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THINK JAN, NOT MARSHA! — Newsletter for 3/25/09

Mar. 25th 2009

I asked Meredith to the 7th grade dance. When I was in the 7th grade. Not yesterday.

Meredith had light brown hair and green eyes and wore the most adorable glasses. She was a little shy, and a little bookish, a really good student, and she had a great sense of humor. And because her last name started with an L, we sat next to one another in most of our classes, according to the alphabetical seating chart all of our teachers followed. This gave me a lot of opportunities to talk to Meredith.

She thought I was funny and when she laughed really hard she snorted a little. I loved that! And since I thought/think that a girl snorting when she laughs is waaaay too cute, I tried hard to make her laugh as much as I could. Being shy, she kinda sorta didn’t want to laugh and snort in class, but I couldn’t help myself! And the more she tried to suppress it, well, the worse it got! It was wonderful! She would playfully hit me on the shoulder while she laughed and say, “Stoppppppp-snort-Tonnnny!” It was pure joy for me!

She wasn’t a cheerleader and she didn’t run in the cool popular clique of girls. Think Jan, not Marsha. In fact, most of my buddies didn’t even know who she was. But I thought she was irresistibly cute. I really liked her. And the fact that she thought I was funny, and that she had that sweet laugh, endeared her to me. I couldn’t imagine going to the dance with anyone else.

Even still, I was VERY nervous when I asked Meredith to go with me, and was so relieved when she said yes. It was my first “date!”

The dance was our fall mixer. They called it a “Sock Hop,” but I never knew why. We never actually took our shoes off and hopped around.

The evening of the dance I waited for Meredith in front of the school. When her dad pulled up and she got out, I felt like the luckiest boy in the school. She looked absolutely stunning! She was wearing a dark navy blue dress, almost black, with a small white floral pattern with touches of powder blue in the flowers. I’d never seen her wear that dress to school. As I thought about it, I imagined that she and her mom might have gone out and bought that dress just for the occasion. The dress was more flattering than the clothes she usually wore to school and she looked amazing. I even noticed that her hair was in a different style than usual and that she’d probably spent a long time on it. She looked beautiful!

Me on the other hand, I looked awful. There was nothing particularly special about what I was wearing. And to make matters worse, the dance was held in the school cafeteria where it was very hot in late September. I felt like I was sweating through my shirt and looked horrid. I was very self conscious. But despite how I looked, I thought of myself as a pretty good dancer, for a 13 year old white boy, and was cuttin’ quite a rug once the dance began in the dimly lit cafeteria! Truth is, I probably looked silly and ridiculous. But if I did, Meredith never let on. She seemed to be having fun!

Everything was going just great until the first slow dance.

A SLOW DANCE?? Are you KIDDING ME?? I was terrified. We stood there looking awkward and nervous as the official slow dance music started — “Nights in White Satin” — and other couples started slow dancing. I’d never slow danced in my life! And with me being sweaty and all, I was horrified at the very thought of Meredith wrapping her arms around the sweaty mess I’d become. I was sure she’d be repulsed and pull back, totally grossed out. This made me sweat even more. I could feel my shirt clinging to my back and projectile flop sweat leaping off my forehead like rats abandoning ship. But Meredith didn’t seem to mind and we wrapped ourselves up like fishing worms and started doing that little foot shuffling circle movement that passes for slow dancing. After I quit worrying and fretting, I started to relax and enjoy my first slow dance. This was really fun, I thought, no matter how goofy I looked or how uncomfortable I felt.

Through the crowd of couples slow dancing, I spotted my buddy Ronnie over to my left. He and his date were in the darkest part of the cafeteria … and they were not only slow dancing, they were kissing too! Wow! There they were, making out!! Gosh, that looked pretty fun! I wondered if Meredith wanted to do that too.

Now, I had kissed a few girls by this time. Several of us had played Spin the Bottle in 6th grade so I wasn’t completely unfamiliar with the whole kissing thing. I weren’t no playah, but I sort of had a general idea how it worked.

So I managed to “dance” us over into that same corner with Ronnie and Becky. There was plenty of song left (Thank you Moody Blues) by the time I got us over to the corner to make my move. So I pulled back, looked at Meredith, calculated the distance from my lips to her’s, tried to allow for wind, lighting, and the phases of the moon, and prepared to move in for “the kiss” … and then … got cold feet and froze. Froze! Meredith — God bless her — waited patiently while I mustered up the courage to close the deal.

Time seemed to pass in slow motion as I attempted to achieve radar lock-on for the guidance to Meredith’s waiting mouth. I knew what to do … but I just … couldn’t … move. I was terrified and started over thinking and over analyzing it all. And the longer I lingered the more awkward it became.

At last I managed to unfreeze myself. Unfortunately at the exact same moment that I finally started to make my “make-out move,” Meredith decided to save the moment and end my embarrassment by resuming the slow dance posture, moving her face toward my shoulder.

The result was that I completely missed her lips and her cheek … and ended up kissing her right ear.

My first school dance … I have a really cute girl who is waiting for me to kiss her … and I totally fowl it up! I kissed her ear. Actually it was a combination of her ear and her hair. Either way, I felt like a complete moron.

“Did you just try to kiss me?” she asked sweetly.

“Uh … no.” I lied unconvincingly.

The rest of the dance went without incident … or a kiss. But we had a really good time anyway. I thought. And the night ended when Meredith’s dad picked her up in front of the school. Ronnie and I stood there as I waved goodbye. I felt like a big goober.

“Did you kiss her?” Ronnie asked, as we waited for his dad to pick us up.

“Yes,” I lied.

A couple of months later, at the Christmas break, Meredith’s family moved from my hometown. I never had a chance to go on another “date” with her. And although I never saw her again, I’ve never forgotten her either.

Timing and opportunity aligned that night at the dance and I blew it. I missed my chance to kiss my first date.

Timing and opportunity are things we’re presented everyday. Maybe not with kissing at a Sock Hop, but with other more meaningful things. More important things. (Is it time to get back in the Stock Market? Maybe so! Is is time to come back to Boot Camp? Absolutely!)

Timing and opportunity.

Sometimes the door of opportunity opens only once. Be prepared to move! The universe rewards action. And even though this was a silly little story about a 13 year old me and a “move” that I never made, opportunities of all kinds are presented to us everyday. Be prepared all the time to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you!

Luck favors the prepared!

How many opportunities have you missed because you were frightened? Or not ready? Or simply moved too slowly? And how many times have you moved quickly on an opportunity and the most amazing things happened?

When opportunity knocks … OPEN THE DOOR and invite her in!

Thanks Meredith, wherever you are! I had a great time!

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5K RUN AT CHRIST METHODIST THIS SATURDAY

Ready for a 5K run? Here’s an opportunity!!

Why not run this Saturday at CUMC!? The race begins at 8 AM at the church. You’ll need to register at the church this week, or race morning. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Housing Opportunities under the Memphis Leadership Foundation!

Talk to Jan Averwater or James Hanrahan at CUMC Recreation and Athletic Ministries.

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PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS

Please keep Teri Trotter and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Teri’s surgery was a success last week and they are preparing for the next step in the process.

We love you Teri!

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to these AWESOME Boot Campers who ran the Natchez Trace Duathlon (2 mile run, 15 mile bike, 3 mile run) at Natchez Trace State Park this past Sunday! Way to “du” guys!

David Caffey
Holly Spraker
Amy Cone
Kirk Johnston

You rock!

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SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING

Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 25, 2009 (or the Louisville Half Marathon or St. Louis Half Marathon) will continue at 0800 this coming Saturday, 28 March!

We’ll meet at 0800 in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.

IF IT IS RAINING, MEET AT THE U of M PARKING GARAGE ON ZACH CURLIN

The training schedule is posted on the blog page of our website: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

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THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

I try to promote and patronize Boot Campers in their businesses. I am also a member of a business networking group (BNI – Business Networking International) that meets weekly to promote one another’s businesses.

Every week I’ll be introducing you to three businesses, either owned by one of you guys or one of my BNI buddies. Maybe you’re not a business owner, but you work on commission and would like to be mentioned, please send me your info!

Today’s Big Three are:

1. Dana Whitmore (Boot Camper) In-Rel Management — Commercial Office Space Leasing at some cool locations! 901-333-8654, email: dwhitmore@in-rel.com

2. Anna Haug (Boot Camper) Graphic Systems Incorporated — printing distribution, 901-487-6580.

3. Lynn Street (BNI) Street’s Accounting Service — taxes, bookkeeping, general accounting, 901-759-0359.

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What would you do today if fear were not a factor, failure were not an option, and money were not a question?

To your continued good health and fitness,

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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UPDATE! 3/19/09

Mar. 19th 2009

Hi Everyone!

So many of you have contacted me for information about Teri Trotter. Here is the latest news from Teri herself!

“I’m home!! I can’t believe it. The surgery is over and it went VERY well. The sentinal node biopsy was negative! That means no cancer in my lymph nodes. There is still more testing being done at the lab that will determine my treatment. We could hear the pathology report from these tests as early as tomorrow. I am sore, obviously, but the pain meds are helping. I go see my plastic surgeon next Tuesday for a follow-up.

I thank God for all of you every day. You all rock!!”

No Teri, YOU ROCK!!

All the best!
Tony

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TEN — Newsletter for 3/18/09

Mar. 18th 2009

I lived in Japan for 10 years as a civilian.

I lived for 3 years in Tokyo and 7 years in Nagoya. Not far from where I lived was Mt. Osutaka. On a ridge of that mountain range is the crash site of the worst air disaster in history.

Japan Airlines (JAL) flight 123, taking off from Tokyo bound for Osaka, crashed there on August 12, 1985. It was one of the most unusual plane crashes not only because of the great loss of life, but because the passengers and crew knew they were going to crash. For almost an hour they knew.

A mechanical failure that occurred shortly after takeoff rendered the aircraft mostly uncontrollable. The flight crew lost practically all steering capabilities. What little control they had was primarily made possible by varying the thrust of the engines. The erratic and wandering behavior of the plane made it necessary to inform the passengers of their situation. And ultimately of their peril.

Film developed from cameras found at the crash site chronicled the scene within the cabin of the ill-fated craft. There was no chaos, no panic, no pandemonium. The photographs showed flight attendants calmly walking up and down the aisle giving out refreshments and words of comfort. Passengers remained seated. Many appeared to be praying. While others looked as if they were taking a written examination. The flight attendants had also handed out paper and pens.

In 1985 there were no cell phones. Passengers spent their last hour writing letters to their loved ones. Letters that were discovered in the pockets of their clothes. Their last letters.

If you knew that you only had one hour to live, and you could only speak to 10 people, who would they be?

That was a question posed to me a few years ago when I was facing a tough time in my life.

I wrote down the names of the 10 people I would want to talk to if I had only an hour to live.

Whoever those 10 are, I was told, THEY are the most important people in your life. THEY are the ones to treasure. THEY are the ones who matter. THEY are the ones to invest your life in. THEY are the ones who deserve to get your best. Your time. Your patience. Your understanding. Your love.

Who are YOUR 10? Write down their names.

Today, take care of your body as if you were going to live forever. Make it healthy and strong!

But today — and everyday — behave toward your 10 as if this were your last day on earth. Today might be a good day to tell them how important they are to you.

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PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS

Our Teri Trotter is having breast cancer surgery today at 1:30. Please keep our sweet friend, her man Brad, and their awesome kids, Lanie and William, in your thoughts and prayers. You can read about Teri’s situation at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/teritrotter

This is what Teri wrote this morning:

“I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed with fear. I am overwhelmed with the uncertainty of the unknown. I am overwhelmed by the complexity of this disease. I am overwhelmed by the graciousness of people around me. I am overwhelmed with love for my husband. I am overwhelmed with love for my children. I am overwhelmed by the faith I have in God. I am overwhelmed with a calm that can only be brought on by the prayers of so many people. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for me. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. I am overwhelmed by how God has blessed me with such an amazing family. I am overwhelmed with relief that today is finally here. I am overwhelmed with the need to move forward to the next stage of treatment. I am overwhelmed with worry as to just what this treatment will be. I am overwhelmed by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am overwhelmed that all of you care so much. I am overwhelmed.
Just two more hours until I leave for the hospital. Bring it on!!”

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Boot Camper Emily House and her husband, David, are hurting right now. Emily had an emergency c-section on Sunday. Their little boy was born with too many life threatening conditions and died a few hours after he was born. I don’t think I can convey to you the desperate need they have for their hearts and emotions to be made healthy and whole again. Please remember them.

If your heart is light, if your body is healthy, if your life is good … reach out to someone whose heart is heavy, whose body hurts, whose life is in turmoil. On the shoulders of those around you are the unseen and heavy burdens they bear.

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OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR A SUCCESS STORY!

Last week I told you about my friend Rachel. She’s lost over 60 pounds and as a former smoker and mother of 3, had a long row to hoe when she decided to take charge of her life and become physically fit.

But she didn’t let anything get in her way (sounds like something I’ve been harping on to you guys for years!) And now she’s ready to tell me how she did it. (And of course, I wasn’t gonna leave you out!)

To see how she pulled it all off, you gotta get on the 3-part series she’s gonna do via phone. First, sign up to get the call-in details:

www.RachelDYoung.com

She’ll supply the rest.

I just knew you guys wouldn’t wanna pass up an opportunity to see how a full-time mother and entrepreneur “found” time in her schedule to workout, eat right on a family budget, and take the weight off.

I can think of at least one or two of you that could really use these calls to your advantage!

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to these Boot Campers who ran the Germantown Half Marathon this past Sunday! Way to go guys!

Estelle Winsett
Kay Ryan
Elizabeth Stacey

And David and Margaret Caffey ran in the Walt Disney World Family Weekend! They ran a 5K on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday!! Awesome!

All y’all ROCK!

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THIRD THURSDAY MOUNT FUJI AT 0530

Tomorrow morning the 0530 class will meet at the University of Memphis for our Mt. Fuji workout! Meet in the parking lot in front of the parking garage on Zach Curlin. Bring your dumbbells!

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SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING at the University of Memphis

Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 25, 2009 (or the Louisville Half Marathon or St. Louis Half Marathon) will continue at 0800 this coming Saturday, 21 March!

We’ll meet in front of the parking garage on Zach Curlin! Saturday’s run will be speed oriented and will only last 1 hr. 10 min.

The training schedule is posted on the blog page of our website: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

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THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

I try to promote and patronize Boot Campers in their businesses. I am also a member of a business networking group (BNI – Business Networking International) that meets weekly to promote one another’s businesses.

Every week I’ll be introducing you to three businesses, either owned by one of you guys or one of my BNI buddies. Maybe you’re not a business owner, but you work on commission and would like to be mentioned, please send me your info!

Today’s Big Three are:

1. Eric Flanders (Boot Camper): Fleet Feet Sports “Running Shoes, Apparel and Gear”, 901-761-0078. Sgt. Tony’s running store.

2. Dr. John Whittemore (Boot Camper) Germantown Dental Group, 901-754-0540. Sgt. Tony’s dentist.

3. Greg Inman (Boot Camper), Inman-Murphy Termite & Pest Control 901-388-0852. Sergeant Tony’s termite company!

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If you knew that you only had one hour to live, and could only speak to 10 people, who would they be?

To your continued good health and fitness,

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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Shelby Farms for our run 3/14/09

Mar. 14th 2009

Hey Guys!

Looks like the rain will be heading east and we’ll be able to do our long run today at Shelby Farms. See you in front of the Visitor’s Center at 0800!

Tony

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS — Newsletter for 3/11/09

Mar. 11th 2009

“Great Expectations” is the name of a pretty interesting song by Elbow. The other day I listened to it over and over again. So much so that the next morning I woke up repeating one of the lines of the song. Has that ever happened to you?

Of course, “Great Expectations” is also the name of a famous book by Charles Dickens. I think the book should have been called “Dashed Hopes.” But that title might not have sold many copies.

Expectations are horrible little hobgoblins of the mind that will pump you up and get you excited and then stand off at a distance and act innocent when their first cousin, “Disappointment” moves in to ruin the party.

It’s said that a person’s happiness is in direct proportion to the degree to which their expectations are fulfilled. And the inverse is true about someone’s unhappiness or disappointment; in direct proportion to which a person’s expectations are unmet or unfulfilled.

Unrealistic expectations are part of the DNA of a person with a critical spirit, a perfectionist, or the self righteous. They impose upon the world a view of how THEY believe it should be and then criticize, judge, or complain when the reality of the situation doesn’t match their expectations.

Do you know someone like that? Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s me. Thing is, we can all fall victim to it. Any one of us on any given day. Critical? Self righteous? Intolerant?

Nothing and none of us are perfect. Let me say that again … nothing, nothing, nothing and NONE OF US are perfect!

Expecting perfection is “ignert.” And because nothing is perfect, we can always find something to criticize about the world around us … the people around us … or ourselves. You don’t act like I want you to act. I don’t act like you want me to act. Lunch was not as good as it could have been. He isn’t as spiritual as me. I’m right, they’re wrong. I’m better than he is. My boss is a chowder head. My house isn’t big enough. Dinner tonight will not be as good as it could be. My run times are too slow. Your push ups are horrible. (hahahaha) It’s too cold outside. It’s too hot. My hair is always a disaster. My friends are stupid. My mother didn’t love me. My father was too distant. My family is dysfunctional. Whatever.

It takes no talent or intelligence to criticize or tear down. Ever notice how quick those guys can implode a building? They can tear down in minutes what took years to build. And don’t you grow weary of the person who’s only contribution to conversation consists of complaining and criticizing?

I know that it’s an overused phrase, but “it is what it is” is wisdom in five words. Things are the way they are. Period. The first step is to accept that truth without judgment or intolerance. Maybe things can be changed. Change it! Maybe they can’t. Accept it! We all struggle with the balancing act. We all need what Reinhold Niebuhr’s prayer mentions: acceptance of the things we cannot change, courage to change what can be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference … and peace in the process … with contentment.

And all of this is coming from a guy who DEMANDS perfection from you everyday! I know, I know, I’m a hypocrite! Demanding excellence and success from you is my job! You get healthier and stronger when I demand your BEST, when I push you! In “Boot Camp World” good enough never is!

But today … take it easy on your fellow man and your fellow woman … give everyone a break … you don’t know their story or the burdens they bear … and while you’re at it, give yourself a little slack too. Don’t beat yourself up … let ME do that for you! Appreciate the world you live in and the people around you. Appreciate your life and the contributions that others make in your life. Be grateful.

Be content.

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OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR A SUCCESS STORY!

If you’ve been a Boot Camper for any amount of time, you know that I’ve had my hands full with the hiatus of the Midtown Battalion, the awarding of Sgt. Tony’s Combat the Fat Weight Loss Challenge (congrats again, Tawnette!), not to mention Riverdancing my way across Memphis!

But even with all this on my plate — and other things too — the one thing that hasn’t changed is my commitment to you. Making sure that you’ve got all the tools you need to truly embrace good health and fitness.

So when my longtime friend, Rachel Young came to me and said that she had recently lost over 60 pounds…kept it off…and wanted to tell me exactly how she’d done it – I wanted to make sure you were included in the festivities!

She’s gonna ‘tell all’ on March 17th at 9pm EST (that’s 8pm Central Time for you Ole Miss grads). You can go sign up to get the call details here:

www.RachelDYoung.com

Keep in mind that I’ve known this girl for almost 20 years and she pulls no punches. (She’s even begun training for the Women’s Tri-Fitness Competition in 2010!)

I don’t know how many ‘seats’ she’s got available so you probably don’t wanna wait around on something like this.

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SERGEANT TONY’S $5,000 COMBAT THE FAT WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

With friends and family gathered at Jason’s Deli this past Saturday morning, our champion was awarded a check for FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!

Tawnette Baker won with a weight loss of 20.13%!
Andy Cook was second with a weight loss of 18.17%
Josh Miller came in third with a weight loss of 17.45%

Don Baker, Tawnette’s husband, probably had the second biggest grin in the room. His wife had promised to buy him new speakers for his stereo if she won!

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

I’ve been asked about the next Challenge. Look for a new and revamped Challenge, maybe in June. Stay tuned for further details.

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SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 25, 2009 (or the Louisville Half Marathon or St. Louis Half Marathon) will continue at 0800 this coming Saturday, 14 March! We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.

Cost for the three month training is $100 for “friends” of Boot Camp and $75 for active duty BOOT CAMPERS!

The training schedule is posted on the blog page of our website: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

IF IT IS RAINING, WE’LL MEET AT THE ZACH CURLIN PARKING GARAGE AT THE U OF M!

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THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

I try to promote and patronize Boot Campers in their businesses. I am also a member of a business networking group (BNI – Business Networking International) that meets weekly to promote one another’s businesses.

Every week I’ll be introducing you to three businesses, either owned by one of you guys or one of my BNI buddies. Maybe you’re not a business owner, but you work on commission and would like to be mentioned, please send me your info!

Today’s Big Three are:

1. Melissa Dixon (Boot Camper, BNI): Affordable Moving “Local and Long Distance Moving”, 901-388-3313

2. Taylor Taylor (Boot Camper) Summer Junior Tennis Camps at the Racquet Club taught by Taylor, a USPTA Professional, 901-765-4404. tayholden@hotmail.com (901) 292-7177 cell. Call or email her for class times and schedules.

3. Dr. Carl “Buddy” Flinn (Boot Camper), Peepers Optical 773 Estate Pl, Memphis. 901-681-4045. Specializing In Pediatric Eyewear, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus. Sergeant Tony’s eye doc!

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Shameless, Shameless, SHAMELESS PLUG

My son, Nathan, a starving college student at MTSU has become a sales rep for Cutco, a knife and flatware company. He just started last week. He makes $15 every time he makes a presentation, irrespective of whether he sells anything or not. Nathan needs opportunities to give his 35 minute presentation when he’s home on the weekends. If you’d like to listen to a cute young college boy and help him out, or you’d just like a chance to heckle my kid in person, please give Nathan a call at 901-289-2738. Thank you Scot, Margaret, David, and Kay!

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This is from my good friend Troy Donald.

I Believe…
That just because two people argue,
doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue,
doesn’t mean they do love each other.

I Believe…
That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe…
That we don’t have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.

I Believe…
That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe…
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe…
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe…
That it’s taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I Believe…
That you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe…
That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe…
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe….
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe…
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe…
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe..
That my best friend and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time.

I Believe…
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe…
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them…..and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe…
That it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I Believe…
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe…
That you shouldn’t be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe…
Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I Believe…
That your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don’t even know you.

I Believe…
That even when you think you have no more to give, if
a friend cries out to you……..you will find the strength to help.

I Believe…
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe…
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe…
That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in. I just did.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.

Thank you God for all the wonderful people who help us
throughout this journey called Life..

To your continued good health and fitness,

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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$5,000 AWARDED! — Special Announcement 3/7/09

Mar. 7th 2009

Greetings All!

Today Sergeant Tony’s $5,000 Combat the Fat Weight Loss Challenge came to an end!

After six months, and with friends and family gathered at Jason’s Deli, our champion was awarded a check for FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!

Tawnette Baker won with a weight loss of 20.13%!
Andy Cook was second with a weight loss of 18.17%
Josh Miller came in third with a weight loss of 17.45%

Don Baker, Tawnette’s husband, probably had the second biggest grin in the room. His wife had promised to buy him new speakers for his stereo if she won, he told me!

Congratulations to everyone who participated. If you are a sponsor, contact your Challenger to find out how they did!

I’ve been asked about the next Challenge. I will be taking a few months off. Look for a new and revamped Challenge, maybe in June. Stay tuned!

Thank you everyone! Today was fun and I really enjoyed meeting your friends, family, and sponsors!

All the best,

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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OBAMA GAY SCANDAL — Newsletter for 3/4/09

Mar. 4th 2009

“OBAMA GAY SCANDAL”

That was the huge headline on a supermarket tabloid I saw this morning.

Next to that tabloid was another one that had a picture of Angelina Jolie on the left side of the front page and another picture of Jennifer Anniston on the other side. According to the headline they were about to have a “SHOWDOWN!” Neither of them seemed to be dressed for a rumble though.

There seems to be no end to people’s interest in scandal, gossip, half truths, and full out lies. Or their capacity for stupid. Case in point, Rush Limbaugh ($33 million dollar a year radio talk show host who flunked out of college his freshman year) said recently that he hoped that President Obama failed.

Wanna run that one past me again there genius? (I Timothy 2:1-3)

Isn’t that a little like hoping the guy flying the plane you’re on fails?

Charlie Brown said it best, “Good grief.”

So in the spirit of gossip and scandal, I’m going to tell you MY dirty little secret.

Get ready. It’s very titillating. But not exactly lascivious.

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is NOT a weight loss program. There. I said it.

Let me say it a different way, “USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is NOT a weight loss program IF you eat more calories than you burn.”

Fit fat people are not unusual. I’ve gotten passed by them in every marathon I’ve ever run. I’ll be chuggin’ a long and a fat guy (or girl) will pass me.

Skinny unfit people are everywhere too. Lots of people lose weight without exercise. They just quit eating. They don’t look very healthy, but they’re skinny.

Here’s the deal.

If your level of daily activities burns 2,500 calories, for example, but you eat 3,000 calories, guess what? You’ll GAIN weight!!

This is easy to calculate, even for Ole Miss grads. Let’s say that your daily activities, minus BOOT CAMP, burns 1,500 calories. Now add, say, 800 calories that you burned at BOOT CAMP. That gives you 2,300 calories burned. But look at what you’re eating. Maybe 800 or more calories per meal, plus calories from snacks and drinks, and you’ve got well over 2,300 calories. BOOT CAMP will make you physically fit. You’ll be strong. You’ll have more stamina. You’ll have more energy. But you won’t lose any weight if you eat more calories than you burn … no matter how many push ups you can do.

Here’s the fitness industry’s dirty little secret: THERE IS NO EXERCISE PROGRAM THAT WILL MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT UNLESS YOU EAT FEWER CALORIES THAN YOU BURN!

That’s it.

June will be here before you know it and you’ve got PLENTY of time to take control and get down to your beach-going-cruise-taking-reunion-attending-bikini weight. Some of you fellas could actually take off your shirt this summer!

Focus on success! Make a commitment and DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

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CONGRATULATIONS BOOT CAMPERS!!!!!

Congratulations to the following BOOT CAMPERS who ran the 1st Annual Move it Memphis 10K last Saturday. (In no particular order!)

David Caffey
Margaret Caffey
Scot Bearup
Sarah Bowen
Rebecca Rawlinson
Celeste Pryor
Austin Nichols
Angela Haug
Ashley West
Jean Johnston
Dana Whitmore
John Winford
Holly Spraker
Amy Cone
Nina Sublette
Laura Rogers

Way to go everyone!!

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SPRING HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Training for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 25, 2009 (or the Louisville Half Marathon or will continue at 0800 this coming Saturday, 7 March! We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms.

Cost for the three month training is $100 for “friends” of Boot Camp and $75 for active duty BOOT CAMPERS!

The training schedule is posted on the blog page of our website: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

IF IT IS RAINING, WE’LL MEET AT THE ZACH CURLIN PARKING GARAGE AT THE U OF M!

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THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

I try to promote and patronize Boot Campers in their businesses. I am also a member of a business networking group (BNI – Business Networking International) that meets weekly to promote one another’s businesses.

Every week I’ll be introducing you to three businesses, either owned by one of you guys or one of my BNI buddies. Maybe you’re not a business owner, but you work on commission and would like to be mentioned, please send me your info!

Today’s Big Three are:

1. Rick Owings (Boot Camper): Body Mechanix Theraputic Massage, 3486 Poplar Avenue, (901) 323-1220

2. Cathy Graham (Sometimes Boot Camper, BNI): Grafix Unlimited (website design and lots more!), cgraham@grafixunlimited.com

3. Les Bonnett (Collierville Boot Camp Commander, BNI): Ugly Signs (signs, magnetics, banners), 901-592-7097

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MIDTOWN BOOT CAMP STANDING DOWN

After much consideration, contemplation, and consultation, we put the Midtown Battalion on hiatus last Friday.

The careers and personal obligations of the two commanders have grown, changed, and become increasingly more challenging over the past year. And despite their heartfelt desires to continue providing topnotch inspired leadership in Midtown, the realities of time and space are not cooperating. This is both a good thing and a not so good thing.

It is good that Theresa’s and Holly’s lives, careers, and opportunities are expanding and allowing them new pathways for personal and professional growth. The not so good part is that it leaves them unable to provide the level of leadership required and needed to maintain the consistency of commitment to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Midtown.

It is my hope that USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Midtown will, at some point in the future, be reactivated and brought back to active duty status.

Many thanks to Theresa Andreuccetti and Holly Guthrie! And special thanks to Mike Barta and Anne Emmerth who assisted Theresa and Holly countless times and in so many ways! Thanks guys!

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Shameless, Shameless, SHAMELESS PLUG

My son, Nathan, a starving college student at MTSU has become a sales rep for Cutco, a knife and flatware company. He just started last week. He makes $15 every time he makes a presentation, irrespective of whether he sells anything or not. Nathan needs opportunities to give his 35 minute presentation when he’s home on the weekends. If you’d like to listen to a cute young college boy and help him out, or you’d just like a chance to heckle my kid in person, please give Nathan a call at 901-289-2738. Thank you Scot, Margaret, and David!

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Take three minutes, right now, and think on one thing or person that you’re grateful for! If it’s a person, tell them!

To your continued good health and fitness,

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

www.shaklee.net/tonyludlow/main

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