Yesterday, my morning started out with my usual Thursday morning Bodypump class.  I look forward to this class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I really LOVE starting my day with it!

After showering and getting ready for the day, I did something NOT so usual in my day…

I walked to work!

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It was so great, and actually pretty relaxing.  I live only 2 miles away from work in a very walkable part of town, so walking to work was no big deal.  I really need to get in the habit of doing this more often, as I really think it set  a great tone for the rest of my day.

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Now that you have heard about my workout, there is a simple crock pot recipe I want to share with you:

Tomato Pepper Shrimp Soup

I made up a big batch of this soup in the crock pot on Sunday to get Brian and I through the week.  The soup has been great on it’s own, delicious when mixed with rice, and tasty when paired with a salad.  This is another “keeper” recipe that is good to have on hand busy week nights.

The tomato and pepper flavors really give this soup a light and fresh taste rather than the warm and comforting taste that I often associate with soup.  It still tastes good in, even in warmer weather!

Tomato Pepper Shrimp Soup (Adapted from Brazilian Shrimp Soup)


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb shrimp (peeled, deveined)


Place all ingredients accept shrimp into the crock pot.  Allow to cook over low heat for 6-8 hours.  During the last hour of cook time, place the shrimp into the crock pot with the rest of the soup.  Allow the shrimp to cook thoroughly.  Serve and enjoy!

I enjoyed my bowl of soup all on it’s own.


Brian enjoyed his soup over a bowl of brown rice.



I sampled both options and they were delicious!

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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