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DO NOT GO GENTLE … Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 12/31/2014

Dec. 31st 2014

“Some people die at 25,” said Benjamin Franklin, “and aren’t buried until 75.”

“Oldness” can occur at 25 or 75. It doesn’t matter what your chronological age happens to be.

Age, like life itself, is individually defined. Being lifeless, lazy, “woe-is-me,” boring, uninformed, negative, resigned, and irrelevant isn’t a matter of age, it’s a matter of personal attitude and perception. It’s a life orientation. It’s the lens through which life is viewed and interpreted. It’s Eeyore’s commentary on life.
Pooh: “Oh, what a beautiful day!”
Eeyore, sounding depressed: “Well, it’s raining somewhere.”

I turned 57 in July, and I’m pretty damn proud of that. And why shouldn’t I be?
* I’m smarter now than at any other time in my life – and you should be smarter today than at any other time in YOUR life too! I also have a greater sense of what I don’t know yet.
* I’ve got two times the life experiences and twice the wisdom I had when I was in my 20s. I like what Muhammad Ali said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
* I’m more patient and more tolerant now than ever.
* I don’t suffer from the insecurities of youth and the need to impress others at this awesome age.
* At this age, I don’t compete with anyone except the man I was yesterday. (I’d like to improve on yesterday’s version of me.)

One Christian denomination that has all but disappeared is the Dunkers. Their formal name was German Baptist Brethren. The Dunkers, like all Anabaptists, baptize their new members, only after a public profession of faith, by immersion. Instead of sprinkling infants (or adults), the method of baptism practiced by the Dunkers was to submerge the candidate for church membership completely under the baptismal waters.

Most religious groups have developed a statement of faith, a creed, a catechism, or articles of belief that explain what they believe and why. Mostly intended to give the new convert or member some idea as to the theological framework from which they have formulated their belief system, these confessions of faith, once drawn up, bind the convert for as long as they remain a member of that denomination. Such was not the case with the Dunkers.

Benjamin Franklin’s remarkable friend, Michael Welfare, a founding member of the German Baptist Brethren, explained to Franklin why his sect wouldn’t compose a creed or articles of belief.

“When we were first drawn together as a society,” said Mr. Welfare, “it had pleased God to enlighten our minds so far as to see that some doctrines, which we once esteemed truths, were errors; and that others, which we had esteemed errors, were real truths. From time to time He has been pleased to afford us farther light, and our principles have been improving, and our errors diminishing. Now we are not sure that we are arrived at the end of this progression, and at the perfection of spiritual or theological knowledge; and we fear that, if we should once print our confession of faith, we should feel ourselves as if bound and confin’d by it, and perhaps be unwilling to receive farther improvement, and our successors still more so, as conceiving what we their elders and founders had done, to be something sacred, never to be departed from.”

What’s unusual about this “confession,” especially among religious groups, is how willing they were to admit that they might not be right, that they were open to further enlightenment, that they might be in error unconsciously. They acknowledged that they may currently be wrong about some area of belief and were not bound to any confession that might reflect that error. In religious and political life, such an acknowledgment is unheard of.

What if you were exposed to something new in 2015? What if you were challenged, or given an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone in 2015, would you be willing to do it? What if fear was not a factor? What if money weren’t an issue?

In the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the main character attempts to post an internet dating site profile and discovers that he has no life experiences to list that might make him appear more interesting to the opposite sex.

The movie made me think of my own life experiences … and yours. How was your 2014? Did you add things to your list of interesting life experiences? Did you read provocative, informative, and challenging books? Were you physically active, intellectually hungry, spiritually reflective? Did you exercise 4 or more times a week? Did you do two hours of cardio a week? Did you read at least 12 books in 2014? Did you spend time, daily or weekly, in quiet meditation?

Were you more active in 2014 than in 2013?

I’m as active as I ever have been in my life and I’m still fitter than the vast majority of guys half my age. And with the exception of a few more wrinkles, mostly laugh lines – those that give my face extra “Sean Penn-esque” character — and the gray hair that literally popped up overnight one morning and makes me look distinguished (or so I’m told!), I feel like I did when I was 25. Actually, I feel better than that!

So why should I make excuses for my age or apologize for it as if it’s something to be ashamed of? These days there are high profile members of what would once be called “old people” doing incredible things, like the members of Led Zeppelin; their average age (67) is older than the average age of the members of the US Supreme Court. Bruce Springsteen is 65. Stevie Nicks is 66. David Letterman is 67. Samuel L. Jackson, 65. Helen Mirren is 69. Tina Turner is 75. Tony Danza is 63. Liam Neeson, 62. Denzel Washington is 58. Vera Wang is 65. Tom Hanks, Prince, Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, and Ellen DeGeneres are all 56. John Stamos, 51. Lenny Kravitz and Brad Pitt are both 50.

I could go on.

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

Not all people who are 40 are the same 40. One person’s 30 is not the same as another’s 30, or 40, or 50, or 60, or 70. Don’t we all know people who are old and irrelevant way before their time? Dead by 25, not buried until 75.

Of course, the problem is that a lot of people, no matter what their age, aren’t living intentionally. Or if they are, it’s intentionally toxic, or intentionally destructive, or intentionally without purpose. They’re living out those irrelevant attributes with all of the enthusiasm of an insurance sales meeting.

What if they had purpose and passion for 2015?

It makes me cringe when I meet people near my age who live down to the stereotype of blasé. They’ve spent a lifetime taking lousy care of themselves and exploring new ways to be less and less as they get older and older. And then they blame their age as the reason that they feel like crap. No, the problem is that you’ve got the accumulated result of years of poor personal life management, not just the accumulation of years.

But it can be reversed! The tide can be stemmed.

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

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

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

One woman I know lost her father and then spent the two weeks following his funeral in bed, getting up only to go to the bathroom and to eat an occasional bowl of soup. When she finally emerged, she was never the same again. The light went out when her father died and the flame of her life has never burned the same since. She has become a perpetual victim, blaming life and others for her plight, with little resemblance to the younger woman she was before her father’s passing. And she is not alone. The deaths of our friends and families can leave us with so much emptiness and grief that we can’t see how to move on without them. I myself lost people I loved this past year. Dear friends who were alive and in my life this time last year are gone forever.

Instead of perpetual grief, wouldn’t our loved ones want us to double our efforts to live life with passion and enjoyment, honoring their lives by living with more intention and purpose?

Our lives don’t have to be defined by the setbacks or the mess that we’ve made of things by poor life management or irresponsible behavior, or even by the deaths of people we love. These things can serve to move us upward and onward.

How many people do you know, or know of, who are over-comers, having put life’s setbacks in their proper place in the past and are thriving today, moving forward? People do it every single day! They overcome insurmountable odds and obstacles every day because they choose to move forward. Or in some cases, they simply have no choice. They must move forward. Failure and defeat are not options. People are depending on them.

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

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

Here’s what you should do. 40 Things to Make 2015 Count!

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

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

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

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

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

6. If you’re in a dead end job or meaningless career – get out of it. Formulate a plan to do something that makes you happy, brings meaning to your life, and makes a difference in the lives of others. Lots of guys I know get in dead-end soulless jobs that pay well, only to find that they have to buy “stuff” to compensate for the life-drain of their soul-sucking-job. But the spending gets them in debt too deep to get out of the job. The new house, the new cars, the new stuff, become shackles and prison. Stuck. Slavery. And most find, too late sometimes, that it’s easier to make a dollar than a difference. But wouldn’t you rather make a difference?

7. Emancipation is possible, but it probably won’t be easy or painless. But it can be done. I’ve started over more than once. I’ve even started over in a foreign country with few friends, little money, and no family to support me. I know that it can be done! Don’t be afraid to start over.

8. If you’re not happy with your life – figure out a way to be happy! Don’t look for someone to make you happy. Happiness is an inside job. People tend to be as happy as they make up their minds to be.

9. Relight your internal flame if it’s gone out. Pour gasoline on the flame you’ve got! Start a bonfire!

10. Stay relevant.

11. Ditch reality TV and read a couple of books a month, things that’ll stimulate your mind, challenge your assumptions, and expand your vocabulary. In fact, let me say this about reality TV and cable “news”: don’t get your heroes from it, don’t get your theology from it, nor your sense of social justice, nor your understanding of history, nor your knowledge of racial inequality, nor your history of the Civil Rights Movement, nor your value system, nor your understanding of too much. It’s entertainment, not education. Turn it off and read something redemptive.

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

13. “Good enough” seldom is. Go for awesome!

14. Laugh a lot every day! Make a face when you do.

15. Make a face when you exercise too.

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

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

18. Watch some great movies.

19. Drink less alcohol.

20. Save some money.

21. Do some research. Learn something new every day that isn’t job related.

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

23. Quit living in the past, but learn something from it.

24. Learn to define “enough.” I can’t overstate the need to do this. In fact, I’m not sure that the lowering of expectations and learning how to define enough aren’t the building blocks of happiness.

25. Don’t settle. Most people “accept the love (and the treatment) we think we deserve.”

26. Pray, but do something too. (James 2:16)

27. Learn to say “no.” Learn especially to say no to toxic and dysfunctional people, relationships, and situations. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and let it go.

28. Quit smoking. Quit smoking. Quit smoking. Quit smoking. Quit smoking.

29. Drink more water.

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

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

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

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

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

35. Make a sizable anonymous donation to a worthy charity.

36. Make a new friend outside of your own race. Take a look at your Facebook friends — is it monochrome? — and see if you can’t add some variety there!

37. “Someday” is probably not going to be on the weekend or on a Friday, so redeem every day … even Mondays!

38. Avoid extremes. Avoid extremes. Avoid extremes. Avoid extremes. Avoid extremes.

39. Think for yourself.

40. For the most part, and in just about every instance, no one is out there planning your success and thinking about your happiness. You have to do that yourself. That’s your job.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bring it on 2015!

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We’re on vacation until Monday.
All classes meet INSIDE on Monday, January 5th. Holiday Challenge Weigh-In will be on Monday as well!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK
by Staff Sergeant Ashley Holloway, Registered Dietitian, LDN

(A Registered Dietitian has a BS in Food Science, followed by a one year internship through an accredited university, and then with the recommendation of the internship program’s supervisor, a national examination is required. After that, an RD must have continuing education units annually in order to remain active and registered. An RD is an expert, not a hobbyist or a “food enthusiast.”)

Vitamin C and Colds

Have you heard that taking vitamin C can help prevent colds? Or that it can shorten the severity or duration? This notion first became popular in 1970 when Nobel Prize winning chemist, Linus Pauling’s book, “Vitamin C and the Common Cold” was first published. The book was lacking in evidence and came with very little scientific backing, with Pauling having never written a single scientific study on the topic!

Foods high in vitamin C such as red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, and grapefruits all have been shown to have health benefits. But study after study has shown that vitamin C does very little to prevent the common cold in the general population. Nor does it lessen the severity or duration of a cold if you already have one.

However, there is one group that may benefit from the additional vitamin C. Research has shown that those under high physical stress, such as marathon runners and even soldiers doing sub artic exercises, can actually decrease their risk of catching a cold by half if they take a daily dose of vitamin C.

If you do want to take in some extra vitamin C, how much do you need? The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 75 mg for women and 90 mg a day for men. You can easily get this amount in half a cup of orange juice, or a cup of strawberries, or a whole kiwi.

In short, if you like foods high in vitamin C, then eat up! But keep your tissues handy too.

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SEE YOU ON THE QUARTERDECK ON MONDAY!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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SERENITY NOW! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 12/24/2014

Dec. 24th 2014

I have always been cool.

It’s true.

Don’t be no hater.

Unfortunately, a few years ago I lost my cool.

It was a sad and near tragic chapter in my life. I left the United States bound for Tokyo in the late 80s a pretty cool guy. I had popped Izod collars and pushed up jacket sleeves just like the dudes on “Miami Vice.”

I returned in the late 90s, ten years later, not cool at all. Pop culture, music, vocabulary and social interaction cues had all changed during the decade I was gone.

You probably didn’t notice the changes. You were here and absorbed and assimilated it all in small daily doses over time. Hardly aware of it. Sort of like how parents of little children don’t really notice how much the little ones grow, but others who don’t see them very often do.

I was like Rip Van Winkle awoken from a very long sleep.

Life didn’t change too much back in Rip’s day while he slept, but modern American pop culture and humor sure did while I was gone. Those things had changed drastically. Things that were funny when I left, were old and not funny anymore. And things that everyone was laughing at in conversation and at parties when I returned were very confusing to me.

This was allegedly MY language and MY culture, but I was lost in translation. I had no idea what any of it meant. I remember laughing a lot in conversation … but faking it. Clueless. “Why is THAT funny?” and “What does THAT mean?” I asked myself constantly.

I was not hip. I was not cool.

I was a wallflower at parties and frustrated because I couldn’t contribute to conversations. I found out quickly that few, if any, wanted me to tell them all about Japan and the Japanese. In fact, the average person thought Japan, Korea, and China were all pretty much the same. And they didn’t care to hear about the differences. But that’s ALL I had been experiencing for the 10 years prior. Those 10 years had ill-prepared me for the new millennium in America.

By the time I left Japan, I was marginally funny there. I’d learned the language and the culture and the history so that I could be hip, sort of … in Japan. For example, when a foreigner speaks Japanese in Japan the Japanese are usually shocked! Even THEY consider their language too hard for someone not born into it to learn. And they would always say, “OH, Tony-san! Your Japanese is so good!” And I would say, “Oh, well … somehow I get by.” And they would always laugh and be even further impressed! Why? Because the exact expression I used, and the way I said it, was a pop culture expression I’d learned from watching a popular Japanese TV show.

So I reasoned, “If it worked in Japan, it’ll work here in America too.”

So I started watching a lot of TV to try and catch up. What I found was that the two American TV shows that had the most significant impact on American pop culture and humor were “Friends” and “Seinfeld.”

I started watching reruns and videos of those shows. You have NO idea how much those two shows influenced American culture, perspective, language, and catch phrases. It was like having the Rosetta Stone and unlocking the mysteries of my own culture.

Let me just say this, the casts of both shows were magical and talented. The characters they played, however, made me want to scream! I didn’t relate to any of the the guys in those shows. No real men were sitting on the couch at “Central Perk.” And all of the girls were neurotic whack-a-doodles. But they were very funny and the impact of those shows could NOT be denied.

And that brings me to today, December 24, 2014. Christmas Eve, and one of the three days of Festivus.

Festivus is a made up holiday, thanks to the writers of “Seinfeld.” In an episode made famous by Jerry Stiller, the comedic genius father of Ben Stiller, we are introduced to “Festivus,” the holiday for the “rest-of-us.” It’s silly and goofy and funny. And that episode aired a couple of years before I returned from Japan. Imagine how ignorant I felt the first time one of my hip and funny friends said “Happy Festivus!” and then started laughing and talking about “feats of strength.”

I thought he was crazy. One of the days of Festivus involves the “airing of grievances.” So here are mine!

1. I’m tired of being inconsistent. I want my words and my actions to line up 100% of the time.
2. I get weary of being awesome and humble at the same time.
3. I can’t understand why my home office has to look like a haphazardly organized storage locker.
4. Where did I get all of these t-shirts?
5. Why do I get up and go into another room and forget why I went there?
6. I get tired of coming home from the grocery store with several bags of groceries just to realize that I failed to buy the one item that took me to the store in the first place.
7. I get tired of needing a pick-up truck and not owning a pick-up truck.
8. The word “beast-mode” … enough already.
9. I’m really tired of opening up a new tab on my web browser and then forgetting what I was going to research.
10. Check engine lights.
11. Running shoe strings engineered so that you can’t tie a secure knot in them that won’t come loose every half mile no matter how you tie it.
12. The 2014/2015 season of Saturday Night Live. Horrible.
13. I’m tired of “humble bragging,” especially the kind that drags Jesus into it. You know the kind I mean.
14. Forgetting my passwords that must include numbers, letters, capital letters, punctuation marks, prime numbers divisible by themselves, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and two letters from the Cyrillic alphabet.
15. Seth Rogan movies. Especially the extra stupid one(s) that threaten an international incident.

Whatever your persuasion and celebration this time of year, I hope yours is merry and happy! I hope that however you celebrate this season that it promotes hope and love, goodness and peace, generosity and kindness, openness and tolerance; that you have no litmus test for your acceptance of others and no conditions for your love of your fellow man. I hope that you will always give the other person the benefit of the doubt and that your celebrations this season are a recommitment to charity toward all and malice toward none.

Happy Festivus Everyone!

Happy Christmas Eve!

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2014/2015

As of this morning, we are officially standing down! No other classes will meet this year! We will stand down until 0530, Monday January 5, 2015.

All classes will be back on active duty on 5 January 2015.

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Renaissance Man — Sgt. Tony Ludlow blog post for 12/17/2014

Dec. 17th 2014

“Pick up one dumbbell with your right hand, we’re going to start up Jim Steiner’s woodchopper!”

If you’ve been on the Quarterdeck, even for a week, you’ve heard me say this. Most of you only know Jim Steiner’s name from the exercise I call “Starting Up Jim Steiner’s Wood-chipper.” But every once in a while someone will ask, “Tony, who is Jim Steiner?”

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

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

Jim joined us after his wife, Carole, gave him a month of Boot Camp as a Christmas present in 1999. When Jim showed up in January 2000, he wasted no time making a difference! He quickly became everyone’s best friend! He didn’t ingratiate himself on anyone like an interloper inserting himself into social situations or established relationships. He wasn’t some sort of social butt-in-ski. He was a flame and people were just naturally drawn to him! He had an inner light that illuminated everyone around him and made us all feel special. That glow made you want to be a better person.

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

Jim was a walking lesson in personal relationship building. He could have taught seminars on how to make friends with anyone, anywhere, anytime. I don’t know if he ever read Dale Carnegie, but he could have taught the course! Jim knew that a good conversationalist wasn’t someone who talks a lot about themselves, but asks good questions and then actively listens to them.

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

He was also something of an amateur astronomer. He’d bring his telescope to the Quarterdeck at 0500, set it up, scan the dark sky for things to observe, and have something for us to see by the time we arrived for the 0530 class!

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

Jim was a true renaissance man!

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

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

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

How’d he save boot camp?

Well, once upon a time …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Steiner had that kind of effect on people. If it weren’t for him I might have thrown in the towel that morning. I might have quit. But with renewed determination, I stayed the course. And Jim was right!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim passed away on December 19, 2003, eleven years ago this coming Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happiest of holidays!

And thank you, Jim Steiner!

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Tony Ludlow, USMC Fitness Boot Camp, Memphis, Tennessee
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BOGA FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, DEC 18th!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK
by Staff Sergeant Ashley Holloway, Registered Dietitian, LDN

Life Changers Part 2

Today’s nutrition section is being written by me, Tony. I’m a rogue writer taking over Ashley’s article without permission. But I think you’ll understand.

Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of Ashley’s kidney donation … to a complete stranger.

Let me tell you a little about how that came to be.

Ashley had been thinking about donating her kidney for over 10 years when a friend of hers was on dialysis and waited and waited and waited for a kidney to be donated. This made a deep and profound impression on her. The seed was sown then.

After doing extensive research on kidney donation, she started the lengthy process about a year earlier to become a donor. This was a long, complicated, and uncomfortable process that involved countless blood tests, consults, compatibility tests, checks and double checks. The hours of waiting in the transplant waiting room alone would have discouraged most people. She never complained. She never once thought about backing out or changing her mind. She was determined and resolute. I, on the other hand, after seeing her arms bruised and sore from so many needle sticks and blood drawings, was ready for her to change her mind. But she was not going to be deterred.

The date for the transplant was scheduled and Ashley got the final green light! When she got the phone call telling her that everything was a “GO,” you’d have thought that SHE had just won a huge mega-millions lottery! I’ve never seen anything like it! She was beside herself with excitement! I have to admit that I wasn’t as excited as she was. And then she told me something that helped change my mind.

“Someone out there got a phone call just a few minutes ago telling them that a kidney had been found for them!!” she said.

Perception and perspective put things in focus. How could I have anything but admiration and respect for that kind of unselfishness?

Today, some person out there lives because of what Ashley did! And not just that person! The chain begun with Ashley’s donation resulted in at least 13 other people receiving an organ transplant!

There was no monetary remuneration for Ashley’s donation. It was completely anonymous and altruistic. She is the most thoughtful, generous, and unselfish person I know!

Most people spend a lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference, your friend, Ashley, won’t ever have to wonder about that. Happy one year donataiversary!

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I’m grateful to Richard Bourland, Keith Renard, and Randal Rhea for filling in for me while Ashley and I were out of town running The Hoover Dam Half Marathon.

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Our Annual Christmas & New Year’s Holiday is soon to be upon us!

Our last workout will be the morning classes of December 24, no evening class. We will stand down until Monday, January 5 with all classes meeting as scheduled!

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MAKE A FACE!!!!

INCREASE YOUR WEIGHTS!

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.

YOU DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR WORKOUT IS HALF-ASS OR KICKASS!

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

MAKING A FACE (THE GRIMACE) IS THE POOR MAN’S (OR WOMAN’S) FACELIFT!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ARE T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT EVERY WEDNESDAY!

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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:

Private Sam Podesta
Private Ben Newsham x 2
PFC Tim Jacobs
Corporal Lee Chase,
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 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Forsdick.

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ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER OF VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Are you coming up on promotion? Let me know! If you’ve been in the program for 6 months straight, you should be on the roster!

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 ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER

Under 6 months is a Private

Private First Class is more than 6 months but less than 1 year.

– Jenn Bonner 12/2013
– Brett Bonner 1/2014

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Teresa Reed 2/2012*
– Emma Crystal 5/2012
– Megan Collins 6/2012
– Maria Wyatt 6/2012
– Chuck Miller 11/2012
– Diane Gorney 12/2012
– Lexie Johnston 12/201?
– Ashley Summers 2/2014
– Ben Summers 2/2013
– Sam Lee 2/2013
– Louise Biedenharn 2/2013
– Jay Biedenharn 2/2013
– Ragan Washburn 2/2013
– Mary Holland Doan 4/2013
– Kay Barkoh 4/2013
– Melissa Campbell 4/2013
– Gina Tice 4/2013
– Jennie Latta 6/2013
– Mallory Raffensberger 8/2013
– Ashley Bowles 8/2013
– Greg Gaston 8/2013
– Steve Pike 9/2013
– Karen Tronsor 9/2013
– “El” McCain 11/2013
– Angela Moore 12/2013

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– JD Dombroski 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– Tait Keller 8/2011
– Heath Alderson 9/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Jean Maskas 2/2012
– Keith Renard 4/2012
– Alan Compton 4/2012
– Steve Havard 5/2012
– Beth Stengel 2/2012
– Chris Kelley 6/2102
– Lora Gubanov 8/2012
– Susye Clark 7/2012
– Orli Weisser-Pike 9/2012
– Lindsey Leet 9/2013
– Morgan Johnson 9/2012

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Ashley McClure 7/2010
– Falana Scott 7/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 8/2010
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Becky Lawler 5/2010*

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008*
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Malinda Miller 3/2010
– Jay Mednikow 3/2010
– Ashley Holloway 4/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Keith Renard 6/2009*
– Tim Romanow 8/2010

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Patrick Moore 9/2008*
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Robert Hunt 8/2009*

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– Matt Prince 6/2007
– Frank Jemison 10/2007
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 5/2008
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Michelle Crockett 3/2007
– George Rose 5/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Leslie Garey 6/2007

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 11 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 3
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland, 9/2003

* 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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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!

(This is not in conjunction with other discounts and is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up yourself with your bank usually online and easy as pie!)

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USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

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)
5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

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

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

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

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

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

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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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 becomes OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn the TV on!
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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We’re INSIDE and SUPER LUCKY this morning, Wednesday, December 17th!

Dec. 17th 2014

We’re INSIDE and SUPER LUCKY this morning, Wednesday, December 17th!

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Rose Colored — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 12/10/2014

Dec. 10th 2014

“Tony, be serious!”

“Tony, are you EVER serious?”

“Tony, grow up, be serious.”

I’m always amused by such serious advice. Apparently there is some noble and virtuous character building byproduct in the business of seriousness. Seriousness is serious business. Why else would I be urged to be more of it?

“Why so serious?” asked The Joker.

Why so serious indeed?

Here’s the thing.

By the time most people reach their thirties they’ve had enough life experiences to be clinically depressed. Most of us have:
— buried loved ones
— lost a beloved pet
— been heartbroken
— totaled a car in an accident
— had some sort of major illness or injury
— seen the failure of our own marriage or the marriages of those close to us
— been the victim of robbery or violent crime
— experienced the death of a dream, helpless and powerless to save it
— failed to win when winning was necessary and imperative
— been dumped
— been lonely
— been maliciously misunderstood or judged
— been laid off or fired or lost a job through no personal fault of our own
— been rejected
— been knocked down … and/or knocked out
— unintentionally hurt others to our embarrassment and/or shame
— seen the brutality and cruelty of other humans
— been the victim of brutality and cruelty
— been disillusioned

I could go on, of course. And I could check everyone of those. Depending upon your profession, or your service to this country in some capacity or other, you’ve also seen horror and misery on a scale and at a depth that often keeps you awake at night.

Odds are we’re going to have more of those experiences today or tomorrow … or sometime in the future.

How’s that for positive and uplifting?

John Maxwell is quoted as saying that “life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

I agree.

All of us have had enough experiences in life to be negative and depressed and gloomy. But we don’t have to be negative, depressed, and gloomy. How we process the world around us, how we deal with the events in our lives, how we interpret a situation or the things that happen is a power we all possess. How we choose to use that power is our choice. We can put on rose colored glasses, dark sunglasses, or a blindfold.

There are people who choose to interpret benign and neutral events as sinister and threatening, and the people behind them as enemies. The same events interpreted by another are seen as simple events with no malicious intent behind them and no ill will assigned to the people involved.

Some people are just addicted to drama, trauma, and unrest. They choose to live in a world where chaos and strife are necessary, where conflict and contention are part of the daily menu.

I think John Maxwell is right. How we choose to react to the world and the things that happen to us determines the color and culture of our lives.

It’s my choice.

It’s your choice.

Who I let into my life is also my choice. For me, the process has become a very simple set of questions. Who gets to stay in my life?
1. Since I generally laugh or smile or have a sense of contentment in the course of my day, will that person’s energy add to that or subtract from it?
2. Since I generally live drama-free, will that person’s presence in my life enhance that or wreck it?

A few years ago I was having an argument with a woman I had decided not to see anymore. She was very pretty and had lots of male attention, a fact about which she reminded me of frequently. I had listened to her rant for a solid 30 minutes before I finally said, in exasperation:

“Besides being pretty, what else do you bring to the table? You’re unbelievably moody, financially irresponsible, paranoid, hyper jealous, you challenge just about everything I say, and you’re mean.”

“I like to run and I’m well-read,” she answered.

“Oh? OK. Well, THAT changes everything,” I said sarcastically.

If it’s up to you, keep the drama queens & kings out of your life. Let the negative Nellies and Neds lick their own self-inflicted wounds on their own. Keep the drawbridge closed when the smile stealers come to take the joy from your life.

“But Tony, what if “I’m” the negative person? I want to be happy and positive, but I’m just not.”

In all seriousness, sometimes choosing happiness is impaired by chemical imbalances, mental or emotional illness, or some other genuine mental or emotional problem. Being able to choose just isn’t possible without some sort of intervention from a mental health professional. The first step in getting help is acknowledging that there’s a problem. Scheduling time with a competent counselor, therapist, or clinician isn’t just a good idea, it’s imperative.

Two people can experience the same dramatic event and one will survive and the other will be tormented forever.

Many of you know that everyday 22 veterans commit suicide. Every. Single. Day.

My beloved brother, Jack, was one of those in 1991. In recent days I’ve made contact with other Marines from Jack’s unit in Viet Nam, trying to expand on the things I already knew about his life in Southeast Asia, trying to help understand my brother’s PTSD. I discovered that he’s not the only one from his unit to succumb to suicide. But the men I’ve connected with survived and have gone on to live successful lives, though they experienced the same horrors. Somehow they were able to compartmentalize those things and file them away or deal with them in such a way so that those events and those experiences have no power over them. My dear brother wasn’t wired that way, though I prayed with all of my heart that he would be able to walk away from the jungle and live in peace. He returned from Viet Nam with a chest full of medals attesting to his valor and bravery and competency in combat, but with the wounds and scars of those experiences felt in his heart and soul differently than those men who stood shoulder to shoulder with him and who’ve been able to carry on since.

There are situations and cases where mental health intervention is necessary where simply choosing to be happy isn’t possible. And there are even more situations and cases where an occasional “mental health checkup” is a very good idea. We all need a little tinkering under the hood from time to time by someone who knows their way around our head and heart.

And guess what.

Exercise is one of the BEST ways to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step! In the past 15 years since I founded USMC Fitness Boot Camp I’ve seen in my own life and experience the efficacy of exercise in changing my mood and coming to the aid of my psyche. Like you, I’ve had my share of life thrown my way but have seen time and time again how exercise rescued me when nothing else would. Fit people are happier people!

I’m serious!

Finally.

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BOGA FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, DEC 11th!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK
by Staff Sergeant Ashley Holloway, Registered Dietitian, LDN

(A Registered Dietitian has a BS in Food Science, followed by a one year internship through an accredited university, and then with the recommendation of the internship program’s supervisor, a national examination is required. After that, an RD must have continuing education units annually in order to remain active and registered. An RD is an expert, not a hobbyist or a “food enthusiast.”

Bone Broth

A new trend that is hitting the nutrition circuit is drinking bone broth. And yes, bone broth is exactly what you think it is. Bone broth is made by boiling the bones of beef, chicken, or fish bones from 4 to 48 hours until they completely disintegrate.

It has been said that consuming the broth is extra nutritious giving the consumer a boost of calcium, bone building collagen, and protein. Unfortunately, there is little clinical research on this topic, so these claims are not evidenced based. But the amount of calcium in bone broth has been looked at and the levels do not even come close to that of a cup of milk.

Bone broth is rich in collagen, which is protein. The collagen is broken down during the cooking process to provide amino acids which are important nutrients that help with bone, joint, and skin health.

The bottom line is that bone broth is fairly healthy, but not as healthy as most people think. If you want to try it, go for it … but just don’t ask me over for dinner!

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MAKE A FACE!!!!

INCREASE YOUR WEIGHTS!

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.

YOU DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR WORKOUT IS HALF-ASS OR KICKASS!

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

MAKING A FACE (THE GRIMACE) IS THE POOR MAN’S (OR WOMAN’S) FACELIFT!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ARE T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT EVERY WEDNESDAY!

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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:

Private Sam Podesta
Private Ben Newsham x 2
PFC Tim Jacobs
Corporal Lee Chase,
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 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Forsdick.

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ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER OF VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Are you coming up on promotion? Let me know! If you’ve been in the program for 6 months straight, you should be on the roster!

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 ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER

Under 6 months is a Private

Private First Class is more than 6 months but less than 1 year.

– Jenn Bonner 12/2013
– Brett Bonner 1/2014

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Teresa Reed 2/2012*
– Emma Crystal 5/2012
– Megan Collins 6/2012
– Maria Wyatt 6/2012
– Chuck Miller 11/2012
– Diane Gorney 12/2012
– Lexie Johnston 12/201?
– Ashley Summers 2/2014
– Ben Summers 2/2013
– Sam Lee 2/2013
– Louise Biedenharn 2/2013
– Jay Biedenharn 2/2013
– Ragan Washburn 2/2013
– Mary Holland Doan 4/2013
– Kay Barkoh 4/2013
– Melissa Campbell 4/2013
– Gina Tice 4/2013
– Jennie Lata 6/2013
– Mallory Raffensberger 8/2013
– Ashley Bowles 8/2013
– Greg Gaston 8/2013
– Steve Pike 9/2013
– Karen Tronsor 9/2013
– “El” McCain 11/2013
– Angela Moore 12/2013

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– JD Dombroski 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– Tait Keller 8/2011
– Heath Alderson 9/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Jean Maskas 2/2012
– Keith Renard 4/2012
– Alan Compton 4/2012
– Steve Havard 5/2012
– Beth Stengel 2/2012
– Chris Kelley 6/2102
– Lora Gubanov 8/2012
– Susye Clark 7/2012
– Orli Weisser-Pike 9/2012
– Lindsey Leet 9/2013
– Morgan Johnson 9/2012

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Ashley McClure 7/2010
– Falana Scott 7/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 8/2010
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Becky Lawler 5/2010*

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008*
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Malinda Miller 3/2010
– Jay Mednikow 3/2010
– Ashley Holloway 4/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Keith Renard 6/2009*
– Tim Romanow 8/2010

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Patrick Moore 9/2008*
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Robert Hunt 8/2009*

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– Matt Prince 6/2007
– Frank Jemison 10/2007
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 5/2008
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Michelle Crockett 3/2007
– George Rose 5/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Leslie Garey 6/2007

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 11 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 3
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland, 9/2003

* 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!

———————————————

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!

(This is not in conjunction with other discounts and is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up yourself with your bank usually online and easy as pie!)

———————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

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)
5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

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

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

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

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

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

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

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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 becomes OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn the TV on!
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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We are INSIDE this morning at 0530 & 0645, 12/10/2014.

Dec. 10th 2014

We are INSIDE this morning at 0530 & 0645, 12/10/2014.

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TIGHT SPOTS — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 12/3/2014

Dec. 3rd 2014

Remember the scene in “Apollo 13,” when Ed Harris, playing NASA Flight Director, Gene Kranz, famously said, “Failure is NOT an option!”

In one very general sense, failure is always an option, isn’t it?

If you take a driving test, failure is an option.

If you attempt to make a bridge out of balsa wood, there will most likely be failure.

When you attempt to be successful, you also risk failure.

Success is what we all want, right?

But what if we eliminate the concept of failing? (The Memphis Tiger Men’s Basketball team is currently doing a smashing job of failing.)

In his New York Times Bestseller, The Seat of the Soul, author Gary Zukav says that success and failure are but cause and effect in action; there’s no success or failure from the position of truth, but only from the position of judgment.

What if we view both the “success” and the “failure” as parts of the journey of your life? What if our journey toward knowledge, growth, enlightenment, learning, and fulfillment included things that weren’t our intended goal, but caused us to arrive at a better goal, an unintended goal?

If you know me at all, you know that I love the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.” There’s a scene where the three escaped convicts get on a hand-cranked railroad cart driven by an old blind man. He was officially known as the Old Seer. The scene goes something like this:

Delmar: Do ya work for the railroad, grandpa?

Seer: I work … for NO MAN.

Pete: Got a name, do ya?

Seer: I have … NO NAME.

Everett: Well, that right there may be the reason you’ve had difficulty finding gainful employment. Ya see, in the mart of competitive commerce …

Seer: You seek a GREAT fortune, you three who are now in chains, you will FIND the fortune … though it will not be the fortune you seek … but first … first you must travel … a long and difficult road … a road fraught with peril … you shall see things … wonderful to tell… you shall see a cow on the roof of a cotton house … and oh so many startlements … I can not tell you how long this road shall be … but fear not the obstacles in your path … for fate has vouchsafed your reward … though the road may wind … yea your hearts grow weary … still shall ye follow the road … even unto your salvation.

I love that scene and the prediction the Old Seer makes: “… you will find the fortune, though it will not be the fortune you seek.”

Though it will not be the fortune you seek.

I started USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, not as a means toward entrepreneurial enthusiasm, but as a means to pay my bills. After paying alimony and child support, my teacher’s monthly salary didn’t leave me but about $600. I started BOOT CAMP to make ends meet. The first month, I cleared a whoppin’ $35.

The first month was a “failure.”

The first month was a “failure?”

The first month was not a failure.

Granted, the first month’s “profit” didn’t make up for the enormous financial deficient I was saddled with, but it was a failing forward, a first step toward today.

As you think about 2015, how will you “fail” forward in the new year?

Here are three strategies for you to consider as you think about your personal and professional goals for the new year.

Strategy #1: “The Northwest Airlines Strategy” — Point A to point B, to point C, to the eventual point X. Point X is the long term goal, with the short term goals being met along the way.

“Northwest Airlines Strategy”

1. Know where you are and where you want to go. The first rule of land navigation: determine where you are. And the second rule is to figure out where you want to go.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you will end up somewhere else.”
– Yogi Berra

2. Set intermediary goals that will take you to your long range goal. You’re going to play the long game and that may take some patience. In golf lingo, you’re playing a par 5 hole and not a par 3.

Strategy #2 “Surfer Dude Strategy” — Go with the flow of your passions. Ride the wave that comes your way.

1. I have a passion about A.
2. I pursue A.
3. I am open to X,Y, and Z.
4. There are no straight lines to the beach. Surfer Dude is happy to get to the beach anyway he can.
5. The ride will include some zigging and zagging.
6. Relax and enjoy the ride.

That said, no list of strategies and no motivational essay will compensate for a lousy attitude, a drama-queen (or king) approach to life, or a defeatist approach to processing the world around you.

You probably know people who think that the world is out to screw them and they engage people and situations with that attitude … shields up, swords drawn. They fail at applying one of the most effective of all life lessons: give everyone the benefit of the doubt. And that assumes that only an ex-wife (or ex-husband) got up this morning with the intention of ruining your day, but everyone else is just going about their lives without any malice toward you.

You probably know people who are always always embroiled in some sort of drama, disagreement, contention, misunderstanding, knee-jerk overreaction, and flying-by-the-seat-of-their-pants-with-the-plane-on-fire day to day living, failing at “Life Management 101,” making regular bad decisions and poor choices about money, relationships, careers, without learning anything in the process. They just reload and repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

People like those I’ve described — people who almost always never recognize themselves as one of those described — will drain you of your energy, your focus, and your passion for pursuing your own goals and dreams. One of the hardest things to do, one of the hardest strategies to apply, is establishing boundaries to keep the life stealers out of your inner circle and to expel them out of your life if they’ve already found a way inside.

Failure isn’t failure so long as you’re failing forward, taking you closer to achieving your goals and dreams.

Doing the hard things doesn’t mean that you won’t have to zig or zag from time to time, so just relax and enjoy the ride!

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BOGA FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, DEC 4th!

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK
by Staff Sergeant Ashley Holloway, Registered Dietitian, LDN

(A Registered Dietitian has a BS in Food Science, followed by a one year internship through an accredited university, and then with the recommendation of the internship program’s supervisor, a national examination is required. After that, an RD must have continuing education units annually in order to remain active and registered. An RD is an expert, not a hobbyist or a “food enthusiast.”

Training your Gut

When running a 5k, half marathon, or marathon, nutrition plays an important roll. Making the correct food choices can make your run better, but making the wrong choices can be detrimental to your performance. Having GI distress during your run is no fun at all. It is a common problem, with 20-50% of runner’s having stomach issues during a run or immediately afterwards. And it is more prevalent in female runners.

When you run, blood is shunted from your stomach to your muscles and the action of running jostles your insides all around which aggravates your stomach and can lead to “rapid transit” or stomach issues, commonly referred to as “runners’ trots.” Add to that a healthy training diet full of high fiber foods and the problems can increase.

Just like you have to know what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to training your body for a run, you also have to train your gut. You have to investigate what works and what doesn’t food-wise. Was the GI distress you had Saturday due to the high fiber breakfast cereal you had that morning, or was it due to the spaghetti you had the night before? The best way to find out what the culprit is, is to track both your food intake and your exercise. One the runs that cause you stomach issues, make a note next to that run. Then look back to the foods you have eaten 1-2 days prior to that run. You have to look back that far since it can take up to 1-2 days for food to move through your system.

Once you think you have identified what food caused the issue, eliminate that food for 4 to 7 days. If you have no GI distress after that, you may have found the problem food. But just to make sure, it is best to double check. You can do this by doubling up the portion of the suspected problem food the day before a run. If the stomach issues come back with a vengeance, then you know you found the problem food. If you have no GI distress, then that food probably was not to blame. If after testing out a few more foods you don’t find the guilty food causing your stomach issues, you may want to speak to a Sports Dietitian. They can evaluate your diet for possible trigger foods and make helpful suggestions to get you back out on the course feeling 100%.

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MAKE A FACE!!!!

INCREASE YOUR WEIGHTS!

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.

YOU DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR WORKOUT IS HALF-ASS OR KICKASS!

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

MAKING A FACE (THE GRIMACE) IS THE POOR MAN’S (OR WOMAN’S) FACELIFT!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ARE T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT EVERY WEDNESDAY!

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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:

Private Sam Podesta
Private Ben Newsham x 2
PFC Tim Jacobs
Corporal Lee Chase,
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 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Forsdick.

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ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER OF VETERAN BOOT CAMPERS!

Are you coming up on promotion? Let me know! If you’ve been in the program for 6 months straight, you should be on the roster!

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 ACTIVE DUTY ROSTER

Under 6 months is a Private

Private First Class is more than 6 months but less than 1 year.

– Jenn Bonner 12/2013
– Brett Bonner 1/2014

Over 1 year is a Lance Corporal
– Pam Torres – meritoriously promoted 12/2012
– Teresa Reed 2/2012*
– Emma Crystal 5/2012
– Megan Collins 6/2012
– Maria Wyatt 6/2012
– Chuck Miller 11/2012
– Diane Gorney 12/2012
– Lexie Johnston 12/201?
– Ashley Summers 2/2014
– Ben Summers 2/2013
– Sam Lee 2/2013
– Louise Biedenharn 2/2013
– Jay Biedenharn 2/2013
– Ragan Washburn 2/2013
– Mary Holland Doan 4/2013
– Kay Barkoh 4/2013
– Melissa Campbell 4/2013
– Gina Tice 4/2013
– Jennie Lata 6/2013
– Mallory Raffensberger 8/2013
– Ashley Bowles 8/2013
– Greg Gaston 8/2013
– Steve Pike 9/2013
– Karen Tronsor 9/2013
– “El” McCain 11/2013
– Angela Moore 12/2013

Over 2 years is a Corporal
– Jeremy Harris 1/2009*
– Courtney Phillips 2/2011
– JD Dombroski 4/2011
– Carrie Schule 5/2011
– Bevan Lee 5/2011
– Mary Bauer 6/2011
– Lee Chase 7/2011
– Tait Keller 8/2011
– Heath Alderson 9/2011
– Lindsey Stanfill 9/2011
– ShaWanda Upshaw 10/2011
– Tara Ingram 11/2011
– Rachel Phillips 2/2012
– Jean Maskas 2/2012
– Keith Renard 4/2012
– Alan Compton 4/2012
– Steve Havard 5/2012
– Beth Stengel 2/2012
– Chris Kelley 6/2102
– Lora Gubanov 8/2012
– Susye Clark 7/2012
– Orli Weisser-Pike 9/2012
– Lindsey Leet 9/2013
– Morgan Johnson 9/2012

Over 3 years is a Sergeant
– Ashley McClure 7/2010
– Falana Scott 7/2010
– Jenni Harris 8/2010
– Anne Marie Wyatt 8/2010
– Paul Bauer 11/2010
– Robin Scott 3/2011
– Chris McLelland 3/2011
– Randal Rhea 4/2011
– Cindy King 4/2011
– Sherri Thompson 4/2011
– Melissa Thompson 5/2011
– Michelle Moss 5/2011
– Becky Lawler 5/2010*

Over 4 years is a Staff Sergeant
– Jonathan Phillips 10/2008*
– Cameron Mosley 11/2009
– Karen Massey 11/2009
– Cecelia DeLacy 2/2010
– Malinda Miller 3/2010
– Jay Mednikow 3/2010
– Ashley Holloway 4/2010
– Beth Mills 5/2010
– Emily Melonas 6/2010
– Keith Renard 6/2009*
– Tim Romanow 8/2010

Over 5 years is a Gunnery Sergeant
– Patrick Moore 9/2008*
– Jessie Flanders 1/2009
– Andrew Stolnicki 1/2009
– Paul Tronsor 3/2009
– Robert Hunt 8/2009*

Over 6 years is a Master Sergeant
– Anne Mead 2/2005*
– Beth Rehrig 7/2007
– Matt Prince 6/2007
– Frank Jemison 10/2007
– Patty Dougherty 3/2008
– Oscar Adams 3/2008
– Alan Schaeffer 5/2008
– Mike Ryan 5/2006*
– Dory Sellers 6/2006*
– Albo Carruthers 8/2008
– Anne Kenworthy 8/2008

Over 7 years is a First Sergeant
– Kay Ryan 10/2006
– Michelle Crockett 3/2007
– George Rose 5/2007
– Henry Kenworthy 5/2007
– Leslie Garey 6/2007

Over 8 years is a Sergeant Major
– Louis Glazer 3/2005
– Gary Thompson 10/2005
– Scot Bearup 10/2005
– Kay Shelton 1/2006
– Leesa Jensen 5/2006
– Megan Warr 8/2006
– Rob Norcross 8/2006

Over 9 years is a Warrant Officer 1
– Melissa Moore 2/2005
– Matt Green 5/2005
– Mike Barta 6/2005*
– Anne Emmerth 6/2005*

Over 10 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 2
– Buddy Flinn 7/2003
– David Townsend 1/2004
– Hank Brown 3/2004
– Andrew Forsdick 9/2004

Over 11 years is a Chief Warrant Officer 3
– Pat McGhee 1/2003
– John Whittemore 1/2003
– Peter Pettit 5/2003
– Amy Singer 9/2003

Battalion Executive Officer
Major Richard Bourland, 9/2003

* 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!

———————————————

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!

(This is not in conjunction with other discounts and is not an automatic bank draft that I set up with a voided check. This an automatic payment that you yourself set up yourself with your bank usually online and easy as pie!)

———————————————

USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP CLASSES

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)
5:45 PM: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 on Friday.

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BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!

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

Here’s how the discount works!

It’s simple: make a Facebook status update and get a discount!

For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, (there are fake boot camps out there) you can take $2.50 off your next reenlistment fee for each update!

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

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

BE SURE TO TAG ME!

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

So log on and start getting your discounts now!

—————————————————

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 becomes OFF LIMITS! Get moving!
3. Get out of bed, turn off the alarm clock, and start turning on lights all through the house. Turn the TV on!
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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