As of the writing of this article, I have become an official formal member ofÂ EET.
To celebrate that grand achievement, Jon sent me the standard forms that all EET members need to sign. After complying, he sent me another file that basically outlines what EET’s all about in as few pages as possible, along with a password to the members section.
The members section contains a plethora of videos that tell you in detail what EET’s all about. Jon advised me to watch and possibly review all of them so that the information sinks in properly. Afterward, I would ask as many questions as possible.
At the time, I was still busy with a lot of graduate study work, so I didn’t have the time to watch any of the videos, but I did read and re-read the file that explains what EET is in a nutshell. Included in the file was a sample planned week of someone on the EET plan. In it, a sample interval workout was to be performed within 90-120 minutes after waking, before consuming any food.
This part intrigued me the most because it touched a personal chord. In one of the views, Jon explains that part of his inspiration for creating EET was watching his sons’ metabolisms; how teenagers could Â eat fast food and other stuff many consider to be junk and stay slim all the time if they were active enough.
I have never been a morning person.
I’m one of those people who takes forever to wake up unless they exert an enormous conscious effort. It’s really easy for me to sleep in if I get careless, but I’ve gotten used to waking up early in the morning every day now. Doesn’t mean I enjoy it, though.
That said, back in college (which was about a decade ago), I used to wake up extra early and run or do weights before class. Classes started at 7:30 in the morning back then, so I had to wake up at least 3 hours before, just to make sure I would allot enough time and not be late for school. 1 hour for the workout, 1 hour for bathing, getting dressed and so on, and 1 hour to wade through traffic. After the morning classes were over, my friends and I would go out and have a big lunch somewhere.
Back in college, I was pretty slim. I worked out pretty much every day with the schedule I just described, and I was very active throughout the rest of the day, running around for classes, chasing after requirements, going out, partying, and so on. But I also ate a lot of junk. My friends and I loved to hang at Burger King and McDonald’s at lunch, then gorge on chips and cookies after. I’m 5’11”, and on this lifestyle, I had a 28-29 inch waist, and weighed around 180 pounds.
Anyway, the sample schedule in the file reminded me of those days, and awakened the hope that I might recapture those glory days.
These days, My waistline’s 34 inches and I weight 210 pounds, so I immediately had some figures to shoot for. I still work out pretty much every day since I naturally love doing it, but yo-yo dieting for about half a decade has kind of added a bit of flab around the old midsection.
So, I immediately mimicked the routine in the file, and used heavy bag training as the chosen exercise. I got bored of running during college and became more active in martial arts again, so that would be my preferred exercise outside of lifting weights.
I did the program and it felt great, but I felt terrible headaches after the session and noticed I was weaker than usual in my strikes and general movements. I e-mailed Jon about this and he advised I should eat some protein before the exercises, just to ease me along if that’s the schedule I wanted to follow (remember that this was only a sample schedule, and not the end-all, be-all EET schedule). I still had a lot of protein powder for my shakes left over, and he said that would be fine for now, as long as I used only water to mix it with, so it contains only protein, until I get used to going straight to exercising in the mornings.
[box type=”note”]Bottom line is I didn’t like it at all and it didn’t represent a good start for me on EET. I was also one of those people who believed that one should always consume something before exercise, especially in the morning, what with breakfast being the most important meal and all, so I didn’t trust this whole deal. [/box]
However, I did remember being able to function on a similar routine years before and being very comfortable with it, and Jon did give me something to slowly adapt to it, so I gave it a chance. I’m not close-minded enough to give up before day 1, after all ….