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Tenth Degree Black Belt? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 9/26/2012

Sep. 26th 2012

Do you want to be happy or right?

Is there a difference and are they mutually exclusive?

I’d never heard of someone being called a “right-fighter” until I caught an episode of “Dr. Phil” (<-- that’s quality television) a few years ago. I’d known the behavior of a “right-fighter” but hadn’t heard the term before. A “right fighter” isn’t someone who fights for people’s rights. They’re people who have to be right, who must be right. They have to have the final word. When they have casual conversations, when they have serious conversations, and especially when they fight or disagree with others, they must be right. Right-fighters are usually the kind of people who win the battle, but lose the war. They insist on being right in their relationships and confrontations with others and that often, and mostly, leads to separations and cancelations of associations and relationships. They get fired or let go or phased out or laid off or marginalized … they get dumped, they get divorced, they get put into the “friend-zone,” their friends and associates are often too “busy” to hang out or do things together. They often go through friends pretty quickly as one by one people get weary of them. Right fighters wear-out their friends, irritate their lovers, and piss off their co-workers with insistence on being right, on not letting things go, by not allowing the other person to be “right,” even if that other person really is right. Right fighters have belt systems like martial arts. There are those who have yellow belts in right-fighting and others who have black belts. Probably most of us have a colored belt in right-fighting. But it’s the brown belts and the black belts that have the most fall-out and collateral damage from right-fighting. There’s a difference in standing up for yourself, standing up for your friends and family, and standing on principle. But insisting on being right when it is absolutely unnecessary is foolish. Insisting on being right in maters of trivia and inconsequential issues will make you a lonely person. Or at least make you alone. No one wants to be around a right-fighter. Or a know-it-all. I’ve been around basketball my whole life. I played it, I refereed it, I coached it, and every March I’m obsessed with it. I’d say I know the game pretty well. One year I was refereeing a high school game and made a call that the home team coach didn’t like. When I went to the scorer’s table to report the foul, the coach was giving me a piece of his mind. He was sure that I was wrong. Rather than argue my point and my perspective I said this: “Coach, if it happened the way that you said that it did, then I just missed it.” It wasn’t the first time I’d used that phrase to diffuse a similar situation. And almost without fail it had the desired diffusing effect. The coach made a face, sighed, and sat down. That’s all it took. I didn’t have to be right, I only had to acknowledge that I might have been wrong. ATTENTION RIGHT-FIGHTERS: YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE RIGHT … BECAUSE YOU AREN’T ALWAYS RIGHT. In fact, you can either be happy or right. Compromise, negotiation, and consensus are the hallmarks of mature and healthy relationships, both in our personal lives and our national politic. May we all, especially the inmates of the asylum in DC, remember this. And during this time national election, let’s try to remember that our friends who want the other guy to win the election, believe that they’re right. And in America, we all have the right to be wrong! Whether you have a yellow belt in right-fighting or you’re a 10th degree black belt … give it a rest … and watch the quality and quantity of your relationships increase! You don’t always have to be right. -- 30 -- --------------------------------- FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp! ------------------------------------ SATURDAY MORNING RUN – 6:00 THIS WEEK! St. Jude Half Marathon training is underway! This is my 19th half marathon training session. WEATHER REPORT: If it’s raining on Saturday morning, we’ll switch to Sunday morning instead. I’ll let you know on Facebook and on the website. You can also text me at 901-644-0145. ------------------------------------------- YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN! What you get out of the workouts is determined by you. How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout. It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking! ------------------------------------------- EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY! WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP SHIRT! ----------------------------------------- FACEBOOK REMINDER When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page. Thanks, all! ------------------------------------ VISORS, T-SHIRTS, AND BROOKS RUNNING SINGLETS USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP t-shirts and visors for workouts and running are available! Visors are $25, t-shirts are $20, and the Brooks singlets are 30. ------------------------------------------- SUB SEVEN CLUB CHALLENGE! Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club: Lance Corporal Lee Chase, Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore, Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston, Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki, Lance Corporal Chris McLelland, Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas, First Sergeant Matt Green, Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers, Master Sergeant John Winford and Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick. Next challenge is Tuesday morning, October 23 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House. ---------------------------------------------- VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS! Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY! And please go to http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362 And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go. Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday! The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck: Under 6 months is a Private Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class. Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal - Amber Jackson 4/2011 - Sherri Thompson 4/2011 - Carrie Schule 5/2011 - Mary Bauer 6/2011 - Paul Bauer 11/2010 - Robin Scott 3/2011 - Chris McLelland 3/2011 - Courtney Phillips 2/2011 - Randal Rhea 4/2011 - Cindy King 4/2011 - Bevan Lee 5/2011 - Melissa Thompson 5/2011 - Wayne Henderson 1/2011 - Michelle Moss 5/2011 - Lee Chase 7/2011 - JD Dombroski 8/2011 - Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011 Over 2 years is a Corporal - Emily Melonas 6/2010 - Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010 - Beth Mills 5/2010 - Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010 - Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010 - Jenni Harris 8/2010 - Tim Romanow 8/2010 - Ashley McClure 8/2010 - Wendy Shea 4/2008* - Jeremy Harris 1/2009* - Falana Scott 7/2010 Over 3 years is a Sergeant - Teresa Faulk 6/2009 - Meg Cannon 3/2009 - Cameron Mosley 11/2009 - Karen Massey 11/2009 - Paul Tronsor 3/2009 - Jessie Flanders 1/2009 - Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009 - Jonathan Phillips 10/2008 - Ben Killerlain 1/2009 - Sarah Vickers 8/2009 - Shena Clemons 10/2008 - Robert Hunt 8/2009 - Albo Carruthers 8/2008 - Kim Wamble 8/2008* - Scott Plunkett 10/2008 Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant - Buddy Daves 5/2008 - Anne Mead 2/2005* - Dory Sellers 6/2006* - Patrick Moore 9/2008 - Oscar Adams 3/2008 - Anne Kenworthy 8/2008 - Alan Schaeffer 4/2008 - Rob Johnston 4/2008 - Patty Dougherty 3/2008 Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant - Mike Ryan 5/2006* - Leslie Garey 6/2007 - Henry Kenworthy 5/2007 - Michelle Dunn 3/2007 - Frank Jemison /2007 - Bart Thomas /2007 - Matt Prince /2007 - Beth Rehrig 7/2007 - George Rose /2007 Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant - John Winford 2/2006 - Kay Ryan 10/2010 - Megan Warr 8/2006 - Gary Thompson 10/2005 - Kay Shelton 1/2006 - Leesa Jensen 5/2006 - Rob Norcross 8/2006 - Mike Barta 6/2005* - Anne Emmerth 6/2005* - Jeff Lee 1/2006 - Ralph Braden 9/2006 Over 7 years is a First Sergeant - Melissa Moore 2/2005 - Louis Glazer 3/2005 - Scot Bearup 10/2005 - Matt Green 5/2005 Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major - David Townsend 1/2004 - Hank Brown 3/2004 - Andrew Forsdick 9/2004 - Teri Trotter 4/2004 Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1 - Pat McGhee 1/2003 - Amy Singer 9/2003 - Peter Pettit 5/2003 - John Whittemore 1/2003 - Buddy Flinn 7/2003 * broken time -------------------------------------- 0645 CLASS IS FIVE DAYS A WEEK! The 0830 is on hiatus. --------------------------------------- ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS? We should be! HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE? You should totally do that! ----------------------------------- TUESDAY / THURSDAY EVENING CLASS The Tues/Thurs evening track runs are back! We’re running at St. Mary's School track at 5:45pm. (St. Mary's track is behind the school/church at Walnut Grove and Perkins) Running the track, speed work, and running in the neighborhood are options! None of the above are requirements and you are free to do your own thing. I'll be glad to give you an assignment based on your running goals and experience! ---------------------------------- BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am – No chanting. No patchouli. BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow. M-16 Workout at the CUMC at 0530 next Tuesday, October 2. Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, October 23 at 0515! Physical Fitness Test is Tuesday, October 30 at 0530. -------------------------------------------- NEW BOOT CAMP DISCOUNT If you set up an automatic payment at your bank (Boot Camp mailing address is 4888 Southern, Memphis 38117) you can subtract $10 off your fee! That's right, instead of $75, you can pay $65! --------------------------------------- USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF! 0530 Monday through Friday (First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M) 0645 M-F 5:45 PM: Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 PM on Friday. (Tues/Thurs – track runs at 5:45am at St. Mary’s track.) ------------------------------------- BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT! First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.) Here’s how the discount works! It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update! You can take up to $20 off for any given month! Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name. BE SURE TO TAG ME! You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed. So log on and start getting your discounts now! ------------------------------------- FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU! Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp! ---------------------------------- WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH? 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. You can also go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com/ ------------------------------------------- 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. --------------------------------------------------- What would you do if money was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was 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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What’s their name? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 9/19/2012

Sep. 19th 2012

Have you ever worked for someone who seemed to ignore you?

How about having a boss who was so intimidated by you that they wouldn’t do anything to help you or support your work?

What about a boss who was so afraid to make a decision that they simply wouldn’t make a decision?

Has your boss ever done things that were obvious efforts to sabotage your work, even if it meant that they themselves would suffer for your failures?

I started working when I was 8 years old. My first job was at the Fort Smith, Arkansas Boy’s Club. (The Jefferies Club, for you fellow Fort Smithians.) I checked out gym equipment to the other boys, stuff like basketballs, footballs, and such. I also cleaned the locker-room and the gym floor at the end of the day.

I’ve been working ever since. I haven’t had more than a month of unemployment since I was eight years old. That means I’ve had a LOT of bosses. A LOT of bosses. My current boss thinks he’s funny and is something of a knucklehead. He doesn’t listen to me at all. But I digress.

Having a lot of bosses before I ever joined the Marine Corps gave me insight into what effective leadership looked like. The Corps wastes no time in teaching leadership to new recruits. In fact, leadership is thrust upon the new candidates within weeks of arriving at boot camp.

Throughout my active duty career, the Corps sent me to leadership schools, conferences, and seminars constantly and then put me in leadership positions to give me opportunities to use the things I’d learned. The Marine Corps wants every Marine to know how to lead in as many different scenarios as possible. During those active duty years I commanded units as small as 3 and as large as 400 Marines.

After a while, you can spot a good leader from a poor one like bank tellers can spot real money from counterfeit. How many of us have had to endure the leadership of someone who managed to become our boss or supervisor through the “Peter Principle?” That is, they got promoted to the highest level of their incompetence. This is a real problem and happens everyday. I saw this a lot in education where a teacher who was gifted at teaching got promoted into administration, where they struggled miserably and usually unhappily.

Good leadership isn’t only needed in the workplace. There are principles, characteristics, and traits of good leadership that should be applied to every role of leadership that you occupy; especially is there a need for effective and competent leadership in your own life. You’re the boss of you! You’re the CEO of Y-O-U, Inc.

How’s your job performance?

How many of us know people whose lives look like slow-motion train wrecks? Or maybe not so slow-motion? They failed Life Management 101 and keep repeating the same jacked up mistakes in their work life, their personal life, and their love life.

One of my favorite scenes in “Alice in Wonderland” is the one where Alice finds herself at a fork in the road. Remember? She stands there, not knowing which direction she should go in or which road to take, so she asks the Cheshire Cat.

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

There are a lot of Alices and Allens (the male version and not to be confused with anyone reading this named Alice or Allen!) out there. No real direction. No real purpose. No real preference. No real plan. Whatever, dude.

There are Alices and Allens out there who are planning to take charge of their lives … tomorrow. And tomorrow never seems to come. They have advanced degrees in procrastination.

There are the Alices and Allens who live in fear of making a mistake and that fear chains them to the fork in the road. Fear of failure or fear of the unknown paralyzes them in one spot, so they do nothing.

I know someone who has been whining for over 25 years about not finishing her degree! She chose to drop out of college and get married and then complained to her poor husband that she didn’t have her degree because she chose to marry him. Poor guy! And in all that time, she’s never registered for a night class or pursued her degree through online education. She’s found it much more convenient to whine and blame her husband and children for not having her degree. She does nothing … but complain. So attractive.

I know people who whine and complain about being fat and out of shape. Yet they do NOTHING to change that. They eat like the mom on Honey Boo Boo – like a pig – and do NO exercise. But they love to complain, and tell anyone who’ll listen, all about their excuses as to why they have no self-discipline, no will-power, and no success. They blame circumstances, slow metabolism, their job, their spouse, their family, stress, etc. But they DO nothing … but complain.

The universe rewards action.

If there’s something that needs changing in your life, guess whose job it is to change it?

No one is committed to your success like you should be. If it’s going to get done, YOU have to do it! You must take responsibility.

When my kids were younger and had a bad habit of leaving dirty dishes in the sink, I’d call them into the kitchen and have a conversation with them that went like this.

Us: looking into the sink.
Me: “Whose dishes are these?”
Them: “Mine.”
Me: “Did you put them in the sink without rinsing them out and putting them in the dishwasher?”
Them: “Yes, sir.”
Me: “Do you believe that dishes will rinse themselves and magically load themselves into the dishwasher?”
Them: “No, sir.”
Me: “Then please tell me the name of the person you believed would do that job. What is the name of the person YOU thought would rinse out your dishes and load them into the dishwasher? What is that person’s name?”
Them: (no answer … as they looked down at their shoes)

If you want a different life, an enhanced life, a more productive life, a more meaningful life, a life that has more happiness and fun in it, a life of good things, a life with more depth in it, a life with more purpose … what is the name of the person YOU believe is responsible for making those things happen?

What is their name?

— 30 —

Check this out.

http://marines.mil/usmc/Pages/MarineCorpsLeadership.aspx

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FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

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SATURDAY MORNING RUN – 6:00 THIS WEEK!

St. Jude Half Marathon training is underway! This is my 19th half marathon training session.

WEATHER REPORT: If it’s raining on Saturday morning, we’ll switch to Sunday morning instead. I’ll let you know on Facebook and on the website.

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YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

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FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

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VISORS, T-SHIRTS, AND BROOKS RUNNING SINGLETS

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP t-shirts and visors for workouts and running are available!

Visors are $25, t-shirts are $20, and the Brooks singlets are 30.

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SUB SEVEN CLUB CHALLENGE!

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase, Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore, Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston, Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki, Lance Corporal Chris McLelland, Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas, First Sergeant Matt Green, Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers, Master Sergeant John Winford and Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick.

Next challenge is next Tuesday morning, September 25 at 0515 at the U of M track next to the Field House.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Falana Scott 7/2010

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2010
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

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0645 CLASS IS FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The 0830 is on hiatus.

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ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

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TUESDAY / THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

The Tues/Thurs evening track runs are back! We’re running at St. Mary’s School track at 5:45pm. (St. Mary’s track is behind the school/church at Walnut Grove and Perkins)

Running the track, speed work, and running in the neighborhood are options! None of the above are requirements and you are free to do your own thing. I’ll be glad to give you an assignment based on your running goals and experience!

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am – No chanting. No patchouli.

BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow.

Mt. Fuji Workout at the U of M at 0530 next Tuesday, September 25th.

Sub-7 Challenge is next Tuesday morning at 0515!

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NEW BOOT CAMP DISCOUNT

If you set up an automatic payment at your bank (Boot Camp mailing address is 4888 Southern, Memphis 38117) you can subtract $10 off your fee! That’s right, instead of $75, you can pay $65!

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 PM on Friday. (Tues/Thurs – track runs at 5:45am at St. Mary’s track.)

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

———————————-

WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

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

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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 was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was 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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Sep. 15th 2012

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BIMBO CHASER! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 9/12/2012

Sep. 12th 2012

It’s an election year. You might have noticed.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to compel you to vote my conscience, my wisdom, my experience, or my intelligence. I’m far too modest for that. I WILL tell you that this is the most fascinating — and weirdest — election I’ve seen in my whole life. But that’s for a different day.

Bill and Hillary Clinton, love them or hate them, are examples of something that each of us should practice in our own lives.

Hear me out. Keep reading.

I was in Japan for most of the Clinton years, but I observed from afar the sexual misconduct scandals that became the dark shadows obscuring the Clinton presidency and that still casts a pall on the Clinton legacy. From Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, and Ms. Lewinsky, there were allegations and claims that Clinton was a “bimbo chaser” (I thought Monica was cute, don’t judge) and acted unbecoming of a gentleman and the President of the United States of America.

I’m not defending Mr. Clinton, nor am I vilifying him. I’m only using him because he and his life have been under the microscope for so many years … and because his public scandals are known to all of us.

I use the former POTUS as an example of what can, and does, happen to many of us. Maybe to most of us. No, not the kind of scandal that is part of the Clinton biography, but the kind of things that are a part of our own biography. There are things in each of our lives that we’re not proud of, things that we’re embarrassed by, and things that we’re ashamed of.

Who among us doesn’t have those kinds of things in their past, or even their present? Who hasn’t done or said things that they wish they could take back? As Jesus reminded the self-righteous: “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

None of us are qualified stone throwers.

My own life has had plenty of missteps and mistakes, things I’m sorry for, things that I’m not proud of, things I’m embarrassed by, and things I’m ashamed of. I’ve said things that I can’t unsay. Done things that I can’t undo. I didn’t always plot a course for the place I found myself, but there I was.

A few months after my divorce a friend from church, Debra, someone I’d known for a long time, told me how upset she was. “Tony, I would never get a divorce,” she said with a ring of pride and arrogance. “Danny and I love one another too much and our commitment to the Lord is strong and will keep us together. You’ve made a horrible mistake, you just gave up, you’re following the counsel of Satan … I’m so disappointed in you,” she said to me.

I don’t think I have to tell you how hurtful her words were.

Several years later when she and Danny divorced, I wanted to call her with a few observations of my own, tell her about my disappointment, mention Satan. But I didn’t.

Fortunately for us, the shadows from our past aren’t displayed upon an international stage like Clinton’s. Our detractors aren’t interviewed on 60 Minutes, or Dateline, nor are they receiving book deals to recount the details of our alleged evils without the opportunity to rebut them.

There are people who love scandal. I mean they can’t get enough of the stuff. Gossip, hearsay, and rumor form the basis of their conversations. And they’re more than willing to take 10% of what they know about your story and — if they don’t care for you — create a 90% so salacious, so unflattering, so slanderous, and so creative that you won’t be able to recognize your own life if you hear a retelling of it.

For me, the definition of the self-righteous goes something like this: “a person who judges, criticizes, and condemns people for committing sins different from their own.”

I’m not writing about being judgmental or self-righteous, which you ought not be.

Today what I’m writing about is what do you do when the world’s judgment and condemnation consigns you and your life to the margins, to a life of shame, or sadness, or darkness because that’s what “they” think you deserve. They think that you should shrink into insignificance because you were “bad.”

A lot of people believe they know your life better than you do. They think the 10% they know is the whole. They think that you should be punished for the rest of your life for whatever mistake you made or didn’t make, for whatever wicked thing you did or didn’t do, for whatever terrible thing you said or didn’t say, practically demanding that you disappear.

What do you do when that happens?

What do you do with the shame and embarrassment of past failures that aren’t fabricated by the gossips? What do you do when you truly have failed?

If you’ve done something to someone and that person deserves an apology, give it. If they don’t accept your apology, that’s on them. And if they mistreat you, judge you, and malign you, that’s on them too. There are some people for whom no apology will ever be enough.

Beyond apologizing — and making restitution, if needed – there’s not much more that’s required of you except to learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself. And of course that’s sometimes the hardest thing to do. Especially if you’ve got friends like Debra.

Forgiving yourself can be particularly difficult when there are plenty of people who want you to live with the shame of your failures and mistakes … for the rest of your life. According to them, you can’t have another day of happiness or joy. From now on, you are to live with your shoulders slumped forward and your eyes fixed to the ground. You are to find an insignificant place in the corner of the world and conduct the rest of your life there in obscurity and anonymity. They treat you like a modern day leper, required to announce your arrival with cries of “unclean! … unclean!” You are prohibited from ever achieving anything of any value or meaning in your life. Yours is a life-sentence. No parole. No forgiveness. No happiness. No exceptions.

Love or hate the Clintons, what they did after the scandals and international shame and embarrassment is worthy of note. You could call them shameless or without the capacity for guilt or shame, but they refused to allow their past failures to define them forever. They found a way to move forward. As we all should!

At some point, you have to forgive yourself – even if others won’t — and move forward. You’ve done your part. If they refuse to forgive you and fail to treat you with kindness, that’s too bad. The sad truth is, some people can’t forgive or won’t forgive. The grudge they carry, the offense they hold on to is one of the things that defines them. They’d be lost without their anger. They have a testimony based on their righteous indignation.

But none of those things are your concern. Your concern is your forgiveness of yourself. Your concern is living your life with as much peace, happiness, grace, kindness, joy, and achievement as possible!

“Not even God can change the past,” I heard a wise man say. And Johnny Cash said it pretty well when he said, “When God forgave me, I figured I better do it too.”

Don’t let the failures of your past rob you of the joy in your future!
1. Forgive yourself and let go of the guilt of your past.
2. Ignore the condemnation of the self-righteous.
3. Cultivate the very best of your present.
4. Cut loose and have FUN and be crazy successful! Nothing will annoy your self-righteous detractors quite like you enjoying your life!

— 30 —

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FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

————————————

SATURDAY MORNING RUN – 6:00 THIS WEEK!

St. Jude Half Marathon training is underway! This is my 19th half marathon training session.

WEATHER REPORT: If it’s raining on Saturday morning, we’ll switch to Sunday morning instead. I’ll let you know on Facebook and on the website.

Cost for the St. Jude Half Marathon training is $75 for active duty boot campers and $125 for non-boot camper friends.

——————————————-

YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

——————————————-

EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

—————————————–

FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

————————————

VISORS, T-SHIRTS, AND BROOKS RUNNING SINGLETS

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP t-shirts and visors for workouts and running are available!

Visors are $25, t-shirts are $20, and the Brooks singlets are 30.

——————————————-

SUB SEVEN CLUB CHALLENGE!

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase, Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore, Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston, Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki, Lance Corporal Chris McLelland, Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas, First Sergeant Matt Green, Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers, Master Sergeant John Winford and Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, September 25.

———————————————-

VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Falana Scott 7/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2010
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

————————————–

0645 CLASS IS FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The 0830 is on hiatus.

—————————————

ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

———————————–

TUESDAY / THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

The Tues/Thurs evening track runs are back! We’re running at St. Mary’s School track at 5:45pm. (St. Mary’s track is behind the school/church at Walnut Grove and Perkins)

Running the track, speed work, and running in the neighborhood are options! None of the above are requirements and you are free to do your own thing. I’ll be glad to give you an assignment based on your running goals and experience!

———————————-

BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am – No chanting. No patchouli.

BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow.

Mt. Fuji Workout at the U of M at 0530 next Tuesday, September 18th.

——————————————–

NEW BOOT CAMP DISCOUNT

If you set up an automatic payment at your bank (Boot Camp mailing address is 4888 Southern, Memphis 38117) you can subtract $10 off your fee! That’s right, instead of $75, you can pay $65!

—————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 PM on Friday. (Tues/Thurs – track runs at 5:45am at St. Mary’s track.)

————————————-

BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

————————————-

FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

———————————-

WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

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

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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 was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was 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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WHAT MATTERS? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 9/5/2012

Sep. 5th 2012

She was like most government workers in the big nondescript government office. She got up from her desk when I walked in and came over to the long counter where I stood on the other-side. I’d gone to the city government office to take care of some necessary documents.

She wore a Navy blue skirt, Navy blue vest and a white blouse, like every other woman in the office. She also had on a nametag, but I couldn’t read her name. She was pleasant as she started the dialog that would lead us to taking care of the reason I was there. Unfortunately she soon grew confused as she tried to help me. And I didn’t know what she was talking about.

“Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich,” she said to me. *

I had no idea what she was talking about.

“Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich?” she asked.

I still didn’t know what she was talking about.

She looked around nervously for help from one of her co-workers, also known as “Office Ladies,” or “OLs” for short.

The co-worker seemed hesitant to help, but tried her best.

“M A L K O V I C H … M A L K O V I C H … M A L K O V I C H … M A L K O V I C H …?” she asked with a hopeful smile.

I was so confused and embarassed. I had no clue what these two ladies were saying to me. Their frustration and embarrassment got the attention of one of the male office managers. He was joined by yet another OL and all were looking at me like I was a growing and bothersome nuisance. Which I was.

“M-A-L-K-O-V-I-C-H … M A L K O V I C H … M A L K O V I CH …?” the office manager said, with more than a little annoyance in his voice.

Nothing. I was even becoming annoyed with myself. I could feel myself shrinking. Projectile flop-sweat was flying off my forehead and I could feel drops of sweat running down the middle of my back, becoming a veritable river of embarrassment.

The third OL tried her luck.

“Malkovich, malkovich, Malkovich, MALKOvich, MAAAALKOVICH, malkoooooovich,” she said with a smile, KNOWING that she’d be successful.

I was so discouraged and frustrated. No idea what she said.

I thought I’d try to respond.

“When I was four years old, I watched my mother kill a spider… with a teacosy. Years later, I realized it was not a spider – it was my Uncle Harold,” I appeared to say. **

They looked at me like I was from outer space. And they were annoyed.

The first OL decided to give me some papers to read and sign, thinking maybe THAT would prove to be fruitful. But that only proved just as equally frustrating. I couldn’t read a single word. I felt like an idiot.

In fact, I was indeed an idiot. I was illiterate, I couldn’t speak, and I couldn’t understand what was being said to me.

This scene was not isolated, sadly. This was a daily occurrence. Every single day of my first year or so in Japan was just like that.

Every single day was a reminder that I was an idiot. It took about three months after I arrived in Japan for this feeling of isolation, depression, anger, and frustration to set in.

Cultural anthropologists call the initial stage of cultural adaptation, the period of time immediately following the person’s arrival in the new country, “The Honeymoon Stage.” During the honeymoon, everything is great, everything is exciting, and everything is full of hope and joyful anticipation as the new arrival wakes up in his or her new country.

Depending on the country, and how badly the person wanted to be there, the honeymoon stage could last a few days or a few months. But it eventually gives way to the next stage.

The stage that follows the honeymoon stage is The Culture Shock/Stress Stage, marked by anxiety, homesickness, anger, loneliness, helplessness, fear, feelings of not belonging, stress, and acute frustration. This stage could last for years. I know some expatriates who spent their entire life in Japan stalled in that horrible stage.

On that day, the day all of the OLs and Office Managers tried in vain to help me, my level of Japanese was “caveman” at best. And to add to my feelings was the fact that every person in that office thought I was stupid.

And so did I.

I was living as a minority in a country that has no tolerance for ignorance. The illiteracy rate in the US is 14%. The illiteracy rate in Japan is less than 1%. The Japanese have high expectations for their fellow citizens (55% have a college degree, compared to about 26% for Americans) and low regard for anyone who doesn’t carry their weight. Including this foreigner.

On a good day, an encounter like the one I described would invigorate my desire to learn Japanese, one of the hardest languages in the world. I didn’t want to appear stupid! But on a bad day, that kind of exchange would drive me to a dark place, a place of depression and self-doubt. It would drive my self-esteem into a place where it didn’t exist.

What I learned during those days was one of the most valuable and practical lessons of my life.

I learned to believe my own resume.

I had to disregard the opinions of others. Most every Japanese person I met thought I was a moron. As far as they knew, I was as equally illiterate in my own language as I was in theirs. As far as they knew, I was an uneducated, unaccomplished, do nothing, did nothing, know nothing imbecile. If I forgot my own history and bought into the prevailing opinions of others, I’d be lost in a wallowing pity party that would hardly resemble the person I knew that I was.

In the end, it’s not what others think about you that matters. It’s what you think about you that counts. Allowing the opinions of others to dictate how you feel about yourself is a terrible thing to do. Throw off the haters!

Know your own value, move forward, and live confidently!

— 30 —

* My apologies to “Being John Malkovich,” a very clever film.

** Thanks to the “Oceans 12” scene with Matt Damon playing a very confused negotiator.

———————————

FRIDAY IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT / HAT DAY

Every Friday throughout the college football season, wear your favorite college football team t-shirt and/or hat to boot camp!

————————————

SATURDAY MORNING RUN – 6:00 THIS WEEK!

St. Jude Half Marathon training is underway! This is my 19th half marathon training session.

WEATHER REPORT: If it’s raining on Saturday morning, we’ll switch to Sunday morning instead. I’ll let you know on Facebook and on the website.

Cost for the St. Jude Half Marathon training is $75 for active duty boot campers and $125 for non-boot camper friends.

——————————————-

YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

It’s time for you to go up in weights … that’s what I’m thinking!

——————————————-

EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP SHIRT!

—————————————–

FACEBOOK REMINDER

When you check-in on Facebook, be sure to check-in on our OFFICIAL PAGE. That would be “USMC Fitness Boot Camp” and it has my picture on the page and boot camp is two words. The other pages are those that other people created without looking for the OFFICIAL PAGE and are duplicates. Those pages refer to us, but aren’t the authorized page.

Thanks, all!

————————————

VISORS, T-SHIRTS, AND BROOKS RUNNING SINGLETS

USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP t-shirts and visors for workouts and running are available!

Visors are $25, t-shirts are $20, and the Brooks singlets are 30.

——————————————-

SUB SEVEN CLUB CHALLENGE!

Congratulations to the following members of the Sub Seven Club:

Lance Corporal Lee Chase, Staff Sergeant Patrick Moore, Staff Sergeant Rob Johnston, Sergeant Andrew Stolnicki, Lance Corporal Chris McLelland, Gunnery Sergeant Bart Thomas, First Sergeant Matt Green, Staff Sergeant Dory Sellers, Master Sergeant John Winford and Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick.

———————————————-

VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts looked AWESOME on you this morning. (Don’t forget to wear yours this afternoon, evening crew!) And remember, EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

And please go to

http://www.birthdayalarm.com/dob/76952967a424079603b362

And enter your boot camp anniversary date. If that information is already there and correct, you’re good to go.

Every Wednesday is our Official BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT DAY! You can wear your rank insignia shirt anytime you‘d like, of course, but always every Wednesday!

The Rank Structure of the Quarterdeck:

Under 6 months is a Private
Six months to 1 year is a Private First Class.

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Wayne Henderson 1/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– JD Dombroski 8/2011
– Falana Scott 7/2011

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Ashley Hofeditz 4/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 4/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Tim Romanow 8/2010
– Ashley McClure 8/2010
– Wendy Shea 4/2008*
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Sarah Vickers 8/2009
– Shena Clemons 10/2008
– Robert Hunt 8/2009
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Kim Wamble 8/2008*
– Scott Plunkett 10/2008

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Leslie Garey 6/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Michelle Dunn 3/2007
– Frank Jemison /2007
– Bart Thomas /2007
– Matt Prince /2007
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– George Rose /2007

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Ryan 10/2010
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*
– Jeff Lee 1/2006
– Ralph Braden 9/2006

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

* broken time

————————————–

0645 CLASS IS FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The 0830 is on hiatus.

—————————————

ARE WE FACEBOOK FRIENDS?

We should be!

HAVE YOU “LIKED” THE USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE?

You should totally do that!

———————————–

TUESDAY / THURSDAY EVENING CLASS

The Tues/Thurs evening track runs are back! We’re running at St. Mary’s School track at 5:45pm. (St. Mary’s track is behind the school/church at Walnut Grove and Perkins)

Running the track, speed work, and running in the neighborhood are options! None of the above are requirements and you are free to do your own thing. I’ll be glad to give you an assignment based on your running goals and experience!

———————————-

BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am – No chanting. No patchouli.

BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow.

M-16 Workout at CUMC at 0530 next Tuesday, September 11th.

——————————————–

NEW BOOT CAMP DISCOUNT

If you set up an automatic payment at your bank (Boot Camp mailing address is 4888 Southern, Memphis 38117) you can subtract $10 off your fee! That’s right, instead of $75, you can pay $65!

—————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES – NEW STUFF!

0530 Monday through Friday
(First and second Tuesday of the month are M-16 Workouts at CUMC. Third and fourth Tuesdays are Mt. Fuji Workouts at the U of M)

0645 M-F

5:45 PM: Monday and Wednesday, and 5:30 PM on Friday. (Tues/Thurs – track runs at 5:45am at St. Mary’s track.)

————————————-

BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

First of all, find me on Facebook and make me your friend. (Also, be sure to “like” USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP on Facebook.)

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: 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, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

You can take up to $20 off for any given month!

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

You can do the same thing by “checking in” at USMC Fitness Boot Camp either by using Facebook “places,” Foursquare, or any of the other “check in” apps that show up on your Facebook News Feed.

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

————————————-

FREE MONTH OF BOOT CAMP FOR YOU!

Remember that when one of your family or friends joins the program at full price because of your recruiting efforts, YOU get a free month of Boot Camp!

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WANT TO LOSE 15 POUNDS BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH?

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.

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

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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 was not an issue, fear was not a factor, and failure was 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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Labor Day 2012 — Enjoy your day off!

Sep. 2nd 2012

See you all on the Quarterdeck on TUESDAY!!

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