One of the most important things when trying to lose weight is learning limits. One of the most useful tools in the kitchen is the scale. It is easier to stay on track when you know exactly how much you should eat. This can apply to many areas of life. When I was in the workforce I always did best when I knew exactly what was expected of me. As children we are in great need of limits. That is what a parents role is. Teaching children what is expected of them so that they become respectful, productive, caring members of society. The world today is in such poor shape because so many are being raised to believe that they can and should be able to do what ever they want. In dieting, as in life, there are rules and boundaries and the better you are able to learn them the more successful you will be. I made spaghetti for dinner last night. I used whole wheat noodles, organic no sugar added spaghetti sauce, and grass fed beef. While there were no chemicals or refined sugars in my meal, it could still be highly caloric if I didn’t limit myself. I ate a modest serving and filled the rest of my plate with salad. When I was done, the temptation to fill my plate again was strong. I enjoyed the pasta so much. But, I took a minute to think about what I am trying to achieve and the fact that I truly was content with the amount I had already consumed and refrained. This morning I woke to a 2 pound drop. It is rewarding to stay within the limits.