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#HIITO: High Intensity Interval Time & Transformation Optimization

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Welcome to a blog to document my new Life (re)Startup called #HITTO. This is very much like any other startup you would see in a garage with a bunch of buddies after a hackathon. But this is very different in the fact my personal life is the problem to solve and product as a solution. The following is a glossary of terms to get you started.

Are you synchronized?

Starting with the end in mind, to me, synchronization means spirit, soul and body are optimized together to maximize joy. This is the desired result of #HITTO which also brings up a whole other set of terms to define. Starting with:

  • Body – Physical Self and Expression
  • Soul – Mind, Will and Emotions
  • Spirit – Deeper Purpose, Passions, and Potential (Pain is also a factor here for synchronization.)


Joy is the feeling of being glad to be together in strength and especially weakness. Joy is a relational experience. And joy is most optimized with vulnerability.

For example, when I share my vulnerable feelings, such as shame, with my amazing wife, and she is glad I am connecting with her, we have joy. This makes joy different than feeling “happy.” I can be happy eating a whole pizza all by myself. But after I am finished, despite the momentary “fix” my brain gets, do I really have joy? Not really (more like regret). True joy is always followed with peace which is the cozy feeling that all is right in the world. Peace is how I distinguish between joy and artificial happiness. (Now if I was sharing that pizza with my family and sharing in great conversations, that’s a whole other story of true joy followed by peace.)

#HITTO: High Intensity Interval Time & Transformation Optimization

#HITTO borrows principles from high intensity interval training but applies them beyond exercise and the body.

High Intensity:

Studies have proven high intensity exercise, in short bursts, is just as effective as sustained activity for longer periods. #HITTO applies varying degrees of intensity to all activities, spirit, soul and body, from “hair on fire” intense to complete-rest-with-no-inputs intense. All for different levels of effect. This also includes the concept of “voluntary hardship” which has a profound impact on my materialist consumer mentality. 


Using an interval framework eliminates the necessity for time management. Or in other words, planning #HITTO activities in interval-based time neutralizes that guilty feeling for not getting through my to-do list all the time. In fact, intentionally leaving things incomplete becomes more effective in harnessing subconscious brain power and creativity. Another example is time restricted feeding otherwise known as intermittent fasting.


Time is the most valuable non-renewable resource we have. I can always make more money, by trading dollars for hours, but I can’t make more time. Time is the #HITTO scoreboard. The more time I have for joy, the more successful #HITTO is.


For sure one of my focuses is body re-composition for physical health. But #HITTO is designed to take an inside-out approach starting with spirit, then soul and finally body, instead of the other way around–body, soul, and spirit–which is most common.


All #HITTO decisions boil down to one question: “Does it synchronize more joy?” If the answer is no, then something needs to be optimized and even eliminated. If the answer is yes, I explore whether or not I can optimize further. Optimization to synchronize more joy is the single most important guiding principle in #HITTO. Optimization here is especially powerful when we choose to remove things that steal our joy.

Let’s take driving to work as an example.

Currently, I can either spend 35 minutes driving to my client through rush hour traffic, or I can spend 90 minutes walking and taking city transit. 35 minutes may appear to be the optimal choice right?

Using #HITTO optimization however, I realize that in the 90 minutes it takes me to walk and ride, I can get all my emails out of the way, listen to some podcasts and generally sit still meditating on my own thoughts (spirit). I get 15 minutes of walking with fresh air that keeps me calm (soul) and healthy (body). I also can’t over-schedule my day thinking I can drive to more meetings, or my clients can come to me. Then by the time I get home, after another 90 minutes, I am relaxed and centered allowing me to really be present and engage with my family in the evening (spirit). My laptop stays closed and great night’s rest is my reward (body), keeping me fresh for the next day (soul). Not to mention all the money I saved which can then go towards living debt-free and other family activities.

Again, the alternative is I can spend 1-2 hours a day in my car, contending with rush hour traffic and constantly battling the temptation of distracted driving by checking my mobile. As this example demonstrates, there is a difference between optimizing for convenience as opposed to optimizing for joy.

There is your introduction to #HITTO. If it seems like drinking water out of a fire hose that’s normal and the reason I am blogging about this. You can start with my first post on where this all began here >

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