Kelsey Flanagan is an expert nutrition coach and is the founder of the Rockstar Nutrition Coaching program that is changing countless lives. Kelsey has perfected the coaching process and has a program that has her coaching clients raving about her. Kelsey also offers a unique perspective on reassessment that has helped her deliver amazing results to her clients and boost her retention rates. Kelsey and Tony discuss key components of Kelsey's growth and success and how you can apply these principles to your own success. Connect with Kelsey on Instagram @kelseyflanagannutrition ...

Eat clean to get lean! We've all heard it. The mantra behind fitness enthusiasts who pride themselves on their ability to not even look at an Oreo or a doughnut as they eat their chicken and asparagus. As a Registered Dietitian I am all for nutrient dense foods and healthy eating. However, I don't subscribe to the "clean eating" mindset and it may do more harm than good for a few reasons: 1) Clean eating lacks a universal definition - What does clean really mean? For some, it may mean low carb. For others low fat. For others it may mean low sugar and minimally processed. The lack of a universally accepted definition doesn't help set someone up for long term success. How can you stick to something long term if you don't even know what you are trying to stick to? 2) We are attracted to ANYTHING that retreats from us - Read that line again. You know what I have learned from working with 1000's of individuals over the last decade? We want what we can't have. Especially food. I've seen some health and fitness professionals provide their clients with "approved and non-approved" food lists. I don't know about you, but if I had...

I am a big proponent of mentorship. I have spoked out via my content on the positive impact mentorship has had in my life and why I continually invest thousands of dollars to work with mentors in my health, fitness, and life. One of my greatest mentors is Sir Winston Churchill. When I first met Churchill I was very impressed. If you'd like to meet him, I will arrange it. He's a very cool dude! OK...

Waiting for January to start your fitness journey is the BIGGEST mistake you could ever make. With the holiday season in full effect I hear the following question asked so often: "Should I just wait for January to get started with my health and fitness goals?" The answer is ABSOLUTELY FREAKING NOT. Sorry for yelling...

"The only way I will go out to eat is if you smuggle my food scale in your purse." My fiancé placed the scale in her purse, as well as a measured out portion of salad dressing, and my own low sugar ketchup. Thank the heavens they make big purses, right? Off we went to our favorite restaurant in Downtown Plymouth for our first dinner out since being engaged over the last few months. I sat there carefully weighing out my chicken breast and sweet potato fries. I thought to myself, this was not normal behavior. Why was I being this OCD about my food? I was a few weeks out from my next Men's Physique show and I could not afford to be anything less than precise with my nutrition at that point. Was I "shredded" at the time? Yeah, I sure was. Was I the happiest or balanced with life and fitness? Not at all. My fiancé and I were engaged for a few weeks and had not been out to celebrate with family or friends because I was too worried about the food choices and not being able to show up as lean as possible for the show. I had a goal set for myself and I did what it took...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Whether you are brand new to nutrition and fitness, or you’ve simply fallen out of shape recently, here is the my beginner’s guide to get you back on track quickly. I could write a short novel on this subject but I wan't to keep this concise so here are four specific action items for you to follow to cut down on wasted time and energy and start seeing results! Start with Motivation: You need a why. Why do you want to get fit again? What is pushing you to do this? There must be a reason that you desire to change your body at this time in your life. Think about it until you have a very clear, very specific reason. There is no wrong answer here. Don't feel selfish or vain. We all have our own personal motivators for wanting to achieve our best selves. What’s ultimately important is that your reason is specific and powerful to you. You need a why to push you through the challenge and the obstacles. People without whys have a less likely chance of being successful.Once you’ve determined what your motivation is, write it down where you can see it...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] I am just beginning prepping for my second men's physique show that will be in the beginning of July. If you aren't familiar what men's physique is, it's pretty much male (and female in their own division) athletes getting down to esoteric level of body fats (usually 5% or less for men) and stepping on a stage under a spot light in front of a large crowd to have every aspect of your body judged, criticized, and scrutinized.  Fun, right? Since the age of eighteen I wanted to do this. I have always lifted weights and been passionate about progressing my own physique but I never could find the courage to step on a stage. To be honest, it scared the living crap out of me to conceptualize myself on a stage being judged. I told myself I was too busy in college, and then again when I started my new career at Life Time. I told myself the summer was too hard to diet for a show, and the same thing in the fall, and the winter, and any day of the week that ended in a  Y. I convinced myself my genetics...

I had a really interesting conversation with a client the other day that I'd like to share with you. She has lost almost 70 lbs now in my coaching program and she has done it all without diets or restrictions. Before she had tried every diet in the book, and like most never saw the success she truly deserved. Luckily I had the opportunity to teach her a flexible approach to weight loss, we discovered the why behind the weight gain, and the results have been amazing. This is the first time she has seen success in her adult life. She told me after we first spoke she hesitated about joining the private coaching program. She hesitated because she was afraid of failing again. Really, she was afraid of what everyone else would think if she failed again. She was concerned about what her co-workers would say. "Oh, here she goes again on another diet." She was concerned what her friends would say. "Aren't you tired of trying to lose weight by now?" She almost didn't say yes to herself because of that. Fortunately, she did. 70lbs later she has said "Investing in myself and in private coaching has been the best decision I have made....

I have a confession to make…. I am a huge Harry Potter AND Star Wars fan. I have two toy lightsabers sitting in my spare room closet right now...

Have you ever felt inadequate? Like you just weren’t up to the standards of everyone else? You feel uncomfortable in your own skin. You feel like you don’t have what it takes to make the changes your heart desires. You feel as if you could never lose weight, improve your energy, and get healthy. There have been plenty of times in my life where I felt inadequate. I was passed over for a captain spot my senior year on my football team for “lack of leadership”. When in college, I had a preceptor take my paper, crumple it up, and throw it on the floor stating I was “a failure”. I’ve learned over the years through coaching thousands of successful individuals that we have everything within us to achieve whatever we desire. It all starts with how we view ourselves. Whatever message you project to the world with your voice, body language, and energy is what will be received and accepted. If you see yourself as unhappy, out-of shape, and unworthy, that will be the message you send to others. That will be the perception that becomes reality. On the flip side if you walk around with confidence, you believe that you are a high-value person, and you love...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Too much cardio...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. - Richard Branson. Failure. If there was one word that scared the heck out of people it would be failure. So many people put off their goals, their dreams, their aspirations because they are afraid of that word. They are so afraid of the possibility of failure that it paralyzes them to never even get started. That's kind of crazy to think about isn't it? You don't even start down a path in fear of MAYBE failing at it. Think about your own life for a minute here. Has there been a time where fear of failure stopped you from taking action towards something you wanted? Did you talk yourself out of a goal or a dream because you felt the fear of failure was so imminent why even bother getting started? Why does this one word have so much power over us? What does failure even mean? Webster says: Failure - A lack of success or a falling short. The definition is pretty telling. It's telling in the fact that nowhere in that short statement does it say the one thing...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Do you have unmet goals? Maybe you have set really exciting big goals before but were unable to achieve them? I've seen so many people set goals but not know the steps in how to achieve them. They have huge aspirations but fall short every time. Well, you aren’t alone. In fact, most of us live with unfulfilled aspirations. It’s a sad fact that most people end up talking themselves out of their goals if they don’t find success. I want to show you 4 successful techniques (Do This) and 4 unsuccessful techniques (Not That) to help you achieve the goals you want to accomplish. Do This: Make a Step-by-Step Plan. If you are serious about achieving your goal, then you need to create a step-by-step plan on how to do it.My most successful clients break down their overall goal into smaller sub-goals. Each sub-goal needs to be concrete, measurable and time-based. You want to lose weight? Cool, How much? 50 lbs! Ok, great by when? Six months! Okay! That’s roughly 8 lbs a month. Focusing on the 8lbs per month is much more attainable and can help you gauge your progress compared to just focusing on the end result. Not That:...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Here’s to a Happy New Year and to getting everything that you want out of 2017! Today you have a clean slate with a brand new year spread out in front of you, filled with endless possibilities. How will you harness your potential to create the very best you? I recommend using the teachings of Dr. Maxwell Maltz in his legendary book ‘The New Psycho-Cybernetics’. Dr. Maltz created the original science of self improvement and success, so who better to turn to when you’re ready to take your life to another level. His teachings have stood the test of time. Take the following and get all that you want out of 2017: 1. Use Your Imagination If you thought that imaginations were only valued in preschool, think again. One of the key points in ‘The New Psycho-Cybernetics’ is the technique of using your imagination to reprogram and manage your self image. You may have been exposed to self improvement strategies that tell you to ‘act as if’ or to ‘fake it till you make it.’ Those typically don’t work because your self image is still the same. According to Dr. Maltz, your self image is the key to changing your...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Sticking to our commitments of going to the gym and living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging and often times we make excuses on why we can't go. I wanted to share this list I found of 103 of them with you below: 1. You have a headache. 2. You have a stomachache. 3. Your dog has a headache. 4. Your dog has a stomachache. 5. Your dog just doesn’t want you to. 6. You might fall on the treadmill and embarrass yourself. 7. You might fall on the elliptical and embarrass yourself. 8. Your dog might follow you to the gym, fall on the treadmill, and embarrass itself. 9. Four out of five doctors recommend staying home. 10. Your mom might call you and you know how she is when you don’t answer her calls. 11. Gym clothes are too expensive. 12. Netflix is releasing the rest of Breaking Bad really soon. 13. You need to rewatch all of Breaking Bad. 14. You need to do meth. 15. There’s a crisis going on in the Middle East right now. 16. There’s a crisis going on in the U.S. right now. 17. There might be a crisis going on in outer space right now. 18. You already put on your...

Episode 3 of the School Of Success Podcast and I was joined by badass female entrepreneur and business coach Jen Casey. Jen told her amazing story from struggling restaurant server to successful online entrepreneur who teaches other health and fitness professional how to take their skills and transform them into a thriving online coaching business. Jen brought the fire so be sure to leave some love in the review section if you found this episode valuable! For more info on Jen follow her on IG @heyjencasey and check out http://www.socialmediatosalesacademy.com...

Back with another episode of the School Of Success Podcast where we bridge the gap between formal education and real world application. Today I had my friend Gisela who is an Intuitive Eating RD/entrepreneur and she discussed her battle with an eating disorder and how it eventually lead to her success as a coach and business owner. Connect with Gisela on Instagram @bnutritionandwellness If you enjoy this episode please SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review!...

Today I had my friend Angie, owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition LLC on the School Of Success podcast. Angie discussed her journey as an RD and entrepreneur plus many of the challenges and obstacles she had to overcome while growing a thriving virtual practice. If you enjoy this episode tell a friend about the podcast and leave us a review! Connect with Angie at: https://www.eleatnutrition.com @eleatnutrition on Instagram...