The Path Is All Math

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A few weeks ago I heard a quote that really hit home with me:

“The path is all Math” – Unknown

I am naturally a numbers guy with a background in Finance and Analytics. I look at almost everything through the lens of a spreadsheet…at least at first glance.

Anyways, it got me thinking about the simple math that got me to where I am today. On September 29th of 2012 I was at my best shape ever at 188lbs with about 8-9% body-fat. A little over two years later I was sitting at 220.8 (12-28-14) lbs. So if you do the math, it’s no surprise as to why I gained almost 34 lbs.


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I ran a cumulative calorie surplus of about 115,000 calories ((220.8 – 188) = 32.8, 32.8 * 3,500 = 114,800).

Again, doing the math, that means that over the 820 days that lapsed I averaged a daily calorie surplus of 140 calories. That is the equivalence of a can of coca-cola every day for 820 days strait.

22 days into my 2nd transformation adventure I have dropped 7.5 lbs. So far I have run a calorie deficit of 26,250 or an average daily deficit of 1,193 calories.

The moral of the story is that a small insignificant indulgence like a coke compounded over time can make a huge difference!

The good news is that that entire surplus can be taken care of faster than you would think. In my example, I think it can be done in about 3-6 months. At my current pace it will happen in about 97 days or just a tad over 3 months.

I am going to be much smarter about being consistent after I get back down to my goal weight and body fat %.

– Gen Y Finance Guy



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Gen Y Finance Guy

Hey, I’m Dom - the man behind the cartoon. You’ll notice that I sign off as "Gen Y Finance Guy" on all my posts, due to the fact that I write this blog anonymously (at least for now). I like to think of myself as the Chief Freedom Officer here of my little corner of the internet. In the real world, I’m a 30-something C-Suite executive. I am trying to humanize finance by sharing my own journey to Financial Freedom. I believe in total honesty and transparency. That is why before I ever started blogging, I decided that I would share all of my own financial stats. I do this not to brag, but instead to inspire motivate, and also to hold myself accountable. My goal is to be a beacon of hope, motivation, and inspiration, for you, the reader, by living life by example and sharing it all here on the blog. My sincere hope is that you will be able to learn from me - both from my successes and my failures! Read More

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