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A Bull Named “Fu Man Chu” — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 2/27/2013

Feb. 27th 2013

When she took my hand and whispered, “you’ll be alright,” I was sure that she was wrong. How could she be certain that I would be okay?

I woke up in a cold sweat and was emotionally spent, like dreams often do to you. You awake from some night terror, happy that it’s over, but still feeling the emotional strain and fallout from the nightmare.

I’ve had that same dream – or ones like it — about twice a year since 1995. For years after, I had one of those dreams a couple of times a month. But they’ve subsided to just a few times a year now. The dreams may be different in the details and scope, but the event is always the same.

At 5:46am on January 17, 1995 I was thrown out of bed by an earthquake that registered 6.9 on the Richter scale. I was literally thrown from my bed as pictures fell off the wall and book shelves fell over, spilling books all over the floor. A ruptured gas line started filling my house with gas as broken water pipes started leaking water into the kitchen and bathrooms.

The great Hanshin earthquake killed over 6,000 people. It injured 25,000 more. And in 20 seconds, 300,000 people were made homeless with nothing but the clothes they were wearing when the earth started shaking violently at 5:46am. It was one of the worst natural disasters in Japanese history. (But it would pale by comparison to the tsunami and earthquake that would strike northern Japan in 2010.)

Damage to my house was minimal, by comparison. I was very lucky. But the destruction and devastation was beyond anyone’s imagination.

The minutes, hours, and days that followed were full of confusion and shock; that gave way to frantic efforts to rescue people trapped under the wreckage of demolished buildings and homes. But the crisis was everywhere and the frustration and panic were overwhelming.

I spent the next two weeks helping to rescue and recover the injured and the dead from the rubble and ruin. We worked around the clock, taking turns to nap for an hour or so before returning to the overwhelming and horrifying work. People were trapped, injured, bleeding, and dying. And time was running out. We had to work as quickly as we could. It was life and death.

I have never publically spoken in any detail about this. I have never described those things to anyone. I’ve never told anyone about it.

I’ve tried once or twice to talk about it, but the words don’t come. In order to talk about it, I have to recall it, and I have to see those things in my mind again. Something I can’t do. I don’t want to do. I don’t want to think about it.

This is the only time I’ve ever written about it.

For days we shuttled clean water and food into the Kobe, Japan area. We strapped containers of water to motorcycles like saddlebags and filled backpacks with food and medical supplies. The motorcycle I used was one that I found abandoned under some debris. Motorcycles were used almost exclusively because the roads were so damaged, making cars and trucks unusable.

For days we worked to rescue the injured under the rubble of their homes and businesses. But after a week, our rescue efforts turned into recovery missions. We recovered the bodies of hundreds of men, women, and children: people who were unable to move quickly enough to survive — the elderly, the infirm, and the children — when the earth violently shifted as most slept in their beds.

It was the worst experience of my life, occurring during the most intense personal struggle of my life, at a time when I was already searching for answers.

I will not tell you the details of those days of rescue and recovery. I try not to think about those things. But a couple of times a year the nightmares take me back to that time and it screws me up for a while.

When I saw the movie, “The Impossible,” I was reminded again of that awful event in 1995. “The Impossible” portrayed the plight of one family on holiday in Thailand when the tsunami came ashore and killed over 250,000 people in December 2004.

That experience in 1995 was gruesome and grotesque and obscene, and horrifying. It’s the sort of thing that leaves you with images, sights, sounds, scenes, and smells that you can’t unknow. An experience that you can’t unfeel. Memories that you can’t not remember. Nothing would ever be the same again after that experience.

These days, every once in a while, I get asked, “Tony, are you ever serious?” Most people know me as a fun loving, positive, and happy person, eager to laugh, and always looking to clown. I usually make jokes about everything, most often at my own expense.

Am I ever serious? More serious than I want to think about.

Everyone that early January morning thought they had time. At 5:45am, one minute before the earthquake, everyone believed that that day would develop in the same way as the day before had. Everyone thought they had plenty of time. At 5:46am the world shook for 20 seconds and thousands of people died in an instant. Others would be injured and suffer under the weight of the destruction and die before help could arrive. Before people like me could reach them.

They thought they had time.

But they didn’t.

And we don’t either.

Or maybe we do.

Maybe you do, but I don’t.

The thing is, no one knows for sure if they do or if they don’t. But this much is true, we don’t have time to waste.

A few years ago, Tim McGraw recorded a song, “Live Like You Were Dying,” urging people not to wait to live, but to live with intention and purpose now! The backstory of the song had to do with a terminally ill man (McGraw’s own father, baseball great, Tug McGraw) deciding to live his life to the fullest and not wait until sometime in the unpredictable and unpromised future. The bucket list wasn’t for someday, it was for this day!

I can’t tell you how that earthquake experience shook the foundation of my life. All bets were off after that. All agreements, creeds, contracts, catechisms, and assumptions were reexamined in light of the questions I was asking and in the face of the horror I had seen right before my eyes. Things that weren’t working in my life, weren’t true, weren’t profitable, weren’t positive, and weren’t worthy were reevaluated, reflected upon, and tested. Ultimately, those things that were found lacking, were discarded or abandoned. It was like Spring cleaning in my heart, mind, and soul. And as you might imagine, not everyone in my life was happy about or supportive of that upheaval.

One of the results of that experience was that I fell in love again with the Japanese people. I saw minute by minute the resilience of their spirit, their love, and their concern for their fellow man. Their unbelievable self-discipline, kindness, generosity, and gratitude were daily examples of how I should live my own life.

They reminded me not to waste my time with things that aren’t true, things that don’t matter, people who don’t count, and dogmas that don’t work.

No more accepting false friends as true. No more accepting superstition masquerading as truth. No more lying to myself about things I’d accepted without proof. No more sickening sycophant behavior toward arrogant, self-centered, narcissistic bosses. Everyone would be treated the same, with respect … and according to merit.

In the long run, it would cost me a lot to be that determined. It would have been easier to have taken the blue pill, close my eyes, and let everything advance just as things always had in my life. But all of these things that were happening to me became the red pill. I couldn’t ignore it and I couldn’t go back to the way that it had been.

The words of Steve Jobs rings true: “Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“Tony, are you ever serious?”

I’ve had my “Serious Card” punched over and over again. I’ve had three lifetimes worth of “serious.” I’ve seen enough to live in constant pessimism, depression, and gloom.

Life is like that for a lot of people. We all struggle. We all have expectations that aren’t realized. Everybody hurts. We’ve all been disappointed and let down. We’ve all lost. We’ve all been betrayed and abandoned. We’ve all got reason to be depressed and despondent.

But I believe that happiness is a choice. I can choose to focus on the horror of life or I can discover and find the humor in life. I can affix a smile to my face, choosing to be happy. Or I can focus on the hardships and sadness of life and live under a cloud of darkness and gloom. I can be Pooh or Eeyore.

I like these words from the New Testament book of Philippians: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Surround yourself with goodness, kindness, and compassion for all; associate with people who exude those things. Read things that uplift you, choose friends who encourage you, watch television shows and movies that make you laugh and appeal to the better parts of your nature. Toss everything – and everyone — that doesn’t meet those minimum standards.

Our time is limited, don’t waste it trapped in jobs, relationships, or situations that don’t serve you and make your time here worthwhile, happy, and good. Show Mr. Grumpy or Ms. Psycho the door. If they want to be negative, controlling, and pessimistic let them exercise that right somewhere else and with someone else. If they insist on painting their world with anger, darkness, depression, and negativity, let them paint … alone! They won’t be converted. They won’t. They’ll only make you miserable in the process.

We all have these three things in limited supply: time, energy, and money. Don’t waste your own, don’t waste anyone else’s, and don’t let anyone waste yours.

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK

Corporal Ashley Hofeditz, RD LDN, talked about the Mediterranean Diet today. Thank you, Ashley! It was very informative, as always.

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ATTENTION EVENING CREW MEMBERS

The time change is upon us on Sunday, March 10. There’s been a request by a couple of members of the evening class to return to the 5:45pm start time following the time change.

Would that be an agreeable switch? Let me know if that would be a good thing or not for you.

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BUFFALO RUNNERS WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT 7AM!

We’ll meet at 7:00am on Sunday, March 2, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. We’ll be going 2hrs.

Beginning THIS week – for our 2hr run – we’ll start meeting at 7am.

Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

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M-16 WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH AT 0530 AT CUMC!

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY OR MARCH 2012? Let me know, ASAP!! I want to get your rank t-shirt made ASAP!

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

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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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– 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
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

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

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

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

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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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Bueller? Bueller? — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 2/20/2013

Feb. 20th 2013

I’m better than you.
I have more money than you.
I live in a bigger house than you.
I drive better cars than you.
I’m better than you.

Since I’m not motivated by money, I’m not impressed by it either.

This is what makes an impression on me:
• intelligence
• humor
• compassion
• genius
• creativity
• wit
• depth
• kindness
• courage
• education
• self-discipline
• patriotism
• loyalty
• self-sacrifice
• wisdom
• artistic talent
• athletic accomplishment

People who make a contribution to society and to our community, those who make an impact, those who influence and inspire others, and those who make a difference in the world impress me.

I am as confused by the man who devotes his life to chasing money all day as I am by the man who spends his time watching television all day.

I have more admiration for a financially strapped Marine Private serving his country, living in the barracks, and driving a 10 year old Hyundai, than I do for a rich investment banker serving himself, living in a million dollar house, and driving a new Maserati. “Greed,” said Erich Fromm, “is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

I have no regard for the religious who confess much, who know much, who study much, but who do little. I have more respect for those who doubt and struggle with a crisis of faith from a pure heart, seeking truth, than I do for those who can recite the creeds and catechisms, who have the scriptures memorized, but whose behavior is characterized by arrogance, self-righteousness, elitism, and indifference.

“Light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, nor clearly will’d, whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds, whose vague resolves never have been fulfilled,” observed Matthew Arnold.

There’s that passage in the Bible — that one about rich men — that gave me, and the disciples who heard it, pause: “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

A few years ago I asked a wealthy man, who had more money than The Almighty, what he thought about that verse. And he said, and I’m not making this up, “It doesn’t concern me. I’m not rich.” The next week he had his pilot fly him and his wife, and several of their friends, in his private jet to Florida so that he could buy a race horse. “I’m sorry, what?”

In the early 90s, I did what a lot of us did. I read Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It challenged me. It made me do some hard thinking. It made me reevaluate the way I lived my life. It was eye opening and life changing. I had been trying to be efficient, but not convinced that I was effective. There seemed to be a difference.

One of the things Covey’s book challenged me to do was to think in terms of living my life with a view to the end of my life. What legacy would I leave in the end? Would I even leave a legacy at all? What impact, if any, would my life have? When all was said and done, when I’d reached the end of my journey, what would it really matter that Tony Ludlow had been here? What difference would it have made? What would the person say who delivers my eulogy? As my friends and family make their way to their cars after my funeral, what would they think about my life? How would they summarize it?

And it wasn’t that I thought I had been wasting my life up to that point, it’s just that I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t, that I didn’t, that I don’t. I needed to make sure that I wasn’t living a pointless, meaningless, unexamined life.

So I started asking questions. I started with myself. I asked myself questions about my own beliefs, biases, and views. I asked hard questions. I required answers.

What kind of questions plagued my mind? Every kind of question. Why am I here, why are we here, what does it all mean? What am I doing with my life? I questioned everything from the cause and consequence of the existence of suffering, to the rise and consequence of perjury. My internal inquisition extended to every area of my life and to all of the relationships I had.

Does divine providence exist, and what are the implications of the answer? Karma? Retribution? Fate? Chance? Destiny? Morality? Integrity? Honesty? What do I know and how do I know it? Does unconditional love exist? Notions of right and wrong, of justice and riches, of pardon and poverty, of evil and innocence were all part of the examination.

On and on it went.

I wrestled with everything and every question. I was very serious about being serious. Very serious. In the paraphrased words of The Who, I wouldn’t be fooled again. I’m not sure that many of you reading this would have recognized me from those days.

Thomas Paine grappled with it like this: “It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of a priest for the sake of gain, and in order to qualify himself for that trade, he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive any thing more destructive to morality than this?”

I started asking others the same kinds of real questions. This was a mistake. Few liked this. In fact, no one liked this. No one cared for my annoying and obstinate questioning. Everyone seemed to prefer homeostasis and the status quo. No one wanted me to become a contrarian. No one wanted me turning over rocks and questioning conventionally held beliefs, biases, and behaviors. I was accused of being a boat-rocker and a trouble-maker.

I was obviously having a mid-life crisis, I was told. Some said that I’d be doomed to a life of depression and despondency if I didn’t stop all of this questioning. No one wanted me to change. My changing would require them to change. In the words of Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

No one, and nothing, got a pass when all of this questioning started. The examination process had started in earnest. Everyone and everything that had been given a voice in my life or that made a demand on my obedience and compliance, everyone and everything that informed and influenced my religious beliefs and my understanding of theology, and everyone and everything that lobbied for my political support and loyalty, got reevaluated.

My knowledge of everything important in my life, my understanding of the world, my philosophy of friendship, and my attitude toward money was put under the microscope. And everything else that I could list, label, and define about my life and myself had to be qualified.

“Why do you deserve to be trusted or followed,” I asked of everyone and everything. If not verbally, it was asked internally. By what authority do you speak to me, teach me, or inform me? What qualifies you to instruct me; by what authority do you counsel me, and influence my beliefs and values, and ultimately my behavior? Why should your words, theories, and opinions be of value to me?

Years before Steve Jobs’ delivered these words in his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech, I had embraced them: “Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

My journey affected just about every relationship I had and every belief system I’d accepted, without much consideration of its qualification or proof. It altered the trajectory and direction of my life. And it had a personal, professional, and financial consequence that occurred with a great deal of heartache and struggle.

I became a bit annoying. Over time, I turned into that guy who wouldn’t be satisfied with pat answers and comfortable platitudes. I wouldn’t be happy with bumper sticker theology, sound bite philosophy, or middle class life expectations or political convenience. I couldn’t trade money for meaning. I couldn’t let the temporary fix that materialism would provide, determine the way my life was spent or the direction it would take.

In the process, my life dramatically changed. I lost friends. I gained new ones. I gave away a lot of money, but I gained peace. I lost prestige in the eyes of some, and gained it in the eyes of others. I got exposed to a broader group of people. I lost the expectations of a certain background and the embrace of people who expected me to live according to the way that I’d always lived. I was misunderstood and vilified by some, but admired and lauded by others. And I gained a new direction and a new sense of happiness.

According to sociologists, philosophers, and psychologists, this is the time in my life – this age that I am today, right now — where I become “sage-like.” I’ve lived long enough to know what generally works and what probably won’t. I know what is, and what isn’t, bullshit. I am expected, by society, to be able to explain life to those who are willing to learn about it. I haven’t reached the age of irrelevance yet. My voice is still considered worthy of a hearing and of possible acceptance.

So here’s a controversial thing that is true, but is usually ignored in favor of crossing your fingers, or something similar to wishful thinking. What you must know, and what you must accept, is this: you are your own savior. No one is coming to rescue you. YOU must act and you must act in your own best interests. No deity, either real or manufactured, is going to get you up in the morning and work out your dreams and goals. You have to do that! You have to suit up! There isn’t a cavalry or a platoon of Marines coming to save you. There is no “deus ex machina” that will snatch you up – or show up — and turn all of the chaos you’ve created — or allowed — into something meaningful and rational and solvable and beautiful. You must do that. You are 100% responsible for you, your happiness, your attitude, your satisfaction, and your life. You may sense some cosmic, spiritual, divine, or mystical feeling or impression to do something, but ultimately it will be you that does the work. It’s up to you.

It’s your life and it’s your responsibility. Blaming others for some expectation that hasn’t been realized in your life is a fool’s errand. Blaming others is what cowards and narcissists do. Taking responsibility is what grown folk do.

You decide how you interpret the world around you and how you process the things that happen in your life. They either make you stronger and serve to make you wiser, or they screw you up and keep you enslaved. Freedom or chains, emancipation or bondage, is up to you.

You must be your own liberator. You must decide that you are the cavalry that will rescue you! And you must decide what your legacy will be. You alone will decide this. You alone will decide what will be said about you when you’re gone. You determine this.

What I fear most in life is a succession of meaningless days that ends only when my life is over.
It’s all up to you. You won’t be any younger than you are now. And you won’t be in any better position to change your life than you are right now! So why wait?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it,” said Ferris Bueller.

“The unexamined life isn’t worth living,” said Socrates

Examine it. Prioritize it. Be brave enough to change it.

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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 WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY!

We’ll meet at 7:30am on Sunday, February 24, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. This third training run will be 1hr 50min.

Beginning NEXT week – for our 2hr run – we’ll start meeting at 7am. But this Sunday, it’s still 7:30.

Sunday is 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.

Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT 0530 AT THE U OF M!

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY 2012? Let me know, ASAP!!

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

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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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– 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
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

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

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

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

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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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While you’re on the Quarterdeck, this is what you’re missing at the gym!

Feb. 20th 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7k3f2jeQU

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Homemade Chocolate — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 2/14/2013

Feb. 14th 2013

Yumiko woke up this morning at 5am like she always did.

Yumiko lives in Japan. She’s a young Japanese “office lady” who commutes an hour to work by train, bus, and subway to downtown Tokyo from her tiny apartment in western Tokyo. Her two co-worker-roommates, Noriko and Akiko, are also twenty-something-year-old office workers.

This morning the three of them took showers in turns, dressed, and grabbed a quick breakfast of toast and coffee, while getting caught up on the day’s news from the Today Show-like program blaring on the TV in the background.

The small crowded entry-way of their apartment looked like a cyclone was going through it as the three of them hustled to put on their shoes, grab their bags, get out the door, and force march to the nearby train station.

And since today is Valentine’s Day, they had even more stuff to carry with them.

Because it was Valentine’s Day, Yumiko and her friends were not only loaded down with their handbags and their briefcases, but they were also carrying several gift bags. Inside each of those gift bags were several smaller gift-wrapped items to give for Valentine’s Day.

But none of these three young women — attractive and smart women – will get anything for Valentine’s Day!

In fact, no Japanese woman – not one of the 43 million of them – will get anything for Valentine’s Day. No flowers. No jewelry. No expensive gifts. No special dates out. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

But it’s Valentine’s Day!!? Right? What’s wrong with Japanese men?? No romance? Cheap chumps?

No.

On Valentine’s Day, Japanese women give gifts of chocolate to their male friends, male family members, male co-workers, and to their significant male-other(s). So Yumiko and her roommate’s gift bags were full of gift-wrapped chocolates for the male members of their lives.

But not all chocolates given today in Japan are equal on Valentine’s Day. There’s a rank structure to the kind of chocolates Yumiko would give. The kind, quality, and price of the chocolates will tell the men in Yumiko’s life where they fit in the hierarchy of her life and how she feels about each one of them.

The chocolates are divided into two categories: 1) giri-chako (“geedee choko”) and 2) honmei-chako. Losely translated, it means “chocolates given out of obligation” and “homemade chocolates,” respectfully. Honmei-chako (homemade chocolate) is given from the heart and implies a close relationship to that male. It isn’t necessarily made at home, but the store bought “honmei-chako” is very obviously expensive and special.

Yumiko is single and has no boyfriend, but she’s got a crush on two young men that she works with. The two guys she likes, Takahiro and Kenjiro, are typical of young Japanese men, both a little too shy to do much about it even if they also had crushes on Yumiko.

So today, Yumiko will give most of the men in her life Snicker bars with bows tied around them, clearly giri-chako given to the lower ranking men in her life. But the more special the man, the more special the chocolate she’ll give.

To Takahiro, she’ll give some chocolate that she and her roommates actually made together in one big batch in their apartment to divide up for the special men in each of their lives. To Kenjiro, she’ll give a box of expensive chocolates that she bought at Mitsukoshi, an upscale department store, like a Bloomingdale’s or Neiman Marcus.

She actually likes Taka a little more than Ken, but she’d gladly go out with either of them if they’d only ask. The chocolates are her way of giving them a little encouragement to ask her out, if they were interested.

All of Yumiko’s single girlfriends will do the same thing; they’ll give honmei chako in an effort to send a subtle message that they’d be open to going out if the single guy is interested. It’s a slight nudge, but not so overt or uncomfortable that it would create an awkward situation if the guy isn’t interested. Unless, of course, the gift is clearly very very expensive. In that case, if the guy isn’t interested, it’ll be awkward.

And since most of us guys — Japanese guys aren’t alone here — are fairly clueless when a girl likes them, Valentine’s Day chocolate has been used in countless situations to send a message and bring people together. As one of my shy and clueless Japanese guy friends once said to me, “I only wish there was a Valentine’s Day every month!”

Now before you dismiss the Japanese custom as male oriented, male dominated, and sexist, you’ll be happy to know about “White Day.” On March 14, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day, the tables are turned. On White Day the guys get to do the same thing that the ladies do today except they give gifts of white chocolate, silver jewelry, or anything bright, white, and/or shinny to all of the women in their lives. And as you might guess, the value of the “white gift” will indicate the feelings of the men toward those females in their lives.

Yumiko hopes that one of those guys will get the hint and either ask her out, or at least give her something special on White Day!

I loved Valentine’s Day in Japan! In the ten years I lived there, it might have been one of my favorite holidays. And since I was a high school and college teacher there and had lots of female students, I got tons of chocolate. TONS!!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking … I got tons of Snicker bars, giri-choco, right? Yes, you’d be right!

Here in America, we usually think about romantic love on Valentine’s Day. And we usually restrict our gift giving to family members and to our special “sweetie.”

But today can be a bit of a bummer for those without a special someone in their lives. I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day before and I know that it can feel a little blah when you don’t have someone to share the day with.

Many of my friends are single today but would like to be in a committed long-term relationship. Sometimes it’s just timing. But sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes people are doing things that are counter-productive to good relationship building, shooting themselves in the foot, and making a loving, healthy, and rewarding relationship almost impossible.

A few years ago I taught seminars for unemployed, or under-employed people, looking for work or a new career. Some of the same things I told them can apply to those looking for love.

Here, in no particular order, are my “Job” searching tips

1. Apply for a job at a place where you’d like to work. You’d think this would be fairly obvious, but a lot of people, in an effort to get any job, will apply at places they don’t really like or want to work.

I wouldn’t recommend looking for love in a bar. The odds of finding quality there are low. Mom said that you don’t find diamonds in a dumpster. I have a female friend who met her ex-boyfriend in a bar and genuinely seemed shocked to discover that he had a drinking problem and wasn’t very reliable. Whaaaat?

Apply for jobs at places you’d like to work and go places to meet people that would probably attract people with whom you already share an interest. Attending a photography class or joining a group of like-minded people might be a better venue to meet someone of quality than some downtown dive.

Several years ago, Jim Steiner and I ran a 10K together. While we were standing around in the big corral waiting for the race to start, he struck up a conversation with a couple of people standing to his right and I struck up a conversation with the attractive red-head on my left. She was wonderful! In a 10 minute conversation I discovered just how charming and interesting she was. I also discovered, to my disappointment, that she was married. But had she not been, I’d have asked her out. I’m a runner. She was a runner. We had several things in common and those things were obvious simply by the fact that we were standing in a corral getting ready to run a 10K.

2. Improve your resume. Get more training. Expand your skill-set. Go back to school. Make yourself an asset.

Romantically speaking, what do you bring to the table? Are you happy all by yourself or are you lonely and looking for someone “to complete you?” Are you good alone? Are you content with your life and spending free time alone? Can you live independently? Do you have a full life that is great or are you looking for someone to make it so? Are you often bored? Are you emotionally healthy and have your life reasonably together? Are you romantically and emotionally hirable?

3. Be a Team Player. Most companies are looking for people who can work well with others. People who can compromise and collaborate. People who are positive, flexible, and agreeable. People who don’t insist on their own way and don’t take credit for another’s work. A consensus builder.

On Cupid’s scorecard, are you more interested in your own agenda, your own way, your own interests, or are you more interested in having fun and enjoying the experience of being with that other person?

Are you easy to get along with? Do you play well with others? Do you have a number of friends and healthy relationships?

4. Be a person of depth, confidence, character, and integrity. Be trustworthy and honest. Be fiscally responsible and dependable. Be confident and secure.

I dated a girl briefly who was confident and secure. But she was also bossy and insistent. But she didn’t show me that, or any of her other “crazy cards,” until after we’d been seeing one another for a few months. Then one by one the crazy cards started appearing on the table.

One of the things she showed me was her fiscal irresponsibility. I’d noticed that she never paid, or offered to pay, for any of our dates. Nothing. (In the world of adult dating and relationships, where both parties are gainfully employed, both share in the expenses after a month or so of seeing one another.) But she bought new clothes, handbags, and other accessories almost weekly. She always wore the trendiest fashion and had the newest gadgets. Then she went out and bought a brand new car … a brand new car … and then a month later she filed for bankruptcy.

CHECK, PLEASE!!!

5. Have a plan to make your company better and more profitable.

St. Valentine would say: have a plan to be a source of happiness and joy for your special someone. Do you make the person you’re with happier with you than without you?

Would your friends describe you as mostly happy, or mostly angry? Mostly positive, or mostly sad? Mostly enjoyable, or mostly difficult? Do people seek your company and companionship or do they avoid you?

On this Valentine’s Day, I hope you have people to share love and kindness with. I hope you will be able to enjoy the company of someone special. And if there isn’t anyone special – yet – I hope you’ll be patient and use the time alone to work on yourself.

And if you are lucky enough to be with someone special, I hope you’ll let them know!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

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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 WE’RE RUNNING ON SUNDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES ON SUNDAY!

We’ll meet at 7:30am on Saturday, February 17, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. This third training run will be 1hr 40min.

Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP IN FEBRUARY 2012? Let me know, ASAP!!

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MT. FUJI WORKOUT NEXT TUESDAY!

We’ll be at the U of M at 5:30am next Tuesday, Feb 19!

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

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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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– 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
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

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

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

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

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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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FAT TUESDAY!

Feb. 12th 2013

The Quarterdeck was peppered with sweat this morning at the 5:30 and 6:45 classes! Our Fat Tuesday version of the M-16 Workout was the sweat maker!

Evening Crew, we’ll more than likely be inside if the weather guys are right!

GET SOME!

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Guess what happened this morning.

Feb. 11th 2013

75 people started their day on the Quarterdeck this morning! It was the “Shamrock Workout!” for all! Muscles burning, lungs on fire, crying for momma — and that was just ME! How did YOU start YOUR day? Did you get a good workout? Did you make real health and wellness progress? Did you have fun? Did you make new friends? Did you laugh and grin from ear to ear?

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Being a Friend — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 2/6/2013

Feb. 6th 2013

I started telling Virgil Ray my secrets during the summer between 6th and 7th grade.

He never said anything or offered an opinion.

One of the best things about being a kid was not having an appointment book to dictate my life. No running late to get to a meeting. Lazy summer days were spent kicking back, goofing off, wandering around looking for some kind of adventure and/or foolishness to occupy my time.

Creekmore Park was the coolest park in my hometown. It had two pools, an Olympic size pool for swim meets and general splashing about, and a diving pool for showing off. The diving pool had three different diving boards to perform your can openers, cannon balls, and belly flops from a variety of heights. And there was a wonderful wooded area, the Bird Sanctuary, next to the park where you and your girlfriend could stroll and “bird watch.”

Between Creekmore Park and my house was one of the oldest cemeteries in Fort Smith. Oak Cemetery looks like your stereotypical cemetery. It’s a bit like Elmwood Cemetery here in Memphis. Like Elmwood, it has old mausoleums, massive and ornate monuments, and headstones that hearken back to a different era with dates that go back to the early 1800’s. The huge oak trees in the cemetery are ancient and seem to reach into the sky forever.

That summer, I volunteered at the pool as a helper for the Red Cross’s Swimming Program. I was a “swimmer’s aide” – an entry level position for 12 year old boys — helping the certified swim instructors teach little kids how to swim. We started early in the morning and then we were finished an hour or so before the pool opened to the public. After the lessons, I’d walk home and eat breakfast. And then I’d head back to the pool to hang out and goof off with my friends.

The shortest route home from the pool was to cut through Oak Cemetery.

And that’s where I met Virgil.

Virgil Ray died in 1943.

Virgil was buried in Oak Cemetery and his headstone had something on it I’d never seen before. There, mounted above his name was a ceramic picture of Virgil in his US Navy uniform. No other headstone had a picture of the deceased. It was very interesting and it made Virgil Ray more than just a name on a slab of stone, but it humanized him.

Virgil was 22 when he died during World War II. To me, he was a full-grown man from the Greatest Generation, smiling at me from beyond the grave. The hundreds of others buried in Oak Cemetery were simply names on interesting stone monuments. But to me, Virgil Ray became a real person. When I looked at his picture that first day, I felt like I was meeting a person. I said, “Hi, Virgil Ray.”

Day by day, I passed his grave looking at his picture. Eventually my pause at his resting place turned into a reverent conversation — almost a prayer — with this war-time hero. Over time, I just started confiding in Virgil, telling him about my life and even asking him for advice. Silly, I know.

But thus began a “relationship” that has endured my whole life. I left Fort Smith when I was 18 and haven’t lived there since. But trips home often include a visit with Virgil.

Over the years I’ve taken girlfriends, family, and friends to “meet Virgil Ray.” I remember when I turned 22 myself and had finally reached Virgil’s age. I remember how strange it was when I was finally 23 and older than Virgil. By that time, I’d been visiting my friend’s grave for over 10 years.

I’ve tried unsuccessfully to contact surviving members of Virgil’s family. I did some research at the public library and found his obituary and tried to find the surviving members of his family listed there. I always wanted to talk to someone who actually knew him. I always wanted to know what kind of man he was. I didn’t know exactly how I would introduce myself to them if I had actually found a surviving family member. But by now, I’m afraid all who knew Virgil have joined him.

Saying nothing over the years, Virgil has counseled me with the wisdom of silence. I have sometimes sat on the grass next to his headstone and waited for an answer about some question I had or some problem I was struggling with. And in that silence I’d often received the “answer” I needed. Sometimes I just needed to take the time to talk the situation out and hearing myself speak those things aloud … I would have an answer.

How many times have you explained a problem you were struggling with to a friend and almost immediately upon hearing yourself explain your dilemma you knew exactly what to do? Hearing yourself explain your problem or detail your prospective plan is often all it takes to set things straight in your mind.

I’ve been careful about telling a non-adventurous friend about an adventure I was thinking about having. They were almost surely going to discourage me from having that adventure. For example, prior to me moving to Japan, one of my elderly female relatives who’d never lived outside of the county she was born in, attempted to discourage me from my adventure by saying, “Well, you know … they bombed Pearl Harbor.”

“Again?” I said.

She gave me that same disapproving look that she always gave me.

Your best counseling to your family or friends probably won’t be anything that you say to them. It’ll more than likely be your willingness just to listen … and then having heard … it’ll be your willingness to say nothing.

After my mom died, I was most encouraged by people who told me that they loved me and that they were sorry for my loss. Or they would ask me to retell one of my favorite stories about my mom. I was least encouraged by people who told me that my mom was in a better place, or that she wasn’t suffering anymore, or that she was now reunited with my dad and my brother. One person told me that my mom was dead now because God needed her in heaven. What? It was bad theology made worse by repeating it to a grieving heart.

Your compassion will often speak loudest when you say nothing at all in the presence of your struggling friend. You will often demonstrate your concern and love for your friend or spouse by validating their feelings through a loving and attentive silence, or by telling them that you would feel the same way if you were going through the same thing. You tell them you love them. You tell them that through body language that says so and by supporting them, by a comforting hand on their shoulder … by a hug. I seldom need anyone to solve my problems, but I am happy when my friend lends an ear that hears … and listens … and validates my struggle. Sometimes, what I really want is just their presence.

The first rule of being a friend is simply being.

I have sometimes wondered, when I am no more, will some 12 year old boy, by chance, wander past my final resting place … and pause for a moment … and say, “Hi Tony Ludlow.”

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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 WE’RE RUNNING ON SATURDAY!

HALF MARATHON TRAINING CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY INSTEAD OF SUNDAY BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND.

We’ll meet at 7:30am on Saturday, February 9, in front of the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms. This third training run will be 1hr 30min.

Sunday is 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. Like this weekend.

Cost is only $75 for active duty Boot Campers and $125 for non-boot campers for the three-month training.

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DID YOU START USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP LAST FEBRUARY, 2012? Let me know, ASAP!!

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

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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
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Amber Jackson 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– 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
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– 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
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Teresa Faulk 6/2009
– Meg Cannon 3/2009
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008
– 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
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Ben Killerlain 1/2009
– Buddy Daves 5/2008
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Patrick Moore 9/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 4/2008
– Rob Johnston 4/2008
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 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
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– 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
– John Winford 2/2006
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005

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

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

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

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland

* 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/

——————————————-

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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