I'm in my mid-30s and a mother of 2. The younger one just turned one and is still nursing twice every 24-hour period. We have been eating Paleo during the week for the past 8 months, but on the weekend we have red wine in the evenings and add whole milk to our morning coffees as a treat. We have also been CrossFitting for the past year. Since the new year, we've been going 5 days a week.
We have seen slow but significant progress in terms of body composition and level of fitness. But we still have at least 20 lbs of fat to lose each. I'm currently at 29% body fat and he at 20%. (We do dunk tests every few months.)
For the past two months, my husband and I have added Intermittent Fasting to our regiment. We are using the Eat Stop Eat principle of fasting for 24 hours twice every week. We switch up the days, but generally it is from 8AM to 8AM.
The problem is, in order for us both to get our workouts in, we take turns going in the mornings at 6:30. This means that sometimes, during a fasting window, I will be working out at 7:30PM one night (after having fasted since 8AM) and then again at 6:30AM the following day, before finally eating at 8AM. When I do eat, it's Paleo and I do not count calories, just eat until I'm full. I get plenty of meat, good fats, and vegetables, with the occasional fruit.
Though the scale hasn't budged much for me, I have definitely noticed some shrinkage. I've dropped a bra size (though that could be because I'm nursing less), my belly--which has always been the great problem area--has shrunk considerably, and my jeans fit better around the thighs and butt.
My husband has dropped 10 lbs and has shown remarkable change in his face and belly. He's wearing size 34 pants for the first time in years.
Here's the issue. While I'm showing obvious improvement in the MetCons, in terms of speed and endurance, I am losing strength in my lifts. Deadlift, for example, was 265#, is now 245#. Back squat was 170#, is now 145#, etc. But, I'm consistently getting stronger in my dips and pull-ups, and dropped to a smaller band in each recently (purple and red respectively).
Am I overtraining? Am I not eating enough? Should I jut focus on losing the fat first and concentrate on gaining strength later?
(By the way, my husband has been making slow strength gains AND showing improvement in his MetCons, so this seems to be only affecting me. Maybe it's also because I'm still nursing, albeit just twice a day...)