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And I Took the Road Less Traveled — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 4/6/2016

Wednesday, Apr. 6th 2016 9:36 PM

April is Poetry Appreciation Month! In honor of that, and the fact that Donald J. Trump just won’t go away, like I hoped he would last summer, I offer up Frost vs. Trump, a better match up than Trump vs. Cruz vs. Kasich!

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

And now, Donald J. Trump:

Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening – By Donald J Trump

I have a pretty good idea whose woods these are, believe me.
And let me tell you something, my people say he’s a complete nobody.
This guy lives in the village. So what if he sees me stopping here?
I dare him to sue me! I dare him!

And by the way, this snow is pathetic.
These are by far, the least downy flakes ever!
I hear they had to import them from Canada.
I don’t know. Maybe they did. Maybe they didn’t. We’re looking into it.

My horse – he’s the most incredible horse, seriously,
I have the greatest, the classiest horses –
My horse doesn’t even know what the hell we’re doing here.
The horses love me though. They do.
They’re always shaking their bells at me, it’s very loving.
It’s a beautiful thing.

Let me tell you something, these woods are an embarrassment.
They’re not dark. They’re not deep. They’re nothing. They’re for losers.
And I cannot wait to sue this guy.
I cannot wait to sue this guy.

Enjoy Poetry Appreciation Month!

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Bring a Friend to Boot Camp!

Tom Farrar was my friend and my CPA. Try as I might, I couldn’t get my overweight type-A friend to take care of himself. Even members of MENSA need to exercise and eat right, I told him. But Tom liked food and wine and NOT exercising. But I invited him to come to Boot Camp all the time anyway. He was an Air Force vet and reminded me that he didn’t join the Marine Corps, like I did, for a reason: “I had no desire to try to outrun bullets and bombs, I’ll leave that up to you Jarheads.” Since I liked Tom, I didn’t take offense to the “Jarhead” comment.

In 2007 I called his office to make an appointment for Tom to do my taxes and left a message. I called several more times, but no response. That was not like him at all.

I called a mutual friend and asked if she knew what was going on with Tom. Our mutual friend explained that he had stepped out to his front yard to get his newspaper and had a massive heart attack and died on the spot.

Every year since then, April has been “Bring a Friend to Boot Camp” month in honor of Tom. You can bring a friend–particularly one at risk–to boot camp for a week for free! No strings attached and no expectation for them to join.

The boot camper who brings the most friends (friends who are actual prospects to join us, not folks who are already members of some other gym or program) for the month, will receive $100!

Let’s help our friends and family reverse their risk of heart disease and heart related health problems!


If you’d like to pay using VENMO, you may! I’m Tony Ludlow on VENMO!

If you’re unfamiliar with VENMO, it’s a payment app for your phone (or computer) owned by PayPal and functions like a check. You can LITERALLY make a payment on your phone in less time than it takes to fill out a check! Click, click, click, done! All done!


by Master 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.”)

Q & A with the Registered Dietitian

Q: I have heard that BPA in canned foods and water bottles is an endocrine distributing chemical and is not safe is this true?

A: What a great question! BPA stands for biphenol-A and is an organic-synthetic compound that has been around since 1957 and is used to make certain plastic and epoxy resins. It is not very water soluble therefore it is used to line cans, water pipes and to make plastic bottles tough. BPA can actually mimic estrogen in extremely high doses. Therefore people have become concerned that BPA lining cans and in water bottles would leach out into the food and cause health concerns in humans.

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both state that the research shows that BPA in the amounts consumed is safe. BPA has throughly studied and tested with one of the most recent studies showing that even with rats receiving thousands of times the average human daily dose, the rats had no issues.

As a Registered Dietitian, I would not be concerned about the BPA. It has been tested and studied throughly showing it is safe. But it does look like many companies are working to change to BPA free cans and bottles, mainly due to consumer pressure, not due to actual risk of harm. Kinda like why you now see so many pizza places that have gluten free pizza. Do the majority of people need to be gluten free? No! But if Memphis Pizza Cafe doesn’t offer it, people who want it will take their business to Mellow Mushroom down the street who does carry it. So since Memphis Pizza Cafe doesn’t want to lose business, they will have gluten free pizza! So the driver isn’t that gluten (or BPA) is harmful, it is that the consumer is driving the change.

However, if you are concerned about BPA, the Mayo Clinic offers these steps you can use to reduce your exposure:

1. Use BPA-free products. Manufacturers are creating more and more BPA-free products. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

2. Cut back on cans. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.

3. Avoid heat. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.

4. Use alternatives. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers.



Happily, lazily, carelessly fitness is lost and weight is gained.
The realization that fitness has slipped away isn’t as apparent as weight gain, though.
The tight jeans and snug shirts and jackets, on the other hand, shout: “hey there, fatty.” And remember, 80% of your weight loss and gain has nothing to do with exercise. It’s about the calories. Calories. Calories. Calories.

The loss of fitness is discovered in more subtle ways, though. Getting winded at the top of the stairs, straining to lift the big bag of dog food, wishing you’d checked that luggage instead of carrying it through the airport … those are announcements that you’ve lost strength and stamina.

The numbers at the doctor’s office confirm that your weight gain and your lost fitness are putting you at a growing risk of illness, heart disease, and other health related maladies. Memphis is the fattest city in the country because of those things.

More women die of heart related illness than from all cancers combined. Help a friend get healthy and fit. And if that person who needs to get healthy and fit is you, GET BUSY!

Live your life as fit and as healthy as you can!

“How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.” ~ Proverbs 6: 9-11





What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.


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



Be ye kind, one to another.

Yours in good health,

Sgt. Tony

USMC Fitness Boot Camp

Today is the day!

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