It all started with How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

Andie Anderson (aka Kate Hudson's character) was everything I wanted to be in life: successful magazine writer (my dream job!), gorgeous, dating the perfect guy (hello, Matthew Mcconaughey). Basically she had it all...with a cool androgynous name to match.

I was in love with the idea of becoming her. So I became Andie Tarlton.

Or at least I did for awhile. Like anyone who's tried to give themselves a nickname, it didn't really stick. 

And so, I accepted that I am who I am—and that's Amanda.

But while I may not go by Andie, I still consider her a part of me. She's my alter ego, like Beyonce's Sasha Fierce or Mindy's Beyonce Pad Thai.

Basically, Andie is the much cooler, much bolder, much more fun Amanda. (You know, the one who isn't afraid to wear glitter eyeliner, eat cake for breakfast or stand up for herself.)

That's why this blog is titled "The Life of Andie." 

It's a blog about my life: the ups and downs, the fun stuff and the not-so-fun stuff, the laughs and the tears.

It's a blog about my story:  how I recovered from anorexia, the things I've learned along the way and who I am now because of it.

And it's a blog about me: a simple (but sometimes high maintenance) girl who just really loves to eat toast.