Friday, August 12, 2011

Runner's Diet

I traveled over six miles by foot today. It was mostly walking, but I threw in some jogging and running when the spirit moved me. It was very hot, so that dissuaded me from running the whole time. My weak stamina, sore joints, and asthmatic lungs didn't help either.

My new apartment is about three miles away from Planet Fitness, my gym of choice, and I decided that's close enough for me to jog to. The round-trip endeavor was a little over two and a half hours, including over thirty minutes of doing upper-body weight machines once I was at the gym, but I'm hoping to trim that time down to under two hours soon.

This is the most exercise I've gotten in recent memory, and I'm hoping to stick with it as one of my aforementioned "I just moved into my new apartment" resolutions. I will also be posting recipes, sticking to a food budget (I think I'll be starting at $200 a month for my initial goal), and listing my daily food intake (as I used to do religiously).

I used the "Scooby's Workshop" calorie calculator to arrive at my eating plan, with the goal of losing a pound a week. I guessed that I'm at 160 pounds right now, and that I'll be getting "moderate" exercise for 3-5 hours a week. I'm hoping for more than that, but I figured I should be conservative to play it safe. I'm going with the default 55% carb, 25% protein, and 20% fat (with a total caloric intake of 2,152) that the calculator recommended for "someone like me." I was going to do 50 carb/25 fat based on some article I read in a runner's magazine, but going lower fat seems valid. Hell, I don't know what I'm doing, so who am I to question the default percentages I was offered?

My scale hasn't moved in with me yet, which is why I am guessing my weight. I also don't have plates, or glasses/cups for liquid beverages. I've been making do. Here's what I ate/will eat today:

  • 4 tortillas: 436 cal, 80 C, 16 P, 8 F
  • 16 oz. rice milk: 240 cal, 46 C, 2 P, 5 F
  • 4 tablespoons rice protein: 220 cal, 24 C, 30 P, 0 F
  • 1 16 oz. block of hard tofu: 450 cal, 15 C, 50 P, 20 F
  • 1 cup F-Factor high fiber cereal: 140 cal, 54 C, 8 P, 2 F
  • 8 oz. rice milk: 120 cal, 23 C, 1 P, 3 F
  • 2/3 cup (dry) refried black beans: 232 cal, 44 C, 16 P, 0 F
  • 3 tortillas: 327 calories, 60 C, 12 P, 6 F
Totals: 2165 calories, 346 grams of carbs, 135 grams of protein, 44 grams of fat

Well, now I'm going to Veggie Heaven. A bubble tea is approximately equivalent to high-fiber cereal with rice milk, right?


  1. Sorry, that I'm late to see this, but I am fairly certain that Veggie Heaven's bubble teas are not vegan, even when made with soymilk. I quit eating there years ago, when we found out that quesadillas that were labeled vegan, actually had non-vegan Veggie Shreds cheese alternative. Before that, though, I asked them about the bubble tea and the ingredients in the mix they use. After previously being told it was vegan many times over, they told me that it wasn't. I don't trust that place at all.

  2. Hey Gabe. Thanks for the input. I ate there once after this post. I didn't get the bubble tea. I think I'm done with this place too now, if for no other reason than because I always feel sick after I eat there.