

    I love that you are so real! I love this blog, and I hate blogs – I tend to find them boring :/ – I don’t mean to sound critical! I also adore that you have a firm grasp on the English language and grammar (weird, I know, but verbiage really bothers me)! LOVE.

  101. Melanie

    Hi Andie!

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now after stumbling across it on Pinterest, and I just had to tell you how much I adore you and your site. As a college student, you make weight loss and maintenance seem attainable–not an easy feat. I can’t wait to read what else you have to say, and I am eager to try out your recipes when I return to school from winter break. Thank you for sharing your story. You really are an inspiration… And quite witty, I might add!

  102. Stephanie W

    I just found your blog while searching Pinterest for yummy recipes… you are an inspiration! Thank you for writing everyday and telling your story (the good and bad). Icing on the top of your blog was when I saw that you’re in the Seattle area, too!!

    Can’t wait to read every inch of your blog :)

  103. Julia McKay

    I found your blog when thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and what a treasure trove of ideas, entertainment and laughter. I love your heartfelt writing, your candor and your honesty.

    I resolve to plan ahead with lunch this year. I do pretty well on dinners but love the prepare salad veges ahead of time idea.

    I am also loving the fluffy oatmeal recipe, off to try it now although here in Australia is it 30 degrees celcius here, our summer and may be a little hot! I love the plan ahead nature of breakfast too. If I was to make a massive pot for five days would I just times all the ingredients by 5?

    Thank you
    Look forward to reading about your adventures in 2012

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  106. M.K.

    I am so excited to find this site. I’m trying to get myself to a healthy weight and I love finding people who are so inspiring and beautiful and happy. THANK YOU for sharing your journey!

  107. Sabrina Richmeier

    Thank you for sharing your story with everyone, I am happy to know that there is someone out there that did look like me and successfully changed there life, I have been up and down on my weight since I can remember, I have started eating right and exercising more, but I do enjoy the good things but in moderation. 23 pounds down 80 to go. Thank you and good luck on your ventures.

  108. Amy

    I love your site. I am so glad I found it. I was at my heaviest recently (214 lbs) and I am now down to 207 and my first goal is to reach 199 lbs. Thank you for sharing your very inspirational and motivating story. I am so excited to hear that you are writing 2 books. Will they be about how to lose weight/eat right/etc.?

    1. admin

      Thank you so much Amy! Yes, the first book (to be released Spring 2013) will be a weight loss memoir. The second is a cookbook :)


  109. Skye (Skye Loves..)

    I just happened upon your blog and love, love, love it! What an inspirational story… I have always struggled with my weight and my passion for all things yummy… It’s really great to hear someone talking so honestly about similar issues – thank you!

    Love, love, love your recipe and photos, by the way!

  110. Alissa

    I came across your blog through Pinterest. I am so inspired by your story and your journey! I also struggled (and continue to sturggle) with my weight. Hearing your story is def great motivation and inspirational. I cant wait to try some of your recipes (and i also cant belive you lost weight in Italy!!) So excited to start my journey.

  111. Liz

    First of I am from Walpole so this is exciting and am currently in the whole weightloss stage, I have more to loose than you and you are inspiring. It makes me feel so good to read this blog and encourages me. I HATE to work out and I tried running and hate that more so it’s good to know I don’t have to do it. I just need to make changes and move more.
    Thank you for this.

  112. Kyle

    So I have finally decided to leave a comment. I come and check on your blog about twice a week for the past year or so. Can You Say for Dinner? is actually a favorite under my url bar! As I went to write this comment I realized I didn’t even remember your name. After all the posts I have read and countless recipes I’ve tried. I literally had to come to this post to find that your name is Andie. So hello Andie Mitchell, my name is Kyle.

    I just wanted to thank you for the many amazing recipes and stories. I have been a pescetarian for the past 4 years and your blog gave me that love for food again. Seeing your pictures of the beauty of food has made me appreciate it again. It has really grown into a passion for me, thanks to you.

    So I just wanted to thank you. (My boyfriend probably would too if he knew that so many recipes I’ve used or have been inspired by you. His all time favorite is the Roasted Broccoli. He can never have enough!!)

    You could call me a fan,


  113. Janie

    Hi Andie, I came across your blog a few days ago and I don’t have to tell you how amazing it is. I have tried 2 of the recipes already and am doing another tonight.(tuna burgers & red crispy potatoes). I am diabetic(and trying to lose 35lbs)and you have recipes in here that I can eat and not feel guilty.
    Thank you, Janie

  114. Michelle

    Hi Andie,

    I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this blog – brought about by a shared love for grilled brie and granny apple sandwiches. You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share. I’m only just beginning my journey and new discovery for the love of baking and cooking and your words are incredibly encouraging and inspiring. I will be back for more. :)


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  116. Amanda

    I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest by one my favorite authors (Laurie Notaro). Your blog is amazing, and I can’t wait to spend a little more time diving deeper into it. I have been eating better and living a generally better lifestyle for a few months now, and all the good ideas I can find, the better! Thanks for the help!!! :)

  117. Pamela

    I just happened upon your blog from a link on Pinterest (my latest addiction)& I’m floored. As so many have posted, reading your words was like my own thoughts & feelings being given voice. I have struggled with my weight for most of my 39 years.
    Congratulations on your healthier lifestyle changes & the accompanying weight loss. I think your writings & musings I will visit often. Thank you for sharing…

  118. Jennifer

    What a wonderful, inspiring blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us– and continuing to do so :). For those of us who continue to struggle with weight loss and still think of themselves as “the chubby one,” even decades after no longer bing that person, reading your story gives hope that it impossible to make peace with food and exercise, and most especially with our weight. Thank you!

  119. Susan

    I am so excited to have found you! (via Pinterest) Your story really resonated with me. You are honest with yourself and here on your blog. You have given me inspiration to be a better person for me. I have saved your blog and signed up for your newsletter and I look forward to continuing my get healthy/fit journey with your words to inspire me! Thank you so much~Susan

  120. Shaina Knepler

    The candy store by my house makes a jalapeno stuffed with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate. They ship too, but I think that you should make them (and then make a blog post about how to make them, so I can make them too!) :)

  121. Megan

    I love your website. I have been overweight all my life, like you I reached a point not long ago where it was scary… so far I am 20lbs lighter and still moving. The sad thing is I actually work in fitness, I help other people get healthy but for a long time I had a false perception of myself. Now my eyes are open to my own faults/issues/baggage. Your blog has added a whole new outlook to some of the ideals I have been looking into. I just wanted to say thank you! I will recommend this to many of my clients.

  122. Michelle

    Hi Andie! I accidentally came across your blog and it’s the best accident I’ve made!!! I am embarking on this journey myself. Your blog is my new favorite website! You are a gem and an absolute inspiration! I look forward to your books. I am officially your new fan :) Thank you! So hello, my name is Michelle and I am now an official Andie follower :)

  123. Diane Overmyer

    Hi Andie!
    I just spent the last several minutes reading through your weight loss journey. I am now hoping to keep coming back and checking in on you and your blog. I have to tell you, that your story was so impressional not only because of the success, but also because in the one photo of you with a friend uncovering a grill, you look so much like my own 20 year old daughter! I showed her the photo and asked her who you looked like, and she immediately said “Me”…so I am now hoping and praying that your words would inspire both her and I to continue on our own weight loss journey! We have both been eating healthier for the past few months and we have both taken off over 15 pounds, but we have a long ways to go. Well thanks again!! Keep up the great work! You are a real cutie! (actually you were gorgeous even when you were heavy, but I know you are much healthier now, and that is what is most important, isn’t it!?)

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  125. carolann orrom

    very simply wow, you have achieved what I have been dreaming of doing for the last couple of years you are inspiring

  126. Robyn

    Hello beautiful lady and lover of food, A friend of mine who follows my blog shared a link with me, (your fab blog) and I am so glad to meet you. Please come to my blog and we will have a cup of musings together. We have much in common. I am also hoping to publish a book which would be the ultimate achievent for a whimsical dyslexic (but quietly determined) chocolate lover like me.

    1. Robyn

      Just another thing, how do you even go about being published? I have a great idea and almost manuscript for a book but I dont know what to do now?

  127. Sarah

    You are an example for every girl everywhere- thank you for being such an inspiration!!

  128. Jessica

    I found the buffalo chix wraps on Pinterest, then read more of your blog. Interesting story, great writing. Funny I have been a runner from high school. Sometimes I dread it, sometimes I’m so glad I did it. But I do think geez…do I have to work out the rest of my life? It feels great to be healthy and strong, but sometimes it feels like an endless chore!

  129. Niki

    I cried all the way through your bio posts… Everything you said, from the injury to the semester in Italy, resonated with me. I am rethinking my goals as I begin my get-healthy journey. I am going to stay tuned for whatever else you have in store! Thank you!

  130. Angie

    Hi! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award!
    You can find the picture at http://www.angiebullock.com.
    Rules for the Sunshine Award:
    Link the award to the person who gave it to you.
    Answer the questions that come with it.
    Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it.
    Favorite Color
    Favorite Animal
    Favorite number
    Favorite Non-alcoholic drink
    Facebook or Twitter
    My Passion
    Prefer getting or giving presents
    Favorite pattern
    Favorite Day of the Week
    Favorite Flower

  131. Laura

    Hi Andy I love your travel adventures, my boyfriend and I are planning on going to Cancun this summer, coud you tell me how did you transport from Cancun to Belize and CostaRica at a low cost? did you guys take the bus or if you traveled in airplane what airline was cheap, please give us tips to traveling at a lowcost your friend says in the blog you are really good with traveling with low budget. Thanks.

  132. Molly from Anthromollogies

    You are hilarious, gorgeous, real, fantastic, and addictive. Thank you for spreading pixie dust on the “weight loss topic” and describing in detail what it really means to find that sweet spot of intuitive eating. Can’t wait to read your book.

  133. Susan

    Maintaining is my biggest fear looming somewhere in the future – thanks for calming me down

  134. Karen

    I just love your website! Everything you’ve accomplished is so remarkable. Your weight loss, your writings, your recipes and I know that I’m just beginning to tip the iceberg! The more I find in it, the more I love it. I know that I’ll be looking often at your website, to get so much needed help for myself. I’ve lost 50 pounds and I need to lose another 40 pounds and I can use all the help I can get!

  135. Barbarainnc

    I found your website looking for a whipped frosting. I’ve used one like you posted and love it. I look forward to reading about your weight loss and how to keep it off. :) :) :)

  136. Tenielle

    I stumbled across this page thanks to pinterest! I have been trying to get into a more healthy habits like eating and exercising, but the food I always see looks horrible and I am not a big fan of exercising either! After reading a few of your blogs so far, I am truly inspired to lose some weight and even become Paula Deen along the way. Your recipes look amazing and you are truly an inspiration for many! I will definitely be purchasing both of your books once they are on the market!

  137. Tanya

    A beautiful story from a beautiful person. You are where I dream to be one day. I see the truth in your words… I have started where you started (only 4″ shorter…which is a bit more un-forgiving :P) and now I am on the path at 7 or so lbs. lighter. Interestingly I have found through journaling that my eating habits though not the best were not the main problem. It has been the lack of MOVING that got me where I am today. I need to constantly remind myself to just get up and move every day and things will happen. Your bit about the green field being the same whether you are lying and crying or spinning and laughing… (well something to that effect) have touched me!

  138. Pamela Wild

    I just came across your site today, and just spent the past two hours reading as much as I could! You are an extremely good writer, and I feel as if I know you by just reading your words. Your journey amazes me and inspires me, and I guess I just want to say thank you. I look forward to trying some of your recipes, and because of you I now have a strong sudden urge to go on a nice relaxing walk. Again, thank you.

  139. Lisa

    I love your site and thanks for the granola bar recipe yesterday! Looking forward to knowing more about you and your recipes.

  140. Caitlin

    I am really looking forward to trying out your recipes they all look so delicious and healthy! I’m getting married next June and even though I’ve lost a lot of weight already I’m hoping to lose quite a few more before my big day! I think your recipes will be a great help over the next year!! :)

  141. Libby

    Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog! Your story is so inspirational and so true! losing weight is hard, but maintaining it is even harder! Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated :)

  142. Libby

    Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog! Your story is so inspirational and so true! losing weight is hard, but maintaining it is even harder! Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated!

  143. CrazyCook

    I have no words except WOW! You are an amazing person, and an inspiration for so many! I was searching for dinner ideas on Google and your site came up. Then one post tile particularly caught my eye, “The Journey to Lose 135lbs”. I clicked on it and began reading, and was teary-eyed when I finished! Thank you, thank you for sharing your life story. I am going to read every single post on your site!

  144. Jenny

    I stumbled onto your blog and I’m so happy I did. This morning when I got on my scale … yes the number was 268 and I’m 5’9 too. I’ve been searching for my motivation over the last four months knowing that I want and need to lose wait to get healthier. The thought of spending two hours a day in the gym doesn’t sound like fun to me, so what’s a girl to do? Reading about your exercise history and what you miss from 135 pounds ago help to put a lot of things into perspective. I will never understand why the weight loss community wants us to torture ourself with things we hate to do, because aren’t we torturing ourselves enough already. Thank you for your experience and your honesty. It’s just the motivation I was looking for.

  145. ronda b

    Thanks for taking the time to share! I found your blog thanks to pin hope your can help me do the same it’s always nice to see someone who’s been down the same road you are traveling!

  146. Sarah from NZ

    LOVE this site, thanks a WHOLE bunch for the inspiration and recipes… time to now convert your measurements.

    thank you

  147. Archana

    Happened to find your blog by chance on pinterest!…love it…so inspirational….will be coming back here more than often i guess! Thanks!

  148. Heather

    Hi, How cool & uncanny that I happened upon your blog. Your story jumped out at me because, well, it is also my story-I also weigh & lost 135 :D You’re the first person I’ve come across with my exact same stats-only it took me til age 39 & i havent written any books. I weighed 200+ for 24 yrs-it’s really never too late. And never too late to write about it either-thanks for the inspiration! Your recipes look fantastic-can’t wait to try them out ;)
    Cheers, Sister!

  149. Joyce

    I just finished reading your entire blog. All the stories and scanned a few recipes. I laughed and cried. But mostly just gave myself time to chew on the truths presented and how they mirrored many of my own struggles. Thank you for sharing you life, heart, struggles and triumphs! I have been blessed by you and your blog this morning. And, have taken away many nurturing offerings that I will continue to chew on and apply to my life. <3

  150. Joyce

    I just finished reading your entire blog. All the stories and scanned a few recipes. I laughed and cried. But mostly just gave myself time to chew on the truths presented and how they mirrored many of my own struggles. Thank you for sharing you life, heart, struggles and triumphs! I have been blessed by you and your blog this morning. And, have taken away many nurturing offerings that I will continue to chew on and apply to my life. <3

  151. Amanda White

    I am currently in the midst of my weight lost journey and when I started, I tried to find other success stories from women of my same height and weight… which is incredibly close to yours… and also I love food… good food… and travel. After reading all of your post I found a kindred spirit. Someone who loved the feel of good fashion and cheap junk food : ) Your blog has been an inspiration and above that I adore really good writing, which you master in a wonderful, simple, enthralling way.

    Your recipes are divine.

    Your story is captivating.

    You are beautiful, and not just on the outside, which you are (Cliche statement and all).

  152. Melissa

    I stubbled upon your blog and I have been reading for 2 hours now! You are my new inspiration! After giving birth to my son I was the largest I had ever been and DID NOT lose the weight instantly like everyone promised I would. I have slowly been losing for the past 2.5 years and I’m proud to say I have lost 58lbs to date. I can’t wait to try your 100 calorie cupcakes, I LOVE all things cupcakes… Keep up the great work you look amazing!

  153. Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It has blessed, encouraged and inspired me today.

    I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I think the battle began when I was in the 5th grade and started picking up on my parents’ marital problems. My addiction to food- using it for comfort and escape from the pain of my parents’ divorce and for love since I felt abandoned by both of them in different ways- was completely rooted in me by the time I was 10 and overweight at 110 lbs. Ever since my life has been characterized by seasons of defeat (living under food’s control over me) and seasons of victory (living in control over food for a period of time). But i’ve never had lasting, real victory over my addiction and emotional dependency on food to make me feel happy. It’s ironic though that it only makes me feel happy for a little while- while it’s being consumed and making me feel full and satisfied- then it makes me feel miserable, not just physically but emotionally miserable by guilt, depression and disgust.

    I’ve recently reached that weight where I feel out of control and like something has to be done now- I have to stop, I have to change- or i’ll continue down this road and just end up obese in the next few months. I view certain foods as “good” and others as “bad.” I think about food all the time- I’m always looking forward to the next meal, when it will be and what. I focus on food instead of the people or activity at family gatherings and social events. I research healthy eating, plan meals, make grocery lists. Food consumes my life and I feel trapped in a prison. When I try to control my portions and diet, I miss the quantity of food- not the type of foods necessarily. I’ve even binged on Nutrisystem meals, Lean Cuisines and HealthyChoice soups! It’s just sad. I know that i’m using food for the wrong reasons- i’m abusing it. Instead of using it for fuel to give me enough energy for the day, i’m using it to fill a void. What I really want is love from my parents. I want them back together, I want my family to be whole again, I want my life back- the life I didn’t get to have but that i’ve glorified in my mind as being wonderful if they hadn’t got divorced then moved on and started new families.

    Addiction to food does seem the hardest to break free from compared to all other addictions. We need food to survive. You can’t go cold turkey on it. There are times I wish I could. I don’t want to make another food decision. I envy people who eat without having any thoughts or emotions while they eat. I wish God would just take my desire and need for food away so I wouldn’t have to struggle with it. But I can see, like you said, that I have to make peace with it. Like a child, I need to really listen to my body when it says it’s hungry and it’s full. I need to view food for what it really is- not as my enemy or as my source of love.

    I’ve been thin and fit. In November 2009, during the fall semester of my senior year at college, I reached my goal weight. I achieved 128 lbs at 5’4” and wore a size 4. I felt great! I actually enjoyed running 5 days a week and doing 5k’s. I had more energy and confidence. I could wear clothes I wanted to and truly felt pretty. I wasn’t as insecure or self-conscience in front of people. I didn’t feel the need to cover up my body in public with big clothes and layers. I felt strong and fearless, like I could do anything (I tried rock-climbing, white-water rafting, scuba diving) after I was able to lose the weight. But then I couldn’t maintain it. Just as you described, I had no idea how to maintain this weight loss and live a balanced life in relation to eating and exercise. I felt exhausted after kicking my butt (punishing my body through running and not allowing myself to indulge in foods I enjoyed) for 9 months. I felt overwhelmed by the thought that I would have to keep up this level of activity and strictness of diet in order to stay at my ideal weight. So I started to relax and reward myself. I slowly stopped running, cutting 1 day out of the week at a time. I gradually started to stretch my stomach back out as I overate several times a week. I started to eat “bad” foods again, more and more often. I said that i’d never let myself get as big as I had been again. I remembered how fat and uncomfortable I felt and I never wanted to feel that way again. Yet, here I am. As of this week, I’ve gotten back up to that dreaded number and I feel fat, insecure and uncomfortable again. Only this time, it’s not only affecting my life, it’s affecting my husband and our marriage. I have so many good reasons- numerous motivations- to lose the weight again. But I can’t seem to do it this time. I think it’s because i’m afraid of failure. I failed last time to keep it off so what’s the point in trying? I’m trapped in a vicious cycle and I don’t know how to get out. If I were to lose the weight again and get back to my “ideal,” I wouldn’t know how to maintain it and be happy. Because you’re right, thin doesn’t mean happy. Being skinny doesn’t fix all the emotional problems that are still left inside you- the emotional weight you can’t lose by exercise and diet.

    I’m not sure what i’m going to do. I honestly don’t see how i’m going to overcome this or break free from it anytime soon. But your story of success is so encouraging to me. I’m so relieved and happy to hear that it is possible and other people like you are experiencing freedom from their addiction and happiness without it, and finding balance with food. I hope I will be one of those people one day.

  154. Danielle

    So INSPIRING! Your candid accounts of your childhood, relationship with food in the past and present is liberating. Looking forward to your books.

  155. Olivia

    I just want you to know that I came on this website by chance while looking for a cupcake recipe and ended up finding inspiration. I mean, you–your past self–you look like me. I’m right there. Past the 200lb mark, looking for a way out. But I’ve never found someone who’s story really hit home the way yours has. I think I’ll start my change now.

  156. Melinda S

    Although I haven’t really had a problem with my weight (save for the frosh 25 I packed on in my first few months in college that took 3 1/2 years to get off), you are inspiring! I love how you still love food, your sense of humor, and the fact you’re well….normal!
    All the best to you, and keep on with your wonderful recipes and awesome blog! I’m a new fan!

  157. Fiona

    I love your blog – some fantastic looking recipes (and a beautiful photo of you too). Congratulations on your weight loss – what a feat !

  158. Priscilla

    I just discovered your site via Pinterest. Wow. I had to let you know how much I like your site, everything about it. Your cooking speaks to my palate and your writing is fantastically entertaining. You inspire me to be a better blogger!

  159. Kelsie

    Hi! I love your blog, I found it a few weeks ago and have tried some of the recipes. Did you change they way it is laid out? I can’t find some of the older recipes that were in categories and had the nutrition facts with them.

  160. Lilian

    I’m head over heals in love with your site and everything you post on it. The weight-loss insights, the travelling stories (Oh, dying a little on the inside right now), the pictures, your food -which by the way, looks so incredibly delicious- and I’m so inspired! Thank you.

    Cheers from Brazil :)

  161. Erin

    Almost skimmed over this site while “Stumbling” but pressed that back arrow again. I don’t think I’ve ever read a whole blog before. I felt like I was reading something written by me, in the future. Or the past. Anyway, well done, and congratulations on your book deal.

  162. Rachel


    Loving your new blog style, but where oh where did the recipe index go? There were so many recipes from a year and more ago that were go-to’s for me, and now when I click on recipes there is no more index! Please help!!!! My mommy of 3 brain is not strong enough to remember even approximates of when you may have posted to go back through pages and pages of blog entries :)

  163. Jody


    A. LOVE your STORY
    B. YOUR WRITING is amazing
    C. LOVE your recipes too…but…I tried the cornbread recipe today and I think there may be a mistake in the amount of baking powder?? I put in a 1TBS as directed and I could definitely TASTE it in the finished product. It was good and lovely except for that and I will try again with the recipe. Can you please verify??

    D. DONT STOP inspiring us all, especially ME to keep on trying…


  164. Crystal Gentry

    I absolutely loves reading every single blog and am looking forward to reading more. You have put everything in a whole new perspective. I really appreciate the inspiration. You especially inspired me to begin preparing food in advance. I just know so much weight is going to be lifted off of me and my family. Literally and figuratively. So thank you!

  165. Noori

    Hi. I was looking through your recipes and they all look absolutely delicious but filled with spices and other taste-bud stimulants. I struggle with GERD so I was wondering if you had any great relatively bland and lowfat recipes that you could recommend. I have only just started a diet with no fried, processed, high fat, spicy, caffeinated, or acidic foods and I am running out of ideas for meals! Please help.

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  168. Katie

    I just stubbled upon your blog and wanted to comment on how inspiring your journing is. I am on my own weight loss adventure and struggle with fears about what my healthy weight is and how will I maintain it when I get there. People seem to think now that I’m thinner I should just be happy ( and I am:-) but I also have some concerns that some of my friends don’t seem to understand. Thanks for sharing your story so I know I am not alone.

  169. Paul K.

    I stumbled on your site, was looking for exactly what I found, oven baked chicken Parmesan. Beautiful woman, beautiful food!

  170. Ricky Nery

    Your blog is amazing. I can’t wait to try a few of these recipes. You sound like an amazing and inspiring person and I am looking forward to perusing your site in more detail!

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  172. Ali

    Hi Andie, I fell upon your blog by accident yesterday at work (all the way down under in Australia) and I can’t stop reading it! You’re writing and outlook on life is amazing. I’ve never commented on a blog before, ever…. yet, I felt compeled to with yours. I wish you all the very best in life and I can’t wait to see what you get up to next….

  173. jill

    Hi Andie,
    I am not even sure how I came upon your blog, but I am thrilled I did. About 5 yrs. ago I lost 60 pounds…it was the most wonderful feeling in the world. However, over the last 9 months I have let 30 creep back on. “Life”…got in the way. Motivation went out the back door. Just this week have I been able to bring myself to start back working out…a little!
    Anyway, running across your blog was just what I needed!! You are a wonderful writer and even better motivator. Thank you for sharing your story! I have enjoyed getting to know you!
    jill googe

  174. Gayle

    You are such an inspiration!! Did you have gastic bypass surgery or did you lose via diet and excercise? I just love this site and your recipes are amazing!! Glad I found it!!

    1. admin

      Hi Gayle,
      Thank you for your comment! No, I did not undergo weight loss surgery; I lost it through diet and exercise.
      Wishing you all the good things in 2013!

  175. Debi

    Hi Andie,

    I tried pinning one of your recipes to try for dinner later (looked SO good) and the photos of that recipe were unpinnable! I’m guessing that was done so people couldn’t steal your photos (?) but is there a way that you can protect your photos and still allow me to bookmark you pinterest? It’s the only bookmarking system I use nowadays.

    I really don’t want to miss out on checking your recipes!

  176. EGH

    I have been overweight for so long I’m scared of the skin. I was 350 pounds and am currently 230 and I have a huge flap. Did you have to have sugary to remove skin or once you got to your goal the skin went back to shape. I know it’s shallow to be worried about something so cosmetic, but it really worries me.

  177. Sasha

    Bonjour Andie,

    I came across your blog by looking for appetizers recipes. Your blog is absolutely beautiful and sooooooo inspiring to me and so I see to many other too! I never struggled with my weight but somehow always tried to have a healthy diet. I walk and jog with my son in the jogging stroller! Since my teenage years my figure and the way I look was always a priority. I told myself that what goes in my mouth is my body!

    What you did, doing and keep on doing is outstanding and I wish you much love and blessings in everything. Like you, I love baking and I thank you for those lovely recipes you post. Stay sweet! You’re beautiful!

  178. bronwyn

    Hi Andie. I just found your fantastic blog and site. I want to make your fried coconut chicken skewers on Sunday, but I want to give them an asian twist for a bit of zing. Can you recommend adding anything in the batter or sprinkling anything like lemongrass or something complementary on them?

  179. Erin

    I know I’m one in a sea of many complimenting you, but I keep tearing up with each entry I read. You were beautiful before and beautiful now; I never like how some people only associate beautiful with thin.

    I intend to read most of your blog and thank you so much for putting it all out there.

    I weight 301 lbs. and I’m one month in on Weight Watchers. I have so far to go, but I want to lose it for good this time. When I was 240 lbs. in 2001, I lost about 75 lbs only to gain it right back…and then I kept on gaining. I’m doing this only for me and my health. I don’t technically *want* to, but I know I have to before something bad happens to my health.

    Thank you, again, for just being you. You’re amazing.

  180. Brittany

    I am so thankful I found you. I have been desperately trying to find the right “diet”, the right way to exercise, when to eat, when not to eat…etc. And for a girl who is just trying to come to terms with her addiction to food, it’s a little overwhelming. Your blog is calming and understanding. It’s nice.

  181. The Starving Artist

    I recently joined Foodie Blog roll and yours was the first blog I came across on the site. Amazing blog, amazing food, amazing photos – I’m so impressed. I’m a fellow weight-loss person my self – 54 pounds and counting! The recipes and tricks you’ve posted are so essential. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! xoxo

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  214. Beth

    I just finished your book last night and this morning I had to check if you and Daniel got back together!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    I loved your book. I read it non stop for two days. It really hit home in so many ways.

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