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Commando Man – A Wish Come True

When you’re active on the internet, whether it’s blogging or posting on social media sites, you never know where your photos or writing will turn up.  People re-post things they find all the time so you have to be comfortable knowing your content will spread in  interesting and unusual ways.

I got all excited last weekend because as I was playing around on my Ipad I saw that one of my images was in the tattoo gallery at a place called the Tattoo Hut.  It was in a spot titled “List of Top Men Commando Tattoo Images.”  Now, I have to admit something that I have kept to myself until now.  I’ve always wanted to be a tattoo…or rather, I wanted someone to use one of my images as inspiration for a tattoo.  That might sound strange but it happens all the time.  People find ideas for new ink all over.  My interest in that type of tattoo is simply an extension of my love for the pin up genre.  True, the images people pick are often of celebrity women but there are lots of tattoos based on regular women too.

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Some are cartoon-y, some are more realistic, some are funny…and I love them all!  So I was looking forward to seeing what was in the tattoo gallery that had to do with a commando and me.

There were a total of 28 photos in the “List of Top Men Tattoo Images.”  Under the title heading was the line, exactly as written, “Here is the top Men Commando images we have.”  Because of the grammar on the site, I suspect it’s run by a non-native English speaker.  I was number 13 in the gallery.  The following are some of the other photos in the gallery with their captions.

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#2 Royal Marine Commando Dagger Tattoo First Forces…

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#16 Buff Royal Marines strip off in go commando charity calendar…

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#5 Mike Kagee fashion blog David McIntosh is a Royal Commando turned…

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#3 QOR Para Coy Tattoo

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#6 on the list

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Now for my photo – happy number 13 on the list.

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#13 Guys commando in sweats. Lady or the guy

Did you read the caption?  Did you?  That’s right.  They weren’t sure if I was a actually a woman or a man going commando in sweatpants.

No!  No! No, wish granters of the universe.  It wasn’t supposed to be me going commando, looking like a man, in a tattoo gallery.  It was supposed to be me as a tattoo on a “commando” (military/patriotic) man from America.  The basic elements were right but they were all mixed up.

I learned a valuable lesson over the weekend and I’m passing my newfound wisdom on to you.

You better be very, very specific when you wish for things!

**This post is not intended to slight the Royal Marine commandos in any way.  The very few Royal Marines I’ve had contact with were lovely but everybody knows I absolutely adore our American military men…

–Tune in tomorrow for the next installment in the Commando Man series —

 

Celebration Of Service (3-29-2016)

Patriotic Military Pin Up

Not too long ago, I read the following story.

After Being Called ‘Poster of Shame,’ Army Recruiting Sign Tossed for ‘Controversial’ Words of Faith (by Caroline Schaeffer)

A sign in front of an Army recruiting station in Phoenix, Arizona, drew a firestorm before it was removed this week. The issue? The mention of the word “God.”

The poster, which reads, “On A Mission For Both God And Country,” and features the prestigious tabs of Special Forces, Ranger, and Airborne, was pulled after Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), wrote an op-ed on the Daily Kos website:

“There it was; an in-your-face, proselytizing, U.S. Army officially-approved (goarmy.com) recruiting poster on prominent display at an Armed Forces Career Center in Phoenix, Arizona. That outrageously ghastly graphic encapsulates precisely that which we’ve been ceaselessly calling the attention of the American people to for all this time.”

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The Army Times caught wind of the controversy, and brought it up to military command. That was the first time they had heard of the poster, the paper writes.

As command explains, the text on the poster could be changed to 47 different “slogans” to pair with the image to suit the local audience. The “God and Country” tagline was not an option:

“Had the process been followed, the copy shown would not have been approved,” [spokesman Brian] Lepley said.

The sign was removed on Friday, hours after command was notified of its existence.

MRFF applauded its removal, but also called for further investigation.

“The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is delighted that the Constitution has been adhered to by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command,” Weinstein said after the poster was removed.

“But whoever, in any way, shape or form, allowed that poster to be designed, prepared and displayed, those individuals should be aggressively investigated and very visibly punished.”

Army Times writes that it is unclear how long the sign has stood outside of the office, but images of the post show up on Reddit and Flickr as far back as October.

 

Well fine!  The military can’t mention God in an official capacity…but I sure can.  I made a poster of my own based on some cool, old WWII recruiting posters (with artistic help from a friend) . If it offends you, please avert your eyes.  If it doesn’t, good, it’s not meant to.  If you like it, please feel free to download it and pass it on.

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Marine Corps Birthday – 2015

November 10th is when we celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  Over the years our faithful Marines have given us plenty to celebrate!

“My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter.  He has far more guts, courage, and better officers…These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost.” (2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II)

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“The Marines…will never disappoint the most sanguine expectations of their country. Never!  I have never known one who would not readily advance in battle.” (Capt. C. W. Morgan, USN in a letter to Brevet BGen Archibald Henderson, 1852

Happy Birthday USMC!

Happy Birthday USMC!

Celebration Of Service Friday (#34)

“For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.  We make Marines, and we win battles.” (Gen. Charles C Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

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Celebration Of Service Friday (#32)

Well helloooo Sailor!  Looks like you’ve got all kinds of appreciation from the ladies!  Some of the photos are silly, all are sweet…and they have to make you smile!

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Celebration Of Service Friday (Marine Corps)

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United States Marine Corps

“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.”

Celebration Of Service Friday (Air Force)

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United States Air Force

“For some people volunteering is about giving, but for the likes of you, it is a way of living”  Thank you

Celebration Of Service Friday (Navy)

I recently got a note from a Sailor on Bodybuilding.com.  He had taken a look at my photo gallery there and thought that the Navy didn’t have enough representation.  Everybody knows that I have great love in my heart for those who volunteer for military duty.  It doesn’t matter what branch they choose.  I decided to take some of my photos and play around with them to see if I could create something fun and a little different for each branch of the service.  Mind you, I’m not very good at editing but I gave it a try to see what I could come up with.  Since the Sailor who wrote felt underrepresented, I decided to post a Navy tribute picture first.  I’ll post my Air Force, Army and Marine Corps tributes on upcoming “Celebration of Service” Fridays.

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United States Navy

 “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.” William Shakespeare

Transformation

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It seems that not everyone is interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” and that is certainly encouraging. Nevertheless, there is always more work to be done. As Ronald Reagan said,

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Yes, there is work to be done and only some are willing to shoulder that responsibility. Many people are content to ride in the wagon but patriots must be resolute in their calling to pull that wagon.  It’s heavy, but what better work to dedicate oneself to than protecting the liberties we were handed by our forefathers?

While I’m not interested in fundamentally transforming America, I am always looking for new and fun ways to transform my physique. Adding muscle has always been a particular challenge and I’ve tried lots of different ways to sculpt the physique I want to see in the mirror. Just recently, to help me along, I got a fancy new blender. Actually, I didn’t know I needed a blender until I saw an infomercial on TV that effectively explained that I absolutely did. The man demonstrating of all the delicious, nutritious things you could whip up with the thing was very convincing….mesmerizing actually.

I definitely played the part of the snake.  My eyes were glued to the infomercial and the spell  wasn't broken until I placed my order!

I definitely played the part of the snake. My eyes were glued to the infomercial and the spell wasn’t broken until I placed my order!

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen while he was making all manner wonderful things. I started watching the infomercial and the next thing you know I had the phone and my credit card in my hand.

I’m not sorry I bought the blender. Just today, after a very hard morning workout, I whipped up a great tasting smoothie. It was made up of

a cup of coconut milk
half a cup of water
a big handful of fresh spinach
two big leafs of kale
two small chunks of pineapple (this makes is slightly sweet)
one scoop of vanilla protein powder
ice

Looks funny but it sure tastes good!

Looks funny but it sure tastes good!

I mixed it all up and voila! It was delicious…and an easy way to get some veggies in without thinking much about it.  Let’s hope all this smoothie drinking will help me transform my physique!

Back In The Saddle

Got some movement in the right direction.  I've leaned out a bit after a wonderful summer of indulgence

Got some movement in the right direction. I’ve leaned out a bit after a wonderful summer of indulgence

I’m happy to report that my efforts in the gym and focus on my nutritional intake since returning from my summer trip to South Africa has paid off.  Instead of being a little jiggly (which I was when I returned..and which I rightfully earned with my lack of exercise and eating with a shovel)  I’ve managed  to firm it up and return to my normal non-wiggly self.

This was accomplished with a two-pronged approach.  I returned to my workouts with a new intensity.  The time off gave me a chance to regroup and rest my joints.  When I got back to lifting I felt refreshed and very strong.  I particularly focused on my shoulder and bicep development and began a routine in which I purposefully overtrained them for a few weeks, then took one week completely off shoulder/bicep training.  Now I’m back to the overtraining three-week block.  I also made sure to get my cardio in, not enough to burn up the muscle I was trying to build/hold but enough to remove the little layer of fluff that had taken up residence under my skin.  I generally kept my cardio sessions to 30 minutes each time I hit the weights (and will continue this for a few weeks longer).  I’ve learned not to do too much cardio even though I want to when I’m trying to lean out.  It’s hard to stop myself from doing just that but I know from experience it makes me unpleasantly skinny by eating up the muscle I work so hard for.

I didn’t do anything radical with my diet, I simply moved away from eating those treats I’d been allowing myself.  The potato chips, cheese and fatty meats were removed  and I increased my vegetable intake (particularly the dark green, leafy variety).  The added veggies were to keep me from getting hungry  and helped me resist the Sirens’ song of the chips I love so much.  I admit I have had pizza a few times but I kept it to one piece instead of the whole pie.  That’s where the veggies came in handy.  I got to feel full AND have a little treat.

A little attention to my output in the gym and to my nutritional needs makes all the difference in how I look.

People often ask me how I stay lean year around and I tell them that it’s the small changes  that make the difference in the way your physique looks.  The first step is to avoid letting things get out of hand.  Big swings in weight (fat to muscle ratio) are hard to manage but small swings are easy to correct.  A little attention to what goes in your mouth and a little increase in intensity in workouts goes a long way.

Me and my American flag bikini.

Me and my new American flag bikini.

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