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Podcast 35: Mods & Tweaks Trilogy 1:To Tweak or Not to T

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:48 pm
by reinhard
I'm a little rusty... so go easy. But now that I've publicly committed to two more episodes, hopefully I'll come back up to speed soon.


P.S. the fact that I got this out at all (and in the nick of time) is a testament to the power of monthly resolutions. ... tion#56365

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:53 pm
by Thalia
Reinhard, this is great! Well worth waiting for.

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:30 am
by Pewari
Great podcast, Reinhard, I enjoyed it!

I'm vanilla No-S-ing (and lost 4lb this month, YAY!) but will probably listen to all the mod suggestions next time just out of curiosity :wink:

Re: Podcast 35: Mods & Tweaks Trilogy 1:To Tweak or Not

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:31 pm
by winnie96
reinhard wrote:If there's no difference between the rules and whatever you feel like doing, you become like some petty dictator in the banana republic of yourself.
Your new podcast arrived just in time! I've been tweaking like crazy over the past month or so, and have created quite the banana republic of myself. Lots of things to think (and re-think) about in Part 1 of the Trilogy -- very helpful in hauling myself back from the edge. Thank you!

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:12 pm
by reinhard
Glad you all liked it and thanks for letting me know!

More soon...


Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:50 pm
by Thalia
I really liked the focus on WHY tweaking and bending is a bad idea -- eventually a whole podcast about moderating expectations would probably be useful, because I think that's a very hard thing for most of us.

Posted: Sat May 02, 2009 1:59 am
by kccc
Good job, Reinhard! Look forward to the next ones.

I like the rule of thumb floating around the boards that you shouldn't even CONSIDER tweaking until you've made the 21-day club. Not just "tried the vanilla version" for 21 days, but followed it CONSISTENTLY for 21 days. (And longer is better.) While not "months," it at least gives a chance for habits to get established.

Plus, people are more likely to want to tweak in an immoderate way while they're still in "SAD mindset." It takes a while to get out of that.

Longer is better, but that's a bare minimum. If someone can stick it out that long, then they'll have a better perspective on the system before it's "tweaked"... and maybe they'll figure out it's not necessary. After all, it's a very flexible system as written. :)

Look forward to the rest of the series!

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 4:21 am
by adamgold33
Hope to see the next podcast in this trilogy come out within the next week or so! Also, I'm new at Everyday Systems. I'm interested in No-S and Urban Ranger. Message me if you want to talk, I am happy to speak with you.

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 2:06 pm
by ~reneew
That was great Reinhard... thanks! I love the constitution idea. It's so true! I've decided to stop adding tweaks, which for me are really cheats in disguise. The only thing that I seem to not be able to do is eat breakfast, it makes me feel yucky. I wait until I get hungry (usually around 11:00) then eat a brunch... then supper. It seems to be working. I really need your next in the trilogy, don't leave us hanging too long :wink:

Though, I looked and can't find where you, Reinhard, have told us how many meals to actually eat! Maybe just 2 is still vanilla No S!?!? What do you say Reinhard? I know that the Bible always talks about eating in the morning and in the evening... no mention of a third meal. Hmm...

Thanks again Reinhard!

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 4:26 pm
by jessdr
Yay, a new podcast!

I REALLY like the Constitution metaphor.

I do still plan to keep my mod, but thinking about it like an amendment reminds me that I need to be strict about it. The amendments aren't enforced any less just because they weren't originally in the Constitution.

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 7:51 pm
by reinhard
I promise I'll have it out by next week at the latest -- I've got notes for about half of it already. It's great to see that it's resonating with people.

And I may have to squeeze in the phrase "cheats in disguise" -- thanks for that ~reneew!


Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:40 pm
by davestarbuck
I did the no starches on s day tweak for a while, but I found it to be unsustainable for me. I'm back to PVNS (plain vanilla no s).


Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:09 pm
:) thank you for this podcast - I tend to start off 'strict' then gradually 'tweak' - I haven't tweaked yet, and am not likely to after listening to this - it totally makes sense to me.