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“Do these jeans make my butt look big?” — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 9/28/11

Sep. 28th 2011

I lied. I’ll admit it.

I was in the O’Hare Airport in Chicago and I lied to a sweet little old lady. I just couldn’t help myself.

I was on active duty and in uniform. (FYI, if you see men and women in an airport and they’re wearing a camouflaged uniform, they aren’t Marines. It’s against Marine Corps regulations for us to wear that uniform when we travel. We’ll either be in appropriate civilian clothes or in a dress uniform.)

I was wearing my Marine Corps dress uniform waiting for my flight sitting in a chair close to the big hallway reading a book. Then the little old lady walked up to me and made me lie to her.

“Excuse me, Sergeant … ” she said.

I was immediately impressed that a civilian knew my rank. Most don’t know the difference between a Private in the Marine Corps and a Rear Admiral in the Navy. (Actually there isn’t much difference! hahaha That’s for all of you squids out there!) Anyway, this little old lady knew my rank by looking at my uniform. Unusual.

I stood to my feet and said,”Yes, ma’am?” Marines are taught to stand up when speaking to others as a sign of respect. My grandfather — my Big Dad — insisted that I stand up when I spoke to an adult. “You will NOT sit on your backside when speaking to a grownup,” he taught me. “You’ll get on your feet, young sir!”

He also taught me to take off my hat when speaking to a grown up, especially a lady. He said that I could touch the brim of my hat and nod when greeting a boy or girl my age. I miss that kind of elegance. (Thank you, Big Dad! You were indeed a gentleman’s gentleman.)

“You’re a Marine, aren’t you?” the sweet little old lady in the airport asked.

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Oh, wonderful! Maybe you know my grandson, he’s a Marine too! Stationed in California. Maybe you know him,” she said excitedly with a broad smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

“I might, ma’am.” I said, sure that I probably didn’t.

With great joy, and a face that beamed with excited anticipation, she told me her grandson’s name. Her grandson was Mike something or other.

I didn’t know him.

But the look on her face just killed me. It was an expression of joyful expectation and hope.

“Oh, yes ma’am, I know Mike!” I lied.

“YOU DO??? OH, THAT IS SOO WONDERFUL!!” exclaimed Mike’s grandmother. “I think he’s a very good Marine!” she said, beaming with pride.

“Oh yes ma’am! Mike is a fine Marine!” I went on.

For the next five minutes I spun a yarn vague enough to describe just about any good Marine I knew. I managed to convince Mike’s grandmother that he was indeed a fine Marine, one of the best. He was “a Marine’s Marine,” I spun.

I’m not endorsing lying. But seriously. I just couldn’t tell Mike’s grandmother that I didn’t know him.

I recently read an article about a guy who had pledged to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth all day everyday for a week.

It was disastrous.

“Honey, what do you think of my new hairdo?” his wife asked.

“Well, it looks like crap.” he said.

That night, truth-teller-dude found out that the couch wasn’t that comfortable.

“Honey, do these jeans make my butt look big?” the wife asked.

“No, your big butt makes them jeans look big,” says truth-telling-dude.

“Hey daddy, here’s the picture I drew at school today! What do you think?” asked his 8 year old daughter.

“That’s not a very good picture of a house and that dog is waaay too big compared to the tree.” said the truth-teller-dude, who discovered how much little girls can cry.

Truth-teller-dude discovered that telling lies is required everyday.

You’re a liar and so am I. We have to be. The unadulterated truth would bring smooth social intercourse to a screeching halt, turning every office, classroom, boardroom, and living room into chaos and conflict. We tell the majority of our fibs to keep from hurting the other person’s feelings.

Lying to ourselves, though, is unacceptable.

Sometimes those lies are in the form of negative self talk. We call ourselves horrible things when we fail. Listen to some of my tennis buddies when they topspin a ball into the net or one of my golfing friends when they shank some golfball into the street.

So, no negative self talk. Ever.

Sometimes the lie we tell ourselves is the result of too much optimism. That’s right. It’s possible to be TOO optimistic. I know this to my own detriment. I’m sometimes too optimistic for my own good. It’s one of the reasons I don’t gamble. I’d stay at the table and lose it all, assuming that I’m going to win at SOME point.

My optimism is both my best and worst quality. Being optimistic keeps you moving forward where victory is possible. No victory is possible without optimism and perseverance. But knowing when to retreat (or “attack in the opposite direction,” as Marines like to say) to fight another day is absolutely critical. “You gotta know when to hold, when to fold ’em, when to walk away … ”

Optimism can be a flaw when it keeps you from seeing the reality of a hopeless situation, cutting your losses, and moving on. I’m horrible at that. I’ll keep hope alive alright. I’ll keep hope living on life-support if I have to, when I really ought to pull the plug. I’ll stay the course far too long. I’ll go down with the ship. I need the realistic counsel of someone who has vision to see the red flags that I choose to ignore. We all need that kind of counsel from someone unbiased and balanced, but not a Negative Nellie.

Thing is, experience tells us that in the majority of cases, perseverance is a virtue that we should celebrate, demonstrate, and teach to others.

Perseverance with realism is what our goal should be. Lying to ourselves and not giving up when we just don’t have the courage or the will to quit — when quitting is the only right thing to do — is pretty unwise.

Tell yourself the truth today. Be realistic. Perseverance because you lack the courage required to end something, or the courage to become pro-active and decisive, keeps you miserable, enslaved, and unhappy. Marking time. Going through the motions. Stuck.

My mom reminded me this past Mother’s Day that “life is short, so live it to the fullest … but life is also very very long … sometimes you just have to move on. Being miserable is a poor substitute for having the life you want.” She’s 81 and I guess that gives her the right to tell me about stuff like that.

Keep your rose colored glasses! I’m keeping mine. I’ll take a road trip through life with an optimist over a pessimist any day!

But take a realistic look at your life and the road you’re on … what’s your life look like a year from now … five years from now? If we’re not headed where we want to be … then we have to muster the courage to make the changes in our life now that will result in the life we want later.

It’s a myth to believe that your tomorrows will be fundamentally different if you don’t change anything about your todays. No lying to yourself. Seriously. Be honest.

I’m glad I lied to Mike’s Meemaw. It made her happy. It didn’t hurt her. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. But I really can’t lie to myself and neither should you.

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WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Some of you have been telling me to write a book for a long time. One of the things I did toward that end was to attend a writer’s workshop.

I’m still in need of your help.

Would you go to the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

Once there, would you scroll down to the Archives section, click on your birthday month on any year you want and read the four newsletters — just the story part at the beginning — and let me know which one of those stories you like best. If none of those four are any good, would you do the same thing for a different year until you find at least one that you like?

If you can find at least one story that you like, let me know what the date and title of that newsletter is, please.

Thank you!

And if you’ve already done this for me, thank you, thank you!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

The St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, October 1. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms at 7am.

Saturday’s run will be for one hour and fifty minutes.

If you’re not sure if you can do it, just come and try it out with no obligation!

Training is open to all. Cost for the three month training is $75 for members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp and $120 for non-boot campers.

If you’re NOT training for a half marathon but want to get your one hour of continuous cardio with a group, you can join us for that hour. We’ll be passing through the parking lot of the Visitor’s Center about every 25 minutes or so from 7:10 on.

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THE MWF 0830 CLASS!

AKA “The Desperate Housewives Class” is BAAAAACK!!! (Yes, there are dudes in this class too!) (“The Real Housewives of East Memphis” is a possible name too!)

The 0830 class is back on ACTIVE DUTY on MWF!

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I GOTTA GUY!!! (And a GAL)

I like to share the names of people I do business with and trust so that if you need services that they offer you’ll know someone trustworthy to contact.

1. Margaret Caffey.
Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal to see Harry Potter, or maybe a Disney Cruise – Margaret Caffey has turned her passion for all things Disney into a career and is now a travel agent with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. For all your Disney travel planning or just to ask a question call Margaret at 901-828-6354. Also please take a second to ‘like’ her Facebook page at Mouse Fan Margaret. (https://www.facebook.com/login/setashome.php?ref=login#!/pages/Mouse-Fan-Margaret/130316623686981).

PS – I hear she knows a lot about all the cruise lines too! Margret is MY personal Disney trip planner! No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows more about Disney than Mags!

Dr John Whittemore was voted Best Family Dentist in Memphis Parent Magazine’s most recent survey.  
Also voted Hot List Cosmetic Dentist in the Memphis Flyer and listed among Top Dentists in Memphis Magazine every year.  If you want personalized, caring general or cosmetic dentistry on a whole other level than you’ve experienced before, call John’s office to make an appointment.  (901)-754-0540.

3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, rebourland@yahoo.com, 901.826-6695. www.midsouthbunkbeds.com

You can see a much longer and detailed list of people I refer on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page. Once on the blog page use the search window, keyword “Buddy,” and it’ll take you to that page.

If you drop my name, you might get a discount. But for sure you’ll get their sympathy and prayers! 😉

If you’d like to be listed here in “I GOTTA GUY” just let me know!

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS!

The monthly fee of $75 can be discounted to $55!

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

THE MONTHLY FEE OF $75 CAN BE DISCOUNTED TO $55!

Here’s how …

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 for each update, up to $20 off for any given month! You can go from $75 to $55 a month!!

Your status update has to be a SPECIFIC reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. (There are fake boot camps out there!!)

You can also use “Places” on Facebook or Foursquare linked to your Facebook account to “check in” and you’ll get the same discount!

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

So log on and get started today!

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UNEMPLOYED PERSON’S DISCOUNT

If you’ve been a Boot Camper in the past and you are currently unemployed, you can get a special discount. Email me for the details. Seriously! Email me! NOW! And don’t be embarrassed. I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse. Seriously.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT DISCOUNTS

Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Memphis Firefighters qualify for a special discount! It’s the least I can do to ensure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters are fit for their job!! Pass the word!

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 0530.

NEXT TUESDAY, October 4 is the M-16 Workout at Christ Methodist at 0530.

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HEAT INDEX

Anytime the heat index is 100 or above we’ll go inside.

If the conditions warrant it, the evening class may also be found on the courtyard inside the day school area.

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NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

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

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WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF OCTOBER?

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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TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

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

St. Mary’s is at the corner of 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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ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

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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EVIL — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 9/21/11

Sep. 21st 2011

“The average man, who does not know what to do with this life, wants another one which shall last forever.” ~ Anatole France

Have you ever been confounded by people who are intent on eternal life after they die, but who don’t know what to do with the one they’re presently living?

I won’t pretend to have the answers to life’s most perplexing questions. (I mean, I have difficulty deciding what to order at Old Venice.) For example, I don’t know where evil came. (And don’t say, “Fort Smith, Arkansas!”) I don’t know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. I don’t know if God can make a rock so big that He can’t move it. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people. I don’t think everything happens for a reason. I think some things obviously do. I don’t know how to get the inmates in Congress to behave like Statesmen instead of like career politicians. I don’t know how to get out of Afghanistan. I don’t know how my iPhone works. There’s a lot I don’t know or am not sure of.

But here are a couple of things I am sure of.

This life isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is it!

The body you’ve got right now, is the only one you’re going to get! And it’s going to need LOTS of attention along the way!

Investing in people is wiser than investing in stuff.

I hope that today you’ll do an assessment of your life goals and priorities.
Watch the TV a little less, and talk to your family and friends a little more.
Give more than you get.
Serve more than you’re served.
Make new friends. (You don’t have too many friends already do you?)
Exercise, preferably with me! I need your fellowship AND your money! But mostly your fellowship.

As I said on Facebook yesterday, be awesome! And if you can’t be awesome, be funny. And If you can’t be funny, be friendly. And if you can’t be friendly, be agreeable. And if you can’t be agreeable, shut the f’* up!

Read. Learn. Explore. Dream. Move. Do. Be still.

And for the love of all that is good and worthy, live a remarkable life!

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BUSINESS 101

I’m a terrible businessman and hardly ever like to mention money. But since my stockholders want me to make a profit, I need to say something about money from time to time.

Please allow me to remind you, gentle reader and honorable boot camper, that if you think your dues are due, they probably are! The monthly dues are 75 per month, unless you qualify for some other discount. It’s 180 for three months, 325 for six months and 525 for the year.

Payment can be done by check, cash, or online through PayPal. I also take gold! (Not really.) I sometimes barter and trade goods and services. And if you need some special dispensation on payment, I’m happy to work with you. And if you’re unemployed boot camper, I have a special discount for you too. Just ask.

Thanks everyone!

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WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Some of you have been telling me to write a book for a long time. One of the things I’m doing toward that end is attending a writer’s workshop.

But I need your help.

Would you go to the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page: http://usmcfitnessbootcamp.com/blog/

Once there, would you scroll down to the Archives section, click on your birthday month on any year you want and read the four newsletters — just the story part at the beginning — and let me know which one of those stories you like best. If none of those four are any good, would you do the same thing for a different year until you find at least one that you like?

If you can find at least one story that you like, let me know what the date and title of that newsletter is, please.

Thank you! And this is sort of needed kind of soon, so if you can do this ASAP, that would be wonderful! Thank you, thank you!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

The St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, September 24. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms at 7am.

This is perfect for the first time half marathoner and the veteran half marathon runner.

Saturday’s run will be for one hour and forty minutes.

If you’re not sure if you can do it, just come and try it out with no obligation!

Training is open to all. Cost for the three month training is $75 for members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp and $120 for non-boot campers.

If you’re not training for a half marathon but want to get your one hour of continuous cardio with a group, you can join us for that hour. We’ll be passing through the parking lot of the Visitor’s Center about every 25 minutes or so from 7:10 on.

————————————

THE MWF 0830 CLASS!

AKA “The Desperate Housewives Class” is BAAAAACK!!! (Yes, there are dudes in this class too!) (“The Real Housewives of East Memphis” is a possible name too!)

The 0830 class is back on ACTIVE DUTY on MWF!

——————————————

I GOTTA GUY!!! (And a GAL)

I like to share the names of people I do business with and trust so that if you need services that they offer you’ll know someone trustworthy to contact.

1. Margaret Caffey.
Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal to see Harry Potter, or maybe a Disney Cruise – Margaret Caffey has turned her passion for all things Disney into a career and is now a travel agent with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. For all your Disney travel planning or just to ask a question call Margaret at 901-828-6354. Also please take a second to ‘like’ her Facebook page at Mouse Fan Margaret. (https://www.facebook.com/login/setashome.php?ref=login#!/pages/Mouse-Fan-Margaret/130316623686981).

PS – I hear she knows a lot about all the cruise lines too! Margret is MY personal Disney trip planner! No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows more about Disney than Mags!

2. Calvit Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe Insurance Agency. 901-761-6083. Calvit claims to be better than any gecko out there!

3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, rebourland@yahoo.com, 901.826-6695. www.midsouthbunkbeds.com

You can see a much longer and detailed list of people I refer on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page. Once on the blog page use the search window, keyword “Buddy,” and it’ll take you to that page.

If you drop my name, you might get a discount. But for sure you’ll get their sympathy and prayers! 😉

If you’d like to be listed here in “I GOTTA GUY” just let me know!

——————————————-

BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS!

The monthly fee of $75 can be discounted to $55!

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

THE MONTHLY FEE OF $75 CAN BE DISCOUNTED TO $55!

Here’s how …

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 for each update, up to $20 off for any given month! You can go from $75 to $55 a month!!

Your status update has to be a SPECIFIC reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. (There are fake boot camps out there!!)

You can also use “Places” on Facebook or Foursquare linked to your Facebook account to “check in” and you’ll get the same discount!

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

So log on and get started today!

—————————————

UNEMPLOYED PERSON’S DISCOUNT

If you’ve been a Boot Camper in the past and you are currently unemployed, you can get a special discount. Email me for the details. Seriously! Email me! NOW! And don’t be embarrassed. I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse. Seriously.

—————————————

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT DISCOUNTS

Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Memphis Firefighters qualify for a special discount! It’s the least I can do to ensure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters are fit for their job!! Pass the word!

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 0530.

NEXT TUESDAY, September 27, Mt. Fuji Workout at the U of M! Meet at the parking garage on Zach Curlin at 0530.

——————————————-

HEAT INDEX

Anytime the heat index is 100 or above we’ll go inside.

If the conditions warrant it, the evening class may also be found on the courtyard inside the day school area.

——————————————-

NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

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

—————————————–

WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF OCTOBER?

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/

——————————————-

TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

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

St. Mary’s is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Perkins.

———————————————-

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.

——————-

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

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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Newton’s Law — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 9/14/2011

Sep. 14th 2011

When I coached high school basketball I sent college coaches information about some of my star players. I would send the coach a copy of our schedule and invite them to attend one of our games.

The hope was that the coach would be impressed enough with the player’s stats and academic record to come and watch him play. This was all designed to get the player an athletic scholarship.

One night during the pregame warm-up of one of our games, I noticed a well known college coach enter our gym and take a seat in the stands. I was more than just a little surprised since I hadn’t been contacted by the coach prior to the game. Usually they would contact you ahead of time to let you know that they would be at a certain game. So I thought that maybe he was there to scout one of the players on the opposing team. But the other coach was just as surprised as I was.

Huh?

I left my assistant coach in charge of our pre-game warm-up and went into the stands to welcome the coach and maybe find out why he was visiting.

After exchanging greetings I asked what had brought him out that night.

What I found out made me laugh and also made me angry at the same time. Though I didn’t show either emotion right then.

“Well, I was contacted by your star point guard, Noel Richardson (not his real name), and asked to come watch him play.” he said.

“Coach, did you said Noel Richardson?” I asked, trying to suppress my concern.

It seems that Noel Richardson had taken the initiative to contact the coach on his own and invite him to come and watch him play. It was rare that a player would contact a college coach directly. It wasn’t considered good form. But it happened. Even more rare was for the coach to just show up without giving a courtesy call ahead of time. But that happened too.

“Yes, Noel Richardson,” he confirmed. “He even mentioned that you would be expecting me and that’s why I didn’t call ahead to tell you I was coming.” the coach explained.

I was livid!

And as I was about to speak further, the horn blew indicating that the pregame was over and I had to rush back to the bench area to prepare my team for the game.

What I wanted to tell the coach was that Noel Richardson was not my star point guard. In fact, Noel wasn’t even a starter. Noel wasn’t my sixth man, nor my seventh man, nor my eighth man. Noel was a bench warmer. He got playing time only when we were ahead by at least 15 points with less than a minute to play. I kept Noel on the team because being on the team was good for Noel … he was a young man in need of direction and discipline, and a place to fit in.

But at the time I was so angry I barely knew what to do. What I decided was to give Noel what he wanted. I started him.

For one game in Noel Richardson’s high school basketball career he became a starter.

I played him for the first 2 minutes of the game. During which he committed one foul, turned the ball over twice, had the ball stolen from him once, and took three shots … 0 for 3 … all from behind the 3 point line.

Noel spent the rest of that game on the bench. The far end of the bench … as far away from me as possible.

Noel talked big, bragged big, and convinced a big time college coach to come and watch him play.

But in the end Noel was all talk, bless his heart. And after his two minutes of infamy, he was set down in embarrassment.

Noel wasn’t fond of hard work. He didn’t like to practice. Noel liked to talk and clown. When practice was officially over, many of the players would stay and practice their individual skills on their own. Noel never did.

Some of you have made commitments to lose weight and get in shape. For each of us, no matter who we are, there will come times when it’s going to be hard to come to Boot Camp. There’ll be times when it’s going to be tough to eat right. In those times it’s going to take an act of your will and an exercise in self discipline to accomplish your goals and be successful. One of Newton’s unpublished laws was: “A body at rest, tends to get fat.”

It’s easy to talk. But successful people find ways to be successful in times of adversity. Let me urge you all to recommit yourselves to the principles, practices, and plain hard work of success.

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10 Little Secrets About Food, Fat, and Fitness

1. Your meals should consist of 60% protein and 40% complex carbohydrates.

2. You canNOT spot reduce. 1000 crunches a day won’t get rid of the fat covering your abs.

3. USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP workouts will NOT create big bulky muscles on women. You girls don’t have enough testosterone in your body to create them. If you see women with big muscles, she’s artificially “enhancing” her body chemistry.

4. “Overeating” refers to eating more calories than your body requires in a given day and leads to weight gain.

5. Overeating the “good stuff” — the healthy food — will also lead to weight gain. Healthy food purchased at Whole Foods — where it’s gettin’ real in the parking lot — will make you fat if you overeat it.

6. The more colorful your food, the better it is for you. Think rainbow! This does not apply to Skittles or to green meat.

7. Liquid calories count. Beer bellies are called beer bellies for a reason. Wine has more calories than your buzzed brain can calculate.

8. The four aspects of fitness that we emphasize are: muscular strength and stamina, aerobic capacity and endurance, flexibility, and stability.

9. Good running shoes generally last about 3 months before the mid-sole shows signs of breaking down and is no longer providing adequate cushioning and support. Go to Fleet Feet Sports!

10. Pancakes taste really good.
I know that isn’t a secret. But sadly, they’re called “cakes” for a reason. For that reason I prefer to call them “Flap Jacks.” That takes away the word “cake” from their name so they won’t make you gain weight when you overeat them. (Yes, I’m kidding!)

11. Ole Miss does NOT have “hallowed ground.” (Sorry all you Care Bears! hehehe)

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

The St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, September 17. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms at 7am.

This is perfect for the first time half marathoner and the veteran half marathon runner.

Can YOU do this? YOU BET YOU CAN!!

Saturday’s run will be for one hour and thirty minutes. We’ll run for 5 minutes “on” and then walk for 1 minute. That means 5 min running at an 11min 30 sec pace and then walk for 1 minute and then run again, walk again, and so on!

If you’re not sure if you can do it, just come and try it out with no obligation!

Training is open to all. Cost for the three month training is $75 for members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp and $120 for non-boot campers.

Not training for a half marathon but want to get your one hour of continuous cardio with a group? Join us! No charge.

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THE MWF 0830 CLASS!

AKA “The Desperate Housewives Class” is BAAAAACK!!! (Yes, there are dudes in this class too!) (“The Real Housewives of East Memphis” is a possible name too!)

The 0830 class is back on ACTIVE DUTY on MWF!

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I GOTTA GUY!!! (And a GAL)

I like to share the names of people I do business with and trust so that if you need services that they offer you’ll know someone trustworthy to contact.

1. Margaret Caffey.
Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal to see Harry Potter, or maybe a Disney Cruise – Margaret Caffey has turned her passion for all things Disney into a career and is now a travel agent with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. For all your Disney travel planning or just to ask a question call Margaret at 901-828-6354. Also please take a second to ‘like’ her Facebook page at Mouse Fan Margaret. (https://www.facebook.com/login/setashome.php?ref=login#!/pages/Mouse-Fan-Margaret/130316623686981).

PS – I hear she knows a lot about all the cruise lines too! Margret is MY personal Disney trip planner! No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows more about Disney than Mags!

2. Calvit Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe Insurance Agency. 901-761-6083. Calvit claims to be better than any gecko out there!

3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, rebourland@yahoo.com, 901.826-6695. www.midsouthbunkbeds.com

You can see a much longer and detailed list of people I refer on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page. Once on the blog page use the search window, keyword “Buddy,” and it’ll take you to that page.

If you drop my name, you might get a discount. But for sure you’ll get their sympathy and prayers! 😉

If you’d like to be listed here in “I GOTTA GUY” just let me know!

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PAYING THE PIED PIPER … a message from the Accounting Dept.

Just a reminder that payment is generally expected on the first of each month, but always appreciated whenever it shows up! Check your records and see if you’re due. Don’t make me send Vinnie, Bobby, and Lazy Eyed Lenny to collect! Thanks everyone!

Cash is fine, or course. And checks are easiest for me. And you can also pay online on the website (www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com)

Additionally, if you would be so kind as to write in the “memo” section of your check, or the memo section of the online pay section, what month(s) the check is for, I’d really appreciate it. “Services rendered,” “Torture,” “Abuse,” “Pool cleaning,” and “For marijuana” are all very funny … but a month stated would be helpful too!

If you prefer to pay in cash, let me ask you to put the money in an envelope with your name and month(s) you’re paying for on the outside of the envelope? This will hopefully ensure that my bookkeeping is accurate. Thank you very much!

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS!

The monthly fee of $75 can be discounted to $55!

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

THE MONTHLY FEE OF $75 CAN BE DISCOUNTED TO $55!

Here’s how …

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 for each update, up to $20 off for any given month! You can go from $75 to $55 a month!!

Your status update has to be a SPECIFIC reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. (There are fake boot camps out there!!)

You can also use “Places” on Facebook or Foursquare linked to your Facebook account to “check in” and you’ll get the same discount!

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

So log on and get started today!

—————————————

UNEMPLOYED PERSON’S DISCOUNT

If you’ve been a Boot Camper in the past and you are currently unemployed, you can get a special discount. Email me for the details. Seriously! Email me! NOW! And don’t be embarrassed. I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse. Seriously.

—————————————

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT DISCOUNTS

Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Memphis Firefighters qualify for a special discount! It’s the least I can do to ensure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters are fit for their job!! Pass the word!

—————————————

BOGA tomorrow morning at 0530.

NEXT TUESDAY, September 20, Mt. Fuji Workout at the U of M! Meet at the parking garage on Zach Curlin at 0530.

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HEAT INDEX

Anytime the heat index is 100 or above we’ll go inside.

If the conditions warrant it, the evening class may also be found on the courtyard inside the day school area.

——————————————-

NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

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

—————————————–

WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF OCTOBER?

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/

——————————————-

TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

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

St. Mary’s is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Perkins.

———————————————-

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.

——————-

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

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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I HATE TO RUN! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Newsletter for 9/7/2011

Sep. 7th 2011

Running used to be something I did. Somewhere along the line, “runner” is what I became.

But like most people, I started out HATING TO RUN!

That’s right, I HATED RUNNING!!! There, I said it.

And I’m not alone!

Like a lot of young athletes, running was used by coaches to punish us for everything from poor play to being late for practice. This started from little league all the way through high school sports. One night, after we’d gotten our butts handed to us by our crosstown rivals at their school, we had to endure the long and deathly quiet bus ride back to our school. We didn’t dare even whisper on that ghost bus. All we wanted to do was get back to our school, hurry into the locker room, bail out of our uniforms, and get out of sight of our very very angry coaches. But once we arrived, those angry coaches ordered us off the bus and out on to our practice field.

This isn’t good.

The practice field? Not the lockers? There would be no “CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS” for us.

They lined the team up in the dark and made us run “wind sprints” in full pads and helmets. We ran until half the team was puking and the other half was ready to quit football forever.

Running as punishment.

This would repeat itself many many times throughout my athletic and military career.

I was never told that there was a benefit to running. It may as well have been bamboo shoots jammed under my fingernails. It was torture and served no purpose. And I sucked at it. And I hated it.

One day in 8th grade the coach had us run two laps around the track. That’s only half a mile. I had asthma and no sense of pacing. I went all out, fell out, wheezing, dry heaving, and gasping for air after only one lap.

I loathed running.

Coaches didn’t say anything about cardio respiratory fitness and stamina in those days. As far as we knew, running had no benefit whatsoever except to serve as punishment. No one taught us about pacing. No one taught us about becoming a better athlete or a better runner through gradual incremental running progress. I never heard a coach talk about the joy of running. I never knew anyone who described themselves as a runner. I never knew anyone who ran for the fun of it.

It wasn’t until I joined the Marines that I met my first group of “runners.” The Marine Corps made us run, but at least we finally knew why we were running. Fast runners get dead less. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat,” is a mantra of The Corps. You learn quickly that warriors who are strong, agile, fast, and long lasting survive. And running is a vital part of the training regimen designed to keep you alive and victorious in combat.

But beyond that, the Marines I fell in with actually liked to run.

What? They “liked” to run?

These guys ran above and beyond the required running. They talked about running. They read books and magazines about running. After work they’d hit the gym for an hour or so and then go for a 3 or 4 mile run after lifting weights. I was 18 when I joined this subgroup of masochistic “Devil Hounds.”

I got hooked.

And in the process I became a runner. And I’ve been running ever since, usually averaging between 15 and 20 miles a week. That’s about 36,000 miles I’ve run so far, or more than 7 round trips from New York to LA and back.

Two years ago when I tore my quad tendon playing in a tennis tournament, the first question I asked my orthopedic surgeon was “when will I be able to run again?” The 8th grade me would never have asked, or cared, about running another step in my life. While I was on cruthes in 2009, running was all I could think about.

I think there’s a runner inside each of us.

When I hear people say that they hate to run, I know exactly how they feel. I also know that they’ve never had the same instruction or experience in running that I have. I know that they’re still stuck in the “running as punishment” phase. But over the last twenty years of coaching others to run, I’ve seen runners emerge from within those who’d previously hated and dreaded it.

I could give you plenty of stories of those who’ve made the transformation but they would all sound like Jill.

Jill joined USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP telling me that she wasn’t a runner and had no intention of becoming one. That was fine, I told her. There was no requirement to become a runner. But after a couple of months, she showed up for an evening training run around a track. She asked me if I’d “jog” along with her and teach her how. I was excited to have the chance to see the metamorphosis I hoped would occur.

After about 50 yards of slow jogging she stopped and started walking. After we walked a few minutes, I said “let’s jog a little.” We jogged another 50 yards before she stopped again and started walking. This repeated itself many many more times. Each time we stopped to walk, she complained and whined. Toward the end she started to cry during the walk breaks. At the end of that first training session, I was afraid I’d never see her again on the track. Maybe there’d be no transformation in Jill’s case.

But much to my shock and surprise, she came back. And we repeated the same thing again with the training session ending in frustration. But she came back again. And again. And each time there was less frustration and more running. By the end of the month she was running a mile without stopping and the metamorphosis was taking place. The caterpillar was in the cocoon.

Within a month or so the butterfly emerged and Jill ran her first 5k!

Eight years later and she’s still running! She’s run a dozen half marathons and five full marathons!

Jill isn’t unusual. In fact, Jill’s story is pretty common. Once upon a time, Jill hated to run.

The Fall Running Season has started and many of you are making the transisition from running as punishment to embracing the runner inside you! Don’t give up! Don’t be discouraged! Unleash your inner runner!

Welcome butterflies!

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SGT. TONY’S HALF MARATHON TRAINING!

I’m really excited about this year’s training!!!

The St. Jude Half Marathon continues this Saturday, September 10. We’ll meet in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms at 7am.

This is perfect for the first time half marathoner and the veteran half marathon runner.

Can YOU do this? YOU BET YOU CAN!!

Saturday’s run will be for one hour and twenty minutes. We’ll run for 5 minutes “on” and then walk for 1 minute. That means 5 min running at an 11min 30 sec pace and then walk for 1 minute and then run again, walk again, and so on!

If you’re not sure if you can do it, just come and try it out with no obligation!

Training is open to all. Cost for the three month training is $75 for members of USMC Fitness Boot Camp and $120 for non-boot campers.

Not training for a half marathon but want to get your one hour of continuous cardio with a group, then join us! No charge.

————————————

THE MWF 0830 CLASS!

AKA “The Desperate Housewives Class” is BAAAAACK!!! (Yes, there are dudes in this class too!) (“The Real Housewives of East Memphis” is a possible name too!)

Get ready!

Get set!

The 0830 class is back on ACTIVE DUTY on MWF!

——————————————

I GOTTA GUY!!! (And a GAL)

I like to share the names of people I do business with and trust so that if you need services that they offer you’ll know someone trustworthy to contact.

1. Margaret Caffey.
Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal to see Harry Potter, or maybe a Disney Cruise – Margaret Caffey has turned her passion for all things Disney into a career and is now a travel agent with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. For all your Disney travel planning or just to ask a question call Margaret at 901-828-6354. Also please take a second to ‘like’ her Facebook page at Mouse Fan Margaret. (https://www.facebook.com/login/setashome.php?ref=login#!/pages/Mouse-Fan-Margaret/130316623686981).

PS – I hear she knows a lot about all the cruise lines too! Margret is MY personal Disney trip planner! No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows more about Disney than Mags!

2. Calvit Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe Insurance Agency. 901-761-6083. Calvit claims to be better than any gecko out there!

3. Richard Bourland – “Your Boot Camp Handyman” – Home Improvement, Carpentry, Custom Bunk Beds and other Woodworking Services, rebourland@yahoo.com, 901.826-6695. www.midsouthbunkbeds.com

You can see a much longer and detailed list of people I refer on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website blog page. Once on the blog page use the search window, keyword “Buddy,” and it’ll take you to that page.

If you drop my name, you might get a discount. But for sure you’ll get their sympathy and prayers! 😉

If you’d like to be listed here in “I GOTTA GUY” just let me know!

——————————————-

PAYING THE PIED PIPER … a message from the Accounting Dept.

Just a reminder that payment is generally expected on the first of each month, but always appreciated whenever it shows up! Check your records and see if you’re due. Don’t make me send Vinnie, Bobby, and Lazy Eyed Lenny to collect! Thanks everyone!

Cash is fine, or course. And checks are easiest for me. And you can also pay online on the website (www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com)

Additionally, if you would be so kind as to write in the “memo” section of your check, or the memo section of the online pay section, what month(s) the check is for, I’d really appreciate it. “Services rendered,” “Torture,” “Abuse,” “Pool cleaning,” and “For marijuana” are all very funny … but a month stated would be helpful too!

If you prefer to pay in cash, let me ask you to put the money in an envelope with your name and month(s) you’re paying for on the outside of the envelope? This will hopefully ensure that my bookkeeping is accurate. Thank you very much!

———————————

BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS!

The monthly fee of $75 can be discounted to $55!

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

THE MONTHLY FEE OF $75 CAN BE DISCOUNTED TO $55!

Here’s how …

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 for each update, up to $20 off for any given month! You can go from $75 to $55 a month!!

Your status update has to be a SPECIFIC reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. (There are fake boot camps out there!!)

You can also use “Places” on Facebook or Foursquare linked to your Facebook account to “check in” and you’ll get the same discount!

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

So log on and get started today!

—————————————

UNEMPLOYED PERSON’S DISCOUNT

If you’ve been a Boot Camper in the past and you are currently unemployed, you can get a special discount. Email me for the details. Seriously! Email me! NOW! And don’t be embarrassed. I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse. Seriously.

—————————————

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT DISCOUNTS

Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Memphis Firefighters qualify for a special discount! It’s the least I can do to ensure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters are fit for their job!! Pass the word!

—————————————

BOGA tomorrow morning at 0530.

NEXT TUESDAY, September 6, M-16 Workout at CUMC at 0530!

——————————————-

HEAT INDEX

Anytime the heat index is 100 or above we’ll go inside.

If the conditions warrant it, the evening class may also be found on the courtyard inside the day school area.

——————————————-

NEW PRICING FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES

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

—————————————–

WANT TO LOSE 10 to 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER?

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/

——————————————-

TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

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

St. Mary’s is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Perkins.

———————————————-

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.

——————-

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF GETTING OFF YOUR ASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

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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LABOR DAY WORKOUT September 5, 2011

Sep. 4th 2011

Labor Day Workout Schedule: one class at 0700! All others will stand-down! See you Monday morning at 7!

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