About Me

So what is there really to say about me? My name is Stephanie D. and I am a 20-something currently living in Central Virginia. I grew up in Northern VA near Washington, DC, so I am definitely a city girl at heart, and adjusting to life in the country has definitely been a little more difficult than I expected. I’m lucky that my small town still at least has all of the necessities, but there are definitely some times when I have to drive 45 minutes to the nearest “city” just to get a sense of civilization.

You’ll notice around here that there is a lot of Hokie-lovin’ going on. I am actually 2x a Hokie! I most recently graduated from Virginia Tech with
my Master’s in Human Development, and previously graduated undergrad with dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and French, with a minor in psychology. I was clearly one of those people who had no idea what they wanted to do in life, and thoroughly enjoyed learning about everything! I’m sad to say that I really miss school, and am definitely thinking about going back someday to pursue a doctorate in developmental psychology. What can I say, I’m a nerd at heart. 🙂

On 9/10/11 (apparently the date was totally not planned, but I still think it’s pretty cool), I also got engaged to my other half Chris, after more than 2.5 years together, a majority of which was spent apart. We’re currently planning our November 2012 wedding while still long distance, which means lots of frantic phone calls and long car trips to get things ready. But I am extremely excited for what the future will hold for us!

My Freckled Journey

If you’ve ready my “About MFL” page, you’ll know that being able to accept myself has not always been a strength of mine, and neither has healthy living.

Growing up I never really thought much about about weight or food. I don’t know if I just missed that whole  realization in middle and high school – but it was never something that I really thought about. Then again, I was also not one of those teenage girls who was obsessed with boys. I was way too involved in doing well in school, and band, and clubs, and model judiciary, and my extracurriculars, and my after-school job, and whatever else I was doing at the time. That’s just not where my head was. I played sports off and on, but never anything with real seriousness or for more than a year or two. And I basically ate whatever I wanted and didn’t think twice.

Then I went to college. A mixture of walking around the HUGE Virginia Tech campus and daily Marching Band rehearsals meant that I actually dropped a few pounds, despite going to a school with one of the top 3 dining facilities in the country. Let’s just say that you can walk into a dining
hall and get lobster or steak; it’s that legit. But about a week into my second semester freshman year I started to have a lot of pain, and ended up
in the hospital for a week. When they couldn’t figure out what was going on, I ended up going home and spending another week in a bigger Northern VA hospital. Finally, they decided to remove my gallbladder – and I walked out of the hospital about 15 lbs lighter thanks to the strict liquids only diet.

People started telling me how good I looked. My first thought was “did I look bad before?” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the praise, and
decided that maybe I could keep losing weight and I would keep getting positive feedback. So I started to learn to cook, beyond my limited list of
spaghetti, ramen noodles, and easy mac (the typical college student diet). I also very slowly began to get interested in exercising, although this one took a lot longer to become a habit.

Over the next 3 years, my life was in a constant state of chaos. I graduated college and took a job in Washington DC, complete with a 1.5 hour
commute (with 4 modes of transportation), where I would leave at 6:30am and wouldn’t get home until after 7pm. Then I got into graduate school at Virginia Tech and moved back into the college lifestyle for a year, although it also meant that I got access to the terrific dining halls
again. And finally I graduated from grad school and took a job in Central VA, where I have been for the last 8 months. Throughout all of this my
eating and exercising habits continued to adapt and change into a healthier and more active way of living.

So that is where I am now. Finally in a semi-stable environment and with a goal in mind: My November 2012 wedding. I promised my fiance that if we went somewhere tropical for our honeymoon that I would don a bikini (my first EVER). But in order to get there, it’s time to buckle down in the gym and make smarter decisions in the kitchen.


9 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Chelsea Eats Treats April 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    What a great story! We seem to have a lot in common 🙂 I’m so glad you stumbled onto my blog last week and left a comment so I could stumble onto yours! I’m sure you’ll look beautiful for your wedding and I can’t wait to see pictures of the honeymoon!!

  2. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Loved reading your About Me Stephanie! I look forward to reading more! Enjoy the wedding planning!

  3. Kailey August 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m an undergrad at Tech right now and LOOOOVE it!! I lost weight at first too due to all the walking – I swear you get a resistance workout crossing the drillfield on a windy day.

    • MyFreckledLife August 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Haha, that is definitely true! Or having to make a mad dash from McBryde to Litton-Reeves 3 times a week for a semester. You probably end up walking at least 4 miles a day!

  4. genkikitty February 12, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I love that you also lost weight while in college. I too was walking all around campus (only at Purdue University- Go Boilers!), working out at the gym and as a fellow band nerd through numerous practice and activities. There was no “freshman 15” here!

    • MyFreckledLife February 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Haha all that marching around in band practice is something only true band nerds can appreciate! I’m glad I’m not the only one! And that’s great that you lost weight while in college! I think it’s a great place to start to learn healthy habits, when you have the comfort of a free gym and friends to join in with you, but you’re still KIND of on your own and having to make your own healthy choices!

  5. Ashley May 2, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Hi! I nominated you for an award I can’t pronounce:

  6. ahellams May 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I love following your blog and have nominated you for a Leibster award!! Thanks for you stories and inspiration (and recipes!!)

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