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NOW HEAR THIS! — Special Announcements for 1/31/2013

Jan. 31st 2013

ATTENTION EVENING CREW (5:30pm): Thursday evening workouts will be INSIDE from now on. Thursday evening’s workout will be the same “BOGA” workout that is offered at the 5:30am and 6:45am classes on Thursdays. (BOGA is 50% boot camp and 50% power yoga). During basketball season we’ll use the exercise room off of the main gym.

ATTENTION FEBRUARY PROMO-TEES: If you’re due for promotion in February, CONGRATULATIONS! Please send me your shirt size so that I can get your new rank shirts made for you!

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BEING THERE — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 1/30/2013

Jan. 30th 2013

Takahashi Sensei was my martial arts instructor and a Buddhist Monk.

When I met him I lived in a small town, small by Japanese standards, called Owariasahishi.

Takahashi Sensei, about 68 years old when I met him, was also the Abbot of the Buddhist monastery that was practically next door to me. I had to walk past the monastery everyday to get to the subway station. He was often standing in front of the temple in the morning alone or with other monks and I always bowed to them as I passed.

One day as I walked by, Takahashi Sensei (his name unknown to me at the time) looked at me as we exchanged bows and said, “Guudo Mahnengu!”

I’d lived in Japan for several years by that time and knew that that was his attempt at an English greeting. He was saying “good morning.” I smiled and said good morning. That made me smile inside because I would sometimes go for days and not speak a word of English. It felt warm and familiar.

Usually Takahashi Sensei’s hands were hidden in his robes as I walked by and bowed. But about a week after that first “Guudo Mahnengu!” he took his hand out and waved and smiled. This was very unusual and very touching. I did the same.

This went on for another week. A bow and a “Guudo Mahnengu!” followed by a wave and a smile.

One morning I finally walked up to him and bowed and said “Good morning, Sensei. I look forward to seeing you every morning.” And he said, “Oh … uh … my … Engrish … not … so … good.” So I switched languages and we carried on a very warm conversation. And from that day forward we became friends. Actually, more than just friends. I would consider him a father figure in time.

Two or three days a week I came home for lunch. I never saw the monks at lunch time in front of the temple. But one day Takahashi Sensei was there waiting for me. He asked if I would like to participate in a lunch-time meditation. I thanked him and said maybe someday, but I was very busy. Truth is, I was a bit afraid of what went on in that temple
and within the secret chambers of the monastery.

He kept asking … and I kept putting him off … until finally one day I agreed. That was a mistake.

When I followed Takahashi Sensei into the large meditation room, I found regular people and monks quietly sitting in a large rectangle on the polished wooden floor. There were about 30 or so people in all. If you saw “The Last Samurai” there was a temple scene in the movie that looked much like that room. Large, open, airy, old. Polished, spotless, dark wooden floors, the faint smell of incense in the air and the distant sounds of wind chimes. The temple bell struck at about 1 minute intervals.

All of the people had their eyes closed in meditation. But one of the senior monks was not meditating. He was slowly walking around the room, robes flowing, as he moved effortlessly … holding an object in his hands that looked like a long, narrow, thin oar. He carried it at “port arms” like a soldier would run with a rifle. The monk moved gracefully and deliberately around the room.

What was this?

Then the monk stopped in front of one person, a man who looked to be about my age, wearing a shirt and tie, no shoes of course. The monk slowly took the “oar” and laid it on top of the man’s right shoulder. It looked like the monk was “knighting” the man.

And then, in a flash, the monk raised the oar up and struck the man on the shoulder! It happened so fast that it seemed like I might have only imagined it. Then the monk laid the oar back on the same shoulder in the same “knighting” motion. And then removed the oar from the man’s shoulder and moved back and away from the man, who never showed any pain or any reaction and never opened his eyes.

WHAT THE WHAT???

The monk continued to walk slowly around the room. A few minutes later the same thing happened. But this time it happened to a housewife I recognized from the neighborhood. Mrs. Yamada. I knew her well. She was so sweet! And that bastard monk smacked her too! But she likewise didn’t react.

MY shoulder hurt for both of them! I knew it had to hurt. I HEARD the sound it made. It reminded me of being in school and getting a “swat” from the principal. Well, IF I had ever gotten a swat, that is.

My first meditation was observation only. The session came to an end when the senior monk with the oar moved to the center of the room and tapped his oar to the floor three times. Everyone stood up. The monk thanked them for sharing that time together with him and wished them well. Everyone bowed to the monk and he bowed to them. Then they all moved quietly out of the meditation room.

Takahashi Sensei explained what I’d just seen. Zen is a practice of living in the moment and being nothing. Impossible to explain in a single sentence or a single book. But those who meditate must be in the moment and be nothing in the moment. The monk with the oar examined
each person closely, their breathing, their posture, their facial expressions, their body movements, even the smallest twitching of their closed eyelids. Everything, including the perceived energy of the person, was observed.

If the monk sensed that the person was “not in the moment,” that they were distracted, that they were thinking about the cares of their life, or their plans, or their job, or anything else … they got the oar.

I joined the class!

I apparently like abuse! I started going 3 times a week. I even went sometimes on the weekends too. I joined the martial arts club at the monastery, attending evening workouts 3 times a week.

In the beginning of my meditation … I got the oar. I got the oar a lot. The first time it was from Takahashi Sensei himself. I felt like I had been beaten by my loving father. It hurt my feelings as much as it hurt my shoulder. I got the oar so often that I had bruises on my shoulders. But within a few months I was seldom struck. I had learned to meditate.

Leaving Japan was very hard for me. I’d been there 10 years and had often thought that I’d always live there. But circumstances brought me back to the States. One of the hardest things I had to do was to say goodbye to Takahashi Sensei. I had grown to love him dearly. When we bowed to one another for the last time … I bowed as low as I could, showing him my deepest respect and honor, and not wanting to stand upright, ending the bow and my life under his instruction forever. I had tears in my eyes when I stood up. And so did he.

“Tony san, you are a human being” Takahashi Sensei told me one day after we had become friends, “you are not a human doing. Be … then doing will come easily.”

I have moved far away from being still. I’m often not still enough. I’m sometimes too active for my own good. My senses get overloaded and over stimulated by so many things to see and do. I miss those “oar days” … of focusing on being quiet in the moment … and being nothing … in the moment.

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Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Keep a “to do” project list
• Embrace change
• Exude joy
• Share information and data
• Talk about ideas
• Read everyday
• Give other people credit for their victories
• Have a sense of gratitude
• Compliment others
• Forgive others
• Accept responsibilities for their failures
• Keep a journal
• Want others to succeed
• Keep a “to be” list
• Set goals and develop life plans
• Continuously learn
• Operate from a transformational perspective

UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Exude anger
• Horde information and data
• Talk about people
• Fly by the seat of their pants
• Fear change
• Watch TV everyday
• Take all of the credit for their victories
• Have a sense of entitlement
• Criticize others
• Hold a grudge
• Blame others for their own failures
• Say they keep a journal but really don’t
• Think they know it all
• Operate from a transactional perspective
• Secretly hope that others fail
• Don’t know what they want to be
• Never set goals

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

HALF MARATHON TRAINING FOR AN APRIL HALF MARATHON CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY!

Interested? There is a half marathon here in Memphis in April, one in Nashville, and one in Louisville. (Let me know if you hear of others in late April.)

Are you new to half marathoning? You can come and try it out at no charge and no obligation.

If you can cover 3 miles in under 36 minutes, you can train with me and be a Buffalo Runner, even if you’ve never run a 5K! (Don’t believe me? Talk to Michelle Moss!)

Contact me if you have any questions! Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

We’ll meet at 7:30am on Sunday, February 3, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. This second training run will be 1hr 20min.

Sunday will be our intended running day, weather permitting. That is, if the forecast calls for clear skies on Saturday, but rain on Sunday, we’ll run on Saturday.

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ALL CLASSES MEET FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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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.

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VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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 11/2010

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
– 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
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003

* 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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

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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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Funk & Wagnalls — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 1/23/2013

Jan. 23rd 2013

It’s been just over a month since I lost my mom. Most of you know that she passed away early on the morning of December 13. And yesterday, January 22, was the 13th anniversary of my father’s death. Both of my parents are gone now.

Many of you also lost a parent this past year. And I’m so sorry for us all; however, it’s not my intention to wax morbid or maudlin here.

Losing a parent is sad, and miserable, and grievous. But when both parents are gone, an unhappy chapter of life begins; an unhappy chapter that is unwelcomed and unwanted. The two people who knew you and your personal history with such intimacy, with details that you yourself didn’t know, are gone forever and you are, genuinely and truly, on your own.

Lest you think me some sort of trust fund baby or one of those adult sons dependent on his parents, I was quite the opposite. I’ve been independent and on my own since I was a teenager. The last time either of my parents gave me any money, I was 14; and that was just considered normal in my family for my siblings and me. In high school, I had to quit playing sports so that I could work more hours at my after school job to help make ends meet at home. On Fridays, I gave my mom 30% of what I was paid, euphemistically known as “room and board.” I’m not begrudging any of it. I’m proud of my hardscrabble upbringing. It’s part of who I am. I know that some of you had it like that too. It tends to make people independent, stubborn, proud, and resourceful.

Despite years of independence and self-reliance, the loss of one’s parents makes certain realities in life permanent and disquieting.

I’ve had time to think about what my parents gave me and didn’t give me. As a father of grown children, I’m aware of the fact that we are all failures to some degree in the eyes of our children. Our children — like each of us — can look back on their childhood and wish that x, y, and z had been different. We wish our parents had given us more, done more, done less, said less, said more, been more patient, been less serious, been more demanding, been more fun, been invisible, been more visible, shown up more, shown up less, spent more time with us, spent less time hovering over us, given us more money, made us work for our money, allowed us to do more, kept us on a shorter leash, been more tolerant, been less permissive, etc., etc.

There are no perfect parents.

There are no perfect children.

As parents, we do the best that we can and hope for the best. But it’s a crap-shoot. Children don’t show up with an owner’s manual. What worked well with child #1, fails miserably with child #2, and works only part of the time with child #3.

But back to the question that inspired this piece: what did my parents give me?

The one thing that my mom gave me, beyond insisting on good manners and polite behavior, beyond insisting on “yes, sir,” and “no, sir,” and “yes, ma’am,” and “no, ma’am,” beyond “please” and “thank you,” my mother gave me a sense of the possible.

If I ever said, “I can’t … ,” my mother would say, “’Can’t’ never did do anything.” Its meaning was unclear to me in the same way that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” was unclear. I didn’t know what those things meant at the time I first heard them as a 6 or 7 year old boy. But I knew they were intended to inspire me to buck up and do it.

My mom never told me that anything was impossible for me to accomplish. There was no saying, “can’t.” She never told me that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough or able enough. In fact, she told me that I could do anything or be anything I wanted, if I wanted it badly enough, and if I worked hard enough.

Mom dropped out of high school in the 1940s to marry dad and start a family. And though she didn’t have a high school diploma, she instilled in her children a love for learning. She saved S&H Green Stamps to buy a set of encyclopedias for us to read! She insisted that I make good grades and work hard in school. She encouraged me to get a good education because “no one can take that from you,” she said.

The temptation for parents today to have their kids in every conceivable club, class, and lesson seems overwhelming. Keeping up with the Joneses today includes the kid’s activities. I hear moms bragging about the different teams, lessons, and activities that their children are involved in, as if it’s a competition. There seems to be a needless and potentially detrimental “one-up-manship” thing going on with these moms. To be a good parent is to have little Johnny and Janie so over scheduled that little Johnny and Janie never have a chance to be a kid. I fear little Johnny and Janie are going to be so wired and stressed out as kids they’ll miss out entirely on the joys of being a child.

I’ve talked to my kids about activities and events that cost me a lot of time and money to accomplish for them when they were little, and have been disappointed to learn that they have almost no recollection of some of those things today. And some of those high cost activities have been completely forgotten. Conversely, activities that I gave little thought to, were not costly, and seemed like minor events to me at the time, turned out to be many of the memories my kids deemed significant and special. They remember those! What??

I think parents need to give their children the gift of boredom. For boredom is the seedbed from which creativity and imagination grow. Turn it off. Shut it down. Unplug it. Regularly set them loose into a world of boredom and see what sprouts.

Kids need is to be reminded that they aren’t entitled to anything. The world doesn’t revolve around them. Mom and dad aren’t there for their entertainment. The mantra of the day when I was a kid was, “children should be seen, and not heard” and my parents enforced that rule. A trip to any casual eating establishment at lunch-time during the summer will demonstrate just how archaic that mantra is. Kids run wild, yell and scream, while frazzled looking parents, clearly over their heads and out of their depth, deliver false ultimatums they won’t enforce.

My parents loved me, but they didn’t have any concept or concern for my precious little self-esteem or my need for self-expression. There were no participation trophies in those days. Life has winners and losers. Life is unfair and that was a lesson that needed to be learned and embraced. “Be glad that life is unfair,” I was told, “that means a boy growing up poor from a little hick town in Arkansas to divorced parents could become President of the United States.”

That didn’t apply to Tony, but it applied to Bill. (Tony didn’t want to be president.)

Children aren’t entitled to greatness, but they have great opportunities in this great country of ours. Through hard work, self-discipline, determination, persistence, and dedication, impossible things can become possible.

Every once in a while, I meet adults who allowed someone in their past to crawl inside their head and convince them that they aren’t worthy, that they aren’t good enough, that they can’t. If you’ve allowed the negative voices of an unwise parent, a misguided teacher, an idiot coach, an unfit lover, or false friend to live rent free in your head telling you that you can’t, that you aren’t worthy, that you’re not good enough, then it’s time to evict that vagrant voice! Clean house! Toss that worthless crap out of your head! They’re wrong! They’re dead wrong! YOU CAN!

My mother never told me how to accomplish anything; she just told me that I could.

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Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Keep a “to do” project list
• Embrace change
• Exude joy
• Share information and data
• Talk about ideas
• Read everyday
• Give other people credit for their victories
• Have a sense of gratitude
• Compliment others
• Forgive others
• Accept responsibilities for their failures
• Keep a journal
• Want others to succeed
• Keep a “to be” list
• Set goals and develop life plans
• Continuously learn
• Operate from a transformational perspective

UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Exude anger
• Horde information and data
• Talk about people
• Fly by the seat of their pants
• Fear change
• Watch TV everyday
• Take all of the credit for their victories
• Have a sense of entitlement
• Criticize others
• Hold a grudge
• Blame others for their own failures
• Say they keep a journal but really don’t
• Think they know it all
• Operate from a transactional perspective
• Secretly hope that others fail
• Don’t know what they want to be
• Never set goals

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

HALF MARATHON TRAINING FOR AN APRIL HALF MARATHON BEGINS THIS SUNDAY!

Interested? There is a half marathon here in Memphis in April, one in Nashville, and one in Louisville. (Let me know if you hear of others in late April.)

Are you new to half marathoning? You can come and try it out at no charge and no obligation.

If you can cover 3 miles in under 36 minutes, you can train with me and be a Buffalo Runner, even if you’ve never run a 5K! (Don’t believe me? Talk to Michelle Moss!)

Contact me if you have any questions! Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

We’ll meet at 7:30am on Sunday the 27th in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. This first training run will be 1hr 10min.

Sunday will be our intended running day, weather permitting. That is, if the forecast calls for clear skies on Saturday, but rain on Sunday, we’ll run on Saturday.

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Physical Fitness Test at CUMC on Tuesday, January 29th! All classes!

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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. The 0530 and 0645 classes use the “blue gym” on those days. During basketball season, the evening class will use the exercise room off the main gym.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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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 look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY, 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 11/2010

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
– 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
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003

* broken time

—————————————

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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

—————————————

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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Mt. Fuji Workout 1/22/2013

Jan. 21st 2013

Mt. Fuji Workout, Tuesday morning at 0530 at the U of M no matter the temperature!

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Yen Sid — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 1/17/2013

Jan. 17th 2013

You’d think that after running The Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World this past weekend (13.1 mile half marathon on Saturday, 26.2 mile full marathon on Sunday) that I’d be excited about that and I’d be telling you some stories from that incredible experience.

Do you want to hear about that?

Do you want to hear stories about all of us getting up at 3am on Saturday and again on Sunday morning?

Do you want to hear about having to strategize about doing a half marathon on one day and then turn right around in less than 24 hours to run a full marathon on those same worn out legs?

Do you want to know about how to hydrate and pace yourself for such an event?

Do you want to know what the training was like?

Do you want to know what we ate during the weekend and especially what we ate during the races?

Do you want to know about how to recover from one race to get ready for the next?

These, and many similar burning questions may be the subject of a future newsletter. Some of you runners who are thinking about doing The Goofy someday might want to know about the details of the race and the nuts and bolts of the training. But not today.

That’s not what I’m writing about.

Today I’m writing about Disney.

Specifically Disney World and what happens there.

No, I’m not going to tell you what riding Space Mountain is like, or how real “Country Bear Jamboree” seems.

No, I’m not a Disney Nerd or a Disney expert by any means. (My friend, Margaret Caffey, is a licensed Disney vacation planner and IS a Disney expert! She can hook you up with all things Disney and can save you money! Plus, her services are free.) But as for me, I haven’t read one single book about Disney. I haven’t studied any of Disney’s business models or practices to formulate an analysis.

What I want to give you is an observer’s debrief. And from these things, be able to find concepts and philosophies that we can apply to our own lives, businesses, and relationships.

Disney is the ultimate efficient, productive, and successful customer service/entertainment/amusement company in the world. English was practically a second language while I was there this past weekend. I heard guests speaking languages from all over the planet. The world flocks to Orlando to experience Disney, even in a down economy. Why?

As an outsider, and as a non-Disney expert who hasn’t read any books about their mission statement, business practices, or business model, I can tell you the things that struck me as significant.

1. Disney employees are kind, considerate, polite, enthusiastic, and well-mannered. I suspect that good hiring and good training ensures that the face of Disney that guests remember isn’t Walt’s, but rather the smiling helpful faces of Jason, Amber, and Tim. And lest you think that Disney only hires young energetic college students, I encountered a growing percentage of retirees who fit the same happy and cheerful description working right along side their much younger colleagues.

2. Disney employees don’t seem to know how to say “no.” Over and over we asked for one thing or another, some of those requests would have received a slow and unenthusiastic “we don’t do that” or “I can’t do that” or just plain “no” by most company’s employees here. But not at Disney. Several times we’d ask an employee for something and if they didn’t have the authority to approve our request, they’d scamper off quickly and ask and then would return quickly with a good report from their management. I imagine that they conduct “find a way to say ‘yes’” meetings.

3. Everyone is special. The princesses, princes, superheroes, and other talking Disney characters put the emphasis and attention on the guest. It’s a sign of maturity and good social skills to make the conversational exchange about the other person, or at the least, a shared experience. Not long ago I spent a couple of hours everyday at lunch with a friend. We met everyday for a week and they never asked me one single question about me. Nothing. No question was asked about me, my family, my personal life, my business, my hobbies, nothing. Not one question. I did all of the asking and showed all of the interest. By Thursday of that week, I decided to quit asking all of the questions and showing all of the interest and wondered how the conversation would develop if I wasn’t spearheading the conversation with interest in them. But it didn’t develop at all. The conversation came to an abrupt end.

Disney cast members (employees) know that the magic is in making the other person feel special by showing a genuine interest in them.

4. I wonder if Disney gives lessons in smiling. Disney employees and “cast members” seem to be smiling and cheerful at all times. Genuine smiles are infectious, calming, and winsome. Creepy and cheesy smiles create distrust and suspicion.

5. Disney characters inspire people – focusing on children – to dream and to think big. Human potential, dreaming without margins, and achieving those dreams is part of the magic of Disney. Working hard to achieve one’s dreams is at the forefront of the Disney message.

I realize that not all businesses can be run exactly like Disney. It is, after all, “the happiest place on earth,” and a law office, or a dental clinic, or a jewelry store, or an auto repair shop, etc. isn’t Disney World … but I think all businesses can use some Disney! Or a lot of Disney.

I wonder how many relationships could be improved with a little Disney? How many businesses could see a marked increase in clients and profits by being more Disney-ish.

After leading the New York Giants to a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, quarterback Phil Simms was asked what he was going to do next. “I’m going to Disney World!” said Simms. And Super Bowl winners have been saying that ever since. As if to say, the only thing better than winning the Super Bowl is going to Disney World.

— 30 —

Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Keep a “to do” project list
• Embrace change
• Exude joy
• Share information and data
• Talk about ideas
• Read everyday
• Give other people credit for their victories
• Have a sense of gratitude
• Compliment others
• Forgive others
• Accept responsibilities for their failures
• Keep a journal
• Want others to succeed
• Keep a “to be” list
• Set goals and develop life plans
• Continuously learn
• Operate from a transformational perspective

UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
• Exude anger
• Horde information and data
• Talk about people
• Fly by the seat of their pants
• Fear change
• Watch TV everyday
• Take all of the credit for their victories
• Have a sense of entitlement
• Criticize others
• Hold a grudge
• Blame others for their own failures
• Say they keep a journal but really don’t
• Think they know it all
• Operate from a transactional perspective
• Secretly hope that others fail
• Don’t know what they want to be
• Never set goals

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BUFFALO RUNNERS

HALF MARATHON TRAINING FOR AN APRIL HALF MARATHON BEGINS THE LAST WEEKEND OF THIS MONTH!

Interested? There is a half marathon here in Memphis in April, one in Nashville, and one in Louisville. (Let me know if you hear of others in late April.)

Are you new to half marathoning?

If you can cover 3 miles in under 36 minutes, you can train with me! Contact me if you have any questions! $75 for active duty Boot Campers, $125 for “Friends of Boot Camp.”

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Mt. Fuji Workout next Tuesday, January 22 at 5:30am at the U of M.

Physical Fitness Test on Tuesday, January 29th!

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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.

If the Memphis City Schools close for ice or snow, we will also stand down. If they start, but then dismiss classes early, the evening class will stand down.

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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!

—————————————–

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.

———————————————-

VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Your rank insignia t-shirts look AWESOME on you! (Don’t forget to wear yours EVERY WEDNESDAY, 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 11/2010

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
– 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
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004
– Teri Trotter 4/2004

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Amy Singer 9/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Pat McGhee 1/2003

* broken time

—————————————

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!

(This is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up.)

—————————————

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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GOOD TO GO!

Jan. 16th 2013

Memphis City Schools are OPEN Wednesday, 16 Jan. We are GOOD TO GO!

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Weather Update, Tuesday Evening, 10:30pm

Jan. 15th 2013

No decision from the Memphis City Schools, as of 10:30pm tonight, regarding tomorrow’s school closing. Be sure and check the school closings on TV in the morning. I’ll post the decision here as well. If MCS closes, or elects to start late, we will stand-down. IF MCS elects to start late, we will plan on having the EVENING class at 5:30pm on Wednesday.

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Weather Report 1/15/2013

Jan. 15th 2013

No boot camp this evening. CUMC is closing their campus today at noon. Very sorry for the inconvenience.

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Old Man Winter Report: 1/14/2013

Jan. 14th 2013

Due to the inclimate weather, the CUMC campus closed early tonight and the evening class was canceled. Tomorrow morning’s classes are dependent upon the Memphis City Schools. If they close, we will stand down. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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