Hi everyone! So back in July I started the 12-week weight loss plan after my GP told me that I needed to lose weight. Some background on me: I'm 25 years old, 5'11" and weigh 16 st 12 lbs, although when I started I was 17 st 7 lbs.
A few years back I actually weighed in at about 20 st but managed to get down to 17.5 st and then just got a bit lazy and plateaued there. Despite being 25, I have blood pressure problems, which is a big reason why I'm trying to lose weight.
I completed the 12-week plan in October and back then and everything seemed to be going well. I was tracking my calories using MyFitnessPal, joined the local gym and was getting down there for cardio at least 3 times a week, and most importantly I was planning all of my meals meticulously. I also stopped buying biscuits and chocolate (my weakness) although I still had the occasional treat.
In early December I was down to 16 st 4 lbs and I was really pleased with myself. I had to buy new jeans and everything and people commented on how good I looked (always nice to hear eh?). The best thing was that I just felt better when I woke up in the morning, happier, more confident, and energetic.
But Christmas completely halted, and even reversed my progress. I didn't exercise, I ate loads of unhealthy food every single day, and I drank copious amounts of alcohol daily for about a week. It was like all of my self-control just went out the window. It didn't help that everyone around me was doing the same.
So now I've just been to see my GP to discuss my progress and he was fairly blunt. he said I need to be "rigid" with my diet or else I'll have to go on blood pressure medication for the rest of my life.
Obviously I don't want that, and I had been so happy with my progress but now I just feel totally hopeless. It seems so daunting and I feel like a complete failure for letting myself backslide like this.
So if anyone has any tips on how to recover from this and get back on the horse it would be much appreciated - cheers!