7 Signs Your Weight Loss Program Is Working + An Ab Challenge!

Contrary to popular belief, the scale is not the best indicator of physical fitness. If you’ve been working hard on your fitness goals and the scale hasn’t budged– don’t be discouraged! Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour recently contributed to a fantastic article covering all the signs that your current program is working, check it out below!

I try to stress to all my private weight loss clients, the importance of taking measurements at the start of any program. This way you can make note of any changes, especially in your hips and waist! Sometimes you will lose inches despite your weight staying the same.

Additionally, be aware of how your clothes are fitting, and how your overall energy is.

Click here to read the rest of the 7 signs that you’re making progress!

Who doesn’t love a good ab workout?? Whether you’re into yoga, pilates, piyo, crossfit, or another form of training, a strong core is a solid foundation for any fitness practice.

Ab wheels can be found at most local gyms or purchased for at-home use. Doing ab roll-outs challenges your entire core, of course, but it also can hit your upper back muscles, your shoulders, and both your biceps and triceps!

Check out this article for different ways to use your ab wheel or build up strength before using it!

If possible, get a personal trainer to show you how to use the ab wheel, this is something I always do for my own weight loss clients so I can give them proper form cues!

Work your stabilizer muscles with this beginner-friendly version of a deadlift that model Naomi Campbell was spotted doing on Instagram! Use light weights to get comfortable with the hip hinging movement necessary for regular deadlifts, while also getting in some serious cardio! This exercise is great for your entire core, but will also hit your lower body and shoulders!

Click here to learn alternating suitcase deadlifts!

If you’re someone who prefers to work out from the comfort of your own home as opposed to a potentially busy gym near you, I have my Step It Up With Steph DVD available for purchase! It includes hiit cardio workouts, a pilates ab routine, even yoga and meditation; the whole package!

Thinking about what goals you want to accomplish in the New Year? Maybe you want to build up to more days in the gym, try out a fun new cardio class, add more leafy greens into your diet, or check out new ways to de-stress? Whatever it is you’re wanting to accomplish— I’m with you!

The end of the year is fast approaching, read this interview for my 2019 Health Tips!

Being both Italian and Lebanese, believe me when I say I know the struggle of controlling yourself around amazing food, especially around the holidays!

BONUS! 6 Mental Tricks for combating holiday weight gain.

Holidays can be full of temptation; after work cocktails, everybody bringing trays of baked goods into the office, your mom’s homemade pies, etc. Learn a few of my tested mental tricks and stay on track while not feeling deprived!

From one word mantras, to rescheduling missed workouts, to fighting off sugar cravings– I’ve got you covered.

Just follow this link to learn those hacks!

Keep the weight loss ball rolling while enjoying life. And if you slip up? Don’t beat yourself up over it! Just get back on your feet and be prepared to Step It Up with me!

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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