Year of Push 1.3 The Starting Line

Hey guys, if you’re new to this series, check out this podcast first and then day 1 and day 2.

I did not sleep well last night. First, I couldn’t fall asleep because my knee was hurting. I fell asleep around 1a but woke up at 2 and stayed awake. Hey, it happens. Being tired isn’t an excuse to not take care of myself – it’s a reason to. 

I got up around 5a with thoughts of coffee. My arms are a little sore from all the overhead work in the gym yesterday.

I won’t be going to the box for a workout today – bummer, right? I will be going there, though. The schedule is different today because Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, will be giving a lecture. I’m excited to go listen to it & I’ll workout on my own before then.

For my workout (at another gym), I decided to re-do 17.1 (the first workout of the CrossFit open). Since I did it the other day, I decided to modify it.

First, let me share the full workout I did the other day:

10 alternating dumbbell snatch (35 lb dumbbell)

15 burpee box jump overs

20 alternating dumbbell snatch (35 lb dumbbell)

15 burpee box jump overs

30 alternating dumbbell snatch (35 lb dumbbell)

15 burpee box jump overs

40 alternating dumbbell snatch (35 lb dumbbell)

15 burpee box jump overs

50 alternating dumbbell snatch (35 lb dumbbell)

15 burpee box jump overs

The goal is to finish as quickly as possible & there is a 20-minute time cap (if you don’t finish in 20 minutes, the workout is over).

Though I finished it the other day, I wasn’t happy with my time because I’m slow on the box jump overs due to knee pain.

Today, I decided to modify it to simply burpees without the box jump overs. I feel really good about the dumbbell snatch (the 40 & 50 rep sets are no picnic but as long as I use my legs & glutes, I’m just fine.)

It sucked, as I knew it would, but I pushed hard all the way though. Especially when my arms were already a little sore. I did a little muscle tissue work on my shoulders and arms to help my muscles recover.

Afterwards, I recorded this audio. (I started on video but since I hadn’t showered, I decided to spare you). Please note there is a curse word.

Essentially, I share that your work begins when you’re uncomfortable. That’s the starting line. Before that, it’s a warm up. That’s also true beyond fitness, in my opinion. I think you’ll enjoy the audio.


On the food front:

I drank black coffee all morning and did my workout (around 8:50am) on am empty stomach. It’s 9:40 now and I’m a little bit hungry. I have a call with a client at 10am but I’m going to eat afterwards before heading to the Glassman lecture.

I stopped off at Whole Foods and got a salad to bring with me to the lecture. To a huge pile of greens I added hardboiled egg, bacon, celery & walnuts. I grabbed a bottle of lemon cayenne kombucha (Kevita brand) as well.

It was around 11am when I ate the salad in my car. I just got home (2pm) and grabbed a quick snack of sunflower seeds and an ounce or two of cheese. I am, without question, sensitive to dairy but for my body, not all dairy is equal. I can tolerate a few ounces of cheese pretty well. Yogurt & ice cream are a bigger issue, but that’s likely because the quantity is larger than the quantities of cheese I eat.

I had maaaaajor cravings when I was running errands so I stopped and got some cashews. In good/better/best, that was a “better” choice and I’m cool with it. #deeznuts

Dinner is a Paleo Power Meals specialty – stuffed peppers. Well, sorta. I emptied out one of the stuffed peppers (ground beef, ground veal, portabello mushrooms & onions) and stir-fried it with cauliflower rice. OMG. So good!


Let me wrap up with a clarification. I’ve received a number of emails around two themes. One goes like this:

You’re becoming a CrossFitter? They’re crazy! I hope this doesn’t change you!  (Some comments have been far more harsh/opinionated)


Welcome to CrossFit! You’re going to love it!

Just so we’re all on the same page:

I’ve been doing CrossFit for a couple years now. In North Carolina, I worked 1-on-1 with the gym/box owner because I don’t like to workout with people. In fact, I had my coach on episode 074 of the podcast and we talked about it. After I moved north, I did CrossFit workouts on my own. So, it’s not new to me or my philosophy.

Also, if you’ll allow me to step up on my soap box for a second about people who say CrossFitters are crazy or they hope it doesn’t change me – there are crazy ballerinas. Crazy runners. Crazy CrossFitters. Crazy people who don’t workout. As a Primal Potential community, let’s look at people, not themes or trends or generalizations. The world needs more people who don’t make generalizations about groups of people.

Might it be that “those people” (whoever they are), aren’t crazy, they’re just different from  you in a way you don’t understand because you haven’t lived how they live?

Just sayin’…

Love you guys!


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2 replies
  1. Kara
    Kara says:

    Hi Elizabeth, been listening to your podcast for a year or two and am now stalking your Facebook Fasting group! Question about your pain and your workouts because I am having a similar issue with my shoulder. How do you decide when to work through the pain versus resting it to avoid potentially causing a bigger issue or injury? Thanks for your inspirational words and example 🙂

    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Great question, and I don’t think I have a single universal answer. I know my body. When my knee hurts, I can tell if it’s injury or just inflammation. Either way, I won’t squat heavy when it’s hurting. For me, there’s always SOMETHING I can do and do intensely, but I avoid working an injured area. If it’s soreness, that doesn’t stop me but I vary my workouts enough to allow for recovery. Generally speaking, there’s pain and there’s discomfort. No need for me, an amateur athlete, to induce pain with a workout.


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