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Health Hacks To Keep You On Track (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Health and Fitness Expert and Private Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour has your back this holiday season with a few hacks to keep your weight loss goals on track! Enjoy the holidays while not going overboard with these great maintenance tips.

Get through New Years feeling confident with these helpful tricks that I’ve come up with from my years of experience working as a private weight loss coach.

Get Your Party On!

This time of year is all about celebrating, so stay in party mode with your goals as well.

Break down your main goal into several mini goals, and set a little celebration for yourself every time you complete one of your mini goals. Repeat the same celebration every time you reach a goal!

Ex: If my mini goal is to only enjoy one cocktail at my work holiday party, I start the day with that intention in mind. I go to the party, savor that single cocktail and then celebrate my success by putting on a favorite song and dancing it out!

Say No with Confidence!

It can be so difficult to turn your friends down for a rowdy night out, or another slice of your mom’s homemade dessert.

Not everyone will understand your weight loss journey, and they may urge you to fill up your plate more or try to convince you that “one bite won’t kill you”,  etc.

It’s up to you to stay strong and keep your focus set, but I believe in you! I always incorporate some kind of confidence training in my weight loss programs for women because it is truly important!

  1. Figure out phrases you’re comfortable using and rehearse them.
    Ex: “I have a sensitive stomach.” Or “I’m trying to cut back on ___, so I’m good, thank you!”
  2. Worried about people trying to push you to refill that empty wine glass? Excuse yourself, go into the bathroom and fill up your glass with water. They can’t refill your glass if it isn’t even empty!
  3. Refill your dessert plate with desserts you don’t like. If you don’t like it, you won’t overeat it– foolproof!

Feed Your Goals with that Holiday Energy 

Take advantage of all the happiness around the holidays to create new health goals for the next year. Coming from a mindset of abundance is a sure way to set yourself up for success.

  • Before you do something fun, set aside just five minutes
  • Close your eyes
  • Think of one thing that would make your life better

By thinking of ways to improve your life when you’re already in a good mood, you train your brain to see health goals as a positive.

It’s a joy to eat more leafy greens, to move your body, to love yourself, life is good!

See you next year!
Steph

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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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5 Ways To Stay Healthy Over the Holidays (As Seen on HLN)

Don’t spend another holiday season in the deprivation doldrums. Set yourself up for long-term success with these five inspired tips from Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Private Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour.

Gift yourself some peace of mind from the stress of holiday weight gain with these fit hacks.

Cut Yourself a Deal

Learn to use If/When conditions for yourself.

Example:  If  you choose to go to happy hour after work and skip your scheduled workout, then you will set your alarm for five minutes earlier the next morning. When that alarm goes off, get up, put on your workout shoes, and perform 50 squats or simply jog in place, anything to get your heart rate up before you jump in the shower!

Hydrate Between Drinks

My private weight loss clients swear by these boozy tips for this time of year! (They still apply for mocktails too)

Sipping on hot cocktails? Order an ice cold glass of water after each drink.

Indulging in a cold boozy beverage? Order warm water with lemon between every cocktail.

Simple, right?

Work Off the Treats Before You Eat

Finding time to work out during the holidays can get tricky, but even just doing a little bit of a workout is better than nothing.

Know you’re heading to a party with your favorite baked goods? If you know you’re going to have a couple treats, figure out roughly how many extra calories you want to have. Then do a little workout to prepare for the snacking.

Example: One minute of squats or kettlebell swings burns around 25 calories. If you do four rounds of squats at one minute each, boom, you have an extra 100 calories to play with!

Late Night Temptations

An important part of losing weight and keeping it off is learning to recognize when you may have an incoming binge situation. Use the following weight loss tips to save yourself from regret.

Feeling the urge to reach for another cookie from the tray in your kitchen or an extra piece of fudge from the fridge? Before you do….

Try putting on hand lotion or painting your fingernails! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat a cookie that tastes like lotion and freshly-painted nails means no picking anything up until they dry! This gives you a chance to move passed the momentary craving without over-indulging. Plus, now you have beautiful nails and/or are moisturized!

Make Micronutrients Mandatory

I incorporate this tip into all my weight loss programs for women, even though it’s the last on the list– it’s crucial!

Every night, no matter if you’ve eaten healthy or unhealthy the entire day, make eating a bowl of fruits or veggies a part of your routine.

Micronutrients are the essential vitamins and minerals found in food. Vegetables and fruits are super rich in them, so treat yourself to a large serving in the evenings and your body will thank you!

Happy Holidays!
-Steph

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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

Healthy Hacks to Get Fit in the Kitchen with Dreamfields Pasta

As a health & fitness expert, my goal is to make getting in shape and exercising more fun. Part of that is finding ways to incorporate exercise in your daily activities! So I teamed up with Dreamfields Pasta to create some exercise videos that you can do when you’re coming home from the grocery store and in the kitchen!

 Bicep Curls

Overhead Presses

Counter Push-Ups

Calf Raises

Kitchen Squats

Side Curls

 

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