I don't know the answer. Is there a physical therapist or a physician still involved in your case who you could ask? 20 miles a day is a lot of walking, and someone who knows your condition should be consulted. As for training, you'd obviously need to build up to it. If the doctor or therapist gives you the okay, then post back with how much you've been walking and I'd be happy to advise you.View Thread
Abdominal muscles are like all other skeletal muscle, and if you work them hard enough, they will need a day or two to recover. You need to see how it goes. If you find that your abs are so sore that you can't work them at 100%, or your abs are getting weaker, then you know you're overtraining them and they need some time for rest and recovery. Remember, muscles grow during downtime, not during the training.View Thread
It sounds to me like you are very motivated! Going to water aerobics 2 or 3 times a week is pretty darn good. It's great exercise, plus you have to get there, change, shower etc. It's not as simple or convenient as exercising indoors at home or taking a walk around your block. So good for you.
If you want to do more at home, check out exercise tubing for resistance exercise. Resistance exercise will build your muscular strength and endurance, and strengthen your bones as well. Tubing is inexpensive and versatile (you can do lots of exercises with them even in a chair) and a great way to get started with resistance exercise. You can start with a set of three for about $20. They come in colors to denote the tension. If you order them make sure to order the strap that allows you to attach the tube to a door, and if you want to work your legs, ask for leg straps. Here are some vendors that sell them.
Insanity will be too much to start. It's way too intense. P-90X and Power 90 are better alternatives. They are both hard, but not like Insanity. You'll need some equipment, like dumbbells (you may need a chin-up bar), but you can get by with soemthing like Jungle Gym for the bar (a less expensive version of TRX). Here's what I suggest you do. Start with jogging and get a Jungle Gym, or TRX if you want to spend more money, and do that (including stretching and ab work) for 6-8 weeks to get into at least pretty good shape, then start P-90X. Since you're ex-military you had to be in shape at some point, so you have muscle memory for fitness and in 4-6 months of working out you should be good to go.
If you run out of energy during your workout and it's been more than 3-4 hours since your last meal or snack then you should have at least a snack. If you don't run out of energy then it's ok without food. Some people can work out on a full stomach while others can only do a snack.View Thread
You didn't say anything about resistance exercise. That's what will help you gain upper body weight. Your gut will be the last to go, and you'll need to reduce your calorie intake to do it, but it certainly can be done. Keep up with the cardio and start lifting weights, and feel free to post back if you have questions about that.
You're on the right track with weight training. It will:
1) Build muscle, a goal of yours 2) It will keep your metabolism up, a goal of yours 3) Muscle burns fat, a goal of yours 4) It is movement, (a goal of yours) and you can always do circuit training for more movement 5) You will get strong, a goal of yours 6) It will shape your physique, a goal of yours
You can do all upper body lifting until your leg heals. It will heal and it sounds like it is already gtting better. Maybe it's a warning that you need to pace yourself and not burn out or overtrain in the future so you don't injure yourself.
Of course, what is of grave concern is your intense obsession with your weight and your body and eating. You said that your energy is not going anywhere, your dreams are falling apart, and you're more depressed than ever. These are very serious comments, and they need to be attended to. If you're not currently speaking with a counselor then I strongly encourage you to do so. If you're in college you can seek that out at a student health center. At home you can contact your local mental health center. There is a tremendous resource community here at WebMD and I encourage you to visit it today. It's here http://exchanges.webmd.com/eating-disorders-exchange
You deserve to feel good about yourself. You're just 19 years old and it's not fair to be so hard on yourself. Get the help you rightfully deserve. It's a good idea to do it now before it gets more difficult for you. Go ahead and ask for help on the eating disorder board today. They will know how to help.