Florastor Probiotic-Review

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential, LLC on behalf of Florastor Probiotics.

 

I’m going to be honest here.  Prior to receiving Florastor, I have never in my life taken a Probiotic. I always assumed that the Greek yogurt I was eating was enough to keep my gut health in good shape.

I was wrong. I wasn’t eating yogurt with enough frequency to see any positive effects from the probiotic. My breakfast habits change frequently. I’m working on it.

Probiotic, literally means ''for life,'' and refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. Your body needs to have a healthy amount of ''good'' bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ''probiotics.''

But what about for those of us who don’t eat yogurt often enough to see the probiotic health benefit?

This is where Florastor can really help.

It’s a capsule.

Florastor is a yeast-based probiotic that contains 250mg of the probiotic strain Saccharomyces boulardii lyo (wow…that’s a mouthful!) and it’s vegetarian and gluten-free!

I began taking the capsules the next morning, not quite sure what to expect.

A little bit of honesty here. For the first two weeks I had pretty bad gas. My poor husband. But I did some research and learned that it’s totally normal for that to happen to some people, and the side effects should go away within 2 weeks. They did. I’ve been taking it now a full month and I feel great. I’ve been listening to my gut (literally) and I’m using the probiotics to help me get the most out of my diet by facilitating the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, carbs, and sugars.

I workout 5 days a week. Did you know that exercise causes a change in blood flow away from the intestines and toward muscles being trained? I didn’t. It makes sense when I think about it, but until I read that tidbit from Florastor I hadn’t thought about it. Probiotics promote the body’s own natural intestinal flora to help keep you active and on the go!

Florastor Probiotics are a supplement that I will be continuing to take as part of my normal daily routine.

Do you take Probiotics?

Weekly Workouts May 11-May 17

Wow! What a week! And I mean that in a good way! We went out of town for my cousin's wedding on May 10th. We headed down to my hometown of Venice, Florida and the husband and I brought our bikes. We were hoping for the chance to be able to get in a ride on the Legacy Trail on Mother's Day, but honestly I wasn't sure if we were BOTH going to be able to do it. I knew James could do it, but with the #TampaTrio around, who could watch them? I didn't want to ask my mom since it was HER Mother's Day, too (my 3 are a lot of work), but it was my DAD that stepped up and said he'd LOVE to watch them! Surprised Really??? Awesome!! So without further ado, here is my week in workouts, and don't forget to join in on the #20X31 challenge, and link up with my friend Jen over at JVKom Chronicles!

 

Sunday-HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!  James and I cycled nearly 20 miles on the Legacy Trail. It was such a nice ride for both of us. We wanted to go further, but we had to get back to Tampa to pick up our dog from the kennel by 6pm, which meant we had to leave Venice no later than 4pm. We probably COULD have done the entire trail, but this was a nice, slow, easy ride for us. We stopped a lot since the trail has so many scenic spots to sit and watch the bay. It was a wonderful ride!! And my dad did GREAT with the kids!

Calories: I did not wear my heart rate monitor.

Steps: 14,859. Just steps. The Loop does not track movement on the bike as steps.

Monday-CrossFit. My knee has been bothering me again. Really badly. So even though I wanted to follow the squat program weight, I couldn't. Well, I could have, but I didn't want to take the chance of further injuring my knee. Fitness isn't about that for me. I also joined the 5pm class so that my kids could do the 5:30pm CrossFit kids class and I wouldn't have to make a double trip to the gym. But I've decided I'd rather make the double trip and be able to do MY workout at MY time.

After squats we did Cindy. I had to modify it because I needed to be closer to my kids since Ronin had an incident and I wanted him to be able to be close to me. So instead of doing pull-ups, I did ring rows which put me on the same side of the gym as the kids.

Cindy-Modified

“Cindy”
Complete a 20 minute AMRAP of:
– 5 ring rows
– 10 Push-ups
– 15 Squats

I made it 13 rounds.

Calories: 349

Steps: 17,987

Tuesday-CrossFit. We did 10-15 minutes of foam rolling, quad smashing and mobility work.

Then we did FOR TIME:

200m shuttle run (I did a one minute sprint on the Air Dyne)

40 double unders (I did med ball slams)

20 KB Swings (35 pounds)

But I didn't pay attention, and I did 5 rounds.

I am having big issues with my knee, so I had to modify the run and the double unders. No jumping or running for me.

And then I mowed my lawn.

Calories: WOD+ lawn=759

Steps: 23,394

Wednesday-CrossFit. We did power clean skill work and then built up to a heavy power clean. I am working REALLY HARD on my form, and FINALLY I got a triple extension caught on video!! I was so proud of that and that made me decide to stick with that weight (65#) for the WOD.

The WOD was a EMOM 12 minute. Even minute: 12 lateral bar burpees (or as many as you could complete in 45 seconds. I always made it to 8 burpees, and ODD minute: 1 power clean, and 1 power clean and jerk.

Then 75 weighted situps. I had to hussle through this WOD because I had ABC News coming out to my house at Noon to tape a segment.

Calories: 737

Steps: 13,183

Thursday: REST DAY!! I decided to take my Polar OWN test to check my fitness level.

I was pretty happy with the results. For my age, that puts me right in the high end of the "average" group. I'm only ONE point away from being in the next level, so that's a new goal!

Steps: 11,778

Friday-CrossFit. It was make-up day.

We did front squats, and again, I backed down the weight from my knee injury. And for the WOD I subbed box step-ups instead of lunges.

The WOD was FOR TIME, 50 box step ups, 40 shoulder to overhead (I did push press) 30 back squats, 20 tricep dips, and a 10 calorie row.

And then I finished it off with a 2 mile shakeout walk.

WOW!! That calorie burn was AWESOME!!

Calories: 1080

Steps: 22,657

Saturday: REST DAY!! We went blueberry picking and spent the afternoon at the pool. It was a GREAT day of rest!! Check out Haley and Ronin actually getting along VERY well at the pool. This picture makes my heart smile Smile

Steps: 12,023

 

Overall, it was a great week. I had some low numbers earlier in the week, but that was by choice since I had some outstanding commitments which didn't allow me to work out as long as I normally do. That's okay. Hopefully I'll be back to normal this week!

 

Total Weekly Steps: 115,872

 

And when I checked my weekly data from my Polar FT60, it was very happy with me :) I even earned a trophy!!

How was your week in workouts?? How did you get active?

 

Push Away the Screen: The #TampaTrio joins CrossFit Kids

Since beginning my own CrossFit journey last year, my trio have had the opportunity to take a few CrossFit Kids classes at CrossFit En Fuego

CrossFit Kids is a "strength and conditioning program that is specifically designed for kids and teenagers and helps them develop a lifelong love of fitness. In a group setting, children and teens participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well- rounded athletes."

But recently something just clicked inside their little heads and they wanted to do the program with more regularity. I'm the type of parent that doesn't force my children to do a sport that they don't want to do. We've tried baseball, football, gymnastics, and cheerleading, and none of them stuck. They've expressed interest in joining the local swim team, but their practice schedule is very intense, and the kids don't want to commit to all that time in the water at this stage in their young lives.

Together we watched a lot of the coverage of the CrossFit Open, and they loved what they saw and asked if they could do CrossFit Kids. I asked Coach Jen if she had openings in her class, she said yes, so Ronin started "officially" on Monday, April 28th, and the girls on Monday, May 5th.

Haley, my oldest daughter, does not like to sweat. I thought after her 5:30pm WOD in the heat, with no AC would make her change her mind about CrossFit Kids, but NOPE. Not one bit. In fact, she actually said to me "mama, I love CrossFit Kids so much, I don't even care that I'm sweating." Awesome.

In their 2 weeks of classes they've done 2 girl WOD's, Cindy and Fran, learned a bunch of new skills, and they've made some new friends! The kids always play a game after the WOD, so it's a great way to bond and connect with peers.

Here's the Trio in the middle of Cindy. Each one working at their own pace. Ronin at the far end is doing jumping pull-ups, Ella in the middle is doing push-ups, and Haley is doing squats.

But just like with "grown-up" CrossFit, the coach makes sure that the kids warm-up and understand how to properly do all the movements. In the video below you can see them warming up, setting up, and Coach Jen making sure Haley knows how to do assisted pull-ups. She had issues with her feet in the bands incorrectly, and Coach Jen was able to correct that and Haley enjoyed the pull-up part of the WOD the most! LOL. But not as much as Ella.

 

Ella thought assisted pull-ups were the best thing ever! She said she felt like she was flying. I told her she needs to lose a band or two.

During Fran and the jumping pull-ups, Ella could easily pull her chin up and over the bar. This girl is ready to learn how to kip. She's also got a really nice squat. She very conscious of her form and technique, never rushing, always thinking ahead. I can see her little wheels spinning. In fact, she said to me last night "I'm going to go to the CrossFit Open when I'm 18. 2024 will be my year."

 

I think it's safe to say that we've FINALLY found a sport for the kids that they enjoy and look forward to attending the classes.

What sport(s) do your kids play? Have you ever thought about CrossFit Kids?