Becoming A New Me: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Trace Time

This is a post about self reflection and the evolution of me, as a personal trainer, and of this website.

They say that it takes approximately seven years for the human body to regenerate all of its cells. Of course, some cells regenerate more quickly than others, but the idea is that you really do become a complete new you in that time frame.

Time May Change Me

While the physical body may take seven years to renew itself, I feel that internal change happens much sooner. Looking back through my life so far, I have the impression that I’ve become a new me at approximately four to six year intervals. What I mean by that is that I feel that the sum of my life experiences changes me in that time frame.

Looking back at my adolescent and adult years: there was the me from 14 to 19, the high school years and immediately following; the me from 20-24, the years where I was becoming an adult and discovering the seeds of many of my interests; 25-30, where I continued in my growth and often learned lessons the hard way; and 30-35, having finally completed college and growing into my own as an adult, I moved to Portland and started developing a professional career, and I became truly comfortable with my self identity.

That brings me to today, 35 and at the cusp of 36, I find myself yet again on the verge of another life transition as the old me slips into memory and the sum of my experiences transforms me into yet another version of myself.

“Pretty soon you’re gonna get a little older. Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.” David Bowie

Out with the old, in with the new

While this blog and website continues to grow, know that I really do appreciate you reading and following along! I feel that my articles provide good information in regards to health and fitness, but sometimes I also throw in some personal things about myself.

  1. I feel that sometimes making the articles personal adds a dimension of reality to the advice and tips that I give. You can see that I’m a real person just like you.
  2. I want you to know that the fitness advice that I give on this site comes from years of experience, sometimes through trial and error, as well as many hours of rigorous study, training, certifications, and from listening to others who walk a similar path.

Mainly, I want to convey that this is more than just a business for me, it’s a lifestyle. It’s one that I find very fulfilling, and one that I really want to share with you.

Those of you following along might know that I’ve been a physically active person most of my life, involved in all kinds of athletic and physical activity. You might also know that I’ve been on my current routine of 5 to 6 days a week of intense exercise for almost 6 years. I’ve been training people in fitness, on the side of a day job in insurance, over the past 2 to 3 years, and you might also know that I’ve been planning to leave my day job and pursue a career in fitness full time since the launch of this website last June.

I’m happy to announce that that dream is becoming a reality. The implications of that are that I am leaving a comfortable office job that has weathered the storm of the recession and allowed me to skate through it unscathed. Now that’s a big deal to me. It’s a particularly scary thing to walk away from a comfortable gig because Portland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

However, I am always talking about finding your edge, pushing past your comfort zone, placing yourself in uncomfortable situations, and discovering personal growth as a result. That’s exactly what I’m embarking on. You see, I haven’t been happy in my insurance job, as I just don’t have any passion for it, and being passionate about how I spend my days – every day – is important to me. Now, even though I feel like I’m walking off a cliff into unknown territory, I’m counting on my determination, my passion, and my commitment to this task to ensure that I succeed in the fulfillment of making a living by doing what I love to do.

Train With JohnnyFit

You may have noticed that a new section of this website sprang up over the weekend. The “Train With JohnnyFit” section offers a list of personal training services for those near me in the Portland area. Word of mouth and testimonials are a really big deal in this business. If you or a friend in this area has a need for a personal trainer, then know that I’m here to help you bring out your best self with the same enthusiasm and exuberance with which I’ve been running this website over the past 9 months.

Online Training

For those of you outside of the Portland area, I’m interested in bringing my style of training to you, through an online training program. I’m hoping to have that system in place and running by the end of summer. I’m really interested in hearing from you what types of services you want in an online training program.

Anything can be considered at this point, including and not limited to:

  • weekly Skype or video chat,
  • personalized workouts,
  • and workout tracking systems and progress reports.

I want to bring the same amount of detail and professionalism to that as I do with all of my projects. I’m kind of a perfectionist! 🙂

Get Fit, Feel Awesome!

Working on health and fitness is a lot more fun if you’re helping someone or participating with a friend. That’s why, if you haven’t already “Liked” my page on Facebook, I encourage you to do so. The activity on that social network is an extension of the community we’re building on this website and is a great forum for near instant communication and sharing fitness ideas, stories, and finding motivation.

I’m excited that we’re on this journey together and I’m looking forward to witnessing our shared personal growth and development as we continue on to be fitter and better people.

Wish us luck!

6 thoughts on “Becoming A New Me: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Trace Time”

  1. Jessica Thomas-Sopko

    Great article Johnny… For the past year I have considered you my Great motivator & Go to Guy for Fitness/Nutrition Health information… I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done! I am so Impressed that you are making a Huge Leap in Life to do what makes you Happy ( helping others)!!! I have struggled with Serious injury & Health problems as You know! I have pretty much been told by the Healthcare world to lay down & Die!!! NOPE- with the help of God & Friends like u I continue to Power through….
    I Love the idea of online training, I was actually thinking this past week how I could hire u if you weren’t on the complete opposite Coast. Skype would Definitely be an easy way to communicate & see what I’m doing, & tell me to do more LOL! !! I would Love to tell people in Boston my trainer lives in Portland….
    Definitely something I want to work on with u…. I’m praying that your New
    Business Adventure is
    Everything you Deserve it to be.. 🙂

  2. I need a new training program … the one I was following is really geared toward finishing a marathon, not overall fitness. Now I’m just kind of floundering. I’m still following the old program, just to keep myself doing something 5 days a week. I’m ready to push myself to improve, but I think I need someone to help. WHen you are ready to take clients out of your area, I would love to sign up 🙂

    1. I think I’m going to need some people to try and help me hammer out the details. I need to start thinking about how I want to implement that.

      Let me know what you are interested in working on in the short term!

  3. Hey, Johnny. I’d love to be part of an online training program with personalized workouts. I’m a very busy, very private person, and I prefer to workout at home. I hate the gym, and I hate the idea of someone I don’t know telling me what to do with my body. It needs to be personal and I need to trust the trainer for it to stick with me, if that makes sense. I’ve been working at it on my own for about a year, now, and have hit a plateau trying to do my own thing. I think this is a great idea, and I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to get it done– and I can’t wait to see the results! If I can help, let me know!

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