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WE CAN DO ANYTHING! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 11/24/2010

Nov. 24th 2010

JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer aren’t quitters.

These are women who would NOT take “no” for an answer. They were determined and nothing was going to dissuade them. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishing agents. Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” vampires were rejected by 14 literary agents.

Add them up and you’ve got 26 knuckleheads who said “no.”

Those 26 must be kicking themselves every single day of their lives. Imagine them getting up every morning and turning on the news and seeing their rejects becoming gazillion-aire darlings of the publishing world. Imagine those poor slobs having to see their rejects being published in over 30 different languages with a worldwide readership in the multiplied millions!

Persistence.

Dreams and goals are realized by it.

Thomas Carlyle said, “Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: it is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong from the weak.”

Dreams aren’t necessarily qualified or validated by commercial success or mass appeal. Making money, being popular, having the approval of your peers is fine. But if the Harry Potter story or the Twilight book had never been published, their authors would have been no less gifted. Their talents no less significant. But because of their persistence they achieved international acclaim, recognition, and praise. And an obscenely large pile of money!

You’ve got dreams and goals. Things you want to do. Life changes that you simply must make. Enough is enough. Living by default has finally worn too thin. These things might even be those that no one supports. People in your life might even be critical of them.

So what? Who cares?

I’d had a dream of living in Japan. The desire began when I was in the first grade. How many first graders in Fort Smith, Arkansas want to live in Japan? I had very little support for that dream from my friends and family. They thought it was a passing fancy. A phase. It would pass. But I did it anyway.

I decided to live my life on my terms. I wasn’t going to live it by default, by the permission of others, or according to someone else’s idea of what my life should look like. To do so would have made my life a prison, trapped in the cell of someone else’s image of what my life should be. Living by your leave.

At one of my going away parties before I moved to Japan, an elderly family member wanted to discourage me from moving there and said, “Well … you know they bombed Pearl Harbor.” To which I said, in my usual smartypants way, “Again??”

Your dreams and goals may not lead to wealth or fame. But then again, they may. They might be the kind of goals and dreams that are rewarded with all of those things. Or none of them. They may simply give you peace at night.

Keep your dreams alive. Don’t be discouraged by people who say “no” to you, or tell you that you can’t, or tell you that your idea was stupid. It’s your life. Live it on YOUR terms! Your terms.

There are reasonable times when you can’t quit your day job and start pursuing your dream full time. There may be reasons for you to delay your life changing decision for a season. You may have to be a bit patient. Each situation is different.

I’m not suggesting that you quit your “job” today, that you make your life changing decision today and pursue your dream full time tomorrow. There may be a prudent and measured approach to realizing your dream. But realize it you must! Or live in a prison of your own construction. In other words, settling.

Then again … you might be at a place to make some real and meaningful changes in your life right now! So why wait?

Changes that probably won’t be met with great support from people you know. But they aren’t living YOUR life. YOU are!

Now here’s the thing. Most people want you to keep doing what you’re doing right now because it makes “them” comfortable. They know how to deal with you in your present situation. They know what label to put on you, how to control you, how to respond to you. They want your life to keep looking just like it is right now because it comforts THEM!

But if you flip the script, so to speak, and you alter their order of things, you give them an unwanted paradigm shift that makes them uncomfortable, uneasy, even fearful. Changes in your life will mean changes in theirs. And quite frankly, no one wants change. Though change is one of the few constants in life. Everything changes.

Your dreams and goals may not involve vampires or werewolves. And I kinda hope that they don’t. But whatever they are, pursue them. Plan for them. Think on them. Nurture them. And then pull the trigger. Make a move. Put the plan into motion. Take the next step!

And if not now … then … when?

If not now … then … when?

As Shakespeare said, “The bow is drawn, make straight the arrow.”

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At this special time of the year, I just want to say thank you.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

Because of you I have the best job in the world.

Because of you I’m one of the most satisfied and happy people I know.

Your attendance and participation in USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP provide me with things, both material and personal, that I am eternally grateful for.

Without you, I’d be a different man. Thank you.

It’s my hope and prayer that you will experience the great joy and warmth that gratitude brings. A grateful heart is a happy heart … a satisfied mind.

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NO BOOT CAMP TOMORROW OR FRIDAY — HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

All classes meet as scheduled on Monday!

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THANKSGIVING FEAST TIPS AND STRATEGIES

Here are a few easy tips to keep you from regretting that bad decisions tomorrow will be realized on Friday morning.

1. Prior to your Thanksgiving Feast, drink a LOT of water. It’ll fill your stomach and you won’t over eat.
2. Choose the smallest size plate available.
3. Choose portions no larger than the size of the palm of your hand.
4. These portions are now called “islands.” No islands should be touching other islands. In other words, none of your food should be touching the other food on your plate. No creating continents!
5. Your portions should be 60% protein and 40% complex carbohydrates.
6. Deserts should only be your VERY favorite and only ONE serving no larger than the size of the palm of your hand.

Yes, I know this isn’t exactly “fun” … but it’s waaaaay better than regret!

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HOLIDAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

This challenge is completely optional. But if you’re willing, here it is.

Every year the average American gains between 8 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. In an effort to stop that from happening to you, I present …

SERGEANT TONY’S 2010 HOLIDAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

Here’s how it works.

Beginning on Wednesday, December 1, I’ll weigh you and write down your weight. On January 3 when we come back after the holiday break, I’ll weigh you again.

If you’ve maintained your weight, you get a FREE MONTH of BOOT CAMP!
If you’ve lost weight, you get an ADDITIONAL FREE MONTH of BOOT CAMP!

YOU COULD WIN TWO FREE MONTHS OF BOOT CAMP!!!

Small print:
The cost of participation is $50, due at weigh-in and non-refundable.
Free months won are redeemable beginning with March 2011.

Every year Boot Campers succeed in keeping those holiday pounds from accumulating! That could be you this year!!

The sad thing about those pounds gained is that IF they are lost, they aren’t lost until after June or so … IF they are lost at all.

Weigh-in begins on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday and Friday of next week!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING IS COMPLETE!

Congratulations everyone!! We had a GREAT group this year! Over 25 of you trained with me!

Special thanks goes to David Caffey for taking over leadership of the group after I did the unthinkable and hurt my knee again. (I’m on the mend and intend to line up for the half marathon too!) Thank you David!!

Don’t forget to check the website, click on the Archieve for August 2010 and click on the Half Marathon Training entry.

You’ll find Tips and Strategies for the race that will help you make this a great day in your life!

Don’t forget to go to the expo on Thursday if you can. Friday will be a madhouse at packet pick up.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

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THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE

No evening class today. All classes will stand down until Monday morning November 29.

All classes meet on Monday as usual.

Let me encourage you to run the Turkey Trot 4 Miler on Thanksgiving morning!
www.s2fevents.com

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PERSONAL TRAINING!

I’ve got a few prime hours open during the week if you know someone looking for a trainer. I use the facilities at Christ Methodist and the hourly rates are standard for Memphis. Over-all fitness training, boot camp style workouts, strength training, sports specific conditioning and agility (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)
TonyLudlow@aol.com or 901-644-0145

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THE 0830 CLASS AND THE CONTINUATION OF THE 0645 CLASS!!

The 0830 Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Don’t forget that there is child care available at the church for this class!

The 0645 meets on MWF as well!

ATTENTION 0830 CLASS MEMBERS: please remember that no cell phone usage is allowed while you drive your car on the campus. So when you pull onto the campus, no cell phones please!

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NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

If you’re a part of a family (usually husband and wife) that does USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, a new pricing plan goes into effect in August! Ask me about it! You’ll like it!

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WANT TO LOSE 20 POUNDS BY THE END OF 2010?

Take Shape For Life is the BEST weight loss program I know of. If you’d like to lose weight talk to me. This is the program I used to lose the almost 30 pounds I gained after knee surgery. Let me help you!

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT

Next Tuesday, November 30 will be the Mt. Fuji workout at 0530 at the U of M.

The “Mt. Fuji Workout” is conducted at the parking garage on Zach Curlin on the U of M campus. Turn on to Zach Curlin off of Central and it’s all the way down on the right. Can’t miss it!

If it’s raining, we’ll use the ground level of the parking garage.

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TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS ARE ON HIATUS UNTIL FEB 2011

The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes are standing down until the last week in January.

However, I’ll be running at 4:30 PM at St. Mary’s track on Tues and Thursday and you’re welcome to join me!

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CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.
http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

For you visual learners, you’ll find this an easy way to glance at the week or month and see where the workouts will be, if there’s a venue change.

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

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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RED COATS! — Newsletter of Sgt. Tony Ludlow for 11/17/10

Nov. 17th 2010

Yesterday there were two news stories that got some mention on the national news programs.

One was the announced royal engagement in Great Britain of Willie and Kate. The other was President Obama’s awarding of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor in almost 40 years.

Guess which one got the most on-air time?

Yep.

Between the national news, the morning shows like The Today Show, the evening news, and the local news, the engagement got about three hours of airtime per network.

SSgt. Giunta and his medal got about 3 minutes tops. The highest award our country can give, usually awarded posthumously because winning it requires that kind of bravery, courage, and sacrifice given three minutes total.

Now before you quit reading, thinking that I’m about to sermonize about our national sin of misplaced priorities, relax. I’m not going to wax eloquent about how shallow our culture is or how America isn’t at war, the military is … America is at the mall. I’m not going to gripe about how ignorant and embarrassing the national consciousness is that SSgt. Giunta risked his life to protect.

Nope.

What I’m tired of is our American obsession with Britain.

We preferred Willie and Kate’s engagement to Salvatore and his sacrifice.

I’m over the British.

I mean, we fought a war to be over the British and their “brilliant” monarchy.

I’m tired of seeing a stinkin’ Brit’ on American TV … JUDGING US!!! Those ridiculous talent shows that have a panel of judges have at least ONE or more bloody Brits on ‘em! Really? We need this? Is there some sort of quota that I don’t know anything about that requires every panel of judges to have at least one annoying Brit?

Someone should have cold-cocked that Simon idiot the first time he insulted an American on American soil. “Oh no you dinit!” BAM!!! But noooooooooo everyone just sat around and let this clown say whatever he wanted about us. Really? We need this moron?

And what makes those idiots such good judges anyway? How are they qualified? Have you seen the woman their Prince Charles chose over Diana? Yo, Chuck, are you serious?? If their future King isn’t bright enough to judge, how can their commoners be? Their future King is an idiot. What’s that say about Simon?

We are a nation of almost 350,000,000 people. The UK has about 62,000,000. Why do we need to import any of them here to take jobs from Americans?

Our friends in Mexico come here and take jobs that aren’t popular with Americans. Thank you, Pedro. The Brits come here and take popular jobs from qualified Americans. Get back across the pond, Niles. And take Camilla with you!

And that says NOTHING of our inability to see through their stupid accent and see that they aren’t saying anything special, it just SOUNDS that way to us. When I was in grad school I had a professor from the UK and all the students thought that Professor Red Coat was sooooooo smart and soooooo wise. But if you read a transcript of what he actually said, it was normal stuff. Not profound. Average professor babbling that any unemployed American PhD could have babbled.

Professor Buckingham Palace inspired me to write a paper called “The English Accent and the Seduction of America.” We seem to think that anything spoken in a British accent is somehow intrinsically more academic and therefore more righter. I even conducted surveys where participants listened to something read by an American and then read by a Brit and then were asked to rate the profundity of each. The British blowhards won, hands down. Every time. Seriously?

And Professor Bad Teeth even KNEW that he had that kind of effect on us! He made jokes about it. He boasted that he could say “peanut butter and jelly sandwiches” in a measured tone and with some sort of English Jedi mind trick and two thirds of the class would write it down in their notes thinking that he’d just uttered something that came directly from Sinai. Pathetic.

And we don’t need no more Brit actors on American TV shows speaking their lines in an American accent. We’ve got PLENTY of unemployed American actors with American accents who’d do that job for half the price!

We don’t need no more Brits on national news broadcasts either. We’ve got plenty of unemployed American broadcast journalists working at Starbucks and doing infomercials.

We don’t need no more British chicks coming over here telling us how to raise our kids, manage our money, lose weight, or dress. We’ve got plenty of opinionated Americans who would jump at the chance to do those jobs! And without all of that stuffed shirt condescension.

We don’t need no more Brit cooks and chefs coming over here allowed to cuss and insult the poor knuckleheads trying to impress those overrated blowhards on TV. Come on, American cooks! Ignore those limey losers and embrace being a Yank!

Contact your congressperson and Senators and urge them to pass legislation limiting the number of Brits in American life. Put tariffs on ‘em. We don’t need to outsource anymore American jobs to mediocre Brits who can’t make it in the UK.

Now excuse me, but I’ve gotta log on to iTunes. They just started carrying The Beatles! I’m gonna go download The White Album!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING! VENUE CHANGE!
— WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT.

Training for the St. Jude Half Marathon CONCLUDES this Saturday, November 20 at 7 AM!

We’re back at Shelby Farms!

We’ll be running for 2 hr 30 min, using a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s approach to training.

If it’s raining on Saturday morning we’ll reschedule for Sunday, same time and place.

ALSO, Boot Campers who aren’t running the half marathon, but want to get their one hour of continuous cardio are welcome to run with us at no charge!

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THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 24 we’ll have the three morning classes: 0530, 0645, and 0830. And then we’ll stand down until Monday morning November 29. There will be no evening class on Wednesday the 24th.

Let me encourage you to run the Turkey Trot 4 Miler on Thanksgiving morning!
www.s2fevents.com

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MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

It was my special privilege to be the guest speaker at MUS last Friday.

At the end of the assembly I was surrounded by so many of your sons. Boot Camper’s sons and inactive Boot Camper’s sons were all around me. I was so proud of them. They introduced themselves like young gentlemen. You would have been proud of your son!

A special thanks to Flip Eikner, Michelle Manker, and Hank Hill for making that an awesome morning!

And congratulations to Flip Eikner! He’ll be the new Academic Dean at MUS next year!

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PERSONAL TRAINING!

I’ve got a few prime hours open during the week if you know someone looking for a trainer. I use the facilities at Christ Methodist and the hourly rates are standard for Memphis. Over-all fitness training, boot camp style workouts, strength training, sports specific conditioning and agility (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)
TonyLudlow@aol.com or 901-644-0145

———————————-

THE 0830 CLASS AND THE CONTINUATION OF THE 0645 CLASS!!

The 0830 Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Don’t forget that there is child care available at the church for this class!

The 0645 meets on MWF as well!

ATTENTION 0830 CLASS MEMBERS: please remember that no cell phone usage is allowed while you drive your car on the campus. So when you pull onto the campus, no cell phones please!

——————————————–

NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

If you’re a part of a family (usually husband and wife) that does USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, a new pricing plan goes into effect in August! Ask me about it! You’ll like it!

———————————————-

WANT TO LOSE 25 POUNDS BY THE END OF 2010?

Take Shape For Life is the BEST weight loss program I know of. If you’d like to lose weight talk to me. This is the program I used to lose the almost 30 pounds I gained after knee surgery. Let me help you!

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT

Next Tuesday, November 23 will be the Mt. Fuji workout at 0530 at the U of M.

The “Mt. Fuji Workout” is conducted at the parking garage on Zach Curlin on the U of M campus. Turn on to Zach Curlin off of Central and it’s all the way down on the right. Can’t miss it!

If it’s raining, we’ll use the ground level of the parking garage.

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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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CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.
http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

For you visual learners, you’ll find this an easy way to glance at the week or month and see where the workouts will be, if there’s a venue change.

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

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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Mt. Fuji Workout & Half Marathon Update

Nov. 15th 2010

Greetings All!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16, we’ll be doing the Mt. Fuji Workout at 0530 @ the U of M. Meet me in front of the parking garage on Zach Curlin!

You guys who are members of my half marathon training platoon, you can get tips and strategies on the password protected entry on August 28th.

Let me know if you’ve got any questions,
Tony

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Half Marathon Training Rescheduled!

Nov. 12th 2010

Attention Running Friends! Dave Brown is confident about rain in the morning, so … Tomorrow’s run is rescheduled for Sunday at 7 AM @ the U of M! See you Sunday. Pass the word!

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Let Them Eat Cake — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 10 Nov 2010

Nov. 10th 2010

His statement hung in the air for what seemed like a very very long time.

It was the most profound challenge I’d been given and my response to it changed the course of my life.

“Your country has provided you with 18 years of freedom, opportunity, security, and happiness … now it’s time to give something back. Join the Marine Corps or the Peace Corps, but find a way to serve your country and your fellow man.”

I joined the Marines, since the Peace Corps doesn’t have any cool uniforms.

Of course the decision was a little more complicated and involved than that. But if you know me at all, you already know that.

Today is the 235th birthday of my beloved Corps. And like all good birthday celebrations, cake is involved.

Every Marine Corps unit across the globe will celebrate the birth of Our Corps in very similar ways. There’ll be the parties and the revelry. There’ll be the formal Marine Corps Balls with everyone wearing their dress uniforms. It’s a fun mix of activities meant to pay honor to the birth of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, and to give special remembrance to the exploits of Marines throughout our 235 year history.

There’ll be great food, music, and dancing at the Marine Corps Ball. I never danced at the Ball. Not because I can’t. (Oh, yes … I can cut a rug. I got moves!) I just thought it was undignified for Marines to flail about in uniform. (Slow dancing is OK!) But “backin’ that thang up” in Dress Blues is just wrong.

There’s a special ceremony connected to the cutting and eating of the birthday cake at the Ball. The first two pieces of the cake, cut with a Marine Corps sword, go to the youngest and the oldest Marine present in that unit. After that, everyone gets some.

My first Marine Corps birthday occurred while I was in boot camp at Parris Island, SC. There was no Ball for us, far from it. But with the evening meal that day, each of us received a piece of Marine Corps birthday cake on our trays.

We filed through the chow line and quickly took our places at our long table, where the entire platoon waited for our Drill Instructor to give the command “trays … DOWN!” (All trays would come down at the exact same moment on the table so that there would only be the sound of ONE tray being placed on the table.) Then the Drill Instructor would give the command “SEATS!” (There would be the sound of only ONE butt hitting the bench as everyone sat down at exactly the same instant and froze in position.) And then the command, “ATTACK!” – meaning “EAT!”

As I stood there at attention, waiting for the command to sit, I stole a glance at my piece of Marine Corps birthday cake as it sat on my tray looking up at me like the money I could be saving with GEICO. It looked delicious. And since we hadn’t had any sweets in a very long time, that piece of cake looked especially yummy!

But instead of the command “SEATS!” … the Drill Instructor yelled, “PICK UP THE BIRTHDAY CAKE! PICK IT UP NOW!!! AND GO THROW IT AWAY!!! … NOW!!!!”

What?? You’ve GOT to be joking!

By this time Platoon 398 was a well oiled machine, instantly and willingly giving obedience to all orders. Without hesitation each of us picked up our cake and went quickly to the big garbage cans in the mess hall and threw our cake away.

So sad. Such a waste. I hated Senior Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Warren, one of our four DI’s. He was the one who ordered us to throw away our cake.

We quickly returned to our tables and stood waiting for the command to sit. But instead, the Senior Drill Instructor began to lecture us.

We were told that we were not worthy to eat Marine Corps birthday cake. We were told that we were not yet Marines. We were told that we had not earned the right. We were only Marine recruits, he yelled. We were candidates for the title, “Marine.” We weren’t Marines. Until we had earned the title by successfully completing Marine Corps boot camp, we were the lowest form of human existence. We were nothing but maggots. Scum. Worthless excuses for human beings. Parasites. Not even worthy of a piece of cake meant to honor the Marine Corps birthday.

But when that grand and glorious day finally came a month later, when my Drill Instructors gave me my Marine Corps emblem to put on my uniform for the first time … shook my hand, and said, “Congratulations, Marine,” I was speechless and choked up with emotion. It gave me a sense of pride and belonging that I still have to this day and which has never been eclipsed by anything else I’ve ever done or accomplished since. It was a rite of passage.

Platoon 398 began with 80 recruits. Three months later only 32 of us earned the title “Marine.” When I die my headstone will not have my academic degrees listed, nor any mention of my bank account, but it will say “United States MARINE.”

The Marine Corps makes no apologies for being the hardest of all of the branches of the service. Marine Corps boot camp is legendary. It’s the longest and the most difficult of the four branches of the military. That’s not just me bragging, that’s simply the fact of the matter. As the army, navy, and air force continue to shorten the length of their boot camps and make them less strenuous, less stressful, and more “civilian friendly,” the Marine Corps is doing just the opposite. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat,” is the Marine Corps way.

The term “boot camp” is used a lot these days. There are “sales boot camps,” and “computer boot camps” and “chef boot camps.” I even saw an advertisement for “salsa boot camp!”

The term is used a lot in fitness circles too. It’s trendy. “Boot camps” spring up all the time at health clubs and other venues. Last week’s aerobics instructor is this week’s boot camp “drill sergeant,” — or something like that — touting some sort of phony toughness and hardcore histrionics (like Jillian Michaels on the Biggest Loser) … but with no experience or training in the military.

As a member of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP you are part of a special group, a unique community, a proud corps. A culture of accomplishment and tradition, training and toughness, high expectation and esprit de corps that goes back 235 years! In other words, the real deal.

On this 235th birthday of The Corps, I recommit myself to giving you the same kind of training and challenges that have marked the success and glory of the United States Marine Corps! I will continue to honor the title “Marine” by giving you reason to be proud of yourself!

Semper Fi!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING! VENUE CHANGE!
— WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT.

Training for the St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, November 13 at 7 AM! Dave Brown is predicting rain for Saturday morning. If he’s right, we’ll run on Sunday morning instead.

We’re back at the University of Memphis! We’ll meet in front of the parking garage on Zach Curlin (Mt. Fuji!).

We’ll be running for 1 hr 30 min, using a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s approach to training.

ALSO, Boot Campers who aren’t running the half marathon, but want to get their one hour of continuous cardio are welcome to run with us at no charge!

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MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

I’ll be the guest speaker at MUS this coming Friday morning. I’ll be speaking during their Friday morning assembly. If you have a son at MUS, you might want to keep him home from school on Friday! Hahaha

Actually, if your son is in the student body, I’d love to meet him after the assembly. Tell him to come and introduce himself.

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PERSONAL TRAINING!
I’ve got a few prime hours open during the week if you know someone looking for a trainer. I use the facilities at Christ Methodist and the hourly rates are standard for Memphis. Over-all fitness training, boot camp style workouts, strength training, sports specific conditioning and agility (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)
TonyLudlow@aol.com or 901-644-0145
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THE 0830 CLASS AND THE CONTINUATION OF THE 0645 CLASS!!

The 0830 Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Don’t forget that there is child care available at the church for this class!

The 0645 meets on MWF as well!

ATTENTION 0830 CLASS MEMBERS: please remember that no cell phone usage is allowed while you drive your car on the campus. So when you pull onto the campus, no cell phones please!

——————————————–

NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

If you’re a part of a family (usually husband and wife) that does USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, a new pricing plan goes into effect in August! Ask me about it! You’ll like it!

———————————————-

WANT TO LOSE 10 POUNDS BY THE END OF NOVEMBER?

Take Shape For Life is the BEST weight loss program I know of. If you’d like to lose weight talk to me. This is the program I used to lose the almost 30 pounds I gained after knee surgery. Let me help you!

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

——————————————-

MT. FUJI WORKOUT

Next Tuesday, November 16 will be the Mt. Fuji workout at 0530 at the U of M.

The “Mt. Fuji Workout” is conducted at the parking garage on Zach Curlin on the U of M campus. Turn on to Zach Curlin off of Central and it’s all the way down on the right. Can’t miss it!

——————————————-

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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CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website.
http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

For you visual learners, you’ll find this an easy way to glance at the week or month and see where the workouts will be, if there’s a venue change.

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

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

Tony

Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145

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The Secret Life of Be’s — Newsletter of Sgt. Tony Ludlow for November 3, 2010

Nov. 3rd 2010

Long before Lance Armstrong’s “Livestrong” bracelets were fashionable, there was the Old Testament and Joshua 10:25:

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.”

A few years ago there was Warren Wiersbe’s 27 volume Old Testament “Be” commentaries. “Be Obedient,” “Be Resolute,” “Be Committed,” to name a few of the “Be” titles.

There’s Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be, or not to be … ” (Sorry Will.)

A few years ago the US Army used “Be All You Can Be!” as a recruiting slogan.

When we were little, our parents friends asked us what we were going to be when we grew up.

I’ll bet your high school guidance counselor asked what you wanted to be too, right?

One day during the first year I lived in Tokyo, and feeling really stressed out – I couldn’t read Japanese, I couldn’t write Japanese, and I could only understand about 25% of what was being said to me (just like growing up in Arkansas! hahaha). I couldn’t do much of anything for myself or my family. I felt like a child, a very upset, frustrated, and confused child.

I explained this frustration, in my best “caveman Japanese,” to my older Japanese friend. Harada Sensei was also my first Japanese language teacher and one of the wisest friends I’ve ever had. He paused for a long time before responding. In fact, his pause was so long that I was pretty sure that my caveman Japanese must have been unintelligible gibberish. Then he said something I’ve never forgotten. The translation of what he said was something like this:

“Tony san, you are human being, you are not human “doing” … you must learn to … be.”

WHAT?

What kind of ancient Confucius sounding Japanese zen crap was THAT??

I’ve always been sort of a “human doing” kinda guy. I just wanted someone to whine to, someone to validate my frustration and anger, not someone to tap me on my philosophical shoulder and confront my Western impatience and metaphysical pragmatism.

Human being?

The more I thought about it over the weeks that followed … the more I saw it.

Being.

Human being.

So …

… what are we being?

What are you being?

It’s a great question.

Not what are you? Not what are you doing? Not what do you do?

What are you being?

“What are you?” is usually, and safely, answered by giving out our age, gender, occupation, and the life roles we occupy. “I’m a 50 year old businessman, a husband, a father, a brother, a friend …” But what about beyond the superficial and the shallow, what are you?

But, “what are you being?” is different. It’s a question that requires more thought, deeper introspection, a longer gaze into the mirror.

When we have a failure in our lives, our career, or our relationships most people start pointing the finger at someone else, or something else. Most people won’t slow down long enough to do what really needs to be done.

Stop and be. Stop and look long into the mirror.

We’ll look in the mirror for other reasons. We’ll check our hair in the mirror. We’ll see if there’s broccoli in our teeth … but we resist introspection. We don’t think about being. We don’t think about a look inward. We don’t want to be confronted with the possibility that being and introspection will reveal personal flaws, hidden weaknesses, childhood traumas brought into adulthood and swept under the carpet that are ruining the present, or a cycle of sabotage that keeps resulting in the same disasters.

But wouldn’t it be great if you did take that time. Time to look inside. Time to understand who you are. Time to redefine your goals. Courage to move forward and not settle for a repetition of meaningless days in passionless living.

All starting by stopping to be.

Warren Wiersbe should have written a book entitled “Be.”

Not be anything. Just be.

Be.

Think about it.

Now sit there and be someone.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY!

This winter we’ll observe a “cold weather” training policy. If the windchill drops below 30 degrees, we’ll train inside. Don’t think that inside is synonymous with “easy.”

Check with Channel 5 or Weather.com for the “feels like” wind chill numbers.

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING! VENUE CHANGE!

Training for the St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, November 6 at 7 AM!

We’re back at Shelby Farms! We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center.

We’ll be running for 2 hr 20 min, using a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s approach to training.

ALSO, Boot Campers who aren’t running the half marathon, but want to get their one hour of continuous cardio are welcome to run with us at no charge!

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PERSONAL TRAINING!

I’ve got a few prime hours open during the week if you know someone looking for a trainer. I use the facilities at Christ Methodist and the hourly rates are standard for Memphis. Over-all fitness training, boot camp style workouts, strength training, sports specific conditioning and agility (tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.)

TonyLudlow@aol.com or 901-644-0145

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THE RETURN OF THE 0830 CLASS AND THE CONTINUATION OF THE 0645 CLASS!!

The 0830 Class has returned to ACTIVE DUTY status on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Don’t forget that there is child care available at the church for this class!

The 0645 continues to march on MWF as well!

ATTENTION 0830 CLASS MEMBERS: please remember that no cell phone usage is allowed while you drive your car on the campus. So when you pull onto the campus, no cell phones please!

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NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

If you’re a part of a family (usually husband and wife) that does USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, a new pricing plan goes into effect in August! Ask me about it! You’ll like it!

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WANT TO LOSE 15 OR 20 POUNDS BY THE END OF NOVEMBER?

Take Shape For Life is the BEST weight loss program I know of. If you’d like to lose weight talk to me. This is the program I used to lose the almost 30 pounds I gained after knee surgery. Let me help you!

You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/

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M-16A3 WORKOUT

Next Tuesday, October 26 at 0530 will be the Mt. Fuji workout in the new gym. This workout will differ from your other M-16 workouts and I promise you’ll LOVE it!

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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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CALENDAR

A calendar has been added to the official USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website. http://www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/calendar.html

For you visual learners, you’ll find this an easy way to glance at the week or month and see where the workouts will be, if there’s a venue change.

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

To your optimum health and fitness!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK!

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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