Reinhard’s ‘Training wheels’ metaphor

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Reinhard’s ‘Training wheels’ metaphor

Post by Octavia » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:39 am

I’m struggling with Reinhard’s metaphor, the one about S days being like the moment when the training wheels come off your bike.

Does this mean that you are eventually aiming to make your S days just like your N days? That the ultimate goal of No S is to do N days all the time, even in the absence of rules (‘training wheels’)? Is that a good goal? Or do we need to continue to use our S days as motivation, reward and release, even if we hope they’ll naturally tame themselves somewhat?

Would love to know how others view this metaphor.

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Post by elegantportions » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:30 pm

I kinda see it the opposite of what you describe. I tend to think that the ultimate goal of NoS is to eventually get to the place where every day is an S Day, a day with no rules whatsoever. It's just that at that point in my life, I would never want snacks, sweets, nor seconds more than the amounts allowed within the framework of NoS. In other words, by my own free will I would choose no more than 10 or so treats per month without any guilt or tracking whatsoever.

But I need training wheels, so I will continue with N/S Days.
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Post by Octavia » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:08 am

That’s a very wise way of looking at it. Thanks, Elegant.

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Post by Over43 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:49 pm

No, your S Days are your S Days. The idea is to not make your S Days your N Days. S Days are a reward.
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Post by Octavia » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:43 pm

Thanks, Over43! I too think the reward aspect is important.

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Post by Merry » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:27 am

I think no training wheels means that we eventually learn moderation *most* of the time. That doesn't mean S days become N days--there are still rewards on S days. But it means we don't go all crazy and binge-eat everything we want just because it's an S day--it means, hopefully, eventually, we calm down and enjoy some treats reasonably when we want them. Balance (ironically perhaps, just what we need to learn to do when the training wheels come off!)
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Post by Octavia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:32 am

Thanks Merry! I’m understanding better now...had been having a mental block before...but yes, it’s got to be all about balance! And moderation of course! Hoping today will be like that. I’ve woken up with a nice feeling of freedom, but no particular cravings. So perhaps it will be a well balanced day.

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