Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bring Out Your Natural Glow (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Healthy, glowing skin is always in style. Put down that primer and ditch your highlighter!  Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weightloss Coach Stephanie Mansour shares some tips for achieving that coveted look– naturally!

This holiday season, brighten your skin from the inside out with these luscious tips.

Eat Like You Love Yourself

Make healthy fats your new bff. Not only are they going to help you out with your complexion, they’re also going to help with hydration. Examples of healthy, Omega-3 containing fats are:

  • Avocado
  • Salmon (or mackerel, sardines, herring, etc.)
  • Walnuts (most nuts really!)
  • Chia seeds (also flax)
  • Eggs

Other foods you can eat to improve your skin’s radiant glow are ones that are high in both antioxidants and Vitamin C. Brighten with these babies:

  • Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Oranges, Lemons, most citrus fruits
  • Grapes (especially the darker colored variety!)
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach

Lots of tasty options available here, pick some and incorporate them into your meal plan a few times a week and you’ll see results!

When In Doubt, Sweat It Out

Getting your blood pumping will open up those pores and let you sweat out any toxins  through your skin. Like I tell my private weightloss clients, you can pick any activity that you enjoy doing and reap the benefits of this as long as you can get yourself sweating while doing it!

If cardio is not something you enjoy, never fear; Yoga is here! Yoga is great for improving circulation especially moves that change the direction your blood is flowing, such as:

  • Forward Fold– from standing, bend forward from your hips (not your waist) and place your hands on the floor. Don’t worry if you can’t reach the floor with your hands, simply cross your forearms and clasp your elbows. Allow your head and neck to hang freely. Relax and breathe here for as long as feels good for you.
  • Shoulderstand– Begin lying on your back, knees bent, feet on floor. Lift your bent knees into your chest, leave your upper arms on the ground, but bend the elbows and place your hands against your back to support yourself. Extend your legs up towards the sky. If this is too advanced, try:
  • Legs Up the Wall– Place a thick blanket (or two) several inches away from a wall, use the blanket to support your pelvis while you relax on your back with your legs going vertically up the wall. Stay here anywhere from five to fifteen minutes.

If you love these yoga moves and want more, check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD!

Pamper Without Breaking the Bank

The Christmas tree won’t be the only thing getting lit this year! Prepare to show up at every party with your face glowing merry and bright. Here are a few more make-up free ideas to seal the deal!

Facials and serums can be super expensive, so for reducing that pesky, under-eye puffiness, I recommend treating yourself to a few refreshing (and cheap!) eye or full-face masks from your local drugstore.

Hydrating masks are great for fighting inflammation, especially when combined with your efforts at drinking lots of water and eating plenty of leafy greens!

Also, you can totally wear a mask while you relax at night with your legs up the wall!

Put on lotion every night before bed to fight that winter dryness.

If you have very dry skin you can even try using coconut oil, it works great, is very light, and smells amazing. A caveat here though is that it may not be the best facial moisturizer if your skin is prone to clogged pores.

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with Ease (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Who doesn’t love the holidays? Gatherings with family, friends, and a plethora of delicious food is cause for celebration…but can also come with a side of stress! If you’re worried about gaining the average 5-10lbs over the holidays, set your mind at ease by watching this interview Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour gave on Fox Chicago.

My advice for beating the holiday blues, both mentally and physically, can be summed up in the following 3 steps.

Prioritize Yourself

As I like to remind my private weight loss clients, keeping stress to a minimum is extra important over the hectic holidays!

Grab your planner and literally pencil in your “me” time. Schedule your workouts so you won’t miss them or run out of time.

Plan out your shopping trips so you always have fresh, healthy food available.

Finally, be sure to also schedule yourself quality self-care time. This can be something as fancy as booking a massage or facial, or even as simple as a bubble bath or painting your toenails at home!

Get Checked Out by Professionals

This is a big one because a healthy weight starts with healthy joints. I recently visited the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and can’t recommend them enough if you’re local to this area! Their team of orthopedic physicians, therapists, and the rest of the health and wellness staff will provide you with a comprehensive exam to get you back to your optimal joint movement!

You can’t push yourself in the gym if you have a hurt shoulder or knee constantly flaring up. If you’re in physical pain or have an injury that’s holding you back from achieving your goals, schedule a doctor’s visit and have them address anything ailing you.

Even if you aren’t currently in pain, still go ahead and schedule your annual physical, health is wealth!

Make Those Mental Gains

Train your brain for success this holiday season! By rewiring the way you talk to yourself, you put yourself in a much better frame of mind where true and lasting weight loss can happen.

You should never speak to yourself, even in your head, in a way that you wouldn’t talk to your best friend. I’ll give some examples about what I mean by that.

  • Instead of feeling guilty and beating yourself up for eating a single cookie, try focusing on how good that cookie was and how happy you were to enjoy one.
  • Rather than getting down on yourself if you missed a workout, think of all the positive, healthy things you did accomplish that day (drinking plenty of water, meditating, eating a lot of vegetables)
  • Let go of the idea that you’re absolutely going to gain weight over the holidays and instead tell yourself how proud you are every time you make it to your scheduled workouts or turn down treats in favor of more healthy options.

 

I hope these tips help you feel more confident going into your holiday season. I am thankful to you for reading and wish a merry health to you all!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

Breaking Down the Romanian Deadlift + One Killer Ab Move You Need to Try

Self is a great go-to site if you’re looking for the newest and hottest moves to add to your workout regimen. Women’s Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Trainer Stephanie Mansour is often contacted to weigh in with her expert advice for executing these moves safely and effectively!

Lower Body Builder

Training with heavy weights is an amazing way to challenge and sculpt your body. An enjoyable move for targeting (and stretching!) the entire backside of the body? The romanian deadlift. Before attempting any new loaded movement, always be sure to study up on proper form and start out with lighter weights.

Learn this booty and hamstring blasting exercise by clicking here!

Get Your Core Muscles Working Together!

A strong core has so many benefits to your overall physical health and well-being, so I have to share with you this killer move. The Hollow Body Hold is so tough it even causes celebrity trainers to bust out some groans!

Click here to learn how to build up to this core taxing move.

Alternatively, I’ve also got a great way for you to ramp up the intensity of lying leg raises and all you need is a small resistance band! This move does double duty, challenging your inner thigh muscles along with your entire core and spine stabilizing muscles!

Read the article for modifications and important form cues here.

Supercharge Your Sprints

Learn how to go from “0 to 100” by adding a resistance band into your treadmill sprints. If you’re looking to increase your speed and explosive power, bands are the way to go.

These are tough and come with a few safety precautions, so be sure you read this carefully before attempting and check out the beginner versions!

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Challenge all the stabilizer muscles in your lower body with this no equipment needed move you can do anywhere– as long as you’re wearing proper exercise shoes that is!

Check out the low-impact cardio option: Step-Ups.

 

BONUS ARTICLES!

Make Your Kitchen Work FOR You

Stuck in the kitchen and worried about weight gain this delicious holiday season? I got you!

Even if they can’t make it to the gym, I still want my private weight loss clients to be able to enjoy their dinners guilt-free and now you can too!

I wrote this helpful article outlining how to complete a kitchen workout while you cook!

Click here to see the bulge-battling circuit featured on the NBC News site.

If you ever need guidance on what to prepare in the kitchen to help with your weight loss goals, I have a recipe book available that will take away the guesswork!

Soothe an Upset Stomach

The holidays make over-indulging a little too easy, what with so many rich, delicious foods to enjoy! Even if you are careful not to over-eat it’s still a high stress time of the  year, which can also lead to stomach upset. I want to share with you my article covering natural remedies to ease tummy troubles.

Be prepared to keep the party alive this season with these happy belly tips here.

That’s all for now, enjoy your next sweat sesh!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com