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How To Lose Weight Over the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be eating! With the colder weather often comes an increase in comfort foods. Baking Christmas cookies and pies is a wonderful way to spread cheer and bond with your family, but what about the dreaded holiday weight gain?

Don’t work hard at your fitness goals only to toss them aside for the last few weeks of the year. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour shares a few tips for how to beat the cycle of holiday weight gain!

Being on a diet during the holiday season is no fun. Instead of trying to be super strict with yourself, find ways to make your cravings fit your goals.

I don’t wish for my private weight loss clients to feel deprived during this joyous time of year, but at the same time I also want them to succeed! Here are a few helpful ideas for healthier twists on some of your favorite foods.

Eat What You Crave- Mindfully

Craving a salty snack? Kale chips are an easy-to-make, guilt-free alternative to regular chips! Also they are available prepackaged at most health food stores.

Have a fierce need of french fries? Make baked sweet potato fries instead! Conveniently, you can also now purchase these from the frozen section at your local grocery store!

Friday night pizza? Yeah! You can still have that! Cauliflower is huge right now and for good reason. It’s low-carb, chock full of nutrients, and delicious! Making your own cauliflower crust isn’t always an option, so if you’re short on time pick up a frozen CauliPower pizza!

CAULIPOWER products use real cauliflower and nothing synthetic, resulting in nutrient-rich, naturally gluten-free options lower in calories, sugar, sodium and fat. And special to Chicago, CAULIPOWER has a claw machine at the Shops at North Bridge. Players win mini pizza boxes with pizza coupons, cauliflower stress balls, and more free prizes through December 21st!

Here’s The Deal

Make deals with yourself. You can stay on top of your healthy habits with just a little bit of planning.

For example: If you know you’re going out with coworkers for happy hour, or have extra errands/events causing you to miss a workout; set your alarm clock for just 5 min earlier that morning. Get up, put on your workout shoes, go into your bathroom and jog in place for those 5 minutes.

Another great idea for keeping yourself mentally healthy is to bring a self help book along with you to work. Set a timer and read for 5 minutes of your lunch break.

These little habits will keep your head in the game, you got this!

Keep An Attitude of Gratitude

Shift your focus away from the holiday spread of goodies and instead reward yourself with good conversation. Be grateful to be around family, with friends, to simply be present.

Take time out to just be by yourself, sit on your yoga mat, and do a bit of meditation on everything you’re thankful for this year. Put on some headphones, check out a free meditation app like Insight Timer, and zen out!

Also, I include both yoga and meditation on my Step It Up with Steph DVD which is available for purchase here.

It makes sense that when you feel good you make better choices for yourself. Let this be the positive cycle that you repeat every year!

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

 

How To Bounce Back Into Working Out From A Workout Rut (As Seen on Fox NYC)

Chicago Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour stopped by Fox NYC to deliver some professional advice for getting back into a gym routine this fall. However long you’ve been stuck in that rut, whether a few weeks or even a few years, these simple tips will have you back in the habit in no time!

If you’ve read any of my other workout tip blogs, you’ve likely seen me use the phrase “shop ’til you drop”. It’s a concept my private weight loss clients know very well! This time around though, I don’t mean that you have to literally go out and spend money.

Go Shopping In Your Own Closet

Hear me out! Bust out a pair of workout shoes that you haven’t worn in a while and put them on. Just tell yourself that you’re “testing them out”. You can also do this with a workout shirt or pair of capri pants, but this is step one; getting used to putting on your gear again!

Congratulate Yourself

Yes, already! You accomplished the first step, now do something to make yourself feel good about it. Whether you choose to give yourself a card (To Steph, Love Steph!), blow up some balloons, or even give yourself a high-five, any sort of validation to celebrate this new start. Don’t feel silly about it, you deserve to start your new fitness journey off on a positive note!

Get Motivated with Mantras

I’m a huge proponent of mantras and affirmations. What I want you to do is get a piece of paper and physically write out a mantra that will get you motivated. The trick here is to make the mantra in the present tense, so an example would be:

I love my body and working out makes me feel good” as opposed to “I will work out, so that I will feel better and love my body more”.

By manipulating the tense of your mantra, you’re essentially tricking your subconscious into believing it and training your brain to act in accordance with the affirmation.

For more on using mantras and affirmations to change your life and build your confidence check out my 30 day workbook.

Pencil Yourself In

Grab your calendar and let’s make a plan. Schedule out your workouts by the week or even for a full month, but remember to set realistic goals. Now you’ll see it, you’re planned for it, you’ll be less likely to cancel on yourself!

Reward Yourself For Doing the Work

Once you’ve ditched the rut and are back on your feet movin’ and groovin’, now it’s alright to treat yourself a little. With something healthy that is! Set milestones and buy yourself a new workout top or jacket when you’ve reached your goal workouts for the week or month.

I believe in you, you got this, now get out there and enjoy your fitness journey!

 

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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