Wow, that is a lot of activity for someone in your age group. Having a
bunion is very painful and six months in a boot is going to be very frustrating.
Hopefully it wasn't a result of all your activity.
If it was a result of too much physical activity, that may explain your
inability to lose the weight which you wanted to lose. Even if this is not
the case, you didn't mention an important factor to weight loss, avoiding
injuries and getting results in general.
Exercise is considered eustress or positive stress to your body, but it is
stress nonetheless. All exercise breaks down the body. It is up to
diet and rest to build it back up stronger, leaner and more fit.
If you do not give your body proper time to recover your body will not build
itself back up and improve, i.e. gain lean mass, lose weight, better
performance, etc. It could also lead to many different kinds of injuries.
You do not lose weight, tone up, gain muscle, etc. during exercise, ever,
Since your activity levels is so good, this is the first thing you should ask
Are you getting enough rest from exercise, which includes a 7 day break from
structured (gym-like) physical activity every month or 2?
Are you getting enough sleep every night?
There are numerous studies out which correlate the inability to lose weight
with lack of sleep or disruptive sleeping patterns, you can research them on the
Library of Medicine database of medical journals.
Hopefully your weight loss could be achieved simply by eliminating your
nightly dose of Conan O'Brien!
Being hydrated is another important aspect of weight loss that sometimes
falls by the wayside when you train and try to eat right. It can be
compounded by healthy diet, which usually contain high amounts of fiber as well
as a little extra protein.
Sometimes you may consume extra food and calories because your body has
mistaken dehydration for hunger as well. Caffeine and alcohol increase
water needs as well.
There really is no magic formula. Drink a lot of water at all times,
especially when you're exercising.
With the boot your activities will be limited. First and foremost ask
your doctors what you should and should not do.
While in the boot you can perform upper body weight training exercises,
abdominal and some core exercises. Probably perform your exercises in a
circuit fashion to get some sort of cardiovascular benefit.
For cardio an idea is to take up boxing or Tae Bo. It may seem odd but
is really a good cardio and it is the only thing which will get up your heart
rate up significantly without using your legs.