I suppose the level of deficit matters. I was at a 2lb/week loss for most of the time, so I guess that puts me at a 1000/day deficit (given the general idea of 7000 calories in 2lbs of fat, so I was using 1k calories of fat a day).
A 250/day deficit (which would, given the previous assumptions, result in a .5lb/week weight loss) could be much different in terms of strength loss. I don't know.
Very true. I've unfucked my shoulder though, and have been able to move my grip out wider for a reduced ROM. I'm sure I'll get back to where I was. That's whole other discussion though.