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RED FLAG — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 10/31/2012

Oct. 31st 2012

I attended a writer’s workshop several years ago.

Aspiring writers like to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences because we hope that attending them will a) make our own writing better; b) lead to less embarrassment if we tell a new acquaintance, who asks what we do, that we’re a “writer;” and c) will lead to an enormous book deal that will, once and for all, make us tons of money and will make us more comfortable telling people that we’re writers.

In just about every book on the subject of writing there’s the answer to the question: “What should I write about?” And in almost every instance the answer is: “Write about what you know.”

Recently John Grisham was asked why he writes novels that deal with the law. His answer? “Because that’s what I know. I couldn’t write about architecture or dentistry. That wouldn’t sell. People love to read about crooked lawyers and dead judges.” To date, he’s written almost 30 novels about lawyers and judges.

I don’t have an earned Ph.D in anything. (I have 12 hours toward one, but I’ll never finish it, and that’s another story.) I am an expert in exercise and I know a good bit about a few other things (two masters degrees) and I have a hobbyist’s interest in a lot of subjects. Too many, probably.

But one thing I know a LOT about and in which I SHOULD receive an honorary Ph.D. in this discipline from some worthy institution is … getting up early. In over 13 years of leading a Marine Corps style exercise class at 5:30am I have never overslept. Not even once. That’s over 3,300 wake ups without even ONE failure.

You might be thinking, “oh, well, you’re obviously a morning person.” And that would be incorrect. I am NOT a morning person. I HATE to get up in the morning. Given the choice, I can easily sleep ‘til 10am every morning! And that’s true true. (Be sure to see “Cloud Atlas” and be sure to tell me what it’s about.)

If you’re anticipating the rest of this piece to be about how to get up early in the morning, you’ll be wrong. I’ll post my “how to get up early” tips at the end of this newsletter.

The answer to why I’ve not overslept isn’t about tricks, tips, and techniques. That’s missing the point.

I’ve done a lot of things in the brief time I’ve been me. “Tony, you’ve tried to cram four lifetimes into one,” a friend said. With a lot of interests and a limited amount of time on the earth, I’ve attempted to take advantage of that restricted amount of time. I’ve tried to do stuff. And a lot of you reading this have too.

“I’m bored” is one of the unhappiest things I’ve ever heard. It’s a RED FLAG that serves as both a warning and a confession. If a woman says it, it’s a red flag. If a man says that, it’s a sad testimonial. Why aren’t you living your life to its fullest? Why aren’t you engaged in life? Why aren’t you investing in yourself by learning, doing, and advancing your life and ambitions forward? “The average man, who does not know what to do with this life, wants another one which shall last forever,” said Anatole France.

And single men and women with nothing to bring to the table seem desperate to be in a relationship with someone who’ll cure their boredom. Yikes!

But the answer to doing things isn’t about life coaching skills or time management methods. That’s missing the point.

The other day I got an email from a prospective recruit. The person said that they were over weight, sedentary, had no friends, and could I give them some words of encouragement to help them overcome their fears of coming to the Quarterdeck alone. They also wanted tips to help them get up early to come to the 0530 class. I gave this person advice and my “you can do it” speech.

The next day, they were a no show.

Afterwards, I got another email from them that said that my tips and tricks to get up early didn’t work for them. And they concluded the message with:

“I set the alarms like you said you did yours, to see if I could even get up early enough to participate – maybe I forgot to mention I am also 56. I could not make myself get up. I have lost my drive. I guess I don’t care enough yet. Thank you anyway for trying to encourage me.”

This is what I said:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day and one failed attempt doesn’t mean it’s over! So saddle up!

Lay out your clothes tonight, tell 5 people that you’re going — that holds you accountable (and those people shouldn’t be people who’d be nice if you made up excuses.)

Set your alarms. Don’t allow any debate in the wee hours of the morning. The bed always wins those debates. So, NO DEBATES!

Get your butt in gear and don’t allow yourself to fail! Be THAT person … the one who DOES stuff and not one who makes excuses for not doing stuff. Pity parties are for children … NOT for us grown folks!

By the way … I’m 55.”

But even my response is missing the point.

So what is the point?

There are two points:

1) People do what they want to do. Period.
2) The things people do are a result of who and what they are. Period.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not reminded that I am the son of parents who invested in me, teachers and coaches who invested in me; that I’m the grandson of an honorable man who invested in me; that I stand on the shoulders of every generation of my family who preceded me. And I never forget that I’m a United States Marine. And though I’m not on active duty, I bear the weight of the reputation of the Corps before those who know me. Marine is an earned title, not a former job description. And after 10 years of living in Japan, I never forget that I’m an American with the expectations of the world to live up to … something to prove.

I hold all of these things to be sacrosanct. What and who I am are all tied up into those and many other things, seen and unseen.

What I do in my life is the result of things like that.

What you do in your life is a result of who and what you are.

What you are is up to you to define … everyday. If someone got into your head early, when you were just a kid, and made you think that you were inferior, unfit, unloved, or worthless, then it’s time to turn those voices off and to quit believing those lies! Kick the negative vagrants, those parasitic self doubts, out of your head! They’re living in your head rent free and robbing you of your happiness and joy! It’s time to start believing in yourself and living your life with confidence and power. It’s time for you to take control of your life and commit yourself to victory!

We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and sacrificed to give us, as individuals, as a people, as a nation, a better life, full of opportunity, liberty, freedom, and unlimited potential. Everyday you can choose to take advantage of those things and excel.

Today, choose to be the better version of the person you were yesterday. Choose excellence! Be the man or the woman you were put here to be!

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FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING AT 7 AM!

NOTE THE TIME DIFFERENCE!

WEATHER REPORT: According to the weather report, it might be raining on Saturday. If it is, we’ll run on Sunday morning instead.

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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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THE EVENING CREW GOES TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Starting Monday, November 5th the evening class will be 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes, for the month of November.

This will be an experiment for November with a view to making the 5 days a week workout plan part of the regular schedule.

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

BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow.

The next Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515!

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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 AND THURSDAY 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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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

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,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 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
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2012

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 10/2006
– 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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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 will end at the end of this month.

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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: Beginning next week: Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 PM on Friday.

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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!

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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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Q. How can I get up in the morning on a consistent basis?
A. Contrary to what many think, I am NOT a morning person. I have to be “dynamited” out of the bed! Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
1. Use two alarm clocks. I have a snooze alarm that starts going off several minutes before I intend to get up. Then I have a “Last Call” alarm clock that is located across the room. This alarm clock is set to go off when I MUST get up.
2. Once the last call alarm goes off, the bed become OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn on the TV.
4. Lay out your clothes the night before. Don’t go wandering around the house in the morning trying to find your left shoe and your favorite shorts. So, have things ready the night before.
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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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STORY TIME WITH COACH LUDLOW — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 10/24/2012

Oct. 24th 2012

When I taught school there were times, especially on a Friday, when we would finish one chapter of the book and were ready to move on to the next. But with only 10 minutes left in the class, few students wanted to get started reading the next chapter, particularly if I gave them a choice between that or story time.

They always chose story time.

And when I asked them if they wanted to hear a story about me being a hero or me being humiliated, high school juniors ALWAYS wanted the humiliation story. They never wanted to hear about something noble I did, that only wanted to hear about something embarrassing.

A few of you have shared recent experiences with me where you had a less than stellar day or performance and you naively asked if I had ever choked when trying something. Bless your heart! Thank you for thinking that I’ve been spared such a thing.

For you, and for anyone else looking to read about something humiliating, I give you the following familiar story:

I stood there, knowing that I was about to become famous.

But it wasn’t the kind of famous that comes from having fame or from doing something awesome. This kind of famous was about to be acquired from doing something dreadful.

This is what happened.

In addition to being an average swimmer on my high school swim team, I was also a slightly above average diver. One of my brother’s friends had been a diver in college and took me under his wing the summer between 7th and 8th grade. That summer I went from doing “cannonballs” and “can openers” to doing “inward 1 ½ somersaults” and “reverse double somersaults.” Learning those kinds of dives required me to wear a sweatshirt to practice in. I landed on my back and my belly a lot.

Fast forward from that summer to the State Swimming and Diving Meet my senior year in high school. And now picture me in the finals of the state diving competition. In fact, as we join our story, our hero (Tony Ludlow), is actually in SECOND PLACE … with only one more dive to go!

The guy in first place was untouchable. None of us were going to catch him. Second place was going to be GREAT though! My previous dives had gone really well and I’d practiced this last dive several times that morning. It was a reverse 2 1/2 somersault, degree of difficulty: 2.8.

And there I was, standing on the board, preparing my thoughts and getting myself ready. You’ve seen this a thousand times if you’ve watched diving on TV. It’s all pretty standard procedure. The diver stands on the springboard ten feet or so from the end of the board in mental preparation. Then when he’s ready, he begins to move forward, leaps straight up into the air (called the hurdle), comes down on the end of the board, the board flexes, and the diver rides it into the air and performs the dive.

So there I stood, like I’d done a hundred times before. Nothing unusual at all … until something happened … for reasons I can’t explain … I became painfully aware of everyone waiting on me to dive.

There were hundreds of people in the aquatic center that day. All of my teammates were there. My girlfriend was there, along with friends from school. All of the other teams from around the state were there. The other team’s friends and families were there. The other team’s coaches, officials, and judges were there. The place was packed.

And everyone was waiting on me. All of those people … waiting.

And all of those people were being quiet.

And all of those people were being quiet so that I could concentrate.

Everyone was waiting on me.

And there I stood.

No one was whispering. No one was standing up. No one was moving at all. I could feel everyone leaning forward, holding their collective breath waiting for me.

This crowd of people had been background noise and scenery and of no consequence to me during the whole swim meet. I never paid them any attention. But now … all of a sudden … for reasons I can’t explain … there they were! They’d materialized in my consciousness like they’d been beamed there by The USS Enterprise, NCC 1701. One minute they weren’t there, and then the next minute they were. And they were all I could think about.

Eventually you have to do something. You just can’t stand on the diving board forever. I could feel everyone becoming anxious about my not moving. I had to do something.

I thought that maybe once my feet started moving forward everything would just fall into place.

It didn’t.

But I continued moving forward anyway. I jumped up into the air — as seen on TV — came down on the end of the board, just like they do on TV … and instead of taking off into the air and performing the dive … I froze on the end of the board. I mean I literally FROZE!

“Boinngggggggggggggggggggg,” went the diving board and it bounced up and down with me on the end of it.

And there I was. Standing on the end of the board. Riding it up and down … NOT DIVING.

You could hear the collective sound of everyone in that place gasp. They sucked the air out of the building. They all made that “OOOHHHH!!!” sound that isn’t an exhale, but an inhale. And then that was followed by the “ohhhhhhh no” sound that was an exhale.

I heard the head judge say into the microphone, “BALK!”

“Balk”??? Yes, they called “balk,” just like in baseball. That’s what it’s called when a diver fails to “take off!” No one in the aqua-center at the University of Arkansas had ever heard the judge say that because no one had ever seen what I had just done.

What happens next?

According to the rules, the diver can back up, regroup, and do the dive. Unfortunately he will only be awarded HALF the points he’d have gotten. So a dive that would’ve scored 50, would only be awarded 25 points.

Just like that, second place was gone.

I backed up, regrouped, and took my spot on the board again. Waited for the judge to indicate that they were ready for me to dive. Got the signal. And …

I froze.

I was 17 years old and having the worst day of my life, up to that point. I could literally FEEL the people sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for me to dive. It was like NASCAR. They wanted to see how bad I was gonna wreck.

I thought maybe THIS time it would work. I’ll just start my approach … go into the hurdle … come down on the board and it’ll happen. It’ll be magic!

It was a disaster.

The exact same thing happened. With me planted on the end of the board like a 5 year old afraid to jump. And again, the collective and horrified inhale and exhale of the crowd. And it all happened in slow motion in my mind.

“Scratch dive,” the judge soberly announced.

What happens next? The walk of shame happens next. I had to walk back to the other end of the board and climb down the ladder. Once I got down the ladder I had to walk the entire length of the stands where everyone was looking at me.

The place was quiet like a funeral home, not quiet like a library. I was looking down at my feet the whole time, not wanting to make eye contact with anyone. I could hear the sounds of people murmuring and the sounds of teenage girls giggling.

I walked toward my team’s bench and glanced up just enough to see my coach having a melt down. His face was bright red and his teeth were clinched. I could see the veins in his temple and neck. He threw a towel to me. Actually I think he threw the towel AT me. I caught it, put the towel over my head, and just kept walking. I walked past the bench where my all of my teammates sat … all the way into the locker room. And there I sat for the rest of my life. Or so it seemed.

The next day there was a small headline on the 5th page of the sports section of my hometown newspaper that said “Local Diver Comes in Ninth in State Meet.” (Do you know that they actually HAVE a ribbon for 9th place!)

I had no focus on the board that day. I became distracted. I thought of everything else but what was important. If I had blocked out everything else and concentrated on the main thing, I’d have taken home a trophy and a title instead of that little pathetic 9th place ribbon. If I had put my energies into the dive instead of the distraction, the headline would have read differently and might have been in the front page of the sports section.

I’ve learned since then how not to choke. How do you stand up in front of the world and perform? How do you walk into a situation with the potential for embarrassment and humiliation and not choke and stumble? How do you nail that interview, that speech, that presentation, that meeting with the boss, that blind date?

In a word, breathe. Get control over your breathing because you’ve probably started breathing shallow. When you’re tense you breathe shallow and your whole body gets tense. And the more tense you get, the more tense you get. Concentrate on your breathing. Slow your breathing down and breathe deeply. Relax. Breathe deeply. Focus. Breathe deeply. Smile (hard to be tense with a smile on your face). And then tell yourself that you can do it! You can do it! You can do it!

Choke prevention.

You’re welcome!

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FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING AT 6:30 AM!

NOTE THE TIME DIFFERENCE!

WEATHER REPORT: According to the weather report, it might be raining on Saturday. If it is, we’ll run on Sunday morning instead.

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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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THE EVENING CREW GOES TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Starting Monday, November 5th the evening class will be 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes, for the month of November.

This will be an experiment for November with a view to making the 5 days a week workout plan part of the regular schedule.

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

BOGA-lite at 6:45am tomorrow.

Physical Fitness Test next Tuesday at 0530 and 0645 next Tuesday, October 30.

The next Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 at 0515!

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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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SUB SEVEN CLUB!

Members of the Sub-7 Club are Boot Campers who’ve run the mile in under 7 minutes under my observation and timing.

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,
Sergeant Major Andrew Forsdick
and Gunnery Sergeant Henry Kenworthy.

Next challenge is Tuesday morning, November 27 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
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2012

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 10/2006
– 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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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 will end at the end of this month.

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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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NEW YORK CITY, 1826 — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog entry for 10/17/2012

Oct. 17th 2012

The group I was traveling with in upstate New York wanted to go to Cooperstown. They wanted to visit The Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Hall of Fame was not on my bucket list.

This will probably make some of you upset at me, but I’m not much of a baseball fan. It’s just too dull. Plus I’ve always thought of baseball as a game invented to give non-athletes something to do.

Playing baseball as a kid didn’t really do it for me. There’s just too much sitting around in the dugout. Too much standing around in the field. I quit playing baseball when I realized that I could think of at least 10 other things I’d rather be doing than standing around in center field yellin’ “swing batter batter batter swing!”

And watching baseball is just too boring. Plus there’s too much spitting and scratching and grabbing at … well, grabbing.

And what’s up with the coaches (managers) wearing a uniform with a number on it? Really? I mean, when was the last time one of those guys called their own number and took the field? Could you imagine any other coach of any other sport wearing a uniform? Phil Jackson wearing a Laker’s uniform to coach in? Picture Tom Landry wearing some sort of ridiculous Cowboy’s player’s uniform instead of his suit and tie and trademark hat.

Back to baseball. I’ve tried to like the game. I really have. I just can’t wrap my mind around the whole thing. I mean, it’s like 2 minutes of action stretched out over two hours.

Oddly, though, I love baseball movies. Two of my favorites are “Field of Dreams” and “The Natural.”

Anyway, there we were in Cooperstown and I was walking around The Baseball Hall of Fame. Did visiting the Hall of Fame change my attitude toward the game? Not really. But the historian in me loved it. The history was very cool.

But after a couple of hours, I excused myself from the group and took off! There was some place else in Cooperstown, NY that interested me more than The Hall of Fame.

I walked a mile from the Baseball Hall of Fame and found the home of James Fennimore Cooper. The town is named after him. You might remember that he wrote “The Last of the Mohicans.”

I enjoyed walking around Cooper’s home, now a museum. Being in the place where the man lived, worked, and died was educational, though no one else in my party felt the same. None of them joined me.

Remarkably, “The Last of the Mohicans” wasn’t written in that home in Cooperstown. Cooper wrote about the struggles on the American frontier of 1741 while he lived in New York City in 1826.

NEW YORK CITY?

I know, right?

Harper Lee wrote about Alabama in “To Kill a Mockingbird” while living in NYC too. New York City has been the place where hundreds of novels about somewhere else have been written. I’m thinking that the next time I’m in New York I might just go ahead and crank out a novel or two about somewhere else while I’m there!

Anyway, while I don’t care about baseball, I DO care about hot dogs and beer. I will gladly go to the ballpark because those two things are there! In fact, I’ll go with you to any empty ballpark and just look at the pretty green grass so long as those two things are there! Hot dogs and beer are good.

But there’s also another reason I like going to the ballpark. The enthusiasm and passion of the true baseball fan is awesome to me!

I’m drawn to people who have a passion for something. Anything! People with hobbies and interests are fascinating to me, even if I don’t share their passion. Maybe especially if I don’t share their passion; that way I’m sure to learn something new.

Once I listened to a woman talk at length about wine. I don’t drink wine and it’s a subject I don’t know anything about. She didn’t talk in a “Sideways” snooty kind of way about wine. She has a great passion and interest and knowledge about vino and listening to her talk with passion and animation about it almost turned me into a connoisseur. But sadly, my pallet is entirely too pedestrian! I can’t tell the difference from a glass of pinot noir and Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill.

I’m always amazed by the Facebook status updates of people who write: “I’m bored to tears.” I don’t get that. I don’t understand that at all. (I guess they must be updating their status from a ballpark! hahaha) Sounds like passionlessness to me, if that’s a word. Why don’t they read a book!? Or write one! Draw something! Paint something! Turn on the Discovery Channel! Do an internet search of some topic of interest. Download some new music. Come over and clean my house. I can’t think of a bigger turn off than to hear someone say, while sitting in their own home with so much at their fingertips, that they’re bored.

No passion.

No thanks.

Within walking distance from Cooper’s home is Christ Episcopal Church. Cooper died in 1851 and is buried in the churchyard. Wandering around his old home a few blocks away were people who had passion. Wandering around The Hall of Fame nearby were people who had a passion for the game. And buried there in that old cemetery was at least one man who lived with passion and wrote about it!

How bout you?

Got passion?

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FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING AT 6AM!

WEATHER REPORT: According to the weather report, we should be good to go on Saturday morning!

GOOD JOB GREENLINE HALF MARATHON RUNNERS!

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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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SELF-DEFENSE CLASS IS POSTPONED

The self-defense class scheduled for this Saturday, October 20 is postponed and will be rescheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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THE EVENING CREW GOES TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Starting Monday, November 5th the evening class will be 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes, for the month of November.

This will be an experiment for November with a view to making the 5 days a week workout plan part of the regular schedule.

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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, October 23.

Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, October 23 at 0515!

Physical Fitness Test is Tuesday, October 30 at 0530.

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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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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.

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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
– 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 10/2006
– 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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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 will end at the end of this month.

——————————————–

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.)

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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!

————————————-

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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GOT SPINES? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 10/10/2012

Oct. 10th 2012

“You don’t need bigger boobs, you need to read better books.”

I love that line. I wish I could take credit for it but I stole it from a Facebook friend.

I’m not writing about breasts, so you may relax. That said, writing about boobs would be a small subject for me. Pun intended! Women’s breast size is of little consequence to me and have never influenced my decision to date someone. Breast size is a non-issue. I will admit to looking though, no matter what the size. I’m a man. We’re hardwired to look at women. So what. Who cares. This ain’t breaking news!

However, I DO have an opinion regarding men’s boobs. Men shouldn’t have moobs (man boobs). Fellas, if you have moobs it’s time to lose weight. And while I’m at it, fellas if you need a seat-belt extension when you fly, it’s time to lose weight. And guys, if you have to check your belt in a mirror to know if it’s black or brown because you can’t see your belt by looking down, time to lose weight. And let me say one last thing about boobs. Ladies, if you look down and your belly extends out beyond your boobs … you got it … time to lose weight.

ANYway …

Books.
In particular, words.
Those are things that get my attention.

Reading is fundamental, as the old adage goes. That phrase was intended to encourage a generation to read. And I saw a bumper sticker on a mini-van this morning that said: “Reading is Sexy.” I agree! Sexier than big mammary glands. In a room of Playboy playmates, a nerdy girl wearing glasses and reading classic lit. would get my attention over those shallow platinum blond fakes.

I grew up with a love for books. I had a library card and I wasn’t afraid to use it! A Saturday morning trip to the public library was a treat! And I thought that the epitome of prosperity would be to have a personal library in my home someday. That would be the true sign of wealth! And the best day of school was the day that the book order was delivered to our classroom! Do you remember that? Those boxes of books would be delivered to the classroom and the teacher would take out the order form, open the boxes, and start calling out our names and handing out the books we’d ordered. Those boxes and those books had a certain smell that I absolutely loved! Do you remember that smell too?

When I was a boy my grandfather told me that a gentleman reads books because the written word enriches his soul, informs his mind, and makes him a more interesting person. And he was right. (And it applies to women too. A few years ago when I dabbled in online dating I always asked women about their reading habits.)

It wasn’t just the stories that drew me to the books I read. Somewhere around 8th grade I started to notice the writing style of authors. In addition to the stories and the subjects that interested me, it was the writing style of the authors that compelled me to read. The use of certain words and phrases and sentence structures could be just as interesting as the stories themselves; in some cases more so.

It was also about that same time that I discovered how easily I could be seduced by the very words themselves. How a word looks, how it sounds when you say the word, how that word spoken physically makes your lips, tongue, and mouth move are equally enticing and fascinating. Consequently, I don’t read very fast. The more I like the writing, the slower I read. I often reread paragraphs just because I love the phraseology, syntax, and vocabulary used. I’ve also been known to read out-loud because I want to hear the words. And sometimes I move my lips when I read. Don’t judge.

Beyond the pleasure of reading, there is the absolute necessity of reading for understanding of the world in which we live. If you don’t read, then your politics, religion, and philosophy aren’t really yours. You acquire them by second hand absorption at best. At best. Without broad and diverse reading, we’re all at the mercy of talking heads on television, charismatic pulpiteers, and the personal agendas of social reconstructionists with narrow minds, hidden traps, malevolent intentions, or extremist views. If you don’t read, if you don’t do the research yourself, then who or what is informing your mind and molding your opinions?

A couple of years ago I met a guy, “Greg,” the husband of someone I knew, at a Christmas party. He was a bit flashy, way overdressed for the occasion, and handsome in a television news anchor kind of way. He even had that kind of voice. He was salesman like with an expensive haircut, a real glad-hander. He was nice enough, I thought, but a little dismissive and condescending. I get that a lot. I get the “boot camp guy” treatment. I’m just a dumb-jock with a military background. I get the patronizing “thank you for your service” kind of handling by the disingenuous.

And while Greg was talking to me he was scanning the room like a politician looking for another hand to shake or someone more interesting to talk to. He wanted to move on from me to someone more important. Are you getting a picture of Greg? Do you know a Greg? Have you ever been treated like this?

Greg’s wife was very proud of him and wanted everyone to be impressed with him too. Like a good wife, she lauded his achievements, from his successful career to his church involvement. All the while his chest expanded and his face glowed. She was being a sweet and supportive wife by expounding on her husband’s goodness. No fault in that. She wanted us to know that he was an elder at their large and prestigious Presbyterian church where he also taught adult Sunday School. So to make conversation I asked him what he was currently reading. That wasn’t a trick question. That’s a common question.

He wanted to know what I meant by the question.

I’m sorry, what?

I told him that I was referring to the books he was reading as part of his personal devotion and study and in preparation for his teaching responsibilities and duties as an elder.

I was genuinely curious to know what he was reading.

His answer shocked me. He said, and I quote, “I don’t really like to read … I’m just too busy and too restless for it.” He went on to explain that he “looks at the teaching materials the church gives me and then I just let the Spirit guide me.”

I’m sorry, what?

His answer left me slack jawed. I was reminded of what Charles Spurgeon said, “Much pride and little learning come of hasty reading.” Any religious leader, political leader, or any kind of leader for that matter who doesn’t read, isn’t qualified for the job.

All Marines, from Privates to Generals, are required to read from a list of books in order to be considered for promotion to the next rank. Bet you didn’t know that.

(Here’s the link to the reading list: http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/ALMAR027-11.aspx/)

All Marines are required to read in order to be promoted. Every next rank has its own reading list that includes books as diverse as “1984” by George Orwell, “The Village” by Bing West, and “The Crisis of Islam” by Bernard Lewis.

If the Marine Corps requires its recruits and its Generals to read, shouldn’t we require that of those who stand before us?

Beyond the scope of simple pleasure, understanding, and knowledge that we get from reading, there is another greater need for the Gregs of the world to read. Every major religion is based on the texts of a book, or series of books if you’re Mormon (The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price). Meaning that all followers, leaders, teachers, deacons, elders, preachers, rabbis, priests, and clerics of all the major religions have to be readers, bookwormish, bibliophiles. If they’re unwilling to read, then they’re getting their information second, third, or fourth hand. Or even worse. And to make matters more troubling, that person who doesn’t read will be at the mercy of someone else’s interpretation of what they read. That person is at the mercy of someone else’s critical thinking.

But my new friend Greg seemed almost proud of the fact that he was too restless and too busy to read. He believed in the virtue of busy-ness. One of my relatives told me once that he’d never read a book in his whole life and he seemed quite proud of that fact.

I don’t understand the pride that comes of ignorance, of not reading.

It reminds me of something Mark Twain said, “a person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

All of these things were rolling around in the back of my mind this weekend when I was in Philadelphia standing in the very room in Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was discussed and modified by our Founding Fathers. And I thought of these things when I stood in front of the little narrow house where Thomas Jefferson wrote that Declaration. When I stood in the room where Edgar Alan Poe wrote “The Raven” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” I thought about what Twain said. And I stood in the tiny room at Valley Forge where George Washington strategized and drew up plans for the defeat of the British army and thought about the blessings of providence that placed the future of our country in the hands of such a well-read man.

I always expect the places where great works were written to be somehow majestic, resplendent, almost ethereal, with the sounds of Gregorian chanting in the distant background and the gentle rustle of papers from a welcome breeze through the windows. The places where profound things are written are supposed to be high and lofty like Mt. Olympus, Mars Hill, or Mt. Sinai. But the rooms are almost always simple and nondescript. In fact, Poe wrote in a small dank and dark room. Thomas Jefferson complained of flies in the little room where he wrote in the sweltering Philadelphia heat and humidity. Ernest Hemingway wrote “A Call to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in a one-room garage apartment no bigger than a small Starbucks, with plenty of traffic noise outside.

I know plenty of people, myself included, who have dreams of creativity, artistic expression, and musical ambition, but who are waiting to be in just the right venue, just the right place. They’re expecting to move to another house, relocate to a new city, move to a cabin in the woods, or travel overseas to find the perfect place for their muse to inspire them.

My trip to Philadelphia inspired me. I stood in the same place where great men stood. I occupied the same space where the brave and courageous and brilliant and honorable gathered to fashion out of nothing a new nation and a future for us all.

I was inspired to read more. And to write more. And to make more of my life. And to remember where we as a nation came from. To remind myself that there is more that unites us – Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, and Independent — than divides us. That the genius of our country is our ability to negotiate and compromise and not insist on getting everything we want. I was inspired to look for Statesmen and Stateswomen in the leaders I vote for, and not just politicians with an over eager ego. That the greatness of America isn’t demonstrated by how loud and how caustic we use the First Amendment, but by how wisely and intelligently we use it.

The written word has been at the core of our culture, our religion, and our government. Failure to read moves us that much closer to mob ignorance, superstition, and stupidity.

I like what the late Ray Bradbury said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

“You don’t need bigger boobs, you need to read better books.”

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Just for fun:

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FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING AT 6AM!

WEATHER REPORT: According to the weather report, we should be good to go on Saturday morning!

GOOD LUCK GREENLINE HALF MARATHON RUNNERS!

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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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SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

I’ll be teaching a self-defense class on Saturday, October 20 at the church from 3 to 4:30pm. Cost is $75.

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THE EVENING CREW GOES TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Starting Monday, November 5th the evening class will be 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes, for the month of November.

This will be an experiment for November with a view to making the 5 days a week workout plan part of the regular schedule.

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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, October 16.

Sub-7 Challenge is Tuesday morning, October 23 at 0515!

Physical Fitness Test is Tuesday, October 30 at 0530.

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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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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.

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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
– 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 10/2006
– 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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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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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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A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 10/3/2012

Oct. 3rd 2012

As a public service announcement, I often share things that seem obvious to me, but appear outside of the view of others. I happen to like my opinions and views a lot! I think the world would be a much better place if everyone followed my advice. Don’t you?

I try to be helpful.

Like giving good grooming tips for men: learn how to wear a tie; you’re not in college anymore, get a grown man haircut; never wear flip-flops on an airplane; never ever ever wear Crocs in any situation under any circumstances. Furthermore, gentlemen, never sit on a stage before an auditorium of people, on a dais, or in any situation where the soles of your shoes could be visible if you crossed your legs (ankle on knee, in particular). You can wear a $2500.00 Brooks Brothers suit and $1700.00 Johnston & Murphy shoes, but if people can see the bottoms of those shoes – which never ever look good – then the whole appearance is ruined. Over four thousand dollars of style and fashion wasted by how you sat. Keep both feet on the floor or, if you MUST cross your legs, cross them knee over knee so that the bottom of your shoes face downward.

However …

Today’s public service announcement is to SINGLE WOMEN, particularly single women 25 to 35 years of age, expecting to get married within the next two months to ten years.

I can’t help you about your choice of a future mate. Well, I actually CAN! I really can, but you probably won’t take my advice. Most young women start out with standards held high and unwilling to settle for anything less than a manly man, funny, smart, kind, loving, etc., etc., but as the years of singlehood start to zoom by quickly, the standards start to slide downward, they get peeled away like layers of an onion until the only standard that’s left is “must have a pulse and must ask me to get married … or will cave to my pressure or ultimatum to get married.”

Quite frankly, I think the culture does young women a terrible terrible disservice. Family, friends, and others start expecting young women of a certain age to get married and start having babies. As someone twice divorced, I’d have to tell you that there are far worse things than rushing into marriage. The wedding is but one day, but the marriage is everyday. Day by day by day by day. But that’s for another … wait for it … day.

And I could easily write 5,000 words or more on the stupidity of wasting money on expensive weddings and all of the attendant foolishness that accompany the decision to drop thousands and thousands of needlessly spent dollars on the extravagance and opulence of a ridiculous wedding. I went to a wedding a few years ago where the bride and groom took off from the reception in a helicopter. That’s right! A HELICOPTER! That departure followed a $10,000 fireworks show and a reception that I’ve only seen when the Royals put on a wedding. And I am NOT joking!

But that’s for another day too.

Let’s just say that you, Ms. Lady, have found a great guy who meets and exceeds your expectations and hopes for a mate, and he’s asked you to join him in a matrimonial experiment that will hopefully end only when one of you has to bury the other one in advanced old age and will include mortgages, car payments, rearing children (unless you’re an East Memphis Housewife with housekeepers and nannies who’ll actually be doing the job of raising your children), and a whole lifetime of challenges that are yet to be revealed.

But the main thing is, you’ve got that awesome guy hooked, or at least some random dude who’ll show up for the wedding, playing the role of groom.

So here’s where I want to give you my public service announcement. It will sound like counter-productive business advice coming from someone like me. You’ll see what I mean.

Here’s the problem, as I see it: months, sometimes as much as a year or more, prior to the wedding, the prospective bride will start to engage in extreme body awareness that results in extreme weight loss and extreme exercise that aren’t a part of that lady’s normal lifestyle. The goal of all of this extreme behavior is for the bride to be in the very best shape of her life … and for her to fit into some sort of elegant, but often sizes smaller than usual, wedding dress for the big day. The big day that she has been dreaming about since she was a little girl playing dress-up and “house.”

(By the way, ladies, as boys growing up, the first time we EVER played house was when you moved in. We were NOT raised playing house or dressing up little dolls taking the place of our future children. The first time we seriously think about being a dad is the day you tell us you’re pregnant. WHAT???)

Now let me give you MY take on all of this extreme premarital behavior.

See, what happens is, the future bride will starve herself and workout like CRAZY heading up to her BIG DAY! She wants to look her ultimate best on her ultimate day. As she glides down the aisle she wants all of her wedding guests to turn and “oooh” and “ahhh” as she conjures up a regal, if not narcissistic, air, advancing to the alter, where the man of her dreams, or the first guy to ask, awaits.

The weekend of her wedding, as the wedding itself, is devoted to her. She’s the belle of the ball and come hell or high water she’s going to bask in the glow! So many wedding weekend events for which she must look wonderful. So much pomp and circumstance. The queen at her coronation.

What makes this a recipe for regret is that the thousands of photos that will be taken over the course of that weekend must portray her in the most flattering light, and in particular, with the most flattering physical figure.

Now you’re saying to me, especially if you see yourself in this description, is “so what’s wrong with doing it that way?”

We all want to look our best, and our wedding day is a legitimate day for looking great! But the problem is those pesky photos. I’ve got female friends who actually have hundreds and hundreds of photos from their wedding and wedding day weekend. So? What’s wrong with that?

Those photos are of a bride who will, almost always, never look that like that again. She’s tan, she’s thin, she’s invested hundreds in her appearance for that event. (I know one bride who got a boob job for her wedding, don’t ask me how I know this.)

For the next few months she’ll display those wedding pictures on Facebook and anywhere else she can, to the annoyance of her friends – even the friends who are IN those pictures! Within weeks of the wedding, one bride I know posted over 400 pictures and multiple videos of her wedding on Facebook! It bored and irritated everyone. I know, because one of those Facebook friends told her that very thing and it started a HUGE fight! In part he said, “ENOUGH ALREADY! WE GET IT! YOU GOT MARRIED! WE WERE THERE!” And part of that fight boiled over on Facebook! Thank the lord for Facebook! Such drama and entertainment for free!

Fortunately, the number of photos and videos start to run out at about the same time the new wife starts gaining her weight back. The photos and photo album will begin to disappear from view over the next year or so, as the new wife becomes what is euphemistically known as a “fat frumpy married chick.”

What becomes of those wedding photos and videos? Buried in boxes, removed from Facebook, hidden away in the back of a hall closet. A few framed pictures may remain displayed in the home, but other than that, what happens in most cases is a disappearing act where the photos pull a Penn & Teller.

The wife is embarrassed that she no longer looks like the bride in the wedding pictures. And it’s not simply a matter of looking older, no one at 40 looks like they did at 20. That’s understandable.

The one thing that IS controllable at 20 and at 40 is the person’s weight. And those pictures will haunt a bride who weighs significantly more than she did on her wedding day. In a study conducted by yogurt maker, Yakult, involving 3,000 newlyweds, the average weight gain of the new brides was 22 pounds IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE! And over 25% of those couples reported having arguments with their spouses about the weight gain.

So here’s what I suggest.

In the weeks leading up to your wedding, eat! I mean really PORK UP!!! PORK UP!! PORK UP! PORK UP!! Pile on the pounds! Pretend that you’re an actress getting chucky for an upcoming part in a sequel to “Bridesmaids.” Donuts, pizza, beer, and cupcakes are ALL on the menu! Nothing is off limits. You’re on the express train to Fatty Town!

This way on your wedding day you’ll weigh more than you normally would. Your groom will be praised for marrying a “big girl” and then after your wedding you can settle into married life, lose the weight, and start looking great! Then when people see your wedding pictures, they’ll look like “before” pics and your new friends will be so impressed.

And … if you don’t lose the weight … well … your wedding photos won’t have to hide in the closet! No one will look at them and think, “wow, she really let herself go.”

Now if none of this sounds right, if none of this sounds like how you’d like things to play out, then start making lifestyle changes – diet and exercise – right now that will last a lifetime!

And if not for vanity’s sake, do this for your future health, the future you. The body that you have now is the one you’ll have for the rest of your life. Take care of it, feed it properly, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, don’t drink to excess. Live a healthy lifestyle now and your 35 year old body, your 45 year old body … your 55 year old body … will thank you for it!

For a lifetime.

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FULL AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING WILL BE SUNDAY MORNING AT 6AM THIS WEEK!

SUNDAY MORNING!

SUNDAY MORNING!

IT’LL BE RAINING ON SATURDAY MORNING.

WEATHER REPORT: According to the weather report, it’ll be raining on Saturday morning, so we’ll switch to Sunday morning instead.

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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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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 Tuesday morning, October 23 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
– 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

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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.

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.

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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/

——————————————-

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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