I've been aprehensive to post but I'm getting frustrated, so here goes. I've been "mostly" primal for several weeks. I say mostly, because I have had a few alcoholic drinks each week (either red wine or vodka), some dairy (which I tolerate just fine...and love), and it looks like I eat a little more fruit than some. I still suffer frequent headaches and have not seen any weight loss whatsoever. I'll preface my scenario by first stating that I'm not a real typical woman; I've been referred to as "freakishly strong" and have much more bone and muscle mass than most women (my previous fit weight was 165lbs, now at 187). I am very cut on most of my body, but have a big...gigantic tummy that won't budge. I work out more than is recommended by the PB, but I really like/need this outlet and comraderie with those I train with. I'll admit that my job is very stressful, and I'm really working on making my home life less stressful.
My questions: (short of cutting back on exercise) what am I doing wrong? what could I do better? Can anyone else testify to a similar experience?
Day in the life for me:
B: scoop of whey protein, coffee w/splash of whole organic milk
2 egg omelette w/1 link breakfast sausage, a fistfull of bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and a small campari tomato, about 2Tbsp. avocado
S: handful of nuts (almonds, cashes, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts)
L: big salad w/balsamic vinegar & EVOO, 1 oz. walnuts, large chicken breast, ~10 red seedless grapes, less than an oz. of crumbled gorgonzola cheese
S: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, then a banana right before workout
Workout: ~45 min. intense exercise: squats, agility ladder exercises, medicine ball slams, sprints, tire flipping, jumps, pullups, barbell cleans/snatches...changes everyday. 5 minute "rounds", very little rest (30 sec. - 1 min.) between exercises. I do this 4 days/week.
Post workout snack: scoop of whey protein w/handful of frozen blueberries, 1Tbsp almond butter
D: salmon, big pile of french green beans sauteed in olive oil & fresh garlic
Sometimes if my stomach is still screaming and my head is pounding, I'll have another scoop of whey protein for an evening snack.
I feel very fit now, but I want my big tummy to go. I basically have fat on only the trunk of my body. The rest of me matches how I feel: strong and energetic. I will appreciate any constructive feedback that anyone may have. Thanks!