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Level One Completed and Realized Mistake
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:57:12 pm »
I purchased brainev back in January of this year and had a really hard time adhering to the routine. I simply forgot to listen to the sessions for days/ weeks at a time. I was amazed at how hard it was to remember to do it. So, in early October, I added a reminder to my calendar and was able to listen to level one for the entire month. I am supposed to move to level two this Sunday. Anyway, I just remembered that I was supposed to take a day off during the week but did not take a single day off the entire month. I read in earlier posts that the seventh day is "where the magic happens" (cue sad trombone sound). So my question is, do I need to start all over again? :'(


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Re: Level One Completed and Realized Mistake
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 04:55:56 pm »
No.  I don't know if it's changed, but when I read the instructions before going through the course, the day off was optional.  The idea as to use the time to reflect on your experiences from the past week without adding to your time burden of doing the program.

I think the concept of the "magic" happening on the day off comes from a couple of different places. 

The first idea is if the program is pushing you and you're getting a bit overwhelmed, the day off gives you a break and your brain gets a little more time to "catch up" to the changes it needs to make, so you may find it easier once you continue again.  This does not mean that it is necessarilly better.  By continuing to push, it's possible it will be "harder" but you may also go further.  Or not.  I don't think anyone really knows. 

The other idea is some people compare the "brain training" to lifting weights to train your muscles.  Common advice is that you need to rest your muscles the day after you work them to allow them to repair and grow stronger.  But that is not necessarilly true, either.  There are other progressive strength systems that work the same muscles every day.  Russian Olympic powerlifters used this to great effect in the past (don't know about the present).  The difference is that they simply did not work the muscle as hard each time they lifted.  Which, if you accept the comparison of the brain to a muscle (a dubious but perhaps useful metaphor), again points back to the idea that the necessity of the day off is dependent on how hard the program is pushing you.

Since you made it through the level, you should be okay.  It's your choice how to procede with the rest of the levels.  If listening every day makes it easier to stick with and complete the program, I'd suggest doing that.  In that case, just let yourself take a random day off if you find yourself becoming overwhelmed.

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