1 Week from Today on Keto

I started Keto on 1/10 at 267lbs. 

Today, after a week, I am at 260 lbs. This was a lot, but also keep in mind that the 267 was from a doctor's office using a different scale and having all my clothing and shoes on. Add 3-4 lbs and the total loss so far is actually around 3-4 lbs total since I started. 

The Diabetes

As a note, I want to keep you all in the loop. I started this diet so that I could manage my diabetes better. I have Type 1 Adult Onset Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus. I was diagnosed in 2001 somewhere around the age of 18. Since I was diagnosed, I have fluctuate in weight mostly because I couldn't afford insulin during parts of my life and so on. Insulin does crazy things to your body. 

Anyway, on to the summary of this week. Below is a trend for my blood sugar count. I'm having highs when waking up, so I am having to find a balance when taking my long lasting insulin for the day. I was on Trujeo but since my insurance changed over to a different provider, they have me taking another brand. I usually take this at 32ml units a day in the morning. I may need to take it at night so prevent these highs. I will keep you updated later. 

However, as you can see, highs aside, I was able to maintain a daily average lower than 150, which is a great achievement. 

The total amount of Humalog i had to take this day was 22 units, 10-12 for two meals throughout the day. Usually, when consuming junk food for lunches like McDonalds, Pizza from my local favorite place the Alamo in Newnan Ga, I was just no able to maintain a low amount of insulin intake. I would usually have to take 28-32 units and that's increased since I was younger. 


A lot of people have commented about what my mood is like. I haven't found anything crazy other than maybe some hunger pains making it difficult to concentrate. Overall, I feel that the mood is fine and if anything I feel happier and more bubbly? I really can't tell, I don't interact with a lot of people other than my coworkers and due to some recent changes, I have had to work from home until I move later this month. 


So the biggest issue in all of this is the temptation. There was one day, I think it was on Thursday where I was just sick of the premade chicken I made to kind of keep me in the flow and not explore outside of this. 

It was also the night my job decided to have a big work outing to have Hibachi. This was really hard when I had to tell the restaurant NO RICE. I was able to substitute for extra veggies and just got steak and shrimp. Thankfully, this cook didn't ruin everything by drenching it in teriyaki sauce. 

It was a fun night but still a lot of temptation and it's kind of annoying having to explain the diet to a lot of people and your intentions with it. Especially when they roll out a scoop of ice cream at the end. Everyone saying "Go ahead Christian, you can do it just once". This is the most unsettling as the peer pressure just becomes slightly annoying. 

The Energy

This is the big part. Since starting, I find myself having more energy in my daily tasks. Going up stairs is a lot less effortless and I find myself wanting to roam and walk around more. This is exactly what I was wanting because earlier this week I had actually gone to see the doctor about this very issue. I was wanting to verify my system was all in check and thankfully it is. 

In Close

After all of this, I have to say it is thrilling most of all to bring my insulin down by almost 1/3 in my daily use. It's really exciting that I have lost 3-4 lbs and I'm on my way to learning new and exciting ways to cook and eat. Just today I layed out a bunch of pictures on Instagram and got feedback from lots of people making a modified pizza from a blogger I found online by a lovely lady named Alison at Butterisnotacarb.com

I'm really looking forward to this change.


Ketogenic Diet

Today I started a diet in an attempt to improve my overall health. I've fluctuated my weight pretty inconsistently due to poor habits that I have just never overcame growing up. In 2011, I weighed about 174lbs. By 2015, i'm at my heaviest of 265. When I was 13, I used to weight about 280lbs. This is mostly in part of my Type 1 Diabetes. 

A co-worker of mine had mentioned Kotegenic to me and mentioned a subreddit that followed this practice. After reading through the diet and the pros and cons, I found that this diet not only addresses the need to reduce sugar and carb intake to control blood sugars, but was a good choice for those that wish to lose weight as well. 

You can follow up on the diet and information here.

My current issues are that my A1C is pretty High. I believe at the time of this writing, I'm at a 8.2 for my A1C, which means my rate of Sugar levels range from 200-300 on a consistent basis. 

  • My goal is to lose 30lbs by the end of the year or more. 
  • Eat better
  • Lower my A1C
  • Lower my Insulin Dependency if not eliminate the need for it all together if possible. (This is a dream, but I don't think it can actually happen, I mean the losing diabetes thing)

For the sake of my own insecurities, I'm not going to post pictures yet. I don't want to post something unnecessary and not deliver as this is a start and doesn't mean I've actually been successful at it. Once I have good enough proof, I will post something and I plan on posting about my experience along the way. 

Since this is sort of not the main focus of my site, as this site is used for my personal music endeavors, I will see if I can separate the blog in a way that divides the two. We will see. 

Ableton Live Drum Kits for Maschine

Hey everyone, I decided to give away some Drum Kits for Ableton that allow you to add these into any project easily and play drums or sequence them within PUSH or Launchpad Pro if you have a sequencer plugin. 

These are great for live performances and if you want to seek using Maschine Drum kits without having to actually use Maschine.

I used DrumSynths only, I find Maschine's Drum Synths to be pretty powerful since you can customize them as you wish. You will see the files organized where the base Maschine folder contains the default Drum Synth and another folder for GreyForge that contains the kits with Drum Synths as well. 

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Here are the links
MEGA: Download
DIRECT: Download

If you like what I did, please donate. A dollar goes a long way. Thanks!

STEMS Traktor Mapping for Launchpad

I took a little time to map out my Launchpad to control STEMS in Traktor. If you aren't familiar with STEMS, it's a new way to play with Traktor allowing you better control over support tracks to mix in and out parts of a track. Really great if you are a performance DJ. 

You can cehck out the mapping at DJ TechTools

My first blog post...

It's officially been awhile since I have created a page and site that I could blog on. I'm using Squarespace.com as my blog because I simply don't feel like managing anything else and this service gets the job done fast and neatly. 

My intentions for this page is to share my educational videos as I learn new things. The series will be called TIL, short for "Things I've Learned" and will mostly follow production topics and techniques that I learn while making my own projects. A teacher of mine once said "If you want to master something, you need to teach it". 

I believe this to be true. Over time I will be posting videos, hosting live events on YouTube and sharing articles and content over this page. 

I am also setting up a form so that if you have a project and want me to "Master" the tracks, feel free to submit your projects stems to me and I will go over it. If you have project files, feel free to send those, but keep in mind that some parts may require you to export as audio because I may not have your plugin or patch.

Here goes nothing!