Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ever Think About Re-Inveting Yourself?

At times we think a change will do us good, but sometimes being to true to yourself is best.
I've decided to shave my head, grow a beard, and call my self  Doctor Hugo Strange.

Not really, but sometimes I think it would be cool to go to the extreme and just go wild and do a complete make over, but even though I've deduced the identity of Batman, being Hugo Strange is not really me.

You may have noticed some changes around the Batcave Toy Room as I attempt to clean up around here a little bit, but as I clean up the site I also have been cleaning up myself as well. There isn't a need to do a complete makeover. Just get back to the basics and be who I am again.

My friend Corey Sorenson over The Brave and the Old has been a bit of an inspiration for me to shape up. I used run at least six miles a day and worked out at least twice a week, but over the past seven years or so that all dried up.  It would seem that marriage and having a family have caused me to become a ball of flab, but that is just an excuse. My family is the best thing that ever happened to me. I just need to get moving again.

To keep me accountable to start exercising again, I've enlisted my seven employees to join me on the fitness bandwagon. I've equipped my staff with pedometers and we've established a few goals that consist of:

  • Walking at least 56,000 steps a week.
  • 140 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week or 75 minutes/week of vigorous intensity activity
  • Attempt to lose 1-2 pounds a week
We've based this on the fact that an active lifestyle is considered if a person takes 10,000 steps per day. Also, if you are overweight, a weight loss of 10% over six months has been shown to improve health. A safe and realistic weight loss goal is 1/2 to 2 pounds per week.

Sometimes you may feel you just want to control-alt-delete your life and start over, but really all you need to do is follow your inner voice and do what you know is right for you. So for me, I'm taking my steps, eating right, and have began running again. After all, I have unitards I need to be able to fit into.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.


  1. I need to start doing the same John and hopefully soon i will.

    1. Get on it John Boy. There's no time like the present.

  2. Good Luck John. I have been thinking about doing the same.

    1. Thanks Mike. Jump to it sir. Don't think...feel. This another example what would happen if the gang all lived in the same town. We'd be unstoppable.

    2. Mike - stop thinking about it and get to work! ;-)

      Set a goal, but keep it simple. If you can learn anything from my experience, is that little changes in the beginning enable you to make bigger changes down the road.

      For me, the first step was cleaning up my diet.

      My evening milk shake was replaced by a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea.

      My afternoon Mountain Dew and bag of Doritos was replaced by a Vitamin Water Zero (or plain old water) and a handful of Almonds.

      Once I had a handle on what I put into my system, I was in a better position to be successful in my workouts.

  3. I have always stayed in shape. Being a fan of Arnold Schwarzneggar and the Pumping Iron movie helped me tremendously. I look great at 41. Keep it up!

    1. Way to go Hobby! I met Lou Ferrigno a couple weeks ago and he talked about that film and how important it was to have a balanced life. Eating right, exercise, and sleep.

  4. I lost 35 lbs this week but just being a bit more active and changing some of my eating habits. It feels so great. Good luck in your change.

    1. Great job Cal! Keep up the great work. Thank you sir. This post was intended to promote positive change and I hope to keep the momentum going.

  5. Way to go John!

    I've been off line for several weeks, but with my son's football season winding down, I'm ready to start writing again. I'm humbled that I was the catalyst to help motivate you.

    Although I haven't updated The Brave and the Old recently, I have been sticking with my P90X workouts. I've survived the first thirty days (with some modifications).

    I'm looking forward to reading about your journey.

  6. Thanks Corey! I'm glad to see your back in action. More to come as the journey unfolds.


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