BUT today I messed up. It started off good. I had a great day with a shake for breakfast and lunch. I gave into temptation at a ladies fellowship at church tonight. I tried to steer clear of the desserts, but I gave into a peanut butter "crack" brownie (Rice Krispy crack). I also kept nibbling on an organic but not necessarily healthy pumpkin cobbler crumble of sorts. I also had a few too many meatballs. I posted my food to the accountability group, but I omitted a few details. As I was driving home, my tummy started to feel the effects of my choices. Yes, they were my choices. No one forced me to eat anything. I chose to and I chose to go back. Then it began, the thoughts. The guilt. The beating myself up for making the choices that I made. But this time, I chose not to listen. I told Satan to get out. I prayed to God for forgiveness, and I let go of the guilt. I nipped the thought in the bud before it had a chance to fester and eat away at me. I decided right there that I would exercise when I got home. I did put a video on and got a good ten minutes of exercise in.
This may not sound like a big deal, but for me this was a major victory. I am learning to practice taking captive my thoughts and not allowing them to dictate my feelings and attitudes. It is a work in progress, but I know that I will continue to grow. No one is ever going to steal my joy. I am in charge of what I think, and I choose to think on the things that are lovely, pure, and noble. God's got a plan for you and I, we just need to make sure we listen to His voice and not the voice of the Enemy.
Watch. Wait. Listen. Learn.