Hey what’s up? I’m Alykhan. My friends call me AlyG.
I’m a number cruncher by day, author and blogger by night.
On this site, I write about systematic ways to lose weight, improve your health and fitness, take control of your finances, be more productive, and enjoy life. My ideas will resonate with you if you’re an introvert, number cruncher, practicalist or any combination of these.
I’ve transformed my life by using systems and spreadsheets to track personal data.
Allow myself to introduce… myself.
Brownie points if you can name the movie I just quoted.
Sooo… where shall I begin? Well, believe it or not, I hated writing growing up. I’ve always been more of a numbers person.
I was born in Nairobi, Kenya to an Indian father and Japanese mother. So, it’s safe to say math runs in my blood.
In 2006, I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering only to realize I had no interest in becoming an engineer. To be honest, I’m still not sure exactly what I want to do.
My ultimate goal is to excel in the areas of my life that I care about the most, which is why I began writing.
The writing process helps me refine ideas and gain clarity on what works. It’s an exercise in self-awareness that I practice primarily for my own benefit. But if I can use it to help others along the way, then that’s even better.
I currently do most of my writing on Quora because it’s a great place to share knowledge. I republish some of my answers on this blog along with other things I think people may find useful.
Everyone has their own journey to navigate. I’m navigating mine the only way I know how: using my analytical mind.
I’ve learned a lot so far, but I’ve still got plenty more to learn. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m here to help and add value to your life in any way I can.
I don’t want to promise you the world. I just want to share what works for me. Maybe it will work for you too and we’ll both be 1% better than we were yesterday.
James Altucher, one of my favorite authors, always says “Buddha was the greatest marketer of all time.”
The reason for this is that he wasn’t a pushy salesman. He told people, “This is what worked for me. I’m not saying it will work for you, but try it for yourself and see.”
That’s how I like to operate.
More stuff about me:
I am the author of two books (both available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback):
Calorie Counting Made Easy teaches you everything you need to know about how to set a weight loss goal and use MyFitnessPal to lose weight counting calories in less than five minutes a day.
The Effort Matrix explains my multi-dimensional approach to productivity that centers on aligning your focus and efforts with your highest life priorities to maximize happiness.
My writing has been viewed over 300,000 times on Quora in topics ranging from health, fitness, and weight loss to personal finance, productivity, and self-improvement. Follow me here.
I like spreadsheets and I’m obsessed with finding ways to make my life better. Relying heavily on my introspective and analytical tendencies, I currently track every calorie I eat and every dollar I earn and spend.
If you’ve read this far, you probably already know more about me than most people.
I’m an extreme introvert, so I keep my inner-circle pretty small. But I love to connect with people who have similar interests, which is why I started this site.
Now, I want to get to know you too. So, I’m going to ask you for a favor.
Leave me a note and let me know what you’re struggling with most in the realm of weight loss, health and fitness, personal finance, productivity, or anything else you think I can help you with.
I’d love to help you out. Maybe even create a blog post to answer your question or a spreadsheet to solve a problem you have.
And if you don’t think I’ll actually build you a spreadsheet, then you underestimate how nerdy I am.
I’m like the Willy Wonka of spreadsheets. Except maybe a little less creepy than Gene Wilder with a slightly better haircut.
Seriously, though. Don’t take my word for it.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or just wanna say hi.
P.S. I’m a pretty laid back dude. But one thing I do take seriously is improving the practical areas of my life that I care about the most (health, family, personal finance, etc.).
If that sounds cool to you, I think you’ll enjoy the content on my site. Feel free to email me anytime with questions or suggestions: email@example.com