The swimming is going okay. I'm mostly just moving, but I do sprints sometimes. My body overall feels better recently, despite still being quite tired in general and in moving myself about (mostly measured by the stairs heading up to work and to my room at home). I've going about 3x a week, though last week was only twice because I tweaked my right arm pretty badly and it hurt for a couple of days. I plan to start up again tomorrow, probably dragging the boyfriend with me, since we are seeing an apartment tonight.
Hike: I always take a walk (usually about 20 min) after I eat at work. I sit at my computer for most of the day. My first week was awful; my legs felt dead and like there was no blood flow. It was terribly painful to walk on after, and I had to elevate my legs in the evening. I then got a better chair and that feeling went away, but I remember it. It's not much, but it's a start, I suppose.
Sprint: I "sprint" in the pool. Free style is very hard for me so that kind of ends up being sprinting. My boyfriend and I race each other, giving head starts for our weak strokes (he is bad at breakstroke).
Lift heavy things: Nope. Intrigued by kettle-bell workouts. Would definitely like some more definition in my arms & abs, and I imagine any kind of strength training would do that.
Ditch grains & sugars: An ongoing struggle, but doing fairly well 1-2 weeks in. I had a little rice the other day but could only manage a couple of bites: it just wasn't satisfying. I haven't had any sweets aside from some cookies the other night and a brownie during my first week. I have avoided substituting anything for pasta-based dishes, which was a huge staple for me, but am going to see if I can find spaghetti squash soon.
Eat meat & fish: Oddly enough, struggling with this. Meat is a pretty central part of my diet, but figuring out the proper balance of meat to plant has been difficult. I've never cooked fish, only really dealt with tuna in a can, so that will be another challenge. Mostly, I am an uncreative cook and rely heavily on recipes. I am bookmarking a TON from this site and others. I actually started a grocery list with some lunch things, as well as dinner, to see if my boyfriend and I can mix and match a bit.
Eat Berries, Nuts, & Veggies: Again, struggling. I think I could eat a ton of berries in a heartbeat, because they're a natural sweet. I like almonds but haven't tried many other nuts (I know to avoid peanuts). I'm a picky veggie eater. Period. Texture, taste...I just have a hard time finding things I like. I know I don't like eggplant or zucchini, because of the mooshy texture.
Drink water: my doctor said 10-12 glasses a day. I bought a Klean Kanteen water bottle with a sports spout on the top that has helped me hydrate much better. I usually drink 60-90oz a day before I feel bloated (really depends on the day).
Sleep smart: I don't usually watch TV or movies, or am on my computer that soon before bedtime. In the past, it's taken me up to 3 hours to fall asleep, but that cut down to an hour or less in recent years. Over the past few weeks, I've felt so run down by 10pm that I'm usually in bed around 11 and fall asleep quickly (before my boyfriend comes to bed, which could be within 30min or 2 hrs). I wake up before my alarm, usually after about 7hrs, but always feel groggy and listless in the morning. I'm too nervous to try just getting up naturally, without an alarm, and too groggy to get out of bed when I first wake up.
Relax: I'm afraid of being too lazy, as that's something I'm trying to change. Reading is usually my form of relaxation, as is walking.
Today's lunch: I went to the local Shaw's (supermarket) which is very close to work. I will probably buy my nuts there as they had some pretty big bags. I bought a small container of 2% greek yogurt (plain) and a package of Babybel cheese (nostalgic snack, my Babushka used to give them to us). I ate about half the yogurt and 4/6 of the little cheese circles! I have some heartburn now, which tells me that I'm probably more sensitive to dairy than I used to be. Poo. I definitely don't feel as hungry as I did last week with my little veggie lunches. Even when I brought chicken, I was so hungry afterwards!
I also bought some Vitamin D 2000 IU capsules. My doctor recommended 1000 but I know from taking 8000 weekly for a couple of months (prescription from my old primary when my VitD was very low 3 years ago) that I probably need something a bit more. I'm going to do some research before I go for the fish oil capsules. I want to make sure I'm getting them from a good quality source.