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Created October 03, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I am a 47 year old woman and have been doing Paleo since July 3. In the first 2 months I lost 20 pounds (13 and 7 pounds respectivly) but have not lost any weight since early September. I started Crossfit 3 weeks ago and have been going 4-5 times each week. I struggle with the workouts, having never been coordinated or particularly fit (although I have been much thinner than my current 5'2" 180 pounds).

The trainer at Crossfit has looked at my food journal and thinks my food is good. He says I am building muscle. I know it about more than the scale but I am struggling and feeling frustrated given the effort I am giving this. I have a big business trip mid November and would REALLY like to make more progress before then. I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

BTW, I'm older than you, so no disrespect intended ;). Also, Diana Hsieh recently switched from Crossfit to Superslow. Here's her rationale: http://blog.dianahsieh.com/2011/06/from-crossfit-to-superslow-body-by.html

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No issues with tough love - thank you!

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No disrespect percieved. I appreciate all the comments and suggestions.

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Thank you all for your comments. Based on mhy online reseach I really thought of crossfit as a logical step and didn't consider other options. Typical food day - 1-2 eggs with veggies and good quality bacon, salad with chicken or beef and homemade balsamic/olive oil dressing and paleo chili (w grassfed beef, pork and bison - no beans). I might have a small handful of nuts for a snack. A couple time a week I do have a glass of wine. My goal is to lean out (at 5'2" I would be comfortable at 125/130ish) and to get feel strong. Thanks again for the great comments@

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on October 04, 2011
at 11:47 AM

KimberlyL, please post what you eat on a typical day. Also, what exactly is your goal with CrossFit in relation to weight loss - do you want to build muscle to increase your basal metabolism, or do you want to burn calories?

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on October 04, 2011
at 02:10 AM

I'm horribly uncoordinated. Personally, I think crossfit would shoot my cortisol through the roof. Like others have said, I'd give that up.

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on October 04, 2011
at 01:26 AM

I like Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint Fitness program as a guide to exercise for the average non-athlete. It's a free pdf file on the MDA forum. www.marksdailyapple.com Basically: lift heavy for 20-30 min twice a week, sprint 1x/week for 10 min, move slowly for 5-7+ hours/week, play & rest.

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on October 04, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Agree with Beth. I'm 48 & a former personal trainer. If I did as many workouts as you I would probably gain fat from all the stress/cortisol.

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on October 04, 2011
at 12:56 AM

More red meat, less fat, no crossfit, more walking.

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on October 04, 2011
at 12:19 AM

Kimberly - how about you post your food journal here - at least a couple of days' worth? That is usually the best way to get PaleoHackers to help you with constructive feedback on additional ways to hack your weight loss. Thanks! :)

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on October 04, 2011
at 12:34 AM

This is probably heresy here, but given your specifics (older, female, needs to lose weight), Crossfit raises a red flag for me. I'm a believer in the right kind of exercise to signal metabolic changes, so for me, like the idea of a little HIIT, a little weight lifting, and lots of low and slow.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

BTW, I'm older than you, so no disrespect intended ;). Also, Diana Hsieh recently switched from Crossfit to Superslow. Here's her rationale: http://blog.dianahsieh.com/2011/06/from-crossfit-to-superslow-body-by.html

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on October 04, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Agree with Beth. I'm 48 & a former personal trainer. If I did as many workouts as you I would probably gain fat from all the stress/cortisol.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 04, 2011
at 01:26 AM

I like Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint Fitness program as a guide to exercise for the average non-athlete. It's a free pdf file on the MDA forum. www.marksdailyapple.com Basically: lift heavy for 20-30 min twice a week, sprint 1x/week for 10 min, move slowly for 5-7+ hours/week, play & rest.

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No disrespect percieved. I appreciate all the comments and suggestions.

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on October 04, 2011
at 11:34 AM

Over the past couple of years, I've come to realize that women of our age generally need far fewer calories than most people -- including ourselves -- think. While your diet might be of good quality, it's of a quantity to sustain a 180 lb you. It could be you've hit a plateau, so you can ride that out and see. But otherwise you'll have to consciously reduce intake or employ techniques to subconsciously do so. Sorry for the tough love response, but that's the unfortunate reality especially for us women.

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on October 05, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No issues with tough love - thank you!

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on October 04, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Even for an athlete I think CF more than 3x a week is over doing it. Like others have said, your cortisol is probably skyrocketing. Cut it back to twice a week and go for nice long relaxing walks on the other days. I bet you see a huge change almost immediately.

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on October 04, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I would not worry so much about the scale. You could be gaining some muscle which weighs more than fat.

At your crossfit gym, have them measure your body fat %, you can also measure you waist, chest, arms etc. You can still weight yourself on a scale, just do it less often. These 3 datapoints should give you a better indication.

That being said, how are your stress levels? Are you doing low level activity? This can help boost your fat metabolism.

How about sleep? Get at least 8 hours of good sleep.

How much weight are you looking to lose? 20 so far sounds great.

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on October 04, 2011
at 12:22 AM

reevaluate your carb intake, increase trace minerals, don't over work out, just a few quick tips without knowing any more details. do you really need to lose more weight? concentrate on enjoying gains in mind power through your fitness program.

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