I really think I have cortisol issues. According to the scale, I've gained 10lbs in two months. I CF 4 or 5 times a week. It makes me feel better otherwise I'll sit at home and think about the stress in my new job. I eat a lot of red meat, hardly any fish. The only fruit I eat is a banana post wod carb. I don't consume nuts. I don't bake. Just meat, eggs, bacon, coconut, leafy plants and other veggies. I eat three times a day with a post wod carb. I get hungry three times a day. Each meal is enough to bring me over to the next one. So I'm not snacking. my body composition has changed from the amount of CF I do, but I enjoy going. I get so much more than just strength training out of it, so I don't know if going less during the week is going to help. I'm definitely a worry wart and trying to work on it. But I'm obviously getting nowhere because I've been feeling bloated and inflammed around the midsection and thighs so decided to step on the scale and saw it was 10lbs higher than when I weighed myself in August. and no I'm not pregnant nor is there even the chance that I'm pregnant. What's the issue and how do I hack it?
Sounds like overtraining to me. How is your sleep? You can also measure your HR when you wake up and when you are fresh it should be fairly low but when you're unrecovered it will be higher. There is not a real absolute scale for this (Some cyclists see waking HRs in the 30s!) but the important thing os for you to find your baseline when you're fresh so you have something to compare it to when you've ben overtraining.
I'd take at least week and do nothing but walks and body weight exercises (air squats/pushups/stretching) if you can't just relax.
I wound up taking about 4 weeks to recover from overtraining, not completely off but maybe 1-2 workouts/week and nowhere near a max effort. I feel much much better on account of it.
My man Raj Ganpath over at Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. swears that anything more than 3 intense WODs/wk will absolutely do this. He recommends swapping a few out for some brisk walking. Also, you might not be eating enough.
But I feel ya on not wanting to cut back -- like you, I get so much more out of my CF experience than just good workouts.