Sergeant Tony's Blog

Archive for January, 2015

Hickscorner — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 1/28/2015

Jan. 28th 2015

You’re sitting on the back row of the chapel where your funeral is being held. You listen to friends, clergy, co-workers, and family tell the world who you were, what you did, how you impacted their lives and the world that you lived in. Included in your list of your accolades, hobbies, interests, and accomplishments is some description of your personality and character and how your those things inspired others and how you made others feel and think.

That was a summary of the story that Stephen Covey uses in the chapter from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that introduces the 2nd habit: Begin with the end in mind.

This past Saturday we buried my brother-in-law, Ron Clifton. During his funeral service we listened as two men told the 200 or so folks who attended the service, things that most of us already knew about Ron. After knowing him for 36 years, I didn’t learn anything new from those gentlemen. In fact, most of us in attendance could have done an equally sufficient job telling the world who Ron was. He was easy to know and the list of his attributes weren’t hidden from anyone who knew him. He was an amazing man.

On Monday, Ashley and I drove back to Memphis with heavy hearts. The five and a half hour drive back from Fort Smith allowed for reflection on everything that had happened, starting with receiving the news of Ron’s passing on Thursday morning, January 22. The 15th anniversary of my father’s death.

At some point in our conversation, we thought out-loud about the Stephen Covey illustration and how our own eulogies might sound. Who would stand up and summarize our lives? What would they say? What have we done? How was the world made better because we were here? What difference did we make? Who did we help? What adjectives would be used to describe our lives and our personalities?

What would our social media presence say about us? Would our Facebook status updates betray our desires to live a certain way — to be seen a certain way — that’s not supported by what we post?

“Now think deeply. What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and your life? What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect? What kind of son or daughter or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of working associate?

What character would you like them to have seen in you? What contributions, what achievements would you want them to remember? … What difference would you like to have made in their lives?” (Covey, 1989, p. 97)

My father never told me that he was proud of me. I don’t know if he ever was. He told me that he loved me. So there’s that. But apart from that, nothing. This isn’t a “woe is me” confession, or a “Daddy didn’t play catch with me and now I’m messed up” kind of thing. It was just the way things were. I suppose my father was a product of his generation and maybe that sort of thing wasn’t said by a father to a son. Maybe it was a strategy that fathers of that time did to inspire their boys to excel in their journeys to become men. Once, when I was written up in the newspaper, I handed him the article to read. He glanced at it and handed it back to me and said, “Well … “ And that was that.

As a result, I sought the approval of other male role models, those I admired and those who were more likely to tell me I had done good, that I was on the right path: my older brother, Jack, and years later my older brother-in-law, Ron. And there were coaches, male teachers, my Marine Corps Drill Instructors, senior Marines, and commanding officers whose approval I worked for.

These were some of the men I imagined standing up at my own funeral when I read Covey’s book the first time in 1989. But now, all of those men are gone and I find myself the senior male member of my family. When I think of who would stand up now, who would would stand and give an accounting of my life, it’s probably one of you. (That’s pretty scary … for me!)

I don’t live in a morbid sense of fatalism. I’m planning on living a very very long time, so none of you needs to start writing your speeches. But the questions raised in Covey’s book reminds me, and you, that more than living effective lives, we live exceptional lives.

Meaningful lives.

Character driven lives.

Principled lives.

Compassionate lives.

“When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great Day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.” ~ Joseph Addison

— 30 —

——————————————

CARDIO-YOGA (BOGGING) FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, JAN 29TH!

—————————————————–

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.”)

Protein Shakes: Yay or Nay?

After a great workout at USMC Fitness Boot Camp, or after a bike ride or run, should you reach for a protein drink? The type of protein drinks I’m referring to are the ones you can find at the grocery and health food stores and contain either whey, casein, soy, egg albumin, goat or cow milk, wheat, beef, pea, hemp, or brown rice proteins.

If you are a healthy active adult, with a pretty healthy diet, these types of drinks are completely unnecessary. It is not very difficult at all to meet your protein needs without supplementation from protein drinks, shakes, bars, and powders. If you include foods such as eggs, beef, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, nuts, and legumes in your diet then you can easily take in enough protein to meet your needs, even if your needs are increased due to extensive exercise.

More often than not, we are taking in more protein than our body needs. Once you consume more protein than your body can use, your body typically excrete the excess protein through your urine, but if these drinks are providing more calories than you need, the excess calories will be stores as excess weight … not usually a plus!

However, if you are skipping meals, recovering from illness or surgery, or are not taking in enough protein in through your regular diet, then protein shakes may be beneficial. If you are concerned that you are not taking in enough protein, be sure to check with your friendly Registered Dietitian!

—————————————————–

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!

—————————————————

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!

—————————————————

THE GOOFY CLUB

Members of The Goofy Club are boot campers who’ve run the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge in Florida. Club members participated in the Marathon Weekend in Orlando by running a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and then running a full marathon (26.2 miles) the next day!

Dory Sellers (2015)
Chris McLelland (2015)
Kay Ryan x 2! (2013 & 2015)
Ashley Holloway (2013)
Tony Ludlow x 2 (2009, 2013)
———-

THE IRON CLUB

Iron Club members have run one or more (or multiple) Ironman series triathlons: the 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run; often called the Half Ironman) and the 140.3 (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run, the Full Ironman!)

Scot Bearup 70.3 & 140.6
Andrew Forsdick 70.3 & 140.6
Tony Ludlow 70.3
———-

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.
Sam Podesta
Ben Newsham x 2
Tim Jacobs
Lee Chase,
Chris McLelland,
Andrew Stolnicki,
Dory Sellers,
Henry Kenworthy,
Matt Green,
Andrew Forsdick
Tony Ludlow

—————————————————————

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.

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

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

——————————————

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.

————————————————

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

Posted by Tony Ludlow | in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Selling Cars — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 1/21/2015

Jan. 21st 2015

“We’re going to sell two cars,” I told my 11th grade US History class.

“I’m going to split up the class into four sales teams to generate four different and distinct marketing strategies for each of these cars,” I continued. “One team will design a strategy based on an appeal to sex, another team an appeal to fear, a third team an appeal to safety, and the last team an appeal to status,” I said.

The two cars we were “selling” were completely different kinds of cars: a very sporty red Toyota Celica and a very common black Volvo station wagon. The point of the weeklong exercise was to get students to think about the two cars to sell, the appeal and approach to sell them, along with all of the other details connected to the advertising.

Yellow journalism, false advertising, and political propaganda in the context of American history, specifically from 1900-1945, was where this particular exercise fit into the lesson plan.

It was an amazing exercise that, by week’s end, taught the student how to identify biases, agendas, propaganda, and opinions in articles, speeches, and in sales pitches, no matter if those messages came from television commercials, cable news pundits, a politician’s stump speech, or even a preacher’s Sunday morning sermon. We even tried to identify syllogisms and logical fallacies used by the speaker or author. It was an interesting first lesson in critical, independent, and analytical thinking.

The exercise was academic until 9/11.

Then it got real … and personal.

I had 6 classes of 11th graders wanting to know why people on the other side of the globe hated us so much that they would commit suicide while murdering thousands and destroying lives and property. The lives of 3,000 innocent people were taken by an ideology/theology unknown to all of us.

I was out of my depth in trying to explain these things and because I didn’t understand this heinous act, I turned to one of my brothers-in-law for help. Prior to 9/11 my brother-in-law owned his own nuclear power consulting business with over 25 contracts in the Middle East alone. His many extended trips to the region, along with living in Saudi Arabia for over 2 years, equipped him with intimate knowledge of that kind of ideology/theology. He even knew two of Osama bin Laden’s brothers, having had contracts with their companies.

What my brother-in-law produced was a 10 page primer explaining Islam, radicalized Islam, and the mindset of most of those calling the shots in the Middle East. So helpful was this paper, that after showing it to my Headmaster, he asked me to make copies and circulate them to all of the faculty. Most of the information in that document has, by now, become somewhat common knowledge to most of us after 13 years and two wars fighting that ideology/theology in some form or another. But in September of 2001, that paper explained things that were foreign to most of us, that is, most of us who’d never analyzed the methods of manipulation, misinformation, and distraction in small measures or applied to the masses.

What people believe, think, and feel, how they react, how they buy, and how they vote can be influenced, analyzed, and predicted just by knowing things about them. It’s pretty simple, really.

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America nor, for that matter, in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship… Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
~ Hermann Göring, Nazi Party founder and one of Hitler’s key Generals.

Hermann Göring’s quote is a powerful illustration of the kind of things my 11th grade US History students had to identify, evaluate, and analyze.

If you had been born in Berlin at the end of WWI, you were more than likely going to be a member of the Nazi Party by 1938. (Unless you were Jewish.) You probably weren’t going to be a Southern Baptist.

If you had been born in New Delhi instead of Memphis, you’d be Hindu and have a different view of the world that reflected the culture of India, not the culture of Norway.

If you had been born in Los Angeles to extremely wealthy parents, you’d have grown up with a very different set of experiences and opportunities, things that would have reshaped the way that you think and believe, act and react. You wouldn’t have much in common with someone born on a middle-class Kansas farm.

If you’d been born into a Jewish family in New York City, you’d be … well, Jewish. Catholic family in Boston, Catholic.

And on I could go.

“Profiling” gets a bad rap, but we do it everyday. All of us. Tell me where you were raised, tell me about your life experiences, tell me about your education, tell me about your hobbies, and tell me what you believe; after that, predicting things about you becomes a minor study in probabilities. Television shows like “The Mentalist” and “Elementary” dramatize the application of that kind of knowledge.

For my own part, living out of the country for 10 years changed a lot of those things about me that might have been predictable, given the details of my past. But even the decade spent in Japan could be seen as one of those course corrections, or alterations, that resulted in predictable changes. What would be the odds that an Arkansas boy would return from 10 years abroad the same boy? Sherlock Holmes would say that the odds would be extremely low.

And that Arkansas boy, he ain’t unique.

It’s the same with each of us. People have predictable beliefs, reactions, biases, and opinions which are understood once we know things about the other person. And taking time to know that other person, leads to understanding them. It means knowing “where someone is coming from.”

What I wanted my students to walk away with from that exercise was a decent “BS Detector.” I wanted them to be able to identify the angles and methods used by others to influence them, both good and bad. I wanted them to question everything. I wanted them to be able to identify and understand other’s motives, agendas, and values based on information and knowledge gained about the other person. I wanted them to know when they were being sold and when they were being intelligently informed. I wanted them to understand. I wanted them to think. For themselves.

One of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to “seek first to understand, and then to be understood.” Just think how much better things would be if we took the time to understand before trying to be understood.

— 30 —

——————————————

BOGGING FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, JAN 22nd!

—————————————————–

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

Ask the Dietitian:

Q: Why do I gain weight when I eat carbohydrates?

A: When you eat carbohydrate containing foods such as breads, pasta, rice, fruit, vegetables, and other grains, sugars, and starches, your muscles use the sugar inside of these foods for energy. It stores this ready to use energy in your muscles in the form of glycogen (ready to use carbohydrates). But since every ounce of carbohydrates stored in your muscles carries with it three ounces of water, when you eat a high carbohydrate meal, you will gain weight, but it is only water weight and not actual body fat!

And if you are an athlete who works out on a regular basis, often your muscles are low in stored glycogen, so this weight gain actually means that you are fueling yourself properly, not that you are gaining fat. Carbohydrates by themselves are not fattening, but consuming too many calories of ANY kind, whether they are in the form of carbohydrates, protein, or fat, is!

—————————————————–

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!

—————————————————

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!

—————————————————

THE GOOFY CLUB

Members of The Goofy Club are boot campers who’ve run the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge in Florida. Club members participated in the Marathon Weekend in Orlando by running a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and then running a full marathon (26.2 miles) the next day!

Dory Sellers (2015)
Chris McLelland (2015)
Kay Ryan x 2! (2013 & 2015)
Ashley Holloway (2013)
Tony Ludlow x 2 (2009, 2013)
———-

THE IRON CLUB

Iron Club members have run one or more (or multiple) Ironman series triathlons: the 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run; often called the Half Ironman) and the 140.3 (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run; the Full Ironman!)

Scot Bearup 70.3 & 140.6
Andrew Forsdick 70.3 & 140.6
Tony Ludlow 70.3
———-

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.
Sam Podesta
Ben Newsham x 2
Tim Jacobs
Lee Chase,
Chris McLelland,
Andrew Stolnicki,
Dory Sellers,
Henry Kenworthy,
Matt Green,
Andrew Forsdick
Tony Ludlow

—————————————————————

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.

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

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

——————————————

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.

————————————————

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

Posted by Tony Ludlow | in Uncategorized | No Comments »


For $1.00 — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 1/14/2015

Jan. 14th 2015

“You’re fired!” says the Donald, on his goofy television show.

Few people are fired because they’re incompetent. Most people are fired because they can’t get along with people. They don’t play well with others. When I was an administrator in a high school we didn’t renew teacher’s and coach’s contracts more often because the teacher was socially inept, both with faculty and students. And, not surprising, they were disasters in dealing with parents.

I once voted, along with three other administrators, to let a teacher go, a teacher who had a Ph.D., because they were a failure as a high school teacher. That they had a more than thorough grasp of the subject was never the question. They could have been teaching in a university! But they couldn’t relate to the students, they were acerbic and contentious with the faculty, and they never failed to voice their displeasure about something in every faculty meeting I remember them being in. They gave you the impression that it was beneath them to be teaching in a high school and the school should be thrilled to have them, along with their education and scholarship, on the faculty of our little one horse school. Their arrogance and sense of entitlement tripped them up.

For less than a $1.00, the Ph.D. could have purchased a used copy of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” read it, applied it, and kept their job.

And you can find the same lack of skills with the poorly or minimally educated as well. Lack of good social skills isn’t restricted to the well educated. In fact, it has nothing to do with education at all. If the well educated have problems with arrogance and a sense of entitlement, the minimally educated have problems with anger. They’re angry at the government, the system, their lot in life, themselves, and society in general. They overreact, they jump to conclusions, they assume things not in evidence, irrational, unreasonable, and they allow themselves to be informed and influenced by others who are similarly angry and disenfranchised.

I’m going to save you the $1.00 and give you the bullet points to Carnegie’s masterpiece, a basic distillation of common sense, that is, as it turns out, not so common.

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
1. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.
2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Six Ways to Make People Like You
1. Become genuinely interested in the other person.
2. Smile.
3. Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

The book contains other things as well, but these are the nine things that would have saved the Ph.D. their job!

Further to the point, and summarized into one sentence: treat others as you want to be treated and give everyone the benefit of the doubt until real evidence prevents you from doing so.

The New Testament book of James has this very practical instruction: “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger …”

It may not be WHAT you know, but WHO you know, and HOW you treat others.

— 30 —

——————————————

BOGA FOR ALL ON THURSDAY, JAN 15th!

—————————————————–

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

Quick Tips to Decrease Calories with Little Effort

With the new year comes new resolutions. Stop smoking, eat better, come to USMC Fitness Boot Camp more, and even to lose weight. Many of the most popular diets out there involve strict rules of what you can and cannot eat. But cutting calories doesn’t have to be that hard! Try these 8 tips to decrease your calorie intake without even knowing it!

1. Choose colorful dinnerware. A blue, red, or green plate helps to make food stand out or “pop” on the plate. This visual trick of a nicer food atmosphere will actually help you eat less.

2. Speaking of plates, switch to smaller plates. Food looks bigger on a smaller plate fooling your brain in to thinking that your portion is actually larger.

3. Use smaller serving spoons. When you use large serving spoons you put more food on your plate. Try switching to smaller spoons to see just how much less you put on your plate.

4. Switch to tall skinny glasses. Compared to short, fat glasses, tall skinny ones give your eye the illusion that you are getting more. Switching all calorie containing glasses to skinny ones can save hundreds of calories a week!

5. Remove distractions. Put away the cell phone, sit down at the table, and actually notice what you are eating. If you are distracted, you can end up eating mindlessly, which means more calories in.

6. Portion it out. Instead of eating snacks right out of a bag, either portion it all out a once into individual serving size bags or take out one portion, close up the bag and put it away. If you eat straight out of the bag or jar, you may of lose track of how much you are eating and end up taking in more calories than you planned.

7. Comparison shop. When at the store and you are trying to decide between 3 kinds of yogurt you like, choose the one with the least calories. An 8 oz container of yogurt can contain anywhere from 80 calories to well over 250!

8. Write it down. Research shows that people who lose weight and keep it off are more successful if they write down what they eat. This allows you to be mindful of what you put in your mouth.

———————————————————————

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!

———————————————————————

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!

—————————————————

THE GOOFY CLUB

Members of The Goofy Club are boot campers who’ve run the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge in Florida. Club members participated in the Marathon Weekend in Orlando by running a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and then running a full marathon (26.2 miles) the next day!

Dory Sellers (2015)
Chris McLelland (2015)
Kay Ryan x 2! (2013 & 2015)
Ashley Holloway (2013)
Tony Ludlow x 2 (2009, 2013)
———-

THE IRON CLUB

Iron Club members have run one or more (or multiple) Ironman series triathlons: the 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run; often called the Half Ironman) and the 140.3 (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run; the Full Ironman!)

Scot Bearup 70.3 & 140.6
Andrew Forsdick 70.3 & 140.6
Tony Ludlow 70.3
———-

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.
Sam Podesta
Ben Newsham x 2
Tim Jacobs
Lee Chase,
Chris McLelland,
Andrew Stolnicki,
Dory Sellers,
Henry Kenworthy,
Matt Green,
Andrew Forsdick
Tony Ludlow

—————————————————————

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.

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

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

——————————————

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.

————————————————

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

Posted by Tony Ludlow | in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Like us on Facebook

Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

Search

Categories

Archives