Monthly Archives: November 2015

Quiz: What Compliments Say About You + New Promo Vid!

In honor of National Compliment Day (yesterday!), we’re talking about how you receive compliments and what they say about you!

1. When someone compliments you, do you say, “Thank You” and not really believe it, do you start making excuses for how the compliment is not true, or do you flat our refuse the compliment?
2. When someone compliments you, do you feel embarrassed?
3. When someone compliments you, does it totally make your day?
4. When someone compliments you, do you wonder why they are saying something nice to you?

Reflect on your answers for a moment.

Now, here’s what your answers may mean:
1. If you don’t really believe the compliment, analyze why. Are you too hard on yourself? If you start making excuses for the compliment or discount it, how would your confidence increase if you actually believed it? Is your confident self not shining through more often because you actually don’t feel confident about this compliment? Finally, if you refuse the compliment – how dare you! You’re taking away someone ability to give you a gift of kind words – why is it up to you whether or not that person is correct? People feel good when they make others feel good, so instead of turning away the gift of the compliment, simply say, “Thank You” and work on why your first reaction is to not want to receive it.

2. If you feel embarrassed, why is that? Are you being complimented on a part of you that was in hiding or you didn’t think was visible? Why don’t you want this part to be visible or complimented?

3. If compliments totally make your day, do you feel like you don’t have enough internal compliments (read: positive self talk!) going on so you need to find your validation from an outside source?

4. If you wonder how on earth someone would say something nice to you, what about yourself are you not valuing? Why is someone else worthy of a compliment, but you are not?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!


And also, here’s another new promo video for the new TV show I’m a part of!


Behind the Scenes TV Show Promo

This past weekend we filmed Week 2 of the new reality TV show “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!” As you know, I’m one of 8 trainers on the show, and I’m helping my fab client Marissa lose 30% of her body weight!

Here’s the promo video, airing on NBC!


"I Just Had the Most Amazing Day with Stephanie!"

Last weekend I had the honor of working with a client for a One Day Intensive. One Day Intensives are held in my home and include 3 months of continued coaching! Here’s what my client had to say:

I love One Day Intensives with clients because they really allow us time to dig deep to fundamental beliefs and self-sabotaging techniques that you may have been using your whole life to prevent you from sticking to a workout or eating plan. We also get to dive into what makes you tick, create the COOLEST playlist ever, and take videos of your workout and yoga session so that you have a plan to do on your own once we’re done!

Oh, and did I mention the 3 months of follow up coaching? I love this program!

Don’t Waste Your $ On a Personal Trainer!

Recently my client and I were interviewed for an article on MSN! You can read the full article HERE.

The article talks about mental barriers to being healthy and fit, and why wellness coaches are a new trend in health and fitness. As a body image & confidence coach, I specifically address these emotional issues and mental barriers so that you are excited and motivated to work out and eat healthy, FOR LIFE!


Here’s a quote from me: “Coaches want to know what drives you to follow through with the workouts on your own, how you feel when you eat junk food, what you think when you see yourself in the mirror. They ask probing questions to get to the bottom of why you’re not sticking to the plan. And then they work with you to re-engineer your thinking and behaviors to help you stay on track.”

Here’s a quote from my client: “As Stephanie was busting my chops making me work hard physically, she was also talking to me and challenging me to look at myself in new and different ways,” says Ahuja, who met with Mansour two or three times a week in addition to a weekly phone consultation. “I would talk about my ab muscles being dead and she would tell me that they were just sleeping, and that it was time to wake them back up. She completely changed my mental outlook. The effects of the C-sections weren’t something I consciously dwelled on, but it was clear I was carrying a lot of emotional baggage from them.”

Does this next part remind you of how YOU would be during a coaching call with me?! 🙂

When Ahuja dialed in for one of her first phone consultations with Mansour, she already had a plan for the chat. “I’m a bit type A and I had the agenda we would follow in mind. I thought ‘I’m going to share X, Y, and Z,'” she says. “I don’t even remember the exact question she asked me, but somehow I started talking about the C-sections scar and how my stomach looked and suddenly I was in tears. Everyone has mental barriers but until someone can relate to you and help you break through that barrier, you’re not going to meet your goal—and I hadn’t.”

For more, read the full article HERE.
Also, I’m happy to announce that as of now, I have a few Diamond & One Day Intensive spots open! If you’re interested in working with me, email to see if we are a good fit.

Why You’re Wasting Time at the Gym

Newsflash: You may be wasting your time at the gym! And who has time to waste? Below are a few signs that you’re wasting time at the gym:

– You’ve been doing the same routine since Jan. 1st and haven’t seen any results.

– You’re gym time is cutting in to your other commitments, and you hate it.

– You still feel like going to the gym is a drag and a burden, and just can’t wait for it to be over.

Those are just a few ways to know if you’re wasting your time. And here are some ways to QUIT wasting your time, and get excited to work out:

– Intersperse cardio with weights! Do circuit and interval training. Do NOT stay on the elyptical for 30 minutes at the same pace! You need to build muscle in order to burn fat while you’re sleeping – focus more on getting an all around good workout and becoming out of breath rather than focusing on the calories on the machine.

– Look at yourself in the mirror while working out, and say positive affirmations to yourself, such as, “UGH! My arms look AWESOME!” or “My body is working so efficiently right now!”

– Make sure you have a playlist that you LOVE – for my Diamond and One Day clients, I custom create a playlist for them. We integrate their own positive affirmations, and then their favorite song comes on right after! Contact me if you want more info on this!

– Spice it up – seek out a trainer, coach, or a new workout plan if you are bored at the gym. Change is good, so Step It Up!


Introducing the Step It Up with Steph Team!

For the new TV show, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” airing in Chicago in February, I’ve put together my own Step It Up with Steph Team! Together, we will all be supporting my client, Marissa, through her weightloss journey to become more healthy and fit. (Click here to follow the show on Facebook for the latest updates!)

First, the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern (on Michigan Ave.) is supporting Marissa via Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, and Health Psychology. The Raby Institute is the premier center for integrative healing seamlessly combining the best of science-based Western medicine with the time-tested, holistic healing approaches of ancient cultures to create a system of health and wellness that honors the whole person.We are SO excited to have them on board because their integrative approach to health and wellness fits exactly with the Step It Up with Steph approach! Marissa will be meeting with these practitioners as needed to determine the best line of care for her.

Next, our in-home massage therapist, Hope JelinekBerry, is providing weekly massage for Marissa! Along with relaxation and loosened muscles, Marissa will be receiving some energy work and chakra balancing from Hope. Hope is also my personal massage therapist and I couldn’t be happier to have her on board!

The food for Marissa is sponsored by the Fresh Diet. This company provides nightly delivery of fresh food for the next day. They control the portions, calories, and menu choices, and Marissa gets to sit back and enjoy delicious, gourmet food, and not have to think about anything! I like this because it takes the guess work out of food and eating for Marissa, and after 12 weeks she will have created a habit for herself to eat smaller portions, more frequently, and eat good healthy food.

We’ve also got some great Step It Up with Steph yoga mats and blocks donated by! Their products are great!

Finally, Marissa’s sticking to a MENTAL commitment of being healthy and fit – she’s using my 30 Day Workbook!

WorkbookPlease follow us on Facebook here, and be sure to check out all of our sponsors!

I’m On a New TV Show!

Along with the new year comes new endeavors! Last weekend I began taping for a new reality tv show “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”! We’ll be featuring 8 different trainers and approaches to weightloss. Our clients need to lose 30% of their body weight in the next 12 weeks! More details on the show (it starts airing in February in Chicago) will come soon, but for now, let me introduce to you my fabulous client…

Marissa! Her goal for the show is to lose 83 lbs in 12 weeks! When we meet this goal, we will then be entered into a drawing with the other clients who have met their goals (goal=lose 30% of your body weight in 12 weeks). The winner of the drawing will win $5000!

We’ve got some great sponsors on the Step It Up with Steph team – I’ll be announcing them later this week! Also, how are your NY Resolutions coming?

Join Marissa on her journey of getting much healthier and more fit this year! She’s following my 30 Day Workbook – and for a special time, you can save 50% off the retail price of the workbook! It’s available as an instant download to your computer, so you can get started immediately.


To the body YOU want,

Steph 🙂