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Domoarigatou Gozaimasu — Thanksgiving Newsletter — 11/25/08

Nov. 25th 2008

Did the Pilgrims have a Thanksgiving Day feast in 1621 like the one’s portrayed in those Norman Rockwell paintings?

I like to imagine so.

But I’m pretty sure it didn’t happen like that at all.

The day wasn’t always about feasting, floats, and football.

Though our country had loosely celebrated a day of thanksgiving since the Revolutionary War and George Washington’s victory at Saratoga. We can actually thank Sarah Hale, the author of the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” for our national holiday. It’s true! She wrote President Abraham Lincoln a letter and prevailed upon him to establish a day of national thanksgiving. Lincoln, seeing the misery and despair brought upon the country by a bloody and divisive civil war, established our national day of Thanksgiving beginning in November 1863. I think Lincoln hoped that a day of national remembrance of all that we shared collectively as a nation, both North and South, would touch the hearts of Southerners who still embraced a sense of American identity and that it would help to ameliorate the strife and bring a quicker end to the war.

I was asked recently why the Detroit Lions, currently the worst team in the NFL, gets to have a national audience on Thanksgiving Day? The answer is, it was the Lions who came up with the idea of playing on Thanksgiving Day in the first place! In 1934 the Chicago Bears, at the invitation of the Detroit Lions, traveled to Detroit and played the first Thanksgiving Day professional football game. It was the first time that a professional football game was broadcast with a national radio audience. And thus began the tradition of listening to, and then watching, the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving Day. I would really like for them to win on Thursday … but … they’re playing the Titans. Sorry Detroit.

However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving I hope that you’ll be filled with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what you have and what this year has brought you. Is there anything so winsome as heartfelt gratitude and humility? Good parents always insist that their children say “please” and “thank you.”

Each of us owes our station in life to the help and assistance of others. It’s the turtle sitting on the fencepost. The turtle didn’t get there by itself. Today I want to express my own gratitude to you who do more than just read these emails. To you who show up on the Quarterdeck, and particularly for you who have been showing up for years, you enrich my life with your friendship and continued participation in the program and I am so very grateful! Please allow me to say thank you for that. And equally important, I am thankful that the regular payment of your fees keep me from living under a bridge.

Today, and everyday, thank you very much for being a part of my life and a part of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP.

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How to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thursday

1. Eat slowly. The slower you eat, the less you will eat.
2. Use the smallest plate available.
3. Do not go back for seconds.
4. Drink a lot of water 20 to 30 minutes BEFORE you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving meal.
5. Think small portions, especially small portions of desert. Most of the time you only want the “taste” of something, so eat only 1/3 of what is generally thought to be a regular piece of pie, for example. It’ll be plenty.

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Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Wednesday
All morning classes meet as scheduled.
No evening class on Wednesday

Thursday
No classes. Instead run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 4 Miler at Shelby Farms. Register NOW!

Friday
One class at 0530

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

Our annual Holiday Challenge weigh-in began on Monday! The last weigh-in opportunity will be at the 0830 class tomorrow morning.

Here’s how it works.

Participants pay $50 to enter the challenge and then step on my scales. I will write down your weight. (All confidential)

On Monday, January 5th (the day we return from our Christmas Break) I will weigh you again.

If you have maintained your pre-Thanksgiving weight, you get a FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!

If you’ve LOST 5 pounds or more over the holidays, you get an additional SECOND FREE MONTH!

The person who loses the most weight over the holidays will get an additional THIRD FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!! (All awards are non-transferable and redeemable beginning in March 09.

This is an AWESOME Challenge! Every year the average American gains 8 to 10 pounds during the holidays. But Challengers don’t!! Last year I gave away over $1,800 of FREE BOOT CAMP!

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ST. JUDE HALF MARATHON RUNNERS!

Your training is complete! Wooohooooo!!! Congratulations to all of you who trained with me this year! You’re ready!!

Check my blog on the website (http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/) for tips, advice, and race day strategies for a successful half marathon! ALSO, at the end of that blog you’ll find an invitation to a party on Saturday evening to celebrate your accomplishment!

Good luck everyone!!

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BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

The before and after pictures from the first Combat the Fat Challenge are on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website. You’ll find of the first, second, and third place winners before and after pictures on the Success Stories page. The pictures have been there for a number of weeks, I just forgot to tell you. My apologies Greg, Steve, and Sarah!

Take a look at those pictures for an extra dose of motivation! http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/success.html

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HELP WANTED

Do you know of someone who could be another Sergeant Tony?

I’m looking to expand the empire beyond Memphis. Les Bonnett successfully launched USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP — Collierville in July and is doing great!

I’d especially like to move into north Mississippi or northern Shelby County. Like Hernando or Millington!

Here’s a little of what I’m looking for in a prospective “Sergeant Tony.”
* Former military, preferably a Marine.
* College degree, or working toward it.
* Exercise certification, military or civilian, or working toward it.
* Personally interested and involved in a lifestyle of fitness and athletics.
* Good communication skills, written and oral. (I answer about 40 emails a day, write a newsletter, and answer more than a half dozen or so daily Boot Camp related phone calls)
* Outgoing personality with a GREAT sense of humor!
* Genuinely likes people, hiding behind a sadistic facade.
* Humble, modest, caring, and sensitive (ok, ok, whatever) You get the idea.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward this on to them and direct them to the website:www .usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

At Christ Methodist
0530 Monday through Friday
0645 M-W-F
0830 M-W-F
5:45 PM: M-Tu-W-Th, (5:30 PM on Friday). M-W-F are weight days, Tu/Thu are cardio days.
THE TUESDAY EVENING CLASS MEETS AT ST. MARY’S TRACK.

At Evergreen Presbyterian
0530 Monday through Friday

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FACEBOOK

Find me on Facebook and make me your friend! (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629618416) I’ll make you mine! Then join the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Group!

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“Nothing is neither good nor bad, but thinking that makes it so.”
~ William Shakespeare

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
5358 Denwood
Memphis, TN 38120
901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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Nov. 24th 2008

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Condolences — Newsletter for 11/19/08 Fitness, Running, Exercise, Life Coaching

Nov. 19th 2008

Our deepest condolences are extended to Louis Glazer and his family in the loss of his father, Mr. Herbert Glazer.

Mr. Glazer passed away last week after a brief illness, the day after his 93rd birthday. He was a very prominent and well respected attorney as well as a community leader here in Memphis.

I was never privileged to have known Mr. Glazer, but I learned a lot about him as I listened to his Rabbi deliver the eulogy. He had lived a most colorful and larger than life LIFE! In addition to being a local icon in Memphis Law, he was also a community advocate and a key leader at his Temple. His distinguished role in our community was evidenced by the standing room only funeral service, attended by some of the most respected and influential leaders in our city.

I also learned from one of you that he enjoyed giving out treats of vanilla wafers!

Mr. Glazer served in Europe during World War II and was among the American troops who entered the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, on May 1, 1945. What an unbelievably moving and emotional experience that must have been for an American Jewish soldier to help liberate his imprisoned European Jewish brothers and sisters who’d survived the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Most of you will know Louis. He manages to attend a part of most every Boot Camp class at least once a week and can be seen marching to his own drummer during the class. (Or he can be seen just wandering off.) And though I didn’t know Louis’ father, his Rabbi’s words of praise and the complimentary adjectives used to describe Mr. Glazer could have been used to describe his son. I could see Louis in the colorful words that were used to describe his father. What a wonderful thing! The fruit didn’t fall far from the tree.

At 93 years old, Mr. Glazer’s was a life well lived. As I walked to my car following the service I thought about my own life and imagined what might be said of me when I’m dismissed from the Quarterdeck for the last time. Is mine a life well lived? Is yours? Would we live differently today if we knew that we only had 5 years left to live? 1 year? 1 week? Are we waiting for “some day” to finally do that “some thing?”

Would that each or our lives be described in the way that Mr. Herbert Glazer’s was.

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

Our annual Holiday Challenge begins on Monday, November 24th. (This is an optional program and NOT mandatory!)

This is a weight loss challenge for EVERYONE! (Except CTF members!)

Here’s how it works.

Participants pay $50 to enter the challenge. On Monday, the 24th, Tuesday the 25th, or Wednesday morning of the 26th, participants will pay their entry fee and then step on my scales. I will write down your weight. (All confidential)

On Monday, January 5th (the day we return from our Christmas Break) I will weigh you again.

If you have maintained your pre-Thanksgiving weight, you get a FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!

If you’ve LOST 5 pounds or more over the holidays, you get an additional SECOND FREE MONTH!

The person who loses the most weight over the holidays will get an additional THIRD FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!! (All awards are non-transferable and redeemable beginning in March 09.

This is an AWESOME Challenge! Every year the average American gains 8 to 10 pounds during the holidays. But Challengers don’t!! Last year I gave away over $1,800 of FREE BOOT CAMP!

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BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

The before and after pictures from the first Combat the Fat Challenge are on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website. You’ll find of the first, second, and third place winners before and after pictures on the Success Stories page. The pictures have been there for a number of weeks, I just forgot to tell you. My apologies Greg, Steve, and Sarah!

Take a look at those pictures for an extra dose of motivation! http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/success.html

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HELP WANTED

Do you know of someone who could be another Sergeant Tony?

I’m looking to expand the empire beyond Memphis. Les Bonnett successfully launched USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP — Collierville in July and is doing great!

I’d especially like to move into north Mississippi or northern Shelby County. Like Hernando or Millington!

Here’s a little of what I’m looking for in a prospective “Sergeant Tony.”
* Former military, preferably a Marine.
* College degree, or working toward it.
* Exercise certification, military or civilian, or working toward it.
* Personally interested and involved in a lifestyle of fitness and athletics.
* Good communication skills, written and oral. (I answer about 40 emails a day, write a newsletter, and answer more than a half dozen or so daily Boot Camp related phone calls)
* Outgoing personality with a GREAT sense of humor!
* Genuinely likes people, hiding behind a sadistic facade.
* Humble, modest, caring, and sensitive (ok, ok, whatever) You get the idea.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward this on to them and direct them to the website:www .usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

At Christ Methodist
0530 Monday through Friday
0645 M-W-F
0830 M-W-F
5:45 PM: M-Tu-W-Th, (5:30 PM on Friday). M-W-F are weight days, Tu/Thu are cardio days.
THE TUESDAY EVENING CLASS MEETS AT ST. MARY’S TRACK.

At Evergreen Presbyterian
0530 Monday through Friday

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ST. JUDE HALF MARATHON TRAINING ON SATURDAY!

1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the December 6, 2008 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon CONCLUDES this Saturday at 0800 at Shelby Farms! Meet in front of the Visitor’s Center! We’ll be going 2 hrs 30 minutes!

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FACEBOOK

Find me on Facebook and make me your friend! (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629618416) I’ll make you mine! Then join the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Group!

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“Nothing is neither good nor bad, but thinking that makes it so.”
~ William Shakespeare

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
5358 Denwood
Memphis, TN 38120
901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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UNDERSTANDING AND SENSITIVE — Newsletter for 11/13/09 Fitness, Running, Weight Loss, Life Coaching

Nov. 13th 2008

This really sucks. But here’s the news.

When you stop exercising, things go back to the way they were. When you quit, you gain weight and lose your fitness, especially your aerobic stamina. Muscular strength goes quickly too. It’s a cruel joke. As Donald Wildman, the 75 year old athlete and adventurer has said, “When you quit moving, it’s over.”

Maybe you’ve heard it said that “you’re only as fit as your last workout.” And if your last workout was last week, your body is … making adjustments … degenerating.

The I.T. people at your company would say that your body is “eliminating redundancies.” Your body adapts to your level of activity.

Your body will adapt to the level of work imposed upon it by an act of your own will. It will eliminate muscle it doesn’t need, aerobic capacity that is unnecessary, and all of the associated subsystems.

If you’re training for a triathlon, for example, your body increases it’s level of fitness to meet that challenge. If you quit your triathlon training and become more sedentary and start living an inactive lifestyle, your body will seek for the level of homeostasis that matches your level of activity. Homeostasis is the tendency toward a stable equilibrium.

The same thing applies to Boot Campers. You’ve got to use it, or lose it.

How long does it take to lose it? How long since your last workout will you become a complete sluggo?

That depends on several factors including age, gender, and the level of fitness attained prior to going on an exercise hiatus to Turdeville.

But it happens quickly. Quicker for some than others. Within a month or two of inactivity, the average person’s previous level of fitness is practically lost.

In one recent study, participants — all of whom were new to exercise — began a two month fitness program under the direction of clinical staff and exercise physiologists. The participants’ fitness levels were checked and measured prior to the program’s launch and then measured all along the way. When the program ended each participant was measured, and all of them returned to their previous sedentary lifestyle as part of the experiment.

After 2 months of inactivity they were tested and measured again. In 2 months time they had lost all of their fitness gains and had returned to their pre-fitness program level.

It’s a cruel joke.

But it’s not my joke. The same rules apply to me too.

Once upon a time, I had a 4 month period of inactivity in my own life. It’s true. I was in grad school taking 18 hours, working 30 to 35 hours a week, and had a new baby in the house. I had a mortgage, car payments, bills to pay, and enormous obligations on my time and energy. I slept, when I slept, about 3 to 4 hours a night. I had no time and no energy to exercise. By the time the Christmas break arrived four months later, I’d gained almost 20 pounds, my clothes didn’t fit, I was stressed out, and I got winded just walking across campus.

I was pretty bummed. Depressed. Humiliated.

During that break I took a long look at myself and my lack of fitness. I knew I had to get my life and priorities back in line. So I had a “come to Jesus meeting” with myself and made a renewed commitment to a healthy and fit lifestyle. But getting back to it wasn’t easy. It was tough. Really tough.

It’s always tough to work your way back. But what are the alternatives? Continual degeneration of every system and subsystem in your body. Inactivity leads to more inactivity. Weight gain leads to more weight gain. Frailty leads to more frailty. It’s not pretty.

To compound the need for taking charge, is the connection of your mind, will, spirit, and emotions to your physical activities, physical appearance, and physical well being. That connection is strong and can NOT be overstated.

Some of you reading this today have fallen off the fitness wagon and need a kick in the butt to get going. You’ve allowed one thing or another to get you sidetracked. Consider this your KICK IN THE BUTT!!

Some of you will return to Boot Camp because it works. So c’mon! Others of you aren’t the type for USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. That’s OK, not everyone is. And to be quite honest, I never intended for our little “exercise cult” to be for everyone. That’s part of the mystique, isn’t it? Doing something that others won’t do, or can’t do, gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, doesn’t it?

Recently a newbie asked, “Tony, what days should I work out?”

In my typical understanding and sensitive way, I said, “Only on the days that you breathe.”

See you on the Quarterdeck!

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

Our annual Holiday Challenge begins on Monday, November 24th. This is a weight loss challenge for EVERYONE! (Except CTF members!)

Here’s how it works. (This is an optional program and NOT mandatory!)

Participants pay $50 to enter the challenge. On Monday, the 24th, Tuesday the 25th, or Wednesday morning the 26th participants will pay their entry fee and then step on my scales. I will write down your weight. (All confidential)

On Monday, January 5th (the day we return from our Christmas Break) I will weigh you again. If you have maintained your pre-Thanksgiving weight, you get a FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!

If you’ve LOST 5 pounds or more over the holidays, you get an additional SECOND FREE MONTH!

The person who loses the most weight over the holidays will get an additional THIRD FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP!! (All awards are non-transferable and redeemable beginning in March 09.

This is an AWESOME Challenge! Every year the average American gains 8 to 10 pounds during the holidays. But Challengers don’t!!

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THE WEATHER OUTSIDE …

Here are the FIVE BENEFITS OF OF COLD WEATHER WORKOUTS
1. Strengthens the immune system.
2. Naturally increases the body’s production of saratonin, a natural calming chemical in your body.
3. Increased calorie burn!
4. Runny noses keep the cooties from taking up residence and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough YOU are!

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HELP WANTED

Well, not exactly.

But do you know of someone who could be another Sergeant Tony?

I’m looking to expand the empire beyond Memphis. Les Bonnett has successfully launched USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP — Collierville! I’d especially like to move into north Mississippi or northern Shelby County. Like Hernando or Millington!

Here’s a little of what I’m looking for in a prospective “Sergeant Tony.”
* Former military, preferably a Marine.
* College degree, or working toward it.
* Exercise certification, military or civilian, or working toward it.
* Personally interested and involved in a lifestyle of fitness and athletics.
* Good communication skills, written and oral. (I answer about 40 emails a day, write a newsletter, and answer more than a half dozen or so daily Boot Camp related phone calls)
* Outgoing personality with a GREAT sense of humor!
* Genuinely likes people, hiding behind a sadistic facade.
* Humble, modest, caring, and sensitive (ok, ok, whatever)

You get the idea.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward this on to them and direct them to the website:www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

At Christ Methodist
0530 Monday through Friday
0645 M-W-F
0830 M-W-F
5:45 PM: M-Tu-W-Th, (5:30 PM on Friday). M-W-F are weight days, Tu/Thu are cardio days.

THE TUESDAY EVENING CLASS MEETS AT ST. MARY’S TRACK.

At Evergreen Presbyterian
0530 Monday through Friday

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ST. JUDE HALF MARATHON TRAINING ON SATURDAY!

1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the December 6, 2008 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon continues this Saturday at 0800 at Shelby Farms! Meet in front of the Visitor’s Center! We’ll be going 1 hr 30 minutes.

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FACEBOOK

Find me on Facebook and make me your friend! (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629618416)

I’ll make you mine! Then join the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Group!

While you’re on Facebook, you might see an ad for USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP pop up. Do NOT click on it! Facebook charges me for every time someone clicks on it. The ad is NOT for you knuckleheads!

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“The Few, the Proud, the BOOT CAMPERS!”
~ Sgt. Tony, 51 year old athlete and adventurer

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
5358 Denwood
Memphis, TN 38120
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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VETERAN’S DAY — November 11, 2008

Nov. 11th 2008

Despite the deployment of National Guardsmen and military reservists to Iraq and Afghanistan, there are a lot of people who don’t know anyone in the military. Over the years I’ve discovered that the average civilian doesn’t know much about the military. They have no real understanding of the differences between the branches of services.

Most know that the Navy is the one that has the boats. That the Air Force has the planes. And the Army and the Marine Corps has something to do with shooting and blowin’ up stuff on the ground.

On this Veteran’s Day we take a day to express our appreciation for those men and women who have served, and are serving, our country in one of the branches of our Armed Forces. It’s a simple day for a simple “thank you.”

The veterans of Vietnam didn’t start getting any thanks until years after the war was over. Most Vietnam vets have yet to be thanked. It was a different time and a different culture when they returned from their war. The anti-war sentiments in this country had spread from marches on Washington and peaceful demonstrations on Main Street America, to violent and belligerent assaults on returning veterans themselves.

There were no happy celebrations greeting our brave men when they returned from the horrors of that war. There were no parades. There were no cheers of excitement and admiration. There were no public or even private expressions of gratitude. No words of thanks. No pats on the back. Returning Vietnam vets returned to jeers and hate, their service ridiculed and maligned. They were made to feel shame and guilt for answering their country’s call to serve.

In 1970, my 21 year old brother, a decorated Marine, returned from honorable and heroic service in Vietnam. He was met at the San Francisco airport by a huge crowd of loud and angry protesters. This mob included a young mother, a little older than my brother, who stepped in front of him blocking his way, thrust her young child into my brother’s face, and screamed “YOU FILTHY BABY KILLER!! THIS IS WHAT YOU KILLED IN VIETNAM!” She then spat in his face and on his dress uniform.

Over 20 years later my brother confessed to me that the pain and rejection that he felt at that very moment, the moment that woman screamed at him and accused him of unthinkable acts, had never left him. He felt it over 20 years later.

When the first Gulf War ended, our country turned out in masses and welcomed our heroes home. We had committed a horrible sin against those who served in Vietnam and we were determined not to have another generation of honorable veterans made to feel like war criminals. So we really threw a party! In fact, we probably went a little overboard. As if the make up for our tragic mistake with the Vietnam era vets.

Unfortunately, we were making up to the wrong generation.

Hundreds of Vietnam vets watched those celebrations and parades … heard the speeches … and felt even more rejected.

The first Gulf War was measured in days and had less than 200 casualties. Vietnam was measured in multiplied years and claimed almost 70,000 American lives. It was like honoring someone for jogging around the block, while ignoring someone who’d survived a death march of a thousand miles.

Vietnam vets felt even more marginalized. Shoved into the corner of American history reserved for our mistakes. We’d ignored them again.

My brother took his life within weeks of the end of the first Gulf War. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was only in death that his country, our country, reserved for him a place of honor.

On this Veteran’s Day, and any day you have the opportunity, be sure and single out the aging Vietnam Veteran. They don’t look like the young men they were when our country sent them to a foreign land to serve … and to do what most would like to forget. But inside that 59 or 60 year old veteran is a young man longing to be told, “thank you for your service.”

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Narcissism — life coaching, fitness, weight loss, running

Nov. 10th 2008

narcissistic
adjective
… vain, self-loving, self-admiring, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, conceited, self-centered, self-regarding, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic.

Narcissism might not be the right word.

Self-absorbed … self-obsessed, maybe that’s more like it.

I’m probably going to step on some toes, so get ready.

Disclaimer: We all want to look nice and look our best. Being fit is a fantastic thing. I’m there.

One of my favorite movies is “Fight Club.” Don’t hate on me if you don’t like it! But I think there are tons of interesting things in that movie if you can get past some of the dirty, gritty, nasty parts.

There is a very interesting scene where Tyler Durden, the character played by Brad Pitt, is addressing the guys in the Fight Club and says,
“You’re not your job.
You’re not how much money you have in the bank.
You’re not the car you drive.
You’re not the contents of your wallet.
You’re not your khakis.”

To which I add:
“You’re not your abs.
You’re not your pace per mile.
You’re not your finish time.
You’re not your cellulite.
You’re not your push ups. (Aren’t you glad?!)
You’re not your dress size.
You’re not your percentage of body fat.
You’re not your waist size.
You’re not what you see in the mirror.

You may think it strange that a “fitness guy” would be saying this … but …

You ARE the things you think.
You ARE the things you say.
You ARE the things you believe.
You’re the influence you have on others.
You’re the contribution you make to the world around you.
You’re everything that remains when you have no money and no beauty.
You are what remains when you are gone.”

Happiness is a microwave thing. Happiness is not a convection thing. Happiness on the inside doesn’t happen externally. It happens internally.

The self absorbed and self-obsessed are ugly and unattractive no matter what they look like on the outside … and they’re usually unhappy and miserable.

A number of years ago I was doing personal training during my summer breaks from teaching school. My last summer of doing one on one personal training I had about 20 clients, three of whom were exotic dancers. Two of them had been dancing for quite a while and the other was a college student working her way through school dancing at her uncle’s club. Can you say creepy?

The gym that I used to train these clients sort of became a second home to me. I was there all the time working out myself or, more often than not, training one of these clients. Over time I made friends with several of the guys who came to the gym at the same time of day that I was there working or working out.

I’ll never forget the day that I was hanging out with three or four of these guys when the door opened and in walked one of the two veteran dancers. And even though we were on the other side of the gym, these guys stopped talking and started staring at her. When I noticed that it was “Candy” (not her real stage name) I said to the gawkers, “Well fellas, there’s my 10 o’clock.” They were full of envy … called me “LUCKY!!!” … gave me pats on the back as I walked away to meet her.

My one hour with Candy was, by far and without exaggeration, one of the most miserable hours of my day. Maybe of my life.

Candy was physically flawless and was the kind of woman who commanded the attention of any room she entered. My gym rat buddies thought I was the luckiest guy in the world, but I wasn’t. I even told them so. They didn’t believe me. Spending time with Candy was horrible. Candy’s beauty could not make up for the foulness of her personality. She was ugly, unhappy, and unattractive inside. Poisoned. She was bitter, angry, jaded, cynical, self-absorbed, and tragically self-obsessed. Maybe it was her line of work, always surrounded by the worst of men, I don’t know, but she seemingly had little regard for anyone or anything … except her appearance.

On the other hand, there was Mike and Kelly (not their real names) who were also clients of mine. They were an engaged couple that I trained separately. Mike was a school teacher and Kelly worked for a local charity. Neither of them were in very good shape and they wanted to look nice for their wedding. But more importantly they were going to be hiking the Grand Canyon for part of their honeymoon and needed to get fit for their hike. Both of them were … not fit … you might say that they were a “sturdy couple.” When Kelly arrived at the gym for her first session, my gym rat pals hardly glanced her way.

But I loved training Mike and Kelly! She had a great sense of humor, was kind, caring, and thought most of what I said was hysterical. She also snorted when she laughed. That was adorable! And Mike was a fire hydrant type of guy who loved life, loved people, and had a quick wit. Truth is, he was way funnier than me! HE made ME laugh hysterically.

I charged Mike and Kelly $35 an hour.

I charged Candy $120. 😉

Look for yourself within. Find your sense of self worth and self esteem in the energy you exude and the difference you make in the lives of others.

And what of BOOT CAMP? Why am I training you? I’m training you to facilitate your life, your activities, and your ambitions. I want you to be healthy, happy, fit, active, and full of life!

Be Mike!

Be Kelly!

Don’t be no Candy.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations go to the following BOOT CAMPERS: Scot Bearup, for finishing the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2) on October 26; Kevin Johnston and Bryan Smith, for finishing the New York City Marathon (26.2) this past Sunday; and Andrew Forsdick, for finishing the Soma Half Ironman Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run = 70.3!) in Arizona on October 26!

Way to go guys! You all ROCK!

Who’s next? The St. Jude Half Marathon and Marathon are on Saturday, December 6!

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HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!

Our annual Holiday Challenge is fast approaching. This is a weight loss challenge for EVERYONE! More details next week!

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THE WEATHER OUTSIDE …

The weather outside might get frightful, but BOOT CAMP will be oh so … AWESOME!
Ladies and Gentlemen, November arrives on Saturday and the temperatures drop every year at this time. News? Of course not!
It’s that time of the year! It’s time to dig out your workout pants and long sleeve workout clothes.
Find your sweatshirts and gloves and put your hats on your head! And get yourself to BOOT CAMP!
You’ll lose burn more calories working out in the cold. Seriously!

Here are the FIVE BENEFITS OF OF COLD WEATHER WORKOUTS
1. Strengthens the immune system.
2. Naturally increases the body’s production of saratonin, a natural calming chemical in your body.
3. Increased calorie burn!
4. Runny noses keep the cooties from taking up residence and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough YOU are!

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HELP WANTED

Well, not exactly.

But do you know of someone who could be another Sergeant Tony?

I’m looking to expand the empire beyond Memphis. Les Bonnett has successfully launched USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP — Collierville! I’d especially like to move into north Mississippi or northern Shelby County. Like Hernando or Millington!

Here’s a little of what I’m looking for in a prospective “Sergeant Tony.”
* Former military, preferably a Marine.
* College degree, or working toward it.
* Exercise certification, military or civilian, or working toward it.
* Personally interested and involved in a lifestyle of fitness and athletics.
* Good communication skills, written and oral. (I answer about 40 emails a day, write a newsletter, and answer more than a half dozen or so daily Boot Camp related phone calls)
* Outgoing personality with a GREAT sense of humor!
* Genuinely likes people, hiding behind a sadistic facade.
* Humble, modest, caring, and sensitive (ok, ok, whatever)

You get the idea.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward this on to them and direct them to the website:www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

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DUMBBELLS

Most of you need to move up. If you’re a woman and you’ve been doing BOOT CAMP for more than 3 weeks, you should NOT be using 5 lb dumbbells anymore. Use 8’s or 10’s or more! If you’re a man you shouldn’t be using 10’s anymore.

Women usually top out at 15’s or 20’s. Men usually at 25.

You should be making a face, a grimace, during the last few reps of most of the exercises. It’s proof of your work AND it’ll keep you looking younger and hotter!

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

At Christ Methodist
0530 Monday through Friday
0645 M-W-F
0830 M-W-F
5:45 PM: M-Tu-W-Th, (5:30 PM on Friday). M-W-F are weight days, Tu/Thu are cardio days.

THE TUESDAY EVENING CLASS MEETS AT ST. MARY’S TRACK.

At Evergreen Presbyterian
0530 Monday through Friday

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ST. JUDE HALF MARATHON TRAINING ON SATURDAY!

1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the December 6, 2008 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon continues this Saturday at 0800 at Shelby Farms! Meet in front of the Visitor’s Center! My wife Wendy will be leading the run this Saturday! We’ll be going 2 hrs and 20 minutes.

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FACEBOOK

Find me on Facebook and make me your friend! (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629618416)

I’ll make you mine! Then join the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Group!

While you’re on Facebook, you might see an ad for USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP pop up. Do NOT click on it! Facebook charges me for every time someone clicks on it. The ad is NOT for you knuckleheads!

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“Mean people pay more!”

~ Sgt. Tony, 51 year old athlete and adventurer

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
5358 Denwood
Memphis, TN 38120
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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