What you should know: I believe in balancing health and happiness.
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Does Slim 4 Life Work?
Much like you, I grew up in the kitchen. Much like you, I adore good! 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.
You have inspired me to stay positive and keep trying. I have to ask… in your exercise history, where were those hiking pictures taken? I thought to myself they looked like Mt. Then again, every hiking picture makes me think of Mt. I love this blog…found it just now on pintrest.
Your blog is incredible — so beautifully-crafted and organized… I simply want to gobble it up! You are definitely being book-marked: I love that you are so real! I love this blog, and I hate blogs — I tend to find them boring: I also adore that you have a firm grasp on the English language and grammar weird, I know, but verbiage really bothers me! 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. Thank you for sharing your story. You really are an inspiration… And quite witty, I might add!
This is such a cool blog. There are so many blogs yet so few that really get a person. Bookmarking for many futures. 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. 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? I am so excited to find this site. 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.
Thank you and good luck on your ventures. I love your site. I am so glad I found it. I was at my heaviest recently lbs and I am now down to and my first goal is to reach lbs. Thank you for sharing your very inspirational and motivating story. I am so excited to hear that you are writing 2 books. Thank you so much Amy!
Yes, the first book to be released Spring will be a weight loss memoir. The second is a cookbook: I just happened upon your blog and love, love, love it! 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. 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 just need to make changes and move more. Thank you for this. 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? 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. His all time favorite is the Roasted Broccoli. He can never have enough!! I have tried 2 of the recipes already and am doing another tonight. I am diabetic and trying to lose 35lbs and you have recipes in here that I can eat and not feel guilty.
I love Your blog. The recipes are a blast and fun! And thanks for sharing your journey. So appreciate What You Do! You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share. I will be back for more. I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest by one my favorite authors Laurie Notaro. 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!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my 39 years. Thank you for sharing…. What a wonderful, inspiring blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us— and continuing to do so: I am so excited to have found you!
You are honest with yourself and here on your blog. You have given me inspiration to be a better person for me. 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! 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. 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. 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: So hello, my name is Michelle and I am now an official Andie follower: 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!
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. You are a real cutie! Great choices of food and recipes. Absolutely great food photography. 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. 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? 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.
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! 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! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can find the picture at http: 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. 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?
You are hilarious, gorgeous, real, fantastic, and addictive. Maintaining is my biggest fear looming somewhere in the future — thanks for calming me down. I just love your website! The more I find in it, the more I love it. I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did! Thank you for sharing your journey…and you recipes! I found your website looking for a whipped frosting. I look forward to reading about your weight loss and how to keep it off.
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! A beautiful story from a beautiful person.
You are where I dream to be one day. P and now I am on the path at 7 or so lbs. Interestingly I have found through journaling that my eating habits though not the best were not the main problem. 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! Andie, 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. I love your site and thanks for the granola bar recipe yesterday!
Looking forward to knowing more about you and your recipes. I am really looking forward to trying out your recipes they all look so delicious and healthy! I think your recipes will be a great help over the next year!! Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog!
Your story is so inspirational and so true! Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated: Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated! 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. 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! Reading about your exercise history and what you miss from pounds ago help to put a lot of things into perspective. Thank you for your experience and your honesty. Thanks for taking the time to share!
Happened to find your blog by chance on pinterest! And never too late to write about it either-thanks for the inspiration! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! 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. 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. I stubbled upon your blog and I have been reading for 2 hours now!
You are my new inspiration! I have slowly been losing for the past 2. 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.
What I really want is love from my parents. Addiction to food does seem the hardest to break free from compared to all other addictions. We need food to survive. There are times I wish I could.
I envy people who eat without having any thoughts or emotions while they eat. But I can see, like you said, that I have to make peace with it.
I need to view food for what it really is- not as my enemy or as my source of love. In November , during the fall semester of my senior year at college, I reached my goal weight. I had more energy and confidence. I could wear clothes I wanted to and truly felt pretty.
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. 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 remembered how fat and uncomfortable I felt and I never wanted to feel that way again. Yet, here I am.
I have so many good reasons- numerous motivations- to lose the weight again. But your story of success is so encouraging to me. I hope I will be one of those people one day. Your candid accounts of your childhood, relationship with food in the past and present is liberating. Looking forward to your books.
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. Past the lb mark, looking for a way out. All the best to you, and keep on with your wonderful recipes and awesome blog! I love your blog — some fantastic looking recipes and a beautiful photo of you too. Congratulations on your weight loss — what a feat! I just discovered your site via Pinterest.
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! 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 felt like I was reading something written by me, in the future. Anyway, well done, and congratulations on your book deal.
Loving your new blog style, but where oh where did the recipe index go? 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: 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??
It was good and lovely except for that and I will try again with the recipe. Can you please verify?? 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. 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! Twinkie Cupcakes The Domestic Rebel. Can You Stay For Dinner? 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.
Thanks for sharing your story so I know I am not alone. I love this blog! I actually try to eat right and stay in shape myself, so I love the concept of your blog. And congratulations on the weight loss! Info, rules and my own entry from my nomination are here: I stumbled on your site, was looking for exactly what I found, oven baked chicken Parmesan.
Beautiful woman, beautiful food! Your blog is amazing. You sound like an amazing and inspiring person and I am looking forward to perusing your site in more detail! However, over the last 9 months I have let 30 creep back on. 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! 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!! 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 ! I tried pinning one of your recipes to try for dinner later looked SO good and the photos of that recipe were unpinnable!
I was pounds and am currently 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 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. 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? You were beautiful before and beautiful now; I never like how some people only associate beautiful with thin.
I weight lbs. I have so far to go, but I want to lose it for good this time. When I was lbs. I am so thankful I found you. Your blog is calming and understanding. I am so glad that I found this site. I am so eager to go through all of your recipes. Thanks for sharing your journey.
I recently joined Foodie Blog roll and yours was the first blog I came across on the site. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Two recipes into one! Fox And A Parasol. Reading Up My Blog. Bloguary Day 6 — Little Luxuries. The Publisher Librarian Connection. My Favorite Books of January. It Was Me All Along. I love you February Kelly M.
Loving Lately The Balanced Blonde. Cannelle et VanilleCannelle et Vanille. Exciting news for Accidental Seamstress! Best of October Minimalist Baker. Keep up the good work. Actually she once said that cottonseed oil is the worst vegetable oil because it is not regulated since cotton is a fiber crop. She exposed it, albeit incorrectly as is often the case.
Cottonseed oil is as regulated as any other vegetable oil crop. Very comparable to any other vegetable oil. Thanks for this great post. I know a good friend of mine who has worked for weight watchers for years. She did lose weight on weight watchers initially, but she is still over weight. I am afraid of her reaction to this article, but I will share it anyways. I feel compelled to share this since the ingredients on the products in this article are horrendous.
As for cottonseed oil Kobi, it is the most horrible oil for sure. Cotton is not even a food crop so it is sprayed even more than other food crops. Cottonseed oil is considered a food crop and regulated as such.
Nestle supposedly has Water rights over distribution in California. Joe Biggs of Infowars is investigating this, can you help him? Weight Watchers is a great program and not everyone eats the pre-packaged foods. I cook all my own fresh food and count my points. Me, too , lost 28 lbs on weight Watchers, but make own food.
They do need to be put on notice about these awful products tho! This post is missing a few pieces. The meal to which you refer was designed for people on a diet who are still seeking a comfort food.
This is probably why it is their most complicated label. I think this piece is overly critical and presumptuous, as these meals are an attempt to provide low-calorie, convenient alternatives while still maintaining a specific target consumer base. The preservatives have recently been taken out of the meals. FYI not every food company is evil and trying to kill everyone.
I agree with you completely. But sometimes, as someone who works full time and goes to school, I grab one out of convenience.
And, like you said, for the comfort. This is one of the reasons I left their program. Values for low fat and highly processed items that are not necessarily clean or real food. It always amazes me that people would defend wrong, then attack you for voicing your opinion. The question is not which foods are bad, and why some are okay. They are capitalizing on their name, brand, and goodwill with people who are trying to be healthy.
That trust from the consumers should be respected, not traded in for dollars. Some of their products help people stay fat. Then you purchase more of their products to help you loose the weight gain, and the circle continues. Still want to defend weight watchers because only some of their products are bad? What makes them different from Monsanto, or Kraft?
One drop of poison infects the entire water supply. I agree, that is the reason I just quit WW. People left with armloads. Carol, after tons of research, I have come to the same conclusion as you did.
You put it perfectly! I joined WW two months ago and have lost over 15 pounds…. WW has taught me to portion and make healthy food choices.
They have a database full of recipes, and have not once suggested I eat Smart Ones. I think it is more important to clean our bodies of the chemicals and other not so friendly toxins in our food and stick as closely to real food as possible so that while we are trying to lose weight we can also get healthy. I have been eating organic now for a while and have noticed a world of difference in my health and my weight.
Thank you Vani for all of your help. Vani did not say Weight Watchers was evil and trying to kill everyone. She invites consumers to read the ingredient label and investigate.
I agree not everyone wants to substitute cheesey comfort food for quinoa salad. But Vani is a health food advocate and these WW ingredients are simply not Healthy. If you go to the market and look for canned pineapple or applesause you will find just the fruit and real sugar but not the processed bad preservatives.
Plenty of receipes on line for kosher cooking. I am most curious though as to why start with Weight Watchers? I totally agree their prepackaged and frozen food is chemical laden. Weight Watchers needs to address that and improve their ingredients. But maybe frozen and packaged foods is the only hope someone has to lose the weight and learn fresh cooking in the meantime. The program DOES promote healthy eating and cooking fresh and local. They also have a vegetarian program.
The Leaders are totally motivational and leave you with a feeling that you can lose the weight for good and maintain it for the rest of your life.
The leaflets they pass out at each meeting are full of healthy recipes, and fitness tips for getting you through the week until the next meeting. Weighing in at each meeting is so powerful and gets you through the week to the next meeting.
Please address these facts in an apology to the program. I know this is way off topic, but I had a question. I am considering trying out homemade deodorant and saw that most of the recipes I could find had cornstarch or arrowroot.
Then I saw online that arrowroot is supposedly bad, especially for pregnant women. Do you know if arrowroot really is bad? Also, is cornstarch bad?