Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Achilles' Heel

I, like every person in the world at this time of year, have set a goal to eat healthy. For the most part, it hasn't been too hard. This may, however, be facilitated by the fact that unlike many others, I didn't set the goal on the first of January. I set it yesterday, and so far I have been doing swimmingly.

Then this morning someone brought in pastries. Not just any pastries. Pastries from La Madeleine bakery. Whenever this happens, there are always several left over, and they sit in the break room all day and wait like evil little temptresses. Pastries, in case you didn't know, are female. In the past, especially while I was pregnant and craved pastries 16 hours per day, I deceived myself into thinking pastries aren't that bad for me. It's just bread, right?

Then one day I saw a special on PBS about bakers. It showed the baker making pastry dough from scratch. Imaging my surprise when he put the hugest glob of butter I have ever seen into the bowl. In case you didn't know, pastries are about 80% butter. Kind of ruined it for me.

So this morning, I am proud to say, that for the first time in my life I passed on a pastry. All day long I avoided them and now all the good ones are gone, so I think I'm in the clear. Now all I have to do is keep myself from going home and sucking on a cube of butter. Baby steps.

10 comments:

Carlos said...

That settles it. I am no longer a subscriber to Butter Eater's Magazine. 80%? No wonder they look and taste so good. However, it has to be the good French Butter.

Capt. Monterey Jack said...

Dear Aubrey,

You'll be in our hearts and minds tonight as you try to fight the temptation of sucking on a cube of butter once again.

Love,
Madeleine

Judson said...

I can't believe it's not butter.

Courtney said...

You know, I babysat a little girl once and the parents said, "if she gets hungry, just give her a cube of butter, she'll be fine."

The Headmaster said...

Is that true?

Great job Aubrey!

Ingelheim Five said...

One lil, ol pastry won't hurt you! They look so innocent sitting on that plate...

Cameron said...

One of Courtney's favorite snacks as a kid was a frozen stick of butter. Think about it - it's like a popsicle, only butter flavored.

Would that taste 80% like a pastry?

Aubrey said...

I prefer butter creamsicles to your garden variety butter popsicles.

BTB, would anyone like a butter flavored jelly belly bean? I've picked all of them out of my stash.

Cameron said...

If those are the buttered-popcorn flavored beans, bring 'em on over. If they are really earwax flavored in disguise, leave 'em home.

Aubrey said...

Dang. You saw right through me.