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How to Make Fall Drinks Healthier (As Seen on CNN)

Pumpkin spice lattes are all the rage right now! But Health Expert on TV Stephanie Mansour shares with viewers on CNN and TV stations across the country ways to make fall drinks healthier.

I am also a private weight loss coach for executive women who are successful in their professional and personal lives but need help with weight loss. 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 in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women and Certified Professional Life Coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country.

Here are a few more things that I do as being a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Weight Loss Nutrition (we work with a Doctor of Nutrition to assess all of our private weight loss clients), Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, and Fitness Training in Chicago. In addition, I do Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago, and I’m a Fitness Consultant in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Expert in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country! For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Why Type A Women Often Struggle With Weight Loss Programs

Chicago weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour shares her insights on why Type A people often struggle with weight loss programs for CNN.com.

why type a women often struggle with weight loss programs

Women with Type A personalities tend to be very competitive and driven. On the upside, their ambition and determination often fuel their success. Having a go-getter attitude helps them reach big career and life goals. They tend to be movers and shakers — executives, entrepreneurs, committee leaders, and moms who run their households like a tight ship. They like to get things done and make things happen.

But on the flip side of the coin, their tendency to strive towards goals, check off accomplishments, and get it all done can cause high levels of anxiety and frustration. They may struggle with a constant sense of urgency and impatience. Type A women are often overachievers, perfectionists, and workaholics who expect nothing but the best from themselves and others, which can cause an excess of stress.

So their Type A tendencies work both for them and against them.

But what does this have to do with my work as a weight loss coach?

Many of the clients I work with privately in my weight loss programs for women are Type A people. They have been able to achieve success in their career and other areas of life because they were driven and focused and did whatever it took to make it. But when it comes to their weight, they struggle. It’s frustrating for them because no matter how hard they try, they either can’t lose stubborn weight or they can’t maintain their weight loss.

But here’s the thing. Your body is not on your schedule. It has its own rhythm. It doesn’t respond to your deadlines. You can’t always control it or make things happen on your timeline. Following a diet and exercise plan to a T and checking off a to-do list could be a waste of time. And if you do try to push it, your body will sometimes push back.

In a recent article for CNN, I wrote about Why Type A People Often Struggle With Weight Loss Programs. You can read it here.


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How to Align Your Body to Become Happier (as seen on Today.com)

Everyone wants to be happy. But even if you’re generally a happy person, you may sometimes feel a little low. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, you may turn to exercise, healthy foods, time with friends and loved ones, listening to upbeat music, or making time for your favorite hobbies or activities.

But did you know that your posture actually affects your mood? You may have noticed that when you’re feeling down you tend to slouch or slump, but what you may not know is slouching and slumping can actually contribute to feelings of sadness.

The truth is, managing your posture can help you feel happier and more confident. According to Beverly Hills-based chiropractor, Dr. David Tannenbaum, “good posture is when your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles align in one straight line. When you look in the mirror, you should look like you are serving in the military.” It’s this kind of good posture that can instantly boost your mood and self-esteem.

As a weight loss coach, the success of the clients in my weight loss programs for women depends largely on their mood. Learning how to boost confidence and manage emotions is key to their ability to lose weight effectively and improve their overall wellbeing.

In a recent article for Today.com, I covered How to Align Your Body to Become Happier.

Here’s how to practice good posture while sitting or standing to create a more positive mood:

  • Do a shoulder roll: bring your shoulders up towards your ears, roll your shoulders back, and then pull your shoulders down.
  • Arch your upper back by puffing your chest out.
  • Pull your navel in towards your spine so that your lower ribs draw down to settle the arch in your back into a neutral position.
  • Lift your chin while keeping your abs engaged.
  • Smile!

Until you are comfortable practicing good posture, try doing this routine in front of a mirror to make sure your body is in alignment. Pay attention to the shift in your mood as you move your body and notice how good posture boosts your happiness.


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How Women’s Studies Research Inspired Me to Become a Weight Loss Coach

Chicago weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour sat down with Karen Rhodes and Jonathan Freeburg at WCMY AM Radio to discuss why she strives to share positive messaging about women’s health, wellness, and weight loss in the media.

WCMY Radio Interview

When I was an undergrad at the University of Michigan, I studied communication with an emphasis in women’s studies and psychology. While analyzing how women’s health was depicted in the media, I came across a great deal of negative messaging about body image and weight.

While this was not surprising, when I really dug into the data and uncovered how powerful this messaging was, it inspired me to want to create more empowering messages for women about health and wellness.

It was during this time that I also began having my own struggles with weight and body image. But dieting worked against me. It wasn’t until I learned to accept myself that I was able to overcome emotional eating, drop the excess pounds that were weighing me down, and improve my overall health and fitness.

Much of the messaging we see about weight loss in the media is based on body shaming, restriction, deprivation, and negativity. As a weight loss coach, I work with the clients in my weight loss programs for women to help them embrace their bodies as they are and boost their self-confidence right now. The aim is to help them love and respect themselves enough to make healthier choices and feel empowered to reach their goals.

I also strive to share positive messaging about health, wellness, and weight loss in the media. I recently sat down with Karen Rhodes and Jonathan Freeburg at WCMY AM Radio to discuss…

  • how to end emotional eating
  • the importance of positive self-talk
  • the #1 mistake people make when they “go on a diet”
  • and more…

You can listen to the interview here.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but it is never okay to beat yourself up because you are not the size you want to be. Rather than put yourself down for eating a cookie, for example, I want you to lift yourself up for doing what’s best for your health.


For more health and wellness tips, join us for a FREE (and FUN!) 21-day crash course on how to finally break through the mental roadblocks getting in the way of your goals, gain the confidence you’ve always wanted, and discover the secret to designing a healthy lifestyle you love.

Sign up for the FREE 21-Day Challenge for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.

Weight Loss Programs for Women: How Emotions Prevent Weight Loss

releasing anger to lose weight

One key component of the Step It Up with Steph weight loss programs for women is that we focus on how your emotions and mental state contribute to what you’re eating and whether or not you’re exercising.

How do your everyday thoughts about yourself impact your weight loss success?

Did you know your emotions can keep you from losing weight, even if you use willpower to avoid emotional eating?

Learn more about the relationship between emotions and weight loss–and what to do about it in this video:

My client (who you’ve probably heard about by now if you’ve been in this community for a while!) who lost 83 lbs in just 12 weeks without any diets or gimmicks was mentally in the game. as she followed one of our comprehensive weight loss programs for women.

There were no maybes, woulds, coulds, or doubts when it came to the fact that she was going to hit her weight loss goal and thus lose the most weight out of anyone on the reality TV show that we were on.

Marissa weight loss Before and After

In fact, once she started working with me and using our 30 Days to Love Your Body & Your Life Workbook to even further boost her self-confidence in herself, that’s when we unlocked any mental obstacles or emotional struggles that she may have run in to along the way. We course-corrected before we even hit a jagged part in the road.

If I tell you everyday that the sky is purple, eventually you may start to believe me – even though logically you know it’s not. If you grew up in a household in which you were told that you needed to watch what you eat, or that “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goals,” these messages are probably still ingrained in your subconscious mind, whether you realize it or not. And that’s where 90% of our decisions get made – in our subconscious.

So let’s take the example of “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goal.” I used to believe this, too, until I started studying successful people, people who had reached their goals already. And what I realized was that it wasn’t just hard work that got them to where they are today; it was SMART work.

In my work with my private weight loss clients, we are not only fiercely committed to the goal, but we are also smart and methodical in how we get there. My clients are NOT held captive by diets or strict workouts.

They don’t have their head down 24/7 in a bowl of salad. Instead, we balance all of the structure with the emotional and feelings side of weight loss – something I don’t see any other weight loss programs for women doing.

If you’re looking to an integrative approach to weight loss and reaching your goals, then you’re in the right place.

Check out the free preview of what’s in the 30 Day Workbook here, or schedule a complimentary Signature Slimdown Session with me and we’ll talk through your goals.

We’re in this together, ladies!


 

Weight Loss Programs for Women: Cardio Burst Workout

Chicago weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour shares tips for blasting fat with a cardio burst workout.

cardio blast workout for women

In my work as a weight loss coach, women often ask the same question: “What’s the best way to lose fat?” I always say that you have to take a holistic approach, including healthy eating and consistently working out with variety.

One way to blast fat is with high-intensity cardio blasts, such as what I demonstrate in this video.

Do 10 squats with a jump, 10 step sprints, followed by 10 squats jumping backwards!


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Weight Loss Programs for Women: Poolside Full-Body Workout

Effective weight loss programs for women must include full-body workouts. Fitness and weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour teams up with Jenny Milk to demonstrate a super fun exercises poolside – work your back, arms, abs, butt, and more!

If you’re looking to lose weight fast and make it last, you have to get your body moving. To slim down, tone up, and get fit, I advise the women I coach in my private weight loss programs to incorporate full-body workouts into their routine.

When evaluating weight loss programs for women, always look for an emphasis on working out and not just an eating plan.

The Step it Up With Steph Signature Slimdown Workout DVD includes even more weight loss workouts for women.

weight loss workouts for women full body workout