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WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT FOR Friday 1/29

Jan. 29th 2010

Even though the Memphis City Schools have closed in ANTICIPATION of what will happen later today, I am bucking the system.

THE MORNING CLASSES OF USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP ARE ON!

We are a GO!

LET’S GET SOME!

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TRANSITIVE VERBS — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 1/27/10

Jan. 27th 2010

I loved school.

I hated Donny Osmond. (Just thought you’d like to know.)

I wasn’t one of those kids who looked for excuses not to go to school. I thought it was fun!

But in the 8th grade I ran into a bit of a snag. Algebra and English were conspiring against me. They were evil twins dishing out misery and torture of the worst kind. I was awful at Algebra and even mo’ awfuller at grammar.

Mrs. Holman was my 8th grade English teacher. And she was the first adult black woman I ever had a conversation with. Or rather, “the first adult black woman with whom I ever had a conversation.”

She was a middle aged woman who wore big jewelry, very distinctive perfume with a powdery smell, and spoke with an adorable Southern accent, right out of some fancy finishing school. If she said, “Young sir, you need to go to the barber shop.” It would sound like, “Yunng suuh, you need to go to the baahba shop.” Think refined Southern like Scarlett, not trailer park Southern like Reba.

Of the eight or so 8th grade English teachers on faculty, she had the reputation for being the toughest.

Perfect, just perfect.

Our first conversation happened because I had to see her after school early in the first semester. I was tanking her class, in a HUGE and grotesque manner. The first semester was all grammar and the second was all literature and writing.

My apparent goal during that first semester was to establish a new level of failure in her grammar class. And I was doing a particularly splendid job of it. Transitive verbs, indirect objects, subjects of prepositions, past pluperfect verbs, subordinate clauses, diagramming sentences … none of it was sticking.

So a couple of days a week, instead of going to football practice after school, I had to go to Mrs. Holman’s classroom for remedial grammar. I was not happy about this and I had a fairly good sized chip on my shoulder. Of course I blamed Mrs. Holman. And as you would expect, my coaches were furious. I was afraid of losing my position on the team. (Which I lost.)

By the end of the first semester I had raised my F- to a solid C. And my bitterness towards my teacher had actually turned into something of a crush on Mrs. Holman. She was so charming and she took such an interest in all of her students. She was irresistible. I started working hard to impress her, and to get back to after school sports.

By the end of the first semester I was no longer having to get extra help after school and the literature and writing of the second semester were way more fun.

Everything was going just fine, that is until Mrs. Holman did something terrible. She slipped some poetry into the mix and I took an immediate dislike to it.

Poetry? Are you kidding me??

My grades started to tumble again. It seemed like poetry wasn’t very manly or compelling for a young lad hoping to one day to be a real man. I had to start going back to her classroom after school for more help. I complained to her that poetry seemed so feminine and sissified. I just couldn’t relate to it. I was sure, I told her, that none of the men in my family read such stuff. She just smiled and giggled.

One afternoon as I was struggling to figure out what some stupid poem about daffodils or kittens meant, she handed me a small book.

“Tony Ludlow, you will delight yourself in this book immeasurably, or I am no judge of such matters,” she declared in that wonderful accent.

The book she gave me was a short collection of poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. She had put a book mark inside and told me to open to the mark.

“I want you to read that poem and a week from now you will give me a report. I want you to tell me what it means.”

Oh that’s just “super” I thought. Perfect, just perfect.

The poem was “Ulysses.”

And that poem changed my life. And it changed my views on poetry forever.

Mrs. Holman started giving me other poems to read that weren’t assigned to the rest of the class. They were poems about life from a man’s perspective, written in many cases by the men themselves. One of those was “Dulce et Decorum Est,” the most famous poem of World War I, written by a soldier named Wilfred Owen. It was the last poem she ever assigned to me. And it was the last poem Owen ever wrote. And it brought me to tears.

On the last day of 8th grade, Mrs. Holman went around the room saying good bye and good luck to each of us. When she got to me, she shook my hand and smiled. I said, “Thank you for everything Mrs. Holman!” And she looked straight at me, paused, leaned in closer, and then said in a low voice that was almost a whisper, words I’ve never forgotten … “Tony Ludlow, I expect greatness from you.”

You expect WHAT?? Are you serious??

What was I supposed to say to that? What was anyone supposed to say to that?

“Yes, ma’am,” I said, as if I could run right out that afternoon and perform “greatness.”

I was an average student, a completely ordinary, skinny, knucklehead kid with a smart mouth and tons of goofiness, but no visible means of greatness. I was a very average boy, from a below average family, living in a typically average town, in a somewhat below average state. Why did she say that to me? I didn’t hear her say that to anyone else! Why did she burden me with such an assignment? Greatness?! Good lord!

Over the years I’ve never believed, despite all of my feigned cockiness and false bravado, that I’ve ever achieved greatness. The “burden” that Mrs. Holman gave me that day was intended to serve as a compass marker, a way to orient the map, a process by which to plot a course, a direction in life. I don’t think she intended it to be an anchor, a hardship, or a destination.

Striving for greatness is what she wanted for me. It’s something that each of us can do. No mater who you are or what your occupation. LeBron James is great, but so was Mrs. Holman.

Greatness travels with passion and has nothing to do with your zip code or bank balance. And I find that passion may be the single most attractive thing in a person. An average looking woman with a passion and fire in her belly for something (anything!) is infinitely more attractive than a beautiful woman with nothing that energizes her life.

A passion for things, a lust for life, and a positive attitude are magnetic and winsome in any person! Be those things and the world will find you!

You can be awesome!

You can be extraordinary!

You can be incredible!

You can be GREATNESS!

See you on the Quarterdeck!

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SCHEDULE CHANGES – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

The 0530 class will meet every Thursday inside the gym (the one we always use). We’ll do the “Boga Workout.” If you’re new to that workout, it’s a combination of Boot Camp and Yoga! You’ll need your dumbbells and mat.

And until further notice, the Tues/Thurs evening classes are on hiatus. We’ll crank them back up soon … probably in March. Stay tuned!

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LOSE THE WEIGHT — The Body You Want in July Begins With a Strategy in January!

Take Shape For Life — weight loss program!

In a nutshell, the plan calls for you to daily eat 5 Medifast replacement meals and one “lean and green” meal that you prepare or have at a restaurant. It’s simple, easy to do, scientific, goof proof, affordable, and it works!

You can go directly to the Take Shape For Life website and poke around there. Plenty of detailed information. You can also sign up there as well. Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com . If you’ve got questions, let me know.

I’m really excited about this! The success that those who have started the program has been awesome!

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SNOW DAYS!!

In the event of snow, we will follow Memphis City Schools. If MCS shuts down, we will stand down.

If the snow comes while MCS is on a holiday break, check the blog on the USMC Fitness Boot Camp website where I’ll post my decision at 0500 of that day.

Also, if MCS shuts down in the morning and we stand down, but the streets clear and are fine by the afternoon, I’ll post my decision regarding the evening class on the blog by 1600 (4 PM).

Q: “Tony, what if the Memphis City Schools have a delay in their start (like starting 2 hours late) what will we do?”
A: “We will workout!! We will be rockin’ and rollin’!”

I will also post the announcement to the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP group on Facebook.

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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! I can communicate snow day decisions through that group too!

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. That’s an ad for prospective Boot Campers! You knuckleheads already know how awesome it is!

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BOOT CAMP SWEATSHIRTS

The black and gray zippered hoodie have arrived! Embroidered BOOT CAMP sweatshirts are the way to show your coolness! Sizes are available in S to XXL!

Get yours ASAP! $35 each or two for $65!

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BOOT CAMP GIFT CERTIFICATES

For the month of January I’ll make these gift certificates available to you to give to that friend or family member who really needs to be on the Quarterdeck with you!

As you know, the first month of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is $180. Then it’s $75 per month after that. BUT a Boot Camp gift certificate that YOU purchase this month costs YOU only $75 to give to your friends or family members! The certificate you buy takes care of their first month’s fee.

Only members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp can purchase these gift certificates at this savings.

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FLEET FEET IS HIRING!

If you’ve thought that Fleet Feet Sports would be a great place to work, now’s your chance – great pay, excellent benefits, fun co-workers, and the best customers in the world! Drop by the store for more info.

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A JOB SEEKER!

A new friend of mine is looking for a new position after a little time off and a relocation to Memphis from Atlanta.

She has an MS in Organizational Change Management but would like to start as an Administrative Assistant to get back in the flow of office policies and procedures, strategic and performance management etc.

She says, “I’m seeking a Full-Time Administrative Assistant Position, where I can apply my customer service, administrative, multitasking, and communication knowledge, skills, and abilities. I am focusing on companies where I can advance. I am a dedicated and reliable leader with customer service experience in a highly energetic corporate environment. I am an adaptable, achievement oriented person who works terrific in teams and independently.”

Let me know if you have any leads for her!

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“I expect greatness from you!”

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/esuite/home/combatchallenge/

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BASKETBALL JONES! — Sgt. Tony’s Newsletter for 1/20/10

Jan. 20th 2010

“Na na naaaaahhhh nah … HEY, HEY, HEY … GOOOOOD BYE!”

We were in other team’s gym and the fans had started that chant (“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam) with 1 minute 17 seconds to play.

We were 12 points behind and 77 seconds away from a humiliating defeat.

Coach called time out.

With their gym and their fans in a frenzy and chanting … “Na na naaaaahhhh nah … HEY, HEY, HEY … GOOOOOD BYE!” …

and the other team giving each other high fives and chest bumping, Coach commanded:

“SCR*W THAT *STUFF*! WE’RE GONNA WIN THIS GAME!”

Then he explained how.

The other team inbounded the ball under our goal. We stole it, shot from the 3 point range, made it, and called time out.

Down by 9.

Coach commanded again!

More “Na na naaaaahhhh’s” and “HEY, HEY, HEY’s!”

They inbounded the ball.

Repeat of the previous play!! We hit another 3 pointer!

Down by 6.

They inbounded the ball under our goal and dribbled down court. They hurried a shot and missed. We rebounded and passed the ball down court … fast break … lay up … down by 4!

The chanting started to subside.

They inbounded the ball under our goal and we fouled them in an effort to steal the ball. They got to shoot a free throw. They missed. They rebounded and shot again … missed again. We rebounded and raced back down court. They raced along with us and cut off the fast break. We worked the ball around their defense, shot and made it! Down by 2!

THEY called time out with 31 seconds on the clock.

Coach commanded again, “WE’RE GONNA WIN THIS GAME!”

He outlined the strategy. We could feel the momentum change. The energy in that place was now resting on us!

They inbounded the ball again. We kept their offense in their back court for 10 seconds and got the ball back with 21 seconds left!

We inbounded the ball, and passed it around and waited until there was 10 seconds left on the clock. Then we started our play. With 6 seconds on the clock we shot another for 3! The ball bounced around on the rim and fell in!

Up by 1!!!!

THEY called time out!

Their gym had turned into a funeral home. Absolute shock. You could have heard a pin drop.

The other team — completely demoralized and wilting before our eyes — inbounded the ball, dribbled down court, threw up a weak last second shot … air ball.

WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!

It’s never over til it’s over. No matter what your adversity today. No matter what your setback. You can reorganize, regroup, declare a new strategy … command yourself into victory!

In the last 77 seconds of that game, we played to win … they played not to lose.

PLAY TO WIN!

PLAY TO WIN!

PLAY TO WIN!

Have a strategy. This morning I spoke to the 0530 class about the need for, and the value of, a weight loss strategy. A plan.

You’ve heard it before, “Failure to plan, is planning to fail.”

Plan for success! Strategize for victory! Keep your eyes on the prize!

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SCHEDULE CHANGES — IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

The 0530 class will meet every Thursday inside the gym (the one we always use). We’ll do the “Boga Workout.” If you’re new to that workout, it’s a combination of Boot Camp and Yoga! You’ll need your dumbbells and mat.

And until further notice, the Tues/Thurs evening classes are on hiatus. We’ll crank them back up soon … probably in March. Stay tuned!

—————————————

LOSE THE WEIGHT — The Body You Want in July Begins With a Strategy in January!

Take Shape For Life — weight loss program!

This is a plan! This is a strategy!

As a personal testimonial, after I had knee surgery I spent the next 2 months doing little that resembled my normal level of activity. Result? I gained 10 pounds. I started Take Shape For Life in early December and lost those 10 pounds in two weeks!

As further testimony, 1 of your fellow Boot Campers who started TSFL a month ago has lost 17 pounds! It’s a program designed by a physician and recommended by over 20,000 doctors with a Johns Hopkins stamp of approval.

In a nutshell, the plan calls for you to daily eat 5 Medifast replacement meals and one “lean and green” meal that you prepare or have at a restaurant. It’s simple, easy to do, goof proof, affordable, and it works!

You can go directly to the Take Shape For Life website and poke around there. Plenty of detailed information. You can also sign up there as well. Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com . If you’ve got questions, let me know.

I’m really excited about this! The success that those who have started the program have already had in just the first month is awesome!

———————————————-

FLEET FEET IS HIRING!

If you’ve thought that Fleet Feet Sports would be a great place to work, now’s your chance – great pay, excellent benefits, fun co-workers, and the best customers in the world! Drop by the store for more info.

———————————————–

A JOB SEEKER!

A new friend of mine is looking for a new position after a little time off and a relocation to Memphis from Atlanta.

She has an MS in Organizational Change Management but would like to start as an Administrative Assistant to get back in the flow of office policies and procedures, strategic and performance management etc.

She says, “I’m seeking a Full-Time Administrative Assistant Position, where I can apply my customer service, administrative, multitasking, and communication knowledge, skills, and abilities. I am focusing on companies where I can advance. I am a dedicated and reliable leader with customer service experience in a highly energetic corporate environment. I am an adaptable, achievement oriented person who works terrific in teams and independently.”

Let me know if you have any leads for her!

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SNOW DAYS!!

In the event of snow, we will follow Memphis City Schools. If MCS shuts down, we will stand down.

If the snow comes while MCS is on a holiday break, check the blog on the USMC Fitness Boot Camp website where I’ll post my decision at 0500 of that day.

Also, if MCS shuts down in the morning and we stand down, but the streets clear and are fine by the afternoon, I’ll post my decision regarding the evening class on the blog by 1600 (4 PM).

Q: “Tony, what if the Memphis City Schools have a delay in their start (like starting 2 hours late) what will we do?”
A: “We will workout!! We will be rockin’ and rollin’!”

————————————————–

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! I can communicate snow day decisions through that group too!

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. That’s an ad for prospective Boot Campers! You knuckleheads already know how awesome it is!

————————————————–

BOOT CAMP SWEATSHIRTS

The black and gray zippered hoodie have arrived! Embroidered BOOT CAMP sweatshirts are the way to show your coolness! Sizes are available in S to XXL!

Get yours ASAP! $35 each or two for $65!

————————————————–

BOOT CAMP GIFT CERTIFICATES

For the month of January I’ll make these gift certificates available to you to give to that friend or family member who really needs to be on the Quarterdeck with you!

As you know, the first month of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is $180. Then it’s $75 per month after that. BUT a Boot Camp gift certificate that YOU purchase this month costs YOU only $75 to give to your friends or family members! The certificate you buy takes care of their first month’s fee.

Only members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp can purchase these gift certificates at this savings.

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WHY ARE OUTDOOR WORKOUTS SO GOOD FOR YOU IN THE WINTER?

Q: Tony, why must we workout outside? You’d make more money and you’d have more recruits and you’d make more money and you’d have more recruits (see a theme?) if we worked out inside! So …how ’bout it?

A: Here are the five benefits 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 inside your schnozz and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough you are!

* If I moved us inside, my Marine Corps buddies, including my Marine Corps son, would abuse me, harass me, and laugh at me. Plus, in shame, I’d have to remove the “USMC” from our name and replace it with USAF. hahahaha

What should you wear? Layers. Layer your clothes so that you can adjust your body temperature as you get warmed up.
One more thing to remember about our outdoor winter workouts: hydrate! Because we’re not hot and sweaty, like in the summer, we often don’t drink enough water in the winter time. So hydrate y’all!

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
~ Proverbs 29:18

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
http://www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/esuite/home/combatchallenge/

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Zombies! — Newsletter of Sgt. Tony Ludlow for 1/13/10

Jan. 13th 2010

I heard the “pop” and I knew it was going to be bad. It sounded like someone had snapped their fingers in my ear.

Then things started to happen in slow motion after that. In the couple of seconds it took for me to go down, I had enough time to know that I was going down and that getting back up would be next to impossible.

This was the beginning of my knee surgery odyssey.

In the days that followed I would learn that I’d torn my right quadriceps tendon. I learned that I was in for an extensive surgery. I learned that my life was about to be altered in ways I’d never choose. Ever.

After surgery my entire right leg was immobilized in a full leg straight brace. I was on crutches. I was in pain. I got very little rest because I had to sleep in that brace sitting in a recliner. I was also depressed.

Physical therapy began the week after surgery and was tortuous. Nothing about my life was normal. Did I mention that I was depressed? Everything took twice as long to do. Showering was a comedy of errors where I got more water on the bathroom floor than on me. And going to the bathroom? You don’t want to know.

And everywhere I looked … I saw runners. (Have you ever noticed that when you can’t run, runners are on every sidewalk in packs.) And did you read the part about me being depressed?

The only thing that got me past all of that misery was the kindness, charity, and generosity of you all. I am blessed to have the support and friendship of people — probably YOU reading this — who did everything from bring me food, to loaning me a car that I could drive, to sending me cards, emails, and text messages, calling me to make sure I hadn’t gone to the Hernando Desoto Bridge and jumped — er, ah “hobbled” — into the river. In addition to your care and concern, my youngest son, Nathan, moved in with me and has proved to be a horrible roommate, but a terrific companion and helper.

My rehab is far from over. But yesterday I did something I hadn’t done since September. (NO! Not THAT!!!)

I ran.

Yesterday I got on the treadmill at Campbell Clinic. And under the watchful eyes of those who have tortured me and promised me for over three months that there would be light at the end of the tunnel, I ran … with the biggest grin on my face that you’ve ever seen!

It wasn’t pretty. To say that it was awkward would be an insult to “awkward.” Imagine what zombies would look like if they ran. Or imagine what Frankenstein would look like if he tried to run. That was me.

But for 10 glorious minutes I ran with the joy of Forrest Gump and Eric Liddell all wrapped in one! I had accomplished the goal I had set three months ago. Though I was a week behind, the accomplishment was no less sweet. I only wish you had been there! I may have been the happiest person in Memphis!

For your kindnesses, your love and support, your concern, your encouragement, your patience, and your friendship that has made this possible, I thank you from the depth of my heart. I could not have made it without you. You are wonderful and a treasure to my life. I am grateful for you. Thank you so much!

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SCHEDULE ALTERATIONS — IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

Beginning tomorrow, the 0530 class will meet every Thursday inside the gym (the one we always use). There’s been a request from several for the “Boga Workout.” And we just can’t really do that outside. If you’re new to that workout, it’s a combination of Boot Camp and Yoga!

And until further notice, the Tues/Thurs evening classes are on hiatus. We’ll crank them back up probably in March. Stay tuned!

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BOOT CAMPER BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT!

“Courier Service, Inc. Immediate Pickup & Delivery… Guaranteed! Serving Memphis & Metro area for 15 years! Small package delivery for business or residential. Call Scott Morton at 761-2299 or see Debbie Morton at 0530 Boot Camp for more details!”

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LOSE THE WEIGHT — The Body You Want in July Begins With a Strategy in January!

Take Shape For Life — weight loss program!

I’ve written a short description of why I’ve chosen to partner with the Take Shape For Life program on the website blog: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/2009/12/01/take-shape-for-life/

As a personal testimonial, after I had knee surgery I spent the next 2 months doing little that resembled my normal level of activity. Result? I gained 10 pounds. I started Take Shape For Life in early December and lost those 10 pounds in two weeks!

As further testimony, 6 of your fellow Boot Campers who started TSFL a month ago have lost a combined total of OVER 100 POUNDS!

You can go directly to the Take Shape For Life website and poke around there for a bit. You can also sign up there as well. Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com . If you’ve got questions, let me know. I really want to help you! As one of those who started the program told me yesterday, “Tony, thank you for getting me started on this journey!”

I’m excited by the success that these have already had in just the first month! Let me know if you’re interested or if you’ve got questions. I’d be glad to sit down with you or talk on the phone. I can help you with this and even be your coach.

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SNOW DAYS!!

In the event of snow, we will follow Memphis City Schools. If MCS shuts down, we will stand down.

If the snow comes while MCS is on a holiday break, check the blog on the USMC Fitness Boot Camp website where I’ll post my decision at 0500 of that day.

Also, if MCS shuts down in the morning and we stand down, but the streets clear and are fine by the afternoon, I’ll post my decision regarding the evening class on the blog by 1600 (4 PM).

Q: “Tony, what if the Memphis City Schools have a delay in their start (like starting 2 hours late) what will we do?”
A: “We will workout!! We will be rockin’ and rollin’!”

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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! I can communicate snow day decisions through that group too!

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. That’s an ad for prospective Boot Campers! You knuckleheads already know how awesome it is!

————————————————–

BOOT CAMP SWEATSHIRTS

The black and gray zippered hoodie have arrived! Embroidered BOOT CAMP sweatshirts are the way to show your coolness! Sizes are available in S to XXL!

Get yours ASAP! $35 each or two for $65!

————————————————–

BOOT CAMP GIFT CERTIFICATES

For the month of January I’ll make these gift certificates available to you to give to that friend or family member who really needs to be on the Quarterdeck with you!

As you know, the first month of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is $180. Then it’s $75 per month after that. BUT a Boot Camp gift certificate that YOU purchase this month costs YOU only $75 to give to your friends or family members! The certificate you buy takes care of their first month’s fee.

Only members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp can purchase these gift certificates at this savings.

————————————————–

WHY ARE OUTDOOR WORKOUTS SO GOOD FOR YOU IN THE WINTER?

Q: Tony, why must we workout outside? You’d make more money and you’d have more recruits and you’d make more money and you’d have more recruits (see a theme?) if we worked out inside! So …how ’bout it?

A: Here are the five benefits 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 inside your schnozz and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough you are!

* If I moved us inside, my Marine Corps buddies, including my Marine Corps son, would abuse me, harass me, and laugh at me. Plus, in shame, I’d have to remove the “USMC” from our name and replace it with USAF. hahahaha

What should you wear? Layers. Layer your clothes so that you can adjust your body temperature as you get warmed up.
One more thing to remember about our outdoor winter workouts: hydrate! Because we’re not hot and sweaty, like in the summer, we often don’t drink enough water in the winter time. So hydrate y’all!

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The Take Shape for Life Optimal Health Program Webinar

Interested in learning how to lose weight and achieve Optimal Health?

Register to participate in this exciting and informative Webinar featuring Dr. Wayne Andersen, Co-Founder of Take Shape for Life and Author of Dr. A’s Habits of Health.

See how you can lose 2 to 5 lbs per week safely – without feeling hungry – and learn how to keep it off for life!

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/167309088

Title: The Take Shape for Life Optimal Health Program Webinar
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM CST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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“The only thing that scares me is a succession of ordinary days.”

Make your days extraordinary!

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Cove
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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Evening Boot Camp for Friday 8 January 2010

Jan. 8th 2010

BOOT CAMP is ON for this evening!! See ya at 5:30. Well, not ALL of you … just the Few, the Proud … 😉

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Snow Day — Weather Announcement for 1/08/10

Jan. 8th 2010

Memphis City Schools are closed today, Friday 8 January 2010. USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is standing down as well. No morning classes. Try not to cry!

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Meet Virgil Ray — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 1/06/10

Jan. 6th 2010

I started telling Virgil Ray my secrets during the summer between 6th and 7th grade.

He never said a word.

Ever.

I still confide in him to this day.

I met Virgil one summer morning when I was walking lazily home from the swimming pool in my hometown.

Creekmore Park was the coolest park in town. It had two pools, an Olympic size pool for swim meets and general splashing about, and a diving pool for showing off that had three different sized diving boards to perform your can openers, cannon balls, and belly flops from a variety of heights.

Between Creekmore Park and my house was one of the oldest cemeteries in Fort Smith. It looks like your stereotypical cemetery. It has old mausoleums, massive and ornate monuments, and headstones that hearken back to a different era with dates that go back to the mid 1800’s. The huge oak trees in the cemetery are old and enormous.

That summer I was a volunteer helper for the Red Cross’s Swimming Program at the pool. I was a “swimmer’s aide” helping the swim instructor teach little kids how to swim. We started early in the morning and then we were finished an hour before the pool opened to the public. So I’d walk home, eat breakfast, and head back to the pool to hang out and goof off with my friends.

The shortest route home from the pool was to cut through the cemetery.

And that’s where I met Virgil.

Virgil Ray died in 1943.

On Virgil’s headstone was a ceramic picture of him in his US Navy uniform. No other headstone had a picture of the deceased. It was very interesting and very compelling.

He was 22 when he died during World War II. To me, he was a full grown man from the Great Generation, smiling at me from the dead. The hundreds of others buried in Oak Cemetery were simply names on stone. But to a 12 year old boy, Virgil became a real person.

Day by day I passed his grave looking at his picture. Eventually my pause at his resting place turned into a reverent conversation — almost a prayer — with this war time hero. Over time I just started confiding in Virgil, telling him about my life and even asking him for advice.

Thus began a “relationship” that has endured my whole life. I left Fort Smith when I was 18 and haven’t lived there since. But trips home often include a visit with Virgil.

Over the years I’ve taken girlfriends, family, and friends to “meet Virgil Ray.” I remember when I turned 22 myself. I’d finally reached Virgil’s age. I remember how strange it was when I was finally 23 and older than Virgil. By that time I’d been visiting my friend’s grave for over 10 years.

I’ve tried unsuccessfully to contact any surviving members of Virgil’s family. I always wanted to talk to someone who actually knew him. I always wanted to know what kind of man he was. But by now I’m afraid all who knew him have joined him.

Saying nothing over the years, Virgil has counseled me with the wisdom of silence. I have sometimes sat on the grass next to his headstone and waited for an answer about some question I had or some problem I was struggling with. And in that silence I’d often received the “answer” I needed. Sometimes I just needed to take the time to talk the situation out and hearing me speak those things aloud … I would have an answer.

Your best counseling to your family or friends probably won’t be what you say to them. It’ll more than likely be your willingness just to listen … and then having heard … it’ll be your willingness to say nothing. You will often speak loudest when you say nothing at all. You will demonstrate your concern and love for your friend or spouse by validating their feelings through a loving and attentive silence, through body language that says you love them and support them, by a comforting hand on their shoulder … by a hug. I seldom need someone to solve my problem, but I am happy when my friend lends an ear that hears … and listens … and validates my struggle.

I have sometimes wondered, when I am no more, will some 12 year old boy by chance wander past my final resting place … and pause for a moment … and say, “Hi Tony.”

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LOSE THE WEIGHT — The Body You Want in July Begins With a Strategy in January!

Take Shape For Life — weight loss program!

In the 10 year history of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP I have never endorsed a weight loss program. I have always given the advice, “eat less, move more.” Which works. But is very hard to accomplish for a number of reasons.

I’m officially recommending, and partnering with, the Take Shape For Life weight loss program! This is a VERY successful and results oriented weight loss program developed by physicians, recommended by over 20,000 physicians, and endorsed by John’s Hopkins Hospital. And now by USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!

I’ve written a short description of why I’ve chosen Take Shape For Life on the website blog: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/2009/12/01/take-shape-for-life/

As a personal testimonial, after I had knee surgery I spent the next 2 months doing little that resembled my normal level of activity. Result? I gained 10 pounds. I started Take Shape For Life in early December and lost those 10 pounds in two weeks!

You can go directly to the Take Shape For Life website and poke around there for a bit. You can also sign up there as well. Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com . If you’ve got questions, let me know.

I’m excited by the success that many have already had in just the first month! Let me know if you’re interested. I’d be glad to sit down with you or talk on the phone. I can help you with this and even be your coach.

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SNOW DAYS!!

In the event of snow, we will follow Memphis City Schools. If MCS shuts down, we will stand down.

If the snow comes while MCS is on a holiday break, check the blog on the USMC Fitness Boot Camp website where I’ll post my decision at 0500 of that day.

Also, if MCS shuts down in the morning and we stand down, but the streets clear and are fine by the afternoon, I’ll post my decision regarding the evening class on the blog by 1600 (4 PM).

Q: “Tony, what if the Memphis City Schools have a delay in their start (like starting 2 hours late) what will we do?”
A: “We will workout!! We will be rockin’ and rollin’!”

I’ve been considering establishing a Twitter account as a means to communicate these kinds of things with you. Do you Twitter?

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FACEBOOK

And speaking of social networks, 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! I can communicate snow day decisions through that group too!

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. That’s an ad for prospective Boot Campers! You knuckleheads already know how awesome it is!

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BOOT CAMP SWEATSHIRTS

The black and gray zippered hoodie have arrived! Embroidered BOOT CAMP sweatshirts are the way to show your coolness! Sizes are available in S to XXL!

Get yours ASAP! $35 each or two for $65!

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BOOT CAMP GIFT CERTIFICATES

For the month of January I’ll make these gift certificates available to you to give to that friend or family member who really needs to be on the Quarterdeck with you!

As you know, the first month of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is $180. Then it’s $75 per month after that. BUT a Boot Camp gift certificate that YOU purchase this month costs YOU only $75 to give to your friends or family members! The certificate you buy takes care of their first month’s fee.

Only members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp can purchase these gift certificates at this savings.

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WHY ARE OUTDOOR WORKOUTS SO GOOD FOR YOU IN THE WINTER?

Q: Tony, why must we workout outside? You’d make more money and you’d have more recruits and you’d make more money and you’d have more recruits (see a theme?) if we worked out inside! So …how ’bout it?

A: Here are the five benefits 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 inside your schnozz and making you sick.
5. Bragging rights! You get to tell your sissy “indoor” friends how tough you are!

* If I moved us inside, my Marine Corps buddies, including my Marine Corps son, would abuse me, harass me, and laugh at me. Plus, in shame, I’d have to remove the “USMC” from our name and replace it with USAF. hahahaha

What should you wear? Layers. Layer your clothes so that you can adjust your body temperature as you get warmed up.
One more thing to remember about our outdoor winter workouts: hydrate! Because we’re not hot and sweaty, like in the summer, we often don’t drink enough water in the winter time. So hydrate y’all!

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“The only thing that scares me is a succession of ordinary days.”

Make your days extraordinary!

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
4888 Southern Cove
Memphis, TN 38117
901-644-0145
www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com
www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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