Of course, in-between those two meals was usually an hour of weight-lifting and two hours of basketball practice. I weighed 155 pounds and I could dunk a basketball. I'd be willing to bet neither of those things happen ever again.
Then high school ended but I kept getting older. Funny how that happens. And I wasn't doing 1/10 of the exercising that I used to. But my diet didn't really change. Actually, that's not true, my diet did change: I started drinking beer much more frequently. A couple of years later I said to myself "You're going to be 21 in six months. You're going to start going to bars. You gotta look better than this."
So I went on a big diet for several months. I won't go into all the details but I will tell you two, because they were huge: I stopped drinking beer and eating fast food. I had jury duty that spring, back in the days when you had to go in every single day for two weeks straight. I made the effort to not have a drop of alcohol or any fast food during those two weeks, and I lost at least 15 pounds doing nothing else.
And that's when I fell in love with turkey burgers. I tried the frozen kind from Costco and thought they were fine, but I was watching Food Network - this was back when Food Network was not just a bunch of reality shows and travel shows, but actually showed you how to make things, and I'm not ashamed to say I often watched it four hours a day. (Well, maybe a little ashamed, but I'm amongst friends here.) One morning I saw someone take fresh ground turkey, mix it with onion and cilantro, and grill it. I became addicted. I would buy the 99% fat-free turkey from Jennie-O, add those two things and slather it with Sriracha. Sometimes I'd eat two... it was still less calories than one Jack's Spicy Chicken.
Long story short (er, shorter,) I lost 50 pounds in six months. These days I don't do nearly as much healthy eating as I did back then - probably not a surprise to you, dear reader - but every once in a while I still crave a good turkey burger. Last night I decided to make some.
UPDATE 8:45 AM
Yeah I went and had another one for breakfast, only this time I used the last bit of Popeyes "blackened ranch" sauce with fried onion pieces. Awesome.