I understand how you feel having been off pretty much all exercise for over 6 years due to illness. It is tough but it could be a whole lot worse. How about marathon/ultra distance walking? Or just try and accept that it's a part of your life that is over now, enjoy the memories and move on (ie don't try and find a replacement just do your HMs etc).
With the usual disclaimer, I'm not a qualified person to be able to dispense medical advise or offer an opinion, however this deffo sounds like a virus although antibiotics would not have any effect so perhaps your GP has a different (and qualified) opinion.
Also one high reading does not constitute high bp, just a high reading. So if I was you I'd take things very easy until I'd had a few days feeling better then ease back into a regular routine. So, feet up, plenty of fluids and some really crap daytime telly
Sorry to hear that Scott, do you think there could be a virus causing this? Doesn't sound bp related going on your history especially since you've had good readings this year. Maybe a visit to your GP is in order even if just to ease your mind?
Edit - sorry, re-reading shows you've been to your GP today. Did he/she have any good advice?
Hi Ben, firstly good luck, I hope you do well! Now here's the but. As you know and others have noted, you need to lose weight and only diet is going to do that. You are going to have to make some tough choices if you want to achieve your goal in 9 months as you not only have the weight to lose but also to get fit. Work on your basic fitness level first with plenty of low impact exercise to avoid injury whilst you diet to lose the weight. I estimate you need to lose about 4 stone and each pound lost equals a 3500 calorie deficit so I'm sure you can appreciate the task ahead of you. Plus as you lose weight you'll need fewer calories to maintain weight (as you'll burn less having less bulk to move) so you will plateau and have to cut even more calories out to maintain the loss. I'm not being negative and saying you can't do it, just pointing out the possible issues. I'd suggest cutting out all alcohol and focus on good quality lean meat and fish with plenty of fresh veg. Cut right back on spuds, pasta, rice etc. I like to make big tasty veg based meals like chilli and substitute the mince with lentils, a very healthy source of protein, lots of veg in it too like carrots, peppers, aubergine, green beans and anything else you like. Don't eat any ready meals or bought sauces as they have too much sugar and fat in them. You can cook any onions for the base of your meals in a little water but if you have to use oil get yourself a bottle of spray oil. Homemade soups are also a great way to go, tasty, nutritious and low calorie if you are careful. So again, good luck, don't push too hard as being injured definitely won't help!