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that's what it was! There's only been a few gentlemen of our size on here and I'm pretty sure it was you that I commented back and forth with.
I haven't really done much with fasting. There's been a day here or there I didn't eat much because I felt full and all, but that was an accident I guess? How's it going for you?
My first goal was 100 pounds in a year. So far i've dropped 97 and have 20 more days! Started a body weight exercise routine a few weeks ago. If that looks like your kind of thing and since you're tall, check out one of these.
Signing up for the gym on the 28th and the next goals to be able to bench my body weight. Haven't really looked at /r/ketogains yet, but that's my next stop!
I don't find them any harder, but that could be due to the type of bar I have
I have a door frame pull up bar in regular use for over a year. I use it on a closet doorway in my home. The door frame started to dimple from pressure so I added some padding between the bar and the frame to spread the pressure out over a larger area. I weigh 185 pounds.
I have the poor-mans version:
that + metolius rock rings hanging from the eye bolts you can see. It works great, feels very solid once its up there with weight on it.
Some day I'll probably saw off the two parallel handholds in the front and attach a nice sheet of wood for a hangboard, but I haven't felt the need yet. Though another 6-8in of height would be really nice to prevent having to hang with bent legs, and I could get that by just extending the wood up a little.
This is the pull-up bar I bought. It says it has a max weight of 300 pounds.
It seems pretty sturdy to me, but I am well below the 300 pound limit.
I just screwed one into a ceiling joist in the semi finished basement of my old place which worked great.
At my our new place we have one of these:
And I have my beastmaker screwed to a bit of 2x8 (longer then the door frame is wide) with 4 bike storage hooks screwed to the top so you can hang it from the lowest chin up bar and the board rests against the door frame.
This works well enough except that you hang pretty low and have to bend or lift your knees to avoid touching the floor.
They make cheaper chin up bar which work on a similar principle but that one has the nice elevated bar and the rings to hang rock rings etc off. When i get serious again about hangboarding this winter i will figure out some spacers for the back of the beast maker setup so i can hang it off the high bar and still rest it against the door frame ... you can't use it free hanging very well because the holds are so bad you will fall off if it swings at all.
Actually, I just found it on amazon: [link]
Good job! Keep it up. It's so worth it. It's proof that you can achieve your goals. When you are ready to start lifting, consider the Stronglifts 5x5 program. If it just doesn't seem like enough, try Ice Cream Fitness. SL5x5 takes about an hour, three times a week. ICF adds more exercises and takes 1.5 hours, three times a week.
I'll do a pull up goal with you. I can do 8 pull ups right now. I want to do 3 sets of 10 wide grip pull ups by Christmas so I can start weighted pull ups. Check in with me anytime and challenge me: ask me how many sets of pull ups I've done that day. I can do the same for you, if you want.
If you need motivation, watch this kid do pull ups. I bought one of his programs a year ago only to discover that I wasn't strong enough to do any of it. I'm still not quite strong enough, but that's my fault. Don't make the same mistake I did. There are plenty of free resources you can use right here on reddit.
Get a pull up bar and hang it in your closet doorway if you don't already have one. If you can't do any pull ups, use progressions to work your way up. Hang on it for 10s every time you walk past it. Reddit will tell you just to do negative pull ups but if you need to break it down some more, try the following progression.
Use a chair to boost yourself up into the flexed arm hang position. When you are finished with your flex arm hold, slowly lower into the negative. The chair can get in the way but it helps you use all your strength for the hang instead of having to pull yourself up. Use a resistance band if you can't make progress.
Once you can do a set of 10 reps of one progression, unassisted and with proper form, move on to the next. You should work to do a pull up from a full dead hang. Find out where you are in the progression path. You may be only a week or two away from a full dead hang pull up.
I know a couple of people who mount theirs on one of those caming pull up bars that sits on a door jam:
My girlfriend has that one and it even has little steel eyelets you can hang rock rings from.
With a little ingenuity and some boards you can make a wooden mount that hooks over the bar (or into the eye bolts) and rest against the door jam so it is stable... see figure 2.1 in the beastmaker mounting instructions: