Keeping fitness simple

Over the past year, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with my workouts by making things too complicated to sustain. So, I finally put together a simple sheet to track my daily progress, and I couldn’t be happier.

For those who know me well, fitness is — and always has been — a big part of my life. From gymnastics to fitness competitions, spending hours in the gym and working out each day used to be a regular thing for me. But as health and time challenges kept coming over the years, I learned to adapt. Whether it was a broken foot or Crohn’s disease, I tried new workouts and made my fitness program match where I was in life.

Lately, trying to find a good balance between my workouts and this fatigue that won’t go away has been frustrating. My at-home HIIT workouts, kettlebell routines and driving to the gym require more energy than I have right now. I want to exercise like I used to, but my body can’t. That is, until now. My workouts are not as intense as they used to be, but I’ve found the right balance by pairing my Cellercise® rebounder with two basic exercises (lunges and push-ups). The combination keeps me in shape and I’m happy with my workouts. Not too much, not too little; it’s my Goldilocks spot.

On one sheet of paper (shown above), I have boxes to check for sauna sessions (S), rebounding (R) and five sets of either push-ups or walking lunges that I do throughout the day. It’s simple, but effective. I can also quickly check off what I’ve done without having to open an app and enter sets or reps. I don’t overcomplicate it anymore. If I miss a day, I miss a day. Keeping it on one sheet, however, does keep me motivated. I’m also less stressed each day as I work to check everything off!

Note: I’ve mentioned it before, but one thing I love about the Cellercise rebounder is that I control the intensity. If I’m having a good day with more energy than usual, I can jump harder. Other days, I might take it slower. The Cellercise rebounder meets me where I am, and I’m in control of my workout.

Episode 42: Troy Parsons (@flaredupfitness), IBD Warrior and Advocate

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover image of Troy Parsons

Today’s guest is Troy Parsons, Crohn’s Warrior and IBD advocate. Diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 17, Troy has faced adversity, enjoyed accomplishments and successes, and suffered failures. But, through it all, he has continued learning, seeking health, and is ready to face any challenges that the next 10 years may bring. Continue reading “Episode 42: Troy Parsons (@flaredupfitness), IBD Warrior and Advocate”

Part 2: Fasting and diet, my one-two punch out of my most recent Crohn’s flare up

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Part 2 is here! Well, technically, it’s parts 3, 4, and 5 of what I did to help pull me out of my latest Crohn’s Disease mini flare up. If you didn’t read last week’s post, I encourage you to go back and read it, as it paints the picture for what got me into this flare and the key changes I made in my diet to pull me out of it. So, without further delay, let’s pick up where we left off! Continue reading “Part 2: Fasting and diet, my one-two punch out of my most recent Crohn’s flare up”

Episode 31: Jessica Porter, Crohn’s Disease Warrior and Bikini Competitor


In today’s episode, Crohn’s Warrior Jessica Porter shares her journey with IBD and is proving that you can do anything with a chronic illness. Jessica’s Crohn’s journey began six years ago when her first symptoms of pain and bloating were becoming a daily occurrence. In late 2014 the pain was worsening and in 2015 she went to the hospital, barely able to walk. Continue reading “Episode 31: Jessica Porter, Crohn’s Disease Warrior and Bikini Competitor”

Choosing a rebounder

stephanie doing a jump on her Cellercise rebounder outside on the patio

I’m long overdue for writing the last post in my 3-part rebounding series. After covering why I love rebounding, some of the health benefits, and how it plays a role in my overall Crohn’s management, I now want to talk about how to choose the right rebounder for you. With so many choices on the market and the wide range of prices, it might be hard to pick one. Below are some of the factors that helped me make my decision and some tips and things to consider when shopping for your own. Continue reading “Choosing a rebounder”

Episode 28: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Part 2 – Nutrition, fitness, medications, and advocacy

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Rachel Epplin-Rincker for part 2

In part 2 of my interview with Rachel Epplin-Rincker, she continues to share her journey with Crohn’s Disease and how important both nutrition and physical activity were, in addition to Remicade, to helping her achieve the best health of her life. Continue reading “Episode 28: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Part 2 – Nutrition, fitness, medications, and advocacy”

Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Katie Dolgert

In this episode, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior Katie Dolgert shares her journey with IBD. She talks about her story from diagnosis at age 21, her experiences with medications, and how her pregnancy with her second child put her into remission. Focusing on good overall health through lifestyle practices, nutrition, and fitness, she continues to be in remission–medication free–for the past four years. Continue reading “Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior”

Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition

Photo of Mylissa Merton on the cover graphic for the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast

In today’s episode, Mylissa Merten, a Crohn’s Disease Warrior who was diagnosed almost 17 years ago, shares her experience as a camper at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis and how, after 10 years of fighting to find something that would put her into remission, found that medications paired with the right nutrition and exercise program led to her first colonoscopy that showed no sign of active disease. Continue reading “Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition”

“Those Pants”…Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones

Stephanie Gish posing in those pants for her blog post

Most women have “those pants.” You know, the ones we wore 20 years ago or the ones that we keep in our closet because “one day” we’ll fit into them again…

My weight has fluctuated over the years, admittedly not very much, only +/- 10 pounds since I graduated high school 20 years ago (with the exception of my first Crohn’s flare when I rapidly lost more). But even still, I have (like I’m sure many of you have) received countless comments over the years related to how I look and my weight; people notice when I gain five or lose five…and some actually make comments, good and bad. Continue reading ““Those Pants”…Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones”