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Steph’s Featured Articles for the Today Show: Women’s Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Tips

As a regular contributor for the Today Show, Steph writes articles and quotes experts to help women live happier and healthier lives.

Stephanie Mansour is a fitness coach and health coach for women. She helps women lose weight by creating weight loss programs for them so they can lose the weight for good, and make it last. Steph is also a health, fitness, and wellness speaker and she is determined to help as many women as possible reach their weight loss goals!

If you’re looking for easy things you can do to speed up weight loss, check out Steph’s article for Today Show here.

As a certified personal trainer for women, Steph also has some healthy ways you can lose weight without really working out! Check out the Today Show article here.


However, regardless of how much you work out (or how little!) there can be sneaky ways that cause you to gain weight. Steph’s Today Show article here talks about that.

Food can also be to blame. What are the best breakfasts for weightloss? What type of breakfast will boost your metabolism, and which will slow you down? Steph’s Today Show article here gives you the low down.

What happens when you’re working out and running but not getting a “runner’s high”? Steph tapped some experts to break it down for us in this Today Show article.

As a body image and confidence coach for women, Steph has also written articles for the Today Show that talk about emotional eating (check out this one here) .

If you feel good about yourself, you’ll be able to stop emotional eating in its tracks. Although sometimes, maybe you’re not emotional eating. Maybe you’re eating something healthy, but just too much of it. Check out Steph’s article here for bedtime snack mistakes.

Also read about 6 foods that sabotage your sleep in this article for Today Show.


Finally, as a certified professional life coach, Steph focuses a lot on mood, energy, and how you feel about yourself. Check out this Today Show article for easy ways to get more energy throughout the day.

If you have a hard time relaxing, try out the tips from the Today Show article here.

You can gain more confidence by following Steph’s tips from this article.


If you’re feeling really bad about yourself, but smiling on the outside, check out this Today Show article all about smiling depression.

Or, check out easy ways to turn around a bad day here.

Stay tuned for more articles featured on the Today Show!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Quick Techniques for Getting What You Want

Today I’m sharing with you some quick techniques for getting exactly what you want.

First, you must get clear on what exactly you want.

  1. Do you really want to lose 10 lbs because you hate your body, OR do you really want to like how your body looks and feels?
  2. Do you really want to restrict your calories to lose weight, OR do you really want to have more energy and feel lighter by eating healthier?
  3. Do you really want to hang around with that friend who always makes you feel bad about yourself, OR do you want to find new friends and are just afraid of meeting new people?
  4. Often times what we SAY we want is not what we actually want – there’s something deeper!

Start taking actions towards what you want.

  1. Years ago while searching for a new apartment, I contacted everyone I knew who could help me figure out where I wanted to live and how I could find my dream apartment.
  2. Similarly, one small action (like adding a side salad to your meal) signals to yourself that you’re taking action towards and putting effort into getting what you want.

Visualize what you want.

  1. I’m a HUGE fan of sticky notes!! I love posting them on mirrors and other places where I look throughout the day. Seeing the words, “I love my body” actually sink into your subconscious so that you start subconsciously believing and ACTING like you love your body.
  2. Write down what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror, and put this sticky note on your bathroom mirror.

My workbook helps women get what they want, starting with a positive body image & confidence in themselves! Check it out here:

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Steph and Marissa in The Fresh Diet Digest!

This month’s Fresh Diet Digest features Steph and Marissa talking about the role of changing your views on food and your mentality in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Marissa lost 83 lbs in 12 weeks by using The Fresh Diet and starting a rigorous exercise routine.  She credits making these changes with giving her more energy and recognizes that a healthy lifestyle is a “lifelong commitment.”

Steph’s holistic approach to weight loss was crucial in helping Marissa attain her goal.  She encourages all of her clients to view food as fuel, to improve their body image, and to create a weight loss mantra — all key elements of starting a sustainable wellness plan.

Check out the feature below for more about Marissa’s success and Steph’s helpful techniques!


Changing STARTS with you.  Having the right mindset is crucial.  The 30 Day Workbook helps get you where you need to be mentally, so you can improve your LIFE!

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How to Create a Weight Loss Mantra

One of my clients came to me because she made her New Year’s Resolutions list, including wanting to lose 10 lbs.  It was halfway through the year, and she was successful in all of her resolutions, except for weight loss. She was baffled. I asked her to read to me the resolutions that she had written out.  Some included: I will spend more time with my husband because I love him, I will get a raise at work because I am a good, hard worker, I will get seven hours of sleep most nights because I want to feel well rested. And this was what her weight loss resolution said: “I want to lose 10 lbs. because I hate my body.”

Obviously, this statement was in a totally different form than her resolutions that had already come true. According to her weight loss statement, the reason why she should lose weight was because she hated her body. Well, if you hate your body, why would you do anything good for yourself? How could you possibly do good things for your body to lose weight (i.e. exercising regularly, eating healthy, and taking care of your body), if you claim to hate your body?

Here are some guidelines for writing a successful weight loss mantra that have totally transformed my client’s life:

– Write down what your goal is.

– If you’ve written down a goal in a negative context, such as “lose weight, stop hating my body, avoid being seen in a bikini, etc.,” then turn this phrase into something positive.

– “I want to lose 10 lbs. because I hate my body” becomes: “I am healthy and fit because I love my body and want to take care of myself.”

– “I’m working out, so I can stop hating my body” becomes: “I work out because it makes me feel good about myself.”

– “I’m being healthy and fit because I don’t want to avoid being seen in my bikini” becomes: “I am healthy and fit because I love the way my clothes fit and look on me.”

By turning your goal into a positive one, and writing it as if it is currently happening, in the present, you are programming your subconscious to start acting like your goal is already happening in your life.

If you’re looking for more guidance, you can get into the right frame of mind, get healthy, and get fit with the help of my 30 Day Workbook!

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Comparing Your Body to Other Women at the Beach

Comparing yourself to someone else is the number one recipe for disaster. Comparing your body to another person’s not only negatively affects your psyche, but it also totally objectifies your body and automatically disconnects your body from your mind!

Your body is YOU. By comparing yourself to someone else and feeling like your “chubby stomach” or your “flabby arms,” or your “thunder thighs” look horrible compared to the girl sitting next to you, you’re ultimately REJECTING part of you. And WHO wants to reject themselves?

If you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else, try to Step It Up in the moment and immediately pick something about yourself that you like. Focus on what you LIKE and you will get more of it. Put your energy towards the positive and happy parts of your body and life, and notice how your mood shifts and you become a great cheerleader for yourself. This is key to feeling more confident in your bathing suit!

Looking for more ways to feel confident in your own body?  Women everywhere use my 30 Day Workbook to inspire themselves mentally and physically.

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Mental Exercises to Feel Beach-Ready

There are tons of physical exercises and tips on how to get “beach-ready,” but today we’re talking about how you can do some mental exercises to get beach-ready:

-Whether or not you have the “perfect body” doesn’t matter. It’s what you think about your body that makes a difference. Analyze what you say to yourself on a regular basis. Do you say mean or insulting things to yourself, or do you pump yourself up?

-Notice when you compare how you look to other women. Do you constantly wish you had “her stomach” or were as thin as someone else? Notice how often you tell yourself that you’re “not good enough,” and how it makes you feel. You’ll surely slump and your posture will suffer when you feel this way about yourself, and this does not help you to feel beach-ready!

-Look at yourself in the mirror while you are brushing your teeth and say motivational things. Reprogram yourself to talk positively about your body, saying “I like my stomach” or “My face is pretty.”

-Place a sticky note near your computer with a positive comment about your body. By engaging in positive self-talk, you’ll instantly start feeling better about yourself and more confident in your body – whether you’re in a bikini at the beach or in a suit at work.

Do you want start feeling more confident in your body and in yourself? Check out my workbook below and learn how to get on track to an improved you. Women everywhere are benefiting from it!

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Improve Your Body Image in Five Minutes

Feeling like all of your clothes aren’t fitting right, or are you lacking confidence before a big presentation at work? Here are some quick tips to improve your body image in five minutes or less:

-Focus on something you like about yourself – your hair, eyes, hand gestures, etc. Keep repeating to yourself, “I like XYZ…”

-Remember the last time when you felt really confident and happy in your body. Take a few deep breaths and visualize what you saw in the mirror, how you felt about yourself, and what you said to yourself.

-Drop and do 10 push-ups. You’ll instantly feel tighter in your arms, and more confident in your body.

If you’re struggling with how you feel about your body, check out my workbook below. Women everywhere are improving their body image because of it!

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How To Feel Confident At Your Holiday Parties


Tis the season of…body anxiety? If you suffer from poor body image and lack confidence when you’re out with colleagues or friends, check out these tips to feel more comfortable and happy in your own skin:

  • Find an outfit or makeup that accentuates a body part that you DO like instead of trying to find an outfit that covers something up. By focusing on your positive, favorite feature, you’ll be feeling more confident in your own skin.
  • Accept a compliment! Give the compliment giver the gift of you being able to receive it. It feels great making other people feel good, right? So don’t let your own insecurities drag the other person down. Graciously accept compliments, whether or not you believe them!
  • Stand tall and pull your abs in like you’re zipping a tight pair of pants. Proper posture immediately signals to others that you are confident. You are owning your own space and are carrying yourself strongly. Bring your shoulders up to your ears, back, and down, and pull in your low abs.
  • Pump yourself up! Tell yourself 5 things you like about yourself before you walk into a holiday party. Is this hard? Try to do it anyways, and focus on these positive traits or body parts whenever you start engaging in negative self talk.

And, speaking of self talk, if you’re interested in totally revamping how you talk about and view yourself, check out my workbook + videos! It’s 50% off for a limited time:

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Why Magazines May Make You Feel Gross

Yesterday I was on 89.5 here in Chicago, for Feminist Wednesdays. (Listen Here)

I brought in a few of my women’s magazines and we discussed the messages many of these magazines send to women. I’ve always been very passionate about the media’s effect on people, women especially, so I was very excited to discuss this.

Before I explain why magazines may make you feel gross, I’d first like to say that I do feel there is some valuable information in mainstream women’s magazines – workouts, new snack ideas, articles about new health findings, etc. However, I do have a problem with the way in which these magazines present this information to women.

Here’s a recap of some of the messages I discussed on air yesterday, and why I am appalled by them:

– Things You Should Never Stop Doing in a Relationship: “Wearing cute little lounge clothes on Sundays. C’mon, yoga pants are just as comfy as sweats…and they won’t shrink his boner.My interpretation: So, even when you are relaxing, you should be conscious of what your man is most attracted to. If you’re not, he won’t be so attracted to you. And that’s your fault. (And P.S., baggy sweatpants are more comfortable!!)

– “Sucking it in and strutting your stuff when he’s watching.My interpretation: Your stomach isn’t flat enough, so you need to suck it in. But just when he is watching, because heaven forbid your man see you with your stomach sticking out.

– Advertisement for Altoids: “When you lean in, make sure he doesn’t lean out.My interpretation: We all want good breath! Who doesn’t? Don’t ruin a kiss with bad breath. If you do, he won’t kiss you. So make sure you have good breath so you can attract a guy.

– “There’s a reason runners can get away with wearing nothing but short shorts and sports bras: their bodies!” My interpretation: If you have a great, slim body, you can “get away with” wearing less clothes. But if you don’t have a “runner’s body”, don’t even think twice about not covering up your body.

Basically, my biggest beef with women’s magazines is that the twist on losing weight, dieting, and looking good is all about how you need to do these things to fit into some society norm (skinny jeans, calorie counting, and buying tons of beauty products) or why you need to do these things in order to attract or impress a man.

I’m barely skimming the surface here, but what do you think? Do you agree with me, or do you think these articles and ads are harmless? Leave me a comment below!



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How to Not Take Offense to Offensive Comments

We’ve all been there – questioning whether or not we’re being too sensitive to offensive comments. AND also wondering if there’s truth to the offensive comments. Are we really as rude as the person in front of us in line says we are? Are we really as unattractive as the stranger in the fitting room next to us says we are in the new dress we’re trying on? Is a friend right about labeling us as selfish because we couldn’t make it to her birthday party?

These offensive and negative comments (sometimes attacks!) on us are very difficult to just brush off or ignore – and, in fact, I do not advise this. Instead, before taking offense to an offensive comment, make sure you’re thought about the following points:

1. What is going on with the offender? What is his/her position in the moment when the offensive comment was made? What could this person be feeling at the time?

2. Is the offender making this comment to you because he/she feels that it is in your best interest to hear it?

3. Are you internalizing this comment because either a) you feel this way about yourself sometimes or b) you’ve heard someone say this to you before?

Before taking offense to these types of comments, reflect on the above questions. Just because someone says something to you, about you, does not make it true. Instead, realize that their comment is coming from their reality, their perception, and their point of view – and in fact, it may have NOTHING to do with you!

What do you think? Do you have an example of an offensive comment and how you thought about it? Let me know by leaving a comment below!