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SILENT AUCTION — Opens Now! 4/30/10

Apr. 30th 2010

SILENT AUCTION

Here’s what’s been donated so far. Feel free to email me with your bid! And a HUGE thank you guys for making these awesome donations!

REMEMBER: The item will be open for bidding for 5 days beginning on the day of the first bid. The highest last bid on the last day wins! So check back frequently!!

Item #1 Zoom Teeth Whitening – Boot Camper Dr. John Whittemore has donated this awesome service to be performed at his dental clinic: Germantown Dental Group. This is an $800 value.
First bid: 5/6/10Current highest bid: $260 (Doug Earthman, 5/11/10)

Item #2 Pickwick Lake House – Boot Camper Lisa Taylor has donated a weekend at her Pickwick Fun House! A 3 bedroom/3 bath house close to the lake. There are pools, bbqs, weight room, volleyball, etc. This house rents for $250 a night. Minimum bid for the weekend is $400. If you want more info before bidding, I can put you in touch with Lisa. Thanks Lisa!
Current highest bid:

Item #3 Facial Chemical Peel donated by Dr. Todd Preston. This is a way to take 5-10 years off the appearance of your facial skin. Many plastic surgeons will charge upwards of $1200 for this procedure. Minimum bid is $100.
First bid 5/5/10 Current highest bid: $150 (Whitney Peattie 5/5/10) SOLD! Congratulations Whitney! Thank you to everyone who bid on this item.

Item #4 Piano’s Flowers and Gifts will donate 10% of your orders from now until Mother’s Day! This is soooo cool! Thanks David Strong and Nikki Strong. 901-345-7670.

Item #5 Garmin Nuvi 255w auto GPS. Brand new. Donated by brand new Boot Camper, Eileen Paternostro. Thank you Eileen!
First Bid: 5/6/10. Current highest bid: $70 (Jolie Jeter 5/11/10) SOLD! Congratulations Jolie!

Item #6 One Year of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. $525 value.
First Bid 5/5/10. Current highest bid: $450 (Alan Schaeffer – 5/10/10) SOLD! Congratulations Alan! Thank you to everyone who bid on this item!

Item #7 A screening with Ashley Hofeditz, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.
First bid: 5/11/10. Current highest bid: $50 (Travicka Keaton, 5/11/10) SOLD! Congratulations Tra! Thank you to everyone who bid on this item!

Item #8 An Awesome Basket of FIVE Bottles of Assorted Rodney Strong Wines donated by Karen Massey.
First Bid: 5/9/10. Current highest bid: $65 (Ginger Horner – 5/11/10) SOLD! Congratulations Ginger! Thank you to everyone who bid on this item!

Item #9 Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (black) donated by Dr. Alan Schaeffer. $150 value.
First bid: 5/5/10. Current highest bid: $50 (Cindy Rickert – 5/6/10) SOLD! Congratulations Cindy! Thank you to everyone who bid on this item.

Item #10 Beach House for Rent in Atlantic Beach, FL donated by Lou Geib.

Two bed/2.5 baths/pool in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Five minute walk to the beach. The town center with restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, yoga studios, spa, art galleries and boutique shopping are within walking distance. A skateboard park, basketball courts, soccer fields, racquetball and tennis courts are across the street. Two nature preserves for hiking, canoeing and kayaking are within one mile. Nearby points of interest include St. Augustine, Amelia Island, TPC and Sawgrass PGA golf courses and the ATP tennis headquarters and courts.

Package is four days/three nights. If flying, in/out of Jacksonville. Dates of stay are negotiable with owner. Minimum bid is $300.
Opening bid on 5/19/10. Current highest bid: $300 (Rick Russell 5/19/10)

Item #11 a $200 Gift Certificate to Joseph’s (that wonderful store in Laurelwood Shopping Center!) donated by Barrie Wurzburg!
First Bid 5/5/10. Current highest bid: $125 (Andrew Forsdick) SOLD! Congratulations Andrew! Thanks to everyone who bid on this item.

Item #12 Mobile Pet Grooming $75 gift certificate– donated by Mathis Young of Aussie Pet Mobile. Entitled to a luxurious Aussie Pet Mobile 15 step wash and/or groom for your pet. The best part, they come to YOU! 1 on 1 with your pet with no cages and a less stressful environment.
First bid: 5/6/10. Current Highest Bid: $70 (Ginger Horner, 5/11/10) SOLD! Congratulations Ginger!!

Item #13 Two tickets to a Grizzlies game for the 2010-2011 season. Donated by Sara Adams. The seats are the first row behind the players bench….so close you can read the tattoos on all the players arms and hear the plays that the coaches make! Game of their choice!
First bid: 5/6/10. Current highest bid: $105 (Doug Earthman – 5/11/10) SOLD! Congratulations Doug! Thanks to everyone who bid on this item.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO DONATE? GOODS? SERVICES? Questions about the above?

Want to make a bid?

Email me at TonyLudlow@aol.com

Thanks everyone for participating in this!

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Life called … — Newsletter of Sgt. Tony Ludlow 4/29/10

Apr. 29th 2010

So … her question kinda threw me.

“Is your fitness for show, or do you actually ‘do’ something with it?”

hmmm? Smelled like a trap to me.

I sort of got the impression that she was about to ask me to come over to her house and do some yard work, or chop firewood, or move a piano if I said yes.

What is my fitness for?

I guess that might be a fair question. If not a bit unusual.

Why do I stay fit? Well, to be honest, in the back of my mind, I actually hope the Marine Corps will call me and offer me a cool kick-ass job. So I need to be fit and ready … I need to be ready for when my Beloved Corps calls … I see you rolling your eyes … it could happen.

Why bother to be fit?

Well, outside of the OBVIOUS health benefits … and outside of the OBVIOUS psychological benefits … I personally want to be fit for two main reasons.

First, I want to be able to say “yes” if a buddy calls me up and says, “Hey man, we had someone drop out of our adventure racing team, can you join us?” I want to be able to say “yes” if I’m invited to go water sking … or if I want to hike the Grand Canyon or the Appalachian Trail … or if I get asked to go inline skating … or if I get asked to do WHATEVER … I want to be ABLE to say “YES!”

The Marine Corps calls that being “mission capable.”

If my Beloved Corps calls me I want to be mission capable. If a friend calls me and invites me to do something athletic or physically challenging, I don’t want my fitness level to be the reason I can’t.

“”Can’t” never did do nuthin.” I was told as a kid. I didn’t really understand what that meant until later on. But I get it now. Fully.

I’m not interested in saying “I can’t.” I’m not interested in offering up excuses. I’m not interested in acting my age, whatever that means. (I got beat in my first triathlon when I was a very fit 20 something by a 65 year old man! That man is my role model! I wish HE’d acted HIS age that day! hahaha)

Being strong and fit for life when life calls is my goal. Life called … they want YOU back!

And second, looking OK is OK too. I’m not going to “let myself go.”

Being the best me than I can be involves the mental, spiritual, and physical. Being the best YOU that you can be will involve the same things. Improving myself mentally will involve more than Wikipedia. Spiritual development will require something more than warming a pew or seat at religious services and ceremonies. And physical fitness will demand a commitment to a lifetime of challenge and consistency.

If you’re a boot camper, physical fitness means more than just showing up on the Quarterdeck. You gotta work hard too!

Toward that end, I’m challenging myself to work you more too. I’m putting myself on a “story diet.” I ain’t gonna talk so much! Fewer stories and more repetitions without sacrificing the fun!

What do YOU need to do?

You need to buy heavier weights and talk to your neighbor less. Socializing is HIGHLY encouraged during breaks and wall squats and even stretching. But when it’s time to work … WORK! If you can easily chit chat while doing a weighted exercise … your weights are too light.

And speaking of stretching, you’ve probably noticed that the warm up and stretching have been limited to 10 min. maximum. And sometimes, we’re doing an “active warmup” by running/jogging/power walking to begin class instead of static stretching.

You’ve probably noticed that I’m incorporating more “real life” or “real sport” plyometric exercises in between the weighted exercises. This will be really helpful for you all gearing up for spring and summer sports.

Nothing will be lost from the core of our Marine Corps fitness and I am still going to be a crazy lunatic Marine prone to say and do outlandish things … but things are being added to enhance your fitness so that YOU too will be ready when someone calls and says, “Hey, wanna go do x, y, z?”

Don’t call me to move your piano.

Move it yourself!

Life called … they want YOU back!

GET SOME!

See you on the Quarterdeck!

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WEEKEND WARRIOR WORKOUT

If the weather boys are even remotely close to being right, this Saturday is going to be wet. So the WWW will be NEXT Saturday, May 6 at 0800 at the U of M.

There’s an outdoor basketball court on the east end of the track and field next to the Field House on Zach Curlin. You veterans will know this as the Original USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Quarterdeck!

After the 90 min workout we’ll take a run around the campus, 1.5 miles.

This is a fundraising event for our sweet friend Tabitha Ottiwell. So the workout will be $20 minimum donation. Thank you! If you’ve already donated, please come. I won’t ask you to give again! You can, of course! 😉

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SILENT AUCTION

In conjunction with the WWW above, we’ll have a silent auction as a part of the fundraiser. But the bidding can begin NOW!

Here’s what’s been donated so far. Feel free to email me with your bid! And a HUGE thank you guys for making these awesome donations!

Item #1 Zoom Teeth Whitening — Boot Camper Dr. John Whittemore has donated this awesome service to be performed at his dental clinic: Germantown Dental Group. This is a $800 value.

Item #2 Pickwick Lake House — Boot Camper Lisa Taylor has donated a weekend at her Pickwick Fun House! A 3 bedroom/3 bath house close to the lake. There are pools, bbqs, weight room, volleyball, etc. This house rents for $250 a night. Minimum bid for the weekend is $400. If you want more info before bidding, I can put you in touch with Lisa. Thanks Lisa!

Item #3 Facial Chemical Peel donated by Dr. Todd Preston. This is a way to take 5-10 years off the appearance of your facial skin. Many plastic surgeons will charge upwards of $1200 for this procedure. Minimum bid is $100.

Item #4 Piano’s Flowers and Gifts will donate 10% of your orders from now until Mother’s Day! This is soooo cool! Thanks David Strong and Nikki Strong. 901-345-7670.

Item #5 Garmin Nuvi 255w auto GPS. Brand new. Donated by brand new Boot Camper, Eileen Paternostro. Thank you Eileen!

Item #6 One Year of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP. $525 value.

Item #7 A screening with Ashley Hofeditz, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO DONATE? GOODS? SERVICES? Questions about the above?

Thanks everyone for considering this!

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TAKE SHAPE FOR LIFE

The members of my Take Shape for Life group are meeting tonight at 7 at Panera Bread. You’re welcome to come and hang out, ask questions, get more info, whatever. No strings attached and no pressure.

Let’s meet outside on their patio y’all!

www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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BOGA TOMORROW EVENING AT 5:45 PM

Next Tuesday, May 4 at 0530 — M-16 Workout in the east gym!
Next Thursday, May 6 at 0530 — BOGA

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0645 and 0830 CLASSES ARE ACTIVATED!!

The 0645 and 0830, both MWF classes, are in session! However, the 0830 class will go on Summer Hiatus for June, July, and August. The 0645 class will continue to march through the summer!!

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HAVE YOU BEEN A BOOT CAMPER IN GOOD STANDING FROM October 2009 to April 30, 2010?

(Good standing means that you were paid up for those months … and hopefully you attended regularly, though attendance is not part of this question.)

Contact me!

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TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes meet at St. Agnes’ track. These are cardio (walking/jogging/running) workouts and they begin at 5:45 PM.

St. Agnes is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Mendenhall.

Should the St. Agnes track be occupied or the field being used, making the track unavailable to us, we’ll go to St. Mary’s track, at Walnut Grove and Perkins.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

So far this experiment has been pretty amazing!
Here’s how it works!

Make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, you can take $2.50 off your reenlistment fee!
Up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

“Great Boot Camp workout with Sgt. Tony this morning!” is good!
“I love USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!” is good!
“I love Sgt. Tony and his Boot Camp ROCKS!!” is REALLY good!

You get the idea! Use your own wording and personality, just include the specifics.

Restrict yourself to just one of these status updates per day. You don’t want 8 status updates in a row going out on the same day!

So log on and get started now!

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I read this the other day and can’t seem to get away from it:

“If someone becomes attached to things, just at that moment, all at once, the life of delusion begins.”

Do your possessions and your way of life own you?

Slavery takes on all kinds of forms and expressions. The chains that bind may be pretty, expensive, new, and shiny.

I’m hoping that your life is without bonds and without bondage. Breaking free … might be hard … but freedom is sweet.

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
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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Sgt. Tony’s Go To List … People You Should Use

Apr. 24th 2010

I GOTTA GUY …

“Tony, do you know anyone who …?”

I get this question a lot. So I thought I’d compile a list of my “go to people.” Here’s a list of “my peeps!”

I’ve used all of these folks, so you can call on them with confidence! You might want to save this or print it out and keep it handy, just in case. And if I’ve missed including you and your biz, let me know. If you’re listed here but there’s a better contact number or method for you, let me know.

Sergeant Tony’s …
Doctor … Dr. Arthur Franklin (901-756-4338)
Dentist … Dr. John Whittemore (901-754-0540)
Eye Doctor … Dr. Carl “Buddy” Flinn (901-681-4040)
Running Store … Fleet Feet Sports! – Eric and Robin Flanders … (901-901-761-0078)
Veterinarian … Dr. Amy Moffatt – Mobile Vet – she comes to you! (901-569-3683)
Florist … Piano’s Flowers and Gifts … David Strong (901-345-7670)
Painting, Roofing, and Home Repairs … Rodney Stafford (901487-0017)
Lawn Service … George Rose … (901-494-2175. grose@fedex.com)
Website Design and Domain Hosting … Cathy Graham (901-888-2932. cgraham@grafixunlimited.com)
Chiropractor … Chiropractic Memphis … Dr. Dave Kellenberger (901-323-3613)
General Massage … Rick Owings (901-323-1220)
Sports/Athletic Massage Therapy … Kelly Stone (901-754-6008)
Plumber … Kevin Savage (901-674-3637)
Carpet, Upholstery and Tile Cleaning … Dennis Beatty (Tiger Paws) … (901-327-1884)
Heating and Air Conditioning … Greenway Appliance Repair …Mike Miller (901-754-1515)
PC Computer Repair … David Bensman – he comes to you! (901-830-4362)
Interior Design … Karen Pennington at Samuel’s Furniture & Interiors … (901-761-4998)
Vitamins & Wellness products … Rhena Lindsey … Shaklee … (901-647-7636)
Media Transfer Services … Ande Demetriou … (901-213-7890)
Tennis Instruction … Taylor Taylor (Racquet Club – 901-765-4409)
Real Estate Agent … Barbie Clayton … (901-831-0103)
Closing Attorney … Doug Earthman … (901-685-1322)
Pet Grooming … Mathis Young – Aussie Mobile Pet Grooming – he comes to you! (901-497-1128)
Pet Waste Removal … On Doody … Lee Bowling (901-753-9004)
Termite Company … Greg Inman (901-388-0852)
Moving Company … Affordable Moving (901-388-3313)
Auto Repair … Midas Auto Services … CJ Passmore (901-682-6623)
Auto Glass Replacement … Discount Auto Glass – they come to you (901-937-0588)
Tree Service … Woodland Tree Service … Tom Munhollen … (901-652-5750)
Terrell Turner – Veracity Home Inspections. 901-283-9567.
Steve Webber – General Contractor – construction and design. 901- 870-1938
Rozell Henderson – GHT Technology Group, business IT solutions. 901- 373-4058

Be sure and tell ’em that you heard about them from me. They might not give you a discount, but they’ll probably pray for you! 😉

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In YER FACE!!! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 4/21/10

Apr. 21st 2010

After a recent conversation with a new Boot Camper, I realized that we need to talk.

So let’s talk.

I’m not training you for combat. USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is a health and fitness program based on the philosophy, exercises, and approaches we do in the Marine Corps.

Weight loss is more about calories in vs. calories burned. And it’s possible to be fit and fat.

Lots of Boot Campers lose weight because they manage the amount of calories consumed against the amount of calories burned.

Lots of Boot Campers have joined Sergeant Tony’s Take Shape For Life program and you’re losing weight in a structured, easy to follow, and successful plan utilizing Medifast meals. I’m VERY excited about this program!

http://www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/esuite/home/combatchallenge/

So on one side of our Boot Camp Fitness Coin is “health & fitness.” On the other side of the coin is how you look … we could even call it “vanity.”

Nothing wrong with wanting to look good. We all want to look our best without becoming obsessive or neurotic or narcissistic. Right?

I’m talking about a healthy emotional desire to look good. The same reasons why we groom ourselves, buy fashionable clothes, and check to see if we have spinach in our teeth.

Anti-aging products are a gazillion dollar a year business! We don’t want to look old, or haggard, or saggy. And as we age there are things that happen that can be countered by our behavior.

And that brings me back to your face.

As people age their life style, unfortunately, gets old right along with them … most of the time. Men and women do less and less as they age. They sit and observe. They watch others do stuff.

This of course leads to looking old. Their facial expressions hardly ever change during the course of their day. Combine that with smoking or drinking to excess and that will make someone look MUCH older than they actually are.

If you look at the muscles of the face, the first thing that you should notice is that the face is made up of … wait for it … muscles! Muscles. That’s right … muscles!

And the same process that makes the bicYer FACE!eps muscle stronger, firmer, and tight is the same process that will do the same thing for the muscles of your face.

How do we exercise the muscles of the face?

Well, first of all, be happy! Smiling and laughing make the muscles of the face work.

I don’t think it’s true that you use more facial muscles to frown than to smile. If that were true dead people would have a smile on their faces — creepy, right?! And sleeping people would be grinning.

Facial expressions cause the muscles of the face to work. And a grimace is a facial expression!

I like to make you laugh at Boot Camp! I like to clown and have a good time. I always have! Mrs. Goldine Gooch, my sixth grade teacher, gave me 15 min every Friday afternoon to get up in front of the class and tell jokes and stories. (Actually it was a brilliant classroom management trick to keep me in line throughout the whole week!) Mrs. Gooch told my mom that I was the “funniest, most adorable student she’d ever had!”

OK, funniest anyway!

Laughter is good for the soul and it’s good for your face too!

And the grimace is important too. The grimace rocks!

Your dumbbells should be heavy enough so that you are “making a face,” a grimace, during the last few reps of each set we do. When I see you throwing around the same set of dumbbells week in and week out, with no sign of stress or strain on your face … I know that you need to go up on your dumbbells.

If you can fix your hair with your dumbbell in your hand … if you can pick your nose with your dumbbell in your hand … if you can point in the direction of your car with your dumbbell in your hand … if you are NOT grimacing toward the end of each set … your dumbbells are TOO LIGHT!!!

After six months in the program, most women will top out at about 15 pound dumbbells … most guys at 25 or 30. Ladies will start with 5’s and be ready for 8’s or 10’s by the end of their third week. Guys will start with 10’s and be up to 15’s at month’s end.

If you aren’t there. You’re slacking. Or you’re missing too many workouts. You’re not trying hard enough.

You want a youthful looking face? … forget a face lift, forget botox … buy heavier dumbbells and work harder … do more push ups from your toes … do as many reps as you possibly can! Start the exercise as soon as “I” start the exercise, not 3 reps into the exercise!

You’ll work the facial muscles when you work the other muscles! Quit being so easy on yourself! The easier you treat yourself, the older you’ll look. Older as in haggard, worn out … saggy … not vibrant. Just old. Just … yucky old … not “awesomely experienced” or “fabulously mature!”

I recently heard some middle aged women who were actually playing tennis at the time, whine about getting old. They’d missed a few shots cuz they couldn’t or wouldn’t move quickly enough to run down a ball. (Very gettable balls, I might add!) A young female boot camper of 22 sitting next to me and overhearing those women said “Tony, I don’t want to get old.”

“Age,” I said, “is relative. It’s relative to how you live your life!”

Or said another way, “Age ain’t nuthin but a number.”

It’s how you treat that number … it’s how you choose to conduct your life … it’s how you choose to approach your time here on this planet that will determine what that number says about you. It’s your attitude and your actions. It’s not the number.

The aging process isn’t the same for everyone. I know people half my age who act and conduct their lives like my mother’s friends in the nursing home.

It’s never too late to start turning back the hands of time!

Now, go to http://www.realage.com/ and see just how old you really are!

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MOUNT FUJI TOMORROW AT 0530

Tomorrow morning at 0530 we’ll be climbing the mountain! See you at the parking garage on Zach Curlin, on the campus of the U of M. If it’s raining, go to the ground level of the parking garage. Bring your dumbbells, mat, water bottle and towel!

We’ll be doing the Mt. Fuji workout on the third and fourth Thursdays of the month.

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0645 and 0830 CLASSES ARE ACTIVATED!!

The 0645 and 0830, both MWF classes, are in session!

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HAVE YOU BEEN A BOOT CAMPER IN GOOD STANDING FROM 10/01/09 to 4/30/10?

Contact me!

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TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes meet at St. Agnes’ track. These are cardio (walking/jogging/running) workouts and they begin at 5:45 PM.

St. Agnes is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Mendenhall.

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WEEKEND WARRIOR WORKOUT & SILENT AUCTION FOR TABITHA

Many of you have given money as a donation for our friend Tabitha Ottiwell. You will remember that Tabitha had a stroke a few weeks ago.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

In addition to the Weekend Warrior Workout on Saturday May 1. Several of you have wanted to donate different items for a silent auction. That’s so cool!

Germantown Dental Group (Boot Camper John Whittemore’s practice) is donating a Zoom Whitening.

A screening with Ashley Hofeditz, a registered dietitian and nutritionist has been donated.

A chemical peel has been donated as well.

If you have something of value or a service that you’d like to donate for auction please let me know ASAP!

ALL the money collected will go to help Tabitha with her medical expenses.

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SERGEANT TONY’S RETURN TO RUNNING

The day is soon upon me! This coming Saturday I’ll be running my first 5K since having major knee surgery 6 1/2 months ago! I’m pretty excited about this!

When Dr. Robert Miller, my orthopedic surgeon, performed carpentry on me on October 2, 2009 I had my doubts that I’d ever be “me” again.

On Saturday I’m taking another step toward being me!

How about it?! Won’t you join me?

The race is a 5K in Arlington called The 5K for Freedom! It’s sponsored by the Navy – Marine Corps ROTC Unit at the U of M.

https://5kfreedomrun.racesonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.display&page_id=3864

See you on Saturday!

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“Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
~ from Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson

To your continued good health and fitness!

Tony

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

www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com

http://www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/esuite/home/combatchallenge/

https://5kfreedomrun.racesonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.display&page_id=3864

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Shine on You Crazy Diamond — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 4/14/10

Apr. 14th 2010

Two of my favorite movie swordsmen are complete opposites.

The Black Knight is an unyielding buffoon from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and Ujio is a dedicated warrior, from “The Last Samurai.” The Black Knight is totally comedic. Ujio (eew-gee-oh) a samurai, is quite the opposite.

Two opposites.

Two awesome guys!

If you’re not a Monty Python fan, The Black Knight is famous for saying the most absurd things while LOSING a sword fight. I mean, you’re LOSING a sword fight and you’re talking?

In the movie, King Arthur systematically dismembers The Knight. And if dismembering can be funny, then this scene is the funniest dismembering scene in cinematic history.

The King wants to end the duel since he’s obviously beaten the Knight. But as each body part is lopped off, the Knight continues to taunt the King, trying to provoke him into continuing the duel. It’s silly and so stupid that it’s funny.

The Black Knight’s famous response, after the King cut off his arm, was to dismiss it as nothing because “it’s just a flesh wound.” And even as King Arthur is leaving the scene and continuing on his quest to find the Holy Grail, the dismembered Knight continues taunting and yelling at The King, calling him a coward and trying to get him to keep fighting!

In the very serious “The Last Samurai,” Ujio spends the first two thirds of the movie wanting to kill Tom Cruise. A feeling that we can all relate to from time to time, no doubt. (Probably more so after that whole “couch hopping” foolishness on Oprah. Or after his interview on The Today Show when he called Matt Lauer “obtuse” or “feckless” or some such vague, but insulting sounding word.)

But in the end Tom and Ujio become comrades and go into battle together against a common enemy. It would be a battle that Ujio would not survive.

At one point during the battle, Ujio is wounded multiple times, severe enough that he could have been taken from the field, and where he would surely die … behind the lines. Not an option for a proud and noble samurai. No warrior wants to die on the ground behind the lines.

Ujio rebuffs the concerns and the assistance from his fellow samurai, all the while spitting out blood. He gets to his feet without help, stands up straight, readjusts his battle armor, and without a word being spoken, nods to his fellow samurai, to let them know of his readiness and his resolve. Ujio then sets himself in preparation for the next wave of enemy soldiers. And when those soldiers attack, Ujio rushes into the battle to meet his enemy head on!

The fact that neither The Black Knight nor Ujio ever gave up would be reason enough for me to admire them. And would be reason enough for me to tell you about them.

But what I particularly like about Ujio and The Knight are their obvious choices to focus on something other than their circumstances, their wounds, and their sure defeat. They are singularly focused on their duty. Their eyes are fixed upon doing their duty, staying the course, and finishing their mission. They are mission focused and mission capable. By an act of their will, they ignore the obvious calamity and turn their attention to finding a solution to their dilemma and completing their mission.

“Tony are you ever serious?” I get asked from time to time. Usually it’s in the form of some critical remark or tone. Usually it comes from some stuffed-shirt-stick-in-the-mud-fuddy-duddy who takes things waaaay too seriously and takes exception to my jocularity and optimism. Usually it’s from someone who doesn’t know me very well.

I get the impression from them that they believe that somehow I’ve managed to live this long without being touched by tragedy or heartache. That somehow the lines on my face have been caused only by sophomoric and juvenile jokesterisms and tomfooleries. That I’ve been spared the trials and tribulations that accompany most others through this journey. That I’ve somehow veered away from the potholes and pitfalls; I’ve avoided the deathbeds and the funerals; I’ve missed out on life’s misfortunes, the pain of loss and loneliness, the death of a dream, or the tragedy of brokenness.

But if you know me at all, then you know that I am well acquainted with those things, the same things that accompany all of us in life.

What I refuse to do is to focus on them.

Or at the very least, try not to focus on them. I’ll take the rose colored glasses any day over playing the victim.

I don’t want my worst moments, or my most misguided decision, or my deepest tragedy, or my most horrific experience to define who I am or to permanently discolor my world or my personality.

I want to be like The Black Knight and Ujio. I want my focus to be on moving forward. On the mission.

I’m not looking for excuses. I’m looking for opportunities. I want to face my enemy with a sword in my hand and a crazy grin on my face. And in the process I’m going to be irreverent and silly, occasionally serious, but mostly absurdly borderline inappropriate, light, and funny.

But I will also purposely and regularly engage in introspection and reflection with a hope of discovering a better way to be a better me.

But at the end of the day, I want more laugh lines in my face. I will systematically put aside those things and those people that are not in my best interest, who take the smile from my face, or who drain the energy from my life.

And so should you.

There are many of you reading this who have overcome incredible and horrible experiences and yet you CHOOSE, by an act of your will, to focus on the now and the future! You know that happiness isn’t found, it’s manufactured … from within. You refuse to be shackled to the past or to an experience that YOU did not choose.

Many of you have honored me by sharing some of those experiences with me. You have brought me into your inner circle of friends and family and allowed me to see the burden — invisible to the rest of the world — that you have chosen to leave on the side of the road. You’ve shared with me your stories of victory and triumph. And the ugliness of those experiences have only made me admire, cherish, and appreciate you all the more. You shine like diamonds in the sun! You fellas have become more noble and winsome in my eyes … you women more precious and beautiful.

If I have a recurrent theme, a sermon, a message that I am almost daily compelled to share and to be reminded of in my own life it’s this ancient lesson from Plato: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Choose life! And choose it on your own terms! Ignore the critics and the fearful. Take chances. Say yes!

Live an extraordinary life, despite your circumstances!

FORWARD MARCH, Y’ALL! … FORWARD MARCH!

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TABITHA UPDATE

I’m happy to tell you that Tabitha is at home! She and I had a Facebook chat on Monday! In addition to the stroke that she had, while she was in the ER she had a seizure as well. And that’s been a concern along with everything else.

Her progress is encouraging and there’s reason for tons of thanksgiving! She is beyond thankful for what we are doing here on her behalf. She even protested and said, “This is just too much … how can I ever thank everyone?!!” I told her to get well, that would be our thanks.

Her progress is good, but her memory is a bit off still. For example, I asked her if she knew who I was. She seemed to hesitate, so I thought I’d give her a hint. “I’m the most awesome guy in Memphis.” I thought that would help. She said some other guy’s name. So I’m pretty sure that her memory is really really impaired! hahaha Not really, of course! She knew who I was without the foolishness!

I want to thank you all for making donations already. Most of the money donated so far has come from people who don’t know Tabitha. How very kind of you!!

Here are some ideas for fundraising that some of you have offered up. Let me know if anyone wants to organize it.

Yard Sale
Auction
Dunk tank for Sgt. Tony after the Weekend Warrior Workout on May 1.

Here are things already happening:

Piano’s Flowers and Gifts will donate 10% of your orders from now until Mother’s Day! This is soooo cool! Thanks David Strong and Nikki Strong. 901-345-7670

Weekend Warrior Workout and 1.5 mile Run/Walk on Saturday, May 1 at 8 AM. This is for anyone and everyone! Minimum $20 donation.

Eric at Fleet Feet and I are coming up with a cool tech shirt idea that you’ll hear about. (Eric, THAT was the real reason for me coming in today … but that “window of opportunity” thing TOTALLY jacked my head up.)

Thanks again, everyone! Keep on thinking!!

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Q. When is it time to go up in weight on your dumbbells?

A. Now!! More than likely.

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Sgt. Tony’s Return to Running!

I am planning my return to running by running in the first annual Freedom Run 5K on April 24.

This is a new race sponsored by the Navy – Marine Corps ROTC unit at the University of Memphis. This is the unit that my son Matthew was the Commanding Officer of last year. And our own Pat McGhee’s son, Christopher, is a member of.

I will be a “beginner” runner, so my pace will be slow. Won’t you join me? Maybe run with me and keep me company? Run past me and make fun of me?

Never run a 5K before? Wouldn’t this be a perfect FIRST 5K?!!

I’d love to have a big group of us turn out for this run.

http://5kfreedomrun.racesonline.com

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APRIL IS OUR ANNUAL “BRING A FRIEND TO BOOT CAMP MONTH”

In honor of my friend Tom Farrar, you can bring a friend to Boot Camp during April for a FREE WEEK! No strings attached and no obligation to join.

The Boot Camper who brings the most friends in April will get $100!! US Legal Tender. Not 100 Dollars in Boot Camp Bucks! Real money!!

Here are the only rules:

1. Your visiting friends must be prospects for membership, so no out of town visitors will count toward your total number of friends for the contest.

2. Repeat visitors don’t count beyond their first visit – so you can’t bring your friend Bob 15 times during April and count it as 15 friends!

3. Friends who join are counted twice!

Your friends can join USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP for only $90 in April! That’s 50% off the first month’s fee of $180! Only your friends and family can take advantage of this deal.

Use Facebook to invite your friends AND get a discount on your enlistment. (See below)

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RAMPED AND AMP’ED IN APRIL!

Hasn’t April been FUN??!!! You keep showing up and I’ll keep bringing it!

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the month.

The 0530 Class
On Tuesday April 6 and 13 at the 0530 class, we’ll be inside for those rockin’ workouts that some of you guys will remember. We’ll be in the “other gym” the east gym … not the blue one that we usually use. Enter the Recreation Building off the north side entrance.

Tomorrow we’ll have BOGA in the blue gym.

On TUESDAY April 20th and 27th we’ll have BOGA in the blue gym.

On Thursday, April 22nd and 29th we’ll be returning to the U of M for our “Mt. Fuji” workouts at 0530. We’ll be using the parking garage on Zach Curlin at the U of M.

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The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes have returned! We are running at the track at St Agnes, located at Walnut Grove and Mendenhall, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:45.

BRING IT!!!

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BOGA SCHEDULE

In addition to the 0530 class tomorrow morning, BOGA will be on tap for the 5:30 PM class on Friday!

There is no BOGA class at the 0830.

All BOGA workouts are inside unless I say otherwise!

BOGA is 22 minutes of hardcore Boot Camp + 22 minutes of Power Yoga = BOGA

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LOSE THE WEIGHT – “TAKE SHAPE FOR LIFE!”

You could lose 20 pounds by June.

Seriously.

The secret behind weight loss is more about diet than exercise.

After my own personal success with Take Shape For Life, I became a health coach for TSFL.

It’s super easy, it tastes good, you’re not hungry, you don’t starve, it’s affordable, AND you get to have “normal – regular” food too.

You can go directly to my Take Shape For Life website (below) to get more information. You can also sign up there as well.

Feel free to call me if you’d like more info. 901-644-0145. I’d be happy to be your coach and help you genuinely lose the weight you’ve been wanting to lose!

Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES! NOW YOU CAN USE FOURSQUARE TOO!

This has been pretty amazing!
Here’s how it works!

Make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, you can take $2.50 off your reenlistment fee!
Up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

Use your own wording and personality, just include the specifics.

Restrict yourself to just one of these status updates per day. You don’t want 8 status updates in a row going out on the same day!

FOURSQUARE UPDATES WORK! If you use the app “foursquare” on your phone, you can “check in” at USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP when you attend and that will count toward your discount too! How cool is that, a discount just for showing up and checking in on Foursquare.

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“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” ~ author unknown

To you 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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Tomodachi — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 4/7/10

Apr. 7th 2010

This isn’t my usual story.

This is a request for your kindness and compassion.

Some of you have heard about my friend and former Boot Camper, Tabitha Ottiwell. (She’s a Facebook friend of mine too, so you FB friends can find her there.)

For those just now hearing about Tabitha, let me give you a little info about her. She’s a sweet, funny, beautiful young woman in her early 30’s. If you know her, you love her. You just can’t help yourself. She was a Boot Camper for about a year or so and then moved to Charleston, SC last year.

Last week Tabitha had a stroke. That’s right. A stroke. Unbelievable and unfair.

Her condition in the days that followed, while she was in ICU, was terrible and the prognosis bleak.

To complicate matters, Charleston is not her home, so no family there to help. She’s been dependent on the kindness of new friends in Charleston and a few from Memphis who’ve flown down to be with her.

And if things weren’t already a challenge, Tabitha was in a new job situation and for reasons I’m not sure of, was caught in “health insurance limbo.”

I want desperately to help.

I hope you will join me in trying to do something good for someone who is wonderful and amazing and to whom only good things should come. It breaks my heart.

I know that most of you don’t know her, but just imagine one of the sweetest friends that you have being struck down like this. You’d ask your other friends to help your friend in need, right? And that’s what I’m doing. I’m asking you to help me help Tabitha?

I need your creativity in coming up with ideas to help collect money / conduct fund-raising events. Would you put on your thinking caps and brainstorm with me?

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

#1. Piano’s Flowers and Gifts (David and Nikki Strong) have offered to donate 10% of all orders from YOU to this fund! You can order your sweetie something from Piano’s and tell them that you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to help Tabitha. Nikki has agreed to extend this all the way to Mother’s Day so you can get Mom something too! (I’ll be doing that for my mom for sure! And she lives in a nursing home in Fort Smith, AR)

Thank you so much, David and Nikki!

Piano’s Flowers and Gifts ROCKS! Call them for all of your flower and gift needs, local and out of town! 901-345-7670.

#2. I’ll have a special Saturday morning Boot Camp Workout and 1.5 mile Fun Run (or walk) on Saturday May 1 at the U of M.

The cost for this Weekend Warrior Workout will be a minimum of a $20 donation per person. EVERYONE and ANYONE is welcome! And all proceeds will go toward helping Tabitha.

Can you help? Got some ideas? Got a pile of money just laying around not doing anything special?

If you or your company can help or you can think of some other creative way that I can do something, please please let me know.

I would do the same thing for you if you were where Tabitha is.

Thanks guys! Put your thinking caps on …

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GOLFING FOR KIDS!

Henry Kenworthy is involved with the REEF program at Richland Elementary School. They’re having a golf tournament at Stonebridge on Saturday the 17th. Shotgun start at 7:30. Lunch and prizes. Anyone interested can call Henry at 409-7196.

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APRIL IS OUR ANNUAL “BRING A FRIEND TO BOOT CAMP MONTH”

In memory of my friend Tom Farrar, you can bring a friend to Boot Camp during April for a FREE WEEK! No strings attached and no obligation to join.

The Boot Camper who brings the most friends in April will get $100!! US Legal Tender. Not 100 Dollars in “Boot Camp Bucks!” Real money!!

Here are the only rules:

1. Your visiting friends must be prospects for membership, so no out of town visitors will count toward your total number of friends for the contest. But feel free to bring ’em!

2. Repeat visitors don’t count beyond their first visit – so you can’t bring your friend Bob 15 times during April and count it as 15 friends!

3. Friends who join are counted twice!

Your friends can join USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP for only $90 in April! That’s 50% off the first month’s fee of $180! Only your friends and family can take advantage of this deal.

Use Facebook to invite your friends AND get a discount on your enlistment. (See below)

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RAMPED AND AMP’ED IN APRIL!

April is here and I’m BACK and committed to 100% BOOT CAMP AWESOMENESS!

(I want to thank those of you who’ve hung in there with me through my knee rehab … and THE MOST miserable winter in USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP history! I appreciate you more than you know! Thank you all very much!)

In addition to the regular class structure getting a makeover, a slight overhaul, and a little tweaking, here’s what else is scheduled for this month.

The 0530 Class
On Tuesday April 13 at the 0530 class, we’ll be inside for those rockin’ “M-16 Workouts” (aka “the rifle workout) that some of you guys will remember. We’ll be in the “other gym” (aka “the east gym,” “the wooden gym,” “the church gym”) … not the blue one that we usually use. Enter the Recreation Building off the north side entrance.

On Thursday April 8, and 15 we’ll have BOGA in the blue gym. On Tuesday April 20 and 27 we’ll have BOGA in the blue gym.

We’ll be returning to the U of M for our “Mt. Fuji” workouts at 0530 on Thursday April 22 and 29. We’ll be using the parking garage (aka “Mt. Fuji”) on Zach Curlin at the U of M. You’ll hear more about this later.

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The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes have returned!

We are running at the track at St Agnes, located at Walnut Grove and Mendenhall, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:45. These track workouts (or you can run in the neighborhood if you prefer) are designed to give you the opportunity to return to running, get faster, or get into running for the very first time. Running isn’t required. You are more than welcome to power walk. But I hope your power walking is in the direction of becoming a runner someday!

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BOGA Expands

By popular demand, in addition to the 0530 class tomorrow morning, BOGA will be on tap for the 08:30 AM and the 5:30 PM classes on Friday!

All BOGA workouts are inside unless I say otherwise! hahaha

BOGA is 22 minutes of hardcore Boot Camp + 22 minutes of Power Yoga = BOGA

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LOSE THE WEIGHT – “TAKE SHAPE FOR LIFE!”

Exciting things are happening!!

You could lose 20 pounds by June!

NO KIDDING!

The secret behind weight loss is more about diet than exercise.

After my own personal success with Take Shape For Life, I became a health coach for TSFL. That’s how much I believe in it!

Seriously, y’all … it’s easy, it tastes good, you’re not hungry, you don’t starve, it’s affordable, AND you get to have “normal – regular” food too!

You can go directly to my Take Shape For Life website (below) to get more information. You can sign up there as well.

Feel free to call me if you’d like more info. 901-644-0145. I’d be happy to be your coach and help you genuinely lose the weight you’ve been wanting to lose!

We’re having our regular TSFL meeting tomorrow night at Panera Bread at 7 PM on the patio. Anyone is welcome to attend. You can talk to others on the program, get some info, chit chat, and find out what all the fuss is about. No strings, no pressure, no one will call you! Just come and hang out with us. We’ll be done by 8!

Go to: www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES! NOW YOU CAN USE FOURSQUARE TOO!

This has been pretty amazing!

Here’s how it works!

Make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, you can take $2.50 off your reenlistment fee!
Up to $20 off for any given month!

Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.

Use your own wording and personality, just include the specifics.

Restrict yourself to just one of these status updates per day. You don’t want 8 status updates in a row going out on the same day!

FOURSQUARE UPDATES WORK TOO!
If you use the app “foursquare” on your iPhone, Blackberry, or other phone, you can “check in” at USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP when you attend and that will count towards your discount too! Be sure to link it to your Facebook account.

How cool is that, a discount just for showing up and checking in on Foursquare.

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RACE JUDICATA

Race Judicata is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. The race will take place at Jefferson Davis Park, located at 51 North Riverside Drive and there will be food and music following the race. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.

The race is open to the public. Runners and walkers are welcome!

Strollers welcome! Food and Music Following the Race!

Race Judicata benefits Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS). MALS provides free legal service to the elderly and low income families. For more information about MALS, visit:http://www.malsi.org/

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If your friends knew what you knew, they’d want to do what you’re doing! Tell ’em about USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!

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
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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