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Lindsay Lohan’s Guide to Life — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s Blog Post for 12/26/2012

Dec. 26th 2012

Irrelevant.

Passionless.

Uninformed.

Boring.

Lifeless.

Resigned.

Negative.

Unimaginative.

This is how I described myself once on a popular dating site several years ago, just for laughs, you understand! (You’d be surprised how few women actually saw that as funny.)

Those adjectives have been used to describe “old” people. It’s one reason why no one wants to get “old.”

Thing is, this “oldness” can occur at 20 or 70. It doesn’t matter what your chronological age might be. Age, like life itself, is individually defined. Being lifeless, boring, uninformed, negative, resigned, and irrelevant isn’t a matter of chronological age. It’s a matter of personal attitude. It’s a life orientation. It’s the prism or the lens through which life is viewed, interpreted, and executed, if you can actually apply the word “executed” to something lived with so little enthusiasm or intent, with so little planning or thought.

That bent on life is usually a life long leaning … just a little bending at a time, like the wire that trains the limbs of a bonsai tree over time.

I turned 55 in July, and I’m pretty damn proud of that. And why shouldn’t I be? I’m smarter now than at any other time in my life – and you should be smarter today than at any other time in YOUR life too! I’ve got two times the life experiences and twice the wisdom and knowledge I had when I was 25. I’m more patient and more tolerant. I know myself better now than I did at 25. I’m comfortable in my own skin. I’ve done a good bit of traveling and have seen a big chunk of the world. I’ve been lost in the middle of Norway in the middle of the night … in winter … on foot. And I’ve seen the sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan. And I’ve also seen enough horror to last three lifetimes. I’m as physically active as I ever have been in my life and I’m fitter than the vast majority of guys half my age. And with the exception of a few more wrinkles, mostly laugh lines – those that give my face extra character — and the gray hair that literally popped up overnight one morning and makes me look distinguished (or so I’m told!), I feel like I did when I was 25. Actually, I feel better!

So why shouldn’t I be proud? Why should I make excuses for my age or apologize for it as if it’s something to be ashamed of? These days there are high profile members of what would once be called “old age” doing incredible things. Take for example the members of Led Zeppelin. Their average age (66) is older than the average age of the members of the US Supreme Court. Bruce Springsteen is 63. Stevie Nicks is 64. David Letterman is 65. Helen Mirren is 67. Tina Turner is 73.

I could go on.

But in a youth oriented culture that presumes that all things young are good and all things old are past their expiration date, it’s easy to get things upside down.

And too, not all people over 40, for example, are the same 40. One person’s 30 is not the same as another’s 30, or 40, or 50. I get that.

Of course the problem is that a lot of people, no matter what their age, aren’t living intentionally. Or if they are, it’s intentionally toxic or intentionally destructive or intentionally without purpose. They’re living out those irrelevant attributes with all of the excitement of an insurance sales meeting. Or they are so self destructive that they seem to be following the “Lindsay Lohan Guide to Life” to the letter, but without the money to clean things up and fix things broken and ruined along the way. Money and beauty can cover a multitude of sins. But poor Lindsay is only 26 but looks like a rough version of a woman twice that age.

It makes me cringe when I meet people near my age who live down to the stereotype of blasé. They’ve spent a lifetime taking lousy care of themselves and exploring new ways to be less and less as they get older and older. And then they want to blame their age as the reason that they feel like crap.

No, Old-timer, the problem is that you’ve got the accumulated result of years of living like hell.

I’m not talking about people who’ve been sidelined by catastrophic illness or injury. The impaired condition of those sick or injured is understandable. I’m talking about the average person who spent too many years drinking too much, partying too much, smoking, doing drugs, and eating crap. And those who haven’t exercised in years and years wonder why they’re so weak and can’t do things anymore.

Sadly, the flame in so many people’s lives start to flicker at some point. And too often circumstances, setbacks, and loss start to loom so large that the flame goes out all together. People start stumbling through one meaningless day after another, one meaningless relationship after another, who medicate their pain or depression with poor life management decisions and risky sexual behavior.

I’ve seen how bankruptcy, divorce, the death of a loved one, being fired or laid off, failing health, being stuck in a loveless passionless marriage or dysfunctional relationship — and the whole host of unrealized expectations — can have a depressing and debilitating effect on people, extinguishing that light for years. Sometimes forever being defined in their own minds by the mistakes, missteps, mishaps, and loss of their lives.

One woman I know who lost her father, spent the two weeks following his funeral in bed, getting up only to go to the bathroom and to eat an occasional bowl of soup. But when she finally emerged, she was never the same again. The light went out and has never been relit. She has become a perpetual victim, blaming life and others for her plight, with little resemblance to the younger woman she was before her father’s passing.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Seriously. It does not.

Our lives don’t have to be defined by the setbacks or the mess that we’ve made of things by poor management or irresponsible behavior, or even by the death of a loved one. These things can be overcome.

How many people do you know, or know of, who are over-comers, having put life’s setbacks in their proper place in the past and are thriving today, moving forward? Tons of people do it every single day. They overcome insurmountable odds and obstacles everyday because they choose to move forward.

We may never be what we were before those circumstances put us on a path not of our choosing, but we can be something great again … or something greater. We can feed the flame. We can light a bonfire!

As we think of the prospects of a new year, there are things that we can do to relight that flame and to ensure that the light within us burns brightly. And if you’re over 40 and have become a parody of your younger self, you can reclaim the joy of living again. You can enjoy your Mondays just like your Saturdays.

Here’s what you should do.

If you’re depressed about your weight – lose the weight. Seriously. Quit bitchin’ about it and just do it! Eat less, move more. It’s just that simple.

If you wish that you’d finished your degree – go back to school. A friend of mine graduated from law school at 63! But don’t be fooled. You can get a good education for “a dollar fifty and late charges from the public library.” But if it’s the degree you seek, there are ways to get it.

If you’re upset because you’re out of shape – get on an exercise program (I happen to know of an AWESOME program! Not sure which one I mean? www.usmcfitnessbootcamp.com)

If you’re in debt – come up with a plan to get debt-free. Credit cards are choking the life out of most people. Spend less than you make. Do you really have to buy as much house as the mortgage company will let you borrow? Really, do you need a new car or two? The boat? The lake house? Live within your means.

If you’re in a loveless marriage or dysfunctional relationship – fix it … or get out of it! Some broken marriages can be fixed. Others can’t. And throwing money at a bad or unhappy marriage won’t work. Trust me. The trips and materialism will only mask the misery for a while. Life is too short … and if you’re in an unhappy relationship, it can be a very very long “life.” Fix it if you can, or find a way out.

If you’re in a dead end job or meaningless career – get out of it. Formulate a plan to do something that makes you happy and brings meaning to your life. Lots of guys I know get in dead-end soulless jobs that pay well, only to find that they have to buy “stuff” to compensate for the life-force-drain of their soul-sucking-job. But the spending gets them in debt too deep to get out of the job. The new house, the new cars, the new stuff, become shackles and prison. Stuck. Slavery.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Emancipation is possible, but it probably won’t be easy or painless. But it can be done. I’ve started over more than once. I’ve even started over in a foreign country with few friends, little money, and no family. It CAN be done!

If you’re not happy with your life – figure out what you want to do with it and then DO THAT!

Relight the flame if it’s gone out. Pour gasoline on the flame you’ve got!

Stay relevant.

Ditch reality TV and read a couple of books a month, things that’ll stimulate your mind, challenge your assumptions, and expand your vocabulary.

Stay informed. Get your news from a variety of sources.

“Good enough” usually isn’t.

Laugh a lot everyday! Make a face when you do.

Make a face when you exercise too.

Buy some new music from some new musicians. Something recorded in the past three years.

Eat good stuff. You remember the four food groups, right?

Watch some great movies.

Drink less alcohol.

Save some money.

Do some research. Learn something new everyday that isn’t job related.

Find something to be passionate about, but not obsessive about.

Quit living in the past, but learn some history.

Learn to define “enough.”

Don’t settle.

Do something scary every now and again.

Learn to say “no.”

Quit smoking.

Drink more water.

Run a 5K … or a 10K … or a half marathon … or go the distance and run a full marathon!

Run, jog, swim, power walk, or ride a bike for 2 hours a week.

Do something physical that will require you to get out of your comfort zone.

Help someone who can’t do one single thing for you in return. They can’t advance your career, fulfill your pleasures, or pay you back in any way. And do it as quietly as possible.

Learn to say “yes” to new adventures, new friends, and new possibilities.

Make a sizable anonymous donation.

Make a new friend outside of your own race.

“Someday” is probably not going to be on the weekend.

Avoid extremes.

Think for yourself.

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
~ Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953)

Bring it on 2013!

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USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP IS STANDING DOWN UNTIL Wednesday January 2. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

ALL CLASSES WILL MEET AS USUAL ON 2 JAN.

HOLIDAY WEIGHT CHALLENGE WEIGH IN IS ALSO ON JAN. 2.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY WITH OUR LAST “LONG RUN” …

WE’LL START AT 8:00 AM!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK ON JANUARY 2!

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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DECEMBER 24th WORKOUT

Dec. 23rd 2012

ATTENTION, ALL HANDS:
Both morning classes (0530 & 0645) on Monday, Dec 24th, will be INSIDE!

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Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 12/19/2012

Dec. 19th 2012

Most of you only know Jim Steiner’s name from the exercise I call “Starting Up Jim Steiner’s Wood-chipper.” But every once in a while someone will ask me, “Tony, who is this Jim Steiner?

Someone recently asked if “Jim Steiner” is the name of a brand of wood-chipper! As if you could go to Home Depot and buy a “Jim Steiner Wood-Chipper!” (I personally think that would be a great brand of wood-chipper.)

Let me tell you about Jim Steiner.

Jim was a real person, a real Boot Camper, and one of the best people I’ve ever known … and THE person who saved Boot Camp.

Jim joined us after his wife, Carole, gave him a month of Boot Camp as a Christmas present in 1999. When Jim showed up in January 2000, he wasted no time making a difference! He quickly became everyone’s best friend!

Jim engaged the world, and everyone in it, by being friendly and genuinely interested in everyone he met. He was one of those kinds of people who just naturally attracted others to himself. He was winsome and warm, intelligent and funny, kind and thoughtful, self-deprecating but confident and bold. And he was a consummate prankster. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. You just couldn’t help it! To me he became an older brother, some 12 years my senior.

And Jim was a role model for personal relationship building. He could have taught seminars on how to make friends with anyone, anywhere, anytime. I don’t know if he ever read Dale Carnegie, but he could have taught the course!

Jim was an Army veteran (which I harassed him about without mercy or end) and he was an accomplished athlete. An avid runner, triathlete, skier, hiker, adventure racer, and always up for foolishness and a laugh, often at his own expense. Or mine.

For over two years we enjoyed Jim’s daily dose of fun, fellowship, and enthusiasm for life. If he had a story to tell or an anecdote to share, I’d gladly yield the floor! Jim was the best storyteller I’ve ever listened to.

Unless he was out of town on business, Jim never missed a day on the Quarterdeck! He was a faithful Boot Camper and a wonderful and loyal friend.

One morning he came to The Quarterdeck complaining of a pulled upper back muscle that he’d strained trying to start his old-school-pull-start-wood-chipper. So to help out Jim, I incorporated the “bent-over-single-arm-row” into the routine to help develop and strengthen the muscles of the upper back and shoulders, renaming the exercise “Starting Up Jim Steiner’s Wood-chipper.” And I’ve called it that ever since.

And because Jim Steiner saved Boot Camp from extinction, naming an exercise after him seemed like a fitting thing to do.

How’d he save the program?

Well, once upon a time …

During the first winter of our first year, in the pouring rain, one dark cold morning at 5:25 AM, Jim and I sat in our cars parked next to one another in the parking lot. I think we were waiting to see which of us would make the first move. USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP was on the campus of the U of M for the first six years and was part of the Continuing Education Department at the U of M. But Mt. Fuji (the parking garage on Zach Curlin) had yet to be completed and we had no rain-day option except to trudge outside and get soaked, which we did often.

But this particular morning it was raining hard. Really hard.

Jim rolled his window down and yelled to me over the pounding rain, “WHAT. DO. YOU. THINK?”

“I. DON’T. KNOW!” I yelled back, a little defeated.

“LET’S. GO. TO. PERKINS. AND. EAT. PANCAKES!” he suggested with a laugh!

Since it was just me and Jim that morning, and since I happen to love pancakes, and since I’m not particularly fond of getting cold-drenched, I agreed! I thought flapjacks and
a warm and dry restaurant sounded like a great option.

As Jim and I ate breakfast that morning I whined to him that maybe the program just wasn’t going to survive. There were no boot camp programs at all in this part of the country except us. This was on the cusp of the dot com explosion and there was no boot camp presence on the Internet. There was no MySpace or Facebook. I didn’t send out a weekly newsletter by email, I printed them on my printer at home and handed them out one by one.

“Maybe this should be our last month,” I said to Jim with a sigh.

I loved my career as a high school history teacher and coach and seemed resigned to admit that my early morning exercise experiment had perhaps run its course. I was reluctantly ready to face the fact that Memphis just wasn’t ready for this kind of fitness program. Maybe it was time to pull the plug, I suggested.

“Tony, don’t do that! Jim said. “This is the best program I’ve ever been a part of. Hang in there, my friend, just wait! They’ll come out of the woodwork! You’ll see!!” Jim insisted. (It was his version of the “If you build it, they will come,” speech.)

In those days, nine or ten people on the Quarterdeck at 0530 was considered a pretty good crowd. That morning I was discouraged and ready to quit. But Jim’s words of encouragement gave me a new commitment to make Boot Camp work. “If Steiner says it’ll work, then it’ll work,” I reasoned.

Jim had that kind of effect on people. If it weren’t for him I might have thrown in the towel that morning. I might have quit. But I purposed to stay the course.

Two years later the program was growing and Jim, Carole, their son Rob, daughter Meredith, and I were making plans to run the Marine Corps Marathon together later in the year. In the spring, suddenly and without warning, Jim suffered what appeared to be a mild stroke. But in the weeks that followed it was discovered that it wasn’t a stroke that Jim had experienced. Jim had a brain tumor.

Because of medical treatment, Jim had to quit coming to boot camp a few months later in the summer of 2002. After that, I started making visits to his home to check on him and hear more of his stories. I continued to receive invitations to Steiner family gatherings, including their world famous Christmas party. Those parties were attended by the broadest of cross sections of Memphians, evidence that the Steiner’s hand of friendship had been extended into the most unlikely of places.

Jim’s gamma knife surgery removed an extensive amount of the tumor, but unfortunately not enough of it.

Even though his condition continued to deteriorate, Jim made the most touching of returns to the Quarterdeck on October 24, 2003, over a year and a half since his brain cancer diagnosis.

With the aid of his brother and sister-in-law, Jim came back to Boot Camp early that October morning in a wheel chair.

He had dumbbells in hand and worked as hard as anyone there! You should have seen him! It was one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever witnessed. I fought to hold back the tears the whole morning.

Always upbeat, always an encourager, Jim had a huge capacity for joy and fun! I never heard him say a single bad thing about anyone. Not even about me! He laughed that morning in October and clowned as if nothing was wrong with him. New boot campers who’d joined since Jim had become sick, gathered around him after the workout to meet the famous Jim Steiner! He was a real celebrity and seemed to enjoy getting to know the newbs!

It was also the last time Jim would be on the Quarterdeck.

I have always said, “In the Kingdom of the Kind and in the company of true gentlemen, Jim Steiner was royalty.”

I was privileged to have known him and deeply honored to have been numbered among his friends. And I was profoundly heartbroken when he was taken from us.

For months I wore one of those WWJD bracelets. The “J” stood for Jim. I had no idea how Jesus would run a Boot Camp program. But I had some idea how Jim Steiner would do it. He’d remember people’s names. He’d try to make everyone feel important and welcome. He’d have a good time! He’d joke and clown, while giving everyone a hard time in a playful and winsome way. He’d call people goofy names and they’d love it. And he’d make people proud of themselves by giving them something significant to accomplish everyday. He’d work everyone like rented mules!

Jim passed away on December 19, 2003, nine years ago today.

Jim taught me that the power of simple encouragement cannot be overstated. The spoken word can change the world. The book of Proverbs says: “a word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Jim taught me that pushups alone don’t inspire or motivate people. Adding humor, warmth, a sense of community, and motivation inspires people to lead more productive, focused, and happier lives.

It’s been reported recently that many people go through their whole day without smiling and that most people who do smile don’t do so until after 10 AM. Jim taught me the value of laughing before the sun comes up!

One cold and rainy morning over pancakes, Jim Steiner’s words of encouragement changed my life and inspired me to stay the course. And if you’ve ever been a part of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, his words influenced your life too.

I’m certain that Jim had no idea that morning that he was going to alter the course of my life during a simple conversation over breakfast. But that’s exactly what happened.

And let me take a second to give a simple word about what to say to someone who’s grieving, especially grieving the loss of a loved one. Just tell that person that you’re so sorry for their loss and that you love them and are thinking about them. That’s it. Telling the bereaved that their loved one is “in a better place,” or “now they’re with Jesus,” or quoting something confusing and odd, like the stuff Brad Pitt says in that ridiculous perfume commercial, will never take the place of simple words expressing your sorrow and your love in personable and warm language.

Your words could change someone’s life and motivate them to do something awesome today! Your words could give hope to someone feeling hopeless. What a priceless gift that would be!

Merry Christmas everyone! Happiest of holidays!

And thank you, Jim Steiner!

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MY MOTHER

My mom has been the subject of so many of my stories and jokes – always told at my expense, it seems – that I could probably write a book about them. She was making me laugh and giving me more material, more stories, the last time I saw her at Thanksgiving.

But it was also at that time that her condition was noticeably worse; she’d become feeble and frail, less able to do things for herself.

At one point she noticed how distraught I looked as I watched members of the nursing home staff move her from one side of her bed to the other. After they left she took my hand and said, “You can’t hide from your face how you feel, I know how this upsets you … but it’s ok with me, so it needs to be ok with you too.” It was the most poignant moment in my life as her son.

I didn’t want to admit that my mom was slipping away before my eyes and it troubled me more than I could hide. But she wanted me to know that she was ok with the finality of her life. She didn’t mind her mortality and she wanted me to be ok with it.

But it wasn’t. And it isn’t.

As I was leaving my mom that last time a few weeks ago, I told her that I’d see her the day after Christmas in just four weeks and held up four fingers. And she smiled and said, “Four weeks, son. Just four weeks.”

But my mom passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning Thursday, December 13, only two weeks after our last conversation.

Since my mom’s death, I’ve received so many kind expressions of love, kindness, and compassion. So many messages, texts, and emails from friends who’ve tried to comfort me at this horrible time in my life. I am so very grateful for each and every expression of concern.

I’ve learned that no act of kindness goes unnoticed during times of great sorrow and grief. Those who mourn never tire of comforting expressions of compassion and love. So please allow me to use this space to say thank you for those things. Nothing goes unnoticed and no act of affection misses its mark when hearts are broken. Grief holds no grievances, holds no grudges, and never has a limit to the love and compassion it welcomes.

And I would be completely remiss if I failed to express a special word of appreciation and thanks to Richard Bourland, Keith Renard, and Randal Rhea for leading the classes and keeping the ship afloat and on course during my absence. Thank you very much, Gentlemen.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY …

WE’LL START AT 6:30 AM!

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BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

Holiday Schedule: Christmas Eve morning classes meet as usual. No Christmas Eve class. We will stand down from 7:45am on December 24th until 0530 January 2. All classes start back on January 2.

HOLIDAY CHALLENGE WEIGH IN ON JANUARY 2!

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

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COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on The Weather Channel – I’ll be using the TWC app for iPhone — drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

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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, January 29 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
– 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 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

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
– Paul Bauer 11/2012

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
– 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
– Gary Thompson 10/2005

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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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

5:30 PM: Monday through Friday.

————————————-

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.

—————————————————

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.
—————————————–

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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My Mom — August 12, 1930 – December 13, 2012

Dec. 18th 2012

My mom has been the subject of so many of my stories and jokes – always told at my expense – that I could probably write a book about them. She was making me laugh and giving me more material the last time I saw her at Thanksgiving.

But it was also at that time that her condition was noticeably worse; she’d become more frail and feeble, less able to do things for herself. At one point she noticed how distraught I looked as I watched members of the nursing home staff move her from one side of her bed to the other. After they left she took my hand and said, “You can’t hide from your face how you feel, I know how this upsets you … but it’s ok with me, so it needs to be ok with you too.” It was the most poignant moment in my life as her son.

I didn’t want to admit that my mom was slipping away before our eyes. But she wanted me to know that she was ok with the finality of her life. She wanted me to be ok with it.

But it wasn’t. And it isn’t.

As I was leaving my mom that last time, I told her that I’d see her after Christmas in just four weeks and held up four fingers. And she smiled and said, “Four weeks, son. Just four weeks.”

My mom passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, December 13.

Since then I’ve received so many kind expressions of love and kindness and compassion. So many messages, texts, and emails from friends who have tried to comfort me at this time. I am so very grateful for each and every one. I’ve learned that no act of kindness goes unnoticed during times of great sorrow and grief. Those who mourn never tire of expressions of compassion and comfort. So please allow me to use this space to say thank you for those things. Nothing goes unnoticed and no act of love misses its mark when hearts are broken.

And let me express a special word of thanks to Richard Bourland, Keith Renard, and Randal Rhea for filling in and keeping the ship afloat and on course during my absence. Thank you, Gentlemen.

I have every intention of returning to the Quarterdeck in the morning, December 19 and look forward to seeing you all!

Semper Fidelis

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What’s wrong with her? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 12/12/2012

Dec. 12th 2012

Female problems.

Before you assume that I’m about to dish on any females in my personal life, you can relax.

Sort of.

I grew up in a household where all of the men in our family would be reduced to mystified silence by my mother. As a kid I remember hearing conversations that might be about my Aunt JoAnn, for example, and my father might say something like, “So, what’s wrong with her?” And my mother would pause …

for effect.

And then, with all of us Ludlow men leaning forward waiting to hear what was wrong with Aunt JoAnn, my mother would say, in a hushed tone, “It’s ‘female problems.'”

ooooooohhhhhhhh??? “FEmale problems. ohhhhh.

What are “female problems?”

Whatever it was, this announcement would bring the conversation to a screeching halt. All of the Ludlow men would just stop, and look all slack jawed and clueless.

And what was an 8 year old me supposed to do, or think, or ask when all of the older Ludlow men looked confused … and then the men NEVER asked for a more fuller explanation. That was it. Discussion over.

Once when I was in the second grade I went home after school and walked into our kitchen where my mom and her friend Jean were talking. Jean had a new baby and … well … she was breastfeeding.

I had never seen anything like that before in my life. In fact, I was getting an eyeful of something else I had never seen before. And apparently I was just standing there gawking. I had no idea what was going on, but I was very interested. And I wondered if that was one of those female problems. My mom saw that I was gawking at Jean and whatever the little baby was doing, and scolded me and sent me to my room. Apparently I wasn’t supposed to look at that. Whatever “that” was.

Women are so confusing, I thought.

Is it any wonder that by the time most boys are 14 we are absolutely clueless and confused about women. When I was in the 9th grade I remember asking my older brother Jack about girls. Being eight years older than me I knew that he would have the answer. He said, “No one knows about women, not even Sigmund Freud.” I didn’t even know who Sigmund Freud was. But I assumed he was the wisest man in the world. Why else would Jack mention him?

If the Ludlow men didn’t know, and if that Sigmund dude didn’t know, how would I ever know?

I graduated from Marine Corps Boot Camp in early December. And this time every year I am reminded of one of the most amazing days in my life. I could write a book about what it meant to me to become a Marine that day. But as awesome as that was, that day was also spectacular for another reason. It was the first time I saw a woman in over three months. During the three months of training I never saw a woman. Not even one.

After the graduation ceremony I stood around with my fellow new Marines shaking hands, taking pictures, congratulating one another and meeting members of our respective families who’d made the trip to Parris Island. My Marine buddy Michael, a member of my platoon, introduced me to his family from St. Petersburg: his mom, dad, and his two beautiful sisters, Susan and Ellen.

I remember standing there speechless. Amazed. Silent. The sound of female voices in conversation was so pleasant, with it’s sing song cadence and lilt. The allure of Susan and Ellen’s laughter, the sound of their voices, and the smell of their perfume were intoxicating and charming. I stood there unable to even make small talk. I was smitten. I remembered Michael’s family sort of laughing at me and his mom asking Michael: “Tony hasn’t been around many women?” My buddy coming to my defense by explaining that we hadn’t seen or heard a woman in over three months.

I remember Michael’s sister Susan smiling at me and extending her hand when we were introduced, with a twinkle in her eyes, and saying in a voice that sounded like an angel, “Hi Tony, it’s very nice to meet you.” And I just smiled back and said … nothing. Not a word. Not a sound. I was very very smooth.

I don’t understand women any better today than I did when I was eight, but I’ve never forgotten the great appreciation for the fairer sex that I learned that day in early December. And I’m reminded of every December.

Women are a great treasure. Maybe the greatest treasure. I know I give you ladies a lot of grief, but I’m blessed to have many women as close friends, some of you reading this newsletter! The “grief” is all tongue in cheek fun.

For you guys with amazing women in your life, be thankful for the color, softness, perspective, friendship, laughter, and beauty that they bring into your life. And for you women with wonderful female friends, you’ve got rich relationships that most of us guys can only envy.

— 30 —

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY …

WE’LL START AT 6:30 AM!

——————————————-

And now … today’s Redneck Haiku.
Rudolf in the yard

looking into the manger.

A redneck Christmas.

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THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

————————————–

COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on The Weather Channel – I’ll be using the TWC app for iPhone — drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

————————————

BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

MT. FUJI Workout next Tuesday, 18 December at 5:30am!

——————————————

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 AND THURSDAY 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!

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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
– 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 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Tait Keller 12/2012
– Kitty Keller 12/2012

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
– Paul Bauer 11/2012

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
– 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
– Gary Thompson 10/2005

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!

———————————–

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

5:30 PM: Monday through Friday.

————————————-

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.

—————————————————

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.
—————————————–

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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YOU FIRST! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 12/5/2012

Dec. 5th 2012

Mini-van.

Nothing says “cool” more than … “mini-van.”

In the back area of every mini-van — EVERYONE’S mini-van — you’ll find at least one car seat. And along with the car seat you’ll find a vast assortment of toy parts, pacifiers, sippy cups, doodads, and whatnot. You’ll also find a variety of Goldfish, animal crackers, french fries, Cheerios, gummy bears, and half eaten stuff that no longer resembles whatever it was in its original form.

Unfortunately you’ll also find dried throw up, spit up, and a couple of used diapers that had been folded up and taped into that little bundle of toxic waste that somehow didn’t get thrown away, but instead rolled under the front seat … a couple of weeks ago.

And of course you’ll also find all manner of dirty and smelly clothes. Not all of which belong to the kids!

Indiana Jones wouldn’t venture into most of the mini-vans in Memphis! Maybe with a hazmat suit he would give it a try.

This is the state of the mini-van next to you in traffic.

The driver, usually a mom, looks stressed out and haggard, with a look on her face that is … well, scary. She’s got a ball cap pulled down on her head with the ponytail sticking out the little hole in the back. In the morning she’s racing down Poplar or Walnut Grove or wherever, juggling her coffee cup, putting on makeup, driving with her knees, negotiating traffic, going over vocabulary words with little Johnny, screaming back at little Suzy to quit crying because they left the house without her favorite stuffed animal.

Then there’s the whole Nazi carpool line at the school. You can’t be on your cell phone, you can’t talk to the teachers, you can’t make eye contact with the principal, you can’t chat with the other moms, you can’t cuss at your kids, you have to keep your hands on the wheel at 10 and 2, you have to keep your eyes to the front, you can’t have inappropriate hip hop music blaring on the radio. Good lord!

I know these things because I was once a carpool dad.

I had a life in a mini-van … for years! But I was very cool in my mini-van. Since I was the parent who got up early to workout and run, I was also the parent who got the kids up and out the door and into the mini-van. The mini-van would have my kids and the Nelson’s kids … five kids in all. Five different sets of issues and needs. Five potential car-sick victims.

And this is just the “getting the kids to school” part. When you add to this scenario the over scheduled schedule of after school clubs, teams, and lessons … it’s enough to check yourself into the nearest mental health facility.

This is my public service announcement to you drivers of mini-vans (yes, your aircraft carrier sized Suburbans, your SUVs and the other “mom-mobiles” are included).

Here’s the announcement: Ease up!! Your kids do NOT need to be involved in all that crap. Trust me! Over-scheduling their time and depriving them of the opportunity to be creative, and even bored on occasion, isn’t helping. I promise! Learn to say “no!”

But here’s the real announcement: you moms need to exercise! You guys aren’t being good parents by depriving yourself of the exercise you need to be healthy and to de-stress your life. You can’t be any good to those little knuckleheads if you’re stressed out, over-weight, and out of shape.

Take care of YOU first. When the flight attendants give their pre-flight instructions they tell you what to do in the event of a loss of cabin pressure. You put the mask on yourself first, and then you put the mask on your child.

When I’m in traffic next to one of those mini-vans … I always look over at that mobile zoo and say a little prayer for the mom driving that four wheeled circus down the road. “Lord, don’t let her kill me!”

Take care of yourself, y’all … you’re no good to anyone else if you’re no good for yourself.

Be selfish!

— 30 —

———————————

BUFFALO RUNNERS

FULL MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND … THE DAY IS YET TO BE DETERMINED UNTIL THE WEATHER FORECAST IS CLEARER.

I’LL MAKE THE DECISION ON FRIDAY.

WE’LL START AT 6:30 AM!

——————————————-

ST. JUDE HALF AND FULL MARATHON WEEKEND WAS AWESOME!

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE WHO RAN THE HALF AND FULL MARATHON!

——————————————-

THE EVENING CREW IS NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

The evening class is now 5 days a week, mirroring the two morning classes and beginning at 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

————————————–

COLD WEATHER POLICY

Anytime the “Feels like” temperature on The Weather Channel – I’ll be using the TWC app for iPhone — drops to 30 or below, we’ll go inside.

————————————

BOGA tomorrow morning at 5:30am and 6:45, inside – No chanting. No patchouli.

M-16 Workout next Tuesday, 11 December at 5:30am!

——————————————

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 AND THURSDAY 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!

————————————

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.

———————————————-

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 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011

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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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

5:30 PM: Monday through 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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