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My Dance with the Keto Diet

As many of you know, or if you don't, I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have been a guest on the JackedCast Podcast a few times and have told my story so make sure you check those episodes out here and here. I am not going to rehash everything from the podcast, I will just start with the last month.

My journey started towards the end of October. I weighed in around 215lbs mid-October. I was comfortable with the number; however I wasn't satisfied with my look or the feel of my clothing. Everything felt a little snug. I had been looking into the Keto Diet as a few people I follow on Twitter have had great success with it. You probably want to know what the Keto Diet is. Without getting into all the nitty-gritty, the Keto Diet is a low carb (5%), moderate protein (20%) and high fat (75%) diet. For more in-depth information, Google is a great resource and so is this website, www.ruled.me. So I did some research, got a meal planner that calculated my macros for my target weight, at the time 200lbs. All of the food recommended were things I liked; bacon, steak, avocado and so on.

The first day was the most difficult. I went from grazing and snacking all day and eating what I wanted without thought to a very clean diet. Breakfast mostly consisted of sausage, bacon, eggs, and cheese. Lunches were varied, chicken, steak, ground beef with veggies, cheese, sour cream, and olive oil. Dinners were similar to lunch. I was really enjoying the first few days of food alone. October 22 was my first day, and I weighed in at 213 lbs with a BMI of 29.8. A week later on October 28th, I weighed in at 205lbs with a BMI of 27.9. Now, before you say "Holy Sh*t" a lot of that weight loss is water weight.

I was thrilled with the progress, and I thought to myself, damn I'm only 5lbs away from my goal, this diet is amazing. I continued on with the meal plan. Halloween was a little difficult because of all the chocolate that was around (a habit not craving). Aside from that, I was okay. I noticed a few things happening. First off was people seeing a change in my appearance. I saw my clothes were looser, which is the best way to tell how your diet is going. I also noticed I wasn't hungry, ever, or craving anything. I was really shocked and happy about that.

Week 2 came with no changes in my diet or activity. I lost 2lbs that week weighing in at 203 with a BMI of 27.6. The weight loss wasn't the greatest, but I wasn't expecting to maintain 5 additional pound loss per week, that's not realistic at all. I didn't change the foods I was eating, and I even slipped up with my calorie and carb budget a few times. I'm human, it happens. Best thing is to is not beat yourself up over it and get on the right course the next day.

Week 3 I had a breakthrough. I weighed in at 198lbs. I hit my original goal of 200lbs in 3 weeks. I decided I wanted to keep going and set a new goal of 185lbs. My BMI was down to 26.8, I was feeling good, not hungry, slept well. Everything was great. Then I hit a roadblock. I wasn't losing weight, in fact, I kept jumping from 196 to 199. Nothing had changed in my eating habit. I spoke to a few people I knew were on keto about their roadblocks. The best advice I got was not to begin fasting for a more extended period. I also started adding MTC Oil into my diet, mostly in my morning coffee.

Going to jump to week 4.5. The day of Thanksgiving. 193lbs and a BMI of 26.2, eight pounds away from my goal. The fasting tip I got is really paying off. The best part is I never feel hungry. I'm still eating bacon, cheese, steak, anything I want except carbs. Thanksgiving is my first "cheat day." I will be resuming Keto on Friday and will be avoiding the scale until Monday morning.

There are a few things in addition to the actual food that I do. I use this app, Carb Manager: Keto Diet App by Wombat Apps LLC, to track everything. If it has a barcode, I scan it. The app is free, but you can pay for the premium features. They allow you to track additional things. You also gain access to recipes and a meal planner. It's about $40/year. I also weigh everything I eat. That's the best way to see how much you are consuming. Keto is more than just minimal/no carbs. It's about a state your body enters. You can track it 2 ways, using urine test strips or a blood test. I do both. The strips can be found at your local drug store. The blood test kits can be ordered online. I got mine from Keto Mojo for $50.00.

Before you start any diet, consult your doctor and do your research. There are a lot of pros to this diet. Everyone responds differently to diets so my results may not be the same for you. I cannot stress enough that you do research before you begin this diet. Once I hit my goal weight, I will adjust my macros to maintain 185lbs. I am sure I can do it. That means you can do it also. You just have to stay focused and dedicated. Remember its ok to make mistakes. You also have to learn from them just as I did. If you are currently sticking to the Keto Diet, I would love to hear your goals, struggles or any food tips you have. Happy Holiday season!!

TEKTOK Podcast - EP058 - Headphone Hoarders - Sweet TEK Pick - Sorted 3

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was Sorted 3.

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If listeners of my podcasts or readers of my blogs or tweets know me at all, they know that I am a productivity junkie! I use a bunch of apps in this specific category. Sorted 3 is one of them. What makes Sorted 3 standout? It’s a unique approach to calendar viewing. Each event is listed as a task. Once the event has finished? Mark it complete. It is also a beautiful and extremely functional task manager that merges your tasks and events together seamlessly. Sorted 3 also has a very unique feature set. One of my favorite features is task auto-scheduling. Load a bunch of tasks to your itinerary for the day and let Sorted 3 schedule them for you in between the events you already have scheduled. Then set the buffer times between each task to ensure you are not over-scheduling.

Sorted 3 is as minimal or as powerful as you need it to be. It’s easily navigated via swiping gestures. It is also one of the most polished apps I have ever used. I’m eagerly awaiting the Mac version to become a reality. In the meantime, get familiar with Sorted 3 on your Mac and iPhone for free and take advantage of additional features via in-app purchase if you want more goodness.

Are you using Sorted 3 already? Has it become your default calendar or task manager? What are your thoughts? Let us know.

iOSDocked - EP136 - iOS 12 is Pretty Darn Good - iLike Burkley Detachable Leather Wallet Case

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the Burkley Detachable Leather Wallet Case for my new iPhone Xs Max

I love this case so much. It’s everything you could possibly want in ways of convenience, protection, and accessibility. This high-quality leather case doubles as a full-size wallet storing up to 3 credit cards, an ID and plenty of room for business cards, receipts and cash in the extra side pocket.

The case is perfect for someone looking to combine both of their most critical pocket items. If you decide to wear your tight jeans out for a night on the town, fret not. The internal phone case is secured by a magnet and detaching from the wallet is a piece of cake. And the inner phone case is not some generic piece of crap. It’s just as stylish with a beautiful padded leather back and a sleek, minimal design that looks good from any angle. Want wireless charging? Detach from the wallet and place it on your compatible wireless charger. It is fully compatible.

I typically bounce from case to case throughout the year, but this case has some staying power. I like it a lot. Get yours in one of 4 excellent color options for just under $70. You won’t regret it!

TEKTOK Podcast - EP057 - In Need of Intervention - Sweet TEK Pick - All the Shortcuts

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was all the Shortcuts I have already created.

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Shortcuts, the best new thing to come out of iOS 12 is a game changer for iPhone users all all stages and ages. I now have 271 shortcuts. That number will more than certainly grow significantly with every passing week. Shortcuts hasn’t necessarily made Siri smarter, but it has made Siri more powerful. So what can you do with Shortcuts? Well before I leave, let me get you started with a few of my favorites.

Add to Pocket: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8e50402b34624f4a9399223020201d7e

  • This Shortcut gives you a button press for clipping URLs to the Pocket app.

Nap Logger: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/92f2246d29ba494485a0eb16eb70fb55

  • This Shortcut logs your nap in Health Kit.

Open in Apple Music: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/b87d2387ec1e4b9fb991f8e4d6b553d2

  • See something you like in the iTunes Store? Use this Shortcut to add it to your Apple Music library.

Battery Saver: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/a6c34f1e4d5a411a8c68a6fe1dbab3f1

  • A smarter way to manage the battery life of your device.

Hey Google!: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/18f1ecd32e094249819a35b017b0f2b4

  • Need a smart voice assistant? Hey Google!

iOSDocked - EP135 - Apple September Event Recap - iLike iOS 12 Camera Software Enhancements

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the new camera software updates that accompanied iOS 12.

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This whole “depth of field” stuff is just wild. It can make any amateur photographer feel like a pro. I was enjoying some time with the family and was able to take advantage of these new portrait photo settings. The fact that you can adjust the contrast between the foreground and background after taking the picture is just incredible. Well done Apple.

Have you had an opportunity to test the new Xs series iPhone camera software? What are your thoughts?

TEKTOK Podcast - EP056 - It’s All Just More of the Same - Sweet TEK Pick - TwelveSouth Everything

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was all the BookBook accessories available from TwelveSouth.

So just one month ago, I was praising all the Apple leather accessories available for their products. But now I’ve changed my tune just a bit. I stumbled across some images on the TwelveSouth website and was immediately sold.

I’m in this phase of my life where I’m resenting the fact that I need technology to be effective in my personal and professional lives. And while my reasoning may sound strange, I ask you the reader, to be patient with me and let me explain.

I purchased all the black leather accessories for all my Apple devices several weeks ago. They are fine quality products. They are also expensive. But more that all that, they are a constant reminder of my addiction to all things technology and more importantly, the Apple brand. I have a real problem. TwelveSouth offers a unique lineup of products that disguises the new and shiny and wraps everything up in a pre-worn, distressed and casual package that separates the tech from the future world it belongs to and brings it back to an age where analog tools cluttered our desks and the pen & pad were our go to devices. It's the look of the TwelveSouth products that allows me to separate myself from the technology in an emotional way.

I’m hopeful this came across well and that you feel the vibe that I’m trying to share.

My laptop, my tablet, my phone and even my cables have new homes. And when all together, the tech becomes invisible, out of sight and out of mind.

What about you? Are you ready to give your tech a new look? Look no further than TwelveSouth. They are sure to have something that will make you feel nostalgic (and smart).


iOSDocked - EP033 - $6 and a Trip to Target - iLike Habitify

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was Habitify

Habitify, available on iOS, macOS, watch OS and soon to be on Android, is an app to assist you in building good habits and routines and easily track progress with helpful statistical views along the way. While I use another app for habit building (a post for later), I do like to use Habitify to help me solidify my daily routines. It is a complete solution as it has clients available to me on all the Apple platforms I use. This is important to me because I switch devices as I move from task to task. Progress is synced in real time as I check off tasks running through each routine with fluidity. Habitify is developed by and tailored for those who are serious about not only being productive but also consistent in how they approach their work and self-development. I highly recommend downloading the free version for yourself and seeing if this is a utility that you could implement into your life. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP055 - Leather Fetish - Sweet TEK Pick - All the Apple Leather

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was all the leather accessories that protect my Apple devices 

Whether it's the quality, the style or the simplicity, I love Apple's leather accessories. It all started with the iPad Pro Sleeve. It fits my iPad Pro with a smart keyboard beautifully. I love that there is even a pocket for my Apple Pencil as well. Then I took a look at the leather folio case Apple offers for the iPhone X. Once again, I came away extremely pleased. I have tried Folio cases in the past but never fell in love with anything. I'm not sure how Apple did it, but they managed to give me more room for "wallet stuff" without the bulk you get from cheaper knock-offs you can find other places. Finally, there is the pricey $179 leather sleeve for my MacBook Pro. I'm not a fan of the prices, but I can live with it if it the quality stands up like I think it will, and it can be a case for another Macbook or two moving forward. 

So my devices are draped in Apple Leather. What are your thoughts on Apple's premium leather accessories? Tempted? No so much? Let us know!

TEKTOK Podcast - EP054 - Trials & Tribulations - Sweet & Sour TEK Pick - Screen Time

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was not so sweet. As a matter of fact, the verdict is still out on this one as the feature is now in beta and has not been working reliably.

Screen Time for iOS 12 was announced at Apple's WWDC event back in June, and it is Apple's attempt at giving the user control to help cope with their lack of self-control. 

In public beta 2 of iOS 12.0, Screen Time quit working all together immediately crashing upon launch. Beta 2 fixed that issue but with the fix came more problems. Now it appears that if an app shuts down due to the "Downtime" set, the button the user is to push to request for more time does not work. This is the beta life. You can't complain, but we do anyway. 

I am a fan of the idea behind Screen Time. Becoming more aware of how my time on my iPhone gets spent, opens my eyes to time invested vs. time wasted. Downtime, a tentpole feature of Screen Time has really pushed me to get to bed on time. I have used 3rd party apps to simulate these features up until now but full integration natively from Apple (once it works as advertised), will just be awesome. 

There is more to Screen Time, such as having the ability to set time limits by app category, access to more powerful parental controls and a less distracting view of your lock screen first thing in the morning. 

I'm curious, what are your thoughts on Screen Time? Will you be making use of these new tools or ignoring their existence?

iOSDocked - EP131 - The Beta Bitch is Back - iLike the HomePad?

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was what I called my HomePads.

I have a pair of them to accompany my two HomePods. What are they? Simple little HomePod coasters that have been crocheted for me by my wonderful wife. She has been honing her craft and meanwhile, I happened to be reading an article about #RingGate. Click the link here for more on that story. Anyway, I use the HomePads to protect the wood finish of the tables in my office. They also add warmth to the cold and neutral grey HomePods. Interested in having some made? I can ask if she has the time. Who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

TEKTOK Podcast - EP053 - Favorite Things - Sweet TEK Pick - Apple Leather Folio Case for iPhone X

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the Apple Leather Folio case for the iPhone X

So for the past few months, I have been quite happy with the battery case I have been using on my iPhone X. But the lighting port connection became faulty, and I decided to go in a different route with protection this round. I have been on a personal quest to eliminate screen time from my life. My thinking was that perhaps a folio style case would help with that. I was also on the lookout for a new wallet as my old one has sadly bit the dust. So I figured, why not try a case that will address both my needs. Enter the Apple Folio case for the iPhone X. I've been using it for the last few weeks and have been quite pleased with it as a wallet and as a screen time deterrent. The quality of this leather case rivals that of some of the best leather cases I have ever used. I have moved the iPhone from my front pocket to my back pocket as it sits more comfortably due to the increased bulk added by the added functionality a wallet case provides, but the convenience of combining the phone protection and a decent wallet has made the transition smooth. What are your thoughts on the folio style cases? If cost is a primary concern, Apple's take on it will set you back $100. If the price is not a significant factor, I think this will suit you fine. Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you ultimately decide on for your needs. 

3 Handy Todoist Tips Every User Should Know About

If you follow TEKSide or me on Twitter, you will notice that over the weekend, I posted three handy tips for Todoist users that I find incredibly useful and productive. For those that missed out on those, don't fret. Here they are: 

1. Here is a handy @todoist tip for iPhone users! Create a task out of a voicemail! #TEKSideTodoistTips https://workflow.is/workflows/217225935cc345769226b34a68504751

2. Here is another handy @todoist tip for iPhone users! Link a task to another app with URL schemes #TEKSideTodoistTips

3. Here is another handy @todoist tip! It’s the Ultimate Todoist Start Page! #TEKSideTodoistTips

I call it !!Outlook!!

Filter setup: P:Inbox, @Waiting, Overdue, Today, Tomorrow

📥 Inbox (need to process)
🐌 Waiting (on someone else)
🚩 Overdue!
🌞 Today tasks
🕟 Tomorrow tasks

iOSDocked - EP130 - WWDC Recap - iLike Shortcuts & Walkie Talkie

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was two new announced features coming to iPhones & Apple Watches later this year. 

First up:

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Shortcuts: A Siri activated Automator for iOS

This is extremely exciting for me as a heavy user of Drafts, Workflow & Launch Center Pro, this will take my smartphone productivity to all new levels. I have amassed a massive amount of actions with these 3 aforementioned apps, and I am hopeful that these can quickly be morphed into Siri Shortcuts with minimal effort. We shall see...

Next up:

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Walkie Talkie: A new but old method of communication on watchOS

This direct two-way conversation method between two Apple Watch users is just perfect. I can see myself watching an Apple Keynote and in real time sharing my thoughts with one of my iOSDocked co-stars on the other end. This kind of service makes perfect sense for the most popular wrist-wearing technology in the World. Not only is this practical, but it can also be a lot of fun. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP052 - The Highs, The Lows & The Questionable - Sweet TEK Pick - JUUK Monza Onyx Apple Watch Band

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the Monza Onyx Apple Watch Band from JUUK.

 I’m quickly becoming an Apple Watch band collector. It wasn’t my intention but some of these 3rd party bands are really special and somewhat affordable.  In this case, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on my new Monza Onyx Apple Watch Band from JUUK. 

It’s a strikingly gorgeous highly quality leather band in black with red accents. With an adjustable clasp, it’s sure to fit comfortably. Another plus? The red matches the red tip of the Apple Watch crown. I’ve been wearing it a lot since it arrived a few weeks back and even my wife has taken notice of it’s design and gave it it’s due praise. JUUK is really going all out on these bands. If the Monza Onyx is not your thing, something will be. Be sure to visit JUUK and explore their offerings.