Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I had big, BIG plans for this week.
With all the time off, and a light work load, I was going to exercise HARD every day.
I was going to start my morning off right with a run or bike ride, knowing that I didn't have to get up a dark-thirty to get it done.
Notice a pattern here....'I was going to...'
But...somehow, family, friends, and life (wine) got in the way.
I mean, it is the holidays!?!? Who would think about celebrating without an occasional glass of wine?!?!?!
Ok-Who am I kidding? Lots of wine since Christmas Eve.
I have thoroughly enjoyed myself, with few slow morning starts.
But I now feel guilty and like I didn't meet my goals/ plans.
I'm frankly a little disappointed and am trying to be beat myself up about it.

I've come to realize that I do better with a routine..and by that I mean a work and exercise routine.

Yes, I am a list maker and, no, I don't make a list for my daily routine. But, I have heard that writing exercise time in your calendar can help to 'get it done.'

My daily routine is something like this:

6:30 am, get up
Maybe go for a quick run (not a morning person, remember?)
8:30, get to work
12, Eat lunch
5:30, go exercise
Sleep by 10:30 pm

It's not a detailed routine, even though I left out some details.
But, that routine, as opposed to the the one I have kept since last Friday (wake up-eat-computer time-eat-nap-exercise-eat & drink-sleep), is a lot better.
I shall move on to other topics....

Since everyone is reflecting on the year that's almost history, I thought I might, too.
Here are two things, exercise related, that I accomplished in 2011 that I am most proud of:

1-C.H. and I completed our first Sprint Tri and, admit, that we had fun and want to do it again! (I would insert a picture here of me but me, in a swim condom  hat, is not that attractive.) We actually got a late season start so we only participated in 2. But, we are going to start training for more tri's in 2012 and are better equipped this year! Watch out professionals! Here we come!

This is actually C.H.'s new bike-mine is borrowed but just as good (and lots cheaper!)...and I am fine with that!

2-At the beginning of 2011, I made, yet again, the same resolution as everyone lose weight. Of course, I didn't necessarily mean diet..I wanted to learn to eat right and healthy and lose weight the right way. I can actually say that this book and eating plan (as it's not a diet but a way of life) helped me do that:

The book isnt' rocket science. In fact, it's everything you know with maybe a couple of things you have heard about before but were unsure of (eating 6 small meals a day), along with eat lots of veggies, nothing white or processed, eat lean protein, exercise, and limit your alcohol (really difficult).
I did the plan for approximately 6 weeks before the Savannah RnR Half and I lost around 10 lbs!
Woo hoo! It does work! 
I plan to get back on it, hard and determined, come next week (notice I didn't say Jan. 1).
Plus, the energy it gave me was unreal!
I won't say it's an easy plan but eating healthy, as we know, can be more expensive and definitely requires some planning. But, the results were well worth it! Let me know if you want to borrow the book.

As I talked about in a previous post, I don't have any specific resolutions for the new year but do have some plans/ goals in re: exercise.
I won't go in to those again.
However, one goal I forgot to mention would be to spend more time building muscle in the form of weight training.
I know the benefits of it, as my mom is 60 and is excellent shape. Her Dr's tell her this every year! (BTW-she manages a gym-she can work out while she's at work! How lucky!)
Honestly, I want to have arms & abs like this:

I know my abs are somewhere in there and they look exactly like this...but I can't seem to find them?!?!
You know, she's for real, right? I mean, she has a good story...use to be really overweight, took control of her life, and now is in the best shape EVER and she's 37! One year older than me!

Plus, I like her because she's a major smart ass and tells it like it is ("get your fat ass off the couch and do something"..."stop eating junk, aka Doritos"..."you don't have a thyroid have an eating problem".)
I know this because I download her free (yes, free!) Itunes podcast.
You should listen to them. She has some really good and realistic ideas about eating right and exercising.
On the other hand, I don't like her on the Doctor's...or maybe it's the show I don't like.

Oh point in starting the 'down and dirty' eating plan until next week. I still have NYE to get through!
But, watch out..after that, it's game on!
The next thing I will hear people say is...
"Girl, where have you been? We haven't seen you in a must be at the gym ALL THE TIME..."
"Are you eating? You are too skinny!!!"
He, he!
Happy New Year!!!

Looks like someone had a good Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Memories to cherish

I’ve come a long way in a year!
Today marks a one year anniversary completion of my first half marathon.
Woo hoo! I actually kept to one of my resolutions, dreams and goals! I couldn’t be more proud and, to make my first half more special, I did it with a special friend.
Actually, let’s say I convinced her to do the race with me (although it didn’t take much convincing).
She, like me, is extremely goal and purpose driven (hard headed, some would say) and the shear thought of running more than 3 miles not only scared the shit out of both of us but excited us!
To make the whole experience even better, I have pictures to prove (evidence) that we did this!
I am on the right, as disguised as I possibly can be. To explain the shirts: race day was also my hubbies 40th birthday. We surprised him by wearing shirts that read, which was my own creativity: "In memory of...(and on the back)..Chuck's younger days! Today he's 40" Too bad his vision is so poor, and worse without his glasses, that he couldn't read it until we crossed the finish line. Classic!

Look close and you can see us crossing the finish line. Woo hoo!

However great this race has sounded thus far let’s not exaggerate a few facts of race day:
·         It was perhaps one of THE coldest days I can remember. It wasn’t necessarily the temperature that was cold (race start of 40, usually ideal race weather) but there was NO sunshine at any point during the day (a rare thing for Florida in December) and it misted rain the ENTIRE time! Totally miserable! There were even people wearing/ running in trash bags to avoid the constant mist. Of course, we weren't dressed appropriately. That didn't help. (this race was one of the reasons why I made the splurge on the all weather coat that I mentioned in my 'favorite things' blog post-well worth the $)
·         The route was uber-boring! Flat…yes (thank the lord and a reason why we chose this race)! But, it was the most boring route that I’ve ever run (not as bad as running on the ‘mill..but close). I’ve even had people tell me since the race that they thought the route was boring as well.
·         I/ we were in an extreme amount of leg pain after our 2:30 race time! We had prepared for the distance and endurance but we ran slightly faster (yes, that's possible for us turtles) on race day than normal (this would explain the advil I took on the afternoon and following day). I am sure it was the excitement and adrenaline of the whole event that made us run faster than normal. A hard lesson learned.
But, it doesn’t matter about the pain, freezing ass temperatures, or the mist that had my hair in ringlets by the finish line (naturally curly hair and it LOVES humidity)…
To hear that announcer say both of our names as we crossed the finish line and get our ‘much deserved’ medals was all worth it!
This picture says it all!

Two proud weiners winners! Aren't we are all winners if we cross the finish line (or get off the couch)?
I couldn’t imagine spending a more memorable event like this with any other person in the world than one of my best friends! It is a moment I will always cherish!
Going back through my pictures, I also found a couple of very sweet pictures of my friend and her parents. 
The picture's have a new and different meaning this year, as her dad passed away last week after a very sad and debilitating disease.
So very sad to see such a vibrant, healthy man one year ago and to know he's gone today.
(Note: I respect her privacy and grief and therefore will not post these. Trust me, they are sweet, proud parents and everyone is all smiles :) )
There are a couple of things that I learned from her dad in the short time that I knew him, to which I feel honored and special:
·         To deeply love and cherish your family, spending as much time with them as possible! We hear this all the time but do we actually do it? No regrets…that’s my motto.
·         To work hard but play harder and to have a passion (boating, fishing and anything water related was this man’s)
·         To love life and everything about it: the successes, the failures, the obstacles, the set-backs, the moments, the accomplishments, etc..  Life is what we make of it but the obstacles we face are all part of some greater power’s plan.
These are my resolutions for 2012 (instead of DIEting…such a losing battle anyway).
My friend has a very sad heart right now. My heart aches for her.
No words I can say will ease her pain.
However, I hope that by just ‘being a friend’ and listening and loving her I can offer her some comfort and joy.
I look forward to the day when her heart is at peace and she can laugh again.
It will come. It always does. It just takes time, as bad and indefinite as the cliché is.
In the meantime, I plan to continue to nag her to exercise, run, bike, weight train, eat right, drink wine (hello..that is my motto!), laugh, smile, cry, scream, etc…anything to exert some positive energy, just like I always have!
Hey, that’s what friends are for!!!
Merry Christmas to all my followers!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things!

I thought since it has FINALLY started to feel like Christmas around here that I would share a couple of my favorite running apparel and gear items.
Feel free to pass this post along to your Santa and if you were naughty nice he might bring it to you!

Again, when I first started running I came across a few unknown  pains that I have never experienced before. Chafing being one. I first tried another product that did NOT work. Then, the guys at a local bike shop (Monkey Wrench) introduced me to this product. In fact, he said, and I quote, "this will change your life." I laughed at the time but honestly, it has! I hesitated to buy it because it's +$20. But, after I rationalized it with the fact that the size would probably last me for years and the fact that chafing was much more painful than spending $20 (a bottle of wine) I decided to go for it. Now, it travels with me ANYTIME I plan on running.
This is my new favorite thing this year. It's a least for me. It was $100 and I did a lot of research for a jacket of this type and for the best price. However, you know me being female, I had a justification for this purchase, too. First, I needed something to protect me from unexpected light rain (after I got caught in several rain showers a couple of weeks ago and ended up having to wait under a restaurant's shelter until it quit). This does this and has a special pocket for your ipod to protect against the weather. Then, I wanted some kind of light weight jacket to keep me warm in the Ga winters (which aren't that bad). The reason I wanted light weight is so I can layer, as more times than not, it's warmed up considerably by the end of my long Saturday morning runs. Also, I needed something reflective so drivers that are texting or just do not want to stop for pedestrians can at least see me when they hit me. Last, this jacket becomes a vest with one quick zip. How cool is that? Sometimes you want your chest to be slightly warmer than your arms (or at least I do). So, I got the blue one and love it! 

My 3rd love (besides Chuck, of course, and Roxy).. my Brooks Adrenaline.  Before I got these, I was never able to run from knee pain. In fact, my first pair of shoes that I got run fitted for weren't right either. They gave me blisters...a bad things and almost discouraged me from running altogether. But, then I got professionally fitted (the whole treadmill gait and arch analysis thing) and these shoes were recommended. Since, I've tried other stability shoes but none compare! I am a Brooks stability shoe fan! Now, if they would just make them in some other color besides blue/ white and red/ white.
I admit it, I am all girl! Thus, I like to look semi-cute when I run (at least when I start-I end up looking like heck before it's over). I adore this skirt. A runner friend of mine (much more professional than I ever want to be) told me about running skirts and advised me that if I purchase one to make sure that it has splits on the side. This is the cutest running accessory.

I love my hand held water bottle (not necessarily this name brand).  The zippered pouch allows you to carry whatever...a gatorade pack to refill w/ water mid way through; chapstick; pepper spray; toilet paper (just in case, as you never know)...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Planning for 2012 runs!

It's been a week since I last posted a blog. Sorry. My only excuse is that I've been trying to figure out what the heck I want to do with my life...I mean, in terms of exercise in 2012.
I think I have finally arrived at a plan.
At first, I considered doing a marathon, since I felt pretty good after Savannah.
However, I really don't want to put in the training for it right now (long runs of 13 miles on Saturdays are enough for me).
Yes, that's laziness (or so I think). Instead, I want to work on my half marathon time for 2012.
It doesn't mean that I won't keep the marathon idea in the back of mind for future years. It's still on the bucket list.
To improve on my half marathon time, I have to do 2 things: faster training runs and participate in more half marathons (as opposed to the 1 every 6 months that I've been doing-that's not going to get me anywhere, fast).
I also plan to incorporate some cross-training (bicycling and swimming) and strength training in to my weekly schedules so I can be better prepared for upcoming tri's in May (and perhaps make a better time on those, too).
With that said, and being that their are only 7 days in a week and I need one day of rest (wine), that doesn't leave much "play" time. (oh-did I mention I plan on continuing my Monday evening yoga practice? geez!)
So, to add to the encouragement and commitment, I signed up for this:

I signed up for this event (the half marathon) first for many reasons:
  1. this is the only race/ run to fight breast cancer, which is for a great cause (thankfully, it hasn't touched me or anyone in my family, personally).
  2. I have watched coverage on the news for years and thought it looked like so much fun, from the (I've heard) awesome expo, to the bands at every  mile, to the crowd support, to the runners all decked out in pink, and to the beautiful view (at one point, the race is on the beach)!
  3. this race is only an hour from home-which means I can save some $$$ on this one and travel to another great race
It was a no brainer.
I am thinking of signing up for the Charleston, SC, half marathon (with an added Sunday bike ride, not race) in January and the Gate River Run 15k in March, again.
I have never done Charleston but absolutely love the idea of running through such a beautiful city (did I mention the terrain is flat, the weather will probably be awesome, the fees are cheap, and the city is FULL of awesome restaurants!?!?!?!).
I've got a training plan in place to incorporate weekly speed, tempo and long runs in. In fact, I started it today. Right now, I'm feeling pretty good.
Not only should my speed increase, but the HIIT (high intensity interval training) that will be incorporated into my runs should do wonders for my ever decreasing metabolism! That's never a bad thing for a gal!
Last, I want to recap a couple of things that I saw in exercise news this week, that I thought you would find interesting (or humorous):

Buff Runner Seen Streaking Near College
According to NBC & Runner's World, this man was seen 'streak running' near Fredericksburg. Well, isn't that interesting? I wonder if he knows about the races where clothes are optional? I'm serious! Google it! Even though you would probably feel the wind in places that have 'never felt the wind' before, I still would NEVER participate in one of these races and I am guessing that those that do participate REALLY shouldn't be! 

She is running the Rock n Roll Las Vegas marathon this weekend-I guess she has a lot of spare time, huh?
(in case you are without a tv or newspaper, or have your head in the dirt, this is Kate Gosslin-nice tummy tuck after 8 kids, huh? I still don't think she needs to be showing that belly...just saying!!!)

Until we chat next time...remember, tis' the season to NOT be eating! But, if you are (and we all will at some point during this month long celebration), AT LEAST get outside and walk for 20-30 minutes. It, seriously, does wonders for your mood (and waistline)!
Happy holidays!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A couple of cheesy Savannah smiles!

Finally! I get an opportunity to post my pictures from the Savannah RnR Half Marathon.
Sorry it has taken so long. I've been out of town for work for the last 2 weeks and pretty much slacked off (as did my exercise routine).
Being gone from your home and your routine for 2 weeks pretty much sucks!
You eat shit that you normally wouldn't touch, you don't exercise a lot (if any), and you usually don't sleep good (although I had no problem with this, for some reason-it must have been all the carbs).
I sure am glad I don't have a job that requires me to travel a lot!
Here are the pictures and recap:
A cheesy smile but I was freezing (as is obvious)-what is expected?!?!

No, I am not in this picture

But, I am in this picture..barely! I guess it's hard taking pictures of runners, even the slow ones

Finally! I saw the photographer (a.k.a. Chuck) and waved to show that I was having a blast!

Crossing the finish line and, amazingly, I see Chuck again! He's pretty awesome! He stood on a rail just so he could get a picture of me crossing. Aww....

Post my medal, my windbreaker (a necessity), and my chocolate milk! Yum! Where's the party?!?!
This race, or any other race that has a band at each mile (usually the big ones), comes highly recommended by me!
Last, I want to give thanks for the ability to exercise and for the funds to run in fantastic events such as the Savannah RnR Half.
There is a lot more that I am thankful for but since this is an exercise blog, I will stick with this one.
Happy thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rock on Savannah, Ga-The south put on a great race!

First, let me apologize for it taking so long to post since my half marathon last weekend. All I can say is life, a.k.a. work, got in the way.
Last weekend I participated in my 3rd half marathon. It was my first Rock n Roll series race and I have to admit it was a total blast...including the 23,000 participants!

I was a little worried about the organization and the amount of participants. But, I have to give it to the RnR series as they were awesome and extremely organized!!! I was totally impressed and feel that this RnR series won't be my last.
Here are the positives...we must start with the great things about me and the race, first.

1) The music/ bands at every mile were a ton of fun, even when the scenery/ view wasn't that great! One can expect that if you are running 13 or 26 miles through one city that at some point you will travel through either an industrial section and/ or a "less fortunate" area. For those of you familiar with Savannah, you know that the city is full of both! The first 6 miles were through a 'not so great part of town'. HOWEVER, the crowds(and, yes, everyone was out at 8 am) were awesome! Never was there a moment during the ENTIRE 13 miles that there wasn't at least 10 people along side the road to cheer people on!! Lined up...everywhere!

2) Continuing with the crowds...I have to compliment the residents of Savannah as they were most welcoming to visitors. Signs were in the stores welcoming runners, specials at restaurants for runners, etc...and the list goes on and on. Of course, we brought it tons of revenue (estimated $25 million) for the city. But, you could just feel the welcome and warmth. Way to go South Ga!
3) Great signs! Everyone sported awesome signs of encouragement. My favorite one read like this:
Go, complete stranger, GO!!!
I just love a smartass that makes you laugh!
4) The weather...was nothing short of awesome! It was a tad bit cold to start, in the 40's. But, for runners, that's perfect! The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze (with no gale force winds, thank goodness).
5) The volunteers...what an outstanding job they did! I ran/ walked through several aid stations of water, cytomax (similar to gatorade, although to me not quite as good), GU energy gels (which I was surprised to see were available for half marathon participants-usually that's just for the marathoners..go GU!), and medical aid stations (which, unfortunately, I did utilize-only once, as about mile 9 I noticed I was experiencing some severe chafing on my inner thighs-I am not sure why this happened as I put my anti-chafing lotion on-who knows..maybe the cold or sweat wore it off or maybe I didn't put on enough-it was 5 am when I awoke-all I know is the vaseline was a god send!).
6) The medal and photo shoot after the race were super! I actually had a good race picture! (watch the video of my finish, too-how cool! that's me in the pink shirt and black skirt, about 12 seconds in to the video)
7) The organization of the start and time corrals was great, even though everyone did not abide by there assigned start corral. With 23,000 runners you absolutely have to be 100% organized and everyone cannot start at the same time, for no other reason than some person/ idiot, who will insist on walking the entire race, will line up at the front. I am not sure why...and, personally, I wanted to knock a few of them out (in fact, I almost got in to a fight at my first half, as I forgot I had my headphones on and proceeded to complain about a group of walkers that were 5 wide in front and would NOT get over-well, when they heard my comment I did not apologize...what did I have to lose at this point.  I asked them to get, like, 2 wide so someone could pass if they wanted. They gave me a snide 'eat shit' look but did manage to move over-personally, I didn't care if I made them was my race, too!). I digress...for the most part, everyone started with there correct group which led to a smooth race run.

 The negatives...or shall we say things they could improve on:
1) There will never, NEVER be enough porta-potties. I think someone said they had around 230..really? Did they take into consideration the amount of women participating in the race, which I am pretty sure was more than half? The 'lack' of porta potties led many runners to head to the woods.

You can bet there weren't any of these in the woods!

It was kind of funny because during one section of the run, that was mostly industrial and there were some woods around, you could look out and see nothing but people standing in the woods and/ or running from the woods (and I don't mean just guys, either). I considered this myself, as every time I saw a porta potty during the race (which was almost every mile) there was a line 10 people long. Fortunately, I didn't have to go that bad.
2) The Expo-This was my first and it, sadly, left a lot to be desired. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was really crowded. I saw some running apparel/ gadgets that I liked but they were way overpriced. I've seen the sale/ knock off prices on the internet. There was no way I was paying those prices!

I really can't think of any other negatives...but, I do have a couple of opinions/ observations I would like to share:
1) Do runners own any other clothing besides race t-shirts and stretchy pants? I mean, you, or are you allowed, to wear those race shirts (and I mean the shirts you get from participating in the race, mostly the cotton ones) to work? And, ladies...come on. You can wear workout pants sometimes (although I don't know of many booties that I've seen that need to have them on in public) but it's a good idea to have something else in your closet besides workout pants. (and you know that most of the people that wear these in public do NOT need to be wearing them at all!)

That's right...too much junk in the trunk!

2) I've read that on race day you do nothing out of the ordinary. This applies to wearing new or a different pair of shoes. Really? Do people need to be told this? I guess this explains the people stopping at the aid stations putting band-aids on there toes. All those cute shoes that they have for sale at the expo are great but it's just not a great idea to wear a different type of tennis shoe on race day. Even the Brooks salesman doesn't advise this, and he's trying to earn a profit!
3) People that run barefoot are an accident waiting to happen! Yes, I did see one crazy person doing this. I am really surprised that RnR series allows this. I have nothing more to say about this...
4) Stuffing your belly with a bagel, eggs, sausage, etc...before a race is probably not a good idea. For this, r refer back to the porta potty comment. Fortunately, this wasn't me. I know my belly way better than that. I am betting these people could be some of the same ones running to the woods!

That's it...sorry so long.
All in all, it was a great experience and the people watching was spectacular!
It's unfortunate that there was gentleman (37, I believe-ouch! Just 1 yr away from my age) that did expire. I haven't heard the details, as their wasn't much on the internet as of Monday. It's very sad but it seems to be a reality for every large race. It's just a risk you take, I guess, with everything.
I'm not sure I will do Savannah's RnR half marathon again, basically because I may want to experience another race. But, I do have my eyes/ goals set on doing a marathon and it will probably be a RnR event.
I am looking at one in this city, March 2012....I will keep you posted!

I think it would be a LOT of fun to run through on the National Mall! How fun!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It must have been invented by a man!

Less than 48 hrs to go and I will be in the middle of my 3rd half marathon!
Woo hoo!
It's going to be just for me but for the city of Savannah. 23,000 runners! Geez.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution said in an article yesterday that the amount of people coming to Savannah was bigger than the St. Patrick's Day festival that they have.
Having experienced only one of those festivals (by choice) in my younger, more tolerant (for drunks) years, I am hoping the AJC got it wrong and I REALLY hope that the crowd is less rowdy. I feel like it will be.
So, being that I am 2 days away, I have been trying to be a good girl and 'taper' my running/ workouts this week. Basically, I'm trying not to do anything out of the ordinary (does that include not drinking the occassional glass of wine? I think that's an exception).
I didn't make my normal weekly yoga class due to the 100's of trick or treaters I had.
That's right...100's. Party was over at my house by 7 pm, barely dark. All the candy was gone and by that time, the cute kids in costume have gone home. All is left are those that are either scarily dressed (is that really a costume?) or not really dressed in costume at all...basically, just trying to get some free candy.
BTW-I don't give out candy to kids not in costume and they only get 1 piece, to which I hand it to them. I've learned from experience to not allow the kiddies to reach in for there own candy. They grab handfulls and it makes me mad...and them madder when I tell them to put some of it back, as there parents look on! Grrr.....Really?
I digress back to exercise...
Last night, I decided to do upper body weights, a few (very, very few) lower body weights (in an effort to not overstrain/ overwork anything), and get on this horrible thing for some abs:

I truly believe a man must have invented this little exercise device.
You could have done weights and abs for 20 yrs but get on this thing...and it's a whole new world!!!!
The next day (actually, 2 days later) your abs will be so sore that you will swear you have some!
(P.s.-I do believe they are there...they just haven't decided to show themselves yet-they are playing hide and seek)   :)
Besides this workout and a 4.5 mile tempo run on Tuesday, that's it.
R&R, water, and carb loading.
Speaking of carbs...I read an artical in RW this past week that said that you know you ate the right amount of complex carbs before a race if you step on the scale and have gained 4 lbs!
WTF? Are they kidding? Not only would that TOTALLY discourage me (any woman would NOT like this) but that would be extra weight to run with???
With that said (btw-that was obviously written by a skinny, MALE runner), I'm not eating the house down trying to gain carb weight...althought that would be fairly easy, now wouldn't it (considering my love for all things white)?

Ok-This is just gross and not the way to carb load...

So, in addition to a chiropractic visit this week, I've also doubled up on my potassium levels this week, or let's just say I've been a little more conscious about my potassium intake. I have read/ heard that this is good for leg cramps which is a serious problem for me and my calves. Somewhere around mile 4 they quit hurting...that's about the time that my body starts go numb! jk
All this will warrant a massage. Any excuse, right?

I will see you on the return!
I (actually the hubby) plans on taking tons of pictures that I will post!
If this race event goes well, I may schedule a marathon for mid 2012. Ouch!
That's kind of on the bucket list...along with Australia and Jimmy Buffet!
See ya' in Margaritaville!

Now, that's a post-race celebration!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What the HECK is wrong with people?!?!?

Has everyone gone crazy?

Are people just SO  busy and stressed that they just have gone bizerk!?!?

I admit..I've done this a time or two!

Before I get started, this post has nothing to do with exercise.
No..tonight it is simply a vent session.
I apologize for this but the dog won't answer me back (thank goodness-that's a different post).
So, I'm driving to yoga last night (got to get my meditation and yen and yang on- more yang then yen, on) and I pull up to a stop light.
There is another car ahead of me and then a car ahead of that one.
The lady (a.k.a. crazy woman) in the first car gets out of her car while the light is red and faces the car behind her (fortunately not me-this time) and holds up her hands, as if to say "WTF?"
I assume the lady ahead of me has the same expression as I do, "WTF is she doing?!?!"
Then, the lady gets back in her car, turns, and drives off.
I guess the lady was following to closely to her, or doing something wrong in her eyes, and she felt compelled to act on it...I don't know.
I really don't have an answer for her actions except she, at that moment, lost it..completely.
With that said, did any of you see the article in the paper and on the news last week of the waitress that received a tip (not of the monetary fashion either) from a great couple on the West coast? (not that this couldn't happen on the East coast-there are plenty of turds over here)
The tip to the server was: "You could stand to lose a few pounds."
Really? What gave that couple the right to be such total a**holes to that server?
Do people really think that they can get away with saying whatever the HECK they want to...anywhere? anytime???
Furthermore, and going back to my waitressing days, I hope they left this tip AFTER they got there food. Everyone should know by now that you don't mess with people serving your food. I have seen happens.
People...just chill out and relax and MOST IMPORTANTLY...keep your opinions to yourself!!!
...or, you can write a blog like me and voice all of your opinions!!!

This has to surely relax you...right???

Ok-this has to make you smile and relax?!?! It should!

How about you...ever seen nonsense like either of these 2 situations go on?
If so, did you react?
Do you think everyone has pretty much gone mad? I do.